Call of Duty legend Seth ‘Scump’ Abner is going to be a hot target for future franchised orgs to sign, but the pro says it’s going to take quite a bit to get him to move.
Activision Blizzard’s upcoming Call of Duty franchised league has orgs and pros thinking hard about their future since city-based teams are set to rule the landscape in the 2020 season.
For players specifically, this could mean they’ll have to completely pack up and move out to their respective teams’ cities. For a lot of players, that’s an easy choice to make, but it could take extra convincing from veterans who’ve already won it all.
Scump has a lot of accolades to his name, so moving anywhere would take a lot of enticing from prospective buyers.
While he doesn’t foresee pros moving out in the inaugural year of the league, if the day comes when he has to move to a far-away city, he’s going to need to be justly compensated.
“Depends what the cash is like,” Scump said on the possibility of moving to a city he probably wouldn’t want to live in just to compete. “If I’m going to uproot my whole life to go move somewhere else, then yeah.”
He agreed with Courage’s summation that he’d “have to be paid very, very well” in order to commit to a long term living situation outside of his home in Texas.
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As Nadeshot made a quip about Scump having to get a “supermax” contract in order to move out, Scump went on to say: “I’m getting a bag.”
Contrary to murmurs from pros that Nadeshot has been hearing from, Scump doesn’t think relocation for players will be anytime soon.
“I don’t think we’re going to have to live in other cities,” Scump said. “At least for the first year… Year two (or) Year three, potentially, yeah. But Year one we’re not going to have to move.”
Regardless, the signing window for CDL teams opened September 3 and teams will be looking to bolster their roster with the best talent to represent their cities. However, even with the window open, not one CDL team has pulled the trigger on signing a player as of yet.
The October 15 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War patch introduces the crossplay open beta with a series of changes and adjustments to sliding and weapons, as well as some new maps, modes, and guns.
Call of Duty enthusiasts will be thrilled to find out that Treyarch and Raven Software’s October 15 update explicitly addresses the sliding mechanics (particularly with the Duster Stock equipped) and the Milano 821 SMG.
Both issues were considered problematic and broken by the competitive community especially, so they’re obvious highlights within a large patch — even amongst a variety of new weapons, adjustments, maps, and modes.
If you don’t care about sliding though, you will be excited to find out that two new maps, Ruka and Alpine, are entering the fray alongside three modes that are new to the beta: Hardpoint, Control, and Fireteam: Dirty Bomb.
As explained in the October 15 patch notes, the two new maps and three new modes are accompanied by a series of other additions. For weapons, the newest “tools of the trade” are the LW3 Tundra sniper rifle, QBZ-83 assault rifle, RPD light machine gun, RPG-7 launcher, Magnum pistol, and more.
Among perks, the newcomers are Cold Blooded, Flak Jacket, Quartermaster, and Ninja. For scorestreaks, Napalm Strike, Air Patrol, and Chopper Gunner have all been added. For wildcards, Gunfighter and Perk Greed become available. And, finally, there is new equipment (Molotov, Decoy Grenade, Semtex) and a new field upgrade (Jammer) to play around with.
All of these additions can be used at different levels of progression, with the open beta’s level cap opening up until 40 by October 17.
The Black Ops Cold War beta is hitting its second week, with crossplay enabled and a ton of changes.
Black Ops Cold War Beta Weekend 2 patch notes
Reduced the speed of the initial slide impulse and slightly shortened slide duration.
During the PS4 Beta, we found players over-relying on sliding to traverse ground quickly or engage in close quarters, making it difficult to target players in the open. Our goal is for sliding to function as a smooth transition to cover, escape, or transition to a crouching stance. This weekend’s changes result in a snappier slide that better fit our goals for the mechanic.
Significantly reduced slide speed with the Duster Stock attachment equipped.
In Weekend 1, the Duster Stock attachment accounted for massive slide speed increases that didn’t fit into our more grounded combat loop. With this new change, Duster Stock now offers a modest improvement in slide speed that is more balanced with other attachment offerings.
Reduced damage falloff range.
This update causes the 4-hit kill range to turn to 5 hits at 12.8 meters, down from 19.2 meters during the PS4 Beta.
Slightly reduced recoil.
We’d like to see the AK-47 remain a top contender for assault rifle picks, and it was barely edged out by the XM4 and Krig 6 in the PS4 Beta. By reducing its recoil, we’re giving AK-47 users a better opportunity to compete.
Increased time between bursts from .216s to .233s.
This weapon’s high lethality and well-rounded attributes allowed it to over-perform even outside of its intended role during the PS4 Beta. This change keeps the M16’s power and accuracy while requiring more precision.
Our new recoil system tuning made this weapon a bit too difficult to hit multiple shots on target. We’ve toned down the recoil to make it more effective as the precision weapon it was meant to be.
Slightly reduced hipfire spread.
While the RPD can be effective at long range, we’ve improved its close-range reliability compared to the PS4 Beta.
Adjusted medium-range damage to require three hits to kill instead of two at mid-range.
This was an extremely effective secondary throughout the PS4 Beta. With this tuning update, it will still take two hits to eliminate an enemy within a short range, just not quite as far out.
Reduced some recoil bonuses.
This attachment came with too many strengths without enough tradeoffs during the PS4 Beta, particularly with how much it reduced recoil. This update reduces some of those bonuses while still making them notably beneficial.
Reduced the range at the Field Mic can detect players who are crouching, ADS walking, or moving but not sprinting.
During the PS4 Beta, this Field Upgrade did not incentivize counter-play as much as we were planning for. The Field Mic will now be less effective at detecting footstep noise from players who move more slowly.
Reduced the damage on the outer half of the Frag Grenade’s splash damage radius.
While we expect Frag Grenade usage to drop significantly in the Crossplay Open Beta as more Wildcard and lethal options open up, we also agree with the feedback that frags resulted in kills a little too often.
Known PC Issues and Workarounds
Mouse Wheel Input Delay defaults at 0, which is lower than intended.
Workaround: The player can adjust the value for the mouse wheel delay input in Settings. Recommended default value is 80.
When many audio devices are available, it is not possible to view or select the last one from the drop-down list.
Workaround: These audio devices can be selected using the keyboard.
Some players on AMD GPUs may experience frequent packet burst spikes during gameplay.
Workaround: Lowering the Graphics Settings can alleviate the severity of this issue.
The Milano has been one of BOCW’s most notorious guns as an excellent SMG.
As for some of the other changes, a new Combined Arms Moshpit playlist has been added alongside the more intriguing mode additions: Hardpoint, Control, and Fireteam: Dirty Bomb. The newest map, Ruka, is focused specifically on Fireteam, as a sandbox-style map that accommodates the mode’s 10-team, 40-player mayhem.
Hardpoint will be playable on Cartel, Miami, Satellite, and Moscow this weekend, with a visual indicator added to show your team where the next hill will be. Further, Control will debut on October 17 and will be playable on Cartel, Miami, and Moscow.
As for the other newest map, Alpine, it is sure to be a snowy, mountainside experience with both long sightlines and close-quarters combat. And it’s a reminder of Call of Duty’s mantra: Stay frosty.