The popular website SBMM Warzone has responded to criticisms and cheating allegations regarding its strategy to rank lobbies.
Recently, the Call of Duty community has taken to popular website SBMM Warzone to get a general understanding of their own Warzone games. This website rates the skill level of Warzone games and separates the difficulty into skill ranks from Bronze to Diamond.
As a consequence, players have been using the website in an attempt to prove players are abusing the matchmaking system. Popular streamers have been targeted by upset gamers, claiming that because they get “bot lobbies”, they too must also be using an exploit.
Fortunately, we now have comment from SBMM Warzone directly to detail exactly how the tool works, and to clear up any misconceptions in the community.
Why does SBMM Warzone Exist?
According to SBMM Warzone, the goal of their website is “to enable players to check the level of their Warzone lobbies and compare them to those of their friends and top players.” The website should in theory give players a general understanding of their own skill level in the bigger picture of players.
Does this tool prove streamers are cheating the Matchmaking?
One main issue is that players have been using this tool as a means to “prove” players are reverse boosting or using exploitative methods to get into easier games. Here’s their reply.
SBMM Warzone: “We’re not here to call anyone a cheater and we never will.
We understand that some people are rushing to conclusions when they see a top player in a Bronze lobby. A low-level lobby does not mean the player is cheating, reverse boosting or anything. It’s just that, in this particular game, he was playing an easy lobby. Sometimes you get easy lobbies, sometimes you get hard lobbies.”
How does SBMM Warzone calculate lobby ranks?
SBMM Warzone: “The lobby ranking is based on the median value of a lobby. We’ve aggregated the data for 100k+ lobbies. We sorted them by median team KD and divided them into 20 leagues (from Bronze 5 to Diamond 1).
We use the median because this is the mathematical tool that is most suited to evaluate this kind of data. We compared it to other metrics, such as average, top 20%, top 10%, etc. and it gives the best results and it’s easy to understand.”
Is this data reliable?
SBMM Warzone: “We consider that it’s a strong indicator of the difficulty of a lobby. More than that, every player can experience it themself by getting steamrolled over much more often in Diamond lobbies than in Bronze lobbies and, on the contrary, feeling like they are flying in Bronze ones.
Even Huskerrs in his yesterday’s Twitch stream said that he believed that world record we’ll all be Bronze lobbies, while it’s still possible to drop a 40-kill bomb, as he did yesterday.”
What can we expect in the future?
At this point in the interview, SBMM Warzone has informed us that they have just added a new feature adding more games to player histories. On top of this, there will also be a “Graphic representation of last 20 games and ability to see lobby rank from the profile page”. The tweet above shows a rough idea of what it will look like.
Like it or hate it, SBMM Warzone has made it clear they’re here to stay. Community feedback has so far been mixed, with streamer NICKMERCS even claiming “They’re not doing it right”. Ultimately, the choice to use and trust this information is up to you to decide. SBMM Warzone has made it clear they do not intend to be a tool used to accuse people of cheating or reverse boosting.
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CoD Warzone 2: Leaks, rumors, platforms & release window
Activision are reportedly developing Warzone 2, so here’s everything we know about the rumored sequel to CoD’s battle royale.
There are reports that Activision are developing a sequel to Warzone, and here’s everything we know about Warzone 2, including all leaks, rumors, and the release window.
Call of Duty: Warzone has changed significantly since its March 2020 release, with the game receiving every weapon from Black Ops Cold War as well as Vanguard, Verdansk getting nuked, and the setting now taking place in the Pacific.
Now, it appears that Activision are looking at moving the battle royale title on further, with Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier reporting that “a new iteration of Call of Duty Warzone” is in the works.
Here’s everything we know about Call of Duty: Warzone 2.
- What is Call of Duty: Warzone 2?
- When could Warzone 2 release?
- Warzone 2 platforms
- Warzone 2 gameplay
- Warzone 2 maps
- Will Warzone still exist after Warzone 2 releases?
What is Call of Duty: Warzone 2?
Call of Duty: Warzone 2 is the rumored sequel to CoD’s hit battle royale, where it’s reported to be “a completely new game” with “no past weapon integrations.”
Warzone’s sequel was first reported by Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier and corroborated by well-known industry insider Tom Henderson. Henderson has called Warzone 2 a “clean slate,” meaning it’s a brand-new game without any content from previous CoD games.
Henderson said there’s no guarantee that it will be officially titled ‘Warzone 2’ though, this is just what it’s being called in these early stages. He explained that it’s possible Warzone 2 will just be called ‘Warzone’ and the original Warzone will be dubbed ‘Warzone Legacy.’
Since then, Activision confirmed that a “new Warzone experience,” is in the works. While they haven’t made an official announcement for Warzone 2, insiders believe that the new experience referred to is the rumored sequel.
When could Warzone 2 release?
Schreier reported that Warzone 2 is on track for a 2023 release, which puts it at three years after Warzone’s original launch.
However, Tom Henderson has heard different. He explained on January 27 that: “It’s [Infinity Ward’s] Warzone map that is set to be a ‘clean slate’ for Warzone and was scheduled to release in Holiday 22.”
“This map was last mentioned to release in Holiday 22 just 6 weeks ago, indicating things are being shaken up if this is the ‘Warzone 2’ that was being referenced in the Bloomberg report,” he continued.
It sounds like Warzone 2 will be attached to 2022’s Modern Warfare II in the same way that the original Warzone was released alongside Modern Warfare (2019). But it remains to be seen whether this Holiday 2022 release date will be stuck to.
Warzone 2 platforms
According to Tom Henderson, Warzone 2 will only be on current-gen and PC, which means it will release on Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, and PC. However, he said there’s a “possibility” that it will also release on previous-gen consoles too.
While Warzone 2 will be a “completely new game for better hardware,” he said it’s possible that they will release a separate previous-gen version without cross-generation play. DICE did a similar thing with Battlefield 2042, where previous-gen consoles received a scaled-back version.
We would expect improved visuals, and maybe even the highly-requested FOV slider on next-gen consoles. He said that “it’s believed this move is to finally move over to current-gen hardware in the best way possible.”
Warzone 2 gameplay
Henderson claims that Warzone 2 will be a “clean slate” which means “starting again, scrapping everything like weapons, operators etc.”
He said that “Warzone 2 is basically a new COD title,” and players should “look at it as a sequel.” This will likely mean everything is brand-new, including weapons, Operators, Perks, and Killstreaks.
On May 18, players received plenty of new information concerning possible Warzone 2 gameplay. For starters, leakers Henderson and NerosCinema both reported that Warzone 2 will come with loadout drop changes.
A new mechanic called Strongholds is set to alter the way players receive their loadouts. According to leaks, players can approach one of the 20-30 Stronghold areas on the map and complete a set of objectives. Once these objectives are complete they’ll gain access to their loadouts.
Some of the reported objectives involve defusing a bomb or defeating AI enemies. Strongholds will surely add a new layer of strategy to Warzone as each Stronghold can only be captured once per game.
According to the same report, looting will also undergo changes and resemble the system used in Black Ops 4’s Blackout. Supposedly, you won’t spawn in with any armor and you’ll need to find a satchel to equip plates.
This isn’t the only feature that could be returning from previous CoD titles as Pro Perks could also appear. These boosted Perks first arrived in 2009’s Modern Warfare and they provide additional features that will benefit players. NerosCinema believes they’ll make their way to Warzone 2.
It seems Warzone 2 could also borrow from competitors by reportedly introducing a bag system for inventory management, similar to Apex Legends or PUBG.
Warzone 2 maps
At the time of writing, there’s no official confirmation concerning the maps that players will be able to drop into when Warzone 2 finally launches. We could see some familiar locations or the game could arrive with an entirely new map.
The popular Verdansk map was removed from Warzone to make way for Caldera in December 2021. Raven Software explained why they can’t add it back to Warzone, but one dev from Activision claimed that it will return in 2023.
During an April 17 livestream, Activision’s Manager of Live Operations Alex Summer confirmed that they’re targeting “certain platforms” for Verdansk’s return alongside a “new, big map” for Warzone 2.0.
Of course, this doesn’t confirm that Verdansk’s return will be in the Warzone sequel. The mention of “certain platforms” could be hinting at its arrival in Warzone Mobile, which leaker GhostOfHope has previously claimed.
Industry insider Tom Henderson also reported that four classic Modern Warfare 2 maps are set to return as POIs for the Warzone 2 map. Once again, this information has not been confirmed but Henderson believes that High Rise, Quarry, Terminal, and Afghan are the four maps that will feature in Warzone 2.
He also stated that there could very well be more than just these four maps that appear. Continuing with the leaks, TheMW2Ghost shared a recreation of what they claim to be the Warzone 2 map.
The map lacks detail at this stage, but it shows what appear to be roads passing through the map. In addition, there’s a large river cutting through the middle of the map. While this isn’t official artwork they claim that it is a “remake based off of the actual map image.”
While we don’t have official images of the map as of yet, a leaked image of a Warzone 2 weapon surfaced online. You may be able to check it out if it hasn’t already been struck down. Henderson also claimed that Warzone 2 would share the same map with Modern Warfare 2’s DMZ game mode.
Will Warzone still exist after Warzone 2 releases?
According to Tom Henderson, the original Warzone will still be around after Warzone 2 releases.
He said that the “Original Warzone with MW, BOCW, and Vanguard still remains,” and “you keep all your progression, purchases etc.” He also understands that this ‘Warzone Legacy’ will still be supported.
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Warzone 2 leaked image provides first look at sequel
A leaked image of Warzone 2 has provided players with their very first look at the next iteration of the battle royale.
On May 18, a leaked image of Warzone 2 surfaced online, providing players with their first look at the highly anticipated sequel.
The week of May 16 has been a wild one for Call of Duty fans as several leaks concerning Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 emerged online. It looks like the floodgates are open as leakers are reporting on what Warzone 2’s map could look like.
Of course, all of the information that is leaked prior to release is subject to change so take everything with a grain of salt. The latest leak supposedly showcases the first in-game image of Warzone 2 and you won’t want to miss it.
According to reports, Warzone is on track for a 2023 release. Despite the long wait for players, excitement is already beginning to build as the hopes of the Call of Duty franchise lie with Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.
Players already received news about a new loadout mechanic called Strongholds, and classic CoD maps returning as a part of the Warzone 2 map. While these leaks are exciting, some people have to see to believe. Thanks to CoD leaker TheGhostOfMW3, players got their first glimpse at what Warzone 2 could look like.
Don’t be surprised if the image becomes inaccessible as the sensitive information is removed from online spaces.
Of course, it is still early days and the game is likely far from finished, but despite the lack of polish, the image showcases a weapon. Due to the angle of the weapon, it looks like an Operator could be using a weapon inspection feature.
In addition, you can also see what looks to be an early version of Warzone 2’s HUD. There’s no telling how this will change throughout the next months, but at the moment it looks quite similar to Warzone’s current HUD.
Other standout details include what looks like some sort of holographic sight on the weapon. This makes sense given the modern setting. The surrounding environment does not look fully rendered but you can make out a beige, desert-like area with several trees emerging from the ground.
Stay tuned to CharlieINTEL for more Warzone 2 news as leaks continue to emerge. For now, check out how a Warzone 2 leak claims a new loadout system, and major armor changes are coming in the new battle royale.
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When is the next Vanguard & Warzone Pacific Double XP event?
We have the dates and times for the next CoD: Vanguard and Warzone Pacific Double XP event to help you rank up weapons and the Battle Pass.
With so many Prestige levels, different weapon levels, and Battle Pass levels in Vanguard and Warzone Pacific, it’s only natural to want more XP. Here’s when the next CoD Double XP event is going to be.
XP has been a vital component of Call of Duty’s multiplayer for many years. It’s the quintessential upgrade mechanic that allows you to increase your in-game level and provide you access to better gear and attachments.
- How to get Double XP in CoD: Vanguard & Warzone Pacific
- What time does CoD: Vanguard & Warzone Pacific Double XP start?
How to get Double XP in CoD: Vanguard & Warzone Pacific
Call of Duty players can get Double XP by taking advantage of the Double XP promotional events that Activision put on.
Thanks to the Raven Software Trello board, we know when the next Warzone & Vanguard Double XP events are:
- All platforms Double XP event: Wednesday, May 18 – Wednesday, May 25
- 2x XP, 2x Weapon XP, 2x Operator XP, and 2x Battle Pass XP
- PlayStation exclusive Double XP: Friday, May 27 – Saturday, May 28
- All platforms Double XP event: Saturday, May 28 – Tuesday, May 31
The current Double XP event has been active since May 18 during Vanguard and Warzone Pacific Season 3. With a ton of new content in the battle pass such as the Nikita AVT, M1916, and rare Tier 100 rewards, this Double XP event will be great for those looking to unlock these items as quickly as possible. This specific Double XP period comes to an end on May 25.
What time does CoD: Vanguard & Warzone Pacific Double XP start?
Here’s a full list of the usual Double XP event’s start time & dates in some of the key timezones:
- PT – 10:00 AM
- CT – 12:00 PM
- ET – 1:00 PM
- BST – 6:00 PM
These special Double XP events usually occur during a weekend, as it naturally gives players the most time as it’s away from school hours and generally when people are off work.
If you’re worried about slow progression for Vanguard and Warzone’s battle pass, the active Double XP event will no doubt give you a great boost to unlock all the Season 3 rewards.
For more on Warzone Pacific Season 3, check out how Warzone players discovered a hilarious way to gain XP fast thanks to King Kong’s nuts.
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