Top Call of Duty Pro Players Are Teaming Up To Compete at Gears of War Tournament - Temp, John and More - Dexerto
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Top Call of Duty Pro Players Are Teaming Up To Compete at Gears of War Tournament – Temp, John and More

Published: 17/Jul/2018 20:27 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:07

by Calum Patterson


Five of top Call of Duty players in the world are putting together a formidable roster to try their hand at competing at the upcoming Gears Pro Circuit event in San Diego.

With Gears New Orleans concluding on July 15th, pro CoD player Donovan “Temp” Laroda was clearly inspired by the event and began reaching out to other players to see if they would join him in competing at the next tournament.

Before the New Orleans grand final, which saw OpTic defeat Echo Fox, the next tournament in the Gears Pro Circuit was announced for September 28th in San Diego.

An international open tournament, the best gears teams from around the world will be in attendance, but as proficient console players already the Pro CoD players may think they have an edge.

Echo Fox player Temp will be joined by Rise Nation’s Daniel “Loony” Loza, Team Kaliber player Kenny “Kenny” Williams and Luminosity’s Johnathan “John” Perez.

The final player, Team Envy’s Cuyler “Huke” Garland, may be the key for the roster however, as he is already proven at the pro level across two console titles, having been very successful in Halo in 2016 – 2017.

It looks like they have finalized their roster for now, but some players who showed interest have been snubbed, including former OpTic player Damon “Karma” Barlow and retired pro player Jon “Pacman” Tucker.

As for qualification, any team can enter the tournament through the open bracket, but are seeded depending on their pro points, similar to the system used in the CWL, as both circuits are operated by MLG.

Of course, none of these players will have any pro points on the Gears circuit and so would enter as a very low seed and would need to make a tough run if they have any hopes of making it out of open bracket.

The 2018 CWL Season will conclude in August with the World Championship, and will pick up again with the release of Black Ops 4 on October 12th. So the tournament on September 28th will fit exactly within the CWL off season.

So, it’s the perfect opportunity for the CoD players to see if they can hold it down in the fiercely competitive Gears of War scene.

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Black Ops Cold War already set new Call of Duty player record in the Beta

Published: 23/Oct/2020 6:20

by Brad Norton


The Call of Duty franchise is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon as Treyarch’s recent Black Ops Cold War Beta went above expectations and shattered records.

Ever since the release of the first CoD title in 2003, the franchise has only continued to grow. Year after year more players hop on board to see what the latest title has in store. Whether fans gravitate towards single-player campaigns, cooperative experiences, or classic multiplayer competition, there’s something for everyone.

2020 is shaping up to be no different as Treyarch is firing on all cylinders for the Black Ops Cold War release. Everything from Zombies to Warzone will be on offer and it’s already clear that the community is hungry for it all.

After an impressive Alpha test on the PlayStation 4 that became the biggest in franchise history, that record has once again been broken. This time, by the Black Ops Cold War Beta that followed just weeks later.

Having kicked off exclusively for PS4 users on October 8 before jumping to all platforms on October 15, the Black Ops Cold War Beta was played by a staggering number of people. In fact, it was “the most downloaded [Beta] in Call of Duty history,” the developers revealed on October 23.

No exact figures were revealed for the history Beta. Though it being publicly available across Xbox One, PS4, and PC over the final days was sure to have helped boost the figures.

Not only is this a hugely positive sign before the launch of Black Ops Cold War, but it continues a trend from previous iterations. 2019’s Modern Warfare also broke records with its early access Beta period. 

Last year’s records also didn’t come with any specific numbers, though Activision assured the Modern Warfare Beta attracted more players than ever before.

Also of note, those players logged more hours played than any Beta in franchise history. It’s now clear that Black Ops Cold War has been yet another step up in terms of early engagement.

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The Black Ops Cold War Beta was live across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

It’s obviously too early to tell just how this might indicate sales for the release come November 13. However, to get into the Beta early, a majority of players needed to preorder on their platform of choice. So that’s certainly a good sign just weeks out from launch.

2019’s Modern Warfare topped over $600 million in sales across its first three days on the market. That instantly made it the highest-selling CoD of the generation. Though Black Ops Cold War could be on track to go even further this year.