Following Warzone’s Nuke Event, Verdansk has been destroyed. Cold War and Warzone Season 3 and Verdansk ’84 are now live, so here’s how it all went down.
Due to leaks and rumors, many believed that Verdansk would be destroyed at the end of Season 2. This turned out to be true, and after a two-stage live event in-game, Season 3 has launched, and Warzone has traveled back in time to Verdansk ‘84.
Here’s a full recap of the Warzone Season 3 Nuke Event, explaining why it happened and how it went down.
Why did Verdansk get nuked?
It had been long leaked and theorized that a nuke would destroy Verdansk. The Tactical Nuke has long been a staple in the Modern Warfare franchise, first being a major plot point in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, and then being the ultimate Killstreak to earn in-game from MW2 onwards.
Since the nuke was discovered, players have been waiting to see how it would impact the game. Many expected a nuke to hit Verdansk and usher in a new map, and Season 2’s launch made it all the more likely.
At the beginning of Season 2, missile silos appeared beneath memorials around Verdansk, and a mysterious ship, the Vodianoy, crash-landed on the shore between Prison and Port. Zombies were aboard this ship, and they ravaged location after location until they reached Dam, where “Verdansk was all but gone to the damned.”
The Zombie threat was too great, so Operators (players) were deployed to Verdansk to contain the threat, but they failed. To save the world, Verdansk was nuked.
Warzone Season 3 Nuke Event Part 1 recap
After a season-long Zombie outbreak, it culminated in the nuking of Verdansk. This was a live event in-game, where players played an active part in Verdansk’s final moments.
After a playlist update on April 21, all modes were replaced with “The Destruction of Verdansk Part 1.” Queuing into this playlist would bring players into what appeared to be a regular match of Warzone, but with several important twists.
The Black Ops’ Zombies theme tune blared over the mode, and all the Radiation Zones were active. Rather than a Pistol, players also dropped in with a Shotgun, and there were only SMGs and other Shotguns to be found on the map.
As the gas cloud brought players towards Dam, those that perished along the way came back as Zombies. These Zombies had the goal of preventing the living from leaving, and those still alive had to get out.
Once the exfil was ready, those still alive had to board the helicopter over Dam’s frozen lake and escape. After that, cutscene began which showed a nuke fly towards Verdansk and destroy the map.
In the aftermath, the battle royale action took place on nighttime Rebirth Island. This mode took place 15 minutes after Verdasnk was destroyed, and players could see the mushroom cloud and fallout in the distance.
The second part of the event was scheduled for April 22.
Warzone Season 3 Nuke Event Part 2 recap
While players waited for the second stage of the Nuke Event, Season 3 officially began and Verdansk ’84 was revealed.
Following Verdansk’s destruction, Warzone was set to head back to the 1980s to continue the mission to rescue Russel Adler for the Hunt for Adler event. A celebrity commercial showcased some new areas of the map and a teaser site revealed some of the changed locations.
After a full day of Verdansk being gone, another playlist update hit Warzone, and players were instructed to “Return to Rebirth Island IMMEDIATELY.”
The “Destruction of Verdansk Part 2” playlist went live, and players had to play a ‘capture the flag’ style game mode on Rebirth Island, with teams duking it out to be the one to destroy Verdansk.
Once the winning player, or team, had detonated the nuke, a cutscene played. This showcased the nuke hitting Verdansk, but then time rewound all the way back to 1984.
Players then seamlessly deployed into the new Warzone map, Verdansk ’84, which brought classic locations such as Summit and Standoff, as well as a brand-new Gulag.
That’s everything that happened in Warzone’s Nuke Event! The new map, Verdansk ’84, is now live, but Activision has confirmed that the original Verdansk will not be playable again.
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Best Type 11 loadout for Warzone Pacific Season 1
Here are all of the attachments and Perks you need to build the best Type 11 loadout in Warzone Pacific Season 1.
The Bren received a nerf in a recent Warzone update and players are now turning to the Type 11 as a potential long-range alternative. Here are all of the attachments and Perks you need to create the best Type 11 loadout in Warzone Pacific Season 1.
The Bren was the undisputed number one long-range weapon in Warzone Pacific as of late but a recent nerf may change that. Although the Bren is still a powerful option, players have been quick to explore other weapons including the Type 11.
Here are all of the attachments and Perks you’ll need to get the most out of this mighty LMG.
- Best Warzone Type 11 loadout attachments
- Best Warzone Type 11 Perks & Equipment
- How to unlock Type 11 in Warzone Pacific
- Best alternatives to Warzone Type 11
Best Warzone Type 11 loadout attachments
- Muzzle: Mercury Silencer
- Barrel: Sakura 487mm Shrouded
- Optic: G16 2.5x
- Stock: Warubachi Type 33
- Underbarrel: m1941 Hand Stop
- Magazine: 5.6mm 45 Round Mags
- Ammo Type: Lengthened
- Rear Grip: Grooved Grip
- Perk: Brace
- Perk: Fully Loaded
The Bren deals more damage than the Type 11, but the Type 11 has the Bren beat when it comes to ADS speed, movement speed, and strafe ability in 1 vs 1 gunfights.
Recoil control and aiming stability are vital for long-range weapons and the Warabuchi Type 33, Grooved Grip, and the Sakura 487mm Shrouded barrel make this weapon a laser beam. Distant targets will go down with ease thanks to the G16 2.5x optic.
The Brace proficiency will also increase accuracy and recoil control while Fully Loaded will set you up with enough ammo to tackle large squads. Rest assured, the 5.6mm 45 Round Mags will not leave you short on ammo and it is preferred over the 90 Round Mags due to the added recoil control.
The Mercury Silencer will further boost recoil control while Lengthened will increase bullet velocity which is a must for players who venture into Caldera. Finally, the m1941 Hand Stop is yet another attachment that will make this massive LMG easier to control in long-range battles.
Best Warzone Type 11 Perks & Equipment
- Perk 1: Cold-Blooded
- Perk 2: Overkill
- Perk 3: Amped
- Lethal: Throwing Knife
- Tactical: Stim
Before you switch to Ghost, you’ll want to opt for Overkill on your first loadout to pair this long-range killing machine with a close-range option. The PPSH and MP40 are two viable options in that category.
Cold-Blooded will keep you safe from the abundance of enemies who use Combat Scout, while Amped will have you switching between your heavy LMG and close-range SMG with ease.
The Throwing Knife and Stim equipment combination is currently the most popular set in Warzome thanks to the new Stim buff.
How to unlock Type 11 in Warzone Pacific
If you haven’t played Vanguard, unlocking the Type 11 in Warzone will require some considerable time unless you’re a frequent player. You will need to reach Level 37 before the LMG is accessible.
You may want to take advantage of the upcoming Double XP event across Warzone and Vanguard to unlock the required Type 11 attachments.
Best alternatives to Warzone Type 11
Of course, the Bren is an obvious choice for Warzone players even after a recent nerf but you might also want to explore the Automaton. After dominating Warzone Pacific’s early days, many players believe it’ll make a return following the mid-season update.
You can also turn to the MG42 if you’re looking to stay within the LMG category.
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Pay-to-lose Warzone skin makes it impossible to aim
It appears a pay-to-lose Warzone skin is completely ruining players’ optics, making the crosshair so misaligned you can’t aim.
Warzone players are at wits’ end with invisible skins ruining the game, but another glitch has popped up where wearing a ‘pay-to-lose’ skin completely misaligns your crosshair, making it impossible to aim.
Raven Software are working hard to get back on track, but there appears to be an issue with a Store Bundle that’s causing the skin to completely misalign players’ optics.
Warzone Shadow Outcast skin ruins players’ aim
Reddit user Arbeast21 showed off the glitch, demonstrating that their crosshair was off center and the shots were going in a completely different direction to where the crosshair was placed.
This would make it virtually impossible to win a firefight at long range, as you’d need to aim in a completely different place to where your shots are actually going.
When asked if it was due to the weapon or optic, they explained that it happened no matter what they were using.
However, a couple of other users pointed out that the skin they were wearing caused the issue, with one player explaining, “Change your operator skin. Mine was doing the same and that’s how I fixed it.”
Arbeast21 confirmed it occurred after they equipped the Shadow Outcast Shigenori skin from the Curse of the Ancients bundle, but hasn’t reported if this fixed the issue at the time of writing.
It appears that this glitch has been silently causing issues for some time, with a player showing off the Shadow Outcast skin ruining their aim on December 23. The optic looks the exact way it does for Arbeast21, so it’s highly likely that this is the same issue.
The Curse of the Ancients bundle costs 2400 CoD points, so players who have bought it will be desperate for it to be fixed.
Call of Duty’s developers recently confirmed they’re looking at the major issues affecting Warzone, Vanguard, and Modern Warfare, so hopefully, this pay-to-lose Shigenori Outcast skin will be fixed alongside the invisible skins plaguing the game.
You can also check out how a Warzone Perk was secretly changed and nobody noticed.
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Best Sten loadout for Warzone Pacific Season 1
Here are all of the attachments and Perks you need to build the best Sten loadout in Warzone Pacific Season 1.
The race to find the new best SMG in Warzone is finally underway. The Sten hasn’t been the most popular pick but it definitely deserves consideration when equipped with the correct attachments that produce the best Sten loadout in Warzone Pacific Season 1.
Excellent short-range options for Warzone Pacific are few and far between which makes the search for the MP-40’s successor quite challenging. The Sten is starting to gain some traction as an underrated pick due to its excellent fire rate. You’ll need the best Sten loadout to get the most out of the weapon and we’ve got you covered.
- Best Warzone Sten loadout attachments
- Best Warzone Sten Perks & Equipment
- How to unlock Sten in Warzone Pacific
- Best alternatives to Warzone Sten
Best Warzone Sten loadout attachments
- Muzzle: Recoil Booster
- Barrel: SA 65mm Rapid
- Optic: SA 32S
- Stock: Hockenson S33S Padded
- Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
- Magazine: 9mm 50 Round Drums
- Ammo Type: Incendiary
- Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
- Proficiency: Sleight of Hand
- Kit: Quick
Upon first use, the Sten may seem difficult to control but once you get the hang of its recoil pattern, you’ll enjoy the benefits of its excellent fire rate. For starters, we’ll max out the fire rate by adding the SA 65mm Rapid barrel.
This weapon is definitely going to need some attachments that contribute to recoil control and accuracy. The Carver Foregrip, Polymer Grip, and Hockenson S33S Padded stock will make this weapon much easier to control.
Incendiary ammo and the Recoil Booster muzzle will make this a deadly weapon in close quarters as it’ll shred through enemies. We can’t forget about ADS speed when it comes to SMGs and the SA 32S optic offers a nice boost in that regard.
The 9mm 50 Round Drums may seem excessive but they’re highly useful in Warzone when aiming to take down multiple enemies. The Sleight of Hand proficiency will make reloading the large magazine faster while Quick will improve your sprint speed.
Best Warzone Sten Perks & Equipment
- Perk 1: Cold Blooded
- Perk 2: Overkill (Ghost second loadout)
- Perk 3: Combat Scout
- Lethal: Throwing Knife
- Tactical: Stim
With Combat Scout running rampant across Caldera’s thick foliage, Cold Blooded will prevent enemies from using the third perk to track your movement. Of course, you’ll want to equip Combat Scout yourself and hope your enemies don’t use the same Cold Blooded strategy.
Before you switch to Ghost you’ll want to run Overkill as the Sten needs to be paired with a long-range weapon. Despite receiving a nerf, the Bren remains the top long-range option.
A Throwing Knife will help you quickly confirm kills on downed enemies that you’ve rushed with your Sten. Due to the Stim’s new “Super Slide” mechanic, it has become the top choice in terms of Tactical equipment.
How to unlock the Sten in Warzone Pacific
Luckily unlocking the Sten in Warzone and Vanguard is a supremely easy task that doesn’t require a significant amount of time. Players will need to hit Level 10 to unlock the Sten SMG.
If you’ve played any form of Vanguard or Warzone Pacific in the past few weeks, chances are the Sten is already accessible. Leveling up the weapon is a different story and may take some time. Luckily, players can take advantage of the upcoming Double XP event.
Best alternatives to Warzone Sten
The PPSH has been rising up the SMG ranks as of late due to a groundbreaking hip fire class that absolutely destroys close-range enemies in Caldera and Rebirth Island. The PPSH is the frontrunner to take over the new SMG meta in Warzone.
Alternatively, the Cooper Carbine remains one of the most versatile weapons in the game for those who are looking for a do-it-all weapon.
Also, be sure to check out our ranking of every weapon in Warzone, as well as this bizarre Warzone glitch that is killing players who win their Gulag.
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