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YouTuber JGOD discovers secret Warzone weapon balancing changes

YouTuber JGOD has discovered that Black Ops Cold War’s FFAR and XM4 have undergone secret changes over the course of Warzone Season 1.

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YouTuber JGOD has discovered a series of secret buffs and nerfs to Black Ops Cold War’s FFAR and XM4 in Warzone Season 1.

If certain weapons in Warzone have felt different to you over the past few weeks, YouTuber JGOD has revealed how there are “probably a lot of fishy changes happening without us knowing.”

JGOD is known for getting down to the nitty-gritty stats with Warzone’s weapons and has found out that weapons and their attachments have been secretly changed over the course of Season 1.

Compiling his data with fellow YouTuber TrueGameData, JGOD has discovered that certain barrels on the FFAR have been buffed, and the XM4 has also been majorly buffed without its attachments being touched.

The FFAR has been considered one of Warzone’s strongest weapons in Season 1, and changes to its attachments have only made it better. In December, the Ranger barrel increased bullet velocity by 57% but now it increases it by almost 90%.

There’s no way of knowing when this change occurred, but it was sometime between the start of Season 1 and January 16.

The XM4 also received a buff without players’ knowledge. According to JGOD’s data, on January 16, the XM4 had an extremely low bullet velocity compared to the other Assault Rifles. JGOD tested the weapon again on February 6 and discovered that its bullet velocity had been buffed to be in-line with the rest of the ARs.

While the XM4 was almost unusable before its stealth buff, it will now be a decent sniper accompaniment. However, you should avoid putting a barrel on it.

Also discovered by JGOD, certain attachments haven’t been performing as they should, with barrels designed to improve bullet velocity having the opposite effect.

JGOD believes that these won’t be the only weapons that have seen hidden changes, and will be tracking all of his findings on a Google spreadsheet.

Raven Software have confirmed a fix is in the works for attachments not performing correctly, but there is no word on how these significant changes have slipped through the cracks.

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World Series of Warzone EU Trios: Draft, teams, standings & stream

The World Series of Warzone is kicking competitive Warzone up a notch, and we have the teams, draft, standings and stream covered for you.

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The second World Series of Warzone tournament will see Trios from Europe competing for the lion’s share of a $300,000 prize pool, and we have the draft, teams, standings & stream for the highly-anticipated competition covered for you.

Competitive Warzone has become one of the most popular esports scenes globally since the release of the Call of Duty battle royale in 2020.

While various tournament organizers and players have helped to propel the popularity of the game’s competitive scene, the World Series of Warzone is kicking it up a great deal, with a total of $1,200,000 being awarded over the course of four different tournaments.

The first event saw NA Trios compete against each other, with Team Aydan securing the victory, and now the second competition in the World Series of Warzone will see Trios from Europe take the spotlight.

To help you not miss a single second of the action from the upcoming EU Trios competition on August 3 and 4, we have the World Series of Warzone draft, teams, standings, and stream covered for you.

World Series of Warzone Standings

Draft

The EU trios event will see five pre-selected captains form their own team and then draft an additional nine teams to form their own captain squad.

These five captain teams of 10 trios will then compete to secure the most collective points from placements and kills to earn a $100,000 prize pool and the Captain’s Cup championship.

You can find the five captains below:

  • Recrent
  • Emzy
  • Moonryde
  • Imangelikka
  • Gotaga
World Series of Warzone Draft

The draft will be conducted live on August 3, 2021, at 9 AM PST/ 11 AM CST/ 12 PM EST. We will update this piece with the latest results from the draft.

World Series of Warzone Teams

There will be a total of 50 teams competing in the EU Trios competition.

Some of these teams will be competing together to help their Captain be at the top of the Captain’s Cup World Series of Warzone standings.

They will also be competing individually at the same time to secure the lion’s share of the remaining $200,000 in prize money by claiming the top spot in the final World Series of Warzone standings.

World Series of Warzone Teams

We will update this piece with all of the World Series of Warzone teams for the EU Trios tournament when they are officially made available.

Format

The format for the event will be the same as it was for the NA Trios tournament, which you can find in the image below:

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Twitch Rivals Stream

All of the action from the EU Trios World Series of Warzone event will be broadcasted on the official Twitch Rivals stream, so viewers looking to catch the draft and tournament will want to tune into the stream below on August 3 and 4.

World Series of Warzone Standings

We will update this piece with the latest set of World Series of Warzone standings throughout the course of the EU Trios tournament on August 4, 2021.

There is no doubt that the World Series of Warzone EU Trios event will deliver just as many exciting moments and memories as the NA Trios competition did beforehand.

For more Call of Duty: Warzone, check out the best Scar loadout for Season 4, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

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How to fix Call of Duty: Warzone dev error 5573

If you’ve been hit by Warzone dev error 5573 bug, here are some easy to follow steps to fix the problem in Season 4. and get back into the fight.

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Warzone PC players are being plagued by “dev error 5573,” but luckily, we have some quick and simple fixes for the issue.

Although cheaters are tearing through Warzone matches again, there’s nothing worse than booting up the game and being faced with a dev error. Several of these errors have plagued both Warzone and Cold War, but luckily the issue can usually be fixed by following some simple steps.

Here’s how to fix the dev error 5573 that has been preventing PC players from accessing Call of Duty: Warzone Season 4.

How to fix Warzone dev error 5573

Warzone dev error 5573

1. Check Windows is up-to-date

If you’re hit with Warzone dev error 5573, the first thing you should do is make sure that Windows is up-to-date. Here’s how:

  1. Press Win+I together to open up Windows Settings
  2. Click on ‘Update & Security’
  3. Press ‘Check for updates’
  4. Follow the steps until it says ‘You’re up to date’

2. Check your graphics drivers are up-to-date

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The majority of reports say that Warzone’s dev error 5573 is graphics-related, which means the fix is simple – you just need to update your graphics drivers. You should keep these up to date anyway to ensure you’re getting the best PC performance and to fix low FPS issues.

There’s software such as Driver Easy that will keep your drivers up-to-date for you or update them yourself. Here’s how:

How to update NVIDIA graphics driver

If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, the GeForce experience app will handle this for you.

  1. Download GeForce experience through NVIDIA.com
  2. Open GeForce experience
  3. Select the ‘Drivers’ tab
  4. Click ‘check for updates’ in the upper right corner
  5. If an update is available, follow the steps

How to update AMD graphics driver

If you have an AMD GPU, you can use the Radeon Settings to update your drivers.

  1. Right-click on your desktop
  2. Select AMD Radeon Settings
  3. Click on the Home icon
  4. Click ‘New Updates’ on the bottom left
  5. Select ‘check for update’
  6. If an update is available, follow the steps

3. Scan and Repair Warzone

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If none of these fixes work, you should try running a Scan and Repair on Warzone. Here’s how to do this:

  1. Open Battle.net
  2. Click on ‘Call of Duty: Warzone’
  3. Hit ‘Options’ beside the ‘Play’ button
  4. Select ‘Scan and Repair’
  5. When done, launch Warzone

Hopefully, one of these fixes will get rid of the frustrating Warzone dev error 5573. If you have no luck, you should contact Activision Support for further help.

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Warzone players are once again seeing hackers using their own custom skins

Hackers are continuing to make their presence in Warzone known by using custom skins to make themselves identifiable.

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Verdansk is still being populated by hackers in Call of Duty: Warzone Season 4, with another recent example showing someone blatantly using their own custom skins in-game.

Despite Activision’s best attempts to curtail the threat of hackers by banning accounts, hackers remain a constant presence in Warzone lobbies. Whether they are exploiting a God glitch or giving themselves unlimited UAV, hackers are manipulating games of Warzone, souring the experience for others in the process.

But now some of them are not only being caught on Twitch openly hacking, but they are making themself deliberately visible by using their own hacked skins.

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We reported not too long ago that hackers were making their own Operator skins, and now a few weeks later the trend doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of stopping.

The player to fall foul of another Warzone hacker is Reddit user Mhartzzzy who, in their own words, said: “As soon as I saw the skin I knew I was doomed. First game from a weeks break of Warzone. Think I’ll take a month or 2 away this time lmao.”

Their resignation was because of a video they posted showing themself running around the walkway above the Gulag.

At first, everything looked normal. Then, a few seconds into the video, you realize that one of the other players was not dressed normally and looked noticeably different. They were wearing a hacked Operator skin that resembled a red and white checkered picnic cloth.

Our player’s Gulag match began and they were promptly dispatched by the cheating Gulag opponent. At the end of the clip, you saw the player report the hacker for cheating.

Again, we’ve seen examples of this already, and without a proper anti-cheat system in place, it’s likely we’ll see more of these hacked skins going forward in Warzone.

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