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Treyarch dev says League Play in Black Ops 4 is a “huge priority”

Published: 27/Jan/2019 20:59 Updated: 27/Jan/2019 21:42

by Calum Patterson


Fans are still waiting on League Play to be added to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, but Treyarch game designer Tony Flame has assured competitive players that it remains a “huge priority”.

League Play, first introduced in Black Ops II, is especially for players who want a more competitive experience, with a ranking system and a more restricted ruleset of maps, modes, weapons, attachments and more.

It follows the same ruleset as the professional players will use in the Call of Duty World League, so fans of competitive play are understandably eager for this playlist.

League Play was first announced at the reveal event in May 2018.

But, they have been waiting a long time. Black Ops 4 launched on October 12, and now more than three months later, still lacks the League Play playlist.

Initially expected before 2019, it was later revealed that it would ‘early 2019’ before League Play was added, and this was later shortened to January 2019 – but as of January 26, there is still no League Play.

Treyarch’s Tony Flame, who has just returned from time away from the development studio, reassured competitive fans on Twitter, explaining that they are working to “deliver the definitive competitive experience.”

Treyarch also addressed League Play in their latest patch notes, saying more information would be coming “next week”, and also that they had drastically changed their plans for the mode since first announced.

Previously, they had laid out that League Play would only have ‘ranked’ matches on three days a week, called ‘events’, with the other days simply unranked ‘scrim’ matches.

Players did not respond to these plans well, and so are hopeful that the changes to League Play include a 24/7 ranked playlist, as with previous Call of Duty’s.

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NICKMERCS rates the best Warzone players from to Scump to HusKerrs

Published: 24/Oct/2020 1:06

by Theo Salaun


Tasked with drafting a team for a Call of Duty: Warzone tournament, NICKMERCS went through some of the game’s biggest names, ranking them while determining who he would most want to duo with.

To start Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards’ $10,000 “Cracked Creators” Warzone tournament, 16 creators were tasked with drafting their duo from 16 “cracked” streamers.

As one of the creators allowed to select their tandem, NICKMERCS sifted through 16 of the game’s best to determine who he would prefer to play with.

Ultimately, the FaZe streamer ended up putting his decision to a poll among his fans. But, before doing so, he originally went through all 16 and gave thoughts on how each of them ranks. And the options were varied, but all shared one thing in common: talent.

With professional Call of Duty League players like Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper and Seth ‘Scump’ Abner available, as well as Warzone streamers like Aydan and HusKerrs, the candidates were excellent. Still, NICKMERCS sifted through and broke down who he truly believes ranks as the battle royale’s best.

Segment begins at 00:20:45.

NICKMERCS starts by going through the list and just expressing what an absolute struggle it will be to pick from such a talented crop of peers: “Oh, it’s going to be so hard to pick man … No matter what, everybody that I would pick from is cracked.” But, after going through and complimenting practically everybody, he starts the process of elimination.

Since Nick chooses second after DrDisrespect, he immediately eliminates Zlaner as Doc’s likely first pick. Then, he eliminates JoeWo with two simple reasons: “I’ve never played with him and every time I play against him, I beat that little ass.”

Then, BobbyPoff is gone: “BobbyPoff, I love the guy, but take him off the list.” And the “Scarf Lord” is followed quickly by the Chicago Huntsmen’s FormaL and Scump: “Love ‘em, love ‘em. But I feel like there’s better BR players.” After that, things start getting complicated.

Cracked Creators Warzone
The list of “cracked” players in Hitch’s Cracked Creators Warzone tournament.

Similar to Zlaner, Nick decides to sacrifice Merk so that he can play with his longtime duo, Maven. Then, recognizing that all of these remaining players are absolute menaces on Verdansk, he goes with two simple metrics to determine his personal preference. He immediately prioritizes controller players and the highest earners in Warzone tournaments.

That eliminates stars like HusKerrs and Symfuhny for their mouse and keyboard usage, while also eliminating Crowder and DougIsRaw for their low earnings. Finally, he eliminates Jukeyz because of his struggles understanding the UK maestro’s accent and decides to put the decision to a poll.


Ultimately, it’s between Aydan and Tommey, with Cloakzy popping on to let NICKMERCS know that Aydan’s been playing some Fortnite recently. That leaves the FaZe star choosing Tommey, noting that “he’s got great communication, phenomenal player, guaranteed to get some chopper kills off rip.”

Despite going through full rankings for his options and landing upon an excellent duo, the decision-making process proved to be futile. NICKMERCS and Tommey could only end in the Top 12 for the tournament, while the easily dismissed BobbyPoff actually came in first place.