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Team Kaliber Eases Past FaZe Clan to Reach CWL Pro League Stage 2 Playoffs Winner Bracket Final

Published: 28/Jul/2018 21:30 Updated: 28/Jul/2018 21:35

by Joe O'Brien

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Team Kaliber swept aside FaZe Clan to advance to the winner bracket finals at the CWL Pro League Stage 2 Playoffs.

FaZe Clan pulled off an incredible upset over OpTic Gaming to reach the winner bracket semi-finals, but a Team Kaliber in impressive form proved too great an obstacle for the Stage 1 champions.

Team Kaliber have been praised for their Hardpoint play, and once again they showed why in the opening map of this series. FaZe put up an impressive fight, but tK were able to close things out at 250-205 to draw first blood in the series.

FaZe Clan leaned heavily on Search and Destroy in their upset over OpTic Gaming the previous day, but though some heroics from James ‘Replays’ Crowder put FaZe on the board first, tK came back quickly to take the lead. In the end FaZe couldn’t quite catch up and tK took their second game.

FaZe Clan’s series hopes rested on Flak Tower Capture the Flag, but though they put up an impressive fight, they weren’t quite able to take it. For every flag FaZe took, Team Kaliber were able to match, before pulling ahead at the end for a 4-3 win.

Team Kaliber secures a spot in the winner bracket final and a minimum top-three placement, already making it their best result since they opened the season with back-to-back titles. FaZe Clan, meanwhile, heads to the lower bracket, where they will fight Red Reserve for survival.

Team Kaliber 3-0 FaZe Clan

HP London Docks 250-205

SND Ardennes Forest 6-4

CTF Flak Tower 4-3

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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.

Black Ops Cold War gameplay
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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.