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Shroud explains why “fun” Call of Duty Blackout mode was doomed to fail

Published: 3/Mar/2020 4:09

by Isaac McIntyre


Call of Duty’s first foray into the battle royale genre with Black Ops 4’s Blackout was always doomed to fail, Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek believes, with timing, playerbase, and the nature of the franchise all playing a role in its demise.

While he’s been dabbling in Escape from Tarkov recently, and had a stint playing World of Warcraft Classic when the remade MMORPG first launched, shroud has ⁠— for the most part ⁠— stuck to what he knows best: shooters.

In particular, the Mixer superstar is a leading name in a host of first-person battle royales, from PUBG and Apex Legends, to Call of Duty’s short-lived first stint in the genre, Blackout, which launched in Treyach’s Black Ops 4.

During his March 1 stream, one loyal fan asked Grzesiek if they could pay him $6.90 to give Blackout “one more chance.” The Mixer star declined the request, and explained he wouldn’t be able to anyway because of the playerbase.

According to the streaming star, Blackout was always going to struggle to keep interest after its release, especially its PC version, and added the timing of Treyach’s battle royale release just added to its rapid-paced disappearance.

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Shroud said he doesn’t expect he’ll ever return to Blackout due to the dwindling playerbase.

At its core, Blackout was a “fun” title, shroud said, but because Call of Duty is primarily a console-based franchise, and Apex Legends exploded onto the scene soon after the battle royale was finally finding its feet, interest died out.

“Nobody plays that on PC anymore, I promise. I promise if I tried to dabble in it, and tried to play it on PC, I bet you I don’t even get a lobby,” shroud told his fan eager to see him return to Black Ops 4’s coastal 100-player warzone.

The Mixer star added Blackout may still be thriving on console, but a few external factors denied it the chance to really stretch its wings — Call of Duty’s yearly releases, and the arrival of Respawn’s Apex launch in February.

“Blackout was a fun game actually… it was an Apex before Apex Legends existed. That’s what Blackout was, and it was sick. I really enjoyed it, and it only got better. Games like that don’t last on PC though,” he added.

And that, at its core, was the reason it suffered, he said. With the player bases split, dwindling lobby-counts were felt all the harsher. “I was hoping to see some crossplay in the future, but we just never got it,” shroud concluded.

For mobile readers, the related segment begins at 12:35 in the video below.

Funnily enough, shroud’s 2020 sentiments echo what he first said about Treyach’s battle royale back in October 2018: “At the end of the day it’s CoD, and I feel people are going to get over it pretty quick,” he said.

At the time he was streaming with Tyler ‘Ninja’ Blevins, who disagreed “because of the battle royale,” and suggested the franchise titles only get old when they’re based around the annual multiplayer features of the games.

In the end, however, shroud was right, and it leaves one wondering if Modern Warfare’s new Warzone battle royale will fair any better.

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Will Warzone suffer a similar fate to Blackout after it releases this month?

Call of Duty fans will know the answer soon enough, it seems, after famous game leaker TheGamingRevolution revealed Infinity Ward’s take on the ever-popular battle royale genre could be dropping on March 10.’

That’s not all that’s been leaked either: character animations, in-game challenges, and the amount of players set to duke it out have all been dug out of the title’s code ⁠— now all that’s left is to see if Warzone outlasts Blackout.

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Envoy explains why SMGs “are not viable” in Black Ops Cold War

Published: 26/Nov/2020 7:25

by Brad Norton


Black Ops Cold War may have some strong Submachine Guns, but OpTic Chicago’s Dylan ‘Envoy’ Hannon believes Assault Rifles are absolutely dominant when it comes to competitive play.

Treyarch’s latest release has barely been out for a few weeks but a meta is already forming. As Call of Duty League teams get valuable practice time in, and dozens of early tournaments set the tone, a trend seems to have emerged.

2019’s Modern Warfare featured a solid mix of SMGs and ARs throughout the year. However, Black Ops Cold War is all but dominated by ARs, according to both Envoy and OpTic teammate Seth ‘Scump’ Abner.

While scrimming Atlanta FaZe and a few other CDL teams, they “were getting bodied,” due to the AR dominance. “The subs are not viable in this game at all,” Envoy followed up.

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Could SMGs be struggling to keep up all year in Black Ops Cold War? Envoy certainly thinks so.

As the primary SMG user on the team, Envoy is the one that will be sticking to the class for essentially every single map. Previous years have featured various mixes of roles, though this year appears to be leaning towards a three-to-one split: Three players running with ARs, and just one with an SMG in-hand.

“On certain maps it’s like three (ARs) and one sub on each team,” Scump explained. However, certain teams are even going a step beyond that due to the sheer power of ARs in Black Ops Cold War.

“We ran into New York and they ran four AK74’s on Moscow,” Envoy said. “I was mind blown. I feel like subs are just harder in this game. We switched to the AK-74u and it’s a bit easier but the MP5 was just impossible.”

Obviously, it’s still early days. Things could change drastically before the start of the 2021 season. Balance updates are already coming through from Treyarch, so SMGs could get some love sooner than later. For the time being though, Black Ops Cold War has Envoy “wishing [he] had an AR.”

The relevant topic begins at the 1:41 mark below.

This isn’t entirely a result of weapon balancing either. There’s more that goes into shaping the meta than first meets the eye. “It’s part of the map design too,” Envoy explained. “How many [head glitches], how many open lanes, where the hills are at.” With four ARs, some objectives are “just unbreakable.”

There’s no date set in stone for the 2021 season just yet. Though we’ll be sure to keep you updated as the meta evolves in the lead-up to the next year of CDL action.