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Full network analysis of Black Ops 4 and Blackout confirms suspicions of downgraded servers

Published: 21/Oct/2018 13:49 Updated: 21/Oct/2018 14:01

by Calum Patterson


A full network analysis performed by YouTuber Battle(non)sense confirms the ongoing scandal surrounding reduced server send rates for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, dropping to 20Hz from 60 in the beta.

A Reddit post on October 20 first sparked suspicions among the community, as it concluded that the server send rate – the number of updates the server sends to all players – had been reduced by a third from the beta, in the full game.

These reduced server send rates were first only supported anecdotally, as players reported increased kill trading, unbalanced corner peeking and poor hit registration.

If you are unsure of the terminology used here, be sure to check out our earlier article describing the terms, but essentially, the client is your Console/PC, the server is the dedicated server the game is played on, and Hz is a measure of how many times information (or an ‘update’) is sent per second.

YouTuber Battle(non)sense is one of the best network analysis channels, with a specific focus on gaming, and previously tested the Black Ops 4 beta, establishing the 60Hz figure being compared against now.

He confirmed that indeed, on PC, Black Ops 4 multiplayer servers had been reduced to only a 20Hz send rate, matching that of Blackout. One of the most telling statistics is this comparison between Black Ops 4 (multiplayer), Blackout, and other popular multiplayer and Battle Royale games.

On PS4, these lag rates were even worse. The bottom two in the table show the results for PS4, with even higher latency issues than PC.

Battle(non)sense also gives some practical examples, showing how the poor server send rate will impact engagements and corner peeking, with ‘aggressor’ always benefiting due to the low update rate.

As you can see, with two players at the same ping (25ms), the player still gets a hitmarker despite the enemy being clearly behind cover.

You can watch Battle(non)sense’s full video and network analysis of both Black Ops 4 multiplayer and Blackout below, as he goes in-depth with the server send rate issues.

He explains that fans of the game should not be happy with this rate, however, it is possible that it is a temporary measure being used over the launch period, to withstand higher player counts.

2017’s CoD: WWII for example used 60Hz servers, but had a very shaky launch period, with a lot of crashes, whereas Black Ops 4’s launch has been relatively flawless in comparison, with no major server outages.

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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


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.