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HusKerrs & AverageJoe win Vikkstar $210K Warzone Showdown: finals recap

Published: 15/Oct/2020 1:30 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 0:41

by Daniel Cleary

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Popular YouTuber Vikram ‘Vikkstar’ Singh Barn and the Call of Duty League teamed up to host the biggest Warzone tournament ever, with top streamers squaring off to earn their share of a $210,000 prize pool. After nine weeks of play, HusKerrs and AverageJoe took home the glory.

Warzone has attracted many of the top content creators since its launch on March 10, and there has been plenty of online tournaments with the biggest names battling it out.

With some of these tournaments organized by the likes of NICKMERCS, Teep, Swagg, and more, it was revealed that yet another content creator would be giving CoD personalities a chance to compete.

What is Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown?

In conjunction with the CDL, Sidemen member Vikkstar set up his own nine-week tournament, announcing the launch of Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown series on August 22.

He also revealed that he would be partnering up to make it the biggest Warzone tournament event yet, with $210,000 in prizing up for grabs — split across all nine weeks of action.

With eight weeks of “qualifiers,” featuring 16 teams of duos participating in double-elimination brackets, Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown then ended with a Grand Final Showdown in the ninth week. The first eight weeks all featured $20,000 in prize money and each week’s winners were invited to the final week, where $50,000 was up for grabs.

Who competed in Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown?

Some of the biggest names in streaming (and professional Call of Duty) competed in Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown, including Dr Disrespect, HusKerrs, FaZe Swagg, and more.

And it all started with some blockbuster matchups set in the first rounds, with Dr Disrespect and Tfue facing off, while Nadeshot and newly confirmed partner Crimsix went head-to-head with another ex-OpTic Gaming member in Merk. You can take a look at the first-round of the winner’s bracket for Week 4 below.

The bracket for Week 4 of Vikkstar's Warzone Showdown tournament.
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The bracket for Week 4 of Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown tournament.

Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown Week 1 Recap

16 duos kicked off the first week of Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown. As the biggest Call of Duty battle royale event to date, everyone was pushing the pace and trying to get through to the finals. Some teams were competing together for the first time, like TimTheTatman and Tommey, though others were veteran duos. Many of which have topped the pack at one point or another in earlier Warzone events.

One of the most successful competitors in Verdansk, Symfuhny teamed with FaZe Bloo for Vikkstar’s tournament and the duo started with a bang. They cruised through the likes of FaZe Blaze, Tfue, and more in order to gain a spot in the semifinal series. It’s here that they matched up against NICKMERCS and ImNio. They lost this first series but quickly rebounded in the lower bracket to line up a rematch in the grand final.

Symfuhny’s duo took an early lead and were able to close the show after a total bracket reset. NICKMERCS and ImNio encountered multiple groups of hackers throughout their run in the grand finals, even through to their very last gunfight in the final map. Ultimately, Symfuhny and FaZe Bloo are the first duo advancing to the Grand Final Showdown in week nine.

Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown Week 1 Results (Top 8)

Place Team $ Prize Money
1st Symfuhny & Bloo $12,000
2nd NICKMERCS & ImNio $6,000
3rd Low4n & TeLo $2,000
4th TimTheTatman & Tommey
Top 6 Velox & Pow3rTV
Top 6 Vikkstar123 & Rated
Top 8 FaZe Blaze & Warsz
Top 8 Swagg & Dashy

Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown Week 2 Recap

Second week, same results: FaZe Bloo and Symfuhny went back to back to earn another smooth $12,000 from the Vikkstar Warzone Showdown. The two have already gotten a feel for playing together and that proved an excellent difference-maker, as they popped off and never dropped into the Losers Bracket on their quest to the $12k.

When asked who their toughest opponent was, Bloo two high-profile duos they came across: “I’d say Tfue and Wuskin, but at the same time MuTeX and Apex really gave us a run for our money.

He then elaborated that the tournament championship would have been a lot harder to come by if they had failed to come back from an eight-kill deficit against MuTeX’s team, because it would have pit them against Vikkstar and Aydan in the Losers Final, a pair which he described succinctly: “That team is nuts.”

Ultimately, Bloo and Symfuhny’s road the Vikkstar Warzone Showdown glory continues to be paved, as the team’s consecutive wins make them the most dangerous duo around.

Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown Week 2 Results (Top 8)

Place Team $ Prize Money
1st Symfuhny & Bloo $12,000
2nd FaZe Apex & MuTeX $6,000
3rd Vikkstar123 & Aydan $2,000
4th Tfue & Wuskin
Top 6 HusKerrs & UnRational
Top 6 Scump & Envoy
Top 8 Soki & Flexz
Top 8 P4wnyhof & gagod

Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown Week 3 Recap

A new champion duo is in town. This time, it’s Vikkstar’s longstanding teammate, Warsz, with a new teammate, Dreamzlv, taking home all of the honor and a combined $12,000.

And what an honor it was, particularly for Dreamzlv, who took to Twitter after the massive win to celebrate. As he explained, “there is no feeling like it in the world,” and we’re inclined to believe him.

The duo had one of the most dominant Warzone tournament runs in recent history, going undefeated, avoiding the Losers Bracket, and taking down a duo of the tournament host, Vikkstar, and the greatest Call of Duty professional ever, Crimsix, to win it all.

Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown Week 3 Results (Top 8)

Place Team $ Prize Money
1st Warsz & Dreamzlv $12,000
2nd Vikkstar123 & Crimsix $6,000
3rd Stonemountain64 & Aculite $2,000
4th Swagg & Testy
Top 6 Jukeyz & exzachtt
Top 6 DrDisrespect & Zlaner
Top 8 FormaL & Envoy
Top 8 Tfue & Wuskin

Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown Week 4 Recap

Another week, another new champion crowned in Vikkstar’s Warzone showdown. Having only cracked into the Top 6 once before, this marked the first time HusKerrs pushed into the final rounds of the tournament. However, it certainly didn’t come without adversity. His duo was knocked into the lower bracket after just one round of action thanks to heroics by Symfuhny and Bloo.

It’s here that they rebounded and went on an absolute tear. Five series wins in a row is what they needed, and that’s exactly what they managed to accomplish to book a spot in the grand finals. Taking down the likes of TeePee’s duo along with Vikkstar’s team as well.

The final match of the day saw HusKerrs and AverageJoeWo up against Sackzi and Berdydraft who had survived through the upper bracket. Ultimately, the latest member of NRG and his partner were able to get the job done as HusKerrs and AverageJoeWo closed out the victory in week four.

Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown Week 4 Results (Top 8)

Place Team $ Prize Money
1st HusKerrs & AverageJoeWo $12,000
2nd Sackzi & Berdydraft $6,000
3rd Wuskin & Rated $2,000
4th Merk & Maven
Top 6 Symfuhny & Bloo
Top 6 TeePee & BobbyPoffGaming
Top 8 Scump & Envoy
Top 8 Swagg & Testy

Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown Week 5 Recap

Week five may have been the most unpredictable week yet. With the ridiculous duo of Nadeshot and Dashy falling out in the first round of the lower bracket, anything was possible. While many expected teams pushed through the opening matchups, one particular pair made it further than ever before.

Call of Duty League casters Merk and Maven are typically involved in Warzone events while on the desk. Analyzing the big events and keeping thousands of viewers entertained all the while. However, in Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown, they’ve been entering each week as active competitors. After a Top Four finish last week, they truly found their form this time around and cruised through the upper bracket undefeated.

They knocked out former event winners in Symfuhny and Bloo, along with Jukeyz and UnRational to name a few. They even bested the host Vikkstar and his partner Rated in the semifinals. After rebounding in the lower bracket though, they lined up a rematch and ultimately flipped the results. Vikkstar was able to close out his first winning week in his own event, getting revenge on Merk and Maven.

Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown Week 5 Results (Top 8)

Place Team $ Prize Money
1st Vikkstar & Rated $12,000
2nd Merk & Maven $6,000
3rd HusKerrs & AverageJoeWo $2,000
4th DrDisrespect & ZLaner
Top 6 Stonemountain645 & KingRichard
Top 6 Symfuhny & Bloo
Top 8 Jukeyz & UnRational
Top 8 FaZe Apex & Mutex

Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown Week 6 Recap

We’re beyond the halfway point in Vikkstar’s massive Warzone competition, with just a few weeks to go before the grand finale. That means every team is taking things up a notch in order to make the top of the bracket and qualify for the big tournament at the very end. Week 6 proved to be one of the most intense weeks yet as a result.

Despite winning last week’s tournament, Vikkstar himself along with frequent duo Rated, could not have dropped out quicker. They lost to Crowder and exzachtt in round one before falling to Team Summertime’s Blake and Jorge in the lower bracket. Meanwhile, the likes of Nadeshot, Scump, and Envoy all found their runs come to an abrupt end without winning a map as well.

Although they were knocked down early, it was DrDisrespect and ZLaner who went on a phenomenal lower bracket run this week. They won five matchups in a row before ultimately crumbling against TeePee and UnRational in the lower bracket finals. The grand final was therefore set between them and Week 3 winners HusKerrs and AverageJoeWo. Ultimately, the former champions proved too strong this time around, closing the show with two dominant maps.

Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown Week 6 Results (Top 8)

Place Team $ Prize Money
1st HusKerrs & AverageJoeWo $12,000
2nd TeePee & UnRational $6,000
3rd DrDisrespect & ZLaner $2,000
4th Tommey & Wizini
Top 6 Soki & Flexz
Top 6 Legiqn & GangstazSalute
Top 8 Merk & Maven
Top 8 Crimsix & FeLo

Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown Week 7 Recap

A number of new duos made a name for themselves this week. While controversy around K/D caps was the talk of the town, up and comers took the opportunity to make their mark. From Izak and Leh to BennyCentral and DooM Fifakill, tons of fresh names cracked into the top of the pack this week. Even the likes of Pamaj & Skyz burst into the Top 10 for the first time ever. It was a week full of upsets and surprising results.

Among the surprises, Nadeshot also had his best showing this week alongside Rated. Together, the duo found themselves in the upper bracket finals after three consecutive wins against elite competition. It came down to the wire in the final round of the day as they squared off against Aydan and MikeRevolt.

Ultimately, the first series led to a bracket reset after a few close rounds. It was during the second Grand Final series that disaster struck. In the middle of a match, with 4 kills already to his name, Nadeshot’s PC crashed. From that point on, they weren’t quite able to regain. Aydan and MikeRevolt ran away with the victory and took home the first-place prize.

Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown Week 7 Results (Top 8)

Place Team $ Prize Money
1st  Aydan & MikeRevolt $12,000
2nd Nadeshot & Rated $6,000
3rd Pamaj & Skyz $2,000
4th Dr Disrespect & ZLaner
Top 6 Leh & Izak
Top 6 BennyCentral & DooM Fifakill
Top 8 Vikkstar & WarsZ
Top 8 Priestah & Censor

Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown Week 8 Recap

The penultimate week in Vikkstar’s Warzone competition saw some of the spiciest matchups thus far. The opening round alone had a few original pairings. Nadeshot & Aydan took out Scump & KISMET6. Meanwhile, Lando Norris even jumped into the mix alongside Tommey.

While new teams took to Verdansk, a few rivals also squared off in the bracket. Merk & Maven were at it again with another remarkable run. They even knocked Symfuhny & TheDezmond down to the lower bracket. However, they would soon get revenge in the loser’s finals.

The final series of the day had Vikkstar himself, alongside Rated, taking on Symfuhny & TheDezmond. Things came to a quick end, however, as the host of the event and his partner blitzed well ahead of their last opponents. Midway through the second map, they were already celebrating as they knew the result was all but locked in. This marks their second overall win in the Warzone Showdown as a duo.

Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown Week 8 Results (Top 8)

Place Team $ Prize Money
1st  Vikkstar & Rated $12,000
2nd Symfuhny & TheDezmond $6,000
3rd Merk & Maven $2,000
4th TeePee & UnRational
Top 6 Soki & Flexz
Top 6 Kayzahr & Satyr
Top 8 Legiqn & GangstazSalute
Top 8 Sinapsis & Anytime

Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown Week 9: Finals Recap

The final week of Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown ended like so many preceding weeks had, with HusKerrs, AverageJoe, Vikkstar, and Rated all in the finals duking it out for the big dough. Ultimately, it was HusKerrs and AverageJoe (aka JoeWo) who took home the gold with a fat win over the host.

That means HusKerrs and AverageJoe each pulled in another $15,000 (splitting the $30,000 first-place pool evenly), adding on to their sums from earlier weeks. In total, the duo pulled in $56,000 across all nine weeks, making them the highest earners of the tournament and confident champions. As an added bonus, HusKerrs continues to be the winningest player in Warzone tournaments thus far.

Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown Week 9 Results (Top 8)

Place Team $ Prize Money
1st HusKerrs & AverageJoe $30,000
2nd Vikkstar & Rated $12,500
3rd TeePee & UnRational $5,000
4th Warsz & Dramzlv $2,500
Top 6 Aydan & MikeRevolt
Top 6 Kayzahr & Satyr
Top 8 FaZe Apex & MuTeZ
Top 8 Merk & Maven

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Black Ops Cold War Zombies leak reveals new Pack-A-Punch, armor, more

Published: 29/Oct/2020 2:20 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 2:23

by Brad Norton

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A huge collection of Black Ops Cold War Zombies leaks has seemingly revealed a ton of key details for the upcoming mode, including new weapons, Perks, armor, and plenty of additional features. 

Zombies in Call of Duty has been around since World at War released in 2008. The round-based mode has been a staple in Treyarch games ever since and the upcoming Black Ops Cold War is no different.

The iconic mode is returning in a big way. Not only will new features be on display on a new map, but players will be able to join up with friends across all platforms for the first time ever. There’s a ton to look forward to, but before the November 13 launch, a wide array of details have already leaked out online.

From brand-new features in the latest iteration, to the surprise inclusion of armor, and even a new spin on Pack-A-Punch, there’s plenty to digest. Here’s an overview of all the key information from the new leaks.

Armor coming to Zombies in Black Ops Cold War

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Warzone’s armor system appears to be making its way to Zombies in Black Ops Cold War

In a first for the series, armor is reportedly making its way to the Zombies experience. Similar to how it functions in Warzone, players will be able to equip three armor plates at once. Additionally, this armor can then be upgraded at brand new ‘armor stations’ around the map. 

This means that teams will be able to boost their health greater than ever before.

In previous iterations, Juggernog was the main source of health buffs. However, with full armor and Juggernog in Black Ops Cold War, players can allegedly survive “10 hits from a Zombie.”

Perks in Black Ops Cold War Zombies

Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
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Many of the fan-favorites are back, but a new Perk is also on the way in Black Ops Cold War.

While previous leaks outlined which perks to expect in the newly revamped Zombies mode, a few new details have slipped through the cracks. There is one new Perk-a-cola in the game and it’s referred to as ‘Elemental Pop.’

This unique perk will activate an Ammo Mod at random. You may be wondering what an Ammo Mod even is, that’s because these are entirely new with Black Ops Cold War as well. There are four Ammo Mods in total and chugging this new perk will randomly give out one at a time.

Below is a list of all four and how they function:

  • Cyrofreeze – Frost damage and slows enemies.
  • Dead Wire – Electric damage and stuns enemies.
  • Napalm Blast – Fire damage and burns Zombies.
  • Brain Rot – Turns a Zombie to an ally.
Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
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Elemental Pop is set to change your weapons in exciting new ways.

One of these effects will be applied to your equipped weapon, changing how the map will play out moving forward. Also of note, Pack-A-Punch has been changed to fit these new Ammo Mods as well.

Whenever you’re Pack-A-Punching a gun in Black Ops Cold War, you’ll reportedly be able to choose from this list. No longer will the upgrade be down to luck; players will have input in the effects their weapons will come with.

Field Upgrades in Black Ops Cold War Zombies

Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
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Eight powerful Field Upgrades are supposedly in the works for Black Ops Cold War.

Rather than working with Specialists in the upcoming Zombies mode, Field Upgrades are in focus. There are seemingly eight in total, though only five may be included at launch, according to the leaker.

Some of these help wipe out waves of enemies while others will set your team up to defend a location. They all have unique functions so you’ll have to pick wisely and spread them out among your team. Below is a list of each Field Upgrade seemingly confirmed for launch.

  • Aether Shroud – Masks your presence, making you near-invisible to Zombies. Lasts 5 seconds.
  • Ring of Fire – “Ring shows up that boosts damage inside for everyone.” Also burns enemies that step inside.
  • Healing Aura – Heal yourself and teammates to full health within a small radius.
  • Frost Blast – Wind blast of frost damage. Also slows Zombies.
  • Energy Mine – Proximity mine.

Additionally, three more Field Upgrades appear to be joining the list in future seasons. Lightning Links, Toxic Growth, and Frenzy Guard could all change your strategies as Black Ops Cold War evolves.

New Rune upgrade system in Black Ops Cold War Zombies

Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
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It looks like there will be more to grind for than any previous Zombies experience.

While plenty of other details may seem like obvious iterations, Runes are supposedly the “biggest innovation” in Black Ops Cold War. These serve the role of a fully-fledged upgrade system. Everything from Perks to weapons can all be upgraded through the use of Runes.

With every aspect of the game having three distinct tiers, that leads to a total of 72 permanent upgrades to unlock. These are all purchasable with a new in-game currency known as ‘Aetherium,’ according to the leaks.

Aetherium comes in both Raw and Flawless variants. There’s no telling just how long the grind will be to tally up your Aetherium, though playing the game is seemingly the only way to earn this new currency. 

One example of the Rune system at work focused on the Stamin-Up perk. With the level one upgrade, movement impairing effects from stuns and Zombie strikes are reduced by 50%. At the next tier, all fall damage is removed. Finally, at level three, players are able to sprint while aiming.

Other new details for Zombies in Black Ops Cold War

Black Ops Cold War zombie gameplay
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You can spot a blueish grenade dropping off of this Zombie in the official trailer. This could be part of the new loot system.

Right off the bat, you’ll notice that Zombies have health bars and display damage numbers when being hit. Additionally, there will be a compass and minimap no different from Warzone. 

Zombies will supposedly also have a chance to drop random loot at any time. Similar to power-up drops in the classic Zombies experience, foes can drop armor, grenades, and even killstreaks, according to the leaker.

Last but not least, there is a new Salvage system in the game.

As you progress through the rounds and fend off waves, you’ll collect Salvage which can then be used to build various tools. From explosives to support equipment and even Monkey Bombs, crafting will be a key feature in Zombies.

Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
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This is a look at Salvage in the Zombies trailer, according to the leaker.

As always with early leaks, do take this information with a grain of salt until Black Ops Cold War is released. Some of these details could come from an early build that has since been changed or outright scrapped.

Only time will tell how much of this holds true. If even half of this info is accurate, however, Zombies fans could be in for the most elaborate year thus far.