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Controversial Warzone app changed to prevent players from avoiding SBMM

Changes have been made to the Warzone Companion App following players using it to cheat skill-based matchmaking.

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The controversial third-party Warzone Companion App for PC has been changed after players used it to avoid skill-based matchmaking and stream snipe.

The third-party Warzone Companion App developed by COD Stats is an excellent tool for finding out if cheaters are in your lobby. This app allows players to see the stats of all players in the game, from their rank to K/D ratio. So if you have a suspicious death, you can open the app and see the player’s stats to find out for sure.

However, due to some abusing the app, Competitive Warzone players and streamers alike have been up in arms against the software.

The competitive community has been especially concerned about this because of the nature of Warzone tournaments. Most tournaments have players play games in a time window, e.g three hours, and their top five games count towards a final score. With this app, players could see if a lobby’s K/D is too high, or ‘sweaty,’ and back out to find a lower-skilled match.

Warzone season 1 mac-10 gameplay

This gives players using the software a distinct advantage, as they can pick and choose their opponents, giving them an easier time. The purpose of a battle royale is for players of varying skill to fight to be the last man standing, but this app allowed you to ensure you’re always one of the best in the game.

However, as reported by Eurogamer, adjustments have been made to the Warzone Companion App following the backlash.

Warzone Companion App adjusted

Eurogamer spoke to Dmitry Shymko, the owner and developer of COD Stats, who revealed that in a patch on January 4, they changed how the app operates.

After players and Overwolf, who hosts the app, asked the developers to make adjustments, you can no longer see the average K/D of the lobby until after the game has finished. On top of that, individual players’ K/D ratios will be hidden until after the warmup has finished. Values have also been adjusted to be relative instead of absolute.

Warzone Season 1 gameplay

After explaining the benefits of the app locating cheaters and helping players improve, Shymko told Eurogamer:

“Still, by understanding the importance of discussion we decided to make a change in our app to cut the place for any kind of abuse. Information about lobby players will be shown only after the warm-up, and the average lobby K/D value will be displayed only at the end of the match and the average lobby K/D value will be displayed only at the end of the match. These changes were already implemented in our app today.”

The only problem with this change is that you can no longer detect a cheater before a match begins. Shymko explained that he believes “that it still can be a good idea to leave at least information about who is a potential cheater during warm-up but for now, we want to have more feedback from users and what do they think about this option.”

The Warzone Companion App will continue to be updated in the future but for now, it appears it can no longer be as abused in tournaments.

Image Credits: Activision / Warzone Companion App

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How to improve your aim in Call of Duty: Warzone

Here are some top tips to practice and remember to ensure your aim is laser accurate in Call of Duty: Warzone Season 3.

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How to improve your aim in CoD Warzone

Whether you’re new to Call of Duty or are a veteran looking to improve your kill/death ratio, these tips will help you improve your aim in Call of Duty: Warzone.

Aim is probably the most important aspect of shooters, especially battle royale games. Even with the best position, missing your shots will lose you the firefight. But with good aim, you can survive the worst situations Warzone throws at you.

The problem with trying to improve your aim in battle royale games is that there may be a lot of downtime between firefights. If you’re in an area with no enemies or you die before getting into a real fight, you won’t be getting much chance to practice your aim.

We’ve put together some top tips to help you get started, stay accurate in-game, and maximize your time while practicing.

Find the right Warzone sensitivity

Whether you’re playing Warzone on mouse and keyboard or controller, sensitivity is one of the most important aspects of your aim. Having your sensitivity to slow will make your aim sluggish, preventing you from effectively tracking fast-moving players. Too high, however, and your crosshair will rush past your target as you overshoot.

Alex aiming in Warzone

A common mistake is to find your favorite streamers such as NICKMERCS or Dr Disrespect and copy their settings. Unfortunately, sensitivity isn’t a one-shoe-fits-all matter. You’ll need to find the aim that’s perfect for you and your playstyle.

Play either Modern Warfare’s multiplayer or Warzone’s practice mode and you can mess with your sensitivity while shooting the bots until you’re comfortable.

You can also check out our full guide on the best controller settings for Warzone.

Center your aim

You might have heard Warzone’s top players talk about ‘centering’ their aim. To put centering simply, you need to make sure the white crosshair in the center of your screen is always where you anticipate enemies to be.

Warzone sniping

Something that a lot of battle royale players are guilty of is aiming at the floor as they loot. If someone jumps you while your aim is on the floor, you’ll need to aim up to hit them, which takes time. If you’ve got the crosshair aimed where an enemy could come from, you’ll hardly need to adjust your aim, allowing you to quickly snap onto them.

Remembering to center is the only difficult aspect, but it’ll do wonders for your overall aim and reaction time. It’s easy to do while navigating Verdansk – for example, if you’re approaching a building with a window facing you, center your crosshair on the window in anticipation of a player appearing there.

Once you’ve got centering down in Warzone, you need to make sure your shots are doing the maximum damage. While hitting enemies in the head is the fastest way to kill them, it’s also the most difficult.

Ghost fighting in CoD Warzone

You should center your aim around chest height. This is the biggest area on their body so your shots have the most chance of landing, and the recoil will naturally move your aim to their head. Once you’re confident with your aim, then start exclusively going for headshots, but we recommend beginning with the basics.

Keep centering in your mind while playing, and before you know it, you’ll build a habit and won’t even have to think about it anymore.

Use 3D Aim Trainer to practice

There are several aim trainers you can download to warm up and practice your aim for mouse and keyboard. We recommend using 3D Aim Trainer because, not only is it free, it actually replicates playing Warzone. You can set your FOV to match Warzone’s, as well as pick from a list of Modern Warfare weapons to practice with.

For example, if you’re struggling with the CR-56 AMAX’s recoil, you can choose the AMAX along with the VLK 3.0x Optic and practice to your heart’s content. They’ve also created a training drill that hones all aspects of your aim and will provide you with a detailed stats breakdown so you can see where you need to improve.

You can download 3D Aim trainer completely for free, or just use it through your browser. Spending 20-30 minutes a day focusing solely on your aim will do more good for your accuracy than hours of Warzone.

You can even practice your CoD Mobile aim by downloading their mobile app on Android and IOS.


Other than these tips, the best way to improve your Warzone gameplay is simply by playing the game. However, keep these tips in mind while playing and you’ll be tracking and hitting flick shots like the pros in no time.

Image Credit: Activision / 3D Aim Trainer

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Best PPSH-41 loadout for CoD: Warzone Season 3

Warzone Season 3’s monstrous new SMG is here, and our loadout will make the PPSH-41 unreal – thanks to the right attachments & perks.

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The PPSH-41 is now in Warzone. The notoriously fast-firing SMG is sure to cause big damage in Warzone Season 3, so make sure you’re not missing out with our best loadout, complete with attachments and perks.

Multiple Call of Duty games have featured the PPSH-41 SMG, and it’s been mega-popular and used frequently in them all. Its blistering speed can sometimes be hard to control, but given that Warzone has a near-endless stream of attachments, the PPSH can become a beast.

Season 3 represents a fresh start for the battle royale, and thanks to recent nerfs and updates, the regurgitation of AUG, M16, and FFAR loadouts could finally be over. Repetitive classes have been nuked, as well as Verdansk, and the PPSH is here to stake its claim as the meta king.

Best Warzone Season 3 PPSH-41 attachments

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  • Muzzle: GRU Suppressor
  • Barrel: 7.4″ Task Force
  • Stock: Raider Stock
  • Ammunition: 55 Rnd Mag
  • Rear Grip: Serpent Wrap

To get this PPSH loadout rolling we’re immediately applying the popular GRU Suppressor as we want our SMG to be quiet, but still, own at any range. The 7.4″ Task Force barrel is a must for most SMGs as, again, it helps it to excel and increase its damage over longer distances.

The Raider Stock is great for increasing your overall mobility and speed, and the 55 Rnd Mag gives us a little bit extra to finish off two or three players.

We finish the attachments off with the Serpent Wrap as its increased ADS, with little drawbacks, is a big plus to munch enemies at close range.

Best perks to run with Warzone’s PPSH

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  • Perk 1: E.O.D
  • Perk 2: Overkill
  • Perk 3: Amped

Given that you’re going to want to get in close with PPSH on a regular basis in Warzone, E.O.D will allow you to shrug off Thermite, Claymores, and other explosive distractions.

Even with attachments, an SMG still lacks the full range that an Assault Rifle can offer, so Overkill lets us play with a longer-range gun. Whereas Amped is a necessity to switch from a ranged weapon to the PPSH in no time at all for a sudden engagement.

How to unlock the PPSH in Warzone & Cold War

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For all of you desperate to get your hands on the PPSH-41, you’ll be pleased to know that it won’t take much effort.

To unlock the PPSH-41, players will simply need to reach Level 15 in the Battle Pass, a free tier.

Also, because the same XP is tied to both Cold War and Warzone, the good news is that you can unlock the PPSH-41 on either game.

Best alternatives to the PPSH-41 in Warzone

The PPSH is simply a machine. But if you want some serious range to go with it, then equip something meaty like the HDR or LW3 Tundra.

Or, become a close-mid-range monster and pair the PPSH with the Gallo SA12.


If you’re looking to overhaul your Call of Duty: Warzone loadouts, you can check out our guides on some of the weapons dominating the meta right now.

Kar98k | Kilo 141 | Grau | CR-56 AMAX | MP5 | Krig 6 | XM4 | DMR

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Every Warzone Season 3 weapon buff & nerf: FFAR, AUG & more

Warzone Season 2’s most dominant weapons have finally been nerfed, so here’s every weapon change in Warzone Season 3.

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Warzone M16 and FFAR nerfed

Warzone Season 3 is here, and it’s brought a ton of weapon balance changes with it, including nerfs to the dominant M16, AUG, and FFAR. Here’s every weapon buff and nerf in Warzone Season 3.

Warzone Season 3 is officially here. On top of new Operators and weapons, a ton of adjustments have been made to Black Ops Cold War’s weapons in the battle royale.

While certain Cold War weapons were underpowered compared to their Modern Warfare counterparts, others killed way faster than the norm. As of Season 3, the AUG, M16, and FFAR have finally been nerfed, and other weapons such as the Krig 6 and Cold War AK-47 have been buffed.

Here’s every change that has been made to weapons and attachments in Warzone Season 3.

PPSH and Swiss K31 added to Warzone

As with all new Call of Duty seasons, players have been given some new weapons to play with in Season 3. These are the classic PPSH SMG and a new bolt-action sniper, the Swiss K31.

Swiss K31 in Cold War and Warzone

Both of these weapons are available in the Season 3 Battle Pass and can be equipped in both Warzone and Black Ops Cold War. You’ll unlock the PPSH quickly at Tier 15, and the Swiss K31 can be unlocked later at Tier 31.

M16, AUG, FFAR 1 nerfed in Warzone Season 3

The highlight of this update is the nerfing of the M16, AUG, and FFAR 1. These weapons dominated the entirety of Season 2, with their incredibly low time-to-kill making them the only viable choices.

Raven Software finally tamed the beasts, lowering the Tactical Rifles’ damage and fire rate. With these changes, the devs said, “you will now need to aim deliberately if you intend to kill quickly.”

Although the FFAR has received nerfs in the past, this one appears to be final. They’ve reduced its damage across the board and reduced its ADS speed again. Raven said that “the FFAR 1 will remain a respectable option following this change, but it should now be a playstyle preference rather than a loadout necessity.”

Warzone FFAR 1

Raven Software also proactively nerfed the Groza in anticipation of it becoming the new meta after the FFAR’s nerf. As streamer NICKMERCS explained, the Groza was a rival to the FFAR, and Raven was aware of this. They increased its recoil and lowered its ADS speed and damage to “allow for some healthy competition in this weapon category.”

Developers also expect the CR-56 AMAX to be the dominant gun at the beginning of Season 3. They said, “we are keeping a close eye on the AMAX. No king rules forever.

All Warzone Season 3 weapon changes

As well as nerfing Season 2’s most powerful weapons, they buffed some outliers and added a new attachment bonus – Position Concealment.

Here is the full list of buffs and nerfs to Warzone’s weapons and attachments in Season 3.

Assault Rifles


Cold War AK-47

  • Recoil pattern has been adjusted

FARA 83

  • Minimum damage increased from 25 to 26
  • Maximum damage decreased from 33 to 31
  • Maximum damage range increased by 17%
  • Recoil pattern has been adjusted

FFAR 1

  • Maximum damage decreased from 30 to 27
  • Maximum damage range decreased by 15%
  • Neck damage multiplier changed from 1.1 to 1
  • Upper torso damage multiplier changed from 1.1 to 1
  • ADS speed decreased slightly

Groza

  • Recoil increased slightly
  • ADS speed decreased slightly
  • Upper torso damage multiplier changed from 1.3 to 1.1

Krig 6

  • Head damage multiplier changed from 1.4 to 1.5
  • Neck damage multiplier changed from 1 to 1.3
  • Upper torso damage multiplier changed from 1 to 1.1
  • Lower torso damage multiplier changed from 1 to 1.1

QBZ-83

  • Move speed increased
  • ADS move speed increased
  • Neck damage multiplier changed from 1 to 1.2
  • Upper torso damage multiplier changed from 1 to 1.1

Submachine Guns


LC10

  • Bullet velocity increased slightly

MAC-10

  • Maximum damage decreased by 1

Sniper Rifles


Pelington 703

  • ADS speed increased
  • Raise time increased slightly

Tactical Rifles


AUG (Cold War Tactical Rifle Charlie)

  • Time between bursts increased by 33%
  • Neck damage multiplier changed from 1.8 to 1.3

M16

  • Time between bursts increased by 10%
  • Neck damage multiplier changed from 1.8 to 1.1

Attachments


Position Concealment 

  • Position Concealment will reduce the time your position is visible on the compass and minimap after firing. This effect has been added as a pro on both the Flashguard and SOCOM/KGB Eliminator.

 Barrels

  • 16.3” Rapid Fire (M16) 
    • Increase to rate of fire reduced by 58% 
  • 18” Rapid Fire (AUG) 
    • Increase to rate of fire reduced by 56% 
  • 15.9” Strike Team (M16) 
    • Increase to rate of fire reduced by 66% 
  • 18.2” Strike Team (AUG) 
    • Increase to rate of fire reduced by 64% 
  • 16.3” Titanium (M16) 
    • Increase to rate of fire reduced by 61% 
  • 17” Titanium (AUG) 
    • Increase to rate of fire reduced by 59% 
  • Sorokin 140mm Auto (Sykov) 
    • Minimum damage reduced from 23 to 19 
  • Sorokin 140mm Auto AND Akimbo (Sykov) 
    • Minimum damage reduced from 19 to 14 

Lasers 

  • Ember Sighting Point 
    • ADS speed penalty reduced by 20% 
  • SOF Target Designator 
    • Flashlight is now visible during hip-fire and ADS 

Magazines 

  • Salvo/VDV Fast Mag 
    • ADS speed penalty reduced by 20% 

Speed Mag 

  • Pistols 
    • ADS speed penalty reduced by 40% 
  • SMGs 
    • ADS speed penalty reduced by 30% 
  • Snipers 
    • ADS speed penalty reduced by 20%

Muzzles 

  • Flashguard 
    • Added Position Concealment pro 
  •  SOCOM/KGB Eliminator 
    • Added Position Concealment pro 

Optics 

  • SUSAT MultiZoom 
    • ADS speed penalty reduced by 10%
  • Ultrazoom Custom 
    • ADS speed penalty reduced by 20% 
  • Vulture Custom Zoom 
    • ADS speed penalty reduced by 20%

Rear Grips 

  • Increases to ADS speed reduced by roughly 10%

You can try out these new weapons on the new Warzone map, and take part in the “Hunt for Adler” event.

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