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JGOD explains how to get easier Warzone lobbies without reverse boosting

Ever wondered how to get into easier Warzone lobbies? YouTuber JGOD explains how to find lower SBMM games without reverse boosting.

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Popular Warzone content creator JGOD has revealed how to get into easier Warzone lobbies without using any third-party software or reverse boosting.

The Warzone community has become obsessed with skill-based matchmaking, or SBMM. This mysterious factor determines the skill of the players you’ll be coming against. The better you play, the more likely you are to come against some seriously high-skilled players.

When you finish work and want to hop on Warzone with your friends, even if you’re using the best weapons, it can be tiring and frustrating to get bodied by every team you come up against. Because of this, players are always looking for ways to avoid SBMM and fight against less-skilled players.

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It’s well-known in the community that you can get into easier lobbies by reverse boosting or using VPN software to change your location. However, with the help of an in-depth Reddit post, YouTuber JGOD has explained how to legitimately find easier lobbies.

“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. To put it simply, playing Warzone in the evening, when the majority of players are online, will give you much more difficult matches.

For some reason, “morning lobbies are statistically easier,” so if you’re looking for an easier time in Warzone, you should try to play early in the morning.

As JGOD further explains, when it feels like you’re constantly getting put against the best of the best, the chances are that you do belong in that bracket. SBMM is heavily dependent on your kill/death ratio, and if you have a KD ratio of over 1.10, you’re in the “top 20% of all Call of Duty players.”

When you’re in this top 20%, so are the high-skilled streamers and grinders, so you’re more likely to be matched against them when playing at peak-times.

If you’re unsure what matchmaking bracket you fall into, you can follow our guide on how to check your SBMM rank.

Image Credit: Activision / JGOD

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Best Vanguard Kar98k loadout for Warzone Pacific Caldera

Warzone Pacific has brought a familiar dominant weapon to the game, but this time it’s Vanguard’s rendition. Here’s our best Kar98k loadout.

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After Warzone Pacific introduced a brand new map, players who like to engage in long-range combat will be eager to find a great sniper class. Here’s our best Kar98k loadout for Warzone Pacific Caldera.

With Vanguard introducing over 40 more guns into Call of Duty’s battle royale, some Warzone players will be flustered with the amount of choice.

Sniping has always been a great playstyle in Verdansk, and in the new Warzone Pacific Caldera map, it remains dominant with a familiar sniper returning. For those looking to take advantage of long-range engagements on Caldera, here’s the best Vanguard Kar98k loadout you can use.

Best Perks and Equipment to use with the Kar98k

Best Kar98k attachments for Warzone Pacific

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  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: VDD RE02K
  • Stock: Short Stock
  • Underbarrel: SMLE Pistol Grip
  • Magazine: 8mm Klauser 3 Round Mag
  • Ammunition: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Rear Grip
  • Perk: Fleet
  • Perk 2: Deep Breath

First off, the F8 Stabilizer will help boost accuracy and damage range, allowing you to hit targets at greater distances. Combined with the VDD RE02K barrel, which increases bullet velocity, the one-hit-kill area, and accuracy, you’ll be taking people down with ease.

Another great attachment that will increase bullet velocity is the Lengthened Ammo Type. This will ensure that your bullets will hit faster and more accurately from range.

The Short Stock is a great attachment for those looking to use the Kar98k as a quick scoping sniper. It increases your movement speed, ADS speed, sprint to fire speed, and aim walking movement speed. At the cost of some accuracy and recoil control, this attachment makes the Kar98k a great high-power mid-range option with mobility.

Next up we have the SMLE Pistol Grip and Fabric Rear Grip. The Fabric Grip will increase mobility, making sure you hit your target first, while the SMLE Pistol Grip will increase sprint to fire speed.

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Despite decreasing the magazine size, the 8mm Klauser 3 Round Mag will also increase the aim down sight speed, as well as speed up the reload time.

Lastly, the two Perk attachments we have chosen are Fleet and Deep Breath. Fleet will have you moving as quickly as possible which will enable you to take the Kar98k into close quarters while also increasing weapon swap quickness. Meanwhile, Deep Breath will allow players to steady their aim while aiming down sight for longer.

Best Perks and Equipment to use with the Kar98k

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  • Perk 1: E.O.D.
  • Perk 2: Overkill
  • Perk 3: Amped
  • Secondary: MP40
  • Lethal: Molotov
  • Tactical: Stun

EOD will protect you from any explosive and fire damage that isn’t related to killstreaks, which is great for a gun that you are more likely to be holding areas down with.

Overkill gives you the option for a more close-ranged gun, and we chose the MP40, as it’s a solid close to medium range option in Warzone Pacific.

For the final Perk, we chose Amped. This Perk allows you to switch weapons faster, which is great for any sniper loadout as it means you will be able to pull your secondary weapon out quickly so that you aren’t out-gunned from close range.

The Molotov is great for getting players out of camping spots and the Stun will buy you more time for when things are getting sticky.

How to unlock the Kar98k in Warzone Pacific

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In order to unlock the Kar98k in Warzone Pacific, players must reach Level 43 in Sledgehammer Games‘ Vanguard Multiplayer.

This will unlock the weapon for use in Vanguard and Warzone Pacific and if you’re looking to reach this level fast, check out our piece on how to level up quickly.

Alternatives to the Kar98k in Warzone Pacific

Some other alternatives to the Kar98k include the 3 Line Rifle, which is another Sniper Rifle worth giving a shot. If you’re looking for something a little different give the MG42 LMG a go, as it can also be deadly from range.

For more on Warzone Pacific Season 1, check out all the tiers and rewards up for grabs in this season’s battle pass.

Image Credits: Sledgehammer Games / Raven Software / Activision

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Crazy Alcatraz video shows just how accurate Warzone’s Rebirth Island really is

Warzone players can now witness a side-by-side comparison of Rebirth Island and real-life Alcatraz Island.

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Fans of the Rebirth Island map in Warzone might be shocked to discover just how much of a carbon-copy the chaotic battleground is to real-life Alcatraz.

Since Rebirth Island made its Warzone debut on December 16, 2020, players have enjoyed the close-quarters version of Call of Duty’s battle royale. The map was only meant to be a temporary inclusion as an ode to Blackout’s Alcatraz map but its popularity has made it a Warzone mainstay since its inception.

Thanks to a new comparison video, fans of the map can appreciate just how accurate the Call of Duty devs were when recreating real-life Alcatraz.

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For those who may be wondering, Alcatraz is a real-life island in San Francisco, California in which a lighthouse, military base, and Federal Penitentiary can all be found. The island was notorious for its cold waters and strong currents that made escape impossible.

Naturally, these conditions make for a fantastic Call of Duty battle royale map, and thanks to a new video, players can witness just how well the real-life location translates to an in-game battleground.

The video posted to the Warzone subreddit by yoursofunny is just over four minutes long and offers a shot-by-shot comparison of Rebirth Island’s points of interest including Prison Block, Harbor, and Factory.

It’s truly astonishing to witness the attention to detail that contributed to Rebirth Island’s final design. The map is a one-for-one recreation down to the positioning of staircases and the length of hallways.

Given the success of Rebirth Island, it’s no surprise that players voice their frustration when the map is removed from the active playlist options. In fact, the map is so well-like that players have even offered a similar island as the real-life inspiration for a sequel to Rebirth Island.


For more Warzone news check out how much money does Warzone make and Warzone hackers bring flying cars to Caldera.

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How to fix Warzone’s ‘stuck on RICOCHET anti-cheat’ screen bug

Here’s how you can fix the Warzone glitch that causes you to become stuck on the RICOCHET anti-cheat screen.

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There is a frustrating Warzone glitch that causes players to get stuck on the RICOCHET anti-cheat screen, and here’s how you can fix this bug on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

Warzone players had to deal with cheaters ruining games for eighteen months until the RICOCHET anti-cheat finally launched. This brought kernel-level drivers to counter cheaters and hackers in the game.

This system has made some improvements to the Warzone experience by nerfing cheaters’ weapons, but players have also noted a few problems. A new bug is causing players to get stuck on the RICOCHET anti-cheat screen.

Here’s how you can fix this glitch.

How to fix Warzone ‘stuck on RICOCHET anti-cheat’ screen bug

This Warzone glitch is prominent among Xbox console users. Most of the reports of players getting stuck on the RICOCHET anti-cheat screen came from those playing the game on an Xbox.

However, that doesn’t mean that the issue doesn’t also persist on other platforms. Players on PS4, PS5, and PC have also encountered this glitch. The good news is that there are a few ways to get around it.

Restart Warzone

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This is the simplest solution that you can try and it may fix the problem. You might be able to get past the RICOCHET anti-cheat screen by simply turning Call of Duty: Warzone off and then on again.

Here’s how you can try this out:

  1. Simply close Warzone
  2. Restart your respective platform
  3. Boot up Warzone
  4. Check to see if you still get stuck on the screen

Check for updates

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If the solution above didn’t fix the glitch then the problem might be that you need to download the latest Warzone update. So, you’ll need to make sure that you’re running the latest version of the game.

You can check for updates in the options/settings screen of your console. If there’s a new update available then you can try loading the game again after it finishes installing. This is a solution that has worked for some players.

Clear your saved data

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If there is a problem with the game’s cache, you could find yourself stuck on the RICOCHET anti-cheat screen. So, you’ll need to clear the saved data in order to get this past this frustrating glitch.

Here’s how you can do this on Xbox Series X:

  1. Press the Xbox Button
  2. Navigate to to Profile & system > Settings > System > Storage
  3. Select Manage storage and then View contents
  4. Select Warzone and then press the Menu button
  5. Select Manage game
  6. Select Saved data and choose Warzone
  7. Delete the saved date from the Options menu
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If you’re playing Warzone on a PlayStation console then here’s how you can clear your data:

  1. Go to Settings > Application Saved Data Management
  2. Choose either System StorageOnline Storage or USB Storage > Delete
  3. Pick Warzone and then press Select All
  4. Select Delete and then select OK to confirm your decision
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PC players who own the game on Steam can use a feature that lets you verify the integrity of your game cache. This will let you ensure that the problem isn’t being caused by a corrupted game file.

Here’s how you can do this:

  1. Open Steam
  2. Go to the Library section
  3. Right-click on Warzone and select Properties.
  4. Select the Local Files tab and click Verify integrity of game cache
  5. Wait as Steam verifies the game’s files

Wait longer for the game to load

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The easiest and most straightforward idea to try, leave it and hope it fixes itself. Sometimes, you may find yourself stuck at the RICOCHET anti-cheat screen if the game just taking a bit longer to load.

If you wait for a while, you could get past the screen eventually. This option requires you to be patient and do nothing for a few minutes. Some players have reported this working after 5 minutes of waiting.


For more Warzone content, check out this bizarre Warzone Stim bug that throws players into the shadow realm and how to stop freezing at Warzone Buy Stations.

Image Credits: Raven Software / Activision

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