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How to Complete the “Veni, Vidi, Zombie!” Gauntlet in Black Ops 4 Zombies

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Here’s everything you need to know about the new Gauntlet mode on IX, “Veni, Vidi, Zombie!”

Earlier this year, Treyarch added a new challenge based Zombies game mode called Gauntlet. Launching on Voyage of Despair first, the game mode can now be played on another Black Ops 4 Zombies map, IX.

Veni, Vidi, Zombie! as it appears in the Zombies menu

Another added element to Gauntlet is the timer which keeps track of how long each set of 10 rounds takes. This makes it great for competitive play and bragging to your friends.

The best tip for overcoming all 30 rounds is to know what the upcoming challenges will be so you can get ready for them. Remember, the round’s challenge will always be the same, so no matter when you play, round 4 will always be “Use the MOG 12 Only.”

To be prepared, check out the list of all challenges on Veni, Vidi, Zombie!:

  1. What’s the Point – Taking any damage drains all of your points
  2. Speed Demons – Survive an onslaught of sprinters
  3. Straight Shooter – Missed shots hurt
  4. Ride shotgun – Use the MOG 12 shotgun only
  5. Shielded – Possess the shield at the end of the round
  6. Open Sesame – Open all doors
  7. By the Horns – Shield attacks only
  8. Creeper – Weapons and elixirs are only usable when crouched
  9. IX lives – Sacrifice 9 gladiators on the Challenge Podium
  10. Temple of Gloom – Defend the temple
  11. ​Shoot from the Hip – Hip fire only
  12. Slowpoke – Sprinting is disabled
  13. Pack it in – Pack-a-punch two different weapons during the round
  14. Board to Death – Earn 1,000 points from boarding openings
  15. When in Rome – Defend the bath house
  16. Perks of the job – Complete the round with 3 or more perks
  17. Shotgun Wedding – Use the MOG 12 shotgun only
  18. Heads Up – Kill zombies with headshots only
  19. IX minutes of Hell – Survive for nine minutes
  20. Coliseum Carnage – Defend the arena
  21. You Made Your Point(s) – Damage to you causes points drain
  22. Packing Heat – Possess two fully-packed weapons at the end of the round
  23. Easy, Tiger – Survive the tiger offensive
  24. Feeling trapped – Kill zombies with traps
  25. Into the Pit – Defend the pit
  26. Weapon Roulette – Your guns randomly swap and all buys are disabled
  27. Give it Your Best Shot(gun) – Use the MOG 12 shotgun only
  28. Perk-o-Late – End the round with all 4 perks
  29. The Whole IX Yards – Reach each of the destinations in time
  30. …in the room – Defeat the elephant

Players are rewarded with a calling card after completing every 10 rounds, and an emblem when completing all 30 with no strikes.

Emblem and Calling Card for completing IX Gauntlet (via u/Robbert40)

Other things to be aware of when jumping into this Gauntlet is that the MOG 12 plays a key role here. Like the Essex in Unsinkable, there are three rounds that limit you to the MOG 12 only so you should make sure you have the best attachments assigned in your armory.

Names have already leaked for the upcoming Gauntlet maps. Classified will be called “Death-Con Five” and Blood of the Dead is “Hellcatraz”.

While no other information regarding release dates for those have been announced, check back to CharlieINTEL.com to stay updated!

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Does Warzone have an anti-cheat?

Let’s clear some community misconceptions regarding the anti-cheat in Call of Duty: Warzone.

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Let’s discuss some of the main community misconceptions regarding anti-cheat measures in Call of Duty Warzone.

Warzone has been the hot topic of debate among the gaming community due to the excessive issues with players cheating in the game. Since the release of Warzone, players using aimbot and wallhacks have been a regular occurrence for players, and its led to increased frustration amongst the community.

This also becomes a worse issue for high-performing players, since Warzone utilizes skill-based matchmaking, which means players who cheat are likely to play against the highest-skilled players. Due to the volume of cheaters, it has led many players to believe the game has no anti-cheat at all.

So does Warzone have an anti-cheat?

In short – yes it does. Warzone has an anti-cheat. It is not conventional like other games, as it seems to be built into the game, rather than a dedicated third party tool, or separate install. Players seem to be asking more for a traditional anti-cheat, which many popular games opt to use, such as Fortnite and Battlefield.

Infinity Ward has touted this past September that they have banned over 200,000 accounts for cheating, but due to the game being free-to-play, it seems that players are simply making new accounts and cheating again.

Since this tweet, we have not received much more information about the on-going anti-cheat efforts for the franchise. In an Activision blog in April of 2020, it was promised we’d get more updates on the amount of players banned as needed. Since then, it seems we only got one update in September.

The lack of communication regarding the anti-cheat seems to be the main issue among players, and the confusion regarding the number of bans and effort put into banning players will most likely continue to be an issue until there is further comment from Activision.

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Blizzard releases huge Battle.net update for January 2021

Blizzard has recently released the first major update to the Call of Duty launcher, Battle.net client for 2021.

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Blizzard has released the new Battle.net client, which brings a slick new interface to Call of Duty, Overwatch, and all of their other games.

Today, January 15, Blizzard announced a huge front-end update to Battle.net. It offers players a cleaner and easier to navigate user interface on the client, with much-needed visual overhauls.

The client update should be releasing periodically across North America, with more regions in the coming weeks.

New Client Features

According to Blizzard, the new improvements are the following:

  • Improved navigation and layout – you can now favorite your games and arrange them for ease of access.
  • A much more expansive layout for news and game content in a full-page view.
  • A revamped social pane so you can better see your friends and what they’re up to on each game tab.
  • Major accessibility improvements—we’ve added the ability to navigate most of the app with your keyboard, increased our screen reader support, and improved the color contrast.
  • A new, consolidated notifications hub for messages and download status.

How to get the update now

If you’re outside of North America and want to get the update now, you can join the beta program for the Battle.net client. To join, navigate to your Battle.net settings (click on the logo on the top left) and then click on the beta tab.

From here you can join the beta client. You’ll have to do a small download first. When the full release comes to your region, you can opt-out of the beta client.

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Apex Legends dev explains why Airdrop Escalation won’t be permanent

Respawn Entertainment addressed player concerns that the Airdrop Escalation LTM would be permanent in Apex Legends.

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Airdrop Escalation LTM in Apex Legends

The new Airdrop Escalation LTM has brought some changes to the supply drops in Apex Legends. Some players are concerned about how this would affect care packages, so the devs responded.

The new Fight Night Collection Event finally went live on January 5 and brought many changes to Apex Legends Season 7. This includes an heirloom for Gibraltar and a brand new LTM called Airdrop Escalation. 

The LTM has replaced the normal game mode and will provide you with an increased number of supply drops containing different tiers of fully-knitted weapons. This can lead to players receiving extremely powerful gear in the midst of battle.

Some fans were worried that this system may stay in the game for good and cause it to become unbalanced. The developers took notice of this and addressed fan concerns.

Apex Legends supply drop
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The Airdrop Escalation LTM isn’t permanent in Apex Legends

The quality of the gear that you can obtain from the LTM’s supply drops increases later in the match. While you might get something useful early one, the drops will contain Evo Shields and high tier guns that give the wielder a huge advantage during late-game.

This serves as a major change to the loot game of Apex Legends. The LTM will reward players who find supply drops later in the match by making them more powerful than others. While this works as a temporary feature, some players don’t want it to stick around for good.

Reddit user shiba219808 shared a YouTube comment complaining about how Airdrop Escalation “breaks late-game fights,” with the hopes that the developers will take notice. This caught the attention of Lead Game Designer Daniel Klein, who then chimed in.

“We really don’t wanna mess with the loot game of the base BR to this degree permanently,” said Klein. “There are issues that we’re seeing now already around high saturation of red guns deciding late-game fights.”

The devs made it clear that this is not a permanent feature. “The loot game is the beating heart of a BR,” says Daniel. “You better have a really good reason to make a change of this magnitude, and I don’t see one.” 

A few players mentioned that the game mode is still enjoyable, but could use some fine-tuning to improve upon its current issues.

“I actually enjoy the game mode,” said one user, “-but maybe to quell some of the issues you should make it that it only goes up to purple, and then reverts to regular care packages after that round? I feel like early and mid-game it is fine as is, but late game they shouldn’t be dropping.”

Luckily, Respawn Entertainment currently has no plans to shake up the loot game of Apex Legends anytime soon. With Fight Night well underway, we’re getting plenty of close looks at what to expect in the future, such as a new Legend.

Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment

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