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SBMM Warzone responds to cheating allegations and rank criticisms

Popular website, SBMM Warzone, has responded to allegations regarding cheaters and criticisms towards their ranking methods for lobbies.

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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.

SBMM Warzone home page as of January 2021

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.”

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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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Warzone players call for popular Apex Legends feature to be added

Some Warzone players are calling for the developers to implement a feature from Apex Legends, which involves player K/D ratios.

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With both Warzone and Apex Legends being extremely popular battle royales, of course, people are going to compare them, with some calling for a feature from Respawn’s game to be added in Warzone.

With the recent news surrounding Apex Legends’ upcoming season, some Warzone players may have been intrigued to check the game out and give it a shot, especially as CouRageJD recently stated that Apex was the best battle royale currently available.

In doing so, players may have noticed differences, not just in gameplay, but also in the stats and recordings of player progression, which some players want for Warzone.

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Reddit user and Warzone player Excellent_Pass3746 posted his opinion online of which specific Apex Legends feature they would like to see in Warzone.

The post is entitled “KD should reset every season (Or at least show your KD for each season)”

This is a feature that is currently in Apex Legends, however, it doesn’t reset, it simply shows you your K/D for each season, while also showing your overall K/D from every season combined.

This would be great for Warzone, as then players can look back and see how much they have progressed, while also seeing how much of an effect each season’s K/D has on the overall number.

The argument presented is that players would like to see this progression and improvement, and not be defined by their K/D that got off to a bad start when they were learning the game.

Experienced Call of Duty players may have taken to Warzone much faster then those who are new to the franchise, thus this change would be a nice quality-of-life update for players.

Fans in the comments also agree, as although there are alternatives out there for checking your K/D monthly on Warzone, it “would be nice to have it on the game.”


For more on Warzone, stay tuned via Charlie INTEL and check out our recent article on when a FOV slider is coming to Warzone on console.

Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment / Activision / Raven Software

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Best ZRG 20mm loadout for CoD: Warzone Season 4

You can equip a few select attachments and perks to the ZRG 20mm Sniper Rifle to make the best Warzone ZRG loadout for Season 4 of the battle royale.

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Best Warzone ZRG Loadout

The ZRG 20mm is an extremely powerful Sniper Rifle, and we’ll go over the best Warzone ZRG loadout to enhance its capabilities for Season 4 of the Call of Duty battle royale.

It always helps to keep your enemies at a distance when battling it out on either Verdansk ’84 or Rebirth Island. Call of Duty: Warzone has a wide collection of Sniper Rifles to choose from, and the ZRG 20mm definitely worth your consideration.

This weapon arrived in Black Ops Cold War on April 7. It boasts an extremely high bullet velocity and is capable of dishing out large amounts of damage. Here are the best attachments and perks to make the best Warzone ZRG loadout for Season 4 Reloaded.

Best Warzone ZRG loadout

Best Warzone ZRG loadout

Best Warzone ZRG loadout attachments

  • Muzzle: Task Force Shroud
  • Barrel: 43.9″ Combat Recon
  • Ammo: 5 RND magazine
  • Handle: Serpent Wrap
  • Optic: Variable Zoom Scope

The ZRG 20mm’s bullet velocity and damage make it capable of one-shot killing opponents during long-range encounters. However, it has the slowest rate of fire in the game. So, this loadout will focus on maximizing its effective damage range.

We’ll start with the Task Force Shroud muzzle to further improve the bullet velocity while decreasing your ADS speed. This will ultimately improve the effective damage range of the gun, making it a powerhouse in long-range combat.

Next, we’ll go with the Serpent Wrap handle to get back some of the weapon’s ADS speed at the cost of some Sprint to Fire time. However, you won’t have to worry about that too much when using a sniper rifle.

The 5 RND magazine will add a couple of extra rounds to the weapon’s default magazine. This way you won’t have to worry about reloading as often in the midst of combat, which means you’ll be less vulnerable.

Finally, we’ll cap off the best Warzone ZRG loadout with the Variable Zoom Scope, as it’s going to prove useful across different distances when playing on a large map like Rebirth Island. Despite this, you can pick whichever scope you want.

Best Perks to use with Warzone ZRG 20mm class

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  • Perk 1 – E.O.D.
  • Perk 2 – Overkill/Ghost
  • Perk 3 – Amped

Having extra protection against explosives is never a bad thing, so using E.O.D. will allow you to not suffer as much lost health when getting by the likes of a Semtex or C4 in what could be the difference between living or being eliminated.

The ZRG is an extremely deadly weapon at long distances, but you will need a suitable secondary weapon to use in close-quarters and medium-distance engagements. Using Overkill will allow you to have an Assault Rifle or SMG with you in addition to this sniper.

You can then pick up Ghost from a second loadout drop to stop showing up on enemy mini-maps when they use UAVs or appearing on their Heartbeat Sensors.

Players using this sniper rifle will notice that it is extremely heavy and can cause your character to take some time to switch between it and your secondary. Amped will speed up your weapon swap speed and help you avoid getting eliminated because you could not switch weapons in time.

Best Warzone ZRG Loadout

How to unlock the ZRG 20mm

To get this weapon for the best Warzone ZRG loadout, you’ll need to complete a challenge that requires you to “Earn 2 Longshot medals in 10 different matches using Sniper Rifles.” The gun is available in Black Ops Cold War as well.

You’ll need to be careful about leaving the match too early after earning 2 Longshot Medals, as it might not count. For a more detailed walkthrough, you can check out our guide on unlocking the ZRG 20MM.

Best alternatives

The LW3 Tundra is another great Sniper Rifle that comes with impressive bullet velocity, making it ideal for picking off enemies from a distance. You can also try out the M82 as a viable alternative to the best Warzone ZRG loadout.

If you’re looking to overhaul your Call of Duty: Warzone loadouts, you can check out our guides on some of the weapons dominating the meta right now.

AUG | Kar98k | Kilo 141 | Grau | CR-56 AMAX | MP5 | Krig 6 | XM4 | DMR | FFAR

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CouRageJD reveals the one thing that makes Apex Legends better than Warzone

Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop went on Twitter to explain what one key Apex Legends feature makes it more fun than Warzone.

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100 Thieves co-owner Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop is boldly claiming that Respawn Entertainment’s Apex Legends has one key feature that makes it “way better” than Warzone.

Warzone Season 4 is now well underway, and there were a plethora of changes after the Reloaded update arrived. Its battle royale competitor Apex Legends is also about to launch Season 10 soon.

Now, the 100 Thieves co-owner CouRageJD has made his stance in this rivalry abundantly clear. He boldly stated that Apex Legends is leagues ahead of Warzone due to one major reason.

CourageJD in Black Ops Cold War League Play Ranked

Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop had spent many months away from Apex Legends, but recently returned to battle in the game’s Ranked Leagues. This mode is so popular that Warzone players are asking for one too.

CouRageJD has described himself as “the greatest Wraith player in the history of Apex Legends,” and mentioned how much more fun that game is than Warzone because of the Ranked lobbies.

“New Apex Legends season about to drop, Ranked mode is so fun,” he tweeted. “Ranked arenas about to release, new legend coming, and huge balance patch about to happen.”

The 100 Thieves star then called Apex Legends the “best battle royale available.” Aside from the Ranked mode, he also complimented the clear love for the game that the Apex community has.

“Warzone has had its ups and downs, and I love Apex Legends,” said CouRageJD. “I’ve always had a soft spot for it. I was at the venue when it launched! There’s such a dedicated community, it’s crazy.”

Perhaps, this will encourage the Warzone developers to take inspiration from Apex’s Ranked Leagues. Respawn will implement the cable car feature from Warzone in Apex Legends Season 10.

Image credits: Activision / Respawn / YouTube: CouRageJD

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