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Scump explains why Warzone “just is not” a competitive game

Appearing on the OpTic Podcast, Scump explains why he believes CoD Warzone is not a competitive game in its current state.

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Appearing on the OpTic Podcast, professional Call of Duty player Seth ‘Scump’ Abner explained why he believes that Warzone isn’t a competitive game in its current state.

Competitive Warzone tournaments usually take place in one of two formats – 2v2 kill races, or best games out of a set amount of time. Competitive Warzone players aren’t actually playing against each other to see who is best, they’re seeing who can beat up the most casual players.

Competitive Fortnite and Apex Legends have all of the players in the same match, but private lobbies only recently made their way to Warzone so the game hasn’t quite hit that stage yet.

In a round-table discussion with HECZ, Envoy, Hitch, and BigTymeR, Scump discussed the competitive Warzone’s many flaws, such as reverse boosting and stream snipers.

Warzone is “just not” competitive

“As much as I love Warzone, and would love for it to be competitive, it’s just not,” said Scump on December 29’s OpTic Podcast.

Gameplay in Warzone's Verdansk stadium

“The tournaments are competitive because everyone in the tournament is really, really good,” he went on to say. Some of the best Warzone players in the world such as Huskers and Aydan play in these tournaments. “But there’s so much left to chance … it’s literally RNG.”

The problem isn’t exclusive to Warzone, everything in a battle royale game is dictated by chance. What weapons you get from the ground, the server’s connection, and the skill of the other players all contribute to your success.

“There are so many loopholes and ways you can work the system,” he went on to explain. “With skill-based [matchmaking] layered on top of that, that just adds another loophole.” Players are also known to switch regions to get easier lobbies, and tank their stats before a tournament to avoid skill-based matchmaking.

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Scump also believes they should scrap the ‘best five games’ format because they’re not competitive at all. “It’s literally, are you getting good lobbies, are you getting stream sniped?” At least in 2v2s, you’re in the same lobby.

“I love Warzone, so I don’t want people to think I don’t love Warzone and want it to succeed,” he clarified. “But those tournaments man….”

The CDL tested out pitting pros against each other in 2020, so we’re yet to see how competitive Warzone will evolve in the future.

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How to make Modern Warfare 2’s M4A1 in Warzone

A timeless Modern Warfare 2 weapon has been remade in Warzone and here’s how to recreate the iconic M4A1 Assault Rifle in the battle royale. 

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Warzone M4A1 MW2

The M4A1 was a very popular Assault Rifle in MW2, and many players will recall just how devastating the AR could be in the right hands. Now, one player has recreated the weapon for players to use in Call of Duty: Warzone.

Modern Warfare 2 is often recalled as one of the best Call of Duty games of all time. Players love to reminisce about the glory days of MW2’s incredible Multiplayer. Its legacy lives on in modern Call of Duty games as we’ve seen the return of the elevator glitch in Vanguard

You can now join in on the nostalgia by making your very own M4A1 loadout. Although it isn’t necessarily the most powerful weapon in Warzone, enjoying this blast from the past is a worthwhile experience. 

MW2 M4A1 loadout

The M4A1 loadout has been recreated by Call of Duty YouTuber TheKoreanSavage AKA K3. This is the one and only M4A1 class you should have your eye on.

The M4A1 excels as a medium-range Assault Rifle. Don’t expect to be too accurate at long distances with its unique iron sight. Aiming down sight with this loadout is surely going to bring back memories. 

M4A1 Warzone loadout attachments

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor 
  • Barrel: Corvus Custom Marksman 
  • Laser: Tac Laser
  • Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip
  • Magazine: 50 Round Mags

Interestingly enough, Modern Warfare’s M4A1 shares the same name as the MW2 weapon K3 replicates in Warzone. The one vital aspect to remember is that you must own and select the OG blueprint of Modern Warfare’s M4A1.

For starters, the Monolithic Suppressor is a must-have on most Assault Rifles in Verdansk. The Suppressor will give this weapon an added boost when firing at long distances. 

The Tac Laser is yet another standard Warzone attachment in that it improves ADS speed and firing stability. The 50 Round Mags will ensure you can down and wipe targets with ease.

Modern Warfare OG blueprint

The Corvus Custom Marksman Barrel will diminish your movement speed a little but this is a fair tradeoff for added range, recoil control, and bullet velocity. These traits are customary for Assault Rifle loadouts. 

Along the same lines, the Commando Foregrip Underbarrel will add further stability when firing. Recoil stabilization and aiming stability will ensure this weapon shoots as straight as possible. 

There you have it, Modern Warfare’s M4A1 has been transformed into the MW2 version. Revisiting weapons from past Call of Duty games is always a blast. Running this loadout in Verdansk is sure to bring back some fond memories.

For another throwback loadout, check out TheKoreanSavage’s MW2 UMP45 loadout for Warzone.

Image Credit: Activision / Raven Software / Infinity Ward

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Dr Disrespect explains biggest problem with Warzone’s Secrets of the Pacific

Dr Disrespect and TimTheTatman are not impressed with Warzone’s Secrets of the Pacific event, suggesting the reward wasn’t worth the effort.

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Dr Disrpesct with the Secrets of the Pacific logo

Warone’s new Pacific Caldera map is just weeks away, and Sledgehammer and Raven have dropped a new event to hype fans up for the release. Unfortunately, many have been left underwhelmed by Secrets of the Pacific, and Dr Disrespect and TimTheTatman have explained why.

Verdansk’s days are numbered, as the new Pacific Caldera map releases on December 8. In the meantime, Raven and Sledgehammer have dropped the Secrets of the Pacific event to give fans a hint of what’s to come.

Players can unlock the Bomber Menace STG44 Blueprint and images of Caldera by finding Intel, but these rewards have left some underwhelmed.

That includes Dr Disrespect and Tim ‘TimTheTatman’ Bettar, who made it clear these rewards were not what they had hoped for.

Warzone Secrets of the Pacific event challenges

After searching for the Intel hidden around Verdansk, the YouTube streamers discussed the Secrets of the Pacific rewards, and why they were disappointing.

“I did this whole thing for postcards Doc?” TimTheTatman groaned. “I’ve seen this since the Nintendo 64. It’s black and grey pictures. I can’t zoom in, I can’t do anything. There’s no ‘coming soon,’ maybe you drop [into Caldera] and it just fizzles back.”

“I’ve got more Caldera in my transition Timmy,” the leader of the Champions Club replied. “I’ve been clicking all over. It’s insane. If it’s a small indy game, and this is the next big event, I’d say ‘OK.'”

“We’re talking about [a company] making $4 billion a quarter! Fortnite [does stuff like this well] because they’ve got the process down, except nobody knows what’s going on in their storyline.”

Despite their frustration with the event, both streamers are still looking forward to the map. TimTheTatman said he thinks there is some “cool stuff” from what he’s seen so far, while Doc says he gets “PUBG vibes” from the map.

Pacific Caldera will be bigger than Verdansk based on early map comparisons, while Calling Cards also gave fans a look at some POIs too.


Warzone’s Pacific Caldera map drops on December 8, so we’ll have to wait just a little longer to see the new arena in full.

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When does the new Warzone Pacific Caldera map come out? Release date, POIs, content, more

A new Warzone Pacific map is arriving in December, so here’s everything we know including the release date, POIs, and content.

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A new Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific map is on its way, and here is everything you need to know about the new map called Caldera.

Like any battle royale, playing on the same map over and over can become repetitive. Especially if you’ve been playing on what is mostly the same map for over a year, which has been the case for the Call of Duty: Warzone community.

Verdansk has been the main map for Call of Duty: Warzone for the past 20 months. Even though Raven Software added Rebirth Island, its size is much smaller than Verdansk.

Warzone’s map has seen some changes though, with the biggest being the transformation of modern-day Verdansk into Verdansk ’84 during Season 3 of Black Ops Cold War.

Luckily, players are about to get what they’ve been hoping for. A new Warzone Pacific map is confirmed, and it will be more than just a few new POIs.

Plane flying in Warzone Pacific Caldera

When does Warzone Pacific Caldera map release?

The new Warzone Pacific map, called Caldera, will be available on December 9 for free for everyone. However, if you own Vanguard, you can get 24 hours early access to the map beginning on December 8.

Caldera was originally meant to launch on December 2, but Call of Duty announced on November 19 that the update had been delayed a week.

What does Caldera look like? All POIs

Warzone Pacific Caldera map

An Activision executive gave us a top-down view of Caldera, showing what it looks like and revealing the POIs. From this, players have figured out that it will be around the same size as Verdansk.

Here are all of the POIs revealed for Caldera so far:

  • Naval Shipyard
  • Ore Processing Docks
  • Ancient Structures
  • Volcano
  • Phosphor Mines
  • Beach Defences
  • Submarine Base
  • Taro Farms
  • Air Port
  • Fishing Village
  • City Capital

Also, Calling Cards unlocked in the Secrets of the Pacific event have given us a good look at some of the POIs.

What’s included in Warzone Pacific’s Caldera update?

Warzone Vanguard Season 1 roadmap

The launch of the Caldera Warzone map lines up with the start of Vanguard x Warzone Season 1, which will feature a new Battle Pass, Operators, weapons, and the RICOCHET anti-cheat.

And not only will the Warzone action move to WW2 and the Pacific, but all of the Operators, Weapons, and cosmetics from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War will carry over. Players can use this content in the Caldera Battle Royale mode, whereas the Vanguard Royale mode will only feature WW2 weapons and equipment.

And Warzone players have been crying out for a more effective anti-cheat, and Activision has answered with RICOCHET. This kernel-level anti-cheat has been built exclusively for Warzone and Vanguard, so we’ll need to wait and see how effective it is.


For more Warzone, be sure to check out what’s inside the Old Mines now that they’ve finally opened.

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