Warzone is certain to have another live event at some point in the future, and whilst the Verdansk Nuke Event was pretty cool, we think there are ways to make CoD: Warzone’s next one the biggest and best one yet.
Warzone’s first go at an interactive live event was a pretty good first attempt. Knowing that Verdansk’s Zombie invasion was to be the beginning of the end, Activision did a great job in planting the seeds throughout Season 2.
In meant that the hype and excitement were at a fever pitch come the Season’s end, and there was a real sense of wonderment about what people would see. The two-day event had plenty of cool moments for players to enjoy, but its slightly disjointed nature left a lot to be desired.
Here’s how we’d make the next Call of Duty: Warzone event much better.
#4 – Don’t do the next Warzone live event over two days
The content itself for the live event was fascinating and “The Destruction of Verdansk Part I” was absolutely ‘do not miss.’
Excitement filled your body seeing it as a playlist option. It was new, exciting, and entered uncharted territory for Warzone. The mode itself was a blast too: from the original Zombies music eerily playing over everything to its shocking conclusion of Juggernauts fighting off a sea of undead next to Dam.
It was followed by the iconic nuke cutscene, and the rest is history. If anything, that should’ve been the end of the live event, and then we could’ve been dropped into Verdansk ’84 not knowing what to expect.
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Instead, having the Rebirth Island playlist options, and mini Verdansk ’84, soured the event’s special aura. It became a bit too self-indulgent, overstayed its welcome, and the additional modes didn’t offer anything extra. It felt like needless padding.
A unique, one-off event feels a lot more urgent, and offers fans a chance to be part of the crowd who can say, “I was there.” By drawing it over two days, the second day lessened the experience and merely delayed the process of Warzone Season 3 starting.
#3 – Make it a one-time playthrough
Following on from the previous point, one of the reasons Fortnite has built up a reputation for delivering stellar live events is because they make them an occasion to be present at all costs.
The feeling of the unknown is a special feeling in life as it makes you nervous but excited. So when Fortnite players waited to see what Galactus would do, it was a fun surprise to see him tower over Fortnite Island and try and destroy everyone.
Being there in person made players live for the moment as it would be the only time that anyone would be able to witness it in person, ever. Whereas Warzone’s various limited-time modes pretty much stuck around and could be replayed endlessly.
Again, this feels like it detracts from the feeling of a “one-off live event.” At most, players should be allowed a single play. This would allow for any potential server issues (which we’ll get onto) and still remind you to enjoy your only attempt, and soak everything in.
#2 – Let players witness the big moment in real-time
Would Galactus’ event have been half as cool if players had to watch it through a CGI cutscene? Absolutely not. Imagine how incredible and surreal it would’ve been to have had the Nuke detonate inside Stadium, with everyone inside, live.
Even the end of Season 1 could’ve been the start of something special by having players converge on the crashed ship. A one-off Solo event witnessing the ship opening, and hundreds of zombies swarming you and overcoming you.
It’s all about interactivity and forming a tangible connection, whereas having a cutscene, especially after having just gone through a tense game mode, causes a serious disconnect between players and the game they’ve become attached to.
Millions of Warzone players have the game ingrained in their system and practically have it coursing through their blood. Exposure to streamers or playing with other people for over a year brings you closer to the game, and any significant changes should be absorbed in person.
#1 – The servers
You all knew this point was coming, but it needs to be hammered home until the nail is visible no more – make sure the servers can cope with the outrageous demand.
So many players, our staff included, were not able to get stuck into most of these limited-time modes because of excessive queues. Activision’s servers were simply flooded with millions of gamers desperate to see the end of Verdansk as we know it.
But many people’s excitement and giddiness were swiftly dissolved and replaced with envy and jealousy as other lucky players got to see the action unfold straight away.
Obviously, trying to accommodate so many Warzone players is going to be a tough ask. But given how much money Activision has made and is worth, it doesn’t seem unreasonable to ask that they have enough server space for a live event.
These are just some of the main issues that, if addressed, we believe could ultimately shape Warzone’s future events, and could drastically improve them to be the best in the business.
Image Credit: Activision / Raven Software / Epic Games
How to unlock Iridescent Jackal skin in Warzone & Cold War Season 4
Warzone and Cold War is receiving its first ever Ultra-rarity Operator skin in Season 4, so here’s how to unlock Jackal’s Iridescent skin.
Warzone and Black Ops Cold War’s first Ultra-rarity Operator skin is arriving in Season 4, so here’s how to unlock new Operator Jackal’s Iridescent skin.
Alongside the brand new weapons and maps for Warzone and Cold War Season 4, the game will be introducing its first Ultra-rarity Operator skin. New Operator Jackal will receive a unique color-changing outfit, something Verdansk has never seen before.
This new skin “allows Jackal to come alive with a mesmerizing light pattern across his entire jumpsuit and mask,” making it a highly sought-after item in Season 4.
Here’s how to unlock Season 4 Operator Jackal and his Ultra-rarity Iridescent skin in Season 4.
How to unlock Jackal and Iridescent Operator skin
South African mercenary Jackal is Season 4’s featured Operator, who you’ll unlock as soon as you purchase the premium Battle Pass. This costs 1000 CoD Points and you can now either buy the pass yourself or receive it through Call of Duty’s new gifting system.
The Iridescent Jackal Skin will be unlocked at Tier 100 of the premium Season 4 Battle Pass. Reaching Tier 100 will take some time, but you can speed up the process by buying the Battle Pass Bundle for 2400 CoD Points, which includes 20 discounted Tier Skips, or you can take advantage of Double XP events.
Jackal Operator Mission challenges
Once you’ve unlocked Jackal’s Iridescent skin, there will be Operator Missions available to unlock extra styles and “additional cosmetic items.” For completing these missions, you’ll get the silver ‘Manta Ray’ style and the ‘Copperite’ skin, which gives him a “copper shine.”
We’ll need to wait until Season 4 arrives to see the Operator Mission challenges.
Once Season 4 officially goes live, we’ll update this article with Jackal’s Operator Mission challenges and rewards.
Image Credit: Activision / Treyarch
JGOD $100K Warzone Tournament: Bracket, standings, stream & schedule
Warzone stats master JGOD is hosting a $100K Warzone Tournament, and we have the bracket, standings, stream, and schedule covered.
Call of Duty: Warzone statistics master JGOD is going to be hosting a highly-anticipated tournament where players will be competing for the lion’s share of a $100,000 prize pool, and we have everything you need to know about the JGOD Warzone Tournament covered for you.
Warzone has seen various content creators become staples of the video game community regarding the kind of content they deliver to viewers regularly.
One fan-favorite creator is JGOD, as the statistics master is celebrated for the in-depth breakdown of the Call of Duty battle royale for things like weapon stats and more.
Now, JGOD will continue his work in the community by hosting a $100,000 Warzone Tournament that will see some of the best players in the world compete against each other in what is sure to be an exciting show.
We have the bracket, standings, schedule, and stream for the event covered for you so that you do not miss any of the action.
JGOD Warzone Tournament Bracket
We will update this article with the latest bracket for the event below when it is officially made available during each of the four days the competition will occur.
June 5 Bracket
June 15 Bracket
June 21 Bracket
JGOD Warzone Tournament Standings
This section will be updated with the latest set of standings for the competition throughout each day of the event.
JGOD Warzone Tournament June 5 Standings
The JGOD Warzone Tournament will be taking place over the course of 4 days. The first day will be taking place on June 5, 2021, at 5 PM PST/ 7 PM CST/ 8 PM EST/ 1 AM BST.
Players will compete for the second time on June 15, 2021 at 11 AM PST/ 1 PM CST/ 2 PM EST/ 6 PM GMT/ 7 PM BST.
This first day of action will consist of pool play that will see the first 6 captains of the event compete against each other in a 2v2 format.
The remaining three days of the event will occur weekly, with the final day of the competition taking place on June 26, 2021.
Viewers will be able to catch all of the action from the JGOD Warzone Tournament on the content creator’s official Twitch channel.
As with the majority of events, this is where a central hub is likely to be broadcasted that will rotate between the point of view of every competitor to give viewers the best overall view of the battles for the $100,000 prize pool.
There is sure to be plenty of action to arise out of the JGOD Warzone Tournament that will provide countless entertaining moments for the community to witness during its four days of competition.
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Image Credits: JGOD/Activision
World Series of Warzone: Teams, Draft, Standings, & Stream
The World Series of Warzone is kicking competitive Warzone up a notch, and we have the teams, draft, standings and stream covered for you.
The World Series of Warzone will be the biggest competitive event in the history of the Call of Duty battle royale, and we have the teams, draft, standings, and stream for the event covered for you.
The competitive scene for Call of Duty: Warzone has become extremely popular following the release of the battle royale game in 2020, and it will be reaching new heights when the first of four World Series of Warzone competitions takes place in June.
With this in mind, we have gathered together everything you need to know about the first World Series of Warzone tournament on June 22 and 23, including the teams, draft, standings, and stream so that you do not miss any of the adrenaline-fueled action.
World Series of Warzone Draft
The format for the June 23 tournament will see five captains select a total of 10 trios each from North America to represent them in the Captain’s Cup.
They will battle to get their collective teams the most points when the dust settles on verdansk ’84 on June 23 and the $100,000 prize pool for the Captain’s Cup.
The draft for the first World Series of Warzone event will take place on June 22 and will be broadcasted on the Twitch Rivals Twitch channel.
We will update this piece with the June 22 World Series of Warzone draft results when officially revealed to the community.
World Series of Warzone Teams
The June 23 tournament will see a total of 50 teams of three players to get the most combined points for their respective squads (five teams of 30 players) under the leadership of one of the five captains, who will each have their own trios teams for the Captain’s Cup.
The five captains that will be leading all of the teams for the tournament can be found below:
The 50 trios will also be competing individually across six matches to see who can collect the most points from kills and overall placements to secure a share of a $200,000 prize pool during the June 23 event.
We will update this piece with all of the individual teams competing in the June 23 World Series of Warzone tournament when they are officially revealed.
World Series of Warzone Standings
We will update this piece with the latest World Series of Warzone standings throughout the course of each tournament.
Twitch Rivals Stream
The 2021 World Series of Warzone will be broadcasted exclusively on Twitch in a partnership with Twitch Rivals, so fans will be able to watch all of the action from each event unfold on the Twitch Rivals channel, which we will embed below when the broadcast for each event begins.
There is no doubt that a great deal of excitement will arise out of each event from the 2021 World Series of Warzone as teams compete to be at the top of the final standings and claim their title as the best Call of Duty: Warzone players in the world.
Image Credits: Activision
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