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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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3 tips to help you survive Black Ops Cold War’s new Zombies Cranked mode

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:40

by Tanner Pierce


With the release of Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch has added Cranked into the game’s Zombies mode – and it’s pretty different from the standard version, requiring some completely separate strategies. 

While Cranked in Call of Duty games is nothing new, having debuted all the way back in 2013’s Ghosts, what is different is a Zombies version of the mode, which was just added to Black Ops Cold War during the game’s midseason update.

The concept is simple: You’re given a timer, and when that timer reaches 0, you explode and die. With each kill, however, your timer resets, giving you more time to keep on grinding. It’s an incredibly fast-paced mode in normal multiplayer, and the Zombies version is even more hectic – but there are some tips you can utilize to help you survive longer.

Pace out your kills

Pacing out your kills in Cranked is important due to the fact that you only need one kill to reset your timer.

In standard Cranked, players are usually scrambling to get kills. In a 5v5 or 6v6, it makes sense, considering there’s only a limited amount of potential targets, and if you can’t find anyone, you’ll die easily due to the timer running out.

With BOCW Zombies Cranked, the opposite is true. There’s always an abundance of enemies and, while it’s not impossible to run out of targets, generally speaking, they’ll keep on spawning (there’s not even a break in-between rounds).

Because of this, there’s no need to be mowing down Zombies as one does in the normal mode. Instead, if you’re feeling overwhelmed (or if you want to get something done like Pack-A-Punching your weapon), try running away from the enemies for a while to get your bearings.

Remember, all it takes is one kill to reset your timer. If you find it running out, just look behind you at the horde you’ve surely amounted, kill one Zombie, and then move along with your business. Wasting your time mowing down each and every zombie can cost you your game.

With all that being said, don’t think you can run away from the Zombies with no problem; if you get too far away, you’ll find yourself struggling for kills, so it’s best if you stay nearby.

Use fast-reloading weapons and attachments

You’ll want to use weapons that can be reloaded quickly in Cranked.

In normal Zombies, using a LMG is sort of required during late-game conflicts, as it allows you to mow down Zombies with greater power. In Cranked, speed is king, so it might be better to use something smaller like an SMG.

Reloading fast is essential in Cranked, as you can easily become overrun. Even though it does have a lot of power, you don’t want to waste your time on the horrendously slow reload time found on LMGs. If you want an even faster reload time, you could even throw a fast-mag onto your SMG, and get it done even quicker.

In addition, SMGs have the added benefit of allowing you to run faster, meaning you’ll be able to evade Zombies even better than you would before.

Always go for the Timer Freeze power up

Remembering these tips can be the difference between surviving or dying early on.

Treyarch has implemented a brand new power-up that’s exclusive to the Cranked game mode: Timer Freeze. With this, players will be able to stop their countdown timer for around 15 seconds or so, giving them a breather.

While this might seem obvious to point out, you’ll want to go for those as much as possible. Getting one at the start of your game is not too important, but it’s especially critical when you get into the late game.

As the mode goes on, your timer will get shorter and shorter, meaning every break you get becomes more and more important. Having that 15 second breather seems like an eternity once you get it, so missing out on one can hurt you a lot – sometimes costing you your life.

While Cranked is incredibly fast-paced, it’s really not that bad if you know what you’re doing. If you remember these tips, you shouldn’t have as much of a problem.