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ZooMaa reveals who FaZe Clan nearly picked up during the CoD off-season

Published: 19/Oct/2018 18:03 Updated: 19/Oct/2018 18:49

by Joe O'Brien

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FaZe Clan Call of Duty captain Thomas ‘ZooMaa’ Paparatto has revealed which players the team almost picked up for Black Ops 4.

With Call of Duty moving to five-versus-five for competitive play in Black Ops 4, even teams that were happy with their existing rosters were forced to add to their roster in the post-WWII off-season.

FaZe Clan decided to stick with the squad that they fielded for the entirety of the WWII season, the highlight of which was a victory in Stage 1 of the CWL Pro League, and add former OpTic Gaming player Anthony ‘Methodz’ Zinni.

Though the team is confident in their new fifth, according to ZooMaa he wasn’t the only option they pursued. Though it may come as a surprise to many, he admitted during the CoD Blast podcast that FaZe was initially looking to pick up another SMG player, despite already having three very capable players in the role.

“To us, the more fast-paced subs you can get on a team the better,” ZooMaa explained, “because we have so many people that can run an AR on our team.”

As a result, the team pursued Cuyler ‘Huke’ Garland and Tyler ‘aBeZy’ Pharris during the off-season, ultimately unsuccessfully – though their interest in signing these players was accurately reported by notorious anonymous leaker the CoDBurner.

Huke stayed with the Envy organization and was joined there by the former Evil Geniuses squad that won the 2018 Call of Duty Championship. Meanwhile, aBeZy went to eUnited alongside Jordan ‘JKap’ Kaplan.

In the end, ZooMaa states, FaZe decided that they didn’t want to risk losing Methodz by taking too long exploring their options, and the team is very happy with their decision.

To hear ZooMaa talk all things FaZe Clan, rostermania and Black Ops 4, check out the full CoD Blast podcast here.

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Call of Duty 2021 leaks hint at new Modern Warfare follow up

Published: 30/Oct/2020 6:04

by Brad Norton

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Before Black Ops Cold War arrives, we may already have our first hint of next year’s Call of Duty setting as a prominent leaker has teased a new Modern Warfare sequel.

While the Call of Duty franchise has 17 mainline entries covering a wide array of timelines, two names stand out as the most iconic. Both the Black Ops series and the Modern Warfare series have seen the most iterations over the years. 

Treyarch has already released four titles in the Black Ops series with Cold War just weeks away. Meanwhile, Infinity Ward has four entries in the Modern Warfare series, the original trilogy along with 2019’s reboot. Now, it seems as though a fifth could also be on the way with Infinity Ward at the helm.

Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software will reportedly be taking a back seat. Instead of the typical three-year development cycle, Infinity Ward has just two-years to work with. We’re still 12 months off from 2021’s mystery release, but we may already have our first details on next year’s title. 

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Could Price’s story continue in 2021’s Call of Duty?

“It’s looking like CoD for 2021 is another Modern Warfare title of some kind,” prominent leaker Tom Henderson revealed. Not a whole lot is known beyond that key detail, though the setting for the next release appears to be locked in. 

“Understandably not a lot of information as of yet, but it’s a modern-day setting,” he confirmed. Given Modern Warfare’s hard reboot with 2019’s release, could a new sequel be the next step? This would essentially bypass the original Modern Warfare 2 from 2009 if Activision opts for another identical title.

To avoid even more confusion, there’s a good chance the name is a little different, similar to how Black Ops added Cold War to the title for 2020’s drop, despite it being a direct follow up to Black Ops 1. So expect to see Modern Warfare: ‘something something’ as the likely 2021 title.

This could see a direct continuation from where 2019’s game left off. John Price is looking to assemble a team of classic characters to put a stop to Russian terrorist Victor Zakhaev. If Warzone’s ongoing storyline doesn’t beat the single-player campaign to the punch, this could be our objective in 2021’s release.

While this aspect is purely speculation, the leaker also considered the original Modern Warfare 2 being bundled in. No different from how Infinity Warfare launched with Modern Warfare remastered in 2016.

We’re still months away from any official information on the 2021 title, so take this with a grain of salt for now. Black Ops Cold War is the focus for Activision. Anything regarding next year’s game will be kept under wraps for quite some time yet.