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Warzone dev explains why Plunder was removed and confirms return

Published: 14/Jun/2020 11:17

by Joe Craven


Joe Cecot, Infinity Ward’s Co-Design Director of Multiplayer, has provided a positive update for Warzone players hoping to see the return of Plunder modes, confirming they were only removed temporarily. 

Plunder is a a variant mode in Call of Duty: Warzone. As opposed to normal modes, where the cloud of toxic gas slowly engulfs the map and forces players towards an end-zone, Plunder is entirely based on collecting as much cash as you can.

When one team reaches $1,000,000, a two minute timer is triggered, giving players a final period to get as much cash as they can. However, despite its popularity, it was removed from Warzone with the Season 4 launch.

Plunder was Warzone's original LTM at launch. Now it looks like a dozen more are on the way.
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Plunder was Warzone’s original LTM at launch.

The removal has caused consternation among some players, many of whom have expressed desires to see it return. On June 13, one Twitter user said: “Where did Plunder / Blood Money go? It’s the only game mode that me and my friends play and we were chasing 300 plunder wins this weekend!”

There have also been many frustrated posts on Reddit, with people echoing this sentiment. One Redditor said: “Seriously who thought it was a good idea to completely remove plunder from the game? I have so much fun playing plunder and now I seen they took it out the game completely, stop f**king with the playlists nobody asked for you to remove”.

Thankfully, Infinity Ward’s Joe Cecot was on hand to provide some positive news to fans who want to see it return, explaining that it was only removed to make room for other modes and the free MP weekend currently taking place.

“It will be back soon,” he confirmed. “Just made room for MP trial and Warzone Rumble. I love it too :)”.

While Cecot did not provide a timescale on Plunder’s return, June 16 appears a likely date at the moment. Most Modern Warfare patches go live on Tuesdays, and this date would also allow time for the free multiplayer weekend to wrap up.

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Team Tommey wins $20K Totino’s Black Ops Brawl tourney: Final results

Published: 25/Nov/2020 1:25 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 1:36

by Jacob Hale


Totino’s was the latest to host a massive esports event with $20,000 on the line in one of the first proper  Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War tournaments, one that featured top pro players and some of the most popular streamers.

Over the years, we’ve seen the frozen pizza brand host tournaments in multiple games as well as form sponsorships with the likes of 100 Thieves, who recently entered the Call of Duty League with the LA Thieves.

Now, with Black Ops Cold War out and players starting to really get to grips with the game, they teamed up with a number of top names in Call of Duty, including the Minnesota RØKKR CDL team, to put on a show for fans. Here’s everything you need to catch up on the event.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl recap

With a single-elimination bracket, teams only had one life to prove themselves with. As a result, four teams were immediately knocked out from the first round with no chance at redemption. Nameless, Swagg, Hitch, and Symfuhny all crashed out of the competition early on with their teams taken down right away.

While Tommey’s team advanced through to the grand final, they met a dominant force in the last series of the day. TeeP and his stacked squad refused to drop a map throughout the day. They came away with 3-0 wins over Symfuhny and Crowder to land in the finals.

The opening Hardpoint on Moscow came down to the wire with TeeP’s team narrowly edging it out. However, the next SnD on Miami was the polar opposite. Tommey’s team struck back with an insane 6-0 performance to tie things up. From here on out, their team kept the momentum rolling and closed out the grand final victory.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl results

Black Ops Brawl event
The final bracket for Totino’s Black Ops Brawl.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl stream & schedule

The Totino’s Black Ops Brawl was a four-hour event that took place on Tuesday, November 24.

The show kicked off at 3pm ET (12pm PT/8pm GMT) live from Totino’s Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded here for you to easily rewatch.

It was hosted by Call of Duty League casters Joe ‘Merk’ Deluca and Clint ‘Maven’ Evans, with $20,000 on the line for competing teams.

Who played in the Black Ops Brawl event?

From the most accomplished pro players to the most popular streamers, plenty of big names got involved in this $20k competition. If you’ve been following Cold War events since launch, all of the familiar faces turned out for this one as well. Simp, Tommey, Shotzzy, and Symfuhny were just a handful of names that got involved. Below is a full overview of the captains for the Black Ops Brawl tournament.

  • Symfuhny
  • Swagg
  • Tommey
  • Censor
  • Crowder
  • Hitch
  • Nameless
  • TeePee
Totino's Black Ops Brawl casters Merk and Maven
Merk and Maven hosted the Black Ops Brawl.

Format and prize pool

Eight teams were lined up for the start of the event as the single-elimination bracket got underway. One series loss was all anyone could afford. In total, the winning team had to get through three consecutive best of three matchups against the top challengers.

As for the prize pool, there was $20,000 on the line, with $15,000 going directly to the winning team and the remaining $5,000 going to the team that finished in second place.