Call of Duty

Modern Warfare players are breaking Ground War maps for easy nukes

Published: 31/Dec/2019 23:33

by Brad Norton

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Modern Warfare players have been uncovering a number of map-breaking exploits across the Ground War playlist recently in order to boost their statistics and farm an assortment of streaks.

Ground War has been one of the most popular playlists since the launch of Infinity Ward’s latest entry in the Callof Duty series. With 64 players in a lobby across enormous battlefields with tanks and helicopters alike, the mode often serves as a break from traditional Modern Warfare multiplayer and allows players to grind through various missions with greater ease.

However, a number of maps in the massive playlist have started to irk the Call of Duty community due to certain game-breaking exploits spiking in popularity. 

Infinity Ward - Modern WarfareGround War has featured in a number of Call of Duty titles though Modern Warfare is the first to feature a player count of 64.

Breaking the boundaries in Modern Warfare is not a new concept, though Ground War maps have allowed for some uniquely devastating exploits.

Rather than simply making it to a new area once out of reach, these particular glitches allow players to shoot through all manner of terrain and architecture while completely immune to returning fire.

As showcased throughout a December 29 video, Reddit user ‘Shizino’ shared a post to raise awareness of a ridiculous spot on the Port of Verdansk Ground War map that allows players to sit inside a wall and gun down nearby enemies.

Viewing the clearly unfair position from a number of kill cams, an enemy can be seen peeking through walls and blasting opposition with the Model 680 Shotgun all the while. Completely bemused as to where the damage may have been coming from, players inside the building have no choice to accept defeat.

Found a termite under B on Port of Verdansk. IW might want to send some exterminators. Post for Awareness. from modernwarfare

Certainly not the only Ground War map to feature such an exploit, players have been left frustrated by a similarly infuriating spot on Tavorsk District. 

Running through the interior of Point B, Reddit user ‘ajjqjaja’ is stunned upon hearing gunshots from within close proximity. Scouting the building and turning their focus to all corners of the room, no enemies were found. 

Moments after being shot in the back however, it was soon revealed that a foe was glitched underneath the map and shooting through the concrete floor no different to the exploit on Verdansk. 

Can Infinitiy Ward fix the exploits for Ground War, it’s so fucking annoying from modernwarfare

Players are clearly utilizing these map-breaking exploits to rack up effortless kills and pad their online combat record. Whether it’s bolstering their kill to death ratio or simply farming successive kills for an inevitable nuke, these exploitable bugs are promoting imbalanced competition across the board.

Having just sent out a title update on December 31 with altered playlists and an entirely new mode, it’s evident that these issues are not quite the highest priority for Infinity Ward just yet. 

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Warzone players outraged as stats change protects hackers & SBMM abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 14:41 Updated: 16/Jan/2021 14:47

by Connor Bennett

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Call of Duty: Warzone players have aired their concerns with the recent changes making profile stats private following the companion app drama, with some players pointing out that the change helps cheaters hide from punishment. 

Like many other multiplayer games, Warzone has had its issues with both hackers and skill-based matchmaking ruining the experience for some players.

While they’ve both always been an annoyance, players recently discovered that some were using an app from the CoDTracker site, and another called ‘SBMMWarzone’, that helped them pick and choose their lobbies. These apps were, initially, meant to be used to root out cheaters, but it backfired and SBMM abuse became the primary use. 

Changes were made to the app to help quell the abuse, and Activision even made every Warzone account private so that the data couldn’t reach similar apps. However, that has caused annoyance as well.

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SBMM in Black Ops Cold War & Warzone has been an issue for a while.

CoD YouTuber Drift0r pointed out that, given how annoying the new opt-in process is to share Warzone stats – and that it isn’t mandatory, either – players will simply choose to stay hidden. 

“Some of them (pro players and record holders) might not want to opt-in, or like me, might not be able too or it might take a while, which means that if anybody is cheating at a high level, either to get YouTube content or to stream tournaments, they can just opt out of all this and keep the cheating private,” he said.

The YouTuber noted that, while Activision might have the data on their end and could root out cheaters, it makes it harder for the community to assist them in that fight. 

Other players backed up Drift0r’s concerns about the cheating and SBMM abuse, with some offering up ideas for future changes. 

“They’ll literally do everything except just tone down SBMM, which would mitigate all these other issues,” said one player. “There’s an elephant in the room and its name is cheating. Activision just reopened the highway for cheating. Shameful,” added another.

Others, though, took a different slant, saying: “This officially ruined the game for me. I liked having public stats. It gave me something to work towards in improving… now what’s the point since no one can see them and I have nothing to compare mine to.”

As Drift0r notes, it could become a case where the opt-in process is made mandatory in the future, as it seems to a situation that is majorly in flux – given that there have been two changes in quick succession.

It could also be the case that Activision decides to not do anything else, and this is their final move. Though, given the outrage from the community, that seems unlikely.