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.
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.
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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.
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
Warzone January 20 update patch notes: Instant reload glitch, bug fixes & Katana buff
Here are the full patch notes for Warzone’s January 20 update, which fixed the instant reload glitch and buffed the Katana.
Warzone’s developers Raven Software released a small patch on January 20 that’s sought to remove the glitch that lets players fire weapons continuously without reloading, fixed exploitable areas of Caldera, and given the Katana a major buff.
Warzone players have been desperate for some of Warzone’s most game-breaking glitches to be fixed. Raven Software released a small update on January 20, dealing with a few minor issues affecting the game.
The January 20 update has patched an issue that cancels out reload animations, fixed some areas that players were glitching through, and buffed the Katana melee weapon.
Here’s everything you need to know about Warzone’s January 20 update.
Warzone’s instant reload glitch removed
Warzone players discovered that the Type 11 LMG had a major glitch where players could continuously fire without reloading. All they had to do was quickly switch weapons after hitting the reload button, and their ammo would fill back up instantly.
Warzone’s devs patched this in the January 20 update, so players should no longer be able to fire any weapons continuously without reloading.
Warzone January 20 update patch notes
- Fixed collision issues with various elements across Caldera allowing Players to exploit/peek/shoot through them.
- Fixed an issue causing the menu screen to flicker when attempting to join a friend or queue with a party.
- Fixed an issue with reload animations allowing certain Weapons to fire continuously.
- Fixed an issue causing Private Lobby hosts to crash.
- Fixed an issue causing the regular/Advanced UAV rewards from Big Game Bounty and [TOP SECRET] Contracts to not trigger if the player was in a vehicle or anti-air gun.
- Katana (VG)
- Damage increased from 135 to 150
- Standing Charge Range increased by 36.5%
- Crouching Charge Range increased by 17%
- Move Speed decreased by 2%
Source: Raven Software
Image Credit: Activision
Best Vanguard Kar98k loadout for Warzone Pacific Caldera
Warzone Pacific has brought a familiar dominant weapon to the game, but this time it’s Vanguard’s rendition. Here’s our best Kar98k loadout.
After Warzone Pacific introduced a brand new map, players who like to engage in long-range combat will be eager to find a great sniper class. Here’s our best Kar98k loadout for Warzone Pacific Caldera.
Sniping has always been a great playstyle in Verdansk, and in the new Warzone Pacific Caldera map, it remains dominant with a familiar sniper returning. For those looking to take advantage of long-range engagements on Caldera, here’s the best Vanguard Kar98k loadout you can use.
Best Perks and Equipment to use with the Kar98k
- Best Kar98k attachments for Warzone Pacific
- Best Perks and Equipment to use with the Kar98k
- How to unlock the Kar98k in Warzone Pacific
- Alternatives to the Kar98k in Warzone Pacific
Best Kar98k attachments for Warzone Pacific
- Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
- Barrel: VDD RE02K
- Stock: Short Stock
- Underbarrel: SMLE Pistol Grip
- Magazine: 8mm Klauser 3 Round Mag
- Ammunition: Lengthened
- Rear Grip: Fabric Rear Grip
- Perk: Fleet
- Perk 2: Deep Breath
First off, the F8 Stabilizer will help boost accuracy and damage range, allowing you to hit targets at greater distances. Combined with the VDD RE02K barrel, which increases bullet velocity, the one-hit-kill area, and accuracy, you’ll be taking people down with ease.
Another great attachment that will increase bullet velocity is the Lengthened Ammo Type. This will ensure that your bullets will hit faster and more accurately from range.
The Short Stock is a great attachment for those looking to use the Kar98k as a quick scoping sniper. It increases your movement speed, ADS speed, sprint to fire speed, and aim walking movement speed. At the cost of some accuracy and recoil control, this attachment makes the Kar98k a great high-power mid-range option with mobility.
Next up we have the SMLE Pistol Grip and Fabric Rear Grip. The Fabric Grip will increase mobility, making sure you hit your target first, while the SMLE Pistol Grip will increase sprint to fire speed.
Despite decreasing the magazine size, the 8mm Klauser 3 Round Mag will also increase the aim down sight speed, as well as speed up the reload time.
Lastly, the two Perk attachments we have chosen are Fleet and Deep Breath. Fleet will have you moving as quickly as possible which will enable you to take the Kar98k into close quarters while also increasing weapon swap quickness. Meanwhile, Deep Breath will allow players to steady their aim while aiming down sight for longer.
Best Perks and Equipment to use with the Kar98k
- Perk 1: E.O.D.
- Perk 2: Overkill
- Perk 3: Amped
- Secondary: MP40
- Lethal: Molotov
- Tactical: Stun
EOD will protect you from any explosive and fire damage that isn’t related to killstreaks, which is great for a gun that you are more likely to be holding areas down with.
Overkill gives you the option for a more close-ranged gun, and we chose the MP40, as it’s a solid close to medium range option in Warzone Pacific.
For the final Perk, we chose Amped. This Perk allows you to switch weapons faster, which is great for any sniper loadout as it means you will be able to pull your secondary weapon out quickly so that you aren’t out-gunned from close range.
The Molotov is great for getting players out of camping spots and the Stun will buy you more time for when things are getting sticky.
How to unlock the Kar98k in Warzone Pacific
In order to unlock the Kar98k in Warzone Pacific, players must reach Level 43 in Sledgehammer Games‘ Vanguard Multiplayer.
This will unlock the weapon for use in Vanguard and Warzone Pacific and if you’re looking to reach this level fast, check out our piece on how to level up quickly.
Alternatives to the Kar98k in Warzone Pacific
Some other alternatives to the Kar98k include the 3 Line Rifle, which is another Sniper Rifle worth giving a shot. If you’re looking for something a little different give the MG42 LMG a go, as it can also be deadly from range.
For more on Warzone Pacific Season 1, check out all the tiers and rewards up for grabs in this season’s battle pass.
Image Credits: Sledgehammer Games / Raven Software / Activision
Crazy Alcatraz video shows just how accurate Warzone’s Rebirth Island really is
Warzone players can now witness a side-by-side comparison of Rebirth Island and real-life Alcatraz Island.
Fans of the Rebirth Island map in Warzone might be shocked to discover just how much of a carbon-copy the chaotic battleground is to real-life Alcatraz.
Since Rebirth Island made its Warzone debut on December 16, 2020, players have enjoyed the close-quarters version of Call of Duty’s battle royale. The map was only meant to be a temporary inclusion as an ode to Blackout’s Alcatraz map but its popularity has made it a Warzone mainstay since its inception.
Thanks to a new comparison video, fans of the map can appreciate just how accurate the Call of Duty devs were when recreating real-life Alcatraz.
For those who may be wondering, Alcatraz is a real-life island in San Francisco, California in which a lighthouse, military base, and Federal Penitentiary can all be found. The island was notorious for its cold waters and strong currents that made escape impossible.
Naturally, these conditions make for a fantastic Call of Duty battle royale map, and thanks to a new video, players can witness just how well the real-life location translates to an in-game battleground.
The video posted to the Warzone subreddit by yoursofunny is just over four minutes long and offers a shot-by-shot comparison of Rebirth Island’s points of interest including Prison Block, Harbor, and Factory.
It’s truly astonishing to witness the attention to detail that contributed to Rebirth Island’s final design. The map is a one-for-one recreation down to the positioning of staircases and the length of hallways.
Given the success of Rebirth Island, it’s no surprise that players voice their frustration when the map is removed from the active playlist options. In fact, the map is so well-like that players have even offered a similar island as the real-life inspiration for a sequel to Rebirth Island.
Image Credit: Activision / Raven Software
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