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Stats show which teams made the best roster changes for CWL Fort Worth

Published: 19/Mar/2019 15:30 Updated: 19/Mar/2019 16:22

by Calum Patterson

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Ahead of the second event of the Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 season, CWL Fort Worth, a handful of Pro League teams made changes – but which ones paid off the most?

The winners of Fort Worth, Luminosity, and runners-up Splyce, actually made no roster changes at all, so there is an argument that sticking together is sometimes the best option. But, that would be ignoring the disappointing performances of eUnited, OpTic and Envy, who all placed outside of the top eight.

So, of the teams who did make roster changes, who had the biggest impact on improving the team? 

Using adjusted K/D (which weights SnD K/D slightly higher to give a more accurate picture of overall impact) via CoDStats, here are the best performers on new teams.

Attach joined Evil Geniuses after failing to make the Pro League with FaZe Clan.

6. Attach – aK/D: 1.20, K/D: 1.17

It’s true that Evil Geniuses only won two maps throughout the whole event, crashing out in top 16, so we can’t place him higher on this list. But EG’s placing wasn’t for lack of trying on the part of new recruit Dillon ‘Attach‘ Price.

Admittedly, he only had 14 maps total to impress but impress he did. An adjusted K/D ratio of 1.20 sees him 5th overall, and well ahead of his next highest teammate, Royalty, who put up only a 0.94 aK/D. 

Attach was easily their best individual performer, and Evil Geniuses will need to hold on to him if they hope to improve as a team.

Parzelion eliminated his old team, Midnight Esports, at Fort Worth.

5. Parzelion – aK/D: 1.17, K/D: 1.21

After a turbulent rostermania period for Midnight Esports, star player Saul ‘Parzelion’ Masse-Siguenza was essentially forced into finding a new team and landed on UYU.

UYU will be thankful for the addition though, as he put up impressive numbers all weekend, and was a major factor in wins over Heretics and his former organization, Midnight. He was 8th overall in adjusted K/D for the event.

They were eliminated by eventual 3rd place team Reciprocity and placed top 12, but Parzelion proved to be a major asset for this new UYU roster.

Like Parzelion, Envoy was forced out of Midnight, but landed on his feet with Gen.G.

4. Envoy – aK/D: 1.06, K/D: 1.13

When Michael ‘SpaceLy’ Schmale was dropped from Gen.G, it shocked most of the competitive community, pro players included. But, Gen.G players had obviously seen the talent of Dylan ‘Envoy’ Hannon, and when he became available, made their move to secure his signature.

On their way to a top 8 finish, Gen.G topped their pool before running into eventual champions LG in the first round. They put up a valiant effort, taking LG to a map five, and then eliminated OpTic in the losers bracket, again by way of a game five.

Envoy undoubtedly improved Gen.G’s slaying power and should be able to help them hold on to their top spot in Division A of the Pro League.

Black Ops 4 started badly for Chino on G2, but he made an instant impact with Enigma6.

3. Chino – aK/D: 0.98, K/D: 0.95

Although his stats are not as good as others mentioned here, Martin ‘Chino‘ Chino proved his worth by playing a big hand in getting Enigma6 a top 6 finish, the organization’s highest finish since CWL Anaheim 2017.

Enigma6’s overall performance was a massive improvement over their top 32 placing at the first event, CWL Las Vegas, and Chino might just be what the team needs to push them into the top half of Division B in the Pro League.

Priestahh’s tournament was cut short by illness, but he played a big role in their impressive 20-10 map count.

2. Priestahh – aK/D: 1.06, K/D: 1.10

Perhaps 100 Thieves and Preston ‘Priestahh‘ Greener would have been number one on this list if it wasn’t for an unfortunate illness striking the former FaZe Clan player at the worst possible time.

100 Thieves were easily one of the most improved teams at Fort Worth, and while credit must be given to the turnaround made by players like Kenny ‘Kenny‘ Williams and new coach James ‘Crowder‘ Crowder, Priestahh was crucial in their new found success.

Even while being violently sick, Priestahh managed a 50 kill hardpoint game against Enigma6, and once he’s back to full health, 100T should be ready to hold on to their top spot in Division B.

1. Dylan – aK/D: 1.09, K/D 1.08

Reciprocity may have missed out on reaching the Grand Final, but the fact they even made the winners final, after only managing top 12 at CWL Las Vegas, is largely due to the stellar performance of Dylan ‘Dylan’ Henderson.

Replacing Denholm ‘Denz’ Taylor on the starting lineup, Dylan made an instant impact, leading Reciprocity in slaying, and finishing the event in 13th overall for aK/D. Reciprocity won the ‘group of death’ before going on a four-game winning streak through the losers bracket, defeating UYU, Gen.G, Red Reserve and 100T, before finally losing to Splyce.

Reciprocity now turn their attention back to the Pro League, where they sit second from bottom in Division A with a 2-5 record, but with the addition of Dylan, they will be considered one of the team’s most likely to turn it around.

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CoD 2021 leaks: Release date, next Call of Duty developer, rumors

Published: 15/Jan/2021 17:11

by James Busby

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From credible rumors to speculated release dates, find out everything you need to know about Call of Duty 2021. 

The ever-popular Call of Duty series has remained a staple pick for those looking to show off their quick reflexes and eagle-eyed aim. Whether you enjoy futuristic firefights or prefer the boots on the ground approach, Call of Duty has delivered numerous experiences over the years.

From the brutal battlefields of WWII to present-day conflicts, the series has continually visited and revisited numerous theatres of war with each new entry. 

With the next title on the horizon, let’s run through everything we know about CoD 2021. 

CoD 2021 release date

Black Ops Cold War screenshot
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Black Ops Cold War is the latest title to be released.

As of writing, we don’t have an official release date set for Call of Duty 2021. However, that hasn’t stopped us from making an educated guess. By following similar CoD release title trends, it’s fair to speculate that the game will release in early to mid-November. 

After all, the previous Call of Duty games all had November releases. Here’s a brief timeline of previous CoD release dates: 

  • Call of Duty 3: November 7, 2006
  • Modern Warfare: November 7, 2007
  • World at War: November 11, 2008
  • Modern Warfare 2: November 10, 2009
  • Black Ops: November 9, 2010
  • Modern Warfare 3: November 8, 2011
  • Black Ops II: November 13, 2012
  • Ghosts: November 5, 2013
  • Advanced Warfare: November 4, 2014
  • Black Ops III: November 6, 2015
  • Infinite Warfare: November 4, 2016
  • WWII: November 3, 2017
  • Black Ops 4: October 12, 2018
  • Black Ops Cold War: November 13, 2020

While Infinity Ward changed things up with the release of Modern Warfare on October 25, 2019, it is more than likely that CoD 2021 will keep to the usual November schedule. 

Call of Duty 2021 developer

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Activision / Sledgehammer Games
Sledgehammer’s last release was Call of Duty WWII.

So, now that we have an idea of when Call of Duty 2021 could release, who exactly is in charge of developing it? Well, if we take a look at the development cycle of the franchise, we might just get a few clues. 

Firstly, the three main studios developing the core Call of Duty games are Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and Sledgehammer Games. Raven Software could be given the reigns, but this is unlikely, especially given they mainly focus on assisting each studio. 

The last four CoD games were developed by the following studios: 

  • Black Ops 4: Treyarch (2018)
  • Modern Warfare: Infinity Ward (2019)
  • Warzone: Infinity Ward / Raven Software (2020)
  • Black Ops Cold War: Treyarch / Raven Software (2020)

Judging from the timeline above, the most obvious candidate for Call of Duty 2021 is Sledgehammer Games. The developers behind CoD WWII have been missing from action since 2017, which would indicate that they have been busy working on the next big release. 

Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software were tasked with releasing the next CoD game in 2020, but disagreements between the two arose, leading Treyarch to take the lead role. Sledgehammer’s title was then developed into Black Ops Cold War.

Quite how much of the project was reworked into Cold War remains to be seen, but it does seem likely that Sledgehammer Games would use this time to begin working on another title. If this wasn’t evident enough, last year, Sledgehammer reportedly hired 150 new staff and stated that they were actively working on multiple projects

Combine this with the fact that Infinity Ward has only just wrapped up development on Modern Warfare and Treyarch is still busy working on content for Black Ops Cold War – and you have a pretty strong case. 

Call of Duty 2021 rumors

Advanced Warfare screenshot
Activision / Sledgehammer Games
Could a prequel to Advanced Warfare be in the works?

There have been a lot of rumors surrounding Call of Duty 2021, with many fans speculating that the Sledgehammer could be making another entry in the Advanced Warfare series. However, renowned Call of Duty leaker, Tom Henderson believes that if that is the case, the game will be a prequel. 

“Warzone is going to have a Sledgehammer Games integration,” says Henderson. The whole purpose of Warzone is to convert free-to-play players into paid players by purchasing whichever title is integrated at the time. I just can’t see an EM1 laser rifle being in Warzone, it just doesn’t make sense to me.”

This would be a jarring experience, particularly given Warzone’s arsenal currently utilizes real-world weaponry. Having highly futuristic guns could also upset the current balance of the game as well, an area Activision is constantly aiming to control. 

“Maybe we could see a Call of Duty WWII title, possibly like WWII but maybe a prequel or sequel. It would make a lot more sense for the weapons to be integrated into Warzone. It could be a modern or even a future title, but not set too far into the future where it wouldn’t make sense for the Warzone integration.”

While Henderson’s leaks have been correct in the past, these are just rumors and should be treated lightly. 

Call of Duty 2021 leaks

As for Call of Duty 2021 leaks, there has been no footage, screenshots, or box art showcasing the new title. Of course, you can expect to see the usual photoshopped images, blurry box art, fake emails, and rickrolls that come with every new Call of Duty release. 

Once we have any credible information, we’ll update this section further. 

Make sure you bookmark this feature and check out our Call of Duty hub for all the latest CoD 2021 news.