YouTuber JackFrags has expressed his issues with the current state of Call of Duty Warzone across multiple categories.
Call of Duty Warzone is no stranger to controversy among its players, with the most recent DMR and Diamatti meta sweeping the game. Engagement times have decreased to nearly instant kills at both long and short ranges, resulting in frustrating gameplay experiences for players who have not leveled up the weapons to max.
As a result of the current state of Warzone, YouTuber JackFrags has taken his opinions to his channel, calling out several issues with the game in terms of gameplay and proper communication, stating that the game has to do better than it currently is.
In his video, JackFrags pointed out that for a live service game like Warzone, there is a severe lack of communication, dating back to the initial release of the game.
Patch notes are often inaccurate or incomplete, leaving players confused about the actual game changes. In addition, it’s currently unclear who is even developing Warzone. Is it Treyarch and Raven? Communication has come from both studios regarding Warzone, which leads to further confusion.
JackFrags proposes as a possible solution to hire a dedicated Warzone community manager or have a separate social media account/blog for Warzone specifically. At least with this system, we will have a consistent communication channel to watch for updates.
Balance Issues and Game Breaking Bugs
The weapons of Black Ops: Cold War were added to Warzone on December 15. Since then, out of the 30 weapons added, only two have risen as the champions of Warzone as absurdly broken weapons. The DMR and Diamatti overshadow every weapon in the game, making it very difficult to play without them in a loadout.
As for game-breaking bugs and balancing, JackFrags noted that stats for Black Ops Cold War weapons in Warzone are inaccurate and do not line up with the Modern Warfare design. For example, snipers in Modern Warfare have glints on scopes, while Black Ops Cold War snipers do not. In addition to this, anti-flinch attachments actually do the opposite, adding more flinch to the weapon.
Cheating and Competitive Integrity
Cheating has historically been an issue in Warzone, and as popularity increased the amount of them has as well. In response, Infinity Ward has banned upwards of 70,000 cheaters.
However, the new focus of “cheating” is in the form of competitive integrity. JackFrags points out that the main issues are now players attempting to cheat the skill-based matchmaking system (SBMM), by using certain router settings to connect to regions of lower player skills, like Oceania.
Players have also been reverse boosting into easier games by purposely performing poorly in games to be placed against lower-skilled opponents.
Additionally, players are using a new app created by Overwolf to monitor the stats of all players in a game live, giving players the ability to surf for easier games to play in.
For solutions, JackFrags wishes for more transparency from the Call of Duty studios. He hopes that we get straightforward communication regarding the future of Warzone and updates regarding the current game meta and purposed changes.
In combination with this, he also purposed the possibility of a test server for Warzone, where players could test the upcoming game patches before they are released to find game-breaking bugs and glitches. In theory, this would result in more polished patches releasing.
Overall, it appears that more communication may be the first step towards players feeling more in-tune with the major changes made every few months to Warzone. Hopefully, we see this become a reality in the future.
How to make Custom Blueprints with Cold War & Warzone’s Gunsmith Customs
With Gunsmith Customs, Cold War and Warzone lets you mix and match Blueprint attachments, so here’s how to make your own custom Blueprint.
The Gunsmith Customs system is available in both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone, so here’s how to create your own custom Blueprints with this fan-favorite feature.
Gunsmith Customs and custom Blueprints were added to Modern Warfare and Warzone in April 2020, much to fans’ appreciation. You can also do it in Cold War, and with Cold War’s weapons in Warzone. With this feature, you can mix and match all of the Blueprint attachments for a weapon type, creating a brand new weapon Blueprint that’s unique to you.
For example, if you want to build a custom Krig 6, you can combine the barrel from the Confrontation Blueprint with the magazine from the Samurai’s Creed and the stock from the Go Getter. You can then save it as a custom Blueprint, name it, and then you can find it amongst all of your other purchased Blueprints.
How to use Custom Blueprint Mods in Black Ops Cold War
Arriving in Cold War’s mid-Season 2 update, players can now create and save several of their own custom Blueprints. This not only allows you to quickly access your crazy Blueprint combinations but also makes it easier to access your favorite loadouts without having to build them every time.
Making and saving these custom Blueprints is quite simple, so here’s how to do it:
- Launch Black Ops Cold War
- Select the ‘Weapons’ tab
- Choose your weapon
- Hover over the attachment you wish to equip
- Select the Gunsmith icon beside the attachment
- Choose the attachment style from your owned Blueprints
- Save and rename your custom Blueprint
Now, when creating a weapon class, you’ll be able to equip your custom Blueprint like you would any other. When you go to select your weapon, the custom Blueprint will be there alongside all of the other Blueprints you own.
If you wish to keep the weapon’s tracer fire or Mastercraft effects, you’ll need to equip that Blueprint as the base before customizing. By doing this, you can keep the blue tracer fire, but use the attachment styles from a completely different weapon, making a gun that’s entirely personalized to your style.
How to use Custom Blueprint Mods in Cold War Zombies
This also works in Black Ops Cold War Zombies. By building and saving a custom Blueprint, you can access it in rounds of Outbreak or regular Zombies such as Season 4’s Mauer Der Toten, so you can always have the attachments and look you desire.
For example, you spawn in with the M1911 for that classic Zombies experience. Then after you purchase a Gallo SA12 from the wall, you can apply either a regular Blueprint or Custom Mod to the weapon that applies all of your pre-selected attachments.
Here’s how to do it:
- Load into a game of Cold War Zombies
- Either purchase your favorite weapon from the wall or get it from a Mystery Box
- Pause the game
- Select ‘Apply Blueprint’
- Navigate over to ‘Custom Mods’
- Choose the Custom Blueprint you wish to apply
This will give you not only the attachments of your choice but also the Mastery Camos you’ve grinded for.
How to use Custom Blueprint Mods in Warzone
Battle royale fans were disappointed that you couldn’t create Custom Blueprints for Cold War weapons in Warzone when the game first integrated. Raven Software has now added that function, so you can now have several Custom Blueprints at the ready when building your favorite loadouts.
Here’s how to build and use Custom Blueprint Mods in Warzone:
- Launch Call of Duty: Warzone
- Go to the ‘Weapons’ tab and press ‘Edit Loadout’
- Build your ideal weapon loadout
- Click ‘Save a Custom Mod’ at the bottom of the screen
- Rename and save your Custom Blueprint!
And to then access that Custom Blueprint:
- Click ‘Edit Loadout’
- Hover over the weapon you wish to use
- Select ‘Armory’ beside the weapon
- Choose either a regular Blueprint or your own Custom Blueprint
With Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 5 arriving soon, there will be a ton more weapon Blueprints arriving in both the store and the new Battle Pass. So, you’ll get more and more weapon customization options as the seasons progress.
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Warzone cheat provider CrazyAim taken down by Activision
Activision has taken aim at a cheater provider for Warzone as their site and discord have been shut down.
A popular Warzone cheat provider website has been taken down by Activision on August 4. The site was providing aim bot and other hacks for Warzone as a paid service.
The site, called CrazyAim.io, was providing a variety of cheats for Call of Duty players, with focus on Warzone hacks.
Their site now no longer exists, as it appears Activision has taken it down. Visiting their site sends a site error.
In addition, we’ve confirmed the site’s Discord server, where the users and owners would discuss the cheats and hacks, has also been shut down.
This is a small, but good step from Activision in the fight against the dramatic increase in hackers and cheaters in Warzone.
Some big content creators have been upset over the hacks and switched to Apex Legends instead.
It’s still not clear if Activision plans to launch a proper anti-cheat for Warzone.
The company’s executives have said in the past that they have “invested” a lot into fixing the hacking problem.
The last update from Raven on ban waves was in mid July, where they said 50,000 accounts were banned.
Team Jukeyz win World Series of Warzone EU Trios: Final standings & results
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 second World Series of Warzone tournament saw Trios from Europe compete for the lion’s share of a $300,000 prize pool, and Team Jukeyz was able to put together a truly impressive performance to snag the top spot in the final standings.
Competitive Warzone has become one of the most popular esports scenes globally since the release of the Call of Duty battle royale in 2020.
While various tournament organizers and players have helped to propel the popularity of the game’s competitive scene, the World Series of Warzone is kicking it up a great deal, with a total of $1,200,000 being awarded over the course of four different tournaments.
The first event saw NA Trios compete against each other, with Team Aydan securing the victory, and the second competition in the World Series of Warzone had Trios from Europe take the spotlight and have their chance to prove their skills on August 4, 2021.
It was a truly exciting day of competitive Call of Duty action, but once the dust had settled on Verdansk, Team Jukeyz was able to secure the top spot in the final standings and take home the $50,000 grand prize.
World Series of Warzone Standings Leaderboard
The EU Trios tournament was filled with a treasure trove of talented players, but the trio of Jukeyz, WarsZ, and Fifakill was able to put together multiple strong performances to take home the EU Trios World Series of Warzone championship.
It was not an easy feat at the end for Team Jukeyz, as a Jailbreak in-game event during the last match of the tournament saw every eliminated player come back and make the deciding match an adrenaline-fueled spectacle.
In addition to the individual squads competing, the five Captain squads were also competing to secure the Captain’s Cup championship for the team they were drafted to on August 3.
Recrent was able to draft the strongest collection of EU Trios, as Team Recrent was able to secure the EU Trios Captain’s Cup championship for the World Series of Warzone.
Twitch Rivals Stream
The EU Trios World Series of Warzone took place on August 4, at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM BST / 6 PM CEST.
All of the action from the event was broadcasted on the official Twitch Rivals stream.
Alternatively, every competitor also streamed their individual point of view so viewers could watch the action from their favorite player’s POV.
World Series of Warzone Draft
The EU trios event saw five pre-selected captains form their own team and then draft an additional nine teams to form their own captain squad.
These five captain teams of 10 trios will then compete to secure the most collective points from placements and kills to earn a $100,000 prize pool and the Captain’s Cup championship.
The draft was conducted live on the Twitch Rivals channel on August 3, 2021, at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM BST / 6 PM CEST.
You can find the five captains and all of their drafted teams below:
World Series of Warzone Teams
A total of 50 teams competed in the EU Trios competition.
These teams competed to help their Captain be at the top of the Captain’s Cup World Series of Warzone standings.
The teams also competed individually at the same time to secure the lion’s share of the remaining $200,000 in prize money by claiming the top spot in the final World Series of Warzone standings.
You can find all of the teams that competed in the EU Trios tournament below:
EU Format & Prizing
The format for the event was the same as it was for the NA Trios tournament. The competitors duked it out in six custom lobbies, with placement awarding kill multipliers.
With each kill giving one World Series of Warzone Point, here’s the rundown of the scoring format:
The Captains and their teams competed for a share of the $300,000 Prize Pool. The teams’ prize pool was $200k, with another $100k on the line for the Captain’s Cup.
Here’s the prize pool rundown.
Here’s the Captain’s Placement prize pool.
|Captain’s Placement||Individual Prize|
|1st Place Team||$1,000|
|1st Place Captain||$20,000|
|2nd Place Captain||$15,000|
|3rd Place Captain||$13,000|
|4th Place Captain||$12,000|
|5th Place Captain||$10,000|
There is no doubt that the World Series of Warzone EU Trios event delivered just as many exciting moments and memories as the NA Trios competition did beforehand.
For more Call of Duty: Warzone, check out Season 4’s best weapons, and stay tuned for future news and guides.
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