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How to make Call of Duty: Warzone’s next live event the best yet

Call of Duty: Warzone Season 2’s Nuke Event was spectacular, but we’ve come up with a few ways to make the next one the best ever.

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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

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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.

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

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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

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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

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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.

Do you disagree with any of our improvements? Or have any of your own you’d like us to hear? Be sure to let us know on our Charlie INTEL Facebook Page and Charlie INTEL Twitter Page!

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Best Warzone SMG loadouts for Season 5 Reloaded: Ranked list

An SMG is a vital tool in any Warzone loadout, so we’ve put together the top five and their best attachments in Season 5 Reloaded.

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Submachine Guns are powerful tools in any Call of Duty: Warzone player’s arsenal, so we’ve ranked every SMG and put together the top five and their best attachments for Season 5 Reloaded’s best close-range loadouts.

Since Warzone’s launch in March 2020, the consistent meta is to run a long-range weapon like an Assault Rifle alongside something for up-close. SMGs are an excellent choice for these engagements as they’re much more versatile than Shotguns, being effective at medium range with the right attachments.

Cold War’s SMGs burst on the scene in Season 1, but as the seasons have gone on, many Modern Warfare submachine guns have remained viable.

We’ve ranked every SMG from Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War and counted down the top five SMG loadouts you should be running in Warzone Season 5.

Best Warzone SMGs ranked list

Ghost using Striker SMG in Call of Duty Warzone

Raven Software has spent a lot of time balancing SMGs in the last few updates, but now a clear meta has emerged.

Before we take a look at each of the game’s best SMG loadouts, we’re first going to rank every sub in Warzone Season 5 so you can see how each weapon compares to the rest.

Here’s our official ranked list for the SMGs in Warzone Season 5:

  1. MAC-10
  2. Bullfrog
  3. OTs 9
  4. MP7
  5. PPSH-41
  6. TEC-9
  7. Modern Warfare MP5
  8. Milano
  9. Cold War MP5
  10. Fennec
  11. CX-9
  12. AK-74u
  13. Nail Gun
  14. Bizon
  15. P90
  16. AUG (MW)
  17. ISO
  18. Uzi
  19. Striker
  20. LC10
  21. KSP 45

Best Warzone SMG loadouts for Season 5 meta

Here are the top five SMGs you should be running in Verdansk ’84 and Rebirth Island in Warzone Season 5.

SMGs are extremely balanced in Season 5, and the five on this list cover various playstyles and engagement ranges.

5. Best PPSH-41 Warzone loadout

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The PPSH-41 appears to have come and gone from players’ favor, but other SMGs receiving nerfs over the course of Season 5 have placed it in a great spot.

It has great mobility and a large drum mag, which are excellent for finessing and taking on full squads at once. Its range is also commendable, so you could pair it with a Sniper Rifle if you’re looking for an aggressive sniper loadout.

  • Muzzle: GRU Suppressor
  • Barrel: 15.7″ Task Force
  • Laser: Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Stock: Raider Stock
  • Ammunition: 55 Rnd Drum

4. Best MP7 Warzone loadout

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Before Black Ops Cold War’s integration in December 2020, the MP7 and Modern Warfare MP5 fought it out for the top spot. Now that some of Cold War’s SMGs have been nerfed, the MP7 has returned to the meta.

Our favorite features of the MP7 are the easy-to-control recoil pattern and 60 Round Mag. These elevate it above many of the close-range options, allowing you to strike a great middle-ground between SMGs and Assault Rifles, adding more versatility to your loadout.

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: FFS Recon
  • Laser: Tac Laser
  • Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip
  • Ammunition: 60 Round Mag

3. Best OTs 9 Warzone loadout

OTs 9 SMG in Warzone Season 5

The Season 4 Reloaded update added a new SMG to the world of Warzone in the form of the OTs 9. This new SMG quickly made a name for itself as one of the best close-quarters weapons players can use in their battles. YouTuber JGOD even said it was up there with Shotguns for close-range.

The agile mobility and powerful punch the OTs 9 provides made it a favorite amongst the best players in the world. It did receive a small nerf in the September 15 update which has slightly knocked its effectiveness, but it’s still extremely powerful up-close.

  • Muzzle: GRU Suppressor
  • Barrel: 8.1″ Task Force
  • Laser: Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Ammunition: Spetsnaz 40 Rnd
  • Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock

2. Best Bullfrog Warzone loadout

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The Bullfrog has long been a powerful choice in Warzone, but it’s climbed to popularity in Season 5. Its large magazine size, decent range, and impressive headshot multiplier make it an SMG worthy of any loadout.

The best Bullfrog build increases the weapon’s mobility, making sure that you can aggressively push opponents without any hindrance to your speed. Luckily, its magazine size is already large enough that you can add extra mobility attachments.

This large magazine is also very useful for the new, and very well-received, Iron Trials mode. With this mode’s much higher TTK, the extra bullets at your disposal are extremely important when building a loadout.

  • Muzzle: GRU Suppressor
  • Barrel: 7.4″ Task Force
  • Laser: Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Stock: Spetsnaz PKM Stock
  • Underbarrel: Bruiser Grip

1. Best MAC-10 Warzone loadout

Warzone MAC-10 loadout

Since it arrived in Warzone, the MAC-10 has been the undisputed go-to SMG. With a fast-fire rate, minimal recoil, and extremely fast time-to-kill, it’s almost impossible to go wrong with the MAC-10. Whether using it alongside a Sniper Rifle or a long-range Assault Rifle, it’s the perfect accompaniment.

The MAC-10 somehow survived the latest round of balance updates, allowing it to remain the best of the bunch. If you don’t have the MAC-10 in your loadout already, we seriously recommend giving it a try.

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: 5.9″ Task Force
  • Laser: Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Stock: Raider Stock
  • Ammunition: STANAG 53 Rnd Drum

Although these SMGs are the top five loadouts you should run, the meta is extremely open in Season 5 and you’ll likely find success with almost any weapon.

If you’re looking for more great weapons, then you can check out some of this season’s best Warzone loadouts below:


C58 | Groza | M4A1 | Milano | AK-47 | SP-R 208

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Warzone players roast “embarrassingly low effort” The Numbers event

Warzone players have slammed Season 5 Reloaded’s The Numbers event, calling the challenges and changes “lazy” and “terrible.”

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Warzone Season 5 Reloaded’s The Numbers event is here, but players have been less than impressed with the “low effort” and “lazy” challenges and changes.

Each Season, there’s usually a Warzone event to give players some new challenges to complete and rewards to earn. These have included fan-favorites such as The Haunting of Verdansk and the 80s Action Heroes, but players are calling Season 5’s The Numbers event a disappointment.

For this event, the Mobile Broadcast Stations have been activated and players must visit each one to complete the challenges and unlock the Sai melee weapon. With how quick and easy this is to complete, players have slammed the “extremely underwhelming” event.

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As with every event, players must complete a series of challenges to unlock Charms, Calling Cards, and an exclusive weapon Blueprint. The Numbers follows a similar format, but all players need to do is visit each Broadcast Station and they don’t feel the event is challenging or unique enough.

In a post slamming the latest Warzone event, Reddit user TheDudeofDudez said that The Numbers is “embarrassingly low effort” and “terrible.” They complained of the challenges lack of variety, where all you have to do is “Walk up to a van and press a button, hear some numbers, and that’s it.”

Another Redditor, JustThatOneGuy, elaborated on the issue. They explained that they completed all but two of the challenges in one game, and that was because the gas came in. “There’s no sense of speed or urgency as they’re active all match once activated,” they described. “No skill required to win gunfights as there’s no limit on how many are available per game.”

Popular Warzone YouTuber JGOD had the same experience, saying that it took him seven minutes to complete the challenge and unlock the Sai.

The event is now live, so it’s very likely it will stay this way until it concludes on October 5. While many feel it’s disappointing, some said they are just glad that the free Sai weapon is easy to unlock.


For more Warzone, you can check out the best Assault Rifle loadouts you can use after the significant September 15 update.

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Warzone Mobile Broadcast Stations: Locations & everything we know

One of the most interesting additions to Warzone Season 5 is Mobile Broadcast Stations. Here’s their locations and everything else we know.

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Warzone Season 5 is finally upon us, and it’s come with a whole host of tweaks and changes. One thing players will have noticed is Warzone Mobile Broadcast Stations popping up around Verdansk. But what are they, and where can you find them?

As is the case with every update, players are eager to dive back into Warzone Season 5 and check out the latest batch of changes. From new weapons such as The Cane to stylish skins to chase after, such as Kyube Kitsune, there’s plenty to play for and unlock this time around.

One of the changes, however, is causing a mysterious broadcast to be played around Verdansk. The patch notes for Warzone Season 5 noted that Mobile Broadcast Stations would be coming to the game as a new point of interest for players to fight over. Here’s everything we know about the Mobile Broadcast Stations that are now ready for players to activate.

What are Mobile Broadcast Stations in Warzone Season 5?

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These mysterious little POIs had begun spawning around the map since the launch of Season 5 and have been dormant until September 21, 2021, when Raven Software activated them. Players can now travel to these vehicles to complete challenges and earn various rewards.

Raven Software has kept their use relatively vague up until now, urging players to “keep their head” when they approach one and “tune out” the broadcast each one emits.

How to activate and use Mobile Broadcasts Station in Warzone Season 5?

To look at, they are essentially large trucks with telegraph poles sticking out the top of them. If you stumble across an active one, you will be greeted by an alarm sound and see that the antenna is raised further into the air.

Here’s how to activate one of them:

  1. Walk up to a Mobile Broadcast Station
  2. Approach the back-left corner of the station
  3. Stand in front of a big, red button and press your “Activate” button
  4. You’ll receive some cash, and a broadcast will be played, so make sure you’re stood close enough to hear it

Warzone Mobile Broadcast Stations locations

You can find all of the Warzone Mobile Broadcast Stations locations on the map below:

Warzone Mobile Broadcast Stations locations
  • Northwest of the Military Base
  • South of the Port
  • North of the Airport
  • West of the Train Station
  • Between the Boneyard and Superstore
  • East of the Salt Mine
  • At the Farmland
  • At the Hills
  • Southwest of the TV Station

That’s all we know about the Warzone Mobile Broadcast Stations right now. We’ll keep you updated as The Warzone and Cold War The Numbers event continues.

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