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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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Best Gallo SA12 loadout for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Published: 24/Nov/2020 15:36

by James Busby

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With the return of shotguns as secondary weapons, many Black Ops Cold War players have been bombarding their foes with deadly buckshot rounds. Here’s the attachments you need to make the Gallo SA12 even more lethal. 

The Gallo SA12 (SPAS-12) has been a fan-favorite ever since Modern Warfare 2 hit our screens back in 2009. This semi-auto shotgun is capable of dishing out some truly dizzying damage numbers, particularly when you use the loadout below. While it may not have the range of the game’s SMGs or assault rifles, it does have fantastic kill potential in close-quarter firefights. 

With its high rate of fire and fantastic hip fire accuracy, the Gallo SA12 is a great gun to use. If you’re after a snappy secondary that can melt multiple foes in a single clip, then be sure to copy this Gallo SA12 loadout for yourself. 

Best Gallo SA12 loadout

Gallo SA12
Activision / Treyarch
The Gallo SA12 will be a great choice for those playing Nuketown ’84.

Here are the best attachments you can use on your Gallo SA12 in Black Ops Cold War:

  • Duckbill Choke
  • 21.4” Reinforced Heavy
  • SWAT 5MW Laser Sight
  • STANAG 12 Round Tube 
  • Wire Stock 

The loadout for the best Gallo SA12 is pretty simple. First up is the Duckbill Choke. This muzzle widens the shotgun’s pellet spread, allowing you to catch multiple enemies in the pellet radius. It also makes hip firing even more viable as you don’t have to ADS in order to remain accurate. 

Unlike the Hauer 77, the Gallo SA12 has a much faster rate of fire thanks to it being semi-auto. As a result, this loadout utilizes the 21.4” Reinforced Heavy to complement this aspect of the gun. Not only does the 21.4” Reinforced Heavy bolster the Gallo’s effective damage range, it also drastically increases its fire rate. 

While you still won’t be able to effectively kill targets outside of any close-quarter ranges, the increased fire rate will keep you competitive against the likes of the MP5 and Milano 821. 

Gallo SA12 shotgun stats
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The Gallo SA12 is till behind the Hauer 77 when it comes to popularity, but this could soon change.

Having attachments that bolster a gun’s ADS speed is usually the desired route to take, but the nature of the Gallo’s bullet spread enables us to focus purely on hip fire instead. The SWAT 5MW Laser Sight is the perfect addition as it increases hip fire accuracy by a massive 35%. 

Rounding things off at the bottom of the attachment list is the STANAG 12 Round Tube and Wire Stock. The STANAG 12 Round Tube greatly enhances the amount of ammo the Gallo SA12 can carry. This particularly important given the gun’s fire rate and two-shot kill potential. 

Meanwhile, the Wire Stock adds a small 10% increase to sprint to fire speed, enabling you to aggressively close the gap and barrage your enemies with lethal buckshot. It’s a pretty simple build, but one that works wonders, particularly on the game’s smaller maps. 


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