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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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Warzone players call for major LMG buffs as Assault Rifles dominate meta

Warzone players are sick of Assault Rifles dominating the meta so are calling for LMGs to receive major buffs.

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Nikto with PKM LMG in Warzone

Although supposed to be long-range powerhouses, with a few exceptions, LMGs have never broken into Warzone’s meta for long. Claiming that LMGs have no identity, players are calling for major buffs.

Although weapons come and go from Warzone’s meta, how the guns behave has almost always stayed the same. Players always stick with a long-range weapon with low recoil and a large mag size, and a lightweight SMG with a fast TTK.

The long-range weapon has almost always been an Assault Rifle or an LMG that’s been built to act like an Assault Rifle, and players are growing tired of it. With a couple more Warzone Pacific seasons left and Warzone 2 on the horizon, players are calling for major LMG buffs so they’ll have their own identity.

player firing ugm-8 lmg in warzone and vanguard

Although a couple of LMGs such as the Bruen Mk9, MG82, and Bren have made their way into Warzone’s meta, the class as a whole has never come close to the popularity or efficiency of Assault Rifles.

Reddit user IonlyPlayAOE3 explained why LMGS have a “sh*t identity” in Warzone, laying much of the blame on Vanguard weapons’ ten attachments. They explained that an Assault Rifle can do everything that an LMG can, especially by holding at least 60 rounds.

They hope that LMGs will have much more of an identity in Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2, where Assault Rifles should “struggle against LMGs in long-range to ultra long range engagements.”

Many players agreed, wanting an Assault Rifle to become a middle ground between LMGs and SMGs. “They should lose to LMGs at range, and lose to SMGs up close, but be a decent middle ground,” explained Shielo34.

However, some worried that buffing LMGs would just make them replace Assault Rifles in the meta. Instead of giving LMGs straight buffs, some suggested lowering Assault Rifles’ magazine size.

Warzone players were starting to catch on to Season 4’s UGM-8 LMG and its burst-fire barrel, but the devs were quick to nip that in the bud with the June 30 update. With the NZ-41 now nerfed as well, we’ll need to wait and see how the post-nerf UGM fits into the Season 4 meta.

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Warzone’s best attachments received major nerfs in June 30 update

Warzone’s most popular weapon attachments received notable nerfs in the Season 4 June 30 update patch, and could shake up the meta.

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Warzone operator in front of Fortune's Keep

Warzone Pacific Season 4 received a plethora of balancing adjustments in the June 30 patch, with some of the best attachments in the game getting significant nerfs.

The June 30 Warzone Pacific patch brought a ton of weapon balancing changes in Season 4, including a nerf to the popular NZ-41, which the developers felt had become too overpowered over the last season.

Other weapons like the H4 BlixenMarco 5, and UGM-8 were also changed in the update. Warzone players will be encouraged to alter their usual loadouts as the best attachments have also been nerfed.

NZ-41 assault rifle in Warzone

Warzone Pacific Season 4’s June 30 update patch included nerfs to the Lengthened ammo type, MX Silencer muzzle, and M1941 Handstop underbarrel. These attachments are popular choices on Assault Rifle loadouts.

The MX Silencer and Lengthened ammo type boost your weapon’s accuracy and bullet velocity respectively. The June 30 update gave both of these attachments received a 3% reduction in muzzle velocity.

Meanwhile, the M1941 Handstop underbarrel’s recoil control has been changed to 3.5% down from 4%. While this seems like a minor change, it can actually greatly affect your loadout’s effectiveness in combat.

Warzone operators firing weapons

Since the MX Silencer, M1941 Handstop, and Lengthened are all popular choices for multiple weapons, it’s extremely likely that these attachment nerfs are going to greatly impact Warzone players’ loadout builds.

While the update brought various nerfs to different weapons and attachments, it also featured buffs to Vanguard’s Warzone weapons, as the 3-LineKar98k, and Type 99 all received an increase in bullet velocity.


For more Warzone content, check out how to unlock the “new Roze” Night Terror Florence skin as well as this genius trick to instantly get Loadout Drops.

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Warzone expert reveals genius trick to instantly get Loadout Drop

Getting a Loadout Drop early is key to surviving Warzone’s early game but there’s a way to get your loadout in a matter of seconds.

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Warzone player with loadout drop in Fortune's Keep

Getting your loadout as soon as possible is vital to winning in Call of Duty: Warzone and pro player IceManIsaac has revealed a genius trick to getting your loadout in seconds.

Loadouts are what sets Warzone apart from all of the other battle royale games. Getting your own custom weapon gives a massive advantage over those with ground loot, so getting a Loadout Drop as soon as possible is key to winning.

It can be tough to get your Loadout Drop in the chaos of the early game, but a clever strategy from streamer IceManIsaac can get your team a Loadout Drop and free UAV in seconds.

Grotto POI in Warzone Fortune's Keep map

To instantly get a Loadout Drop in Warzone, all players need to do is land on a Top Secret Contract in Fortune’s Keep. This will starts a random Contract such as Supply Run, Scavenger, or a Bounty, and you’ll get a whopping $8,000 as well as a UAV.

IceManIsaac explained that the Supply Run won’t task you with traveling across the map like in Caldera, it’ll actually be pretty near, so you’ll be able to land on it in a matter of seconds. A loadout only costs $7500 dollars so you can buy the loadout straight away and have a free UAV to see any approaching enemies.

While doable in Solos, this strategy works best in squads. If one player picks up the Contract and the rest float in the air to complete the task, the process will be even quicker. Even if it’s a Bounty, all of the players can land on top of the target and it won’t matter if they die in the process because of the Resurgence mechanic.

Fortune’s Keep is pure chaos in the early game, so securing yourself a loadout before anyone else will be sure to set you up for success.


For more Warzone, be sure to check out how players have abandoned Rebirth Island in favor of Fortune’s Keep.

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