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Warzone players demand change to “overpowered” vehicles

Published: 30/Mar/2020 11:04 Updated: 30/Mar/2020 13:25

by Andy Williams

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Given the size and scale of Call of Duty: Warzone’s map, there are a plethora of vehicles that allow easy transportation from Prison to Dam – but players aren’t happy with just how overpowered they are in the current meta.

Infinity Ward’s venture into the battle royale genre has gone down a treat. Over 30 million players dropped into Verdansk within the first 10 days, making it the fastest-growing non-mobile game ever.

Despite the game’s accolades, players still have a list of peeves that they would like addressed. From the clunky gas mask animation to Verdansk being seemingly overrun with hackers, Infinity Ward certainly have their work cut out to meet player demands.

Message in Call of Duty after getting Warzone victory.
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A small minority of players have been cheating their way to victories, even offering their services for a fee.

However, one in-game element that has been gradually changing Warzone’s meta has been vehicles. Coming in all shapes and sizes, vehicles don’t just offer an easy way to traverse Verdansk — they also double-up as one of the most lethal weapons in the game!

Whether it’s a Tactical Rover or an SUV, players often use vehicles to run over their opponents, allowing one player to single-handedly take out an entire squad without even breaking a sweat.

So what’s the big issue? Just stay indoors, right? Well, no… As one Reddit user found out the hard way, nowhere is safe from the wrath of Warzone’s vehicles.

This is an issue, devs. It’s bad enough people drive these tanks around in the beginning of the match and grief people, now not even buildings protect us? I was clearly completely inside the building and no part of the truck’s rear was small enough to fit through the window. from CODWarzone

Even though the entirety of the Redditor’s player model was inside the building, they were completely wiped out by the Cargo Truck. And given the prevalent nature of Warzone’s vehicle troubles, plenty of players have used the Warzone subreddit to vent their frustrations.

Top streamers such as Jaryd ‘Summit1G’ Lazar and Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek have echoed the thoughts of the community, with Lazar labelling them as “overpowered” while Grzesiek suggested that they should be scrapped altogether.

It doesn’t just stop there. Another user aptly highlighted that enemies in the final circle often use the vehicle’s third-person POV to their advantage, as they scope out the competition and use their vehicle as a fortress on wheels.

Although, a simple solution was proposed: “A super-easy way to balance this is to make all vehicles, including the [helicopter], first-person only.”

Vehicles need to be FPP only to maintain integrity. from CODWarzone

So with vehicles becoming all the range in Warzone, Infinity Ward are seemingly stuck between a rock and a hard place.

The developers can’t simply remove them, given the sheer enormity of Verdansk, so perhaps a first-person perspective is the only way to mitigate their dominance in the server?

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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

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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
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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
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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.