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Modern Warfare suicide stats suggest reverse boosting is a major issue

Published: 29/Nov/2019 15:44 Updated: 29/Nov/2019 15:58

by Joe Craven

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In-game suicide statistics from CoD Tracker suggest that Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is suffering from ‘reverse boosting’ on an unprecedented scale. 

With Modern Warfare Season 1 fast approaching, fans have quickly identified a number of aspects they want adjusting. While there have been complaints regarding Dead Silence and the absence of prestiging, there have been no complaints louder than those regarding matchmaking. 

Skill-based matchmaking (SBMM) has been a contentious topic in the gaming community for a number of years. It sees players put into matches with enemies of a similar skill level, supposedly to foster a more competitive environment. 

Infinity WardSBMM is a highly controversial topic.

A number of fans argue it punishes players for improving while protecting less-skilled players. It has not been confirmed to be part of Modern Warfare, but developer silence has fuelled community beliefs that it is part of the game. 

Reverse boosting see players deliberately perform poorly in order to lower their K/D ratio. This then sees them put into matches with lower-skilled players.

The image below shows the top 15 players in the world for suicides, seeing some average over 25 suicides per match, and many feel it is hard to believe this comes from anything other than reverse boosting. 

CoDTracker.ggThe top 10 players in the world for suicides.

It seems to be far more than 10 players who are reverse boosting. Below is the table for players ranked 100-105 for suicides, with some averaging nearly 49 suicides per game.

CoDTracker.ggPlayers 100-105.

SBMM is not confirmed to be in Modern Warfare, but players’ attempts to sabotage their own K/Ds suggests there is a serious issue with reverse boosting. 

Sustained efforts to commit suicide would ruin a person’s K/D enough to guarantee they would be placed against lower-skilled players for a considerable amount of time. 

Not only is it done to manipulate which enemies players come up against, but ruins matches for other players, who have to deal with an enemy or teammate killing themselves for an entire game.

Popular CoD YouTuber Drift0r has previously said that there is “some evidence” of skill-based matchmaking in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

Developer silence since Modern Warfare’s release has contrasted to past years, when Treyarch and Sledgehammer both vehemently denied SBMM was a part of their games. 

It appears that players believe SBMM is in the game and are doing all they can to manipulate the system.

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Insane Warzone exploit glitches you into the Gulag with guns

Published: 7/Jan/2021 11:27

by James Busby

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Warzone’s Gulag fights are already hard enough, but one game-breaking glitch is making them even tougher. 

From the horrifically broken DMR loadout, bot lobby exploits, and the seemingly never-ending hacking problems, it certainly seems Warzone has been getting off to a rocky start this year. The Black Ops Cold War integration has done very little to ease players’ current concerns with the general health of the game.

While Warzone has had its fair share of game-breaking bugs and notorious glitches, this new Gulag exploit is taking it to a whole new level. Gulag matches are already incredibly competitive and coming out of them alive is an art in itself. If the various aim-bots and wall hackers don’t end up smoking you in the Gulag, then squads using this glitch likely will. 

Warzone Gulag glitch explained

Nuketown Gulag in Warzone
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Gulag fights have never been this tricky to win.

The new Warzone Gulag glitch is incredibly easy to do and players are currently using this exploit to grab some easy kills. Of course, this has led to a lot of frustrations in the Warzone community, with many players voicing their concerns online. 

Twitter user @Sami_The_Yemeni was messing around with loadout drops when they ended up dropping into the Gulag with their loadout. The video then shows the player killing effortlessly kills their under-equipped opponents as they spawn into the arena. 

As you can see from the video above, recreating the glitch is incredibly easy to do. Once the glitch has been performed successfully, players can freely run around the outskirts of the Gulag and mount on the wall to mow down their unsuspecting victims.

While enemy players and the gas can still kill those exploiting this glitch, it’s still a pretty shameful tactic and one players will be hoping for Activision to patch as quickly as possible.