A new feature that appears to have been added into Call of Duty: Warzone without being mentioned in the patch notes: the ability to drop weapons.
Since Warzone’s launch in March, players were not able to drop a weapon in Warzone if they picked it up. Players could only replace a weapon with another weapon.
Now, with the new update, players can drop a weapon that they picked up and ping it for teammates to get.
A video posted to Reddit shows the ability to drop weapons on PC has been added to the Inventory/Drop menu, allowing players to drop their currently equipped weapon.
This could be especially useful in situations where a teammate comes back from Gulag/bought back and have no weapons, and now can take one from a teammate.
Opinion: Call of Duty: Warzone desperately needs anti-cheat for its competitive future
Warzone’s successful competitive future is all in Activision’s hands.
Call of Duty: Warzone is in desperate need of a proper, clarified anti-cheat system to prevent the influx of hackers as Activision looks to develop the game’s competitive future.
Call of Duty: Warzone launched to much fan fare in March 2020. It was the first free to play Call of Duty experience ever for consoles & PC. And that opened up the amount of players that could enter the Call of Duty world. There was no $60 barrier anymore to experience Call of Duty.
But with that, an influx of cheaters and hackers on the PC platform stormed into Call of Duty: Warzone. Since the game’s launch, there has been an extensive amount of hackers in Call of Duty: Warzone on the PC platform. And with cross play, those hackers infest the PlayStation and Xbox lobbies, too.
The biggest issue has been: Activision’s lack of a concrete plan to address the hacking situation. The company has issued a few statements in 2020 on how they combat hacking in Call of Duty: Warzone, but none of them have left fans with hope of a sustainable future for the title on PC.
It makes sense, in other ways, that Call of Duty is being infested with cheaters at a higher pace compared to other free to play Battle Royale games. Call of Duty is one of the biggest entertainment franchise available, and Warzone was the first chance that allowed everyone to play Call of Duty. There’s always been cheaters and hackers in Call of Duty MP. But that was on a more controllable scale with the game being $60 to play. With Warzone, the entry barrier is gone, and now hackers who could never hack in Call of Duty before, can do so now. And with Activision’s lack of aggressive action within the game itself, it welcomes more to the field.
But aggressive action from Activision is needed to counter cheaters and it’s needed ASAP.
Activision’s responses to cheaters in 2020
The first big stance Activision took on cheaters was a few weeks after launch, where the company announced that over 50,000 hackers and been banned and said “cheaters not welcome” in the Warzone world. Activision said they take cheating “very seriously” and would work hard to maintain “a level and fair playing field for everyone” as one of their “highest priorities.”
That did not change much. Hackers continued to flourish in the Warzone world on PC. And at the same time, Activision started to build up their vision for a competitive Warzone future. They started it with Live From Warzone series, which highlighted fan run tournaments and events for Warzone.
On April 24, 2020, the next big step from Infinity Ward: hackers would be match-made in the same lobbies only forward. They also said the studio “increased resources” to help alleviate the cheater concerns.
And then, the worst statement of all time was released on July 24, 2020: Infinity Ward was kindly asking players to not use 3rd party software while playing Call of Duty: Warzone.
“Please do not use unauthorized 3rd party software to mod or hack,” said an image statement from the studio, as shown below. They said listed out what items they believe to be considered hacking/cheating, and failed to lay out an progress on what they’re doing themselves to combat it.
Lastly, the final update we’ve received on the hacking issue with Warzone was in Sept. 2020. Infinity Ward said they had banned 200,000 accounts since the game’s launch.
But 200,000 it not even close to enough. There’s, according to Activision, over 90 million players who have played Call of Duty: Warzone. Only 200,000 accounts banned (that’s the last official number of banned accounts Activision has informed the public about).
Focused on the Wrong Thing
Now, we’ll give credit to Activision in some areas. The company has taken a legal path of action against many cheater makers that were designing cheats for Call of Duty: Warzone.
The company issued cease and desist orders to two cheat manufactures. The first one was CXCheats, which received a cease and desist in August 2020. Once they were threatened by Activision, the site removed all cheats related to Call of Duty: Warzone. And then in September, Activision filed another lawsuit against GatorCheats and even sent a representative to the owner’s house. GatorCheats removed all Warzone cheats from their site.
But the problem with the cease and desist orders is that there’s an infinite number of companies out there that can create and manufacture cheats for games. Just because you take down two through legal action, does not mean more will spawn up. Activision probably thinks that threatening a few will make many more stop, but that has not been the case. There’s also a wide variety of online forums where players share cheats they’ve created, and those never hit or show on an ‘official’ cheat manufacturer’s website.
The only real action Activision took on the public side, which was a major step for them, was being able to detect EngineOwning cheats in Warzone. EngineOwning updated their website in Sept. 2020 to state Warzone cheats were ‘now detected’ by Activision, and over 20,000 accounts got banned.
That’s what we need more of: focus on fixing the game itself, not trying to stop cheats from being made on the manufacture’s side. A comprehensive anti-cheat system is the best way for Activision to ensure that cheats cannot continue in Warzone.
There will always be hackers & cheaters in every game, but having an extensive anti-cheat software will be able to reduce the overall number of hackers and help promote and more enjoyable game environment.
For example, Riot Game’s VALORANT FPS title has an entire anti-cheat developed for it called Vanguard. Riot makes players install Vanguard anti-cheat in order to play VALORANT on their PC. While some players have been able to get by the software, this has stopped the game from being infested by hackers, even if it’s a free to play title.
The situation with anti-cheat and hackers kicked into high gear on the competitive integrity side over the last several months. Many high profile content creators having been playing in Warzone competitions, some of which have prize pools thanks to Activision. And there’s always suspects of hacking occurring during these events, and Activision has yet to address that problem.
The most recent example was the $250,000 Twitch Rivals tournament for Warzone. This tournament was hosted in a private lobby, meaning all players were known and required to join into a specific server code. During the 5th match of the event, the game was stopped. There was suspects of hackers in the match.
Twitch had to remove teams from the match & ban them, and then had to continue the tournament.
This is the problem we face in Warzone: it’s a massively successful game for Activision, and truly has a bright future as a big force in the gaming industry. But why can’t Activision and Blizzard take the time to implement a proper, anti-cheat system to ensure competitive integrity. More importantly, why won’t they do it to just improve the overall quality of the game?
Fortnite has many tournaments and events, with over $20 million in prizing planned for 2021. They’ve solved a lot of the cheaters problem on their end with an anti-cheat system. Apex Legends’ has a ranked play mode that has an anti-cheat system in place to avoid these issues Warzone faces.
Popular content creators have been vocal about the lack of anti-cheat in Warzone for months.
NICKMERCS commented saying he won’t be playing in any Warzone tournaments until there’s an authentic anti-cheat system implemented to avoid controversial wins.
And recently, Dr. Disrespect also commented on the drama calling out Activision for lack of proper action to prevent the situation from happening.
Warzone most certainly continues to be a very popular free to play battle royale option for many fans out there.
And Activision seems to be invested in its future too. Johanna Faries, VP & Head of Leagues at Activision Blizzard Esports, recently revealed the company has plans for Warzone to become part of the Call of Duty League.
“There are [plans to bring Warzone to Call of Duty League], and we’re excited to announce those plans in the coming weeks and months. We’ve been closely monitoring the introduction and the wild popularity of Warzone since last spring. We did bring in Warzone-related content with our pros last season, but we’ve taken the off-season to think bigger about what a more structured investment could look like. There are really exciting things to come as early as this season.”
That’s great to hear. But if they want a CDL based around Warzone or integration of the title into an esports program to be successful, Call of Duty: Warzone desperately needs an anti-cheat system setup to ensure there’s competitive integrity and no disputes over the legitimacy of wins.
We hope Activision has plans — sooner, rather than later — to deliver on this.
Warzone players call for removal of “pay-to-win” Roze skin
Warzone players are calling for the all-black Roze skin to be removed after its prominence in a major tournament.
Players have been voicing their frustration with Warzone Operator Roze’s ‘Rook’ skin, who’s black outfit almost completely camouflages players in dark environments.
Although Call of Duty is keeping microtransactions purely cosmetic, some pay-to-win items have crept into Warzone through the Battle Passes. The Gallantry MAC-10 blueprint was far more powerful than its regular counterpart, leading Raven Software to hotfix the issue.
Since Modern Warfare Season 5, Warzone players have complained about the power of the Roze skin. Seeing almost all top Warzone players use this skin while competing for $250,000 has proved that the skin is overpowered, and players want it gone from the game.
“Pay-to-win” Warzone Operator skin
In a story similar to Fortnite’s all-black superhero skin that could easily camouflage in dark environments, Roze’s Rook skin is the same.
Her outfit is completely black without any reflective surfaces to help her be spotted in dark areas. Even her eyes have black facepaint around them.
Both Verdansk and Rebirth Island have some extremely dark corners inside buildings and the Rook outfit blends in perfectly. The new Gulag also has some dark spots to hide in, where your enemy will have a hard time spotting you.
The issue isn’t entirely new, but January 21st’s $250,000 Warzone Twitch Rivals tournament especially highlighted the power of the skin.
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In a game where there are 54 Operators to choose from, all with several different variants, almost all of the competitors rocked Roze’s Rook skin in the tournament. Operator skins are supposed to be cosmetic-only and offer no competitive advantage, but the amount of Roze skin used in competitive Warzone tells a different story.
Reddit user caribou_drew posted a screenshot from HusKerrs stream during the tournament, which shows a mob of Roze’s ready to drop into the tournament. Caribou_drew said they “wish they would take the skin out of the game.”
As Rook was included in Season 5’s premium Battle Pass, players have been calling this skin pay-to-win. Because players have paid for it, it’s unlikely that the skin will be removed. However, Raven Software could adjust the color so it doesn’t give so much of an advantage.
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Epic Games had to do a similar thing in Fortnite, where the Plastic Patroller skin was the same green color as certain areas of the environment. Epic was quick to adjust the color, removing the advantage it provided.
With the amount of social media posts complaining about this Warzone skin, Warzone players would likely be more than happy to see the change.
Image Credit: Activision
Best Warzone Kar98k loadout: Attachments & perks
The Kar98k is the fastest sniper in Warzone Season 1, so use these attachments and perks to maximize your sniping mobility.
The Kar98k is the most versatile Marksman Rifle in Warzone, capable of both long-range sniping and close-range quick-scoping.
Warzone has separated Sniper Rifles and Marksman Rifles into different categories. Sniper Rifles, such as the AX-50 and LW3 Tundra are heavier and designed for range in Warzone. The Marksman Rifles are lighter and more versatile but don’t pack as much punch.
However, the Kar98k is perhaps the best rifle out of either of these weapon classes. With high bullet velocity, one shot headshots, and excellent mobility, the Kar98k is favored by many Warzone pros and content creators for sniping.
Here are the best attachments and perks to maximize the Kar’s potential across Verdansk and Rebirth Island.
Best Warzone Kar98k loadout
- Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
- Barrel: Singuard Custom 27.6″ Barrel
- Laser: Tac Laser
- Optic: Sniper Scope (Crossthread Reticle)
- Stock: FTAC Sport Comb
This Kar98k build maximizes its range and bullet velocity potential while maintaining speed. This weapon will be capable of dropping targets in a single headshot from any range as well as being able to quick-scope reasonably well in a pinch.
As is the staple with all long-range builds, the Monolithic Suppressor and the Singuard Custom 27.6″, the longest barrel, are necessary. These attachments both increase its damage at range as well as vastly increase its bullet velocity. You’ll find yourself hardly having to compensate for lead or bullet drop, so simply aim for the head.
These attachments do slow the weapon down. In order to counter this, the TAC laser and FTAC Sport Comb stock speed up ADS time and mobility. Starting a firefight with a quick headshot with this weapon will put your team at a massive advantage. The speed of this weapon will also net you an advantage in sniper fights as you can stay mobile while quickly firing accurate shots.
The 7x magnification of the Sniper Scope is enough for almost any range in Verdansk. The Sniper Scope comes with an arrow-shaped reticle as default, but after getting 200 kills using the Sniper Scope on any weapon, you will unlock the Crossthread reticle. This reticle has a more classic cross shape that doesn’t obstruct your view of the target so it’s worth unlocking and using.
Best perks to use with Warzone Kar98k
Perk 1 – Double Time
Double Time will increase your Tactical Sprint duration as well as increasing your speed while sprinting. While sniping, repositioning between shots is vital. Sprint around and keep your enemy guessing where you’ll appear from and you’ll find sniper fights much easier.
E.O.D is one of Warzone’s most common perks, but when you’re picking off targets at long range, explosive damage isn’t something to worry about. You’ll get a much greater benefit from faster movement speed.
Perk 2 – Overkill then Ghost
The ground loot weapons in Warzone Season 1 aren’t great, so you’ll want to run your own Assault Rifle, such as the RAM-7, or SMG along with the Kar98k. Overkill will allow you to take two primary weapons from your first loadout, then you can hide yourself from the radar with Ghost from your next loadout.
Perk 3 – Amped
While sniping, you need the ability to quickly change weapons. Whether following up on a body shot with automatic fire, or needing to deal with a player in close range, you don’t want to have to wait while swapping weapons. Amped allows you to change to your secondary almost instantly, further increasing your speed on the map.
If you want to be the fastest sniper in Verdansk and Rebirth Island, you can’t go wrong with the classic Kar98k and these perks.
Image Credit: Activision
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