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5 worst Modern Warfare beta issues that need to be fixed

Published: 24/Sep/2019 11:34 Updated: 24/Sep/2019 12:07

by Andy Williams


After the curtain call for the Modern Warfare beta on September 23, Infinity Ward will be looking to fix all of the issues reported before its official launch. So what exactly does the development team need to work on ahead of the next Call of Duty release?

Thus far, the intentions of the Modern Warfare developers have not gone unnoticed; from adding a brand new platform-wide ‘cross-play’ feature, to introducing entirely new game modes, it appears that Infinity Ward is pulling out all of the stops to ensure the next Call of Duty title is a success. 

However, the testing period has not been plain sailing, as expected, and the first-person shooter’s beta ran into a number of problems. Here are the five worst issues that need to be fixed for launch.

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1. Hit registration issues on map elements

There have been reports of players running into issues when shooting towards enemies through the gaps of pylons, while also having the ability to shoot through doors, where, in some cases, doors have been entirely transparent. 

2. In-game textures and graphics

Alongside players discovering bugs in relation to specific elements within the map, there have been reported issues with the global color saturation/distortion, both when loading into the server and in-game.

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3. Grain on weapon sights

Modern Warfare has introduced a depth of field (DOF) effect when aiming down sights, which has, in turn, caused grain and blur distortion around the reticle when targeting enemies. Although there is a fix to work around this issue on PC, there is currently no function to do so on console. A simple addition to the options menu would solve this issue.

4. Spawn system

There have been spawn issues across all game modes during the beta. However, Ground War, in particular, seemed to struggle with keeping up with the spawning frequency of players based on enemy positions.

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Nonetheless, the devs have recognized the issue and are looking to have a fix patched in time for launch.

5. Mini-map

It’s no secret among those keeping tabs on Infinity Ward’s updates, that the mini-map (or lack thereof) received instant backlash from the community. With various Reddit threads gaining traction during the first day of the beta’s release, the devs re-introduced the mini-map less than 48 hours into testing.

However, it’s not the mini-map of old, as it doesn’t show enemy gunfire, and is circular rather than square. Some players have also voiced concern with the zoom level of the map, which seems off compared to previous games.


Notable mentions

Alongside the above issues, that will likely draw most of Infinity Ward’s resources, the team will also need to focus on various other problems that have been encountered along the beta’s somewhat bumpy road. 

  • Skill-based matchmaking – though not proven, there are fears that strict SBMM is being used.
  • Intermittent issues when interacting with maps (e.g., opening doors, defusing bombs).
  • Players spawning under/within the map (specifically when playing Ground War). 
  • Settings don’t always save in the Options Menu on PC.
  • Unable to chat from PC to console in cross-play lobbies. 

Ashton Williams kept the CoD faithful up-to-date throughout, by frequently updating the subreddit and affiliated socials. 

The Senior Community Manager reached out and thanked the community (alongside detailing what the developer is looking into right now) in a Reddit post on September 23.

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Infinity Ward have been extremely proactive in listening to (and implementing) community feedback during the beta’s lifecycle. Of course, it goes without saying that this was a pre-release version of the game, and as such, the feedback obtained will aid Modern Warfare’s transition into its full release.

Regardless of complaints regarding the issues encountered, popular personalities and pros alike have given glowing responses to the next iteration of the franchise.

On the whole, players have been left wanting more, after the beta provided a balance between two important elements within a first-person shooter: maps that require tactical awareness and a fast-paced movement system to navigate said maps. 

Whether Infinity Ward will fix all of the aforementioned issues before release remains to be seen, but one thing’s for sure, Modern Warfare could be the dawn of a new era for Call of Duty, as we move into the first year of franchising for esports with (what will hopefully be) a polished game upon release. 

Thought of something that didn’t make the list? Be sure to send your feedback to the development team via the Modern Warfare subreddit before the official launch on October 25.

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7 players to watch during 2021’s CDL Kickoff Classic

Published: 22/Jan/2021 19:02 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 22:40

by Theo Salaun


Activision’s Call of Duty League is finally here and things are getting started with the CDL Kickoff Classic — a preseason event where x-factor players on all 12 teams can begin making their mark. 

With an exodus of 12 starters as the CDL shifts to a 4v4 format in Black Ops Cold War, individual play is paramount. Players have less backup on the battlefield and, with a deep talent pool in the Challengers scene, more competition for their roles.

Representing Chicago, OpTic Gaming are back with Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez, Seth ‘Scump’ Abner and the gang. Delighting fans, Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag’s 100 Thieves return to competitive CoD for Los Angeles. Teams have shuffled since the inaugural season and each team’s expectations will be tested by at least one player’s CDL Kickoff performance. 

Alec ‘Arcitys’ Sanderson (Atlanta FaZe)

The best AR in CoD?

Chicago Hunstmen Arcitys CDL
Call of Duty League
Did the most stacked roster in CoD add the league’s best AR?

While Michael ‘MajorManiak’ Szymaniak was highly regarded by his teammates last season, few rank him in a tier anywhere near Arcitys. FaZe’s submachine gun and flex play was never a question, but adding Arcitys on the assault rifle could push them past the Dallas Empire in power rankings.

If Arcitys continues, let alone improves upon, his 2020 form, then Atlanta should be an early favorite. Tested by a strong Florida Mutineers squad, fans should get a quality temperature check on FaZe’s newest member.

Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter (Dallas Empire)

Did Dallas release the right veteran AR?

Crimsix celebrating a Dallas Empire win
At 28 years old, Crimsix needs to continue disproving his doubters.

The transition from 5v5 to 4v4 was not without heartbreak and few splits were as tough as the Empire’s. Dropping James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks instead of Crimsix was a difficult decision and, at the CDL Kickoff Classic, that decision will receive its first evaluation.

When the two veteran ARs face each other, Crim will be with the same absurd, young trio of “Xeo” gunners and Clayster with… one standout sophomore and two formerly projected bench players. It shouldn’t be too hard of a test for Dallas, but fans should be curious to see how much Crim’s thumbs have aged.

Donovan ‘Temp’ Laroda (Los Angeles Thieves)

Big Brand meets Big Ego

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Temp talks the talk, but must walk the walk for the CDL’s next big brand.

Tying for 5th at CDL Champs wasn’t enough to keep OpTic in Los Angeles so Nadeshot got to buy into the league. Although the team’s Challengers call-ups, Zack ‘Drazah’ Jordan and Darien ‘Hollow’ Chervchko, played admirably in the postseason — 100T replaced them in the starting lineup with one of the league’s most confident ARs.

The self-proclaimed top “gunnie” in the CDL, Temp has an unrelenting belief in his ability (alternatively, a ‘strong personality,’ per general manager Eric ‘Muddawg’ Sanders) backed by a strong history of top-tier, albeit streaky play. While his year with the New York Subliners was disappointing, Temp now rejoins former teammates Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat and Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly. With 100T’s enormous fanbase and a matchup with OpTic Chicago, the gunner gets a large stage to prove his play can rise to both the occasion and his own expectations.

Preston ‘Priestahh’ Greiner (Minnesota ROKKR)

The honorary Tiny Terror?

Atlanta FaZe's Priestahh.
From teaming with the Tiny Terrors to a much larger role, Priestahh can make a statement in 2021.

FaZe were the second-best team in 2020 and Priestahh would likely still be on the team if not for the swap to 4v4. Instead, one of the league’s most selfless players gets to turn a new leaf with a fully revamped ROKKR squad.

Starting with Minnesota’s preseason matchup against the Toronto Ultra, Priestahh should shift from flex to his more natural sub role. Expectations for what was a miserable ROKKR team will hinge on his ability to prove he was being overshadowed in Atlanta and can transition from dirty work to slaying.

Makenzie ‘Mack’ Kelley (New York Subliners)

No ZooMaa, No Hydra: Return of the Mack

New York Subliners' Mack.
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A 2020 MVP candidate, Mack needs to take another step for NY to compete.

Easily one of the top rookies in 2020, Mack jumped into New York’s starting lineup and almost immediately surged into the MVP conversation. The Subliners had a quality offseason after fizzling in the playoffs, but new issues mean Mack will have to go above and beyond to start 2021.

With rookie Paco ‘HyDra’ Rusiewiez dealing with visa issues and Tommy ‘ZooMaa’ Paparatto retiring due to injury, Mack is moving to SMG for an unfinished roster. He’s back in his preferred role, but the season depends on his ability to reach 2020’s near-MVP form.

Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell (OpTic Chicago)

Heeding Chicago’s Bat-Signal

Dashy on stage
Back with his guys, Chicago’s hopes depend on Dashy’s return to form.

Like Atlanta, Chicago shuffled pieces after falling just short of the championship in 2020. With Arcitys eager to rejoin former teammates on FaZe, H3CZ celebrated the return of OpTic with the return of one of the brand’s former players.

But 2020 was an ugly year for Dashy and, aside from some big moments as a suddenly summoned bench player in CDL Champs, questions surround the formerly elite AR. Expectations are high for the biggest brand in CoD, but will rise and fall depending on Dashy’s play.

Peirce ‘Gunless’ Hillman (Seattle Surge)

Started from the bottom, now we Peirce

Chicago Huntsmen's Gunless.
In just a few years, Gunless has gone from star to substitute to starter with a chip on his shoulder.

Like Dashy, no one questions the raw mechanical talent that Gunless holds. Unfortunately, also like Dashy, the gifted player spent most of a porous 2020 on the bench with rumored character concerns. 

Now, he joins two others as reinforcements for Sam ‘Octane’ Larew on 2020’s worst team: Seattle. If the Surge are going to improve upon a 5-18 record that ended dead last at CDL Champs, Gunless will need a return to form beginning on Day 1 against the Los Angeles Guerrillas.

While the Call of Duty League is chock-full of players with high expectations, low expectations and everything in between, these seven stand out as those with the most notable stocks in the preseason. A variety of other rookies and transferred players can make statements during the Kickoff Classic, but power rankings and fan expectations should hinge entirely on our listed x-factors.