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Crimsix lashes out as CDL GA list keeps growing ahead of New York

Published: 8/Jul/2020 8:56

by Brad Norton

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The latest set of Gentlemen’s Agreements (GAs) among the competitive Call of Duty scene – agreements that restricted the AUG –  has “pushed” veteran Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter “over the edge” as he demands a change to the system.

Agreements between Call of Duty League players have been in place to prevent the use of certain in-game weapons, equipment, and even mechanics. These restrictions tend to change with each major update and the June 29 Modern Warfare patch has brought some of the biggest changes thus far.

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Following on from the update, as a new meta rises to the surface, tensions have boiled over within the competitive community. The AUG was the latest SMG to be restricted from competitive play, though the decision evidently upset a variety of pro players.

Modern Warfare AUG
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The AUG has become the go-to SMG since the nerf of the MP5 on June 29.

Dallas Empire veteran Crimsix voiced his frustrations in a July 7 post, detailing the shortcomings of the GA system. While it may help remove ‘broken’ features, it has also been used as a way for lower-ranked teams to alter the state of competition, according to Crimsix.

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“Anyone who isn’t in the top four would rather change the meta than take the harder path of just simply getting better,” he explained.

With only three events remaining the regular season, lower-ranked CDL teams will be looking to improve their position before the playoffs. However, Crimsix believes they’re not trying to improve by grinding the game. They’re trying to improve by changing the game.

“Eight out of 12 teams are constantly voting to get rid of or add things into the meta to mix gameplay up, which sometimes results in team power rankings also mixing up. I rarely ever see a team in the lower half of the standings voting against a proposed GA.”

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This problem is exaggerated further by the limited practice teams can get once a new list of GAs are approved. “Don’t agree to the GAs? Get blacklisted. No practice for you until you agree. No team scrims and no 10s,” he said.

The crux of the issue lies with “majority voting,” according to the two-time world champion. While all teams are allowed to vote on what weapons are restricted or what items are banned, it can often feel like some rosters “don’t have a choice in the matter.” As a result, Crimsix has demanded “something be done,” fast.

Modern Warfare Gunsmith AUG
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The AUG appears to have been the straw that broke the camels back. One too many GAs has led Crimsix to lash out in response.

Why was the AUG restricted from competitive play?

While the MP5 reigned supreme throughout much of Modern Warfare’s competitive cycle, the June 29 update nerfed it into the ground. Teams have been practicing with the latest balance changes ever since. It took a few days but the AUG quickly became the next go-to weapon among pro players.

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It has a rather high rate of fire coupled with exceptional damage output. It’s by and large a frontrunner in its class. As a result, a majority of both Challengers players and CDL pros were quick to remove it from competitive play.

GAs have been a common practice in the Call of Duty scene for a number of years. With most annual releases, however, it’s usually the same old features that are pulled from competitive play. From killstreaks to perks, things often remain the same, though Modern Warfare has included a number of weapons deemed too broken for the highest level of competition.

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Only time will tell if Activision will step in and change things around for the League moving forward. Certain pro players have evidently reached their breaking point following the AUG GA, though the competition goes on. The next CDL event is set for this coming weekend as the New York Home Series starts on July 10.

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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

Modern Warfare Juggernaut
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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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