Raven has one-upped on their promise to ban cheaters in CoD: Warzone by hitting them with yet another ban wave.
Recently, Raven has started communicating more with the Call of Duty community after the recent banning of over 60,000 Warzone cheaters.
This comes after months of community backlash regarding Warzone’s anti-cheat and the game’s overall state and competitive integrity. Cheaters in-game have seemingly gone unpunished for months, and high-tier play has been infested with obvious aimbotters and wallhackers.
The issue has compounded so harshly, it has led to content creators and streamers reaching breaking points. Streamers like NICKMERCS and Symfuhny quit competitive Warzone entirely, and frustrated players like Bobbypoff had meltdowns on stream.
This, however, all changed on February 3, 2021, when Raven finally announced the first major ban wave in months, resulting in the bans of over 60,000 accounts. Since then, the community has requested more regular communication regarding cheating, and just six days later, it seems Raven is holding onto that promise.
In a Tweet, Raven has announced that another ban wave has hit Verdansk, but has not opted to disclose the number of players. They have also stated that anti-cheat efforts are to be stepped up, with “more to come.”
We’re unsure of what “more to come” actually means, but for anti-cheat measures, this could be in the form of more blockades and measures taken to ensure new players have a tougher time making duplicate accounts to cheat on.
Thus far we have forced phone authentication for PC, so we could be looking at more systems that involve player authentication.
Hopefully, we get word from Raven in the coming weeks on what’s ahead in the fight against cheaters in our beloved battle royale.
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How to turn off crossplay in Vanguard & Warzone Pacific
Here’s what you need to do in order to turn off Call of Duty’s Crossplay functionality in Vanguard and Warzone Pacific Season 1.
While playing Call of Duty with your friends on different platforms can be fun, there is a risk of you encountering hackers and cheaters even after the launch of RICOCHET. You can avoid that by using our guide to turn off crossplay in Vanguard & Warzone Pacific Season 1.
Crossplay in Vanguard and Warzone Pacific is a feature that connects players across all platforms through an “Activision Account.” Players who do not opt-in to this system will be unable to play cross-platform across PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.
If you do have an Activision Account, you will be automatically entered into the crossplay player pool by default. If you feel like this isn’t for you, and you want the option to disable this, then follow our quick and easy guide.
How to turn off crossplay for Vanguard
- Log into Vanguard Multiplayer
- Navigate to ‘Settings’
- Go to the ‘Account & Network’ tab
- Change Crossplay from ‘On’ to ‘Off’
How To Turn off Warzone Pacific Crossplay
- Log into Warzone
- Go to the ‘Options’ section
- Navigate to the ‘Account’ tab
- Change Crossplay from ‘Enabled’ to ‘Disabled’
Once crossplay is disabled, you’ll only matchmake against players on your native platform. You can toggle crossplay back on at any time. We especially recommend having it on while queuing for Warzone.
Why turn off crossplay for Vangaurd & Warzone Pacific ?
Simply put, cheaters and hackers. If you’re a console-only player, you might run into a few from the PC platform. While RICOCHET has helped significantly reduce the number of hackers, running into a cheater can still occur with some cheat providers refusing to back down.
We strongly recommend keeping crossplay on to ensure the queue times stay short, we also understand that running into cheaters is not fun.
Unfortunately, if you’re on PC, turning off crossplay will significantly increase your matchmaking times. We do not recommend turning off crossplay unless you are on a console.
Why should I keep crossplay on?
If you’re wondering why you should keep crossplay on – first and foremost, interconnectivity. With crossplay enabled, you can play with Call of Duty friends on other platforms. If this is off, players on other platforms won’t be able to join your sessions and you won’t be able to join them.
Secondly, matchmaking times will be impacted if you turn off crossplay. More so on PC than other platforms, but the matchmaking pool you enter into on console will be against players with no Activision ID and other players who have turned off crossplay.
Lastly, connections. You’ll be entered into a more narrow pool of players, so this could also have a negative impact on your ping. Overall though, you should still be thrown into the best available games.
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Best OTs 9 loadout for CoD: Warzone Pacific Season 1
Here are the best attachments, Perks and Equipment to use with the powerful OTs 9 SMG in Warzone Pacific Season 1.
The OTs 9 SMG is another meta pick in Warzone Pacific’s huge arsenal of weaponry, so here are the best attachments and Perks to make the best Warzone OTs 9 loadout and maximize its potential in Season 1.
Black Ops Cold War’s OTs 9 remains a great choice to consider when it comes to a powerful close-quarters weapon in Warzone Pacific Season 1.
This fast-firing SMG boasts a highly competitive time to kill, so you can use it to dominate your opponents in close-range combat – especially on the confines of Rebirth Island
We have all of the attachments and Perks you should run to make the best Warzone Pacific OTs 9 loadout.
- Best Warzone OTs 9 loadout attachments
- Best Perks & Equipment to use with OTs 9 class
- Most recent OTs 9 buffs and nerfs in Warzone
- How to unlock the OTs 9 in Warzone
- Best Alternatives
Best Warzone OTs 9 loadout attachments
- Muzzle: GRU Suppressor
- Barrel: 8.1″ Task Force
- Laser: Tiger Team Spotlight
- Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock
- Ammunition: VDV 40 Rnd Fast Mag
The best Warzone OTs 9 loadout is built to dominate at close range but will be better suited for Solos and Duo matches because of its smaller magazine size.
To start the best Warzone OTs 9 loadout, we’ve opted for the GRU Suppressor. This is the standard for most SMG builds because of its massive increase in bullet velocity, range, and recoil control while keeping you off the minimap when firing.
Next, the 8.1″ Task Force barrel further increases this range while boosting strafe speed. Its only downside is that it will make the OTs kick more, but it’s perfect for a close-range build.
As this is a close-range build, speed and mobility are key. Combining the Tiger Team Spotlight and the KGB Skeletal Stock will vastly improve your sprint to fire and aim walk moving speed, making you a tough target.
Finally, to get the largest magazine size possible, you should use the VDV 40 Rnd Fast Mag which also gives a much faster reload.
Best Perks & Equipment to use with OTs 9 class
- Perk 1: E.O.D
- Perk 2: Overkill then Ghost
- Perk 3: Amped
- Lethal: Throwing Knife
- Tactical: Stun Grenades
To start, you want to use E.O.D to survive any explosive damage, which is necessary when using an SMG up-close.
Amped is a great choice for Amped for our final Perk, as it allows you to switch weapons much faster and makes sure you do not get caught switching weapons when an enemy begins to fire at you.
For Equipment, we recommend combining the Throwing Knife and Stun Grenades. The Throwing Knife is perfect to quickly finish off downed enemies, and the Stuns will almost render your opponent powerless.
Most recent OTs 9 buffs and nerfs in Warzone
Raven Software realized that the OTs 9 was extremely powerful, so gave it a fairly significant nerf in one of Warzone Pacific’s first updates.
Here are all the recent changes to the OTs 9:
- OTs 9 (BOCW)
- Maximum Damage decreased to 30, down from 31
- Headshot Damage Multiplier decreased to 1.33, down from 1.52
How to unlock the OTs 9 in Warzone
Unlocking the OTs 9 is relatively simple but time-consuming, requiring you to complete at least 15 different matches.
This is the challenge you will need to complete:
- Using SMGs, kill 2 or more players rapidly in 15 different completed matches.
We recommend jumping into either Plunder or Rebirth Island, where you’ll have many more opportunities to get two SMG kills in quick succession.
Best alternatives to Warzone’s OTs 9
If you haven’t unlocked the OTs 9 yet or are looking for something with more ammo for squad matches, there are plenty of viable choices besides the best Warzone OTs 9 loadout.
Also, make sure to check out our full ranking of every weapon in Warzone Pacific Season 1.
Image Credit: Activision / Raven Software
Best Warzone Pacific guns: Every weapon ranked
Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific has over 100 weapons to choose from, so we’ve ranked every primary gun and counted down the top ten.
Using the best Call of Duty: Warzone weapons is key to picking up victories in the popular battle royale, and we’ve put together a list of the most powerful guns in Warzone Pacific and ranked the weapons from best to worst.
In Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific Season 1, there are well over 100 weapons to choose from. Guns, knives, and explosives from Modern Warfare, Black Ops Cold War, and Vanguard are available to take into Caldera and Rebirth Island.
The Pacific update brought across all of the weapons from Vanguard, creating an entirely new meta.
While you want to optimize your graphics settings and controller settings in Warzone, everyone wants to know the best weapon to use. We’ve ranked all 119 primary weapons in the game and counted down the top 10.
Best guns in Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific ranked list
Before we count down the top 10 weapons in Warzone, we’re ranking every single primary weapon available in the game. Some weapons clearly shine above the rest and some should be avoided at all costs.
Here’s every primary weapon in Warzone Pacific Season 1 ranked from best to worst.
- Kar98k (Modern Warfare)
- Swiss K31
- AK-47 (Cold War)
- Cooper Carbine
- OTs 9
- PPSh-41 (Cold War)
- Grau 5.56
- Type 100
- M1928 Thompson
- MP5 (MW)
- FARA 83
- Kar98k (Vanguard)
- 3-Line Rifle
- Double Barrel
- MG 82
- MP5 (Cold War)
- ITRA Burst
- Owen Gun
- AS VAL
- Stoner 63
- AUG (MW)
- Gallo SA12
- FiNN LMG
- Bruen Mk9
- Krig 6
- CR-56 AMAX
- Milano 821
- Type 11
- ZRG 20mm
- FFAR 1
- Kilo 141
- Type 99
- RAAL MG
- M1 Garand
- Nail Gun
- DMR 14
- LW3 – Tundra
- Einhorn Revolving
- Combat Shotgun
- Gracey Auto
- Pelington 703
- Origin 12
- Riot Shield
- FN SCAR 17
- AUG (Cold War)
- Combat Shield
- PP19 Bizon
- VLK Rogue
- Hauer 77
- Striker 45
- 410 Ironhide
- Type 63
- FR 5.56
- Rytec AMR
- KSP 45
- MK2 Carbine
- R1 Shadowhunter
- AK-47 (MW)
- Model 680
Best guns in Warzone Pacific Season 1
10. OTs 9
Warzone players love a low TTK SMG, and the OTs 9 fits that category perfectly. It has minimal recoil and can kill extremely quickly, which makes it a powerful choice whether you’re pairing it with an Assault Rifle or Sniper Rifle.
You’ll likely still see a ton of OTs 9s in Caldera thanks to its accuracy and power.
The BAR isn’t the easiest weapon to use in Warzone Pacific, but there are very few Assault Rifles that can outgun it.
Although its slow fire rate makes tracking moving targets quite tough, each bullet hits like a truck. Once you get used to that slow fire rate, you’ll likely have great success with the BAR, especially when fighting players face-to-face.
It’s not the best at close-range though, so make sure you stick to the outdoors.
Similar to the STG, the MP40 is incredibly effective because it’s so easy to use and will tear through enemies extremely quickly.
Although it’s the first SMG you unlock, the MP40 has almost no recoil and great mobility. If you’re unsure which SMG to level up and use in Caldera, we can’t recommend the MP40 enough. Plus, there are plenty of great versions of it as ground loot, too.
The STG44 is an extremely popular choice because it’s the first Assault Rifle you unlock in Vanguard and is extremely easy to use.
It’s almost the M4A1 of WW2, being a great jack of all trades. It’s neither the most powerful nor the most accurate, but players of all skill levels can take advantage of it. Plus, the Gunsmith system allows the STG to be built for almost any situation, but we recommend using it at medium to long-range.
6. Welgun – Best SMG in Warzone Pacific
The Welgun arrived in Warzone Pacific Season 1’s mid-season update and quickly became the go-to SMG for many players.
Boasting a faster TTK than the MP40 and minimal recoil, the Welgun has been labeled “overpowered” by many content creators and is the obvious choice alongside your favorite Assault Rifle or LMG.
The only problem with the Welgun is that a glitch is stopping players from unlocking it in Warzone, but Raven Software are aware of the issue.
5. Cooper Carbine
The Cooper Carbine was new to both Warzone and Vanguard with the launch of Season 1, and quickly became one of the best weapons in the game.
It was originally best suited for close-range but even after Raven Software nerfed it, it’s still remained top of the pack. Its fast fire rate and extremely low recoil make it incredibly easy to use at range, even if the TTK isn’t the best on this list.
4. Cold War AK-47 – Best Assault Rifle in Warzone Pacific
It took some time for Cold War’s AK-47 to join Warzone’s meta but once it did, it secured its place.
With extremely fast TTK, Cold War’s AK-47 is the perfect choice for either a long-range or sniper support build. You may have some trouble getting used to the high recoil, but there are few guns capable of taking it down.
No matter your playstyle, the AK-47 is a great choice across both Caldera and Rebirth Island.
3. Swiss K31
The Swiss K31 wasn’t a particularly strong Sniper Rifle when it was first released, but some powerful buffs to Cold War snipers have made it a very strong option for those who favor picking off enemies from a distance.
This Sniper Rifle has one of the best ADS times in its class, making it a perfect option for quickscopers who like to get into their opponents’ faces.
We’ve ranked it below the Kar98k simply because it has less aim assist, but if you’re a mouse and keyboard player, the Swiss K31 could be the weapon for you.
2. Bren – Best LMG in Warzone Pacific
Although quite slow, the Bren has remained an incredibly powerful weapon even after nerfs. You won’t be able to dart around finessing your opponents, but it has almost zero recoil allowing you to beam any opponent that crosses your path.
The Bren has extremely low recoil for an LMG, which makes it a fantastic choice whether you’ve built your own loadout or are using it as ground loot. We expect it to get nerfed again ahead of Season 2.
1. Kar98k – Best Sniper/Marksman Rifle in Warzone Pacific
If you want a Sniper Rifle that’s both quick and accurate, Modern Warfare’s Kar98k is the strongest choice available. Although being a Marksman Rifle, equipping the Kar with a Sniper Scope will make it the most aggressive sniper build in Warzone.
Being only slightly slower than the Swiss, it’s fast enough that you’ll be able to quickscope enemies up close. Starting a fight with a couple of easy headshots will put your team at a distinct advantage. And with its one-shot headshot and minimal bullet drop, you can effectively snipe at long-range too.
Sniper Rifles still dominate after the Warzone Pacific update, so you’ll want to make sure that someone in your squad is running one – and we fully recommend the Kar98k.
Those are the top 10 weapons you should be using in Warzone Pacific Caldera. Expect this list to keep on changing as weapons are buffed and nerfed.
And if classic multiplayer is more your cup of tea, you can check out the top 10 Vanguard weapons.
Image Credits: Activision / Raven Software / Sledgehammer Games
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