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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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Crazy Warzone glitch stops players throwing C4 through broken windows

A bizarre Call of Duty: Warzone bug is making it impossible to throw C4s and explosives out of broken windows.

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A frustrating Call of Duty: Warzone Season 2 glitch is making it impossible for players to throw C4 explosives through windows, even though they’ve been broken before they were thrown.

Warzone remains the most popular battle royale in the world, with players flocking to Verdansk time and time again in search of victories.

Unfortunately, the game is struggling with some major glitches that are having a severe effect on players’ enjoyment. Bugs like the ability to see enemies through walls after competing in the Gulag or a Sniper optic glitch that makes the game unplayable are becoming so common that fans have created the “Fix Warzone” movement.

Unfortunately, fans have discovered another issue that is making combat even harder, with C4s getting stuck to windows even when they are broken.

An explosion going off in Warzone.

Thanks to a clip uploaded to the CoDWarzone subreddit on April 11, we can see that there is something wrong with windows in Season 2, with an invisible barrier stopping the explosive item from being thrown out the window, even though the smashed remnants of the glass can be seen.

User benjigoodson can be seen peaking out of a building in the circular housing estate near Hills, when an enemy appears in the garden and starts firing at them. After some quick thinking, the player pulls out a C4 and lobs it towards the open window, expecting it to fly out, land at the feet of their enemy, and explode.

Unfortunately, the explosive just freezes in mid-air when it reaches where the glass would have been before it was broken, with the explosion knocking benjigoodson down, and leaving him incredibly confused.

As for what caused this issue, nobody is quite sure. One commenter on the post claimed that it seems to be an issue with every window, saying that they were unable to ping items or locations through windows, while another believes this problem is specific to Hills.

Unsurprisingly, fans of the game are clamoring for this to be addressed, as it essentially puts players at a disadvantage even though they have cover as they cannot use any tactical or explosive items to aid them during a fight.

Raven Software have yet to respond to this glitch, but we’ll be sure to keep you updated as any new information becomes available.

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Warzone leak reveals equippable helmets return to game files

Warzone data miners have reportedly found equippable helmets in the game files again after they were scrapped before the game’s launch.

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Equippable helmets were found in Warzone’s game files before the game launched in 2020, but data miners claim they have been added back with new voice lines.

Before Warzone launched in 2020, details of a now-scrapped armor system were discovered in the game files. This system included tiers of armor, along with bandages to heal and equippable helmets. This is the way most other battle royale games such as Apex Legends and PUBG handle their health systems, so Warzone was expected to follow suit.

However, that was changed for the more fast-paced system with minimal looting that we all now know. Healing items were replaced with automatic health regeneration and armor tiers were scrapped for the plate system.

Price with helmet in Warzone

Helmets may be making a return with leak reporter VanguardIntel and data miner Nanikos claiming they have returned to the game files. Vanguard said the helmets will have three tiers to them:

  • Lvl 1: Reduces Headshot Damage by 15%
  • Lvl 2: Reduces Headshot Damage by 30%
  • Lvl 3: Reduces Headshot Damage by 30%. Reduces flash and concussion effects

Nanikos posted images of the files detailing these helmets, and said that there were “also operator voice lines for pinging a helmet.”

Many have disputed this leak, saying that the helmets are just leftovers from the original armor system. Vanguard claimed that although the helmet system was originally scrapped, “according to [their] sources it has recently been put back in with new voice lines and such.”

Vanguard also clarified that these helmets will be for Warzone, rather than the abandoned Blackout 2.0 that was leaked on April 5.

While there is no real evidence that these helmets will arrive in Warzone, it’s possible that the leaked 1980s overhaul of Verdansk will bring new mechanics to the game. A plethora of new vehicles have also been found in the files, and they could also arrive in Warzone soon.

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New game modes leaked for Warzone Season 2

Warzone leaker ZestyCODLeaks has found three new modes in the game files that could arrive in CoD’s battle royale soon.

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New game modes leaked for Warzone

With Call of Duty: Warzone Season 2 well underway, notable leaker ZestyCODLeaks has discovered three new modes that could be arriving in the battle royale soon.

Every Call of Duty game comes with its own set of various game modes for players to seek thrills in, and Warzone isn’t any different. The Season 2 update brought a plethora of new content to enjoy, and it seems that more is on the horizon.

Some new leaks have emerged which point towards the arrival of a few new game modes to the battle royale during an upcoming update. This has led to some speculation among fans about what these will entail.

New game modes leaked for Warzone

These leaks came from Warzone data miner and leaker ZestyCODLeaks, who uncovered three different game modes in the game files. While there currently isn’t a ton of information about, their code names are interesting.

The game modes in the Season 2 Reloaded update game files are:

  • br_gametype_bodycount
  • br_gametype_brz
  • br_satellite_hunt

One of these stood out in particular, as a theory formed about the introduction of another mode with Zombies. “Brz sounds like Normal BR with Zombies in various places like they did in Bo4 with Blackout,” tweeted Firebreak.

While that does sound fairly exciting, the data miner currently has no other information about these game modes, so any hunches about what’s in them will be pure speculation until we learn more.

ZestyCODLeaks also uncovered eight new vehicles in the game files earlier, and the new leaked content might be part of the 1980s overhaul to Verdansk. However, this information should be taken with a grain of salt.

Leaks like these never guarantee that this content will arrive in Warzone, but we’ll keep checking for any further information.

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