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Aydan, NICKMERCS, more slam rivals’ “sad” Warzone tournament tactics

Published: 5/Oct/2020 5:37 Updated: 5/Oct/2020 6:18

by Brad Norton

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While there’s seemingly a new Warzone tournament announced every week, the top competitors have lashed out at a “sad” tactic that gets around Kill-Death Ratio (K/D) caps.

Given the immense popularity of the Call of Duty battle royale, there are new tournaments popping up all the time. From major competitions that run through multiple weeks, to one-off events with insane prize pools, there’s always something for Warzone players to grind towards.

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The free-to-play title has been available for almost seven months now and many of the biggest events promote one common feature – K/D caps.

While the format and structure of each event can differ wildly, K/D caps are almost a given across the board. They aim to keep an even playing field, rather than having a handful of the best players teaming up and dominating.

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Warzone competitions often enforce K/D caps to keep the event balanced.

However, certain members of the Warzone community have figured out a cheeky workaround, and are intentionally dropping their average K/D in order to form the ultimate squads for the biggest tournaments.

It didn’t take long for a number of the top pros to put them on blast.

“I’ve noticed so many people, even bigger content creator’s K/Ds have dropped substantially,” Aydan tweeted on October 4 to kick-start the conversation.

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From Call of Duty veterans to popular personalities, Warzone competitions often feature the biggest names out there. Apparently, a good chunk from both fields have been going out of their way to drop their stats.

“Kinda sad people are doing this just to get better teammates for K/D cap tournaments,” he added. With a lower K/D, there’s a far better chance of getting picked up by those with higher K/Ds to smash through any given event.

“Buncha lil rats,” NICKMERCS chimed in. “Do anything for some cheese!”

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There’s no telling who exactly Aydan was focusing on with his original statement, but given how often he competes, there’s a good chance he’s run into this issue first hand.

“I get what K/D caps are supposed to do, but all it did was favor people who solo squad and wager regularly,” TeePee responded. “Doesn’t work well for wz tournaments. People will either finesse the system or suffer for having a 5+ K/D.”

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Some tried to point out skill-based matchmaking as the cause of this K/D decline. However, Aydan soon shut down that argument. “I’ve been seeing people drop like 0.4+ K/D. SBMM doesn’t hit that hard.”

Many of the biggest Warzone tournaments around the world utilized K/D caps to this day. Though perhaps the rule might soon be scrapped if enough players are gaming the system to intentionally lower their stats.

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Weird Warzone glitch forces players into hearing never-ending rock music

Published: 13/Oct/2020 12:35

by James Busby

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Warzone players have been rocking out to the game’s new vehicle music as they drive through the frozen fields of Verdansk. However, for some, these catchy tunes never end.

There’s no denying that Warzone Season 6 has had its fair share of problems. Aside from the train station teething problems and return of the ‘demon gun’ texture glitch, there have been some new additions to the seemingly ever-growing bugfix list.

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So far, Activision has had to fix an overpowered bug that allowed the AS VAL to shoot through unlimited walls, a game-breaking unlimited Stim glitch, and now Modern Warfare fans are reporting a rock and roll related problem. 

While Warzone’s new music tracks certainly liven up your drive time commutes across Verdansk, they can also pose a risk to your game-winning plays. This is particularly true when the music in question doesn’t actually stop. The continuous blare of heavy rock certainly gets us pumped in games like DOOM, but it really doesn’t help in FPS titles like Warzone where you need to hear enemy footsteps. 

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What is the Warzone music glitch? 

The addition of playable vehicle music certainly isn’t a new feature in Warzone – in fact, players have been able to equip certain CoD related tracks since Season 5. However, music fans can now listen to their favorite tracks from the likes of DMX, Skrillex, Jack Harlow, and iconic themes from across the Call of Duty series. 

Unfortunately, these tunes have caused a rather interesting and mildly infuriating glitch. The bug seems to happen when you or any of your squadmates have any of the game’s War Tracks equipped and enter a vehicle. While this bug may not be that bad when listening to the game’s quieter tracks, things can get incredibly frustrating when the heavy metal Juggernaut theme plays on a loop.

You may be tempted to blow up your vehicle or drive it off the nearest cliff edge, but even this won’t stop the never-ending audio. Some players have reported that they still hear vehicle music, even when they have the audio option turned off in the game’s settings. “The rock music won’t stop, even after getting out of the vehicle. To top it off, my teammate and I had already turned the audio off before the game,” says one frustrated player

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“After it just wouldn’t stop and we couldn’t hear A THING, we even destroyed the vehicle in hopes it would quiet down. Ultimately, we just disconnected when we couldn’t take it anymore.” Some Warzone players have even reported that they managed to get to the final ring with the same heavy rock track blaring down their earphones. 

How to fix the Warzone vehicle music glitch

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It seems the Juggernaut War Track is the most common offender.

Fortunately, some crafty players have discovered that you can fix this pesky audio issue by selecting the Black Ops music pack from the War Tracks menu. Meanwhile, if you encounter the problem mid-game, simply enter another vehicle in the hopes that it fixes the never-ending audio loop. 

There have even been reports that constantly getting in and out of the offending vehicle will eventually fix the issue. Of course, your experience may vary and some of these fixes may not work. Warzone Season 6 certainly seems to be off to a rocky start and it looks like we’ll just have to wait until Activision officially fixes this audio issue in a future patch. 

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