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Team WaR owner explains why top CDL Challengers roster might be leaving

Published: 4/Mar/2020 0:51

by Brad Norton


One of the most successful Call of Duty Challengers squads is looking for a new organization to represent as Team WaR’s owner has explained why keeping the roster under their banners just wasn’t possible.

While the Call of Duty League’s amateur counterpart has franchise teams promoting prize pools of over $10,000 regularly throughout the season, one of the top Challengers teams has been forced to explore new options.

As former world champions like Christopher ‘Parasite’ Duarte slam the new format, and highlight how Challengers is already failing due to the costs associated with backing any given lineup, Team WaR’s owner has explained why the org might be done with Call of Duty in 2020.

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There have been four Challengers events thus far in 2020.

Team WaR’s Challengers run saw them finish third out of 168 teams at the Launch Weekend Open in Minnesota, place fourth at the CDL London Open, and most recently, walk away with a first-place finish at the CDL Paris Open.

Accumulatively, the squad earned a total of $31,000 in just a matter of months, but according to org owner Kevin ‘Surge’ Pichardo, the ends do not appear to justify the means as the team is now looking for a new place to call home.

“The boys want to go to every tournament in North America. They just came out of a win so they definitely want to continue that run,” he explained throughout a bittersweet announcement on March 3.

“But from an org standpoint, for us personally, it ‘s out of our realm. It’s not in our budget to fly them out to every event because it’s very costly when you’re flying over a UK team to the States.”

With 13 international events lined up in the calendar year and only two of those upcoming events taking place in Europe, it’s a great deal of travel for the org to cover without reaping much return in the way of tournament winnings.

“I proposed [to] them what we can offer them, it’s just a matter of if they find a better opportunity that will let them go to every tournament,” he explained. “I don’t want to hold the boys back and doing this is players first. I want the best for them.”

The roster is looking for an organization that will be able to financially back them, yet if that doesn’t come to fruition, it appears as though they will stick to their roots and continue on with Team WaR sending them to select events when possible.

“Not going to lie to you guys, this is hitting me hard,” the owner expressed on his personal Twitter shortly after the announcement. “F**k man. I might be off the radar for a bit but you know where to find me if you need me.” 

“I hope it ends up working out and we reunite for the rest of the year. I’ll be their number one fanboy for the rest of the year regardless of if they’re under the WaR umbrella or not.”

There’s no denying that the move has come at an emotional cost as the roster just brought Team WaR its very first overall win at the CDC Paris event

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Black Ops Cold War Nov 24 patch notes: Nuketown ’84 and camo fixes

Published: 24/Nov/2020 21:48 Updated: 24/Nov/2020 23:30

by Tanner Pierce


Black Ops Cold War has, once again, gotten a small update. This time around, we have the addition of a brand new map in Nuketown ’84, as well as some fixes for camo progression and Zombies. Here’s everything you need to know.

It seems like Treyarch isn’t slowing down with the updates for Black Ops Cold War. Just a day after their last one, the developer has once again released a brand new update for the first-person shooter, marking the fourth overall update since Friday.

Like the update November 23 update, this isn’t a full blown patch, meaning you won’t have to download anything on your system in order to take advantage of the new changes. Rather, the game settings will be automatically updated when you open the game.

While this update doesn’t change anything drastic about the game, aside from one aspect, it’s still a noteworthy update for a number of reasons. Here’s everything you need to know about it.

Biggest changes in the Black Ops Cold War Nov 24 update

The biggest addition in the November 24 update is that of Nuketown ’84.

Easily the biggest addition to the game is that of Nuketown ’84. It is the first post-launch piece of content for the game so its inclusion is a big deal to say the least. The map itself seems almost identical to the original from 2010 in terms of layout. In fact, within the lore, it is a “Site B” to the original Nuketown, which explains why it looks identical.

It’s also worth noting that this map is also available in the PlayStation exclusive Onslaught mode, which pits two players against the undead in standard multiplayer maps.

In addition to Nuketown ’84, Double XP and Weapon XP is live within Black Ops Cold War. According to Treyarch, the bonus is set to remain live for around a week, until November 30. This should give fans a good chance to grind out their weapons and get all the attachments/camos they want.

Beyond that, a bunch of other glitches were also fixed. Mainly, two bugs associated with camos in the game have been resolved, including one that had to do with Knife camo progression not working if it was selected as a primary weapon.

As with every other update so far, Zombies also got a number of fixes as well. Almost all of them are minor and none of them seem to address the crashes associated with the mode but, nonetheless, they’re still noteworthy.

All in all, it’s good to see that Black Ops Cold War is getting frequent updates. Even if they’re small game updates, hopefully they continue in the future.

Treyarch’s official patch notes follow:


2XP + 2WXP

  • Double XP and Double Weapon XP enabled in Multiplayer and Zombies through 10AM PT Monday, November 30th.



  • Nuketown ‘84
    • Added Nuketown ’84 to 6v6 map rotation in Quick Play Core and Hardcore playlists.
    • Added Nuketown 24/7 featured playlist.
    • Added Nuketown ’84 to Custom Games map list.
  • Crossroads Strike
    • Addressed an issue in Crossroads Strike that allowed players to contest a Hardpoint and Control zone outside of the intended objective boundary.


  • Addressed an issue where incorrect images would show for Diamond & Gold weapon camo rewards in the After-Action Report.
  • Addressed an issue where Knife camos would not progress if in the primary weapon slot.


  • Fixed a rare crash that could occur in Domination.



  • Addressed an issue that could prevent zombies from attacking the player after teleporting from the Dark Aether.
  • Addressed an issue that allowed players to leave the gameplay space when teleporting back from the Dark Aether.
  • Addressed an issue that could cause a main quest item from timing out, causing a progression break.


  • Addressed an issue that could cause the player to sometimes lose functionality at the pause menu if the Gunsmith remained open after the intro cutscene.


  • Addressed an issue that sometimes caused an incorrect Pack-a-Punch camo to appear on weapons obtained from Trials.


  • Addressed an issue that sometimes caused incorrect Revive UI to appear at the end of a match.


  • Added various stability fixes.

Onslaught (PS4/PS5)

  • Added Nuketown ‘84 to the Onslaught map list.
  • Added a new Onslaught Challenge with a unique Weapon Blueprint reward.