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CoD leakers claim Blackout’s Alcatraz map is coming to Warzone

Published: 14/Sep/2020 0:42

by Theo Salaun

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Alcatraz mode was one of its most popular complements to Blackout battle royale and now leakers have discovered that the prison map could also be coming to Warzone. 

Based on datamined files, a few prominent leakers are alleging that elements of Black Ops 4’s Alcatraz map have been added to Warzone. Those elements include the names of locations that were made popular in the second Blackout map.

While the addition of these assets to the game’s files doesn’t mean a new Alcatraz mode is coming right now, it does coincide with earlier rumors and suggests that the map will be joining the game, possibly in Season 6. 

 

As shown by dataminer ‘Nanikos,’ memorable Alcatraz locations like “Cell House” and “Parade Grounds” have been added. Interestingly, well-known leaker ‘TheGamingRevolution’ confirms that these files were “recently added” so they are unlikely to be leftover from Blackout and, instead, signify the map’s return.

In Blackout, the Alcatraz Portal Quads mode included just 10 squads of four players and featured round-based re-deployments and Weapon Wallbuys, as were made popular in CoD’s Zombies modes. 

Essentially, it was a combination of the BR and Zombies, allowing players to respawn a certain number of times but also constantly putting them under threat of attack not just by enemies, but also the living dead.

alcatraz quadsAlcatraz featured players re-deploying frequently, akin to Warzone’s Stimulus modes.

Back in June, it was rumored that Blackout would be making its return “in some form” in 2020, so it’s very possible that this either was referencing the return of Alcatraz as an add-on to Warzone.

In late August, another leak suggested that a new mode called “Zombie Royale” would be coming to Warzone in Season 6 or beyond. At the time, it’s leaked description read: “be the last team with a human alive to win. Players turn into Zombies on death, but can become human again by consuming fallen player’s hearts.”

While that doesn’t sound exactly like the traditional Portal Quads format in Alcatraz, but for such an extremely unique game type to be added to Warzone, it wouldn’t be surprising at all if Call of Duty’s developers joined forces to deploy a throwback map for Zombie Royale to be played on.

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The Alcatraz map is visibly smaller than the traditional battle royale environments.

For a mode that’s rumored to be that dependent on infecting other players, it would be very reasonable to want a smaller map so that teams can’t simply camp the entire time to remain human. If that’s the case, then these leaks are starting to link up perfectly, as Alcatraz is a much more restricted location than Verdansk.

Of course, all of this information is based on leaks, so should be taken with a grain of salt. However, considering what’s been rumored and speculated in regards to this over the past few months, don’t be shocked if all ends up coming to fruition.

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Warzone team banned from $250k Twitch Rivals event after cheating scandal

Published: 22/Jan/2021 10:34 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 10:42

by Brad Norton

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The $250K Twitch Rivals Doritos Bowl Warzone event hit a major snag in the road on January 21, as alleged cheaters were disqualified from the competition ahead of the closing round.

One of the biggest Warzone events to date set the scene for one of the biggest cheating scandals to date. Amidst the five-rounds of private lobby action, a number of Warzone’s veteran competitors began to accuse players of cheating in the tournament.

The Trio of METZY_B, kyrptic_j0ker, & Unifyz were disqualified from the competition in light of these allegations. This ban came through before players dropped into the fifth and final match of the day.

“Based on the evidence submitted from various sources in and out of the tournament, [Twitch has] determined that [their] gameplay was unnatural beyond a reasonable doubt,” event host Caleb ‘WavePunk’ Simmons explained.

As a result of their disqualification, Twitch opted to move forward with the event. Rather than restarting or replaying on a different date, the fifth map continued with one less team.

Accusations made against Metzy_B

Accusations started piling up after the fourth round of action. Players noticed some extremely sharp aim coming from METZY_B in particular. 

Resident Warzone investigator Tommey was soon on the case, as he began to dissect the footage. It was peculiar auto-aim that caught his eye, as the suspected cheater immediately “locked on” to an opposing player in the clip.

Given the $250K up for grabs, there was plenty at stake. $45,000 was on the line for the winning team, while even a last place finish would have awarded the alleged cheaters $1,200. However, METZY_B and his team were “ineligible for prizing,” Twitch soon confirmed. 

Naturally, it didn’t take long for the controversy to spill across social media, with many of Warzone’s biggest names repeating their gripes with the lack of an effective anti-cheat system.

“Unfortunately without anti-cheat, authentic Warzone tournaments just aren’t possible anymore,” NICKMERCS said. “There’s too much cheese & way too many rats.”

Despite this, it later became clear that, perhaps, the players in the tournament had jumped the gun early with their accusations…

METZY_B clears his name

After being kicked from the tournament, METZY_B joined Tommey’s Discord call in an attempt to clear his name, showing his PC, the programs he’s been using and more.

While METZY wasn’t reinstated to the tournament, some critics have deleted their tweets and Tommey, after investigating the situation, conceded that he got it wrong this time and there “wasn’t enough to go as far as it did.”

He later clarified that he played no part in reporting METZY to the admins of the tournament or forcing his removal, but the player is “more than welcome to take his earnings” from the event.

Game five continued with one less team in the lobby. Champions were crowned and the $250K prize pool was split accordingly. Be sure to check out our event hub for a full recap of the troubled Twitch Rivals Warzone tournament.