Treyarch debuted a complete look for Black Ops 4’s Operation Grand Heist on February 18, featuring new game modes, skins, vehicles, and the return of a fan-favorite Specialist.
Black Ops 4 is winding down its current Operation Absolute Zero by slowly pulling back the curtain on its next operation, and now players have a glimpse at what’s to come in the next batch of content.
In a tweet, Treyarch revealed loads of offerings coming to its title such as new modes One in the Chamber and the long-rumored Hot Pursuit, a new Blackout location called Ghost Town, and the next installment of Multiplayer maps Lockout and Casino.
Treyarch unveiled the full roadmap of things to come in the next Operation and more.
The Black Ops Pass will bring two new maps to create chaos in. Casino will have two teams shooting it out in a high roller’s club, while Lockout will feature gunfights in a bustling Los Angeles police station.
One in the Chamber is finally making its Black Ops 4 debut, along with League Play which should be out within the week of Operation Grand Heist’s release.
The battle royale will be getting a new mode in Hot Persuit which seems to be the main calling card of the Grand Heist label.
Blackout is getting a new vehicles as a patrol boat, SUV and muscle car were shown. Players will be able to fight it out in a western themed location called Ghost Town.
The guerrilla fighter Cosmic Silverback will be added to Blackout’s array of characters for Black Ops Pass holders.
Although a complete look for the next Zombies experience will come around March, players will be able to get into the Death-con Five Gauntlet sometime in Operation Grand Heist’s launch week.
New weapons and signature weapons are also slated to release for the next Operation.
Treyarch is still planning to introduce the long-awaited features to the Zombies mode such as Serve Pauses, Host Migration and Splitscreen Pause.
Treyarch wasn’t kidding when they teased the next operation as being their “biggest Operation yet.” Operation Grand Heist kicks off on February 19 on PlayStation 4, with it is set to hit Xbox One and PC soon after.
The Call of Duty League is finally here and things are getting started with the CDL Kickoff Classic, a preseason event where x-factor players on all 12 teams can begin making their mark.
With an exodus of 12 starters as the CDL shifts to a 4v4 format in Black Ops Cold War, individual play is paramount. Players have less backup on the battlefield and, with a deep talent pool in the Challengers scene, more competition for their roles.
Representing Chicago, OpTic Gaming are back with Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez, Seth ‘Scump’ Abner and the gang. Delighting fans, Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag’s 100 Thieves return to competitive CoD for Los Angeles. Teams have shuffled since the inaugural season and each team’s expectations will be tested by at least one player’s CDL Kickoff performance.
Alec ‘Arcitys’ Sanderson (Atlanta FaZe)
The best AR in CoD?
Did the most stacked roster in CoD add the league’s best AR?
While Michael ‘MajorManiak’ Szymaniak was highly regarded by his teammates last season, few rank him in a tier anywhere near Arcitys. FaZe’s submachine gun and flex play was never a question, but adding Arcitys on the assault rifle could push them past the Dallas Empire in power rankings.
If Arcitys continues, let alone improves upon, his 2020 form, then Atlanta should be an early favorite. Tested by a strong Florida Mutineers squad, fans should get a quality temperature check on FaZe’s newest member.
Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter (Dallas Empire)
Did Dallas release the right veteran AR?
At 28 years old, Crimsix needs to continue disproving his doubters.
The transition from 5v5 to 4v4 was not without heartbreak and few splits were as tough as the Empire’s. Dropping James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks instead of Crimsix was a difficult decision and, at the CDL Kickoff Classic, that decision will receive its first evaluation.
When the two veteran ARs face each other, Crim will be with the same absurd, young trio of “Xeo” gunners and Clayster with… one standout sophomore and two formerly projected bench players. It shouldn’t be too hard of a test for Dallas, but fans should be curious to see how much Crim’s thumbs have aged.
Donovan ‘Temp’ Laroda (Los Angeles Thieves)
Big Brand meets Big Ego
Temp talks the talk, but must walk the walk for the CDL’s next big brand.
Tying for 5th at CDL Champs wasn’t enough to keep OpTic in Los Angeles so Nadeshot got to buy into the league. Although the team’s Challengers call-ups, Zack ‘Drazah’ Jordan and Darien ‘Hollow’ Chervchko, played admirably in the postseason — 100T replaced them in the starting lineup with one of the league’s most confident ARs.
The self-proclaimed top “gunnie” in the CDL, Temp has an unrelenting belief in his ability (alternatively, a ‘strong personality,’ per general manager Eric ‘Muddawg’ Sanders) backed by a strong history of top-tier, albeit streaky play. While his year with the New York Subliners was disappointing, Temp now rejoins former teammates Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat and Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly. With 100T’s enormous fanbase and a matchup with OpTic Chicago, the gunner gets a large stage to prove his play can rise to both the occasion and his own expectations.
Preston ‘Priestahh’ Greiner (Minnesota ROKKR)
The honorary Tiny Terror?
From teaming with the Tiny Terrors to a much larger role, Priestahh can make a statement in 2021.
FaZe were the second-best team in 2020 and Priestahh would likely still be on the team if not for the swap to 4v4. Instead, one of the league’s most selfless players gets to turn a new leaf with a fully revamped ROKKR squad.
Starting with Minnesota’s preseason matchup against the Toronto Ultra, Priestahh should shift from flex to his more natural sub role. Expectations for what was a miserable ROKKR team will hinge on his ability to prove he was being overshadowed in Atlanta and can transition from dirty work to slaying.
Makenzie ‘Mack’ Kelley (New York Subliners)
No ZooMaa, No Hydra: Return of the Mack
A 2020 MVP candidate, Mack needs to take another step for NY to compete.
Easily one of the top rookies in 2020, Mack jumped into New York’s starting lineup and almost immediately surged into the MVP conversation. The Subliners had a quality offseason after fizzling in the playoffs, but new issues mean Mack will have to go above and beyond to start 2021.
With rookie Paco ‘HyDra’ Rusiewiez dealing with visa issues and Tommy ‘ZooMaa’ Paparatto retiring due to injury, Mack is moving to SMG for an unfinished roster. He’s back in his preferred role, but the season depends on his ability to reach 2020’s near-MVP form.
Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell (OpTic Chicago)
Heeding Chicago’s Bat-Signal
Back with his guys, Chicago’s hopes depend on Dashy’s return to form.
Like Atlanta, Chicago shuffled pieces after falling just short of the championship in 2020. With Arcitys eager to rejoin former teammates on FaZe, H3CZ celebrated the return of OpTic with the return of one of the brand’s former players.
But 2020 was an ugly year for Dashy and, aside from some big moments as a suddenly summoned bench player in CDL Champs, questions surround the formerly elite AR. Expectations are high for the biggest brand in CoD, but will rise and fall depending on Dashy’s play.
Peirce ‘Gunless’ Hillman (Seattle Surge)
Started from the bottom, now we Peirce
In just a few years, Gunless has gone from star to substitute to starter with a chip on his shoulder.
Like Dashy, no one questions the raw mechanical talent that Gunless holds. Unfortunately, also like Dashy, the gifted player spent most of a porous 2020 on the bench with rumored character concerns.
Now, he joins two others as reinforcements for Sam ‘Octane’ Larew on 2020’s worst team: Seattle. If the Surge are going to improve upon a 5-18 record that ended dead last at CDL Champs, Gunless will need a return to form beginning on Day 1 against the Los Angeles Guerrillas.
While the Call of Duty League is chock-full of players with high expectations, low expectations and everything in between, these seven stand out as those with the most notable stocks in the preseason. A variety of other rookies and transferred players can make statements during the Kickoff Classic, but power rankings and fan expectations should hinge entirely on our listed x-factors.