Top NBA Prospect Deandre Ayton Makes Awkward PR Blunder While Promoting Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 - Dexerto
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Top NBA Prospect Deandre Ayton Makes Awkward PR Blunder While Promoting Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

Published: 21/Jun/2018 16:12 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:05

by DG Goldstein


Top NBA prospect Deandre Ayton made a hilariously awkward public relations blunder while promoting Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

With Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 set to launch in October, a massive amount of hype has already been generated for the upcoming title after Treyarch has released a collection of information on various in-game aspects.

The Call of Duty franchise has become one of the most well-recognized names in the gaming industry since its initial release in 2002, which has propelled it into ‘mainstream’ culture over the years.

Over the years, the franchise has partnered with a collection of big names across various industries in order to promote upcoming titles and has been involved in a number of advertisement campaigns with athletes, entertainers, and other high-profile individuals.

However, when promoting Black Ops 4, former Arizona Wildcat and top NBA Draft prospect Deandre Ayton seemed to make a bit of an awkward blunder while composing a Tweet.

However, after reactions from around the internet, Ayton eventually changed the Tweet and will be gearing up for the NBA Draft on Thursday, June 21st where some analysts have him being chosen as the number one overall pick.

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Renegades announce new CoD roster ahead of second Challengers season

Published: 31/Oct/2020 14:17 Updated: 31/Oct/2020 14:20

by Joe Craven


Esports organisation Renegades have revealed their Call of Duty roster for the second season of the CDL’s Challengers Series, including players from last year’s Paris Legion roster. 

The switch from the Call of Duty World League to the Call of Duty League represents the greatest shake-up competitive CoD has ever seen. While latter tournaments in the CWL involved an amateur tournament running parallel to the main one, the introduction of Challengers’ Series gives a greater formalisation to competition below the best of the best.

With franchised spots in the CDL costing millions, it’s no surprise that some big name esports organisations have found themselves competing in the Challengers Series. One of these orgs is Renegades, the Detroit-based esports team that has come in and out of competitive CoD in recent years.

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Renegades have come and gone from the Call of Duty pro scene in the past.

On October 31, they announced their CoD roster for the upcoming Black Ops Cold War season, which will be the second season of the CDL and its accompanying Challenger Series.

Perhaps the biggest name in the new roster is Luke ‘Louqa’ Rigas, who represented Paris Legion in the CDL last year. It was an up-and-down year for the Paris Legion, who managed a second place finish at the online CDL Week 12 London event.

He is also joined by ex-Paris teammate Conrad ‘Shockz’ Rymarek, who is best known for his five years with Australian organisation Mindfreak from 2014 to 2019.

Rounding off the roster are Lincoln ‘Fighta’ Ferguson and Amer ‘Pred’ Zulbeari, making a fully Australian roster. The nationalities of all players means they will likely compete in the APAC region of the Challengers Series.

While Shockz and Louqa come off the back of mixed fortunes in the CDL, Fighta and Pred both joined Renegades in January of 2020. In the somewhat weaker field of APAC competition, their Renegades roster dominated the region’s Challenger tournaments during the Modern Warfare season.

Replacing half the team with CDL standard pros means it’s likely we’ll see similar domination this year, barring any shock performances from the other APAC teams.