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Black Ops 4 servers have been improved after update – but there’s a catch

Published: 24/Oct/2018 9:49

by Calum Patterson

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Following the October 23 game update for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, it appears the server send rate has been increased, but it’s still not what it was in the multiplayer beta.

Back when the multiplayer beta took place in August, fans praised it for its fast, fluid and responsive gameplay, which felt tight and crisp.

However, upon the game’s full release, players quickly began to notice that the responsiveness wasn’t quite the same, as bullets would slide off enemies, corner peeking advantage was rife, and there was increased kill trading.

After some investigation, fans discovered that the server send rate (the rate at which updates are sent from the server to the client) were down to only 20Hz from around 60 in the beta.

Unsurprisingly, this infuriated many players, who took to social media, YouTube and Reddit to slam Treyarch for the poor networking, but the developers responded by saying it was done to ensure a smooth launch period.

On October 23, Treyarch released a new update with what they said was the “first phase of planned changes to network configuration in targeted locations.” After some tests, it appears this is an increase to 30Hz server send rate.

Server send rate (blue) has been increased to 30Hz. Data: u/soja92

This data specifically comes from a Reddit user on the East Coast of the USA, and since Treyarch have said they are rolling it out in “targeted locations”, it may not be the same all across the globe.

It is certainly a step in the right direction, but fans will hope to see the send rate increased further still as the we move further away from the launch period.

But, for those hoping that there will be a sudden jump to 60Hz, you can pretty much rule that out, as Treyarch said in their update:

“It’s important that we roll out updates in a carefully staged process, as changes to networking infrastructure can potentially produce both positive and negative effects, and we need to monitor every update closely.”

They have been updating the game every few days so far since launch, with numerous bug fixes, the addition of the Black Market, new game modes and more.

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How to watch HusKerrs Howl $300K Warzone event: streams & schedule

Published: 30/Oct/2020 3:39 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 3:45

by Brad Norton

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Another massive Warzone event is heating up as popular content creator and battle royale champion Jordan ‘HusKerrs’ Thomas is hosting his very own tournament with $300,000 on the line.

Following close behind Vikkstar’s original Warzone competition, HusKerrs is next in line for his own huge Call of Duty event. HusKerrs Howl aims to crown the best partners in the world as this unique event focuses on Duos action.

After making history as the first player to pass six figures in Warzone winnings, it’s only fitting that HusKerrs’ event comes with the biggest prize pool yet. A whopping $300,000 is up for grabs over the course of two weeks.

From the teams that will be dropping in to when each round of action is taking place, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about the HusKerrs Howl Warzone event.

What is the HusKerrs Howl Warzone event?

The HusKerrs Howl event is one of the biggest Warzone tournaments to date. Not just in terms of prizing, but in how long it’s set to last and how many teams will be getting involved.

Duos will be dropping into Verdansk across multiple weeks in order to qualify for the Finals. Additionally, there’s also a special one-off Zombie Trios section to get things going before the Duos competition really begins.

A brand new Twitch channel has been created just for this event with HusKerrs set to host. We’ve embedded this below for your convenience. Expect almost every competitor to be sharing their own perspective throughout the tournament as well.  

HusKerrs Howl Warzone event schedule

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HusKerrs Howl will be starting with a Zombie Royale showdown.

First up is the special Zombie Day event on Friday, October 30 at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET. This is a unique Trios competition in the Zombie Royale playlists. Only one team can take out the prize for what is essentially a warm-up run before the real show starts up.

The following day on October 31, Duos will be dropping in for the first round of qualifying action. This will be followed up by the second and third rounds on November 5 and November 6 respectively.

Last but not least, the best Duos from the qualifiers will advance through to the Finals. This takes place on November 7 to determine the overall winner of the HusKerrs Howl event.

HusKerrs Howl Warzone event format

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This particular competition is for Duos only.

This particular Warzone competition is for Duos only and will feature a double-elimination bracket. 16 teams will be dropping in for the first day of action. They will go head to head until the very end with only the Top 3 qualifying for the Finals.

For the final two days of the qualifiers, only eight duos will be playing. From here, the Top 2 make it into the Finals. This makes seven Duos so HusKerrs will be taking the eighth and final spot.

As teams are going head to head, the Duo with the highest point total in each matchup will advance. No different from most Warzone events, teams will be awarded one point per elimination. There’s currently no telling how many points will be awarded for higher placements in each match.

Stay tuned over the coming days for full recaps and results as the action gets underway. Big names such as Symfuhny, Aydan, and TeePee are all expected for the event. So it’s sure to be an intense tournament.