Black Ops 4: Why Concussion Grenades may be ruining Blackout - Dexerto
Call of Duty

Black Ops 4: Why Concussion Grenades may be ruining Blackout

Published: 8/Jan/2019 3:39 Updated: 8/Jan/2019 3:44

by Albert Petrosyan


As with virtually every battle royale game, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Blackout mode has both positive and negative aspects to it in terms of in-game items, mechanics, weapons, and more.

Since the game’s release on October 12, developers Treyarch have made a substantial amount of changes to Blackout mostly based on the feedback they’d received from the community.

While there  have been a lot of positive adjustments, additions, and subtractions, there is still one item in the game that is causing some discontent among the player-base – Concussion Grenades. 

Call of Duty expert YouTuber ‘Drift0r’ published a video on January 7 explaining why Concussion Grenades are “one of the last major problems left in Blackout” and why they should be removed.

In order to back up his argument, Drif0r provides several reasons for his opinion, the first and main one of which is that counters for Concussions does not spawn enough. 

There are currently two counters for Concussions, the Reinforced Perk and Trophy Systems, both of which spawn in on the map and can be found and a considerably lower rate than the stuns themselves.

His second biggest contention is that the Concussion in Blackout is way too strong as it completely impairs players by distorting their vision and audio, inhibiting their movement, and turns them into a complete sitting duck.

His point is that a single stun item causing all of these effects is not consistent with previous CoD titles and getting hit with one in Blackout almost guarantees death unless the enemy player is either too far away to push or is “just plain stupid.”

Trophy Systems are on of two counters for Concussion Grenades, but they simply don’t spawn enough on the map.

His third and final argument is that having overpowered Concussions leads to the greater issue that utility items decide outcomes of matches a lot more than gunskill.

He contends that too many lower skill players who would normally struggle at eliminated opponents are given a crutch with these unbalanced items that take very little skill to actually use but offer a great incentive. 

As for a solution to these issues, Dift0r proposes a multi-step plan that would improve Blackout and make it a lot more balanced:

  • Make the Concussions Grenades more like a Flashbang or old school stun, but not both. This means that the effect of the item should be limited down to the impairment of vision or movement. 
  • Spawn rates for Concussions should be decreased slightly along with a slight increase of the spawn rates of counters, such as the Reinforced Perk or Trophy Systems.
  • Spawn rates should be decreased for a lot of other throwables as well, such as Cluster Grenades, in order to make gunskill and tactical awareness the dominant deciders in match outcomes, not utilities. 

Call of Duty

How to find Warzone Leatherface house easter egg on Verdansk map

Published: 24/Oct/2020 15:53

by Joe Craven


With Call of Duty: Warzone celebrating its first Halloween, there’s some unique changes to the map: here’s everything you need to know to find and enter Leatherface’s house on the Verdansk map.

Warzone’s Halloween celebrations are well underway, with a ton of new content for players to dive into. This includes a number of ghostly easter eggs, one of which takes the shape of a creepy Leatherface shack located on the Verdansk map.

Leatherface is infamous for his role as the antagonist in The Texas Chainsaw film series. First debuting in 1974, the cannibalistic murderer has been reincarnated multiple times. You can even unlock Leatherface content in Modern Warfare and Warzone to strike fear into the heart of your opponents.

Warzone Zombie in Verdansk
Activision / Infinity Ward
Warzone’s Halloween event has given the map a major spooky makeover.

Leatherface’s house location in Warzone

In order to find his house, you need to head to the very east side of the map, towards Krovnik Farmland. Once there, you’ll find a small hut towards the top of the south east areas of huts.

Once you’re nearby it should be pretty easy to locate – there are plenty of signs that it’s the house of a serial killer. A demonic Leatherface figure will greet you at one of the windows, while body parts are littered around the downstairs. Chainsaw noises will also play from upstairs, before two Leatherface figures ambush you on your trip up the stairs.

Leatherface's house circled on Verdansk map
Infinity Ward
The location of Krovnik Farmland on the Verdansk map, then of Leatherface’s house within Farmland.

There’s no in-game reward for visiting the house of Leatherface, but it’s an awesome feature for fans of The Texas Chainsaw series to enjoy nonetheless. It’s fair to assume you could terrify unsuspecting players by waiting among the scattered body parts and incarnations of the mass murderer.

At the time of writing Halloween is still has over a week left, so Infinity Ward could well have some more tricks (or treats) up their sleeves for the Haunting of Verdansk event.