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Scump shares concerns over Huntsmen’s online chances at CDL Champs

Published: 6/Jul/2020 13:32 Updated: 6/Jul/2020 13:36

by Joe Craven

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Seth ‘Scump’ Abner, Call of Duty veteran and Chicago Huntsmen SMG, has outlined his concerns for his team following the news that the 2020 CDL Playoffs will be played online. 

The inaugural CDL season has been far from ideal, with the ongoing global health crisis forcing the overwhelming majority of competitions online. As countries slowly reopen, there was quiet hope in the CoD community that the first CDL Championships could be played on LAN, even if it was without the presence of fans.

However, on July 4, the CDL confirmed that this season’s playoffs and Championship weekend will be played online because of the ongoing health risks.

There was a mixed response in the community, with some frustrated but others understanding the exceptional circumstances the CDL has to navigate.

While Scump tweeted that he “understood” the decision, he outlined his concerns for his Chicago Huntsmen roster during a July 4 live stream.

He said: “The teams that have been performing recently all have crazy splits. Florida’s got like two [players in] Chicago, one tri-state and one Texas… For us, we have four [in] Texas and one [in] California, so most of our matches, we’re playing on a Chicago server.”

Four players in the same location may have previously benefitted the Huntsmen, but the ability for teams to veto servers now works against them. Because they have four players in Texas, most teams will veto the Texas servers to avoid giving the Huntsmen an advantage.

Some Twitch viewers suggested to Scump that FormaL needs to move to Texas, following the latter’s announcement that he would not be travelling from his home in California. Regardless, Scump explained why FormaL’s location is not that important.

“Even if he did come to Texas, we’re still in the same boat,” Abner said. “We’re playing on Chicago [servers] pretty much every series, and we’re playing against people that live in Chicago… Every team is just gonna veto Texas against us, and the next closest server that’s gonna get played on is Chicago.”

While the CDL have announced multiple measures to boost competitive integrity, playing any major tournament online was bound to result in certain teams facing geographical issues.

Whether the Florida Mutineers can take their online form into the biggest tournament of Modern Warfare remains to be seen, but the likes of Dallas Empire, Atlanta FaZe and, of course, the Huntsmen, will be hot on their heels.

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Black Ops Cold War already set new Call of Duty player record in the Beta

Published: 23/Oct/2020 6:20

by Brad Norton

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The Call of Duty franchise is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon as Treyarch’s recent Black Ops Cold War Beta went above expectations and shattered records.

Ever since the release of the first CoD title in 2003, the franchise has only continued to grow. Year after year more players hop on board to see what the latest title has in store. Whether fans gravitate towards single-player campaigns, cooperative experiences, or classic multiplayer competition, there’s something for everyone.

2020 is shaping up to be no different as Treyarch is firing on all cylinders for the Black Ops Cold War release. Everything from Zombies to Warzone will be on offer and it’s already clear that the community is hungry for it all.

After an impressive Alpha test on the PlayStation 4 that became the biggest in franchise history, that record has once again been broken. This time, by the Black Ops Cold War Beta that followed just weeks later.

Having kicked off exclusively for PS4 users on October 8 before jumping to all platforms on October 15, the Black Ops Cold War Beta was played by a staggering number of people. In fact, it was “the most downloaded [Beta] in Call of Duty history,” the developers revealed on October 23.

No exact figures were revealed for the history Beta. Though it being publicly available across Xbox One, PS4, and PC over the final days was sure to have helped boost the figures.

Not only is this a hugely positive sign before the launch of Black Ops Cold War, but it continues a trend from previous iterations. 2019’s Modern Warfare also broke records with its early access Beta period. 

Last year’s records also didn’t come with any specific numbers, though Activision assured the Modern Warfare Beta attracted more players than ever before.

Also of note, those players logged more hours played than any Beta in franchise history. It’s now clear that Black Ops Cold War has been yet another step up in terms of early engagement.

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The Black Ops Cold War Beta was live across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

It’s obviously too early to tell just how this might indicate sales for the release come November 13. However, to get into the Beta early, a majority of players needed to preorder on their platform of choice. So that’s certainly a good sign just weeks out from launch.

2019’s Modern Warfare topped over $600 million in sales across its first three days on the market. That instantly made it the highest-selling CoD of the generation. Though Black Ops Cold War could be on track to go even further this year.