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How to Complete the “Death-Con Five” Gauntlet for Classified in Black Ops 4 Zombies

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Here’s everything you need to know about the new Gauntlet mode on Classified, “Death-Con Five”

Just last month, Treyarch added a brand new game type to Call of Duty Zombies, Gauntlets. Launching on Voyage of Despair, then making its way to IX, the Classified Gauntlet is now available with Operation Grand Heist on PS4.

Death-Con Five as it appears in the Zombies menus

This challenge based mode takes players through 30 different waves with unique sets of rules for each. Another added element to Gauntlet is the timer which keeps track of how long each set of 10 rounds takes. This makes it great for competitive play and bragging to your friends.

The best tip for overcoming all 30 rounds is to know what the upcoming challenges will be so you can get ready for them. Remember, the round’s challenge will always be the same, so no matter when you play, round 4 will always be “Use the RK 7 Only.”

To be prepared, check out the list of all challenges on Death-Con Five:

  1. Share the Health – Kill enemies to regenerate depleting health
  2. Slippery – Players can only attack or use elixirs while sliding
  3. Flag Protocol – Players can only attack or use elixirs when standing next to a flagpole
  4. Busting With Excitement – Players can only use the RK 7 Garrison Pistol
  5. Tower Defense– Moving Causes Damage
  6. Power Trip – Activate the power before the end of this hellhound round
  7. Eat and Run – All enemies are sprinting
  8. Special Forces – Kill 10 enemies with a special weapon this round
  9. Brittle – Complete this round with a limited number of hits across all players
  10. You’ve Been Served – Defend the Server Room
  11. High Gas Prices – Standing in Nova 6 Crawler Gas Reduces Points
  12. Down the Rabbit Hole – Use 10 Unique Teleporters during this round
  13. Bear a Grudge – Hunt down and open the mystery box 6 times this round (Firesale Disabled)
  14. No Gen – No Health Regeneration
  15. Whole Hog – Defend the Porcine Research Lab
  16. Bursting with Fear – Players can only use the RK 7 Garrison Pistol
  17. Walled In – Make 5 Unique Wall Buys
  18. Shock and Awe – Get 55 trap kills and survive 5:55
  19. Teleporter Tango – Teleport before your timer runs out or you start taking damage
  20. Time to Panic – Defend the Panic Room during this Nova 6 Crawler Round
  21. Anywhere but WTF? – Players randomly teleport. Complete this round under the time limit
  22. Make it Rain – Take Damage while you have over 5000 Points
  23. CQZ – Zombies can only be damages in Close Quarters
  24. Double Trouble – Enemies do double damage
  25. Conference Call – Defend the conference room and hallways
  26. On the Clock – Complete the round before the timer expires
  27. Bursting Your Bubble – Players can only use the RK 7 Garrison Pistol
  28. Out of Order – Teleporters and elevators are disabled
  29. Nothing Special – Special Weapons are disabled
  30. Doom Lake – Defend Groom Lake

While Voyage of Despair and IX Gauntlets were available to all Black Ops 4 owners, Classified is only available to those who either have the Black Ops Pass purchased, or bought the recently available standalone Classified experience for $7.99.

The next Gauntlet has been mentioned in Treyarch’s roadmap and is called Hellcatraz which takes place on Blood of the Dead. Stay posted to @CharlieINTEL to find out when that goes live.

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How to get your Twitch 2020 recap

Here’s how you can get a full 2020 Twitch recap, showing you your most watched games, streamers, most-popular emotes, and more.

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Here’s how you can see your complete Twitch year in review for 2020.

Twitch 2020 recaps are here! These short recaps feature your top watched channels, streamers, game categories, total channel points gained, most popular emotes, and more. These recaps are sent out via email and will be sent out to users throughout today, January 15.

The email will even come with the option to export an image to share to social media, highlighting your yearly recap.

You can see an example image below, from streamer TheOceaneOpz.

All recaps seem to be unique in variety, so you’ll likely get a solid mix of stats to show off to your friends. You may be surprised just how much time you’ve spent on Twitch this year, which is sure to have gone up when compared to 2019 due to quarantine measures around the globe.

If you don’t have your recap in your email connected to your Twitch account quite yet, don’t worry. Recaps are still being sent out to users in large waves, so you might just need to wait a bit longer.

Be sure to share your Twitch recaps with us on Twitter, @CharlieIntel. Here’s to another year of good times on Twitch!

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Blizzard releases huge Battle.net update for January 2021

Blizzard has recently released the first major update to the Call of Duty launcher, Battle.net client for 2021.

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Blizzard has released the new Battle.net client, which brings a slick new interface to Call of Duty, Overwatch, and all of their other games.

Today, January 15, Blizzard announced a huge front-end update to Battle.net. It offers players a cleaner and easier to navigate user interface on the client, with much-needed visual overhauls.

The client update should be releasing periodically across North America, with more regions in the coming weeks.

New Client Features

According to Blizzard, the new improvements are the following:

  • Improved navigation and layout – you can now favorite your games and arrange them for ease of access.
  • A much more expansive layout for news and game content in a full-page view.
  • A revamped social pane so you can better see your friends and what they’re up to on each game tab.
  • Major accessibility improvements—we’ve added the ability to navigate most of the app with your keyboard, increased our screen reader support, and improved the color contrast.
  • A new, consolidated notifications hub for messages and download status.

How to get the update now

If you’re outside of North America and want to get the update now, you can join the beta program for the Battle.net client. To join, navigate to your Battle.net settings (click on the logo on the top left) and then click on the beta tab.

From here you can join the beta client. You’ll have to do a small download first. When the full release comes to your region, you can opt-out of the beta client.

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Apex Legends dev explains why Airdrop Escalation won’t be permanent

Respawn Entertainment addressed player concerns that the Airdrop Escalation LTM would be permanent in Apex Legends.

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Airdrop Escalation LTM in Apex Legends

The new Airdrop Escalation LTM has brought some changes to the supply drops in Apex Legends. Some players are concerned about how this would affect care packages, so the devs responded.

The new Fight Night Collection Event finally went live on January 5 and brought many changes to Apex Legends Season 7. This includes an heirloom for Gibraltar and a brand new LTM called Airdrop Escalation. 

The LTM has replaced the normal game mode and will provide you with an increased number of supply drops containing different tiers of fully-knitted weapons. This can lead to players receiving extremely powerful gear in the midst of battle.

Some fans were worried that this system may stay in the game for good and cause it to become unbalanced. The developers took notice of this and addressed fan concerns.

Apex Legends supply drop
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The Airdrop Escalation LTM isn’t permanent in Apex Legends

The quality of the gear that you can obtain from the LTM’s supply drops increases later in the match. While you might get something useful early one, the drops will contain Evo Shields and high tier guns that give the wielder a huge advantage during late-game.

This serves as a major change to the loot game of Apex Legends. The LTM will reward players who find supply drops later in the match by making them more powerful than others. While this works as a temporary feature, some players don’t want it to stick around for good.

Reddit user shiba219808 shared a YouTube comment complaining about how Airdrop Escalation “breaks late-game fights,” with the hopes that the developers will take notice. This caught the attention of Lead Game Designer Daniel Klein, who then chimed in.

“We really don’t wanna mess with the loot game of the base BR to this degree permanently,” said Klein. “There are issues that we’re seeing now already around high saturation of red guns deciding late-game fights.”

The devs made it clear that this is not a permanent feature. “The loot game is the beating heart of a BR,” says Daniel. “You better have a really good reason to make a change of this magnitude, and I don’t see one.” 

A few players mentioned that the game mode is still enjoyable, but could use some fine-tuning to improve upon its current issues.

“I actually enjoy the game mode,” said one user, “-but maybe to quell some of the issues you should make it that it only goes up to purple, and then reverts to regular care packages after that round? I feel like early and mid-game it is fine as is, but late game they shouldn’t be dropping.”

Luckily, Respawn Entertainment currently has no plans to shake up the loot game of Apex Legends anytime soon. With Fight Night well underway, we’re getting plenty of close looks at what to expect in the future, such as a new Legend.

Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment

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