Tommey and Clayster - The Last Two Survivors from CoD XP 2011 - Dexerto
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Tommey and Clayster – The Last Two Survivors from CoD XP 2011

Published: 27/Jul/2018 12:36 Updated: 27/Jul/2018 12:47

by Calum Patterson

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Only two players in the world have participated in every $1 million+ Call of Duty tournament from 2011 to 2018 – James “Clayster” Eubanks and Thomas “Tommey” Trewren.

In September 2011, Activision hit hard with their first $1 million tournament, something very rare at the time. It was the first CoD XP, the predecessor to what became the Call of Duty World Championship, held every year since 2013.

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Reserved for major players at the time, some players who were already among the best in the world were unable to participate due to age restrictions, such as Seth “Scump” Abner, or top French player Corentin “Gotaga” Houssein.

The competitive aspect of the tournament was also questioned. For example, Team Deathmatch and Kill Confirmed, two modes typically seen as “casual”, were part of the rotation. 

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More importantly, the tournament was played on Modern Warfare 3, a game that was not yet released and that most competitors were playing for the very first time. The qualifiers had even been held on the original Black Ops game.

Regardless of these issues, the tournament put Call of Duty at the forefront of the global esports scene and laid the foundation for the explosion of Black Ops 2 competition a year later.

Since then, the CoD scene has changed a lot. Players who participated in this tournament and who continue to compete today can be counted on one hand, and if you only consider players who took part in this CoD XP 2011 and every Call of Duty Championship since – there are only two left standing.

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British player Tommey attended the event with his apeX eSports roster (Tommey, Riddlez, Crookz, Blackk). They finished 5th, pocketing a $70,000 cash prize.

Already known as one of the best European players, Tommey has never dropped off from the highest level, but has never bettered 5th at a CoD Champs.

His best since is top 12, which he reached in both 2014 on Ghosts and 2016 on Black Ops III. He will try once again to better this placement this year, with Team Vitality (Chain, Maple, Tommey, Denza).

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2011 CoD XP in Los Angeles

Clayster took part in the 2011 CoD XP with Team Obey (BreeZy, Clayster, TriZy, ePiSoDe), placing top 6 and netting a $50,000 cash prize.

He too has attended every CoD Champs since, and of course won with Denial eSports in 2015, on Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

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This year with eUnited (Clayster, Arcitys, Prestinni, FeLonY), he will try to replicate 2015, and in doing so would enter a new esteemed group – players who have won two CoD Champs (JKap and Crimsix with two, Karma with three wins).

Until this WWII season, another British player, ShAnE, was keeping pace with Clayster and Tommey, but this year he failed to grab a spot at the LCQ to have a chance at qualifying for Champs.

For organizations, OpTic Gaming was the only team at the 2011 CoD XP to have participated in every year of the Call of Duty Championship between 2013 and 2018.

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Black Ops Cold War Beta Supply Drop “leak” debunked by Treyarch

Published: 9/Oct/2020 21:51 Updated: 9/Oct/2020 21:53

by Brad Norton

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The Black Ops Cold War beta has only just begun, though an early bug may have let slip a huge feature on the way: The return of the Supply Drop system last seen in WWII.

[UPDATE October 9, 2020: Treyarch Community Manager Josh Torres has confirmed via Reddit that the bug seen below is indeed leftover code, more specifically placeholder UI from Black Ops 4, and does not indicate the possible return of supply drops]

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When it comes to microtransactions in Call of Duty, we’ve seen a number of different systems over the years. Some games have opted for the loot box-style method, while others have gone with a mix of Battle Passes and individual bundles.

We already know that Treyarch’s upcoming release will be sticking with Battle Passes, but could there be more microtransactions on the way too? If you’ve already been playing the Black Ops Cold War beta on PS4, you may not have noticed anything out of the ordinary on controller.

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However, if you happen to plug in a keyboard and mouse while playing on console, things get a little different. As a result, a brand-new bug appears to have slipped through the cracks, revealing mention of a Supply Drop system in Black Ops Cold War.

No different from many recent titles in the series, when booting up Black Ops Cold War, players are greeted with a message of the day. It’s here that ‘NoobOfVerdansk’ stumbled upon an eye-opening glitch. Instead of displaying the usual message along with a few standard tabs below, “many other options were found.”

Reserves, Purchase Crate, and Crate Bundle were all options visible in the menu. While it is only a beta, and bugs are inevitable, it could be hinting at a return. Perhaps the old microtransaction model may appear alongside Battle Passes.

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Supply Drops, or Reserve Crates as they were called in Black Ops 4, have featured all sorts of items. Some games kept powerful guns in these randomized lootboxes while other games stuck to purely visual unlocks.

These labels slipping through the cracks in the beta could be indicative of what’s to come, though it is worth taking this leak with a grain of salt. After all, it could just be leftover code from a system that’s since been scrapped in development. 

Black Ops 4 Supply Drops
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Supply Drops were vital in previous CoD’s if you wanted the most powerful weapons.

Only time will tell if the old system of in-game purchases replaces the specific bundle method of 2019’s Modern Warfare. Who knows, perhaps all three forms will be included: Supply Drops, Battle Passes, and bundles altogether.

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If you haven’t yet jumped into the beta, fear not. Check up on our full overview so you know when and how to dive in on every platform.