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Drift0r reveals Warzone ‘bot lobby’ exploit players have been abusing

YouTuber Drift0r has discovered a method to abuse the SBMM system in Warzone. This cheat may have been known by some players for a while.

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YouTuber Drift0r reveals an exploit that players have been abusing to avoid the SBMM system in Call of Duty Warzone.

Skill-Based Matchmaking (SBMM) is a system buried in the core Call of Duty Warzone experience to ensure players compete against opponents similar to them in skill.

For many players, this system lurks in the background, unnoticed as they improve at the game. For the best players, this sometimes leads to frustrating game sessions against other highly skilled players.

Due to the competitive nature of Warzone and the need for some to constantly be the best, many have tried different methods to make the SBMM system less strict or absent altogether. By doing this, some high-tier players have chosen to purposefully get into games against low-skill opponents, thus making their gaming experiences much easier as well.

For many months, a select few players have held a dark secret about Warzone, possessing the ability to play in “bot lobbies”. In a YouTube video, content creator Drift0r gives the community a stern warning about this exploit.

Competitive Integrity Issues

According to Drift0r, a select few members of the community have shared a method with him on how to get into these “bot lobbies” on a fairly consistent basis. Drift0r has verified this method and confirms that it results in significantly easier games a majority of the time.

Due to the nature of this exploit, the competitive integrity of kill races has come into question, since anyone could have used this when large prize pools were on the line.

While a vast majority of the competitive Call of Duty Warzone community upholds a good sense of sportsmanship in competitions, it doesn’t rule out the possibility that some could have abused this.

Of course, this does not automatically mean your favorite content creators and competitors have been abusing this all along. Apparently, only a small amount of players know how to do this glitch, and have been keeping it secret all along.

Drift0r has reported this bug to Activision, and it’s expected to be fixed in the future. He refuses to share the information publicly, as it can damage the overall gameplay experience of Warzone. If all players begin to abuse this bug, it will lead to significantly unbalanced Warzone games, placing great players against below-average players.

Before it’s officially fixed, there is a possibility more players will go searching for the exploit and ultimately find it. Hopefully, Activision takes action before that becomes a reality.

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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.

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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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