Cheaters have been continuing to run rampant in Warzone Season 1, so here are the best ways to spot and report cheaters.
Even the best Warzone players get outplayed sometimes, but sometimes that death seems just a bit suspicious. You’ll get pre-aimed while running Dead Silence and Ghost, or your whole squad will be wiped out by a single player in a matter of seconds.
Unfortunately, with Activision’s anti-cheat failing miserably, it’s incredibly difficult to tell if a player is actually cheating. For almost every way there is to spot a cheater, there’s a valid reason why they might not be.
Don’t trust Warzone killcams
Killcams don’t actually record the footage of the kill, they recreate the situation, which can lead to suspicious-looking deaths. YouTuber TrueGameData had a situation like this when he killed TeePee and MerK in a game of Warzone.
From MerK’s perspective, TrueGameData snapped onto his head with a Sniper Rifle, and MerK, rightfully, was suspicious.
TrueGameData uploaded his side of the situation, and the killcam was completely different. There was no snapping, it was actually a slow and precise shot. Some lag in the killcam sped this shot up and made it look highly suspicious.
Don’t base your accusations solely on the killcam, you should follow the tips below to spot cheaters in your Warzone matches.
Spectate the rest of their Warzone match
Because you can’t reliably base hackusations off of killcams, you should spectate the rest of their match.
- Read more: Best PKM loadout for CoD Warzone Season 1
Hacks have varying degrees of power; sometimes they’ll snap on to targets miles away, other times they’ll subtly track people behind walls.
Tommey, a professional Warzone player for 100 Thieves, accused a world-record holder of cheating by watching him see players through walls. Again, there is no conclusive evidence that this player was cheating, but Tommey demonstrated how to watch out for it.
Should this player know somebody is in that room, does their aim look natural? These are all questions you should ask yourself when spectating a suspected cheater.
They stand still when you spectate them
Most cheaters don’t want to get caught. Seeing a cheater blatantly aimbotting the whole lobby and racking up 50 kills still happens, but it’s becoming rarer.
Nowadays, cheaters tend to try to hide it. After watching a player snap on to you or track you through a wall in the killcam, you’ll often see them stand still for 10-20 seconds while you spectate them.
More than likely, this is them turning off their hacks in an attempt to hide their wicked ways. Watch them for long enough and if their skill is either vastly lower than when they killed you, or you see them freeze again after doing something incredible, it’s pretty safe to draw the conclusion that this player is cheating.
Look at their Warzone level
If a very skilled player is racking up kills but are a low-level rocking default skins and calling cards, this player is likely cheating. Either this player is ‘smurfing’ by playing on a new account to avoid skill-based matchmaking, or this new account has cheats installed on it.
This isn’t conclusive, however. There are several reasons why a player is on a new account, and not all of them are because they are cheating. If you’re convinced, simply hit the ‘report’ button, block them so you’ll never see them again, and hope Activision sort them out.
Check their Warzone stats
Websites such as CoD Tracker and SBMM Warzone will allow you to check the stats of most of the players in your lobby. Either search for their name or go back through your previous matches to find them.
If they have their stats on display, you can check to see if everything looks normal. Hackers will often have incredibly high stats, with kill/death ratios of four and above. If you look back through their previous games and see they are doing incredible every single time, you should be suspicious.
Even the world’s best players have bad games where they only get a couple of kills and lose. It’s in the very nature of battle royale games. However, a cheater will most likely do exceptionally well every game, and have an average kills way above the norm.
If their stats look too good to be true, it’s very likely this player is cheating.
If you discover a cheater in a game of Warzone, don’t wait until the end to throw abuse at them like some do; you’re only giving them what they want. Instead, just report, block, and move on.
Image Credits: Activision / SBMM Warzone
Call of Duty Warzone 2: Leaked release date, platforms, map, rumors, more
Warzone 2 arrives alongside Modern Warfare 2, so here’s everything we know about the sequel to CoD’s popular battle royale.
Activision have confirmed a sequel to Warzone will be coming, and here’s everything we know about Warzone 2, including all leaks, rumors, and the release window.
Call of Duty: Warzone has changed significantly since its March 2020 release, with the game receiving every weapon from Black Ops Cold War as well as Vanguard, Verdansk getting nuked, and the setting now taking place in the Pacific with the Fortune’s Keep map arriving in Season 4.
Now, Activision are looking at moving the battle royale title on further, as they have confirmed that a brand-new Warzone experience, called ‘Warzone 2.0’, will release after Modern Warfare 2.
Here’s everything we know about Call of Duty: Warzone 2.
- What is Call of Duty: Warzone 2?
- When could Warzone 2 release?
- Warzone 2 platforms
- Warzone 2 gameplay
- Warzone 2 maps
- Will Warzone still exist after Warzone 2 releases?
What is Call of Duty: Warzone 2?
Call of Duty: Warzone 2 is the sequel to CoD’s hit battle royale, which is set to bring “new technology, new features, and new gameplay that work seamlessly together.”
Warzone 2 will be closely related to Modern Warfare 2, featuring “Modern Warfare II content and systems with brand-new progression and inventories.”
Leaked Warzone 2 release date
Activision have confirmed that Warzone 2 is set to release later in 2022, and now, a leaked internal document claims that the new battle royale will arrive on November 16, three weeks after Modern Warfare 2’s launch.
A November launch would make sense, as it gives the devs more time to fix any glaring issues before the holiday season.
While we do know it arrives this year, we don’t yet have an official release date for Warzone 2, but as more information is released we will be sure to update this piece.
Warzone 2 platforms
Warzone 2 will be released on both current and last-gen consoles, as well as Battle.net and Steam for PC. Following in Modern Warfare 2’s footsteps, Warzone 2 will be available on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC.
Activision confirmed the news on June 8 as they look to provide a wide-reaching experience across both titles.
Warzone 2 gameplay
Industry insider Tom Henderson claims that Warzone 2 will be a “clean slate” which means “starting again, scrapping everything like weapons, operators etc.”
He said that “Warzone 2 is basically a new COD title,” and players should “look at it as a sequel.” Activision later confirmed that Warzone inventory including current weapons, Operators, Perks, and Killstreaks will not transfer over to Warzone 2.
Loadout changes & Strongholds
On May 18, players received plenty of new information concerning possible Warzone 2 gameplay. For starters, leakers Tom Henderson and NerosCinema both reported that Warzone 2 will come with loadout drop changes.
A new mechanic called Strongholds is set to alter the way players receive their loadouts. According to leaks, players can approach one of the 20-30 Stronghold areas on the map and complete a set of objectives. Once these objectives are complete they’ll gain access to their loadouts.
Some of the reported objectives involve defusing a bomb or defeating AI enemies. Strongholds will surely add a new layer of strategy to Warzone as each Stronghold can only be captured once per game.
According to the same report, looting will also undergo changes and resemble the system used in Black Ops 4’s Blackout. Supposedly, you won’t spawn in with any armor and you’ll need to find a satchel to equip plates.
Pro Perks & inventory
This isn’t the only feature that could be returning from previous CoD titles as Pro Perks could also appear. These boosted Perks first arrived in 2009’s Modern Warfare and they provide additional features that will benefit players. NerosCinema believes they’ll make their way to Warzone 2.
It seems Warzone 2 could also borrow from competitors by reportedly introducing a bag system for inventory management, similar to Apex Legends or PUBG.
Furthermore, Call of Duty devs have confirmed that the RICOCHET anti-cheat system will be available in both Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 at launch. This should provide a fresh opportunity for players looking to play a cheater-free battle royale from the start.
Warzone 2 map
At the time of writing, there’s no official confirmation concerning the map that players will be able to drop into when Warzone 2 finally launches. However, we got a sneak peek during Modern Warfare 2’s trailer, and there have been a handful of leaks that might shed some light on possible POIs.
Industry insider Tom Henderson has reported that four classic Modern Warfare 2 maps are set to return as POIs for the Warzone 2 map. Once again, this information has not been confirmed but Henderson believes that High Rise, Quarry, Terminal, and Afghan are the four maps that will feature in Warzone 2.
Later Henderson would go on to reveal what he believed to be all 18 Warzone 2 POIs. He couldn’t go into specifics about each one, but he did share the names of each one:
- Quarry (Quarry)
- Modern City (Highrise)
- Caves (Afghan)
- Mountain town (possibly Favela)
- Airport (Terminal)
Nothing is confirmed here, and there is also every chance that the names of these POIs could change ahead of release. He also stated that there could very well be more than just four MW2 maps that appear, so some of these POIs could hide another classic map from 2009.
Continuing with the leaks, TheMW2Ghost shared a recreation of what they claim to be the Warzone 2 map.
The map lacks detail at this stage, but it shows what appear to be roads passing through the map. In addition, there’s a large river cutting through the middle of the map. While this isn’t official artwork they claim that it is a “remake based off of the actual map image.”
As you can see, the map is set to be on the coast similar to Verdansk, and the POIs by the water could make use of the new swimming mechanic that is expected in Warzone 2.
When speaking of the map size, Henderson said “it does seem bigger than that of Verdansk and Caldera, especially considering if the grid reference is accurate.” Henderson also claimed that Warzone 2 would share the same map with Modern Warfare 2’s DMZ game mode.
On July 2, a major Modern Warfare 2 leak revealed now-deleted images of several multiplayer maps including Ground War maps. As previously mentioned by Infinity Ward, Ground War maps will come together to form the new Warzone 2 map.
Hydro was the first Ground War map to leak, and the image showcased a desert landscape with water flowing through the center. Given that Infinity Ward confirmed the Warzone 2 engine will support swimming, don’t be surprised to see many POIs featuring water.
The next map that was a part of the Ground War leak is Fishtown. If we take the name of the map into account this could turn out to be a port city of some sort. The image revealed a beach that trails off right before we see the shore.
The final Ground War map revealed in the leak is called Sira. Sira looks much less rural than the previous two maps, with a modern-looking facility taking center stage. There is still evidence of a tropical environment given the number of palm trees in the image.
Will Warzone still exist after Warzone 2 releases?
Activision have confirmed that Warzone will continue to exist after Warzone 2 is released: “Warzone will continue as a separate experience that will include a continuation of player progression and inventories within that Warzone experience.”
Having said that, Warzone 2 will be a brand-new game, separate from the original, meaning that player inventories will be reset.
For more details, check out our piece on whether the inventory will carry over to Warzone 2 from Warzone.
Image Credit: Activision / Tom Henderson via Try Hard Guides
Warzone expert claims overlooked AR kills faster than every meta weapon
Isaac ‘IceManIsaac’ Hamilton has discovered the power of an overlooked AR in Warzone which kills faster than every meta weapon.
For those looking to utilize a new AR in Warzone Season 4 Reloaded, an expert claims to have found an underused weapon that’s outperforming the meta.
While players gear up for the final season of Warzone and the release of Warzone 2, which actually had its release date leaked, the community is continuing to find new loadouts and weapon builds that challenge the meta in Season 4 Reloaded.
While JGOD provided his picks for the best Warzone Season 4 Reloaded meta loadouts, which included the very strong KG M40, another Warzone expert claims that an overlooked AR is what players should be using.
IceManIsaac is now claiming that the burst meta is coming back to Warzone, and one Assualt Rifle that has really surprised him is the Itra Burst, which he claims “kills faster than the KG, the NZ, the Automaton, the STG” and is actually “really viable to use.”
IceManIsaac Warzone Itra Burst loadout
- Muzzle: MX Silencer
- Barrel: Perfetto 140mm Rapida
- Optic: SVT-40 PU Scope 3-6x
- Stock: Botti SMI Adjustable
- Underbarrel: M1930 Strife Angled
- Magazine: 303 British 36 Round Mags
- Ammo Type: Lengthened
- Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
- Perk: Sleight of Hand
- Perk 2: On-Hand
One of the most important attachments for this loadout is Stippled Grip, as controlling the initial recoil is vital. The M1930 Strife Angled attachment helps keep the horizontal recoil down so that you can focus on just controlling the vertical movement.
Of course, the MX Silencer is a must, competing with the Monolithic Suppressor, and the Lengthened ammo type will further increase the bullet velocity allowing you to hit your target even faster.
The Itra Burst kills faster than the Cooper Carbine and KG M40, but you must hit your burst shots. IceManIsaac also feels that the weapon is great on smaller maps, but can also perform very well in long-ranged engagements.
However, IceManIsaac does not recommend this loadout for those playing Trios and Quads, but if you enjoy Solos and Duos on the smaller maps such as Rebirth Island and Fortune’s Keep, this loadout is definitely worth a try.
For more on Warzone, check out how the devs will be changing the Titanium Trials squad size.
Image Credits: Activision / IceManIsaac
Are Warzone servers down? Warzone current server status update
Are the Warzone servers down? That is what many players ask when they can’t connect to the game, so we have the current server status covered for you.
It is always frustrating when players cannot connect to the servers of Warzone and play when they want to. Here’s how you can check the current server status for the battle royale title.
Warzone has become one of the most popular multiplayer games in the world following its release in 2020, with an extremely large playerbase. However, sometimes fans aren’t able to hop into the game and enjoy its content.
This happens whenever the servers go down, preventing players from connecting to the game. When this happens, you’ll need to check the game’s current server status and see when if they’re currently online or not.
Here’s everything you need to know to see the current server status of Warzone.
Are Warzone servers down?
No, the Warzone servers are currently up and running smoothly. Call of Duty servers were down on August 16 after players reported connection issues across Warzone and Vanguard, but this issue has since been fixed.
Warzone players were facing server issues, with multiple reports coming in of stuttering, freezing, and lag in lobbies. Some players claimed to have been experiencing these issues all week.
At the moment, the Activision online services support page states that Call of Duty: Warzone servers are up and running on all platforms. This website keeps a constant update of the online services for the high-profile first-person shooter series
When the site updates, it alerts community members who visit it whenever there is an issue, such as the Warzone servers being down.
Another resource to check the current Warzone server status is the official Activision Support Twitter or Raven Software Twitter account. These Twitter accounts will post updates regarding current problems with games like Warzone when they arise, such as server outages.
The Activision Support Twitter posts updates on these issues including when they are resolved. Keeping an eye on this Twitter account can help you know if any problems are currently happening with the title.
We will continue to update this article with the current server status of Warzone whenever issues arise and are resolved.
For more Warzone, check out how to lower input lag in Warzone as well as the best PC Settings for Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded.
Image Credits: Activision
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Warzone 2 arrives alongside Modern Warfare 2, so here's everything we know about the sequel to CoD's popular battle royale.
Warzone expert claims overlooked AR kills faster than every meta weapon
Isaac 'IceManIsaac' Hamilton has discovered the power of an overlooked AR in Warzone which kills faster than every meta weapon.
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