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Warzone Season 5 Juggernaut backlash forces response from Infinity Ward

Published: 6/Aug/2020 5:25 Updated: 6/Aug/2020 5:44

by Brad Norton

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Update (Wednesday, August 5 – 9PM PT): Infinity Ward has since addressed community backlash surrounding Juggernauts in Warzone. A “small patch” was pushed live on August 5 across all platforms to combat the issue.

The Juggernaut crate has been removed in the BR Buy Back Solos playlist. Additionally, drop rates across all other modes have been lowered, so they should be appearing less frequently moving forward.

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The original story is as follows.

Infinity Ward drastically changed the state of Warzone on August 4 with the Season 5 update, leaving the community riled up over the state of juggernauts in standard playlists.

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Season 5 has only just begun and dedicated players have already grown restless over one key adjustment. From map changes to new guns and 100-tiers of unlockable items in the Battle Pass, there’s plenty to get stuck into. However, the pure battle royale experience has been tampered with in a huge way.

When players dropped back into Verdansk after installing the update, one thing, in particular, stood out. Juggernauts have now become accessible across standard playlists in Warzone. Rather than sticking to their own mode, these near-invincible suits of armor can now be equipped in regular solo, duo, trio, and quad action.

Similar to the random Jailbreak or Fire Sale events, Juggernaut suits are occasionally deployed across the map. This gives players an absurd advantage and just one day after the Season 5 update, many are already on the verge of quitting.

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If you’re lucky enough to secure one, the Juggernaut upgrade will buff your Operator in a number of ways. You’ll pick up a minigun with a heap of ammo to chew through. Deadly to enemies on foot and in vehicles. Not only that, but each kill will also restore health now too. 

You become a walking tank and anyone that comes close will likely find themselves back in the lobby soon after. It’s an extremely powerful item, hence why it was limited to its own playlists in previous seasons.

“I just leave matches when the Juggernaut crates spawn,” one player said. “What’s the point of racking up 15+ aggressive kills just for the game to decide [who gets] a free suit?” Regardless of how well you’re doing, when a Juggernaut appears on the map, it becomes near impossible to win a 1v1 fight.

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A single Juggernaut is capable of mowing down entire squads.

You’ll have to team up with other enemies, keep your distance, and use explosives all while hoping the Juggernaut doesn’t replenish its health with a single kill. “No one asked for this,” another player added. “Leave this to LTMs, please don’t add stupidly overpowered things like this into the standard modes.”

Many even drew similarities between the Juggernaut suit and Fortnite’s heavily criticized BRUTE mechs. Both gave individual players a huge advantage on the way to securing a victory. Even with a stacked loadout of your own, these powerful additions to the popular battle royales are all but impossible to counter.

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To make matters worse in Warzone, players can still get in and out of vehicles with the suit equipped. This means that you can blow up a truck and the Juggernaut inside will still be there relatively unscathed.

Infinity Ward is yet to indicated that they’ll be reverting this decision. Though with enough community backlash, playlists could change rather early into Season 5. Get caught up on all of the core changes to Warzone with the latest patch notes here.

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H3CZ acquires OpTic Gaming from Immortals: Report

Published: 1/Oct/2020 16:30 Updated: 1/Oct/2020 17:40

by Jacob Hale

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Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez has reportedly acquired OpTic Gaming in a deal separate from his ties with NRG Esports, where he currently serves as co-CEO.

The deal reportedly sees H3CZ set to occupy the Los Angeles Call of Duty League spot held by OpTic Gaming, an organization he created and built before its sale in June 2019, in which Immortals Gaming Club acquired OpTic parent company, Infinite, in a deal valued at around $100m.

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According to Esports Observer, the acquisition is still pending League approval, and H3CZ himself “intends to divest to interested esports organizations.” This is likely a compulsory step due to ownership rules of the CDL preventing H3CZ having ownership in more than one team in the league.

As the original report says, “sources close to the deal have come forward stating that after negotiations spanning a little over a month, Rodriguez purchased the OpTic Gaming IP in its entirety.”

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H3CZ HuntsmenH3CZ currently serves as co-CEO of NRG Esports and their CDL team, Chicago Huntsmen.

This would mean that H3CZ owns every asset and resource under the OpTic Gaming umbrella, and that negotiations likely started taking place around the time of the Call of Duty League Championship in late-August.

His ties with Chicago Huntsmen are expected to remain intact, so where the CDL spot occupied by OpTic Gaming Los Angeles goes remains to be seen, though commissioner Johanna Faries has recently insisted that there is “great demand” for expansion slots — so one lucky team might just get their wish.

Naturally, fans want to see the likes of Nadeshot and his 100 Thieves organization find his way back into the Call of Duty League, but after his decision not to buy-in at the start of its inaugural year, it’s impossible to speculate whether he would have had a change of heart since then.

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We have reached out to H3CZ for comment.