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REVIEW: Liberation and Piazza Content Drops 1 & 2

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If you’re on Twitter, then chances are you’ve heard of TwoToeTimmy. Rumor is he only has 2 toes and a deep passion for Call of Duty and it’s community. Here’s what he has to say about Content Drops 1 & 2. And dont forget to leave a comment if you agree (or disagree) with his views..
Elite Drop 1: Liberation Map
Liberation looks exactly like what you would imagine Central Park, New York City, looks on a cool autumn day right after it’s been invaded by the Russian Army. Military vehicles and communication towers are sprinkled around to provide cover while stone bridges covered by a blanket of reddish brown foliage provide passage for ghillied up snipers.

Make no mistake of it, this map is for Snipers. I’m not talking about the hybrid Akimbo FMG Snipers either, this is for the hide behind bushes and wait for anything to move type Snipers. This map is huge yet somehow all the action is in the middle. For the most part the action is slow paced on the perimeter and more chaotic in the center. Running from cover to cover with an assault rifle works well to surprise campy snipers hiding like Easter eggs behind every bush, rock, wall, river bank, or archway. Ultimately this map will become a haven for those who want to test their sniper skills. I would relate it to CliffSide (Hazard) or even Bog to an extent. Unfortunately the versatility of this map is not there as it’s completely unadvisable to play this map with a SMG or shotgun. Liberation is an excellent map for Snipers yet ultimately avoidable in a standard map rotation.
Grade: 2/5

Elite Drop 2:  Piazza Map
Piazza is a bright seaside Italian village untouched by the war. Aged marble tile street signs point you toward meticulously crafted mosaic patterned steps. Mysterious pathways will guide you to a plaza waiting for a casual afternoon lunch party. Fountain gardens and faded murals give hints of a time when one could enjoy La Bella Vita. Casually placed bottles of wine are scattered throughout this beautiful getaway from the hurried life society has imposed on us. It also makes for a spectacular place to go buck wild and run and gun like crazy.
Piazza will keep your head on a swivel and test your thumb dexterity. You’ll look up, down, left, right, and backwards as the fast paced action stays on a continuous tempo. Sure you could be the guy that orders a Coke at a Martini bar and camp behind a car the whole time but embracing the bedlam is far more exhilarating.

Tight staircases and twisting roads lead you into corners that will always keep you on your toes. This is a very well designed map as it rewards movement and almost encourages you to take a circular path around the map. I can’t think of another Call of Duty map that offers this combination of lateral and vertical movement. Piazza is a great addition to the history of COD maps and will eventually go down as one of the fan favorites.
Grade: 5/5
For premium subscription Elite members these maps are well worth the roughly $2.50 cost per map. Whether you like stalking your opponent from afar or prefer to run them down in blazing fury, the combination of these two maps offer something for everyone. Modern Warfare didn’t knock it out of the park, however they provided good value on the first content drop.

 

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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.

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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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