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Infinity Ward removes armored trucks from Warzone, with a catch

Published: 15/Apr/2020 5:28 Updated: 15/Apr/2020 5:32

by Brad Norton

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Developers at Infinity Ward and Raven Software have finally addressed the powerful vehicle-heavy meta in Warzone by removing armored trucks. Though, the change comes with a catch that may upset dedicated players.

Since its release on March 10, Warzone players have come to grips with a meta largely dominated by vehicles. In the month that has followed, RPGs and C4 have become staples in custom loadouts just to make it through until the final zone.

Infinity Ward and Raven Software have finally issued a change that could soon spell the end of the vehicle meta, although the latest hotfix comes with a major caveat. Only Solos will be affected. 

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Armored trucks have been plucked from Warzone, with a catch.

Big Warzone change on April 14

Following an April 14 update that changed the available Warzone playlists, Solos, Scopes and Scatter Gun Trios, and Quads became the standard modes. However, just hours after the patch went live across all platforms however, Warzone has been hit with another hotfix that specifically targets vehicular combat.

“We pulled out the big Armored Trucks from the solo playlist,” Raven Software Creative Director Amos Hodge outlined. “Hopefully that tones downs the vehicle meta a bit.”

While there was no mention of any vehicle-specific adjustments for the other available playlists, the most controversial vehicle has been outright pulled from just Solos competition.

Could an overall vehicle nerf be next in Warzone?

It’s clear that problematic vehicles are a top priority for the Warzone development teams, as such a quick pivot came just hours after the latest playlists were updated.

Also aware of the “vehicle meta” in Warzone, this initial change to Solos could be the first domino to fall in more updates to come for Duos, Trios, and Quads as well.

Undeniably, one of the biggest talking points throughout the first month of the free to play title, this update is sure to please those that grind alone. Though, players that often team up with others, are still going to face the same armored trucks each and every game for the time being.

Perhaps a more widespread change is on the horizon as both Infinity Ward and Raven Software appear eager to strike a new balance.

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ATVs, SUVs, and Tactical Rovers will still be running rampant throughout Warzone.

One less factor to consider while on-foot, solo players will now only have to worry about ATVs, SUVs, and Tactical Rovers running them over. No longer will armored trucks spoil the fun in that particular playlist.

From new Warzone modes to fresh cosmetics, you can get a full rundown on the April 14 update thanks to our full overview.

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How to watch $25K Mutineers Pro-Am Warzone event: stream, teams, bracket

Published: 27/Oct/2020 20:44 Updated: 27/Oct/2020 20:45

by Albert Petrosyan

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Call of Duty League franchise, Florida Mutineers, are hosting the Elite Gamer Pro-Am Warzone tournament featuring big-name pros and content creators battling it out for a slice of the $25,000 prize pool.

With the dog days of the Call of Duty League offseason very much upon us, more and more teams are entering the business of hosting Warzone competitions, with the Florida Mutineers being the latest example.

Along with one of their leading sponsors, Cox, the Mutineers have organized the Elite Gamer event, a series of Warzone tournaments that, today, culminates with a $25,000 championship featuring a lot of popular figures in and out of the gaming world.

Before that players in the United States got the chance to compete in several smaller play-in competitions, which featured their own prizes as well as qualifier spots for today’s main event.

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Warzone tournaments have been all the rage in CoD since the CDL’s offseason began.

When is the Mutineers’ Elite Gamer Championship?

The competition is taking place on Tuesday, October 27, starting at 2 PM PT / 5 PM ET / 9 PM UK and expected to last at least several hours.

It’s being streamed live on the Florida Mutineers’ official Twitch channel, which we’ve included below for your convenience.

Elite Gamer Warzone tourney teams & bracket

There are a total of 18 teams competing in this competition – ten that were invited and another eight that qualified via that four qualifier tournaments held throughout October.

The ten invited teams feature a mix of Warzone “pros” and high-profile amateur players, including the likes of athletes, musicians, and other celebrity figures.

Invited teams:

  • Antwuan Woods & Splack (play-in)
  • Seth Curry & LGTN (play-in)
  • LEGIQN & ZLaner (play-in)
  • MerK & Maven (play-in)
  • Symfuhny & Tfue
  • FaZe Bloo & Clutchbelk
  • Pamaj & Skyz
  • Karma & Stukawaki
  • Super Duper Kyle & ScummN
  • Might Mouse & BigDaddyRyyy

Qualified teams:

  • Tommey & Aydan (Qualifier #1)
  • aHTracT- & Dezmond (Qualifier #2)
  • GunsWorld & Djmas23(Qualifier #3)
  • PaceSetter & GangstazSalute88(Qualifier #4)
  • Kekoa & RussDaddy (Qualifier #5)
  • SloppyHarry & Unifyz(Qualifier #6)
  • Immude & Cinco (Qualifier #7)
  • Falnets & Shmelt (Qualifier #8)

Bracket:

Mutineers Warzone bracket
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The starting bracket for the Florida Mutineer’s Pro-Am Warzone tournament.

Format, rules, prizing

This is a single-elimination duos tournament that uses the popular bot-race format, meaning that teams matched up in the bracket must queue into a public quads lobby together. So, while they’re technically teammates in-game, they’re opponents for the purposes of the event.

All matches are best-of-three, with the combined number of kills between each pair of players counting as their score. The duo that gets more eliminations in a single game of Warzone is considered the victor of that game, and the first to win two of those advances in the bracket.

As for the prizing, $15,000 of the $25,000 goes to the champion team, $5,000 to the second-place duo, and another $5,000 will be donated to the Call of Duty Endowment.