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.
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.
How to make your CoD: Warzone & Black Ops Cold War stats public
Want people to see your private Call of Duty stats? This guide will tell you how to make your BOCW & Warzone stats public.
Want to make it so that the whole world can see your impressive Warzone & BOCW stats? Well, we can help you to unlock the default setting and make them public.
The annual tracking of stats is an essential part of CoD games for some people. Their K/D, points-per-game, and various other stats are badges of honor for seasoned Call of Duty veterans.
But if you have an expensive pair of shoes with no one to see them, is it even worth it? Thankfully there is a way to make your stats available for everyone to see and show-off your CoD ability.
Make Warzone & BOCW stats public
No one is completely sure as to why Activision made the decision to keep everyone’s stats private. Possibly to avoid people seeing the unrealistic stats of hackers, or maybe as a deterrent to stop people seeing people with high K/Ds only going for kills in Objective-based modes.
But the issue doesn’t seem to be that well-known as many influencers and content creators are unsure about the nature of stats and how they work.
At one point, Drift0r took to Twitter to discuss how it was difficult to see the skill level of a lobby because of the public/private settings.
The whole process can be a tricky one if you don’t know what to do. But if you follow our guide then your Average Joe will be able to gawk at your stats in no time.
- Go to the official Call of Duty website
- Login to your CoD account
- Head to the top-right corner and hover the cursor over your name
- Click on “Linked Accounts”
- Now tailor each platform to your own settings and preferences
- Set “Searchable” and “Data Visible” options to “All”
Now you’re all set and you’ve made the necessary changes. Like with most things, the changes won’t be enforced straight away. It may take some time for the servers and data to readjust accordingly.
After this change has taken place, your stats will now be visible for all to see. Now you can show off all your hard work to the world and continue to make your stats even better.
Image credits: Treyarch, Activision Blizzard
Black Ops Cold War & Warzone Season One Reloaded: Express, League Play, more
Activision, Treyarch, and Raven Software have announced new content is coming to Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War & Warzone as part of Season One Reloaded.
In a new blog post on the Call of Duty site, the company has revealed all new content as Season One continues in Black Ops Cold War.
The first of the updates is the mid-Season update for Black Ops Cold War, which includes a new Fireteam map, new MP modes, and more across the game.
And, then new content is planned to arrive starting February 4 with the release of Express MP map and the next Zombies map, Firebase Z.
Get a deep dive into what’s new from Activision:
And the action won’t stop there. On February 4, prepare to witness the harrowing next chapter of the Dark Aether storyline in Zombies and return to a competitive fan-favorite Black Ops II map in Multiplayer, in addition to fresh bundles rolling out in the beginning of the month to celebrate the holidays of the season.
Need a visual on your target? We got you covered and then some.
Wakizashi (Available Now)
A personal defense weapon and companion sword to the samurai’s katana, this traditionally forged blade uses two types of steel in its construction and is lightweight, resilient to force, and durable to wear.
Compared to the standard Knife, the Wakizashi offers a slightly better reach in exchange for speed, which opens up new strategies for those who swear on bringing knives to a gunfight.
Like the Streetsweeper shotgun, the Wakizashi can be unlocked via in-game challenge, where it can then be levelled up for camos and XP. A Blueprint from the same weapon family is also available today in the all-new “Disavowed Assassin” Bundle.
Operator Zeyna Joins the Fight on January 21
NATO gains another badass Operator for their ranks, as Zeyna Ossou, last seen alongside Bulldozer and Russel Adler at The Pines mall to take down Stitch, will be available for deployment next week.
This Senegal-born DGSE Mobility and Heavy Weapons specialist has been a motorhead for as long as she can remember. Growing up around the garages of her rally driver father, she jokes that she has gasoline in her veins. Although she is a risk-taker and a bit of a wild card during infiltrations, Zeyna’s colleagues know her to be the one you want at the tip of the spear.
Obtain Zeyna for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone as part of a Store Bundle during Season One.
Two Multiplayer Maps
Sanatorium (Live Now)
Ten squads of four will head up to the Ural Plains to fight over objectives and vehicles on land, sea, and air.
Here in the Urals is a Soviet experimental health retreat – the focus of a clandestine investigation by NATO forces in September 1984. Low wooded hills provide cover for squads to gain reconnaissance over the main, roughly circular-shaped main “hotel”: a concrete, brutalist architectural behemoth flanked by lakeside structures and a large wooden dock.
With links to secret testing within State Sanatorium U-23, notes found within the grounds of this sprawling complex indicate a conditioning trial known as Project Golova.
Express (6v6) (February 4)
Returning from Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Express arrives Feb. 4 in Black Ops Cold War as a 6v6 Multiplayer favorite, known fondly as the hi-tech train station that hosted many a jaw-dropping moment in competitive Call of Duty history.
Express is a roughly U-shaped map featuring two train tracks looping around the transportation hub’s main hall. Players can expect plenty of close-quarters combat in the hall, but should note that its glass ceiling leaves it susceptible to enemy Scorestreaks.
Long-range combat can take place across the train tracks, especially when looking out from the skybridges on either side of the map. These areas are also great places to watch one of the high-speed trains bolt by the station on one of the tracks, where it won’t hesitate to take out any Operator who doesn’t mind the gap.
Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer receives even more new game modes throughout Season One, as well as the continuation of the fast-paced 3v3 experience, Face Off.
Dropkick (Live Now)
This frantic game of nuclear hot potato features two teams each vying for control of an extremely important briefcase. The round begins with each team racing to the location of the nuclear briefcase and attempting to pick it up. Anyone grabbing the briefcase is automatically equipped with a powerful pistol, but it’s ideally up to the rest of the team to keep the briefcase carrier safe. The team with the case gains access to launch codes, as well as an ever-increasing score for their team.
If you die while your team controls the briefcase, you will not respawn until your carrier has been eliminated and the briefcase has been dropped. If your team isn’t carrying the case, it must be flushed out and retrieved before it’s too late. Once one team reaches the score limit by controlling and owning the briefcase, orders to execute a nuclear strike are confirmed, and the round is won… in a highly explosive manner! The first team to 200 score wins.
Snipers Only Moshpit (In Season)
Get ready, snipers. Later in Season One, Treyarch is bringing the new Snipers Only Moshpit mode to Black Ops Cold War, where two teams of six will throw down in Team Deathmatch and Domination with all weapons restricted except sniper rifles. Lethal and tactical equipment, as well as Scorestreak weapons (such as the War Machine), will also be restricted for a pure snipers-only experience.
Endurance Mode (In Season)
Following this season’s tactical Duos variation, Black Ops Cold War’s biggest game mode is about to take the 10-team experience to a whole new level.
In the upcoming Endurance variant, 10 squads of four will drop into Alpine, Ruka, and Sanatorium to collect uranium and arm bombs throughout the match. However, after one bomb detonates, a new one will now come online to take its place, ensuring that there will always be five bombs available instead of an initial set of five that gets reduced to a single bomb. This introduces a new layer of strategy and non-stop action to these already intense 40-player battlegrounds.
The score limit will also be doubled from 500 to 1,000 in Endurance mode, making this perfect for completing MP challenges. Jump in with your squad and experience the game’s most elaborate maps in an entirely new way.
3v3 Face Off Continues
This fast-paced, small-team mode is here to stay in Season One, and it’s ready for your trio to claim dominance in respawn modes across four frenetic maps in Black Ops Cold War.
If you haven’t experienced Face Off yet, this playlist features 3v3 Team Deathmatch, Kill Confirmed, and Domination game modes on the latest Gunfight maps: Game Show, ICBM, U-Bahn, and KGB.
Great for racking up weapon camo challenges or a quick warm-up before diving into larger modes, Face Off will be featured throughout the continuation of Season One beyond this week.
As Season One shifts into February, the Dark Aether storyline continues with an all-new Black Ops Cold War Zombies map, sooner than you might have expected.
But before that arrives, expect to fight for your life in Cranked, survive the Onslaught on Raid (PlayStation exclusive*), and welcome in new Zombies community members during Zombies Free Access Week.
New Mode: Cranked (Live Now)
Today, “Die Maschine” gets its newest limited-time mode – both literally and figuratively.
In Cranked, you’ll have to keep one eye on the countdown timer, and the other on your zombie-killing: spend too long without an undead takedown and you’ll explode! There’s no time to lose as your survival depends on frantic, terror-filled takedowns where the only respite is the Cranked Timer power-up, granting a brief breather before the carnage continues.
New Onslaught Maps (PlayStation Exclusive*): Raid (Live Now) and Express (Feb. 4)
PlayStation members of Requiem will face a new challenge on the legendary Multiplayer map Raid, starting today. And on Feb. 4, Express will also join the map list when it makes its Onslaught debut.
Go for Gold as you keep up with the Dark Aether Orb, which will shift to different areas of Raid’s swank Los Angeles mansion as the zombie horde becomes more fearsome. Earn Bronze, Silver, and Gold rankings by destroying enough Elites, and you’ll unlock some exclusive* rewards. You might even discover some new Dark Aether intel along the way…
Free Access Week Live Through January 21
Want to experience the white-knuckle action of Zombies, but don’t own Black Ops Cold War yet? For the first time in Call of Duty history, Treyarch’s legendary Zombies mode will be available for free through the Zombies Free Access Week, which starts today through January 21.
Read more about it in our Free Access Week blog here.
New Zombies Map: Firebase Z (February 4)
With the site of “Projekt Endstation” destroyed after investigating the Dark Aether anomaly in Poland, the Requiem response team led by Grigori Weaver now turns its attention to the latest outbreak site, codenamed “Firebase Z.”
The next chapter in Black Ops Cold War Zombies begins on February 4 as Season One continues. Watch for more intel from Treyarch in their 115 Day celebration blog today and tomorrow!
More in Store
Along with the introduction of Zeyna and a Zombies-themed crimson skin for Bulldozer, the Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Store will receive new themed bundles to commemorate the February holidays.
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Legendary Weapon Blueprints with tracer rounds as part of the “Tracer Pack: Year of the Ox” bundle, send shots to the heart of your enemies with the “Top Secret Admirer” bundle, and bring a bit of Mardi Gras to battle with the “Carnival Captain” bundle, featuring an epic “Breaker” skin for NATO’S Baker.
SOURCE: Call of Duty
How to use NICKMERCS’ Warzone settings and sensitivity
One of CoD’s most influential players, NICKMERCS, uses particular settings and sensitivity to dominate. We have details of which he uses.
Having the right controller settings and sensitivity could be the difference between 2nd place and a Warzone victory. Let’s take a look at the settings that NICKMERCS uses to get an idea of what helps him to be so good.
Some people naturally benefit from higher sensitivity. They can control the severity of the movement speed, giving themselves a huge advantage in a 1v1.
When you have a top Call of Duty player like NICKMERCS, it might be useful to see what helps him wreck lobbies.
NICKMERCS Warzone settings
With millions of followers on both Twitch and YouTube, NICKMERCS has a colossal CoD fanbase. His opinions and thoughts are taken as gospel by many. But that’s because he can back it up with his ability that he has demonstrated on many occasions.
If you want to customize your settings to reflect those of NICKMERCS, then you’re in luck as we have them all for you here.
NICKMERCS General settings
- Input device: Controller
- Field of View: 107.00
- Brightness: 52.00
- Horizontal HUD Bounds: 100.00
- Vertical HUD Bounds: 100.00
- Mini Map Shape: Square
- Mini Map Rotation: Enabled
NICKMERCS Graphics settings
- Display Mode: Fullscreen
- Screen Refresh Rate: 240
- Render Resolution: 100
- Aspect Ratio: Automatic
- Sync Every Frame (V Sync): Disabled
- Custom Framerate Limit : Unlimited
- NVIDIA Highlights: Disabled
- Display Gamma: 2.2 (sRGB)
- Shadow Map Resolution: Low
- Texture Resolution: High
- Texture Filter Anisotropic: Low
- Particle Quality: Low
- Bullet Impacts & Sprays: Disabled
- Anti-Aliasing: Off
- Depth Of Field: Disabled
NICKMERCS Audio settings
- Audio mix: Dynamic Home Theater
- Master Volume: 87.70
- Music Volume: 8.42
- Dialogue Volume: 80.00
- Effects Volume: 100.00
- Juggernaut Music: Enabled
- Hit Marker Sound Effects: Classic
- Voice Chat: Enabled
- Voice Chat Device: Default Communication Device
- Voice Chat Recording Mode: Open Mic
- Open Mic Recording Threshold: 3.09
- Voice Chat Volume: 100.00
- Microphone Volume: 150.00
NICKMERCS Controller settings
- BR Button Layout: Tactical
- Stick Layout Preset: Default
- Invert Vertical Lock: Disabled
- Deadzone: 0.15
- Horizontal Stick Sensitivity: 6
- Vertical Stick Sensitivity: 6
- ADS Sensitivity Multiplier (Low Zoom): 1.00
- ADS Sensitivity Multiplier (High Zoom): 1.00
- Aim Response Curve Type: Standard
- Controller Vibration: Disabled
- Aim Assist: Standard
That covers all of NICKMERCS’ most important settings. It remains to be seen whether they can take to you elite level status, but it’s definitely worth a shot.
Image credits: Activision Blizzard
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