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Shroud gives his verdict on new Holger-26 LMG in Modern Warfare Season 1

Published: 6/Dec/2019 1:08

by Isaac McIntyre

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Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek has revealed his thoughts on Modern Warfare’s new Season 1 light machine gun, the Holger-26, and explained how he thinks players could get the most out of the “satisfying” new weapon.

Modern Warfare’s first seasonal release marked the biggest post-release content drop ever seen in Call of Duty, and with it came the first two guns to be added to the game: the RAM-7 assault rifle and Holger-26 light machine gun.

These weapons, which are available to all players for free once they level up their seasonal Battle Pass, have already taken over a handful of multiplayer playlists as players, including Mixer star shroud, try to get their eye in with the new additions.

After playing on the newly added return to fan-favorite map Crash, and diving into a series of huge battles in Ground War, the former CSGO professional has delivered his thoughts on the new LMG, and they’re not exactly positive.

“It’s got a lot of recoil, but it shreds… it looks so fucking cool, I love the AK-style look,” shroud said, and added that he loved the clip size. “This gun has a lot of bullets, this is a Ground War type of gun. It has so many bullets!”

Infinity WardShroud says he isn’t sure how to feel about Season 1’s Holger-26.

Like all weapons in the Call of Duty franchise, however, the Holger-26 seems to suffer when not fully decked-out with the dozens of attachments available in Modern Warfare, and shroud noticed a definite drop in quality on the ‘naked’ LMG.

“Oh my god, this gun is kind of ass [without attachments],” the Mixer star said after failing to claim a double-kill despite getting the drop on his opponents. “I’m really hoping his gun has some good attachments, because it’s pretty bad without them.”

The other four LMGs currently in Modern Warfare all see a significant power-spike once dialed up with optics, stocks, and extended mags, so shroud made sure to check back in with the Holger once he’d grabbed a few of the unlocks.

Infinity WardModern Warfare Season One, which includes the Holger, brought with it one of the biggest content drops in franchise history.

Unfortunately, he still seemed to struggle with the weapon, and suggested that he might have to wait until he had some of the “better” choices to load the LMG up with before he truly damned the “kind of ass” gun to gather dust in the vault.

“This is pretty good… wait, it’s kind of ass, to be honest,” the streamer flip-flopped as he battled through looming tanks, and high-stakes helicopter escapes in a player-loaded Ground War playlist armed with the light machine gun.

“This gun could be good, I think, if you get the level 49 laser, which I’d say is a really good laser. The sights are kind of meh, but you could add the viper to it, and I think that would be really good. The irons are poo-poo.”

“This gun might be fun once I kit it, it looks kind of fun already. Just hold and bounce dude, I was spraying people down, that’s funny. Even the noise is really satisfying.”

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While Mixer’s human aimbot may not be completely sold on the Holger, that’s not to say that other players might not enjoy the bullet-loaded machine gun, so make sure you jump into a game with it once you unlock it at Tier 15 on the Battle Pass.

There’s also plenty of other new things to unlock in the game’s first season, including watches, experience tokens, player cards, emblems, knife skins, and more, so players better get cracking if they want to earn all of Season 1’s new goodies.

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OpTic & Empire dominate CDL Kickoff Classic 2021: Final scores & recap

Published: 25/Jan/2021 1:00 Updated: 25/Jan/2021 1:48

by Albert Petrosyan

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The Call of Duty League’s 2021 campaign is here and Black Ops Cold War action kicked off with a preseason Kickoff Classic – where fans finally got to see OpTic Chicago and the Dallas Empire dominate an otherwise incredibly even field.


  • OpTic Chicago sweep LA Thieves 3-0 in Battle of the Brands
  • Shocking parity as four of six matches went to Map 5
  • Dallas Empire continued CDL Champs form with easy sweep

CDL Kickoff Classic: Final scores

Saturday, January 23

Match PST EST GMT (UK) AEDT (AUS)
Dallas Empire 3-0 New York Subliners 12:00 PM 3:00 PM 8:00 PM 7:00 AM (Jan 24)
LA Guerrillas 3-2 Seattle Surge 1:30 PM 4:30 PM 9:30 PM 8:30 AM (Jan 24)
Atlanta FaZe 2-3 Florida Mutineers 3:00 PM 6:00 PM 11:00 PM 10:00 AM (Jan 24)

Empire continue championship form, FaZe (and Surge) falter

The Dallas Empire were the best Call of Duty team in 2020 and that form has lasted into 2021. The day started with 2020 MVP Anthony ‘Shotzzy’ Cuevas-Castro racking up 35 kills and just 17 deaths with almost two minutes of hill time on Map 1, but then it became the Indervir ‘iLLeY’ Dhaliwal show as the upsurging player hit star form with some huge clutches.

With Empire cleaning up their former teammate James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks’ New York Subliners, the day moved on with two tight Map 5’s. First, Bryan ‘Apathy’ Zhelyazkov and the Los Angeles Guerrillas outdueled a revamped Seattle Surge 3-2 and then, in a twist few saw coming, the Florida Mutineers came back against the Atlanta FaZe.

As Cesar ‘Skyz’ Bueno returned to the form that earned him MVP candidacy in 2020, the Mutineers flew back from a 2-1 deficit and eventually clinched the 3-2 victory against a FaZe team who stood near the top of most standings for this season.

Sunday, January 24

Match PST EST GMT (UK) AEDT (AUS)
London Royal Ravens 2-3 Paris Legion 12:00 PM 3:00 PM 8:00 PM 7:00 AM (Jan 25)
Toronto Ultra 2-3 Minnesota ROKKR 1:30 PM 4:30 PM 9:30 PM 8:30 AM (Jan 25)
OpTic Chicago 3-0 LA Thieves 3:00 PM 6:00 PM 11:00 PM 10:00 AM (Jan 25)

OpTic ruin 100 Thieves’ return to Call of Duty

On Day 1, the Dallas Empire pulled off a sweep before the next two matches went to a tight Map 5. On Day 2, things stayed consistent as revamped Paris Legion and Minnesota ROKKR rosters pulled off Map 5 wins against the London Royal Ravens and Toronto Ultra, respectively.

But the impressive showcase of league parity quickly ended and the Kickoff Classic returned to where it started: with a dominant, 3-0 sweep by a championship contender. After Skrapz got the feel-good moment for beating his former Royal Ravens and MajorManiak got to show FaZe that they dropped a guy who can actually win tie-breakers, OpTic went ahead and gashed the hopes of excited LA Thieves fans.

On Map 1, Dashy returned to form with an elite 11 kill-streak. Later, Envoy hit his own double-digit kill-streak. And throughout, the infamous T2P duo proved they were…ready to pound. Texas FormaL is real and, although it was just a show match, it seems that OpTic’s championship hopes are very real too.

CDL Kickoff Classic: Teams & players

With this being the first official CDL matches in Black Ops Cold War, a lot of eyes were on new rosters. Two of the most intriguing revamped rosters came with the year’s new brands: OpTic Chicago and the Los Angeles Thieves.

With Arcitys going to Atlanta, Dashy going to Chicago and Temp going to LA, the consequences of roster reshuffling were key points for fans to keep track of during the Kickoff Classic. And early impressions suggest that Chicago is comfortable, while the other two have more work to do.

All 12 teams had to make at least one change due to the switch to a 4v4 format, with some opting to completely revamp their squads.

Team Players
Atlanta FaZe Simp, aBeZy, Cellium, Arcitys
Dallas Empire Crimsix, Shotzzy, Huke, iLLeY
Florida Mutineers Skyz, Havok, Owakening, Slacked
London Royal Ravens Seany, Alexx, Dylan, Zer0
Los Angeles Guerrillas SiLLY, Assault, Vivid, Apathy
Los Angeles Thieves SlasheR, Kenny, TJHaLy, Temp
Minnesota ROKKR Attach, Accuracy, Priestahh, MajorManiak
New York Subliners ZooMaa, Clayster, Mack, HyDra
OpTic Chicago Scump, FormaL, Envoy, Dashy
Paris Legion Skrapz, Classic, AquA, Fire
Seattle Surge Octane, Gunless, Prestinni, Loony
Toronto Ultra Methodz, Bance, CleanX, Cammy