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The Imperial Return to Call of Duty to Send EU Team to CWL Anaheim

Published: 12/Jun/2018 13:40 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 18:09

by Calum Patterson


European esports organization ‘The Imperial’ has announced its return to Call of Duty esports, recruiting a UK based roster ahead of CWL Anaheim.

For those around long enough in CoD Esports, The Imperial may ring a bell from the very early days as far back as Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.

The Imperial also fielded some of the very best European rosters in the Black Ops 1 and Modern Warfare 3 seasons, around 2010 to 2012.

Legendary players including Callum “Swanny” Swan have represented the fleur-di-lis logo of The Imperial, even names such as Dylan “MadCat” Daly, Joshua-Lee “Joshh” Sheppard and Philip “Momo” Whitfield once played for the organization.

The Imperial made their first return to CoD esports in the Infinite Warfare season, but it was a fairly short-lived one, as the roster led by Shane “ShAnE” McKerral – a player long-associated with the organization – struggled to become one of the top teams.

After their worst finish, 29-36th place at the 2017 CWL Paris Open, The Imperial departed Call of Duty, but have announced their return with a new squad just in time for CWL Anaheim 2018.

Recruiting the winners of the CWL National Circuit Stage 3, previously playing under ‘Team 3G’ Nicholas “Nolson” Belton, Deleo “Zerg” Devitt, Niall “Niall” Sunderland and Josh “Creza” Burman.

Having won Stage 3 of the UK National Circuit, the team was a hot prospect with travel and accommodation to the Anaheim event secured.

The Imperial CEO, Oli Adams, as the team goes through a number of major announcements, explained the decision to return back to CoD, even this late in the season.

“I’m very happy to welcome this team to The Imperial. We’ve always said that the UK scene is very important to us and COD is certainly up there in this region”

The roster’s most recent result is a 5-8th finish in the June 10th EU CWL 2K, where they were beaten in a game five loss to a team featuring former Splyce player Thomas “Tommey” Trewren.

They are certainly one of the top European rosters at the amateur level currently, but will need to prove they can replicate their online performances at LAN, which these four players have struggled to do so far in the WWII season.

None of the players on this roster have managed better than top 32 at a major open event this season, but as with any open bracket team, their goal will be reaching pool play.

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Warzone FOV setting on PC can reduce visual recoil on weapons

Published: 25/Oct/2020 16:01

by Daniel Cleary


Call of Duty players have uncovered an unusual field-of-view setting in Warzone, claiming that weapons such as the CR-AMAX seem to have less visual recoil when it is toggled.

The weapon meta is continuing to shift in Warzone as more changes are released in Season 6, giving players plenty of unique weapons and playstyle to try in the battle royale.

Popular YouTuber Swagg was one of the latest to reveal a Season 6 loadout for Warzone but claimed there was also a “secret” setting that was helping him to rack up more kills in-game.

Modern Warfare settings screen
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CoD players like Swagg have claimed that Warzone’s FOV settings can affect recoil in-game.

While the CR-56 AMAX, which was featured as the Galil in past CoD titles, has been a solid weapon since its release, there are, apparently, some field-of-view settings that Warzone players can change to make the gun easier to use.

In his October 24 upload, Swagg revealed that having the “Affected FOV” setting enabled makes it seem as if the AMAX has little to no recoil. This is opposed to the default Independent FOV setting.

“Affected FOV on PC makes guns feel like they don’t have recoil,” Swagg revealed, in his Warzone gameplay, “[it’s the] reason why I use Amax now.”

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The AMAX does not usually stand out above other Assault Rifles in its class, but it still has one of the highest base stats when it comes to damage per second (DPS), meaning that less recoil would make this quite a strong choice in the current meta.

While the weapon, with these affected FOV settings, appears to move less compared to CR-56 AMAX gameplay for console players, it is unclear whether or not it actually has a major effect on the gun.

However, it seemed to be working quite well for Swagg, as he highlighted just how strong it could be, managing to pick up plenty of kills in his Warzone match with fellow content creator booya.

Another CoD YouTuber Webzy has previously highlighted the difference in recoil between the Affected and Independent settings, echoing the sentiment of the FaZe member and claiming it was actually easier to hit shots with it enabled.

Infinity Ward is regularly coming out with fixes for any bugs found in-game but it appears as if this FOV setting was intended to be a feature, making it unclear whether or not this will be patched.