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What are Strongholds in Warzone 2? Leak reveals new loadout system

According to leaks, Warzone 2 could overhaul the loadout system with areas called Strongholds. Here’s what we know about the new mechanic.

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Here’s everything we know about Strongholds, a new mechanic that is set to feature in Warzone 2. Leaks explain that these areas could bring changes to the loadout system in the new iteration of the battle royale.

On May 17, Warzone 2 leaks began to circulate online after NerosCinema revealed a ton of new information about the battle royale. This information was later corroborated by renowned leaker Tom Henderson.

One of the major pieces of information in the recent information dump was the apparent change to how loadout drops work in Warzone 2. While loadouts are expected to remain in the game, the method of securing one could change with the introduction of Strongholds.

Leaked Warzone 2 Strongholds explained

Warzone Operators fighting around loadout drop

In the video, NerosCinema briefly discusses how loadouts in Warzone 2 are expected to be locked behind areas called Strongholds. According to leaks, players must complete a set of tasks or objectives within a Stronghold to access their loadout.

Tom Henderson’s report discussing the leaks provided additional details regarding Warzone 2’s Strongholds. In terms of their placement around the Warzone 2 map, Henderson confirmed that “there are around 25-30 of them spread out across the entire map.”

This is around the same number of Buy Stations that you’ll see in a current match of Warzone.

As previously mentioned, players will be required to complete a set of tasks in order to “take” a Stronghold. These tasks could range from defusing a bomb to defeating enemy AI. The important thing to note is that the Stronghold objectives will vary in difficulty, “there are several different tiers of Strongholds too.”

Tasks of greater difficulty are said to provide the most valuable rewards, “presumably, the harder the stronghold, the bigger reward.” This new dynamic element will allow players to judge the risk and reward of attempting to take a Stronghold.

Strongholds could act as a new strategic layer that forces players to calculate their next moves in Warzone 2. Once a Stronghold is secured, it cannot be taken a second time. Panic could start to set in if you’re forced to travel to a distant Stronghold in order to secure a loadout.

Henderson points out that this won’t be the first time we see AI in Warzone as the devs tested a similar feature with Armored Transport Trucks in Season 2.


For more Warzone 2 news, check out if Warzone Operators & skins will transfer to Warzone 2.

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Cheaters infest Warzone again as players claim providers are back with free hacks

Warzone players are frustrated with a recent increase in the number of cheaters running rampant in Season 4 of the battle royale.

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Frustrated players are claiming that an uptick in cheaters during Warzone Season 4 is a direct effect of cheat providers offering free hacks.

Warzone Season 4 delivered a ton of new content to enjoy including the brand-new Fortune’s Keep map that players have praised for its exciting gameplay. Unfortunately, a recent increase in the number of cheaters is ruining the fun and leading to a frustrated community of players.

After RICOCHET anti-cheat made running into Warzone hacks less frequent, players claim that cheat providers are returning with new and improved software to bypass the anti-cheat. To make matters worse, it seems providers are offering their cheats free of charge.

Helicopter on Warzone Fortune's Keep map

Warzone has always had a major issue with cheaters ruining matches for legitimate players. Without a proper anti-cheat protecting Warzone players, cheat providers had nothing to worry about.

This all changed with the launch of RICOCHET during Warzone Pacific Season 1. Since then, RICOCHET has implemented several methods to prevent cheaters from running rampant.

For a while, it became less common for cheaters to appear in-game, as the anti-cheat successfully snuffed out hacks. However, it seems that cheat providers have finally caught up to RICOCHET in Season 4, with many players reporting an increase in cheaters.

A post from the Warzone subreddit has players discussing why the recent uptick in cheaters has occurred. For starters, most players claimed that cheat providers have been offering their hacks for free as of late: “Engineowning Hack company is giving out a free wall hack this weekend for the fourth!! that’s why.”

The fact that Warzone cheats are available for free is a major issue in itself, but the most pressing matter that players discussed was the fact that cheat providers have updated their services to counter RICOCHET in its current state.

After being relativity quiet for a long period of time, it seems cheat providers have returned with new products that are designed to bypass the current version of RICOCHET: “A streamer said that a company that makes the cheats put out a update to be able to cheat again.”

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It looks like RICOCHET and cheat providers will continue to trade blows in a repetitive cycle. We already know that RICOCHET is a form of software that adapts to new cheats and improves its ability to pinpoint cheaters over time.

As cheat providers continue to develop new and improved cheats, RICOCHET will take some time to catch up before it can detect and eliminate hackers. However, once it does catch up, the number of hackers should drop significantly thus repeating the cycle once more.


For more Call of Duty content, take a look at how FaZe Swagg built the ASM1 Speakeasy from Advanced Warfare in Warzone.

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FaZe Swagg shows how to build Advanced Warfare’s OP ASM1 Speakeasy in Warzone

Top streamer FaZe Swagg has shown how to bring Advanced Warfare’s infamous ASM1 Speakeasy SMG to Warzone Season 4.

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The ASM1 Speakeasy was one of Advanced Warfare’s most overpowered SMGs and FaZe star Kris ‘Swagg’ Lamberson has brought it to Warzone with a powerful loadout.

Warzone’s Gunsmith allows players to create a ton of unique weapon builds, especially with over 100 weapons from three games on offer. Thanks to all these wild attachment combinations, players can bring back fan-favorite weapons from previous games such as the UMP45, MP5K, ACR, and TAR-21.

Now, Faze Swagg has gone back to Advanced Warfare and brought the infamous variant everyone was chasing to Warzone — the ASM1 Speakeasy. Here’s everything you need to build this powerful variant in Warzone.

ASM1 Speakeasy SMG in Warzone

Advanced Warfare’s ASM1 Speakeasy was an Elite variant of the ASM1 SMG which came with a default extended drum mag that made it look like the classic Tommy Gun. The Speakeasy immediately became one of the game’s most sought-after thanks to its fast fire rate and huge magazine.

Of course, the Thompson is in Warzone thanks to Vanguard’s M1928, so players can create a weapon that looks and feels almost exactly the same as the Speakeasy. Top streamer FaZe Swagg spotted TikTok creator ‘justklutch_’ remake the Speakeasy in Warzone and tried it out in Caldera and Rebirth Island.

It appears the Speakeasy has retained its power in Warzone, where Swagg used its large magazine, high fire rate, and mobility to drop an incredible 33 kills in Rebirth Island.

Swagg’s ASM1 Speakeasy Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: CGC 12″ Cooling
  • Optic: Large Iron Sights
  • Stock: CGC Wire Grip
  • Underbarrel: Mark VI Skeletal
  • Magazine: 9mm 50 Round Drums
  • Ammunition: Hollow Point
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Perk: Fleet
  • Perk 2: Quick

The combination of Large Iron Sights and 9mm 50 Round Drums are what really turns Warzone’s M1928 into Advanced Warfare’s ASM1 Speakeasy. The iron sights make it look and feel almost exactly the same, and it wouldn’t be a Speakeasy without the drum mag.

Of course, the ASM1 Speakeasy was known for its high rate of fire, so the Recoil Booster muzzle is a must-pick to boost the fire rate and rip through the competition. The rest of the attachments are used to boost its accuracy and mobility, allowing you to finesse other players in close-range fights.


For more Warzone, be sure to check out the Modern Warfare weapon that’s even better than the NZ-41.

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Warzone players beg Raven to change “best and funniest” part of the game

Warzone Pacific players are calling for developers to implement a simple change to the “best” feature in the game.

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Warzone Pacific provides a variety of fun features, and players are begging Raven Software to bring a small change to the “best and funniest” feature in the game.

When you hop into a game of Warzone with a squad, you have the opportunity to engage in fun banter with your teammates in the voice chat while simultaneously eliminating enemy players.

After taking a target down, you also have the option to listen to your fallen foe’s final reactions through the death comm. Now, players are calling for the devs to make this feature even more fun with a simple change.

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When your enemy’s open mic is broadcast to you, there’s a strong chance that’ll you hear them raging over their defeat. Reddit user ‘Justice171’ praised death comms in the Warzone subreddit, claiming that they’re “among the best parts of the game.”

The Redditor claimed that it’s extremely fun to hear your opponent’s final words and repeat them to your teammates. They then listed one change that the devs could make to death comms.

They suggested that Raven Software should add an option to enable hearing the death comms of anyone your team kills. This would allow you to hear more enemy players’ final moments for a “massive increase in enjoyment.”

In the thread, many of the commenters agreed that this change would make the game more fun. A few users shared their own memorable experiences with the death comm feature in Warzone.

Others gave their own suggestions for how Raven could change the feature. One player stated that the death comm should go to anyone who has an assist on the kill, but added that giving it to the entire team would be “obnoxious.”

Another suggested change in the thread was that death comms should “go both ways and last a little longer,” with both players being able to hear each other after one of them has been taken down.

One user stated: “Absolutely agree. Sometimes, I feel like I could say something in the death comms, but some of it would be cut out on the enemies’ ends.”

At the time of writing, it remains to be seen whether or not Raven Software will respond to these requests by implementing a major change to Warzone’s death comms. If they announce any adjustments, we’ll be sure to let you know.


For more Warzone content, check out JGOD’s buffed AUG loadout that brings the burst meta back as well as our list of the best SMGs in Season 4.

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