With many players claiming that Warzone’s skill-based matchmaking has been ramped up in Season 3, streamer Nick “NICKMERCS” Kolcheff created a fresh account to demonstrate the power of ‘smurfing.’
‘Smurfing’ is the term for top-level players creating a new account to beat up new or lesser skilled players AKA ‘noobs’. Although smurfing sounds like an odd phrase, it came about in the ’90s when two top-tier Warcraft II players created fresh accounts to play against new players and called themselves “Papa Smurf” and “Smurfette.”
Because streamer NICKMERCS is arguably one of Warzone’s top players, he said that he often gets players accusing him of dominating ‘bot lobbies.’ To prove to his viewers that his regular lobbies are high skilled, Nick smurfed in Warzone and was amazed by the difference in lobby skill.
To get into a lobby with new and low-skilled players, NICKMERCS created a brand new account and dropped into that account’s first-ever game, using the PKM and AS VAL. With the new account, the matchmaking had no idea that Nick was a top-tier player, so this lobby was an entirely new experience for the streamer.
Nick clarified that, “I get that what we did here today is a little bit questionable and kind of in a grey area. We meant no harm, we’re not going to go on there again, or at least not a lot by any means. We just wanted to show the difference in lobbies to really showcase what we play versus what’s really out there every day.”
As soon as Nick started getting into regular fights, he quickly realized that the lobby was, on average, of significantly lower skill than he’s used to.
“People are walking into walls, they don’t shoot back,” he described. “And it really shows the skill gap between what we play every day and what some of y’all play every day.”
As the game drew to a close, Nick explained that “The one big difference is Ghost. There’s nobody Ghosted in these lobbies, you know what I mean? And after that, the overall skill is just crazy different.”
With skill-based matchmaking still being a contentious issue in Call of Duty, players often use methods such as this, reverse-boosting, and VPNs to get into lower-skilled lobbies and beat up new players. This was actually the reason that NICKMERCS quit competitive Warzone in January.
Image Credit: NICKMERCS / Activision / SCUF / The Smurfs
Best Assault Rifles in Warzone: Every Season 4 Reloaded AR ranked
Assault Rifles are great all-rounders in Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded, so here are Warzone’s ARs ranked and the best ones to use.
Assault Rifles continue to dominate Call of Duty: Warzone Season 4 Reloaded, so we’ve placed every Assault Rifle into a ranked list and counted down the top ARs you can run in Caldera, Rebirth Island, and Fortune’s Keep.
Assault Rifles are a staple in Call of Duty. Capable of dealing severe damage at almost any range, they’re the go-to for most players. They’re especially prominent in Warzone for their versatility, and through the Gunsmith system, you can build them any way you like.
Here’s a ranked list of every AR as well as a summary of the best Assault Rifles in Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded.
Best Warzone Assault Rifles ranked list
This is our comprehensive list of every AR in Call of Duty: Warzone, and we’ve ranked them in ascending order to let you know which ones are worth using.
While there used to be an even distribution of Vanguard, Modern Warfare, and Cold War guns, you’ll find that Vanguard weapons make up the majority of the meta picks. However, some solid MW and Cold War guns make up the top 10 if you want to use them instead.
Here is every Warzone Assault Rifle in Pacific Season 4 Reloaded, ranked:
- KG M40
- Cooper Carbine
- Vargo 52
- Nikita AVT
- Cold War AK-47
- FARA 83
- Grau 5.56
- Kilo 141
- Krig 6
- CR-56 AMAX
- Itra Burst
- FFAR 1
- AS VAL
- FR 5.56
- Modern Warfare AK-47
Best Warzone Assault Rifles
It took several nerfs in a row to finally knock Vanguard’s NZ-41 Assault Rifle down the ranks. It absolutely dominated Warzone for a prolonged period, but following the Season 4 Reloaded update, it’s finally in a balanced state.
It remains a powerful weapon that most players shouldn’t have too much trouble controlling at long range. It’s an excellent weapon for Caldera’s wide-open areas where you can punish players from a distance.
4. Vargo 52
Cold War’s Vargo 52 claims the fourth spot and it’s been a pillar of consistency since joining Warzone Pacific. The weapon has never been considered overpowered, but it has an excellent TTK that makes it a devastating Sniper support Assault Rifle.
As you may have guessed, Vanguard ARs have the Vargo 52 beat when it comes to long-range gunfights thanks to their magnified optics. However, very few Assault Rifles can compete with the Vargo when it comes to a medium-range gunfight.
3. Cooper Carbine
The Cooper Carbine has always been a top choice thanks to its high fire rate and low recoil, and it’s remained a great selection for medium-range fights.
The Cooper’s bullet velocity isn’t the greatest, so you won’t be beaming players across Caldera, but take it into Fortune’s Keep or Rebirth Island and you’ll have a fantastic Assault Rifle in your hands. Thanks to a broken attachment discovered in Season 4 Reloaded, the Cooper Carbine is now considered one of the best ARs around.
This may come as a shock to some, but Vanguard’s Volk Assault Rifle is one of the best weapons in Warzone. Its relatively low pick rate of 0.62 reveals that the majority of players continue to ignore the weapon.
However, if you’re looking for a medium-range Assault Rifle for Rebirth Island or Fortune’s Keep, there are no better options than the Volk.
This is the third Assault Rifle on the list that isn’t meant to be used for incredibly long-range gunfights. Instead, an LMG like the UGM-8, or the following weapon on our list is probably your best bet for a long-range weapon in Season 4 Reloaded.
1. KG M40 – Best Assault Rifle in Warzone
Warzone players love a low-recoil Assault Rifle and the KG M40 has barely any to deal with. While it doesn’t have the most incredible stats, the KG M40 is so easy to use that you’ll have no trouble landing shots.
The KG M40 has high bullet velocity and it deals a ton of headshot damage, but it’s held back by its low TTK when hitting body shots. As expected, with the NZ-41 receiving a significant nerf, this Assault Rifle claimed the top spot and it’s currently the most popular weapon in Warzone.
Bring any of these ARs into Caldera in Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded and you’ll find yourself using some of the best Warzone Assault Rifles in Call of Duty’s battle royale.
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Warzone Titanium Trials Endurance mode explained: Rules & rewards
Here’s everything you need to know about Warzone’s Titanium Trials Endurance mode, including all of the rules and rewards.
Warzone Season 4 Reloaded features the new Titanium Trials Endurance mode and here’s everything that you need to know about it, including its rules and rewards.
Warzone Season 4 Reloaded is going out with a Terminator-themed bang after the Titanium Trials mode went live on August 11. This hardcore mode increases the value of armor plates and rewards the best players with free items such as the Ultra Weapon camos.
With the rise of the machines taking place in Warzone, players will need to counter this new threat in the brand-new Titanium Trials Endurance mode, and we’ll go over everything that you need to know about it.
- Warzone Titanium Trials rules
- Warzone Titanium Trials rewards
Warzone Titanium Trials Endurance rules
Warzone’s Titanium Trials increases the maximum base armor threshold on Caldera to 300 hit points to simulate a Terminator model’s toughness. Health regeneration takes longer to restore, making this a high-skill and high TTK game mode.
You’ll start the game with a Self-Revive Kit and will be able to pick up the Tempered Perk as ground loot more frequently to repair armor. The mode’s custom-built loot table includes rare Redacted Weapons that pack a more significant punch than regular loadout guns.
Here’s a breakdown of the rules:
Player health & armor
Warzone Season 4 Reloaded’s Titanium Trials boosts player health up to 400, with 300 of that made up from armor plates. This means that Operators have only 100 HP, making for a quick death once your armor’s gone.
To make things more difficult, health regeneration has been slowed down. But, the Tempered Perk can be found more often to allow you to plate up faster.
Player count & map
Titanium Trials mode takes place on Warzone’s Caldera, with a maximum player count of 152. The mode will be played in Quads so make sure to bring some friends if you hope to get 20 wins and unlock the Skynet camo.
Loadout costs & redacted weapons
The cost of loadouts will be much higher at the beginning of a Warzone Titanium Trials match and will gradually decrease with each circle collapse.
However, if you haven’t found enough cash to buy your loadout and get the best weapons, then you can find one of the Redacted Weapons which has even more attachments.
Warzone Titanium Trials Endurance rewards
If you want to get yourself some cool rewards then you can try completing eight different challenges in the Titanium Trials Endurance event during Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded.
Here are all the rewards you can unlock, and make sure to check out our Titanium Trials challenge guide to unlock them all.
- Battle Pass 2XP Token
- Weapon 2XP Token
- Epic “Titanium Chrome” Vanguard Weapon Camo
- Uncommon “I’ll Be Back” Progression Calling Card #1
- Epic “I Sense Injuries” Progression Calling Card #2
- Epic “I Sense Injuries” Progression Calling Card #3
- Epic “I Sense Injuries” Progression Calling Card #4
- Battle Pass Tier Skip
- Ultra “Liquid Metal” Vanguard Weapon Camo (Animated)
- Legendary “I’ll Be Back” Player Title
- Legendary “Hasta La Vista, Baby” Player Title
- Ultra “the Terminator” Progression Calling Card #5 (Animated)
- Ultra “Skynet” Vanguard weapon Camo
Be sure to check out our guide on how to win Titanium Trials, including the best weapons and some top tips.
Image credits: Raven Software
How to win Titanium Trials in Warzone: Best weapons & top tips
Wondering how to win Titanium Trials in Warzone? Here are the best weapons, as well as some top tips to help you secure victory.
Warzone’s Titanium Trials Endurance event is live, offering the best players unique rewards such as Terminator-themed weapon camos. You’ll need to win as many as 20 games to unlock all of the rewards, so here’s how to win Titanium Trials including the best weapons and some handy tips.
Despite Warzone being around since March 2020, it’s the only major battle royale game not to include some form of ranked mode. The developers confirmed they’re working on it, but instead, they include hardcore modes such as Iron Trials and the new Titanium Trials.
Titanium Trials went live on August 11 as part of the Season 4 Reloaded update, bringing Terminator-themed gameplay to Caldera. This mode is unique in that it rewards players for their skill rather than tedious challenges.
Best weapons to use in Warzone Titanium Trials
To win Titanium Trials in Warzone, you should prioritize weapons that are easy to use and have a high damage-per-mag, and the UGM-8 and Armaguerra 43 are perfect options.
Titanium Trials UGM-8 loadout
- Muzzle: MX Silencer
- Barrel: Bernard XL214 736mm
- Optic: SVT-40 PU Scope 3-6x
- Stock: Mercier WT Ancre
- Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
- Magazine: 7.62x5mmR 100 Round Extended
- Ammo Type: Lengthened
- Rear Grip: Hatched Grip
- Perk: Tight Grip
- Perk 2: Fully Loaded
Titanium Trials Aramguerra 43 loadout
- Muzzle: Recoil Booster
- Barrel: Botti 315mm CII
- Optic: Slate Reflector
- Stock: Mercier WT Ancre
- Underbarrel: Mark VI Skeletal
- Magazine: 9mm 60 Round Mags
- Ammo Type: Subsonic
- Rear Grip: Taped Grip
- Perk: Steady
- Perk 2: Quick
Tips & tricks to win Titanium Trials in Warzone
Get loadout as early as possible
Titanium Trials is unique in that there are no free loadout drops, so you’ll need to rack up as much cash as possible in the early game and buy your loadout as soon as possible. The ground loot weapons pale in comparison to the weapons listed above, so you’ll be giving yourself a huge advantage by buying the loadout early.
We recommend landing somewhere far away from the plane’s line where you’ll be uncontested and can get a loadout before playing out the rest of the match.
But, the loadout drop price will keep falling as the match progresses so don’t worry if you can’t grab one straight away.
Watch for Self-Revives
Self-Revive Kits are everywhere in Warzone’s Titanium Trials, as every player will spawn with one — even after coming back from the Gulag.
When fighting, just keep in mind that the player you have knocked most likely has a Self-Revive, so don’t count them out of the fight. Finish them off with your gun or a Throwing Knife if possible, but if you can’t, keep an eye on where you knocked them in case they re-peek the angle.
Keep plating up during fights
With Titanium Trials being a Terminator-themed mode, armor plates count for much more of your total health. Your base health is only 100 HP and armor makes up a further 300 HP. With how important armor is, just putting on a single plate during a fight will offer a huge advantage.
If you’re fighting at range, take any second you can to re-fill your armor plates. This is especially useful if you find the Tempered Perk on the ground, as each plate gives 150 HP. Players won’t expect your health to be so full, and you may catch them out in the open as they push up.
Play with friends
Warzone’s Titanium Trials is Quads only, and playing with randoms is always a gamble. If possible, playing with friends will significantly raise your chances of winning.
Random players will often leave immediately after dying, or just want to do their own thing. Playing as a close-knit team is a sure-fire way of securing the victories needed to unlock all of the Ultra Camos.
Image Credit: Activision
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