Call of Duty

Modern Warfare player shows how easy it can be to exploit SBMM

Published: 25/Nov/2019 0:07

by Brad Norton


It’s apparently not just your wins and losses or your overall kill-death ratio that impact matchmaking in Infinity Ward’s latest entry in the Call of Duty franchise, with some surprising factors adding to which lobbies players are added to.

Skill-Based Matchmaking (SBMM) has been a controversial talking point in the Call of Duty community since the release of Modern Warfare on October 25. Without any form of competitive or ranked playlist to be found, public matches are all that dedicated players have to grind for the time being. 

On paper, SBMM intends to place individuals in lobbies with players of relative capabilities. Typically factoring in the likes of wins, kills per game, and score per minute to determine your next lobby, Modern Warfare seemingly takes into account your accuracy as well. 

Infinity Ward - Modern WarfareMuch to the chagrin of the community, Infinity Ward is yet to comment on the potential addition of a ranked playlist for Modern Warfare.

Exemplified throughout a November 24 post from Reddit user ‘WE_BE_KILLING_U,’ matchmaking in Modern Warfare can be supposedly be manipulated simply through the use of hip-fire.

Throughout the demonstration, the player intentionally fired from the hip to showcase how the caliber of their opponents would drop with each subsequent lobby. Encountering enemies that needed to unload an entire Assault Rifle magazine to find a close-range kill, to opponents that couldn’t land a single shot altogether, there’s no doubt the quality was dropping.

While the post appears to indicate that accuracy does indeed play a large role in determining the skill of those in your next match, it is worth bearing in mind that the player also died a great amount and wasn’t contributing much in way of the objective. So do take the conclusions with a grain of salt.

doing hip fire only puts you into lobbies with players still learning the game, SBMM can easily be exploited and needs to be addressed IW. from modernwarfare


Ultimately, the highlight intended to expose just how easily the SBMM in Modern Warfare can be manipulated. A few games of sloppy accuracy and suddenly you could find yourself in a lobby of beginners with which you mop the floor.

As ‘Brownondorf’ responded, “the more people abuse the matchmaking the better chance we have at [IW] removing it from the game! Keep going guys!”

Recent analysis from longtime Call of Duty YouTubers ‘Drift0r’ and ‘TheXclusiveAce’ concluded that while SBMM is not the primary form of matchmaking in place, it certainly does have an impact.

For instance, reaffirming the aforementioned claims of manipulation, these tests highlighted how performance over five recent matches can have more of an impact than overall lifetime statistics. 

Reddit: Modern WarfareOne of many frustrated players eager for a change to the matchmaking system in Modern Warfare.

While no exact conclusions can be drawn without official comment from IW, it remains to be seen if various other surprising factors play a role under the surface. 

Certainly not the only issue currently impacting the FPS title, veteran player Christopher ‘Parasite’ Duarte recently unveiled eight specific changes that he believes would benefit the game moving forward.

Call of Duty

Warzone Precision Airstrike trick is perfect for taking out tower campers

Published: 19/Jan/2021 14:03

by Jacob Hale


If you still find yourself struggling to take out those pesky Airport Tower campers in Warzone, this Precision Airstrike trick will make your life much easier.

The tower at Airport is a haven for players that don’t quite have the ability to take on the game properly. We’ve all seen them, sitting up top in the control room with a sniper and their Most Wanted contract, not willing to take on a fair gunfight on the ground.

Technically, the only way up is the inside zipline, though you can fly a helicopter at it too and hope for the best, but both of these methods leave you exposed, and the tower camper will usually be prepared for it.

This trick, though, is bound to change how you approach it, and gives you the best chance of wiping them out.

Warzone airport tower camper
There’s only one way up the tower, making it perfect for campers.

For the most part, attempting to use airstrikes on tower campers is futile, as the roof keeps them so well protected — but not if you judge it right.

As you can see in the clip below from Rxelik_, there’s actually a real method that can make your precision airstrike much more likely to hit the enemies occupying the tower.

Rather than aiming it at the control room like most of us usually would, if you aim lower down the tower, the trajectory of the missiles actually falls straight into the room and, hopefully can take out at least one or two of the players in it.

How to aim precision airstrike against Airport Control Tower from r/CODWarzone

The best part about this is tower campers usually assume they’re safe when they see the warning screen of an incoming airstrike. Due to the roof above them, most tower campers won’t rush into hiding when it comes up, and will be left baffled when it ends up actually hitting them.

If this works out well, you could have a teammate hold the bottom floor, ready to zip up to clean up any kills or prevent any possible revives, though this could still be quite risky if a player or two are watching the zipline still.

Either way, this trick makes it much more likely to take out tower campers, so bear it in mind next time you need to pull someone out of there — just aim a little lower!