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Warzone app lets players cheat skill-based matchmaking

A new Call of Duty Warzone app shows live stats for all players in game, and may be considered a cheat among top competitors.

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A new app has been released for Warzone on PC and gives players the ability to see live stats of all players in-game.

Update 1/5/21: The developers of the Warzone app have now made several changes, ensuring players can only see K/D’s of opponents after matches begin, among other overhauls. Full details here.

Original Article: The new Warzone companion app for PC, developed by COD Stats, gives players live stats of all Warzone games, destroying the competitive integrity of games and ruining kill race tournaments.

Typically, Warzone places players in games against other players by using a Skill Based Matchmaking algorithm (SBMM) to find similarly skilled players. For a 150 player battle royale, though, the matchmaking algorithm can only be so strict, which leads to varying lobbies of skill every time you join a new lobby.

For the top players, knowing information like the average K/D ratio of the lobby can be a huge advantage in games, especially in tournaments.

You can see the overlay in use in the video below from Call of Duty creator JaredFPS. In the video, he shows off all the features and expresses his concern for the effect this tool will have on the overall competitive integrity of the game.

Warzone, Forever Changed

This new companion allows players to see the stats of all opponents in each game, like K/D ratio, average placement, and score per minute. This allows players to surf lobbies until they find a relatively easier lobby in comparison to their normal games. For example, a player with a 2.0 K/D might get into games with a 1.5 overall K/D and use the tool to surf for lobbies with a 0.8 K/D average for an easier experience.

In addition to just stats, the tool also shows players suspected cheaters in games, which can result in false positives for extremely high skilled players. If this tool gains popularity among the hardcore community, many players may be false flagged and will have issues playing full, quality games.

As of now, it’s uncertain if this overlay is considered a cheat by Activision. If the app runs through the COD API, then it may not be flagged as a cheat due to the fact it does not actively read game memory for its data. If it does pull from the game’s memory or is deemed too advantageous, then it may be banned in the future.

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Best Warzone AS VAL loadout: Attachments & perks

How to maximize the AS VAL’s potential in both Warzone and Multiplayer.

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The AS VAL has one of the fastest time-to-kills in Warzone, so it’s well worth running as your secondary weapon. Here are the best attachments and perks to maximize the AS VAL’s potential in Warzone season 1.

There are plenty of viable weapons in Warzone Season 1, especially with every weapon from Black Ops Cold War being added to the game. The AS VAL is a surprising pick but can be extremely effective in the right situations.

Most Warzone players run a ‘main’ weapon such as a long-range Assault Rifle or Sniper, and carry another weapon in their ‘pocket’ for up close. Although being an Assault Rifle, the AS VAL packs a real punch in CQB, so is well worth running in your pocket.

Here are the best AS VAL loadouts for both Warzone’s Verdansk and Rebirth Island.

Best Warzone AS VAL loadout

  • Barrel: VLK 200mm Osa
  • Laser: Tac Laser
  • Underbarrel: Merc Foregrip
  • Ammunition: 30 Round Mags
  • Rear Grip: Rubberized Grip Tape

This AS VAL is built to dominate at close-medium range. Its strong recoil makes it difficult to control but its fast fire rate makes it one of the strongest at close-medium. Built-up areas of Verdansk such as Quarry, Hospital, and the clusters of houses around the map are where this weapon will excel. You can also pair it with a sniper rifle so you have a weapon for all situations.

The VLK 200mm Osa barrel comes with an internal Monolithic Suppressor, vastly increasing its range and bullet velocity. The iron sights on the VAL are unobtrusive, so you’re better off using them and taking advantage of the free attachment slot.

The Merc Foregrip is most commonly used on SMGs for its increase to hip-fire accuracy and mobility. It’s a perfect addition to the AS VAL as it reduces vertical recoil but will also help in those close range engagements. The Rubberized Grip Tape gives a further boost to recoil control but increases weapon sway. As this is a close-medium range weapon, don’t expect to be aiming down the sights for a lengthy amount of time.

With this weapon’s incredibly fast fire rate, the 30 round mag is necessary. You’ll find yourself only being able to down one opponent before reloading, so this weapon is especially effective in BR Solos.

Best perks to use with Warzone AS VAL

Warzone amped perk

To get the most out of your AS VAL, you need to have the best perks to match. These perks set you up for the match ahead, helping you survive in almost any Warzone situation.

Perk 1 – E.O.D

With how prevalent explosives are in Warzone, you need the perk to survive that. If an enemy gets you weak, expect Semtex’s and C4 to come flying at you. With E.O.D, as long as you have armor equipped, you’ll be able to tank an insane amount of explosive damage.

Perk 2 – Overkill then Ghost

Having weapons for all situations is incredibly important in Warzone, and Overkill grants you two weapons from any category.

Once you have Overkill from your first loadout, simply take a similar class with the Ghost perk, pick up both of your weapons, and you’ll have everything you need to win.

Perk 3 – Amped

With the AS VAL being best suited for close-medium range situations, you will need to swap between weapons in a hurry. Amped makes weapon swaps almost instant, so no matter what weapon you have in your hands, swapping them won’t be an issue.

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Best Stoner 63 loadout for Warzone Season 1

Want to break out of the meta? Here’s the best loadout you can use for the Stoner 63 in Call of Duty: Warzone Season One.

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Here’s the best Stoner 63 loadout to use in Season 1 of Warzone.

Season 1 of Warzone post-Black Ops Cold War integration has been an interesting journey for the overall game meta.

Weapons like the DMR, Diamatti & Mac-10 dominated the game for weeks following the addition of 30+ new weapons. Since Raven has fixed those weapons, Warzone players are regularly discovering new, viable weapons for use.

Today, we’ll be focusing on the Stoner 63; one of the Light Machine Guns from Black Ops Cold War. This weapon has a very high fire rate and packs a huge punch at medium ranges. Here’s the loadout:

  • Muzzle – Agency Suppressor: A must-use for Warzone. Stats are identical to the Monolithic Suppressor, so you’ll have the extra range and your position masked on the radar when firing.
  • Optic – Axial Arms 3x: Decent zoom for the Stoner 63, optimal at medium ranges, where the Stoner really shines.
  • Underbarrel – Field Agent Grip: Extra recoil control for longer sprays.
  • Ammunition – 120 Round Speed Mag: More ammunition with faster reload speeds between gunfights.
  • Rear Grip – GRU Elastic Wrap: Aim down sights faster and flinch less when shot at.

Tips for the field

  • Medium-range destruction: We can’t emphasize this enough. The Stoner is amazing at medium ranges. Take down full squads with ease.
  • Mount for easy longshots: Mounting ensures little to no recoil while firing the stoner. If you see enemies far out, quickly mount on the cover for easy suppression.
  • Think ahead: The stoner isn’t the weapon you want at close range. Pair this up with your favorite shotgun or submachine gun to win close-quarters combat.
  • No barrel, no problem: The stock barrel for the stoner is great in Warzone as-is. If you really want some extra power, we recommend swapping the underbarrel with the Cavalry Lancer barrel, per advice from YouTuber JGOD.

Now get out there and wipe some squads!

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Clever Precision Airstrike trick takes out tower campers in Warzone

Here’s a clever Precision Airstrike trick you can pull off in Warzone to rid Verdansk’s Airport ATC tower of pesky campers.

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There’s nothing more frustrating than a camper sitting on a high tower in Call of Duty: Warzone, but this clever trick will make the Precision Airstrike all the more lethal.

By their very nature, battle royale games are campy. Players will happily sit in a room aiming at the door all game if it means securing the win. Warzone’s Verdansk map has plenty places for these players to go, with high buildings often being the most common. The Downtown area is rife with rooftop campers, but a Precision Airstrike or Cluster will usually clear them out.

However, these high-ground campers are safe in the ATC tower above the Airport runway. The area around the tower is extremely open, and the players above can get on a nasty head glitch.

With the only way up being by a zipline or a helicopter, they are almost impossible to push. To make matters worse, they are completely safe from Airstrikes and Clusters. At least, until now.

A clever Reddit user by the name of Rxelik_ discovered a cool trick to hit these campers with a Precision Airstrike.

How to airstrike Warzone ATC tower campers

As any ‘good’ Airport ATC tower camper knows, a Precision Airstrike won’t be able to hit you when you’re inside, it will most likely batter off the roof instead.

What Rxelic_ discovered was that if you aim the airstrike at about half way up the tower, the missiles will land exactly inside the control room.

As our player does here, knocking someone with a sniper rifle is a great way to start the airstrike. Expecting the rockets to hit the roof as usual, the players inside will most likely stick the revive.

If you plan with a teammate, you can wait at the bottom of the tower and once the airstrike has knocked the enemies inside, you can take the zip up to them for an easy squad wipe.

Seeing these pesky players get taken out through a clever trick is extremely satisfying, and if more players learn this trick, perhaps the Verdansk Airport runway will be safe to cross. That’s unlikely, though.

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