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How to open Warzone’s vaults

Published: 19/May/2020 9:36

by Connor Bennett

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Following the May 18 update, Call of Duty: Warzone players can now open the doors of the mysterious vaults and capture a huge load of surprises that are inside. Here’s what you need to get those doors open.

Ever since Call of Duty: Warzone launched back in March, players have been finding secrets hidden around Verdansk. We’ve seen strange wolf howls near Dam and even teasers about a new map, though nothing has quite captured the imagination like the handful of vault doors. 

These doors were found across the map and players immediately went to work on trying to figure out how to open them. Did you need a killstreak? Was there a keycode for the scanners that sat outside? Well, it turns out, the answer is actually much easier than those and you can walk right on in following the May 18 patch

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There are plenty of secrets still hidden in Warzone.

How to get inside a vault in Warzone

One of the first players to get inside was FaZe Dirty, who noted that if you manage to find one of the incredibly rare red key cards around the map, you can get access to a vault.

You simply have to take the key card to the door, interact with the small panel next to the door, and then wait for the vault to open up. Though, the rewards aren’t immediately waiting for you on the other side. You’ll have to run down a hallway of sorts to get to those.

  1. Find a key card in Warzone
  2. Head to a vault
  3. Interact with the small button that is to the right of the vault door
  4. Wait for the vault to open up

The effort of getting inside one of the vaults very much appears to be worth it as the Warzone vaults work similarly to both Fortnite and Apex Legends with the ridiculous amount of rewards inside.

However, unlike Epic Games’ take on the secret area, you won’t have to get a keycard that belongs to a specific door – one card should open any of them. Though, make your choice wisely because you won’t be able to go and open a number of different vaults with one keycard swipe.

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Controversial Warzone companion app makes big changes to stop SBMM exploits

Published: 5/Jan/2021 14:24

by Connor Bennett

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The controversial Warzone companion app that showed players the K/D’s and detailed stats of everyone in their lobby has made a number of changes in response to claims that it was ruining the battle royale.

Like many other multiplayer games, Call of Duty Warzone has been plagued with complaints and issues surrounding skill-based matchmaking – SBMM – and after the Black Ops Cold War integration, it’s still a major issue.

The debate about SBMM was intensified further when some PC players started using an unofficial Warzone companion app as a way to find if there were cheaters in their game. However, the app allowed users to get a detailed overview of the other teams and players in their lobby before the game started, so they could pick and choose who they wanted to play against.

Some players claimed that the app had gone beyond just outing cheaters and was “ruining” the game altogether. Though, the app’s creators have stepped in and made some changes. 

Warzone companion app showing stats of a lobby
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The companion app allowed PC players to see incredibly detailed stats in Warzone lobbies.

According to Eurogamer, the team behind the app – COD Stats – rolled out a patch on January 4, making it so that certain stats would no longer show up until after the pre-match warm-up period had ended.

Previously, the stats would be available during the warm-up period, so players could duck out pretty quickly if they didn’t like what they were up against. Users could also report potential cheaters before a game, but this is now not possible.

Dmitry Shymko, the owner of the app and COD Stats site, told Eurogamer that the app had been intended to be used as a tool to “help the community” and “highlight” cheaters. “What is a bit sad is most of the discussion is focused on finding ways to abuse but not about the advantages and positive sides of the app,” he said. 

Though it has been changed, the app is not going away. Shymko added that he and his team will still be taking on feedback to develop the app moving forward.

Whether or not the app continues to be a hot button topic for Warzone players after its changes, however, remains to be seen.