Call of Duty: Warzone has been known for having skill-based matchmaking to place players in equally skilled lobbies, and some players try to confuse this system by reverse boosting, which many consider a negative action.
For those experienced players, perhaps these changes no longer entice your interest, but rather the skill-based matchmaking and constant sweaty lobbies are what’s putting you down.
These more difficult lobbies have led many players to utilize Warzone reverse boosting to try and get into games with lesser-skilled players.
For those that don’t know, Call of Duty: Warzone features skill-based matchmaking, a system put in place by the developers to match equally skilled players with each other instead of lobbies being filled with differing skill levels.
The system has been an important topic of controversy in the Call of Duty community, as many players believe it creates too competitive of an environment in casual playlists.
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Others believe that it is healthy for games, as it allows players to play against others equal in skill and avoids them being matched against players who are higher in skill and will likely beat them soundly.
With this in mind, Warzone reverse boosting has become something players take advantage of to get around skill-based matchmaking.
What is reverse boosting in Warzone?
Reverse boosting is the method that some players use to negatively affect their skill-based matchmaking to get put in lobbies with others considered to be lower in skill.
Warzone reverse boosting is done by performing poorly consistently for many games in a row until the skill-based matchmaking system changes your lobbies to suit the performance.
Essentially, this is players acting as if they have gotten significantly worse at the game to be put into lobbies where others are less skilled and experienced than them. This allows players to play casually and effectively do extremely well, gaining high damage and kill games.
With skill-based matchmaking becoming more publicly prevalent in various popular multiplayer games, Warzone reverse boosting and in other games has had the spotlight shone on it much more than in the past. Some see no problem with it, and others believing the practice to be something players should not partake in doing.
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Warzone devs confirm 120Hz returns to Xbox Series consoles soon
Xbox Series consoles can no longer run Warzone at 120FPS, but Raven Software have confirmed the fix is coming very soon.
Xbox Series consoles haven’t supported 120FPS on Warzone since December, locking the game at 60FPS. Players have been desperate for it to return, and Raven Software have confirmed that 120Hz is coming back very soon.
While Warzone Pacific brought a brand-new map and has continued to bring a number of major quality of life updates, console players have been suffering from stuttering and textures failing to load. While PlayStation 5 players can enjoy the game at 120FPS, Xbox Series players lost the ability with the Season 1 update and have been stuck playing at 60FPS ever since.
In a pre-Warzone Season 3 interview with CharlieIntel, Raven Software’s Senior Creative Director Ted Timmins reaffirmed that they “absolutely want” to bring 120 FPS back to Xbox Series consoles, and have now confirmed that it’s coming back very soon.
When is 120FPS coming back to Warzone on Xbox Series X?
Raven Software announced on May 20 that 120Hz will be returning to Xbox Series X|S consoles with the Season 3 Reloaded update, which is set for Wednesday, May 25.
Raven’s Ted Timmins confirmed they were aware on December 12 and were looking into the issue, but when speaking to us ahead of Warzone Pacific Season 3, they said it’s a “very complex” issue that’s “still being investigated.”
It appears this issue has now been resolved, with the devs confirming that it will arrive with Season 3 Reloaded which they hope “will make for an even more enjoyable experience in Caldera!”
In the same interview, Timmins also confirmed that the team is “working as hard as they can” to resolve other console performance issues. While things are looking positive, they are grateful to see the videos and screenshots that the community sends in.
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Best Shotguns in Warzone: Season 3 ranked list
If you’re looking for the most powerful close-range weapons Warzone Pacific has to offer, here are the best Shotguns for Season 3.
If you’re looking to get up close and personal in Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific Season 3, here are the five best Shotguns you should be running.
With Warzone players having an arsenal of weapons from Black Ops Cold War, Modern Warfare, and Vanguard at their disposal, there are plenty of options for close-range engagements. SMGs such as the Owen Gun are extremely popular, but for a little more stopping power up close, you can’t go wrong with a trusty Shotgun.
With how many fights occur indoors in Warzone, a Shotgun is a perfect weapon for getting up in players’ faces. We’ve compiled the five best Shotguns that you should run in Warzone Pacific Season 3.
Best Shotgun in Warzone ranked list
Call of Duty: Warzone has 14 Shotguns in total, each suiting unique situations. However, as with all weapons, some are better than others.
We’ve placed every Shotgun from Modern Warfare, Cold War, and Vanguard into a ranked Warzone list.
- Gallo SA12
- Combat Shotgun
- Einhorn Revolving
- Origin 12
- Double Barrel
- Gracey Auto
- VLK Rogue
- Hauer 77
- .410 Ironhide
- Model 680
Best Warzone Shotguns
5. Einhorn Revolving
When Warzone Pacific introduced Vanguard weapons to Warzone, the Einhorn Revolving was a truly terrifying sight. However, the powerful Incendiary ammo eventually got nerfed in Season 1 knocking its viability down.
It’s a shame that the Incendiary Ammunition attachment received a considerable nerf but the Shotgun is still powerful enough to crack the top 5 on its own merit.
4. Combat Shotgun
While it looked like the Double Barrel would be Vanguard’s best Shotgun, a Season 1 nerf ended its chances of ranking on top. This opened the door for a different weapon and in Season 3 the Combat Shotgun is Vanguard’s best.
For starters, the damage output of this weapon is absolutely ridiculous and it will surely dominate in tight spaces. Whether you’re clearing Caldera’s various buildings or running across Rebirth Island, the Combat Shotgun is one of the best available.
The Combat Shotgun outclasses the Einhorn Revolving thanks to a faster reload time as well as the luxury of equipping 10 Round Drums.
3. Gallo SA12
Reminiscent of the fan-favorite SPAS-12 from the original Black Ops, the Gallo SA12 packs a punch in all indoor situations.
The Gallo SA12 is so powerful that it was banned from Warzone tournaments. While this was way back in Season 5, it still packs a punch in Pacific Season 3.
It’s especially powerful in solos, as it’ll take out an individual player in only a couple of shots. Thanks to its excellent range it’s also a great option across Caldera.
Introduced in Black Ops Cold War Season 1, the Streetsweeper is an automatic Shotgun that’s deadly up close.
This weapon will allow you to take out whole teams at close range, and with how fast it expells bullets, you’ll get off several shots before they even know what’s happening. Just be careful of the Streetsweeper’s reload time, however, as it’s exceptionally slow.
1. JAK-12 – best Shotgun in Warzone
Although relatively unpopular, the JAK-12 is an excellent weapon for taking out full squads in the blink of an eye. It has one of the greatest disparities between a pick rate of 0.29% and a K/D of 1.20 in Season 3. This proves that it is massively underrated, and even top players are frustrated by how powerful it is.
Modern Warfare’s JAK-12 acts very similarly to Cold War’s Streetsweeper but has the advantage of a much faster reload. In addition, it was also proven to be the fastest-killing close-range weapon available in Warzone at the moment.
If you plan on pushing buildings with a whole squad camping inside, the JAK-12 could be the perfect Shotgun for you.
For more loadout guides check out the best Assault Rifles in Warzone Season 3.
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Warzone 2 reportedly set to introduce bag system & new armor vest mechanic
Renowned leaker Tom Henderson claims that Warzone 2 could introduce a bag system for looting as well as a new armor vest mechanic.
Industry insider Tom Henderson claims that Warzone 2 could introduce players to a bag system for looting purposes much like Escape from Tarkov. The same report also suggests that the sequel will come with a new way to store armor.
On May 20, Tom Henderson published a Warzone 2 report which revealed various details that could be coming to the battle royale. While players are already excited by leaks of classic MW2 maps being involved in Warzone 2, they also got word of the potential inclusion of Pro Perks.
Henderson’s report highlighted several exciting new features that are rumored to make their way to Warzone 2. Among these new features is a bag system for looting as well as armor vests that are similar to what players had in Black Ops 4’s Blackout.
Warzone 2 rumored armor vests explained
It seems the devs have decided to combine the current armor system in Warzone with the previous armor system in Blackout. In Blackout, players were tasked with searching for one of three levels of body armor that would increase their overall health.
According to Henderson, “players will need to find a tiered armor vest in order to equip armor plates,” in Warzone 2. If leaks are true, players can expect both armor plates and a version of body armor, aka armor vests, in Warzone 2.
The report claims that there will be three tiers of armor vests, and each tier will hold one more armor plate than the previous tier. Furthermore, “your armor vest does not break, but your armor plates do.” These claims suggest that plating in Warzone 2 will abide by a similar structure to the familiar Warzone system.
Bag system reportedly coming to Warzone 2
Another interesting aspect of the report was the suggestion that Warzone 2 could adopt a bag system, with similar functionality to that of Escape from Tarkov’s. Henderson stresses that the bag system is in early development and far from finished as a new feature.
Once again, it seems there will be different bag tiers, with the higher tiers carrying more loot. Rumors suggest that bags could carry killstreaks, ammo, and weapons, making them a vital aspect of surviving until the endgame.
Here’s a rough example from Henderson’s report detailing how the bag system could work:
“Example of how the Bag System works (not accurate numbers).
- Ammo – Takes up 1 Slot
- Killstreaks – Takes up 4 Slots (2 by 2)
- Assault Rifle – Takes up 6 Slots (2 by 3)
- Sniper Rifle – Takes up 8 Slots (2 by 4)
- Tier 1 Bag – 10 Slots (2 by 5)
- Tier 2 Bag – 15 Slots (3 by 5)
- Tier 3 Bag – 20 Slots (4 by 5)”
Based on the size of the bag, players will have to strategically decide which items to carry. In addition, those familiar with Tarkov will know that you can flip items to allow for maximum storage space within the bag. Henderson claims that “at this moment in time, you cannot “flip” weapons to add to your bag as they can only be placed horizontally.”
With several of these features drawing from Blackout, it’s no surprise that Henderson suggested Warzone 2’s map is more like Blackout than Verdansk or Caldera.
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