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xQc explains why CoD pros are now held to different standards in the CDL

Published: 24/Nov/2019 23:57

by Andy Williams

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Twitch star and former Overwatch pro Felix ‘xQc’ Lengyel has explained why Call of Duty pros must now act differently at the dawn of franchising, after Dallas Empire sub MuTeX was caught using offensive language on stream.

Activision’s Call of Duty League has welcomed hundreds of millions of dollars of investment, with team slots going for a reported $25 million

Twelve teams are now locked in and set to compete in the first season of the CDL, beginning January 2020. With the increased investment and the marketing power of Activision behind it, Call of Duty esports will likely experience a spike in interest. 

Activision. Twelve teams will battle it out on the CDL World Tour.

Three-time world champ, Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow, drew a comparison of the repercussions (or lack thereof) xQc faces while speaking in a similar vein on Twitch, versus those MuTeX faced after uttering derogatory remarks during a live broadcast

After dealing with the consequences of his actions while under contract within the Overwatch League, Lengyel was quick to respond to Barlow’s Tweet.

When your organization spends 25 million dollars to get a franchise slot, they want to make shareholders happy,” xQc said. “Don’t try to explain the current state of the culture to billionaire investors. Once you sign and earn their money, you play their game with their rules now.”

As a former Overwatch pro in the OWL, xQc has witnessed first-hand the difference of competing in a franchised league, and the impact that stepping out-of-line can have on your career. 

Following a stage 1 loss to Houston Outlaws, the former Dallas Fuel player made offensive comments while livestreaming, directed towards Outlaws player Austin ‘Muma’ Wilmot. 

Subsequently, Lengyel was suspended by both the Overwatch League and Dallas Fuel — rendering him unable to compete until the end of Stage 1. 

Blizzard Entertainment.xQc played represented the Dallas Fuel banner in the Overwatch League.

Less than two months after the Canadian received his suspension, he was banned by the Overwatch League yet again — this time for the use of the ‘TriHard’ emote on the official Blizzard–governed stream. Two days after the incident, Dallas Fuel released Lengyel from their active roster. 

The former Overwatch pro issued his point-of-view from a position of experience, given the current interest from investors in the Call of League. 

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Black Ops Cold War leak reveals Warzone cosmetics for Nuke event

Published: 1/Dec/2020 11:26

by Connor Bennett

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New Black Ops Cold War leaks have pointed towards Warzone rewards for the impending nuke event that looks likely to bring a new map to Call of Duty’s battle royale mode. 

When the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare year was coming to a close, many wondered what would happen to Warzone. Would it make the move over to Black Ops Cold War or remain a separate entity?

Well, in that time, there’s been plenty of speculation about a new map and a move to the Cold War engine – especially as the Nuke, which appeared in Verdansk during the reveal event for the new game, still hasn’t been launched. 

However, it looks like the weapon of mass destruction could soon be set to lift off and kickstart Warzone’s integration with Cold War after some new cosmetics surfaced. 

Warzone operator running with gun
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Warzone hasnt made the move to Cold War just yet, but it appears as if its coming soon.

Call of Duty leaker WarzoneNewz posted an image of an emblem where a Nuke can be seen blasting off around the Soviet flag – making it look like a Sickle. 

Additionally, there is a calling card for Alcatraz, or at least a map based on Alcatraz anyway – with Russian propaganda billboards being used on the main building in the centre of the image. 

The long-standing theory, since the Nuke arrived on Verdansk, has been that it will blast off and destroy Verdansk, giving way for some sort of rebirthed version of Alcatraz, given Treyarch used the small, prison map back in Blackout – the first attempt at Call of Duty Battle Royale. However, nothing has been confirmed. 

During the Cold War reveal event, where players were tasked with running around Verdansk and completing certain tasks, unique emblems and calling cards were released. So, it would make sense that they’d want to commemorate another live event with rewards for players who are there.

However, we’ll just have to wait and see what Treyarch decides to do, as there’s been no confirmation, just yet, about whether there will be another map or if it’s just going to be an extension of Verdansk.