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TJHaLy and Clayster reveal new details about major CDL Playoff changes

Published: 1/May/2020 9:48 Updated: 1/May/2020 16:57

by Joe Craven


OpTic Gaming Los Angeles’ Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly has appeared to leak changes to the Call of Duty League’s playoff format ahead of their official announcement. 

The inaugural Call of Duty League season has not been without its controversy. The move online has sparked debate over whether tournament wins should count, and the inclusion of Domination for the first time since CoD: Ghosts remains unpopular.

One team that has struggled to find its footing in the CDL so far is OpTic Gaming Los Angeles who, on paper, boasts one of the strongest rosters in the entire league. However, they have come away from 3 of 4 events without a single win, including the most recent Chicago home series.

The CDL standings post Chicago.

OpTic Gaming LA’s struggles have left them joint bottom in terms of CDL points, amassing a woeful 20 after four events. However, the current rule set states that 9th-12th in the overall standings miss out on CDL’s Year One Playoffs.

This rule could be set to change though, with TJHaLy appearing to confirm that 9th to 12th place will simply start the playoffs in the Losers’ Bracket.

“Chat saying 9 through 12 doesn’t go [to playoffs], they changed the format,” he said, in an April 30 Twitch stream. “9 through 12 start in the Losers’ Bracket. Wait, did they [the Call of Duty League] ever make that public? Oh, well now you know.”

There was a mixed response to the news of the format changes. Some fans were pleased that struggling teams will get another chance to redeem themselves. However, others argued that the change makes CDL points worthless given that every team will be present at playoffs, regardless of total CDL points accumulated.

Despite TJHaLy essentially confirming the format change, it remains unconfirmed until an official announcement is made by the CDL. It’s unclear how pro players feel about the change but, given OpTic LA’s struggles so far, TJHaLy’s team appears set to be given a chance to prove themselves when the CDL reaches its climax.

Update – May 1, 11:52 EST. 

In response to the leaks becoming public, Dallas Empire’s James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks has explained why, even with the new format, seeding remains so important.

“Since it got leaked already, there is a point for all of these league matches,” he said. “At Champs/Playoffs, 1/2 seed get a two round bye, 3/4 get a one round bye, 5-8 play each other first round in winners, and 9-12 start in losers. Huge to get a top seed, and huge to not start in losers.”

One fan concern following the leak was that being forced into Losers’ Bracket was not a big enough punishment for poor performances all season long.

However, Clayster’s reply emphasizes just how important form is to maintain throughout the whole season. Earning a two-round bye at a tournament as prestigious as CoD Champs would massively elevate a team’s prize money and put them significantly closer to being crowned world champions.

We will continue to update you on format changes as they become available from the CDL.

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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
Infinity Ward
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.