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Modern Warfare network analysis reveals troubling inconsistencies

Published: 21/Nov/2019 0:36 Updated: 24/Nov/2019 2:09

by Brad Norton


A deep-dive into the netcode of Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare from popular YouTuber Battle(non)sense has unveiled some shocking disparities across various game modes. 

Infinity Ward released Modern Warfare on October 25 and ever since, ample criticism from professional players and content creators alike has been piling up.

From questionable map design and overpowered weapons to the often frustrating respawn system, there has been a wide array of feedback.

A new network analysis from Battle(non)sense however, has revealed that network issues might be the most overlooked controversy thus far.

Infinity Ward - Modern WarfareIn Call of Duty history, Ground War was typically limited to 18 players however Modern Warfare lifts the cap to 64.

Throughout a video released by the developers themselves, Production Director Paul Haile and Director of Online Engineering Mitch Sanborn broke down the intricacies of their dedicated server structure.

While this in-depth guide would certainly be handy if all matches were contested on an equal playing field, in actuality, Modern Warfare features a mix of both dedicated servers and player-hosted public lobbies.

While there’s no telling the exact odds, this essentially means that each game you play has a chance of being hosted by a single player in your lobby. 

When playing on PC, if you notice a competitor on a mere 7ms ping it is almost guaranteed that the individual is hosting your match.

Due to visual quality impacting input latency, 7ms ping appears to be the lowest possible and is only achievable when boasting a 144FPS setup according to the Battle(non)sense breakdown.


The detailed review highlighted an average tick rate of just over 60hz across standary modes such as Domination and Hardpoint. This quality only applies to matches that are contested on dedicated servers however, and there is a glaring disparity across an assortment of other game types.

“The server sends an average of 22 packets per second to the client” when playing in the Ground War game type for instance. This indicates that typical 6v6 lobbies supposedly perform three times as well as the 64 player Ground War mode. 

Additionally, the YouTuber detailed how this tick rate doesn’t necessarily translate to “22 updates per second, as sometimes the server must split the data of one update across multiple packets.”

This could subsequently result in the loss of input data entirely, directly leading to missed shots or input lag causing you to be gunned down despite having recently moved to cover.


Perhaps the most egregious discovery of the analysis however, came when focusing on custom game lobbies in Modern Warfare.

Custom games provide the lowest tick rate of all at only 12hz, meaning that updates between the servers and the players are set to a frequency of 12 per second as opposed to an average of 60 per second in public games.

With the Call of Duty League kicking off in a matter of weeks, professional players around the world have been grinding out practice in custom game lobbies but they have doing so with horrendous network performance. 

“We improved from 10hz custom games to 12hz….end me,” James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks joked after being made aware of the “20% increase” over the network performance of Treyarch’s Black Ops 4 in 2018. 


While the analysis did indicate that Modern Warfare network performance has seen a step up from the beta period in September, there’s no denying that the current issues leave a lot to be desired.

Having earned $600 million in just three days on store shelves and with the Call of Duty League starting imminently, it will be fascinating to see if improvements will be rolled out in the near future to address the network inconsistencies.

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Best Black Ops Cold War weapons to use in Warzone

Published: 26/Nov/2020 14:42

by James Busby


While Warzone currently shares its loadouts with Modern Warfare, it won’t be long until Black Ops Cold War’s guns are integrated into the game. Here are seven guns that you should be leveling up ahead of the cross-progression update. 

Black Ops Cold War features plenty of deadly weapons that will drastically shake up the Warzone meta, giving players even more choice when it comes to crafting the perfect loadout. Warzone will also share weapon progression with both Black Ops Cold War and Modern Warfare, so you’ll be able to level up your guns in either game. This integration will likely have a huge impact on Warzone’s current meta, especially when Treyarch adds new weapons to Black Ops Cold War.

While Modern Warfare’s ever-popular Kilo 141 and MP5 loadouts will still likely remain popular picks among players, there are a number of new and returning guns that could dethrone the current kings. As a result, we’ve put together a list of the seven best Black Ops Cold War guns you’ll want to use in Warzone. 


AK-47 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
Black Ops Cold War’s AK-47 will be a force to be reckoned with when it drops into Verdansk.

Best AK-47 loadout

While this Russian rifle struggled to compete in Modern Warfare’s, it has come back with a vengeance in Treyarch’s latest title. In fact, the AK-47 is the best gun in the entire game thanks to its high-damage and incredible versatility. Whether you prefer to run and gun your way to victory, or methodically pick off targets from afar, there is a loadout that caters to every kind of playstyle. 

This reliable rifle has proven so lethal that it has dominated the pro and casual CoD scene since launch. One of the most potent AK-47 builds literally has no recoil, so this could rival the new Kilo 141 when it drops. The difference between both Modern Warfare’s AK-47 and the current Black Ops Variant is night and day.

Krig 6

Krig 6
Activision / Treyarch
The Krig 6 is one of the most accurate AR’s in the game.

Best Krig 6 loadout

The Krig 6 has been making a name for itself thanks to its low recoil and methodical fire rate. While it doesn’t deal as much damage as the AK-47, it makes up for this with its fantastic precision. Warzone is dominated by assault rifles like the Kilo 141, Grau 5.56, and M13 as these weapons enable the user to beam opponents without the need to wrestle with any finicky recoil patterns.

After all, being able to effortlessly hit players from across all ranges is a huge bonus to any Warzone player looking to increase their kill count. The Krig 6 also boasts excellent weapon control and quick reloads, making it a great pick for those that prefer to seek out those all-important headshots. 


M16 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
Only time will tell whether this classic assault rifle has what it takes to wreak havoc across Verdansk.

Best M16 loadout

Modern Warfare’s FAMAS demonstrated just how bad burst rifles could be in Warzone, but the M16 could change this notion completely. Unlike the FAMAS, Black Ops Cold War’s M16 can dish out highly accurate rounds in a matter of seconds. In fact, the iconic burst rifle was recently nerfed as it was overperforming.

Despite Treyarch toning down its damage range and slightly increasing its delay between bursts, this AR still absolutely melts opponents. Any gun that can accurately drop an enemy in a couple of bursts is always going to pique the interest of Warzone players. As proven by gameplay in Fireteam: Dirty Bomb, the M16 can quickly down even the most well-armored of enemies. 


MP5 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
The MP5 still continues to dominate the SMG competition.

Best MP5 loadout

A lot of Call of Duty fans were left disappointed when they found that the MP5 still remained at the top of the SMG rankings. Multiplayer lobbies were dominated by this lightning-fast SMG during Black Ops Cold War’s launch week, and it’s not hard to see why. Despite the recent nerf, the MP5 still boasts high rates of fire, great mobility, and decent close-quarters damage.

Whether this variant will prove as lethal as the Warzone’s current MP5 remains to be seen, but we expect the new attachments will certainly allow it to rival its predecessor. 

Type 63

Type 63 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
The Type 63 is one Tactical Rifle that is worth adding to your arsenal.

Best Type 63 loadout

While the Type 63 shares a few similarities to Modern Warfare’s EBR-14, it is better in every single way. Not only does it have a significantly lower recoil pattern, it can also unleash some incredibly fast two shot kills. Equipping the 18.3” Strike Team barrel will not only speed up this semi-auto rifle’s fire rate, but it will also increase its damage. 

While most semi-auto rifles are often plagued by sluggish fire rates, high recoil, and lackluster magazine sizes, the Type 63 doesn’t fall victim to these negatives. Just like Warzone’s Marksman Rifles, the Type 63 offers sniper-like precision and damage with the added bonus of mobility. 


AUG Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
The AUG’s highly accurate burst fire makes it lethal across all ranges.

Best AUG loadout

Unlike Modern Warfare’s full-auto AUG SMG, Black Ops Cold War’s variant offers greater accuracy and range. This burst-fire tactical rifle is capable of dealing even more damage than the M16, especially when it’s equipped with the 19.6” Match Grade Barrel. This increases its effective damage range by 100%, making it hit even harder across mid to long-range distances. 

Burst fire weapons have obviously been lacking in Warzone, but Black Ops’ AUG could quickly change that. 

Stoner 63

Stoner 63 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
The Stoner 63 could rival the popular Bruen and PKM loadouts.

LMGs have been somewhat lacking in Black Ops Cold War due to their overall bulk and slower ADS times. However, this isn’t the case in Warzone. After all, the Bruen, PKM, and the FiNN are prime examples of how LMGs can dominate the competition. 

The Stoner 63 is arguably the best suited LMG for Warzone. This is partly down to a combination of speed and accuracy. While both the RPD and M60 offer better damage, their poor accuracy makes them difficult to recommend. Simply attach the SALVO 125 RND Fast Mag and the Airborne Elastic Wrap to begin getting those game-winning squad wipes. 

So there you have it, seven of the best Black Ops Cold War guns you should be using in Warzone. If you want to keep updated with all the latest Call of Duty news and updates, then follow us over on @DexertoIntel.