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Will Verdansk map be destroyed in Warzone? Leakers hint at major in-game event

Published: 21/Feb/2021 14:19

by Connor Bennett

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A number of Call of Duty: Warzone leakers have hinted at a major event coming on March 11 that will apparently see Verdansk destroyed. Here’s what we know so far about the much-anticipated nuke event.

Ever since Warzone launched back in March of 2020, the developers have brought plenty of changes to the battle royale.

The integration of Black Ops Cold War added new weapons, modes, and a new map in the form of Rebirth Island, but most players can still be found on Verdansk.

Players have called for changes to game’s original map, pointing out that Fortnite grew in popularity because of its frequent map changes. With Season 2 for Black Ops Cold War on the horizon, it looks like Warzone is in for another major change.

Verdansk Train Station in CoD Modern Warfare
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Verdansk has become a fan favorite map, but players do want changes.

Warzone nuke event coming?

A number of leakers have claimed that a major event is coming after the start of season 2, and it looks to focus on an explosion on Verdansk.

Both WarzoneNewz and ModernWarzone, who have both had leaks on Warzone in the past, have teased an event, both tweeting out “kaboom” and teasers of an explosion. This lines up with nuclear weapons that have been found under the map.

They’ve both pinpointed March 11 as the date for something to happen. That’s two weeks after the start of Season 2, which gets underway on February 25.

The belief from fans is that the ship which has started approaching Verdansk, and likely contains Nova 6 gas, will explode while docked near the map – causing irreparable damage to battle royale’s original map.

That could make the map inhospitable, meaning players are leaving Verdansk for the rumored Ural Mountains map, or that Verdansk is undergoing major changes. All signs seem to point to a new map anyway, given the amount of leaks there have been surrounding a new location.

Thankfully, there’s not that long to wait to find out if the leakers are right. If something is happening on March 11, teasers should start rolling out before then, and they’ll be the indicators.

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Female CoD Mobile pro SOL reportedly murdered in Brazil

Published: 23/Feb/2021 22:31 Updated: 23/Feb/2021 22:46

by Bill Cooney

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A female CoD Mobile pro from Brazil named Ingrid “SOL” Oliveira Bueno da Silva has reportedly been murdered by another player in the esports scene.

SOL, who was only 19 years old at the time of her death, was just beginning her career in esports and was playing with org FBI (Fantastic Brazil Impact) E-sports CoD Mobile team.

On February 23, multiple sources including ESPN Brazil, reported that SOL had been found stabbed to death in the home of another CoD Mobile player known as Guilherme “Flashlight” Alves Costa in Pirituba, São Paulo, Brazil.

According to reports, he met SOL online, and after being arrested he confessed to the murder, telling investigators he had planned it out beforehand.

In a video posted of the suspect being arrested, he can be heard saying, according to translations, “My sanity is completely fit,” and “I wanted to do this,” while being handcuffed by police.

Alves Costa also reportedly uploaded a video of the crime to various groups he used to interact with, including gamerselite.codm on Instagram.

A statement posted by the group and translated by Dexerto states that just after committing the crime, the suspected murderer posted video of it into their group WhatsApp, while also making nods to terrorism and including hate speech against Christians, which was quickly turned over to police.

 

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SOL was killed on Monday, February 22, but news of the tragic incident began to spread on social media the next day after Brazilian CoD organization Jaguares Gaming posted a tribute to her on Twitter.

“It is with deep sadness that Jaguares Esports wishes strength to SOL’s family and the FBI Esports team,” they wrote. “We are all in mourning. Rest in peace and justice be done.”

As the news broke, tributes poured in for SOL (Portuguese for “sun”) from around the Brazilian esports scene, including from her own team, FBI Esports.

“She was an extraordinary person whom we will remember every day that the sun rises,” Krony, a member of FBI Esports wrote on Instagram. “Every day that the Sun touches us, every time we look at the Sun, we will remember her.”

 

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It is currently unknown as to what sentence Alves Costa is facing or will receive for the crime, but Dexerto will keep you updated as news continues to come out about this tragic story.