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How to check your Warzone lobby difficulty in Season 5

Want to find out how difficult your Warzone Season 5 lobbies are? Here’s how to see the average K/D ratio of your matches.

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A useful Call of Duty stats website gives players the ability to see the K/D of their Warzone lobbies. Here’s how you can check how tough your lobbies are in Season 5.

Skill-based matchmaking or SBMM in Call of Duty is an algorithm that triggers when you search for games in Warzone. This places you against other players of similar skill, but many find the system frustrating as there are claims that it favors SBMM over connection.

Many players are confused about where they rank when compared against the rest of the world. You can look at your kill to death (K/D) ratio, but there’s no official way of telling your skill rating in CoD’s algorithm, and many players are left to merely guess where they appear on the skill totem poll.

However, you can take a look at COD Tracker and see exactly how difficult your Warzone lobbies are.

How to see your Warzone lobby’s K/D ratio

Average Warzone lobby k/d in CoD Tracker

COD Tracker takes a look at every player in your lobby and tells you exactly how tough your Warzone lobby is. You can also take a look at every player in the lobby and see their K/D ratio.

Here’s how to check your Warzone lobbies K/D:

  1. Visit CODTracker.com
  2. Enter your Activison, Battle.net, Xbox, or PlayStation username
  3. Click on the ‘View All Matches’ button
  4. Select the game mode you wish to view
  5. Look at the ‘Lobby K/D’ section
  6. Check how your K/D stacks up against the rest of the lobby

What’s an average Warzone lobby K/D?

Call of Duty Warzone players running in Downtown

The average Warzone K/D is around 0.92, so the average lobby strength shouldn’t stray too far from this number. However, with skill-based matchmaking in play, the lobby strength will differ slightly depending on your own K/D.

Players with a K/D of around or below average will be matched up against players with a similar K/D, with lobby strengths usually landing anywhere between 0.8 and 1.0.

Players with above-average K/Ds such as 1.5 to 2.0 will get lobbies averaging around 1.1 to 1.4. There will still be some lower-skilled players in the game, but the odd higher K/D player will significantly bump this number up.

Warzone has a much harder job trying to balance lobbies for high-level players with 3 K/Ds and above. It would take ages to find lobbies made up entirely of players of their skill level, so it’s believed that the matchmaking prioritizes filling up lobbies, so the K/D is often more mixed.

How to find lower K/D Warzone lobbies

Call of Duty Warzone players sniping from Airport ATC tower

There are some nefarious ways to find lower K/D Warzone lobbies such as reverse boosting or VPNs, but YouTuber JGOD has previously described how to legitimately find easier matches.

He explained that “Skill-based matchmaking is at its strictest between 8 PM and 2 AM, and it’s toned down significantly between 3 AM and 7 AM local time,” JGOD describes. So, if you’re playing during peak hours, the game will be much more difficult.

You’ll often find that playing in the morning will grant much lower K/D lobbies because there aren’t enough players online to properly implement a strict SBMM.


That’s everything you need to know about checking your lobbies’ K/D ratio!

For more Warzone, check out why JGOD believes the OTs 9 is still the best SMG in the game.

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How to fix Packet Loss & Packet Burst in Warzone Season 6

Packet Loss and Packet Burst have been giving Warzone Season 6 players serious connection issues, so here are some solutions for the issue.

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Packet Loss and Packet Burst have been a continuous problem for Call of Duty: Warzone players, so here are some solutions to fix your connection problems and reduce stuttering and lag in Season 6.

Although Warzone Season 6 has brought some much-need updates to the game’s map and weapon balance, more and more players have been reporting connection issues. Packet Loss and Packet Burst, marked by the yellow or red squares on the left of your screen, will make your game feel laggy and stuttery.

There are many reasons you could be receiving Packet Loss and Packet Burst on Warzone and it could be fixed by simply using a wired connection, or it may be a deeper problem with your game files.

No solution is guaranteed to be the be-all and end-all fix, but some of these solutions may help to alleviate your problems.

Use a wired connection

Warzone rooftop sniping

Using a wired connection may seem like an obvious solution, but it can do wonders in fixing lag and Packet Loss. Connecting your console or PC to your router with an ethernet cable will be faster, cause less interference, and generally be more secure than using a wireless connection.

If you were already using a wired connection, or this hasn’t helped the problem, read on for more possible solutions.

Set your NAT Type to Open

Warzone nakatomi plaza

You’ll have one of three NAT (Network Address Translation) Types: Open, Moderate, or Strict (Xbox and PC), or Type 1, Type 2, or Type 3 (PlayStation). Ideally, you want your NAT Type to be at Open/Type 1 to get the most reliable connection while playing Warzone.

If your NAT Type is set to Moderate/Type 2 or Strict/Type 3, you can troubleshoot the issue and fix the problem. This solution, called ‘Port Forwarding’, comes from Activision Support.

  1. Type in your routers IP address into your browser
  2. Log in to your router using either the router’s default username or password, or the one you created yourself
  3. Find your router’s ‘Port Forwarding’ section
  4. Put the IP address of your PC or console in the correct box in your router
  5. Enter the correct TCP and UDP ports for your game in the corresponding boxes. Here are all of the required port codes:
  • PC
    • TCP: 3074,27014-27050
    • UDP: 3074,3478,4379-4380,27000-27031,27036
  • PlayStation 4
    • TCP: 1935,3478-3480
    • UDP: 3074,3478-3479
  • Xbox One
    • TCP: 3074
    • UDP: 88,500,3074-3075,3544,4500
  • PlayStation 5
    • TCP: 1935,3478-3480
    • UDP: 3074,3478-3479
  • Xbox Series X|S
    • TCP: 3074
    • UDP: 88,500,3074-3075,3544,4500

This will open your ports, and allow Call of Duty: Warzone to have an open NAT Type, making for a more reliable connection, and hopefully alleviate Packet Loss and Packet Bursts.

Set the correct number of cores (PC only)

Warzone airplane factory

This solution is also tried and tested for fixing low FPS issues in Warzone, but there are reports it can also fix Packet Burst problems.

Modern Warfare’s files can sometimes default to an incorrect value for how many cores your system has. This causes hitching and stuttering, and will likely be the cause of Packet Burst.

Here’s how to set the correct core value for Modern Warfare/Warzone:

  1. Open ‘Task Manager’ and select the ‘Performance’ tab
  2. Click on ‘CPU’ and on the right you’ll see how many cores your PC has (e.g 6)
  3. Open ‘Modern Warfare’ in ‘Documents’
  4. Select the ‘players’ folder
  5. Click on ‘adv_options’
  6. Set the ‘RenderWorkerCount’ to equal your number of cores
  7. Save and Exit and you should see a marked improvement in Warzone performance
  8. If note, read on for more methods

Check your drivers are up to date (PC only)

Warzone Woods and Price

There are also some reports that ensuring your drivers are up to date will reduce Packet Loss and Packet Burst. An out-of-date driver can cause many issues, including low FPS, so it’s worth checking out anyway.

Here’s how to check that your drivers are up to date.

How to update NVIDIA graphics driver

If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, the GeForce experience app will handle this for you.

  1. Download ‘GeForce’ experience through NVIDIA.com
  2. Open ‘GeForce Experience’
  3. Select the ‘Drivers’ tab
  4. Click ‘check for updates’ in the upper right corner
  5. If an update is available, follow the steps

How to update AMD graphics driver

If you have an AMD GPU, you can use the Radeon Settings to update your drivers.

  1. Right-click on your desktop
  2. Select ‘AMD Radeon Settings’
  3. Click on the ‘Home’ icon
  4. Click ‘New Updates’ on the bottom left
  5. Select ‘check for update’
  6. If an update is available, follow the steps

Hopefully one of these solutions has fixed your Packet Loss and Packet Burst issues in Modern Warfare and Warzone!

Raven Software is yet to officially address the issues players have been having, so stay tuned to Charlie INTEL for all Call of Duty updates.

Also, check out all the latest on Call of Duty’s RICOCHET anti-cheat system.

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Warzone Iron Trials ’84 mode: Return date, new ruleset, rewards

The fan-favorite Iron Trials ’84 mode is very popular in Warzone, so here’s all of the latest information you need to know about Warzone Iron Trials ’84.

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Warzone players fighting in Iron Trials 84 mode

Warzone fans loved the Iron Trials ’84 mode, where players could earn bragging rights by winning “the toughest Battle Royale mode to ever come to Verdansk.” It has now been removed, so here’s when we expect it to return.

Warzone Season 6 has arrived, and many will look back on Season 5 Reloaded fondly thanks to the fan-favorite Iron Trials ’84 mode.

This was a more hardcore Verdansk experience where players could earn an exclusive Calling Card. In Iron Trials, you had to “flex your mastery over the entire arsenal of weapons” and “prove you can handle any firefight with any type of armament.”

Here’s everything you need to know about Warzone’s Iron Trials ’84 mode, including when it will officially return.

Warzone Iron Trials return date

Warzone and Cold War Season 6 roadmap

Raven Software removed Iron Trials 84 from Warzone on September 30.

Following players calling for the mode to return, Raven Software has announced plans for the mode to return during three separate weekends in October.

In a graphic posted as part of Warzone’s Season 6 patch notes, the studio confirmed that the mode will return on weekends exclusively with versions of the mode in Quad, Trios, and Solos.

Weekend exclusive playlist updates are available from Friday at 10am PT to Monday at 10am PT.

Here’s the schedule:

  • Iron Trials ’84 Quads: Friday, October 8 at 10am PT – Monday, October 11 at 10am PT
  • Iron Trials ’84 Trios: Friday, October 15 at 10am PT – Monday, October 18 at 10am PT
  • Iron Trials ’84 Solos: Friday, October 29 at 10am PT – Monday, November 1 at 10am PT

Warzone Iron Trials ’84 rules

Warzone players playing Iron Trials '84 in Verdansk stadium

In many ways, Iron Trials is a more competitive version of Warzone. The Gulag is more skill-reliant, loadout drops are rarer and more difficult to acquire, and the time-to-kill (TTK) has been raised across the board.

Thanks to the Call of Duty Blog and the Season 5 Reloaded patch notes, here’s every new in Warzone’s Iron Trials ’84:

Iron Trials ’84 Quads & Trios

The October 8 update for Warzone introduced the Quads version of Iron Trials ’84, and it has some major differences compared to the Duos version with the Warzone October 15 update introducing the Trios version that has the same rules as Quads.

You can find all of the exclusive rules for the Quads & Trios version of the game mode below:

  • Buy Station
    • Specialist Token has been removed.
  • Equipment
    • Medical Syringe now heals 25% faster.
  • Gulag
    • Loadouts have been updated.
    • Loadout primary Weapon Attachments increased from 2 to 3.
  • Loot
    • Specialist Token now drops on death.
    • Classified Weapons have been updated.
    • Foresight has been added as an exceedingly rare drop.
  • Player
    • Base health regen speed has been increased.
  • Vehicles
    • Tac Rovers have been enabled.
  • Weapons
    • Sniper Rifle headshot down distance increased to 50 meters.
    • Sniper Rifle headshot damage beyond 50 meters has been increased from 300 to 325.

Operator and time-to-kill changes

Kitsune fighting in Call of Duty Warzone Season 5
  • Base Health: Compared to a normal match, all players base health is increased from 100 to 250.
  • Health Regeneration: The regen delay timer has been increased from 5 to 7 seconds and regen per second has been decreased from 120 per second to 40. It may be wise for players to reconsider preferred Perks and Equipment.
  • Starting Equipment: Players drop in with a .44 Magnum and a Sledgehammer.

Devs have previously made it their mission to increase Warzone’s TTK, saying that it increases “the overall capacity for skill expression” and enables “more escapes from impossible situations, moments of finesse, epic outplays, and opportunities to flex exquisite marksmanship.”

They said that Iron Trials 84’s health change is “set to affect the feel of combat, time-to-kill, weapon, Perk, and Equipment viability as the entire game is effectively altered!”

No free Loadout Drops

players receiving loadout drops in Call of Duty Warzone

Even if you Gulag’d early and are scrambling to find cash and more weapons, you can always be safe in the knowledge that a free Loadout Drop will arrive at the start of the second and fifth circles.

But not in Iron Trials ’84, where Complimentary Loadout Drops have been disabled. Staying alive and finding cash has never been more important, especially when “the cost at a Buy Station has risen, too.”

Players will have to collect and spend $15,000 instead of the standard $10,000 to purchase a loadout drop in this game mode.

Tougher Gulag

Players fighting in Warzone Season 5 Rush Gulag

In Iron Trials ’84, devs have revealed that the Gulag is still open, but will emphasize one-on-one skill. They also said that “the only thing standing between you and redeployment is the agility of your trigger finger.”

Players have previously called for dual weapons and Tactical Equipment to be removed from the Gulag, and Raven is delivering in the Iron Trials ’84 Gulag.

  • No akimbo
  • No semi-auto or fully-auto Shotguns
  • Almost no Tactical Equipment
  • Light Machine Guns (except the RPD (BOCW)) and all Tactical Rifles have been removed from Gulag Loadouts

Also, if you win your one-on-one, you’ll now redeploy with whatever weapons and equipment you had in the Gulag.

No Stopping Power or Dead Silence

Warzone Adler running with dead silence

Players have long complained about the luck-based advantage that the powerful Field Upgrades Stopping Power and Dead Silence brings.

Raven Software has previously reduced Stopping Power spawn rates and allowed High Alert to counter Dead Silence, but Iron Trials removes both.

Sniper Rifle, Stun Grenade, and Medical Syringe nerfs

Stitch sniping with LW3 Tundra in CoD Warzone

Sniper Rifles are some of Warzone’s most powerful tools, allowing you to take out targets at extremely long range without getting your hands dirty. However, Iron Trials ’84 has made it so Sniper Rifles “Can only one-shot to the head within 30 meters.”

This will likely promote more aggressive playstyles for snipers, where they must close the gap to land that ever-important one-shot kill.

In addition, Stun Grenades and Medical Syringes will also see their effectiveness decreased by a whopping 50%, making them not nearly as strong as they are in regular game modes.

Fewer vehicles

Dirt Bike, Bertha, and Helicopter in CoD Warzone

A common strategy for surviving Verdansk is to move around in the safety of Big Bertha Trucks, SUVs, and Helicopters. You won’t be able to do this in Iron Trials, though, as the only vehicles on the map will be ATVs and Dirt Bikes.

You won’t be able to run over your opponents with such ease, and you won’t be able to use the vehicles for cover. Raven recommends you “Plan your drops carefully and rotate early.”

Loot changes

Warzone Verdansk 84 stadium

You can find all of the game-changing loot changes that are in effect in the Warzone Iron Trials ’84 game mode below:

  • Basic Attachments: Common weapons will start with an attachment – most to provide their max magazine size.
  • Rarity Spawn Rates: Epic and Legendary weapons are now harder to find. Players will have to open a few more boxes than usual to find what they’re looking for.
  • New Rarity – Classified: These Black Ops Cold War weapons will spawn with a few more attachments than usual – more than the standard five. That said, good luck finding one.
  • Killstreaks: Drop rates have been reduced. Time to stop spamming UAVs and to start putting those senses to the test.
  • Cash Spawns: Larger piles of cash are rarer. Players will have to stay on top of scavenging for cash if they plan to afford a Loadout.
  • Field Upgrades: No Dead Silence. No Stopping Power Rounds. Period.
Warzone Iron Trials 84 gameplay

Buy Station price changes

  • Armor Bundle: $1,500 to $2,000
  • Gas Mask: $3,000 to $4,000
  • Cluster Strike: $3,000 to $4,000
  • Precision Strike: $3,500 to $4,500
  • Self Revive: $4,000 to $5,000
  • UAV: $4,000 to $6,000
  • Loadout Drop Marker: $10,000 to $15,000

The Buy Station not only has adjusted prices, but it also gives players the chance to buy the Specialist Perk bonus too. It will set players back a whopping $50,000, so you will do well to acquire one in a game.

  • Supply Run discounts are now 50% on every item except Team Redeploy (100%), Loadout Drop Marker (10%), and Specialist Token (10%)
  • The Hardline Perk now gives a 25% discount to every item except Self Revive (20%), Loadout Drop Marker (10%), and Specialist Token (20%)

Contracts price changes

  • Recon: $1,100
  • Scavenger: $1,600
  • Bounty: $2,500
  • Supply Run: $1,200

Warzone Iron Trials ’84 reward

For winning a game of Iron Trials ’84, players could get their hands on an exclusive Calling Card.

Devs said that “there’s no participation trophy for this mode,” and only those who win Iron Trials will receive the Calling Card.

Will Iron Trials come to Warzone Custom Lobbies?

Iron Trials had been incredibly popular, with many players calling for it to be a permanent ranked mode. There’s no confirmation that a ranked mode will ever arrive in Warzone, but the competitive scene should be receiving the new rules in the future.

Along with the confirmation that Iron Trials would be removed on September 30, Raven Software told YouTuber JGOD that “As for customs… it’s not coming tomorrow is all we can say for now.”

So, it sounds very likely that Iron Trials rules will make their way to Custom Lobbies and competitive Warzone, but there’s no confirmation on when. However, we’ll let you know as soon as it’s confirmed.


That’s everything we know about Warzone Season 6 Iron Trials ’84 mode!

You can also check out the return of the classic Showers Gulag in Season 6.

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Warzone October 15 update patch notes: Iron Trials ’84 Trios, new Tac Sprint settings, more

Raven Software has rolled out the Warzone October 15 update patch notes, and they include Iron Trials Trios and a change to Tactical Sprint.

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Warzone October 15 update patch notes

The Warzone October 15 update patch notes have officially arrived, and they are bringing Iron Trials ’84 Trios to the Call of Duty battle royale and a major accessibility change when it comes to available settings for Tactical Sprint.

Warzone Season 6 has brought plenty of changes to the Call of Duty battle royale, such as significant map changes, the M1 Garand and STG44 weapons from Call of Duty: Vanguard, and more.

However, Raven Software is still updating the popular game, with the Warzone October 15 update patch notes being the latest set of changes for the fan-favorite Call of Duty game.

Here is everything you need to know about the Warzone October 15 update patch notes.

Warzone October 15 update patch notes Iron Trials '84 Trios logo

Warzone October 15 update patch notes

Weekend-Exclusive Playlist – Iron Trials ‘84 Trios

Last weekend, we let you pick your 3 best squad mates. This weekend, you only choose 2. Time to decide who made the cut!

This Weekend-Exclusive Playlist went live earlier today at 10 AM PST and will remain live through Monday, October 11th, at 10 AM PST.


Adjustments:

The same changes that were implemented for Quads last week will be applied to the Trios version of Iron Trials ‘84.

Below is a recap:

  • Buy Station
    • Specialist Token has been removed.
  • Equipment
    • Medical Syringe now heals 25% faster.
  • Gulag
    • Loadouts have been updated.
    • Loadout primary Weapon Attachments increased from 2 to 3.
  • Loot
    • Specialist Token now drops on death.
    • Classified Weapons have been updated.
    • Foresight has been added as an exceedingly rare drop.
  • Player
    • Base health regen speed has been increased.
  • Vehicles
    • Tac Rovers have been enabled.
  • Weapons
    • Sniper Rifle headshot down distance increased to 50 meters.
    • Sniper Rifle headshot damage beyond 50 meters has been increased from 300 to 325.

Accessibility

Warzone tactical Sprint Accessibility settings
  • Tactical Sprint
    • Tactical Sprint allows players to eliminate the need for a double tap on analog sticks. This option is intended to support Fine Motor Accessibility. This menu option is located within the Controller tab of the Options and Accessibility Options menu.
    • The setting has 3 options:
      • Double Tap: Double tap to Tactical Sprint (default)
      • Single Tap from Sprint: Single tap to Tactical Sprint while sprinting
      • Single Tap from Run: Single tap to Tactical Sprint while running

We want players to be able to use Tactical Sprint strategically without the need to choose between Auto Tac Sprint and the physical pain associated with repeated quick presses of the left / right analog sticks. The option to Single Tap from Run gives players the ability to use a single button press to go from basic speed to Tactical Sprint. The Single Tap from Sprint option allows players to opt to use a single button press to go from Run to Sprint, and then another single button press to go from Sprint to Tactical Sprint. Each of the available choices allow players to customize their button functionality and balance that against individual gameplay style and noise associated with player movement. 

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue causing Custom Weapon Modifications to lock Players out of the Armory.
  • Fixed an issue causing incorrect text to appear for the Unlock Criteria text on locked Attachments.
  • Fixed an issue causing Players returning from the Gulag to be incorrectly kicked from a live match for “being AFK”.
  • Fixed an issue causing Players to get kicked out of the Look For Party menu when selecting the Start Looking For Party button.
  • Fixed an issue causing Players to occasionally experience a client crash while modifying Loadouts during a live match.

Source: Raven Software

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