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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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Black Ops Cold War Zombies: New Firebase Z details, Tombstone Soda, Scorestreaks

Published: 15/Jan/2021 21:29 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 21:30

by Tanner Pierce


In celebration of 115 day (which is a reference to Element 115 from Zombies lore), Treyarch have revealed some of the first major details about the upcoming Black Ops Cold War Zombies map, Firebase Z.

During the Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch announced that a new Zombies map, titled Firebase Z, would be coming before the end of the season and confirmed that more details would be coming on 115 day.

Now, that day is here and it’s safe to say that Treyarch have delivered, at least for the time being, confirming exactly how the map connects to the mode’s overall narrative and revealing some new items that players will be able to use while grinding their way through it.

Black Ops Cold War Firebase Z story

Firebase Z will take place in Vietnam and feature new enemies.

According to Treyarch, Firebase Z takes place in a facility called Outpost 25, which is located in the jungles of Vietnam. Set after the events of the first map, Die Maschine, Samantha Maxis has been captured by Omega Group and it’s up to the Requiem team to go and save her, which brings them to Outpost 25.

The developers also confirmed that the map will feature some brand-new enemies and gameplay mechanics, but they failed to go into detail about what exactly they will be. Could we be seeing a new boss zombie similar to the Megaton from Die Maschine? Fans will have to just wait and see.

New Zombies perk and scorestreaks

Tombstone Soda is returning in Black Ops Cold War and it’ll operate a bit differently than it has in the past.

In addition to the narrative details, Treyarch also confirmed some of the new items coming to the game. The first, which was teased a few weeks back, is the Tombstone Soda perk.

For Black Ops Cold War, the aforementioned perk, which originated in Black Ops II, will feature some novel abilities.

While the player has the perk active, they will turn into a “shadow” if they’re downed. In this form, players can use weapons while they attempt to revive themselves. That being said, if you die while in shadow form, you’re done, presumably until the next round.

If you’re a fan of the original perk, however, that’s not a problem, as the tier-three upgrade for the Black Ops Cold War version allows you to drop a small stash, which includes all of your original items, when you die, which is almost identical to how the BO2 version worked.

Beyond that, the developers also confirmed that two new scorestreaks will be coming to the game: the Artillery and Napalm Strike. Each one can be crafted from the Crafting Table, although it’s unknown whether or not they’ll be available on just Firebase Z or if Die Maschine is also getting some love.

All in all, it seems like Firebase Z is going to bring a ton of cool features when it launches on February 4, 2021, which is sure to liven up the overall Zombies experience in Black Ops Cold War.