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20,000 users banned in Warzone in recent ban wave, including streamer

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Update: VICE News reports that, according to their sources, over 20,000 accounts were banned as part of the new ban wave that occurred recently. This ban wave was in part due to new detection of the EngineOwning cheats.

VICE echos what we originally wrote too, stating that their sources also state Wagnificentt’s ban was in part because of the EngineOwning cheat being detected.

Here’s what their report had to say:

People familiar with the matter told Motherboard that Wagner was a user of a specific cheat, called EngineOwning, that was detected by Activision. That’s what prompted his ban. 

An Activision spokesperson confirmed to VICE that a ban wave was issued on Monday, September 28, as the company continues to crack down on cheating in Call of Duty.

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This morning, we reported that a popular Call of Duty: Warzone cheat site EngineOwning was being detected by Activision and Infinity Ward.

EngineOwning site updated their status page earlier this week to state that Modern Warfare and Warzone are no longer ‘safe’ to use their cheats as their cheats are now “detectable.”

With this being change, Infinity Ward appears to have sent out a ban wave over the weekend for all those using this cheat site’s software. Users of ‘EngineOwning’ on the forum have said that they want a ‘refund’ from EngineOwning for false advertisement.

One of the users who was part of this ban wave is an upcoming streamer known as ‘Wagnificentt.’ He posted on socials that his account was ‘permanently’ banned from accessing Warzone on September 28.

He claims in a tweet he was “falsely banned” and “deeply confused” about his ban. The tweet was met with many of his fans responding asking Activision to free his account.

However, according to what we’ve heard, Wagnificentt’s ban was part of the ban wave that was issued after the studio started detecting EngineOwning cheats in Call of Duty: Warzone.

A feature of EngineOwning that has been called out is the site could not be detected on streams. This meant followers who were watching streamers could not identify cheats themselves while viewing.

He since posted another tweet, which is now deleted, saying it is “ignorant” to “ignore everyone” that is banned close to a ban wave being the cause of his own ban.

His tweet says “it needs to be addressed” as to why he was banned, but we’re not sure if the studio plans to publicly address each ban wave that goes out.

We have no information suggesting he actually used any cheats, but we are able to report that his ban was part of this specific ban wave itself. There has been false bans reportedly occurring in the past, and the studios have been evaluating all of them on a case by case basis.

We have no other information to share on this ban wave at this time. We will update if we learn more information or if there is a public statement released by either Activision or Infinity Ward.

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First Warzone nuke event teaser drops with possible location & date

The first teaser for Warzone’s highly-anticipated Nuke event has dropped, including a possible start location and date.

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Treyarch have officially dropped the first teaser for the highly-anticipated Warzone nuke event that could destroy Verdansk, giving us a look at where it could start, and a date.

Warzone Season 2 is rapidly coming to its conclusion, with players excited at the possibility of some major changes to the battle royale and its map when Season 3 officially launches.

For weeks, leakers and dataminers have been discussing a possible Nuke event that could change Verdansk forever, however, Treyarch and Raven Software have remained tight-lipped about the possibility despite the anticipation.

That all changed on April 13, when Call of Duty League caster Joe ‘MerK’ DeLuca posted an image of a gift he received from the developers, which includes some major clues about what we can expect.

In the tweet, MerK showed off a special construction helmet he had been sent by Call of Duty, completely with Black Ops Cold War and Warzone on one side. On the other, a yellow warning sign with a gas mask sits above the phrase “Verdansk Dam.”

The package also include a message, which reads: “Once the hostiles reach here, we levee a guess that Verdansk is all but gone to the damned. April 21st 12PM.”

Not only does this give us the date of the event, but it confirms suspicions that the zombies who are running rampant across Verdansk will make their way all the way from the south of the map to the north, which will trigger the apparent demise of the area.

Hordes of the undead arrived at the start of Warzone Season 2, when a ship crashed into the shore near Prison, filled with zombies. Since then, the creatures have spread across Verdansk, taking over areas like Downtown and TV Station at different stages.

Many believe this event will lead to a brand-new Warzone map, although this remains unconfirmed. A sign spotted in Superstore on April 13 appears to confirm rumors that we could be heading to a 1980s-themed version of Verdansk, but we’ll have to wait for official confirmation on that.

Image Credits: Activision

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JGOD explains how to turn Warzone’s FR 5.56 into the ultimate M16 counter

Warzone YouTuber JGOD has revealed one simple trick that can make the FR 5.56 compete with the AUG and M16.

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JGOD demonstrates Warzone's FR 5.56

Warzone YouTuber JGOD has revealed one simple change that can make the usually ignored FR 5.56 compete with the M16 and AUG meta.

The FR 5.56 has long been considered one of Warzone’s weakest weapons. With its wild bullet spread and low time-to-kill, most players have written it off as not worth their time – according to WZRanked.com’s data, the FR 5.56 has a pick ratio of 0.1%. However, YouTuber JGOD has discovered a simple trick to make this weapon counter Season 2’s burst meta.

The AUG, and now the M16, have been running the long-range meta in Warzone Season 2. There aren’t any other weapons that can beat their TTK at distance, at least until JGOD discovered this FR 5.56 trick.

Warzone FR 5.56

Turning the FR 5.56 from a dud to one of the game’s best, you simply have to change the fire mode to single-shot. Warzone defaults this to the ‘B’ key on keyboards, so make sure you still have that bound. And for controllers players, you hit ‘left’ on the D-Pad.

JGOD explains how changing the fire mode fixes the biggest problems with the FR 5.56. While firing semi-auto, it becomes much more accurate with an easier-to-control recoil pattern. You’ll be able to down an enemy in a maximum of 7 shots, and with how fast you can spam the shots, its TTK up there with the best.

JGOD also said that what really sets it apart from the meta weapons is its bullet velocity, “particularly at range.” The weapon will almost feel hitscan at times, meaning you hardly need to lead shots and you can shoot enemies out of the air with ease.

JGOD’s semi-auto FR 5.56 loadout

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: FR 24.4″ Sniper
  • Optic: VLK 3.0x
  • Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip
  • Ammunition: 50 Round Mags

As long as you keep the FR 24.4″ Sniper barrel, you can really customize the weapon however you want. In solos and duos, you can take off the 50 Round Mags, and if you need more recoil control, you can opt for a Compensator Muzzle attachment instead. Just remember to switch the fire mode to semi-automatic.

JGOD said it’s unlikely that the FR 5.56 will take over the M16 and AUG as the meta as they’re just too easy to use, but the FR 5.56 is an extremely viable alternative. He calls it a “high skill” gun, but if you manage to land your shots, you’ll find great success even in the burst meta.

With Season 3 right around the corner, perhaps either the FR 5.56 or one of the new leaked weapons will become the new meta.

Image Credit: Activision / JGOD

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Possible Warzone Season 3 teaser discovered in Superstore

A teaser recently discovered inside Verdansk’s Superstore has further hinted at the major overhaul coming to Warzone’s map in Season 3.

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Verdansk Superstore in Warzone

A new teaser discovered in Verdansk’s Superstore has made Warzone’s 1980s overhaul all the more likely for Season 3.

Most battle royale games, such as Fortnite, PUBG, and Apex Legends have several maps that change over time. This has led to much speculation that Warzone would be receiving another map down the line. We received Rebirth Island with Cold War’s integration, but players are desperate for changes to the 150 player battleground.

It was first rumored that Warzone would head to Urzikstan, the fictional setting for much of Modern Warfare, then Cold War’s Ural Mountains became the most likely candidate. We never received the Urzikstan map, and a leak has since revealed that the Ural Mountains was designed for a scrapped ‘Blackout 2.0.’

Cold War's Ural Mountains Alpine map

Now, however, we understand that Warzone’s Verdansk will be going back in time to a 1980s setting. As Cold War (set in the 80s) and Modern Warfare share a universe, a 1980s Verdansk is the perfect way to continue and expand on the developing story.

As noticed by Reddit user PuppyFTW, a new teaser for Season 3 has arrived in Superstore. Inside Superstore, a poster for the 1980s Moscow Summer Olympics has been found. This new poster alongside the leaked commercial for 1980s Verdansk makes Warzone’s 1980s overhaul all the more likely.

The United States led a boycott against these games in protest of the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan in 1979, and many countries joined in. With Russia’s invasion of Urzikstan being crucial to Modern Warfare’s plot, this real-life event could be used as inspiration for Warzone’s developing storyline.

With a poster from the 1980s remaining in Superstore until the present day, this could also be a hint that this fan-favorite location will remain after the overhaul.

Zombies have nearly overrun present-day Verdansk and a leaked upcoming game mode has revealed that it’s likely to end with Verdansk being nuked. We’ll just have to wait and see how this supposed nuke event will bring Verdansk back to the 80s.

It’s likely that more teasers for the highly anticipated Season 3 will continue to pop up around Verdansk and Cold War’s multiplayer.

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