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Scump explains why he’s keen for Call of Duty’s “stale” offseason to end

Published: 28/Nov/2019 5:45

by Isaac McIntyre

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The new-look Call of Duty League is set to begin with a historic opening weekend at the end of January, but that’s too long for Seth ‘Scump’ Abner, who says he wishes Modern Warfare’s “stale” offseason was ending much sooner.

The King has admitted he’s looking forward to getting into the CDL grind, and playing competitive Modern Warfare again in 2020, after slogging through “one of the more stale” offseasons he’s experienced in his near-decade long career.

It’s not been a bland experience for CoD fans, of course, who have seen the game’s entire competitive ecosystem turned on its head with the introduction of a franchised league, bringing with it city-based rosters and a raft of player moves.

For Scump, however, the pre-CDL buildup has been “most boring” because the 24-year-old has been stuck managing admin, organizing the beginning of his life with the Chicago Huntsmen, and generally preparing for the next CoD era.

Red BullScump says he’s been bored all offseason ahead of the 2020 CDL season.

“This offseason has been kind of stale, it’s probably been one of the more stale ones for me, because … a bunch of team things happened to me as you can imagine,” Scump said in the Huntsmen’s new Meet the Players series.

Offseasons are often filled with throwback tournaments and interesting pro-ams, Scump explained, and while the end of 2019 had hosted Hitch’s time-winding Black Ops 2 comp, and a pro-am Abner entered, he had barely had time to enjoy it.

“I didn’t get to go to Hitch’s throwback tournament, which would have been fun to play in… I did do the pro-am, but apart from that, and that one I missed, there wasn’t really much, and I haven’t really been doing anything,” he said.

“I’ve been trying to get a lot of my in-real-life things sorted, so when the game drops I can play it lots. I’ve just been trying to get everything sorted, but it means it’s been the most boring offseason for me personally, so it’s been really slow.”

Twitter: Chicago Huntsmen
Twitter: Chicago Huntsmen
Chicago boasts one of the more star-studded CDL rosters for the 2020 season.

That said, there’s is one positive Scump has taken from the fact that he’s barely touched video games, and missed out on one of the two offseason tournaments: he’s chomping at the bit to get his life in the Call of Duty League started.

“I’m really, really excited to get started,” he admitted. “This is probably the most excited I’ve been for a new game in a while because of the sheer boredom I’ve endured in the past couple of months. I’m ready for the change of pace.”

The King pointed to new locations like Chicago, New York, and Toronto as places that would be experiencing live competitive Call of Duty for nearly the first time, and said he was keen to “see different fans” and immerse himself in the roadshow.

MLG
MLG
Scump and FormaL have buried the hatchet ahead of the 2020 CDL season.

There’s also another reason Scump is eager to start the CDL’s regular season, though it’s another rewinding of the clock to his days with the Greenwall.

For the first time since their explosive separation at OpTic Gaming, Scump and the other half of the iconic T2P duo Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper will once again be dropping into games together, and Abner said he can’t wait to see how it goes.

“T2P is back, yes, it’s very exciting for me personally because I felt like on our old dynasty team it was me and Matt that were the heavy-hitters, and Ian and Damon would do the dirty work and pick up when we weren’t performing,” Scump said.

“Nothing’s really changed. I talked to him after we lost at Champs, and I said ‘Listen, this is childish what we’re doing, there’s no reason to be mad at each other,’ and I said I didn’t know why we had ended on such bad terms in the first place.

“We hashed things out, and got to the root of the problem, and shared what we expected of each other going into next year. To be on good terms and have him back on the squad is super exciting, and motivating. We used to do some real damage together, so I’m looking forward to continuing that this season.”

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Now, first up for Abner, Piper, and the rest of the star-studded Chicago roster, is a reunion with their former organization, OpTic, now turned into the CDL-styled Los Angeles OpTic Gaming. They meet in the very first week of the league.

While many esports stars tap into their feelings when coming up against the old banners they used to play under, Scump believes LA’s green-soaked team isn’t enough like the old Greenwall to even feel like he’s facing an old friend.

“[Our time at OpTic] is something we hold very dear to our hearts, but this point now, we’re moving forward, it’s much more than a logo,” Scump said. 

“To the fans at the Greenwall, which is no more—it’s there in theory, but it’s not necessarily there—we played for the name. It’s much more than that though, it’s a family we’ve built. I’m not going to tell people to root for us [instead], but we played for that logo and idea. We still have the same love for you guys.”

MLGScump believes the bond between him and OpTic’s fanbase transcends logos and teams.

Scump and the Huntsmen take to the field against OpTic on the weekend of January 24-26, in the CDL’s historic opening round. All twelve teams will be playing at The Armory in Minneapolis. The round will be hosted by the RØKKR.

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Best Black Ops Cold War weapons to use in Warzone

Published: 26/Nov/2020 14:42

by James Busby

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While Warzone currently shares its loadouts with Modern Warfare, it won’t be long until Black Ops Cold War’s guns are integrated into the game. Here are seven guns that you should be leveling up ahead of the cross-progression update. 

Black Ops Cold War features plenty of deadly weapons that will drastically shake up the Warzone meta, giving players even more choice when it comes to crafting the perfect loadout. Warzone will also share weapon progression with both Black Ops Cold War and Modern Warfare, so you’ll be able to level up your guns in either game. This integration will likely have a huge impact on Warzone’s current meta, especially when Treyarch adds new weapons to Black Ops Cold War.

While Modern Warfare’s ever-popular Kilo 141 and MP5 loadouts will still likely remain popular picks among players, there are a number of new and returning guns that could dethrone the current kings. As a result, we’ve put together a list of the seven best Black Ops Cold War guns you’ll want to use in Warzone. 

AK-47

AK-47 Black Ops Cold War
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Black Ops Cold War’s AK-47 will be a force to be reckoned with when it drops into Verdansk.

Best AK-47 loadout

While this Russian rifle struggled to compete in Modern Warfare’s, it has come back with a vengeance in Treyarch’s latest title. In fact, the AK-47 is the best gun in the entire game thanks to its high-damage and incredible versatility. Whether you prefer to run and gun your way to victory, or methodically pick off targets from afar, there is a loadout that caters to every kind of playstyle. 

This reliable rifle has proven so lethal that it has dominated the pro and casual CoD scene since launch. One of the most potent AK-47 builds literally has no recoil, so this could rival the new Kilo 141 when it drops. The difference between both Modern Warfare’s AK-47 and the current Black Ops Variant is night and day.

Krig 6

Krig 6
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The Krig 6 is one of the most accurate AR’s in the game.

Best Krig 6 loadout

The Krig 6 has been making a name for itself thanks to its low recoil and methodical fire rate. While it doesn’t deal as much damage as the AK-47, it makes up for this with its fantastic precision. Warzone is dominated by assault rifles like the Kilo 141, Grau 5.56, and M13 as these weapons enable the user to beam opponents without the need to wrestle with any finicky recoil patterns.

After all, being able to effortlessly hit players from across all ranges is a huge bonus to any Warzone player looking to increase their kill count. The Krig 6 also boasts excellent weapon control and quick reloads, making it a great pick for those that prefer to seek out those all-important headshots. 

M16

M16 Black Ops Cold War
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Only time will tell whether this classic assault rifle has what it takes to wreak havoc across Verdansk.

Best M16 loadout

Modern Warfare’s FAMAS demonstrated just how bad burst rifles could be in Warzone, but the M16 could change this notion completely. Unlike the FAMAS, Black Ops Cold War’s M16 can dish out highly accurate rounds in a matter of seconds. In fact, the iconic burst rifle was recently nerfed as it was overperforming.

Despite Treyarch toning down its damage range and slightly increasing its delay between bursts, this AR still absolutely melts opponents. Any gun that can accurately drop an enemy in a couple of bursts is always going to pique the interest of Warzone players. As proven by gameplay in Fireteam: Dirty Bomb, the M16 can quickly down even the most well-armored of enemies. 

MP5

MP5 Black Ops Cold War
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The MP5 still continues to dominate the SMG competition.

Best MP5 loadout

A lot of Call of Duty fans were left disappointed when they found that the MP5 still remained at the top of the SMG rankings. Multiplayer lobbies were dominated by this lightning-fast SMG during Black Ops Cold War’s launch week, and it’s not hard to see why. Despite the recent nerf, the MP5 still boasts high rates of fire, great mobility, and decent close-quarters damage.

Whether this variant will prove as lethal as the Warzone’s current MP5 remains to be seen, but we expect the new attachments will certainly allow it to rival its predecessor. 

Type 63

Type 63 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
The Type 63 is one Tactical Rifle that is worth adding to your arsenal.

Best Type 63 loadout

While the Type 63 shares a few similarities to Modern Warfare’s EBR-14, it is better in every single way. Not only does it have a significantly lower recoil pattern, it can also unleash some incredibly fast two shot kills. Equipping the 18.3” Strike Team barrel will not only speed up this semi-auto rifle’s fire rate, but it will also increase its damage. 

While most semi-auto rifles are often plagued by sluggish fire rates, high recoil, and lackluster magazine sizes, the Type 63 doesn’t fall victim to these negatives. Just like Warzone’s Marksman Rifles, the Type 63 offers sniper-like precision and damage with the added bonus of mobility. 

AUG

AUG Black Ops Cold War
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The AUG’s highly accurate burst fire makes it lethal across all ranges.

Best AUG loadout

Unlike Modern Warfare’s full-auto AUG SMG, Black Ops Cold War’s variant offers greater accuracy and range. This burst-fire tactical rifle is capable of dealing even more damage than the M16, especially when it’s equipped with the 19.6” Match Grade Barrel. This increases its effective damage range by 100%, making it hit even harder across mid to long-range distances. 

Burst fire weapons have obviously been lacking in Warzone, but Black Ops’ AUG could quickly change that. 

Stoner 63

Stoner 63 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
The Stoner 63 could rival the popular Bruen and PKM loadouts.

LMGs have been somewhat lacking in Black Ops Cold War due to their overall bulk and slower ADS times. However, this isn’t the case in Warzone. After all, the Bruen, PKM, and the FiNN are prime examples of how LMGs can dominate the competition. 

The Stoner 63 is arguably the best suited LMG for Warzone. This is partly down to a combination of speed and accuracy. While both the RPD and M60 offer better damage, their poor accuracy makes them difficult to recommend. Simply attach the SALVO 125 RND Fast Mag and the Airborne Elastic Wrap to begin getting those game-winning squad wipes. 


So there you have it, seven of the best Black Ops Cold War guns you should be using in Warzone. If you want to keep updated with all the latest Call of Duty news and updates, then follow us over on @DexertoIntel.