The topic of “pay-to-win” has reared its ugly head once more in Call of Duty as Warzone’s Mac-10 appears to have a special Blueprint that boosts its killing potential by 30%. But the only way to unlock the overpowered Gallantry skin is to buy the game’s Battle Pass.
The last decade or so has seen a huge leap forward for gaming in terms of graphics, imagination, and scope. But it’s also ushered in the sour era of microtransactions, DLC, and other moneymaking practices.
Lots of online games now use the Battle Pass/Seasons model and this naturally brings in lots of extra revenues for companies. But Activision Blizzard seems to be rewarding players for investing in their Battle Pass by offering the chance to make their Mac-10 even more destructive and powerful with an exclusive Blueprint.
Mac-10 Gallantry Blueprint in Warzone
Since its introduction into Black Ops Cold War and Warzone, the Mac-10 has become the instigator of many high killstreaks and the source of much rage.
Once you’ve added a few key attachments to this rapid monster, you can easily create an accurate machine capable of lasering any enemy from pretty much any distance. But you can go one step further and increase the weapon’s base damage by simply equipping a Blueprint.
Blueprints are pre-set loadouts for a gun, but with an incredibly detailed skin, and Tier 95 of the Battle Pass rewards the player with the Gallantry Blueprint for the Mac-10. It was believed that these only made the gun look aesthetically more pleasing, but a darker truth has been discovered.
Popular YouTuber JGOD has been doing some digging and discovered that the Gallantry Blueprint actually increases the Mac-10’s damage threefold. He performs a series of different tests to ascertain the gun’s actual DPS and how it reacts to different parts of the body.
It seems like the MAC-10 does increased damage to every part of the body, and more specifically the head, chest, and stomach of the enemy.
This realization, with evidence to support it, is most likely to cause a community backlash given how unfavorably pay-to-win elements are usually looked down upon. The belief is that consumers who’ve already bought the game shouldn’t have to spend even more money so that they can compete with other players online.
There’s been no reaction from the developers yet to comment on these findings, and given that Call of Duty has had pay-to-win weapons before, it seems unlikely that much will be done.
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Bizarre Warzone glitch plays constant music around Verdansk
An unusual Warzone bug allowed one player to keep the stream of beats flowing through their ears thanks to an odd glitch.
Music is usually reserved for Warzone’s vehicles to make the journey a bit more pleasant. However, a new glitch is allowing players to extend their listening to on-foot gameplay with one player enjoying the sounds of Bangarang longer than normal.
It’s fun to ride a vehicle around a war-torn battlefield with death looming around every corner. Travel is a momentary distraction that can also get the blood-pumping thanks to Warzone’s licensed anthems.
You traditionally get to enjoy some awesome tunes whilst you’re riding in the vehicle. Yet one player’s experience turned into an on-foot concert as well.
Warzone glitch plays music on-foot
The insinuation is that our Call of Duty player has recently gotten out of a vehicle and the game decided to carry on the Bangarang track a bit longer than normal.
Reddit user ThePartsGuy is blissfully running through the map with his MAC-10 and teammates when Skrillex decides to join them on their journey.
He and his teammates have a good laugh about the situation as the act of hearing enemy gunfire and footsteps is nigh on impossible due to Bangarang continuing to play throughout their headsets.
They continue to investigate the map and vibe, and it seems that the music goes away after the song finishes.
But soon after its completion, another one of the game’s licensed tracks begins to slowly start-up and they prepare for another few minutes of distractions.
According to other users in the thread, the music glitch is a random occurrence that needs to be stopped manually.
You can either:
- “You just got to get into another car and turn off music manually to fix it though.”
- “Found out it was a easy fix within the audio settings under the “War Tracks” section just had to disable it and turn down the volume.”
So if this does happen to you, then at least there are some easy fixes for you to employ.
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How to get Call of Duty League Stage 1 rewards
Call of Duty League Stage 1 kicks off on February 11, and by watching you can get in-game rewards such as calling cards and double XP.
Call of Duty League 2021 kicks off on February 11 and offers viewers a ton of free in-game items to earn, so here’s how to unlock the CDL Stage 1 viewership rewards.
Following the CDL Kickoff Classic, the Call of Duty League will officially kick off on February 11 with the Opening Weekend hosted by Atlanta FaZe.
With Dallas Empire looking to defend their title, the return of H3CZ’s OpTic, and newcomers LA Thieves looking to prove themselves, it’s shaping up to be a great year for competitive Call of Duty fans.
While watching the narratives of the year unfold, you can also earn free in-game rewards such as calling cards and double XP just for watching. Here’s how to get the CDL Stage 1 rewards.
How to earn CDL Stage 1 rewards
To earn the free in-game rewards for the CDL launch weekend, you must have an Activision account. If you don’t have one already, you can create one on Activision.com by heading to ‘register’ in the right-hand corner.
Link CoD account to YouTube
Rewards are earned by watching CDL Stage 1 through a YouTube account linked to Call of Duty.
To link your account on PC and mobile:
- Open YouTube.com or the YouTube app
- Select your profile photo and hit ‘settings’
- Click on ‘Connected Apps’
- Locate ‘Activision’ and hit ‘connect’
- Sign in to your Activision account
While signed in with your linked YouTube account, watch CDL matches on YouTube, CallofDutyLeague.com, or the COD companion app to earn the rewards.
Account linking begins on Wednesday, January 27, so make sure to link accounts between then and February 11.
CDL Stage 1 in-game rewards
For watching at least 60 minutes of the CDL opening weekend on February 11-14, you will earn the ‘cash stack’ weapon charm to hang on your weapons in multiplayer and battle royale.
And as you watch matches throughout Stage 1, you’ll earn Double XP and Double Weapon XP tokens to redeem for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.
- Read more: Warzone to join Call of Duty League
For watching at least three hours of the Stage 1 Major in the first week of March, you can earn three competitive CoD themed calling cards and an emblem. With these, you can channel your inner Cellium by rocking the ‘Snaked’ calling card and taunt your opponents with the ‘salty’ emblem.
With League Play confirmed to be arriving in Black Ops Cold War in the coming weeks, the calling cards and emblem will be perfect additions to complement your grind.
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Warzone players call for changes to unfair Nuketown Gulag
Some CoD players are calling for changes to Warzone Season 1’s Gulag as it unfairly punishes one player in each instance of a Nuketown 1v1.
Warzone’s new Nuketown-inspired Gulag has come in for criticism as of late. Players are saying that one side of the CoD map heavily favors one player, making it unfair for their rival.
There have been a plethora of changes to Warzone since it integrated into Black Ops Cold War. The Season 1 launch has seen the game receive a whole new map in Rebirth Island, there’s been the slew of new guns brought over from BOCW, and there have been gameplay changes.
But not everything has been a smash-hit for the season. There have been complaints about the DMR, the return of the stim glitch, and even “pay-to-win” skins. Further still, a new change has seen the traditional Shower-based Gulag replaced by a variation of Nuketown.
Most instances of Nuketown are usually welcomed. In this case, the addition has been lamented due to the fact that it’s changed the dynamics of the Gulag and made it unfair for one of the players.
Warzone Season 1 Nuketown Gulag unfair
The original Gulag became etched in internet infamy, generating endless memes and challenging players to “1v1 in the Gulag”. It was a tough proving ground that allowed one player to win a duel, earn their stripes, and gain the opportunity to re-enter the Warzone.
One of the Gulag’s best qualities was that it was fair and unprejudiced. The whole arena was symmetrical, and each player had the same layout to contend with. It meant that it all boiled down to pure skill and who could keep their cool the best.
The new Nuketown Gulag doesn’t quite offer the same challenge, and it actually incorporates an element of luck into proceedings.
Players are complaining that one side of Nuketown has certain obstacles to exploit that the other player doesn’t have. These are sentiments from the Warzone subreddit with multiple players all unifying to show their displeasure with the game’s newest Gulag.
“The title says it all. 40% of my gulag deaths are from my enemy camping behind the car ruins. That’s not what the gulag was originally designed to do. This needs a change.”
The general consensus is that players would like to see the old Gulag restored so that there isn’t a feeling of being unfairly treated.
Given how popular and iconic the original Gulag was, it could easily be welcomed back in Season 2 to bring about a new wealth of memes.
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