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Treyarch under fire for another overpowered Black Ops 4 supply drop weapon

Published: 18/Jul/2019 10:19 Updated: 5/May/2020 17:25

by Calum Patterson


Developers of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Treyarch, have been accused of making the same mistake yet again with their supply drop weapons, adding an apparently “overpowered” crossbow behind a paywall.

If you’re a regular Black Ops 4 player then this story may be serving you some deja vu, as back in June Treyarch had to nerf another of their reserve-only weapons, the Stingray.

Players bemoaned its ridiculous time-to-kill, especially with the operator mod attached, which would take out an opponent in only two shots.

TreyarchThe Stingray was seriously OP when first added to Black Ops 4.

It seems that they haven’t quite learnt from that mistake, as the latest addition to the supply drop arsenal (that is, weapons that can only be acquired through the lucky dip of a reserve case opening), is being labelled overpowered yet again.

On July 16, a player posted footage of the new ‘Reaver C86’ crossbow in action, demonstrating that it will destroy the robot in the Safegaurd mode in mere seconds – much faster than any other weapon is capable of.

The fan posted “The Reaver C86 crossbow destroys the Safeguard robot SO QUICKLY. Literally, it’s GAME CHANGING”

The Reaver C86 crossbow destroys the Safeguard robot SO QUICKLY. Literally, it’s GAME CHANGING. from r/Blackops4

Other players clearly agreed, with users recalling the previous Stingray episode as another example: “They made this EXACT mistake with the stingray. ‘Whoops’ our RNG only weapon is overpowered.”

Another wrote “you finally fixed this problem on the stingray after a MONTH and now you turn around and make the same mistake not a week later? Treyarch is simply incompetent.”

Harsh words from fans, but players are clearly becoming increasingly frustrated with what appears to be a rather haphazard approach to adding new weapons, and the fact they are only obtainable through luck-based reserve cases certainly doesn’t help matters.


Treyarch respond to Reaver C86 complaints

Thankfully, a Treyarch dev was on hand to acknowledge the post, thanking another user for tagging him in the Reddit thread.

However, the developer gave no insight into whether or not the weapon’s balancing issues will be addressed, or when.

The Reaver C86 crossbow was added in the Operation Apocalypse Z update.

Black Ops 4 is now in the closing stages of its first year life-cycle, with many Call of Duty fans now with one eye on the upcoming Modern Warfare.

The move to put weapons in supply drops (or ‘reserves’ as they are called in Black Ops 4) was criticized heavily following the big ‘Days of Summer’ update, and there is hopes that Modern Warfare will stray away from this monetization model.

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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.

Renegades logo against black backrgound
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.