Sledgehammer Responds to Clayster, Ending the Ardennes Forest Mystery Tree Scandal - Dexerto
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Sledgehammer Responds to Clayster, Ending the Ardennes Forest Mystery Tree Scandal

Published: 2/Jul/2018 18:56 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:06

by Vincent Genova


Sledgehammer Games has finally addressed the recent discussions regarding the Ardennes Forest map in CoD: WWII, putting an end to the debate once and for all.

Social media began filling with posts from players who to noticed what they thought were two additional trees near the Cave Hardpoint on Ardennes Forest. Many were upset to see more trees on Forest, because the map struggles with consistent aim assist due to them.

James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks, a pro CoD player for eUnited, tweeted out an image of the trees in question, expressing his sarcastic disgust.

The CoD community quickly jumped on the issue, loading up Ardennes to look for themselves and see how the new map layout would play. Some players welcomed the new changes, while others continued to deride it.

There was just one problem, nothing actually changed on Ardennes Forest. Older images of the game were brought up as a comparison and failed to reveal anything different. The two trees in question have been on the map since the game launched.

Although most players quickly switched to laughing about the mystery trees, including jokes about the smoke tactical, a number of community members were not convinced there were no changes.

Thankfully, or maybe unfortunately, Clayster’s initial tweet set off alarm bells over at Sledgehammer Games, who sent devs to investigate the code for additional trees on Ardennes Forest.

Sledgehammer found nothing, confirming that the Call of Duty community had temporarily lost its mind over the weekend.

The Ardennes Forest tree saga has ended with a humorous GIF from Sledgehammer.

Clayster apologized for being Patient Zero in the Ardennes Forest tree mystery, and took one last jab at smokes.

The CWL resumes on Monday, July 2nd with the Pro League Challenge, before the CWL Pro League picks back up on Tuesday, July 3rd. Ardennes Forest will have the same amount of trees for both competitions.

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2021 CDL Challengers info announced: Scouting & Elite Series

Published: 30/Oct/2020 17:42 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 18:35

by Bill Cooney


The Call of Duty League has announced all-new details for upcoming 2021 Challengers events, and there will be even more ways for up and coming players to show their stuff.

Call of Duty Challengers is the official “path to pro” circuit for amateur CoD esports players around the world, and there are two brand new events being added to the circuit in 2021 – the Scouting Series and Challengers Elite.

The 2019 season wrapped up in August with the $500k finals crowning the top teams in North America, Europe and Asia. Once again, players looking for their big break are eagerly awaiting the next opportunity.

They won’t have to be patient for very long either, with the first new Challengers event kicking off just a couple of weeks at the time of writing, in early December with the Scouting Series.

This Series will bring together CDL coaches to draft their own squads from one big pool of all the players that secure an invite. These teams will be split up into EU and NA competitions and will play against teams from their region over the course of the four-day tournament.

Elite is the second new event, and will put the top amateur teams from Challengers into an exclusive bracket to battle it out, sometime “over the course of the 2021 Season.”

Challengers Cups were first introduced in 2019 and will be returning in 2021 as well. These will be standalone tournaments  players across North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region. Through the Cups and the competitive Ladder, players can earn Challengers points which are used to qualify and seed teams for various events throughout the season.

Call of Duty Challengers players at LAN event
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Challengers brings together the best amateur CoD players from around the world to compete.

Specific dates for the upcoming 2021 season events are still unknown, but we’ll keep you posted on them as information becomes available.

If you’re interested in seeing if you and your team have what it takes, you can get more information on how to sign up and get going right here. There’s no guarantee you’ll be the next player on the Dallas Empire or anything like that, but if you’re confident in your ability to frag out, it can’t hurt to give it a shot.