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CoD: Warzone players want a fix for frustrating Gas Mask mechanic

Published: 12/Mar/2020 23:44

by Alan Bernal


A bizarre mechanic in Call of Duty: Warzone makes fighting near the edge of the ring difficult to navigate due to the automatically equipped masks in the game – and players are asking for a fix.

If a player has a Gas Mask in their inventory, stepping outside of the closing zone will auto-equip the gear to protect them from the poisonous fumes. But this poses a problem that might not have been intended by the devs.


The masks are a unique component of Infinity Ward’s battle royale. Where other titles have a storm, a Modified Containment Ring, or something of that sort, Warzone lets players have a fighting chance against the outer barriers.

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Millions of players have parachuted into Infinity Ward’s new battle royale Warzone.

But to activate that, a player’s character model will have to reach up and bring the mask down onto the face – temporarily obscuring their vision.


While equipping the mask has a realistically short animation, the obstructed frames get problematic during a fight. Especially if the animation keeps repeating in quick succession.

A similar problem happened to Reddit user ‘iTz-Jazz5’ and a few others when they found themselves holding off multiple opponents while trying to stake their claim within the ring.

The mask mechanic needs changing. Just leave the mask on. Completely ruined me in this gunfight from CODWarzone

In the typical rhythm for players fighting to get into the zone, they will attempt to etch forward to claim more ground but retreat slightly in case they overstepped.


Put people are finding that the dance gets heavily swayed to one side since retreating into the zone during the fight activates the Gas Mask’s animation.

“The mask mechanic needs changing,” iTz-Jazz5 said. “Just leave the mask on. Completely ruined me in this gunfight.”

iTz-Jazz5 via Reddit
The Gas Mask is supposed to obstruct vision a bit, but its repeated animations can be a problem.

Whether hugging the zone or just getting back from a long-distance rotation into it, the fight at the borderline can sometimes be determined by the mask’s animation.


“Yeah this sh*t has gotten me killed a few times as well,” user ‘Skivy’ said. “The mask should either stay on for the full duration, or you should be able to manually take it on/off.”

It could be that the Warzone devs intended for this to be another example of players with better positioning having a natural advantage, but if it isn’t then a fix could be worked before it affects more people.

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NICKMERCS reveals his AUG Warzone loadout to replace the MP5

Published: 13/Oct/2020 17:50 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 18:02

by Jacob Hale


Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff has revealed what his ideal AUG loadout is in Warzone, offering a viable alternative to the more popular MP5 and MP7 SMGs.

For most people, they’ve got their Warzone loadouts figured out and often run what is typically considered the meta; the Kilo 141, with an MP5 in your back pocket.


While there is occasionally some variation, with some players maybe opting for the likes of the M4A1, an MP7 or a sniper rifle of some sort, there are some weapons that you’ll almost never see in Verdansk.

Season 6 launched back on September 29, and players have been testing out the new weapons, as well as how balancing might have changed the existing crop of guns — and Nick thinks the AUG could be a sleeper pick for your loadout.

Warzone Season 6 SP-R208 sniper marksman rifle
The new Season 6 SP-R208 Marksman Rifle has been a particularly popular addition to Warzone.

After mentioning how pro Call of Duty players actually banned the AUG in pro scrims and matches earlier in 2020, as one of the weapons they made a “gentleman’s agreement” to not use, Nick explains that he believes the AUG can actually go toe-to-toe with the likes of the MP5 and MP7.

So, if you’re looking for a new submachine gun to run, and want to use something slightly different to the usual and take enemies by surprise, this AUG loadout might be for you. Here’s what Nick stacks on his:

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: 407mm Extended Barrel
  • Laser: 5mW Laser
  • Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip Tape

While most of this follows what we would typically expect from an SMG loadout in Warzone, there are some notable differences, but the biggest is the lack of ammunition options. Usually, you would see someone put some kind of magazine extension on their weapon, as is often necessary when finishing your kills in Warzone.


Instead, Nick’s AUG uses the standard magazine, and he opts for the Stippled Grip Tape underbarrel instead, improving recoil control and aiming stability. With this, you should hopefully hit more shots on your target and not have need for an extended magazine.

You’re not likely to see the AUG used much in Warzone, so with this loadout you might be able to catch your opponents by surprise and pick up some eliminations you wouldn’t have before.