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Top Open Bracket team pull out of CWL Vegas last minute due to travel issues

Published: 6/Dec/2018 16:54 Updated: 9/Jan/2019 13:44

by Calum Patterson

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French Call of Duty team Supremacy are in an administrative turmoil, causing the roster to miss out on CWL Vegas, the first major event of the Black Ops 4 season.

With 19th open bracket seed, Supremacy were one of France’s top representatives in Las Vegas, aiming for at least a top 32 finish, for a chance at qualification for the CWL Pro Qualifier League in January.

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However, one of the team’s players, Faïz ‘Senka’ Aurang was stopped from making the trip after arriving at the airport, because his ESTA (a mandatory document authorizing entry into the United States) had apparently been canceled by US authorities.

Supremacy made fans aware of the disappointing news on Twitter, on Thursday December 6, the same day as the play-in tournament began and the day before the main tournament.

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In a Twitlonger, Supremacy stated that Senka was “informed at the airline office that his request for ESTA had been refused although accepted at the time of the online process via the form two weeks ago.”

They say that they do not know why the ESTA was refused, and “had not received any information regarding a change in the status of his ESTA by the US Embassy before this morning at the last moment”.

It effectively ends Supremacy’s hopes of qualifying for the CWL Pro League, as they needed a top 32 placing to secure a spot at the qualifying tournament.

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Although they considered taking a substitute in place of Senka, Supremacy were uncertain that MLG would be able to accommodate the change of seeding on such short notice, and this uncertainty left them unwilling to take the risk.

French fans will have to rely on only three teams attending Vegas; Gone Gaming, featuring Eddy ‘Malls’ Maillard and Arthur ‘Zayrox’ Chabas; Overtime eSport featuring Wailers ‘Wailers’ Locart and Monaco eSports, led by Maxime ‘mAxxie’ Ebran.

In their statement, Supremacy say they are “drawing a line on this season” and will “study the possibilities for our future […] while setting ourselves aside for the moment.”

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You can read Supremacy’s full statement below (translated from French).


Hello everyone, 

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We inform you through this release of our non-participation in the MLG Las Vegas held this weekend in the United States. 

Our players arrived this morning at the Charles de Gaulle airport bound for Las Vegas and it was then that Faiz “Senka” Aurang was informed at the airline office that her request for ESTA had been refused although accepted at the time of the online process via the form two weeks ago. Since then, Senka had not received any information regarding a change in the status of his ESTA by the US Embassy before this morning at the last moment before the team’s departure.

The administrative problems we had with Senka last year were due to the fact that he did not have French nationality at the time, and therefore a VISA was required to travel to Canada. United States. Since then, we had solved these administrative problems and Faiz had obtained French nationality for several months now. The fact that his request for ESTA was authorized and then canceled at the last moment without even informing him in advance is for us still at the moment a complete misunderstanding.

It is not without a huge disappointment that we must give up this major event and draw a line on this season but we have no other possibility at the moment. The delay with the departure of the plane was much too short and we had no guarantee that by taking a player to replace it, MLG would allow on the spot to override the roster lock and thus, modify the seeding of all the Open Bracket.

It was important for us to be completely transparent to you about this delicate situation and the decision that had been made. We will study the possibilities for our future on the scene in the next few months while setting ourselves aside for the moment and we hope, despite everything, that you will support Natshay, Eazy, Yuuzl, Senka and Dynasty who have made many sacrifices to arrive at such disillusionment. 

The Supremacy Team

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Iconic Barret 50 cal sniper rifle leaked in Black Ops Cold War

Published: 20/Oct/2020 0:42 Updated: 20/Oct/2020 0:53

by Tanner Pierce

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After the Black Ops Cold War Beta was available on PC, data-miners and hackers scoured through the game’s code to find hidden features, and some of them have seemingly stumbled upon a usable/playable version of a classic Call of Duty sniper rifle – the Barret .50 cal.

Unfortunately, with a little bit less than 24 hours to go, the Black Ops Cold War Beta is almost over. While most people spent the weekend knee-deep in the game’s base weapons, maps, modes, etc., many PC data-miners were enjoying everything the pre-release version had to offer that was hidden in the game’s coding.

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Throughout the weekend, many players were leaking parts of the game’s code that referred to a number of unreleased features. While most of them were obviously left-over assets from Black Ops 4 or, at the very least, unsubstantiated pieces of data, there seems to be a classic sniper coming to the game.

A Black Ops Cold War Beta mod video from YouTuber Andrew2007 seems to show the Barrett .50 cal, a fan-favorite sniper rifle from several previous Call of Duty title, as a part of the game, although it appears that the gun is named ‘Barret M82’ for BOCW.

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As can be seen in the video below, the weapon isn’t done, as there are no firing and reloading sound associated with the weapon. There isn’t even a scope texture, with a white square taking its place. This makes sense, as unreleased weapons generally don’t have all the assets associated with them attached until much closer to release.

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For those confused as to why the rifle is firing at such a high rate, this is due to the mods that the user installed for the game. The actual Barret will certainly not function that way if and when it gets fully released.

Speaking of which, it’s also entirely possible that the video is fake and that the YouTuber simply modded the weapon into the game. Still, it looks pretty convincing, and given the fact that other prominent leak pages like leaker ModerWarzone have corroborated, its existence seems more likely than not.

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The inclusion of the Barrett 50 cal is certainly a welcome one. The gun was featured in CoD 4: Modern Warfare, MW2, MW3, and even Black Ops 2’s story campaign. A variant of it was also featured in Modern Warfare (2019) but it was titled the Rytec AMR and featured some differences from the original.

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The Barrett 50 cal sniper has been featured in multiple Call of Duty games including every entry of the Modern Warfare series.

What’s most likely to happen with this gun, judging from the fact that it wasn’t even included in the beta or alpha, is that it’s being saved for the post-launch content that Activision and Treyarch are planning on releasing.

Either way, it won’t be long until we find out since Black Ops Cold War is set to release on November 13, 2020.

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