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Modern Warfare fans upset as evidence suggests skill-based matchmaking

Published: 16/Sep/2019 18:53 Updated: 16/Sep/2019 19:45

by Albert Petrosyan


Evidence has been found that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare multiplayer will include skill-based matchmaking, and players are not happy about it in the least.

The first of two Beta weekends for Modern Warfare came to a close on September 16, after four days of access for those playing on the PlayStation 4.


While there was a variety of things discussed about the current build of the game, one of the topics that was brought up the most was skill-based matchmaking (SBMM).

SBMM is an in-game system that pits higher-skilled players against each, and player skill is determined by the trend of their performances in recent matches.


This means that those who perform well throughout the course of several matches will be matched up against each other, and those who don’t put up good stats and results will end up facing lower caliber players. 

Infinity WardHow bad is the SBMM in Modern Warfare?

While SBMM has not been 100% officially confirmed to have existed in the Modern Warfare Beta, YouTuber ‘S0ur’ conducted an experiment on his own that yielded evidence suggesting there was something definitely there.

In a video he published on September 16, he demonstrated how intentionally playing bad and losing matches for five games in a row put him in a considerably weaker lobby for the sixth match, during which he tried to play normally and actually did really well.


While that is not conclusive and irrefutable proof that Infinity Ward had implemented SBMM, the YouTuber did bring up an interview the developers had done with GameInformer in which they talked about potentially installing such a system for multiplayer.

“I know there was a GameInformer interview a couple of months ago where they talked about wanting to have SBMM in this game, but that they were also aware of not wanting to ruin the experience for the higher skilled group. They acknowledged that if it gets too sweaty, that isn’t fun.”

Judging by many of the comments on Infinity Ward’s Beta wrap-up Reddit post on September 16, that sentiment is also shared by a lot of players who don’t want there to be SBMM in multiplayer.


“I have decided to cancel my pre-order because SBMM defeats the whole purpose of CoD, in my opinion,” wrote ‘DazzledTad.’ “If I want to sweat, I already have Overwatch and Rainbow6 for that.”

“I may cancel the preorder if SBMM stays,” added ‘Lucky1ex1.’ “It’s unreal how bad it is for the longevity of the game. Nobody wants a sweat-fest every single game. I played on my son’s shitty account and it was unreal the difference that it makes. Random lobbies are better vs punishing better players for being better, it does not make it fun for us to be in a constant clan way.”


Infinity Ward have yet to comment on this barrage of messages from players, so it remains to be seen whether or not there will be any changes made to matchmaking for the second weekend of the Beta.

The second session will kick off on September 19 for those with early access on Xbox One and PC, as well as everyone on PS4, before opening up to all players across all platforms September 21-23.

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How to watch Vikkstar & CDL’s $210K Warzone showdown: streams, schedule

Published: 15/Oct/2020 1:30 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 1:59

by Daniel Cleary


Popular YouTuber Vikram ‘Vikkstar’ Singh Barn and the Call of Duty League have teamed up to host the biggest Warzone tournament yet, with top streamers squaring off to earn their share of a $210,000 prize pool. Here’s how you can catch the action.

Warzone has attracted many of the top content creators since its launch on March 10, and there has been plenty of online tournaments with the biggest names battling it out.


With some of these tournaments organized by the likes of NICKMERCS, Teep, Swagg, and more, it was revealed that yet another content creator would be giving CoD personalities a chance to compete.

What is Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown?

Sidemen member Vikkstar is the latest player to set up his own tournament, announcing the launch of Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown series on August 22.


He also revealed that he would be partnering up with Call of Duty and the CoD League to make it the biggest Warzone tournament event yet, with $210,000 in prizing up for grabs.

Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown will feature nine weeks of action overall, concluding with a Grand Final Showdown for all the bragging rights.

How to watch Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown

Some of the biggest names such as NICKMERCS, Tfue, and TimTheTatman will be streaming their gameplay on their channels, and we’ve embedded some of them below so you can catch all the action. For Week 5, that includes HusKerrs, Swagg, and Symfuhny.


The fourth week of action kicks off on Wednesday, September 16.





Who’s competing in Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown?

Some of the biggest names in streaming are competing in Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown, including Dr Disrespect, HusKerrs, FaZe Swagg, and more.


And it all started with some blockbuster matchups set in the first rounds, with Dr Disrespect and Tfue facing off, while Nadeshot and newly confirmed partner Crimsix went head-to-head with another ex-OpTic Gaming member in Merk. You can take a look at the first-round of the winner’s bracket for Week 4 below.

The bracket for Week 4 of Vikkstar's Warzone Showdown tournament.
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The bracket for Week 4 of Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown tournament.

Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown Week 1 Recap

16 duos kicked off the first week of Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown. As the biggest Call of Duty battle royale event to date, everyone was pushing the pace and trying to get through to the finals. Some teams were competing together for the first time, like TimTheTatman and Tommey, though others were veteran duos. Many of which have topped the pack at one point or another in earlier Warzone events.

One of the most successful competitors in Verdansk, Symfuhny teamed with FaZe Bloo for Vikkstar’s tournament and the duo started with a bang. They cruised through the likes of FaZe Blaze, Tfue, and more in order to gain a spot in the semifinal series. It’s here that they matched up against NICKMERCS and ImNio. They lost this first series but quickly rebounded in the lower bracket to line up a rematch in the grand final.

Symfuhny’s duo took an early lead and were able to close the show after a total bracket reset. NICKMERCS and ImNio encountered multiple groups of hackers throughout their run in the grand finals, even through to their very last gunfight in the final map. Ultimately, Symfuhny and FaZe Bloo are the first duo advancing to the Grand Final Showdown in week nine.

Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown Week 1 Results (Top 8)

Place Team $ Prize Money
1st Symfuhny & Bloo $12,000
2nd NICKMERCS & ImNio $6,000
3rd Low4n & TeLo $2,000
4th TimTheTatman & Tommey
Top 6 Velox & Pow3rTV
Top 6 Vikkstar123 & Rated
Top 8 FaZe Blaze & Warsz
Top 8 Swagg & Dashy

Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown Week 2 Recap

Second week, same results: FaZe Bloo and Symfuhny went back to back to earn another smooth $12,000 from the Vikkstar Warzone Showdown. The two have already gotten a feel for playing together and that proved an excellent difference-maker, as they popped off and never dropped into the Losers Bracket on their quest to the $12k.

When asked who their toughest opponent was, Bloo two high-profile duos they came across: “I’d say Tfue and Wuskin, but at the same time MuTeX and Apex really gave us a run for our money.

He then elaborated that the tournament championship would have been a lot harder to come by if they had failed to come back from an eight-kill deficit against MuTeX’s team, because it would have pit them against Vikkstar and Aydan in the Losers Final, a pair which he described succinctly: “That team is nuts.”

Ultimately, Bloo and Symfuhny’s road the Vikkstar Warzone Showdown glory continues to be paved, as the team’s consecutive wins make them the most dangerous duo around.

Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown Week 2 Results (Top 8)

Place Team $ Prize Money
1st Symfuhny & Bloo $12,000
2nd FaZe Apex & MuTeX $6,000
3rd Vikkstar123 & Aydan $2,000
4th Tfue & Wuskin
Top 6 HusKerrs & UnRational
Top 6 Scump & Envoy
Top 8 Soki & Flexz
Top 8 P4wnyhof & gagod

Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown Week 3 Recap

A new champion duo is in town. This time, it’s Vikkstar’s longstanding teammate, Warsz, with a new teammate, Dreamzlv, taking home all of the honor and a combined $12,000.

And what an honor it was, particularly for Dreamzlv, who took to Twitter after the massive win to celebrate. As he explained, “there is no feeling like it in the world,” and we’re inclined to believe him.

The duo had one of the most dominant Warzone tournament runs in recent history, going undefeated, avoiding the Losers Bracket, and taking down a duo of the tournament host, Vikkstar, and the greatest Call of Duty professional ever, Crimsix, to win it all.

Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown Week 3 Results (Top 8)

Place Team $ Prize Money
1st Warsz & Dreamzlv $12,000
2nd Vikkstar123 & Crimsix $6,000
3rd Stonemountain64 & Aculite $2,000
4th Swagg & Testy
Top 6 Jukeyz & exzachtt
Top 6 DrDisrespect & Zlaner
Top 8 FormaL & Envoy
Top 8 Tfue & Wuskin

Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown Week 4 Recap

Another week, another new champion crowned in Vikkstar’s Warzone showdown. Having only cracked into the Top 6 once before, this marked the first time HusKerrs pushed into the final rounds of the tournament. However, it certainly didn’t come without adversity. His duo was knocked into the lower bracket after just one round of action thanks to heroics by Symfuhny and Bloo.

It’s here that they rebounded and went on an absolute tear. Five series wins in a row is what they needed, and that’s exactly what they managed to accomplish to book a spot in the grand finals. Taking down the likes of TeePee’s duo along with Vikkstar’s team as well.

The final match of the day saw HusKerrs and AverageJoeWo up against Sackzi and Berdydraft who had survived through the upper bracket. Ultimately, the latest member of NRG and his partner were able to get the job done as HusKerrs and AverageJoeWo closed out the victory in week four.

Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown Week 4 Results (Top 8)

Place Team $ Prize Money
1st HusKerrs & AverageJoeWo $12,000
2nd Sackzi & Berdydraft $6,000
3rd Wuskin & Rated $2,000
4th Merk & Maven
Top 6 Symfuhny & Bloo
Top 6 TeePee & BobbyPoffGaming
Top 8 Scump & Envoy
Top 8 Swagg & Testy

Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown Week 5 Recap

Week five may have been the most unpredictable week yet. With the ridiculous duo of Nadeshot and Dashy falling out in the first round of the lower bracket, anything was possible. While many expected teams pushed through the opening matchups, one particular pair made it further than ever before.

Call of Duty League casters Merk and Maven are typically involved in Warzone events while on the desk. Analyzing the big events and keeping thousands of viewers entertained all the while. However, in Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown, they’ve been entering each week as active competitors. After a Top Four finish last week, they truly found their form this time around and cruised through the upper bracket undefeated.

They knocked out former event winners in Symfuhny and Bloo, along with Jukeyz and UnRational to name a few. They even bested the host Vikkstar and his partner Rated in the semifinals. After rebounding in the lower bracket though, they lined up a rematch and ultimately flipped the results. Vikkstar was able to close out his first winning week in his own event, getting revenge on Merk and Maven.

Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown Week 5 Results (Top 8)

Place Team $ Prize Money
1st Vikkstar & Rated $12,000
2nd Merk & Maven $6,000
3rd HusKerrs & AverageJoeWo $2,000
4th DrDisrespect & ZLaner
Top 6 Stonemountain645 & KingRichard
Top 6 Symfuhny & Bloo
Top 8 Jukeyz & UnRational
Top 8 FaZe Apex & Mutex

Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown Week 6 Recap

We’re beyond the halfway point in Vikkstar’s massive Warzone competition, with just a few weeks to go before the grand finale. That means every team is taking things up a notch in order to make the top of the bracket and qualify for the big tournament at the very end. Week 6 proved to be one of the most intense weeks yet as a result.

Despite winning last week’s tournament, Vikkstar himself along with frequent duo Rated, could not have dropped out quicker. They lost to Crowder and exzachtt in round one before falling to Team Summertime’s Blake and Jorge in the lower bracket. Meanwhile, the likes of Nadeshot, Scump, and Envoy all found their runs come to an abrupt end without winning a map as well.

Although they were knocked down early, it was DrDisrespect and ZLaner who went on a phenomenal lower bracket run this week. They won five matchups in a row before ultimately crumbling against TeePee and UnRational in the lower bracket finals. The grand final was therefore set between them and Week 3 winners HusKerrs and AverageJoeWo. Ultimately, the former champions proved too strong this time around, closing the show with two dominant maps.

Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown Week 6 Results (Top 8)

Place Team $ Prize Money
1st HusKerrs & AverageJoeWo $12,000
2nd TeePee & UnRational $6,000
3rd DrDisrespect & ZLaner $2,000
4th Tommey & Wizini
Top 6 Soki & Flexz
Top 6 Legiqn & GangstazSalute
Top 8 Merk & Maven
Top 8 Crimsix & FeLo

Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown Week 7 Recap

A number of new duos made a name for themselves this week. While controversy around K/D caps was the talk of the town, up and comers took the opportunity to make their mark. From Izak and Leh to BennyCentral and DooM Fifakill, tons of fresh names cracked into the top of the pack this week. Even the likes of Pamaj & Skyz burst into the Top 10 for the first time ever. It was a week full of upsets and surprising results.

Among the surprises, Nadeshot also had his best showing this week alongside Rated. Together, the duo found themselves in the upper bracket finals after three consecutive wins against elite competition. It came down to the wire in the final round of the day as they squared off against Aydan and MikeRevolt.

Ultimately, the first series led to a bracket reset after a few close rounds. It was during the second Grand Final series that disaster struck. In the middle of a match, with 4 kills already to his name, Nadeshot’s PC crashed. From that point on, they weren’t quite able to regain. Aydan and MikeRevolt ran away with the victory and took home the first-place prize.

Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown Week 7 Results (Top 8)

Place Team $ Prize Money
1st  Aydan & MikeRevolt $12,000
2nd Nadeshot & Rated $6,000
3rd Pamaj & Skyz $2,000
4th Dr Disrespect & ZLaner
Top 6 Leh & Izak
Top 6 BennyCentral & DooM Fifakill
Top 8 Vikkstar & WarsZ
Top 8 Priestah & Censor

Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown Week 8 Recap

The penultimate week in Vikkstar’s Warzone competition saw some of the spiciest matchups thus far. The opening round alone had a few original pairings. Nadeshot & Aydan took out Scump & KISMET6. Meanwhile, Lando Norris even jumped into the mix alongside Tommey.

While new teams took to Verdansk, a few rivals also squared off in the bracket. Merk & Maven were at it again with another remarkable run. They even knocked Symfuhny & TheDezmond down to the lower bracket. However, they would soon get revenge in the loser’s finals.

The final series of the day had Vikkstar himself, alongside Rated, taking on Symfuhny & TheDezmond. Things came to a quick end, however, as the host of the event and his partner blitzed well ahead of their last opponents. Midway through the second map, they were already celebrating as they knew the result was all but locked in. This marks their second overall win in the Warzone Showdown as a duo.

Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown Week 8 Results (Top 8)

Place Team $ Prize Money
1st  Vikkstar & Rated $12,000
2nd Symfuhny & TheDezmond $6,000
3rd Merk & Maven $2,000
4th TeePee & UnRational
Top 6 Soki & Flexz
Top 6 Kayzahr & Satyr
Top 8 Legiqn & GangstazSalute
Top 8 Sinapsis & Anytime

What is the format and prize pool for Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown?

Vikkstar’s Warzone Showdown is a nine-week tournament, featuring double-elimination brackets.

The first eight weeks will be “Qualifier Weeks”, with the “Grand Final Showdown” taking place on the ninth and final week. Each week, one team will run the gauntlet and be declared the winner of the qualifier, booking their place in the grand finals. Once all eight slots have been filled, they will join Vikkstar for the Showdown, a final double-elimination tournament with $30,000 up for grabs.

There’s some serious prize money to be made during qualifiers too though, and the team that wins the whole thing is guaranteed $42,000. You can view the prize pool breakdown below.

Qualifier Prize Pool

Place Prize
1st $12,000
2nd $6,000
3rd $2,000

Grand Final Showdown Prize Pool

Place Prize
1st $30,000
2nd $12,500
3rd $5,000
4th $2,500