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Black Squad Early Access & Patch Notes

Black Squad's Early Access is on its way and Neowiz has shared the patch notes for the upcoming release. The release date was scheduled for July 27th but due to technical difficulties it has been delayed to an unknown date. We will update this article when a date is confirmed. Patch Notes - Black Squad Early …

Black Squad Closed Beta Test #2 Patch

Despite rumours of pre-baked beta clients, Neowiz, publisher of Black Squad, has outlined upcoming patch notes for the second iteration of its closed beta. Feedback from the Western playerbase directly influenced these changes, confirming the divide between the Steam and Korean versions. Feedback was collected an…

Neowiz Interview with the Black Squad Team

CGO debuts its first video interview for Black Squad with the official team from Neowiz. Bryan Kim, along with appearances from Clare and Lee, tackled the tough questions from Ink in a near forty minute video interview.  Full transcript pending. Black Squad Official Links: http://www.black…

Black Squad Beginner's Scope Guide

Although Black Squad makes no large innovations in its scoping mechanics there are still various techniques to craft expertise over. The guide includes a cursory overview of scoping basics applied to the specifics of Black Squad. Brush up on your fundamentals and master the traits unique to Black Squad scopes. …

CGO's Black Squad CBT Key Giveaways

CGO will be distributing closed beta keys from now until July 15th through each of our social media accounts for Black Squad . Find out how to enter our giveaways and receive your CBT key!  CGO Media has been offered to conduct giveaways for Black Squad's upcoming closed beta test (CBT)  by Neowiz. CGO will be…

Input Drops in Black Squad

Input drops have been observed in the upcoming shooter Black Squad by Neowiz . Input drops occur from instances of your keyboard or mouse not registering in-game and odd behaviour transpiring. Input drops seem to occur in Black Squad for users with any of the following criteria; resolutions at or above 1080p, low s…

Damage Variance in Black Squad

Ink from CGO investigates the issue of damage variance in Black Squad. With so many similarities between A.V.A and Black Squad it is a curious question on what else is shared. It seems there is a much larger damage variance present than there was in A.V.A. Anywhere from ten to forty-five points of spread…

Black Squad Maps Preview

Enjoy a short two minute preview of the maps in Black Squad. The Closed Beta Test is just 19 days away!

Black Squad's T-Shirt Giveaway Results

Today the Neowiz team responsible for the Western version of Black Squad took to  Twitch.tv with a surprise t-shirt giveaway. Viewers, through chat, had to answer one question correctly to win a mailed t-shirt or vest. Twelve winners were chosen with eleven questions posed to chat. Over 140 concurrent viewers tuned…

Black Squad Large Wallpaper Gallery

With the Black Squad CBT approaching it serves to have visual clarity on the game everyone is waiting for. From the Korean version of Black Squad we have collected a large sample of in-game screenshots. We tuned all the settings to max at a 1920x1080 resolution with the UI turned off. It is hoped that this gallery ena…

Black Squad Closed Beta Test (CBT) Announced

Black Squad debuts to Western audiences on July 13th at 11:00 AM EDT for the Closed Beta Test (CBT) via the Steam platform.   Neowiz , a Korean publisher, is facilitating the release of the FPS title through Valve's platform. The CBT is accessed via keys distributed by official partners and Neowiz channels . There …

Update & CBT/OBT Stream Highlights

CGO will continue to produce Alliance of Valiant Arms content under En Masse's publishing of the EU and NA version. We are looking forward to ESL updating their event schedules in early September and resuming our regular broadcasts with them. ESL highlight videos shall continue along with related interviews and an…

A.V.A Open Beta Test (OBT) Announced

The En Masse open beta test (OBT) for Alliance of Valiant Arms has been announced for August 25th . All users with an EME account will be able to download the client and participate in the test. Previous CBT users may simply patch the client via the already downloaded Launcher. There is no data wipe for OBT. OBT te…

A.V.A Closed Beta Test (CBT) Announced

The En Masse closed beta test (CBT) for Alliance of Valiant Arms has been announced for August 18th to August 23rd . EME will continue to service the North American and European regions that previous publisher Aeria Games served. Eligibility for the CBT is random but dependent on your notification setting for the…

Restoring Vision to A.V.A in 2016

An opinion piece from Justin 'Ink' Quinn on the status and ailments of A.V.A as the community transitions to new publisher En Masse . The F2P FPS games from Asia are all re-hashed disfigurements of CS:S. They each take a different route in morphing features to become selling points while shedding the mino…

A.V.A's New Publisher is En Masse

En Masse Entertainment ( EME ) has just been announced as the new publisher for the European and North American version of Alliance of Valiant Arms. Aeria Games ( AG ) will cease operations for the title on August 16th 2016. Players will then be able to transfer their AG accounts to EME through a planned Closed and …

ESL AVA Spring League 2016

The ESL Spring League is the second seasonal league in A.V.A and from ESL. The league focuses on an accelerated group stage, taking place over just 10 days compared to the Winter's 21 days. In order to fulfill a deeper focus on the playoffs by having a double elimination bracket and cross matching in the first round b…

eRaquR Winter League 2016 Interview

Maneuvering the Challenges eRaquR garnered some of the most hype of the four second seeded teams from the group stage of the Winter League. A solid win over GoMayhem prospered into doubt over FirePizza's ability to 3-0 the German team. Unfortunately, FirePizza made it true, and eRaquR would be set to face Global …

SyroN Winter League 2016 Interview

Breaking the Barrier SyroN has transformed their image as a match channel stereotype of Portuguese players to a real threat in the competitive A.V.A scene. The team has had many roster moves, and boasts the largest roster of any top team. None of this stopped the current roster of taking second in their group, an…

Nefaste Winter League 2016 Interview

Discovering the Competition Nefaste took to Group A by storm. Emerging as the second best team in the group to shut out Vectikz and Chimiya. Still falling short of a victory over RokaHeat, Nefaste looked full of potential heading into the Playoffs. Unfortunately, the team has disbanded and forfeited their playoff…

WhoKers Winter League 2016 Interview

Headstrong into the Competition WhoKers, formerly GoMayhem, is not a set of new players to the AVA scene but appear to be the remnants of a past top contending team. It seems nearly all of GoMayhem's past talent has shifted to different teams in the new year. It will be up to this WhoKers squad to establish their…

Winter League Week 1 Review

The Heels of Competition Week 1 of the ESL Winter League was an opportunity for teams to shine or to falter. Through Week 1 half of the teams will emerge with their first win, while the rest will look back in regret. A flood of 3-0 scorelines pitch for an exciting Week 2. Before we get to the coming week, let u…

FirePizza Winter League 2016 Interview

Aiming for the Top FirePizza is a prominent new team with a roster heavily full of experienced players. Leading the team is ManGhost who competed at AWC Japan 2015 under Global's banner. Fellow team member Petaweys also competed for Global but has subsequently been removed from FirePizza. Misiek captivates t…

Gorgeous Winter League 2016 Interview

Seeking the Competition Gorgeous, formerly known as 1DINK, is the only North American team that qualified for the ESL Winter League 2016. The roster fields long-term players, and new players alike, with various competitive experiences. Undoubtedly the best team NA can muster at this current period of time. W…

RokaHeat Winter League 2016 Interview

Finding Their Ground Despite RokaHeat's underwhelming efforts in 2015, that lead to highly variable placings, the team is back this year with a new focus. A different roster, a changed perspective, and much more could very well constitute RokaHeat as an entirely new team. We stole WekeeeD away from the team's usu…

ESL AVA Winter League 2016

Group Stage February 7th to 27th Playoff Stage March 5th to 20th The ESL A.V.A Open Winter League 2016 is the first seasonal league of the year. With a similar format to the Nations Challenge, minus the nations, teams will need to battle through eight weeks of play. The group stage will pit each …

Celsia's Perspective for Early 2016

Improving a Consistent Team Celsia's performance throughout 2015 earned them the title of most consistent top team. An accurate description that may even qualify as a curse. In the first half of 2015 Celsia was snubbed three times by Andromeda in the early A-Point cups. Celsia was able to defeat Andromeda in ma…

Global Picks up Cyphez and Kimpah

Pace Change for Global The seasoned Global of 2015 is no more as the team has gone through with two roster moves. kRoon and PetaWeys will be leaving the team in place for previous Andromeda members Cyphez and Kimpah . The roster is now: I3PI taZ Delkore Cyphez Kimp…

AWC Japan 2015 Review

It's Different in Asia The A.V.A World Championship was announced early in the year across all A.V.A regions. Two to three teams per region would be graced with a spot to qualify into the four man playoff bracket at the Star Rise Tower in Tokyo, Japan. On the line would be a roughly $100 000 prize pool, with MV…

AWC Japan 2015 Survival Guide

Group Stage December 18th & 19th Playoff Stage December 20th Seven months have past for the five Alliance of Valiant regions and the twelve representative teams for AWC Japan 2015 are now qualified. Through December 17th to December 20th the A.V.A World Champion will be crowned. A tense group sta…

AWC Season 1 Review

Season of Frenzied Competition The A.V.A World Championship premiered in April and persisted for seven long months. Over twenty competitive-focused teams registered for the event but only nine managed to claim any A-Points. A $100 000 prize pool was waiting for these teams in Japan. The top two teams from the…

ESL Nations Challenge 2015

Group Stage Aug. 3rd to 23rd Playoff Stage Sept. 5th to 20th Over the course of an eight week period a minimum of 16 National Teams will compete for the Nations Challenge. Each National Team will consist of players from their respected nationality. These teams will aim to secure their country as …

AWC Aeria Circuit 2015

Summary The A.V.A World Championship is an international competition for all current publishers of Alliance of Valiant Arms . Each region will take part by participating in a regional circuit. The teams with the most points at the end of the season will be invited to compete at the AWC Main Event in December fo…

AIC 2014 Qualifiers Recap

AiC Ushered Competitive Action to A.V.A Teams, players, and sponsors all showed their interest and passion for Alliance of Valiant Arms during the AiC Qualifier Weekend . AiC spurred much competition within the A.V.A community for many weeks, which brought dozens of intense and heart pounding matches througho…

KAVA Clan Championship Updates

The Korean version of Alliance of Valiant Arms has received several recent updates to the matchmaking system titled Clan Championship . Under Pmang's publishing , there has been 3 updates to the CCS, through Dec. 12th 2013 to May 27th 2014. These updates brought new features, changes to the ratings, map selections…

ESL April 2014 Demo Cup Review

For ESL's monthly demolition cup April served as a great foundation to service over 40 teams. The community of Alliance of Valiant Arms was able to experience yet another highly competitive event with tons of action, excitement, and upsets. Over 50k AP was on the line for these teams, and the A.V.A community wa…

Kimpah and Kwelie Crackheads Interview

Kimpah and Kwelie of Crackheads Share Their Thoughts Crackhead players Kimpah and Kwelie took a break to answer a few questions from CGO, and from the general Alliance of Valiant Arms community. Topics covered are ESL March, ICC, AiC, IeSF, and of course general A.V.A questions! Get to know t…

ESL Spring 2014 Review

ESL's Spring demolition cup for Alliance of Valiant Arms took off with strong participation from the competitive community through the April 20th weekend! A pool 46 teams were seeded into the bracket to take their chance at the seasonal prize stash. For each season ESL offers a seasonal event, in this case spring, w…

ESL March 2014 Demo Cup Review

A Mountain of Competition March saw ESL conduct another Alliance of Valiant Arms demolition cup with over 40 teams competing . Through the event over 200 players were challenged in a grueling bracket to claim the prizes sponsored by Aeria Games. With 3000 AP going to each player on the winning team, and a priz…

Factory Demolition Map Preview

Factory has a Charming Design Map designers seek to provide players with quality designs, layouts, and of course long term fun. Pulling these traits together to form a cohesive and fulfilling map is not always easy. Yet, Factory is a definite candidate for its surprisingly deep design of its 'mid'. Competitive pl…

The Issue of Permanent Guns & Value

Alliance of Valiant Arms has been published by Aeria Games since 2012, and developed by Redduck since 2007. Each company has produced many positive adjustments to A.V.A, and have a longer than usual outlook for the F2P FPS game from Asia. Fabled improvements are great, but they are hard to ease away the pains of negat…

CGO #16 Week 4 Review

CGO #16 Summary of Results With a hard stomping in the Grand Finals, team Artifex was able to secure their championship win over CCeLitEs in the CGO #16 Grand Finals! Artifex had a great run throughout the three weeks of play, with no team being able to topple them! Congratulations to Artifex on their successful…

CGO #16 Week 4 Preview

Week 2 of CGO #16 for Alliance of Valiant Arms featured a range of quality matches, and many heated bouts of skill! Eight teams separated into two groups of four battled it out to determine who the Top 4 teams would be! A tough weekend has gone by, and with all the dust settled, your final four teams have emerged! …

CGO #16 Week 1 Review

CGO #16 Week 1 Review With Week 1 of CGO #16 coming to an end, it is time again to review the teams that have made it to the Top 8, and who made the biggest splash in those tough Week 1 groups! The teams who succeeded in their matches will find themselves in the Week 2 Groups, in an even harder battle. Let us tak…

The Case of the Missing Textures

Alliance of Valiant Arms (A.V.A) has been published in North America, and Europe for four years. During this publication, A.V.A has been with two major publishers, IJJI Games, and Aeria Games. Through the transition from IJJI to Aeria, game changes were made, and one of the most notable changes was the removal of the …

A.V.A. Matchmaking Issues & Improvements

The Problems of the Matchmaking and RP Systems The matchmaking system, and the combined RP system have been wonderful additions to A.V.A! Positive influences have spawned from their implementation in the game's community, and competitive skill levels. A vast difference can be seen in the motivation of players to …

IeSF 2013 Survival Guide

The National Sports Complex "Polyvalent Hall", is the venue for IeSF 2013. IeSF 2013 Summary The International eSports Federation (IeSF) is a global organization focused on hosting international events for a select few online titles! For five years, Alliance of Valiant Arms (A.V.A.) has been one of t…

CGO #15 Week 4 Review

CGO #15 Summary of Results Another CGO Grand Finals has passed us by, which means we have another name to add to the ever growing list of CGO Champions! Congratulations to FairyTale on their undefeated victory this CGO, an excellent achievement! As well, a huge thank you to all of the teams who signed up, and pa…

CGO #15 Week 4 Preview

CGO #15 Final 4 CGO #15 Week 3 concluded with plenty of action and interesting storylines! Celsia and HauseN clashed together, and in a one-sided stomp, Celsia proved their worth! Meanwhile Fairytale took on Sinister, and proved how much they deserved to win! This sets up a Celsia vs FairyTale WB Finals on Satur…

CGO #15 Week 3 Preview

An Exciting Week Ahead Week 2 of CGO #15 has passed us by, and left us with a startling setup for Week 3! With everyone safe during Week 2, all teams are worried about who will be the first to be removed in Week 3! The first week of eliminations is always a pressure filled environment, and only the best teams wi…

CGO #15 Week 2 Review

Week 2 Review Week 2 of CGO #15 took off with FairyTale vs Lucky, followed closely by SnapNCrackle vs Sinister, and Celsia vs UCGaming. Each match featured a different showing of skill, and expertise. We saw a variety of strategy and teamwork, as well as teams being entirely prepared for their opponents. A …

CGO #15 Week 2 Preview

Week 2 Preview CGO #15 Week 2 is underway, and before the week is out, we will see 4 intense matches between the Final 8 teams who made it out of Week 1. We will go over each match up, provide some background info on each team, and then make our own predictions on who we think will come out on top. To make your …

CGO #15 Week 1 Review

Week 1 of CGO #15 leapt to its feet with a single goal in mind; grind the teams down to see who will be able to hold onto a Top 8 seed! From 21 teams down to just 8, Week 1 was very successful in weeding out those that just couldn't find a grip! Yet, those in the Final 8, are now looking at their position to snatch aw…

CGO #15 Week 1 Preview

CGO #15 started with a bang of 21 teams! Familiar teams like Sinister, Clueless, UCGaming, TakeFive, Excessive, Tense, and CCeLitES have all registered for their chance at the 70k AP Prize Pool! As always, we have new teams coming in like Lucky, Wag1Fam, SnapNCrackl, and more, looking for their shot into the competiti…

Too Many Events

Alliance of Valiant Arms has recently experienced a spark of activity among organizations offering events to the competitive community. Within a few months the AVA community not only had ESL, but UCG, OCG, and CGO hosting tournaments and other events. Many teams and players within the community were grateful, while ot…

Aeria Sponsorship 2013

With the successful return of the Competitive Gaming Organization in AVA, Aeria has taken notice, and has agreed upon a sponsorship deal. With the CGO‘s first two events exceeding 20+ teams, and rectifying the base issues the NA scene has been facing, the CGO has made its impact once again within AVA. Aeria Games, who…