The grand final of the 2018 CWL Championship is set, with Evil Geniuses facing off against Team Kaliber for the trophy.
Nobody would have predicted this match-up as the final showdown, but after five days of fierce competition these are the last two teams left standing.
The run by Evil Geniuses has been the big shock of the tournament. Merely a map away from a group stage elimination, EG pulled off a 3-0 sweep against OpTic Gaming to make it to the playoffs. From there, they stormed through the winner bracket, securing their spot in the grand finals with a win over Team Kaliber.
After being defeated in the winner bracket finals, Team Kaliber had to face a hot FaZe Clan to make their way back to the grand finals. FaZe struck first with a map one win, and almost extended their lead to two, but some big plays from tK secured a 3-5 come-back in Search and Destroy to tie the series.
That victory proved crucial, as FaZe Clan were able to win Flak Tower CTF to reclaim their series lead. With tK’s tournament on the line, Kenny ‘Kenny’ Williams put up one of the games of the tournament in London Docks Hardpoint, forcing a fifth game with Team Kaliber secured for the series win.
Team Kaliber will now attempt to take revenge against Evil Geniuses and claim the CWL Championship trophy. Coming from the winner bracket, however, Evil Geniuses will have a series in hand, only needing to win one best-of-five while Team Kaliber will need to take two.
Call of Duty: Warzone’s Season 5 Roze “Rook” operator is maddening players, as the small, dark silhouette is sometimes impossible to detect before getting killed.
Verdansk is a diverse environment and Modern Warfare’s operators are fittingly blessed with a varied assortment of camouflages. With the map spanning green, forested areas, dry, muted plains, and dark, indoor rooms, there is a lot of different scenery to keep track of.
Within the map’s obscured nooks and crannies, one Season 5 operator skin has become a particular nuisance for players. Upon hitting Tier 100 on the preceding season’s Battle Pass, the Roze “Rook” skin was unlocked, offering fans a jet-black, sleek character to rock across Modern Warfare’s multiplayer and accompanying battle royale.
With the prevalence of close-quarters combat in dimly lit indoor spaces, players have begun pointing out just how impossible it is to see Roze in the game.
Roze’s Rook skin is easy to see in the light, but practically invisible in the dark.
In a screenshot shown by ‘bleedblue_knetic’ on Reddit, there appears to be an empty cell in the subterranean jails located below the Prison POI. But their teammate, ‘Deadalus,’ is highlighted as being right behind the cell’s bars.
Even knowing someone is technically there, it is practically impossible to discern a character model behind the partial obstructions.
As such, bleedblue_knetic’s post is titled simply: “I’ve never really seen anyone talk about it, but does anyone else think Roze skin is not okay?” In response, the vast majority of commenters agreed that this skin is an issue and is getting widely used by sweaty players because of how difficult it is to see in Warzone’s darker environments.
One commenter summed it up succinctly: “It’s one of the most broken skins in the game.”
Another Redditor, ‘OJbeforethebadstuff,’ also replied with his own example of the Rook skin’s seeming invisibility. While their video settings appear to lack more brightness than necessary, it still demonstrates just how deadly Roze’s camouflage can be.
As seen in the video, the screen is darker than most players’ displays, but, nonetheless, the Roze that kills him is frankly invisible. It isn’t until you watch the kill cam that you realize there was a person actually standing there amongst the tables, waiting to secure an easy elimination.
Usually, hacking is raised as a possibility when you’re killed by someone you can’t see. But, in this case, it appears that the Rook skin is simply svelte and dark enough to blend into indoor backgrounds perfectly.
Her hitbox isn’t technically smaller than others’ and she does appear in an obvious contrast when in bright environments, but so much of Warzone is played in dimmed locations that this is as meta a skin as the game has seen. Infinity Ward has yet to respond to complaints and it remains to be seen if some of the game’s niche visibility issues can be resolved.