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Warzone anti-cheat update: Two new ban waves hit 50,000 accounts

Raven Software has provided the Warzone community with a new anti-cheat update that saw 50,000 accounts banned in two waves.

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Hacking has been an extremely frustrating issue in Call of Duty: Warzone recently, but Raven Software is hoping its latest anti-cheat update that saw many accounts banned will help address this major problem in some capacity.

Players hacking has been one of the biggest issues that Call of Duty: Warzone has faced since it was released in 2020. With no formidable form of anti-cheat, the Call of Duty battle royale is often affected by many hackers.

Raven Software has banned many of these hackers over the course of the game’s life and recently provided the community with its latest Warzone anti-cheat update that saw a significant number of accounts that were cheating get banned.

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Warzone anti-cheat update

The Warzone development studio took to its Twitter account on July 16, 2021, and posted the latest Warzone anti-cheat update that saw over 50,000 accounts get banned during two ban waves that happened this week.

Raven also commented that these two most recent ban waves targeted repeat offenders, which has been one of the biggest issues facing how Warzone anti-cheat has been implemented. The free-to-play nature of the game allows cheaters to create a new account for free and start hacking.

While ban waves in the past have helped the battle royale game feel free of cheaters for periods of time, the community does not believe this form of Warzone anti-cheat is the best course of action for the game’s overall health going forward and feel a stronger preventive style of action is needed in addition to banning after the fact.

One of the most recent hacks that caught the community’s attention was one where hackers could make players unwillingly become level 1,000 and have Dark Matter camo unlocked for all of their Cold War weapons, which occurred to popular content creator NICKMERCS.

It remains to be seen how effective this latest Warzone anti-cheat update will be, but the hacking problem is arguably the biggest obstacle the popular game currently faces.

For more Warzone, check out the beneficial change that was made to ziplines in the Season 4 Reloaded update, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

Image Credits: Activision / Raven Software

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Viral TikTok proves Warzone’s Ghost Perk is completely bugged in Season 4

A viral TikTok has revealed that Warzone’s Ghost Perk is broken in Season 4, as it doesn’t always hide players from UAVs.

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Viral TiKTok shows Warzone's Ghost perk is broken

It appears that there’s a major issue with Warzone’s Ghost Perk after a viral TikTok from streamer Jessie Cooks showcased the Perk failing in a Twitch Rivals event.

Over Warzone’s life, it’s suffered from a host of bugs and issues. Not only are there cheaters, but the invisibility glitch returned several times and players even found a way to enter the Gulag and kill its combatants. Now, it appears the Ghost Perk doesn’t always work.

Ghost is one of Warzone’s few meta perks. It completely hides you from UAVs and Heartbeat Sensors, which is vital to winning a game of Warzone. However, there is recent evidence that the Ghost Perk can fail, still showing you on a UAV.

Warzone Ghost Perk description

While the Ghost Perk is supposed to completely hide you from UAVs, a clip from Warzone streamer Jessie Cooks appears to prove that this isn’t always the case. While playing in a Twitch Rivals Custom Lobby, they equipped Ghost, yet were still hunted down after appearing on an opposing team’s UAV.

“We died to Huskerrs, JoeWoe and Mutex in Twitch Rivals [because] ghost doesn’t work,” Jessie shared on July 28 alongside a TikTok which provided the evidence.

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We died to Huskerrs, JoeWo and Mutex in #twitchrivals cos ghost doesn’t work #warzone #gaming #fyp #trending #challenge

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In the video, Jessie Cooks and her team all grabbed their loadouts, clearly equipping the Ghost Perk. About a minute later, HusKerr’s team popped a UAV and could clearly see Jessie’s team on it. After hunting them down, JoeWoe made quick work of her by using the UAV’s information to throw a perfectly placed stun.

This TikTok went viral, catching the attention of analytical Warzone YouTuber JGOD, who said that “it makes no sense.” After watching all POVs and agreeing that Ghost should have worked, he suggested that it’s “likely a private match bug.”

A small streamer, Fabes_O, replied to JGOD with evidence that it “happens in pubs too.” They uploaded a clip showing the UAV sweep the Bounty circle but no red dots appeared. But as they approached, the team suddenly showed up on the minimap. Fabes_O was eliminated by them, and the killcam proved that the player did indeed have Ghost.

Raven Software hasn’t acknowledged this bug yet, but it’s gained enough traction online that it’s likely to be on their radar.

You can also check out everything Raven has said about a console FOV slider for Warzone.

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When is FOV slider coming to Warzone on consoles? Raven ‘aware’ of requests

Warzone players have been calling for an FOV slider on consoles since the game’s release, and Raven have confirmed they are investigating the possibility.

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Screenshot showing Warzone FOV

A Field-Of-View Slider for consoles has been a tool that Warzone players have been begging for since the game was released, and while Raven Software has acknowledged the requests, there’s no word on if or when it will finally be added.

Having an enhanced field of view on Warzone can be a huge advantage to players, allowing them to see more of their surroundings, and giving them the ability to customize their game exactly how they want to. 

Fans have been calling for FOV slider support since the game’s original launch in March 2020, but so far, only the PC version of Warzone has the setting built into it. Unsurprisingly, these requests intensified when Black Ops Cold War launched with an FOV slider on consoles in November 2020. 

What is an FOV slider? 

A FOV slider allows players to change their field of view on the screen to see more of their surroundings. This would let you see more of what is on either side of the direction your character is facing, increasing your peripheral view.

In Warzone, the default FOV is set to 80, but in Black Ops Cold War as seen below, that can be increased to 120, a huge jump from what players can normally see.

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Raven Software responds to Warzone FOV Slider calls

During a press briefing with Raven Software, the studio’s Associate Creative Director Amos Hodge revealed that the studio has heard all of the fan requests for a FOV slider in Call of Duty: Warzone. 

Hodge stated that they have heard fans’ calls for FOV sliders and are actively looking at its implementation for consoles in the future. However, he stopped short of providing any release time frame, stating they ‘cannot share’ any timeline at this point. 

Why is FOV not already available on consoles?  

Warzone FOV slider

One of the concerns behind bringing a field of view slider to Warzone is performance, with Infinity Ward worried about how it would run on old hardware like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

With an increase in FOV, an adverse effect happens where you start to see a dip in frame rate in games. With Warzone supporting 150 players on a large map, the FPS drop could become so significant that it affects actual gameplay. This has been one of the key reasons why it has not been implemented yet. 

Still, Raven are investigating possible options regarding its implementation. It’s important to note that this feature could be limited just to the PS5 and Xbox Series X, but the studio declined to elaborate any further on the details of it.

If you currently play on PC, this option is already available, and you can use our Warzone FOV settings guide to make sure you’re making the most of this advantage.

Image Credits: Raven Software / Treyarch

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Best X16 loadout for CoD: Warzone Season 4

The X16 is a great choice for those looking for a solid secondary weapon in their Warzone loadout, so here are the best perks and attachments to use on it.

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Best Warzone X16 Loadout

The X16 can be a deadly secondary weapon in Warzone Season 4 with the right attachments and perks, so let’s get into the best loadout for it.

For those who like to run Ghost over Overkill, running a strong secondary weapon is extremely important in Call of Duty: Warzone.

There is an abundance of great secondary weapons to choose from in Warzone, such as the M19, and the X16 is one of the best most powerful, especially with the correct setup.

Here is how to make the best Warzone X16 loadout to dominate all of the enemies you encounter on Verdansk and Rebirth Island in Season 4.

Best Warzone X16 loadout

Best Warzone X16 loadout

Best Warzone X16 loadout attachments

  • Barrel: Monolithic Supressor
  • Laser: 5mW Laser
  • Trigger Action: Lightweight Trigger
  • Ammunition: 26 Round Mag
  • Perk: Akimbo

The best Warzone X16 loadout is equipped for close-ranged engagements, using the Monolithic Suppressor and 5mW Laser to help boost the damage and accuracy to finish off those who are just outside of its range.

The Lightweight Trigger is very important for improving the fire rate, while the 26 Round Mags will allow you to sustain fire for longer.

Lastly, and most importantly, the Akimbo perk helps greatly with increasing this weapon’s efficiency in those close quarters situations, allowing for a higher TTK and overall damage output.

Best perks to run with Warzone X16 class

best perks warzone x16 class
  • Perk 1: E.O.D
  • Perk 2: Ghost
  • Perk 3: Amped

As it is a secondary, you’ll want to be using the X16 for finishing off fights and also catching enemies by surprise by getting in enemy faces. Using E.O.D means you’ll reduce the risk of getting caught off guard by explosives when chasing enemies down and turning corners.

As always, Ghost will hide you from the minimap and Heartbeat Sensors, which is something that is greatly useful in Warzone, regardless of the weapon you’re using.

Amped will allow you to pull out the X16 fast to beat your enemy to the first shot, allowing you to finish off enemies and bombard them with bullets even after switching weapons.

How to unlock the X16

The X16 is a pistol in Warzone available from the get-go, meaning no matter your level, you can equip it to your loadout.

best warzone x16 loadout

Best alternatives

If you’re looking to dominate up close and don’t feel that the best Warzone X16 loadout fits the bill, the AS VAL is another great close-range option.

Or, if you’re looking for other secondaries, the akimbo Diamattis will do a similar job.

If you’re looking for more great weapons, then you can check out some of this season’s best loadouts below.

C58 | Groza | M4A1 | Milano | Swiss K31 | MG 82 | FARA 83

Image Credits: Activision / Raven Software

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