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Modern Warfare update adds Warzone Duos & Double XP weekend

Published: 29/May/2020 19:05 Updated: 29/May/2020 19:22

by Theo Salaun

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In their May 29 playlist update, Infinity Ward have finally added Duos, a highly awaited fan-favorite mode, to Call of Duty: Warzone as part of big 2XP promo weekend in Modern Warfare.

Back in April, IW added Duos to Warzone, but only in its cash-based Plunder mode. At that point, Raven Software’s creative director, Amos Hodge, had indicated that the tandem-based option would eventually be added but that there were “some bugs to work out.”

Well, it appears that those bugs have been swatted, as Duos has finally arrived —a long month and thousands of Twitter requests later, and it will be accompanied by a nice Double XP weekend.

 

The XP promo includes Double XP, Double Weapon XP, and 2X Tier Progression in the multiplayer and battle royale until Tuesday, June 2 at 11 PM PT / 2 AM ET (the next morning). This is obviously nice news, but not nearly as exciting as the addition of Duos.

WARZONE MAY 29 PLAYLISTS

  • Solos
  • Duos
  • Trios
  • Quads
  • Plunder Quads
Infinity WardPlayers can now drop into Warzone in pairs now that the Duos playlist has finally been added.

 

As for what’s coming next in Warzone, players have been curious about brief mentions that squads of five will one day be added, but that hasn’t yet been announced for Modern Warfare’s fourth season.

Season 4 is set to release on Wednesday, June 3, and anticipation has been built up considerably—with the latest release of the Bunker 11 in Warzone and a teaser that suggested hints at changes to the battle royale along with new maps and weapons.

Of the new maps teased, Scrapyard has been the most alluring, as CoD fans have enjoyed its implementation in Verdansk’s Boneyard, a regular hot-drop, while hoping it would join the multiplayer pool rotation as well.

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CoD’s infamous Scrapyard map, a possible addition in Season 4.

 

For guns, both the Vector SMG and Galil assault rifle have not only been teased, but players have found and leaked evidence of their existence from the game’s back-end files, even including some gameplay.

For now, players will be excited to drop into Duos while doubling their XP—but fans will remain curious about the future permanence of Warzone’s playlists and the incoming changes for Season 4.

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Nadeshot clarifies SBMM argument in Black Ops Cold War rant

Published: 3/Dec/2020 2:10 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 2:15

by Jacob Hale

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Update (December 2 – 6:00 PM PT): Nadeshot has since followed up on his Skill-Based Matchmaking rant, addressing how it’s easy to lose your temper while grinding for specific weapon camo challenges.

“SBMM is a topic of discussion that has a lot of nuances,” he said in a December 2 follow-up tweet. “What I really want to clarify once and for all… I don’t have a fear of playing players as good as me. I don’t disagree with the idea of playing against players as good as me. All I’m asking for is that people see the level of skill I’m playing at.”

Obviously, a ranked playlist of sorts has been requested to no end in the community. While the feature has been subtly confirmed, it’s still yet to enter the game. Therefore, the only form of matchmaking is standard public games, which happen to have SBMM cranked all the way up.

“If I’m going up against six starting players in the Call of Duty League, I want a rank to reflect that. I understand why SBMM is a necessity, I just don’t agree with the way it’s presented. Right now it’s ambiguous, you never really know who you’re up against and the level of skill they’re at.”

The original story is as follows.

Skill-based matchmaking has been a major complaint from top Call of Duty players for years now, and 100 Thieves CEO and former pro player Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag has finally snapped, going on a rant against SBMM in the new Black Ops Cold War.

Nadeshot has never made it a secret that he, alongside a huge number of Call of Duty players, is anti-SBMM.

Though the sentiment makes sense — pit players of equal skill against one another — in practice, many players aren’t happy with it and want to see it removed or at least tuned down.

Nadeshot clearly falls into that category, and let his opinion be known during a December 1 stream while playing on the latest edition of Nuketown, Nuketown ‘84.

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Black Ops Cold War has been welcomed with mixed reviews, but SBMM has been a major sticking point.

As you can tell immediately from the scoreline alone and the carnage unfolding around him, the match is an intense one, and he wasn’t impressed.

He said: “It’s time to lower the skill-based matchmaking. This is not fun. I know we want the kids that have never played Call of Duty to be in a safe space, but please stop alienating the people that have been playing your game for over a decade.”

That wasn’t all, though, as Haag continued to complain as he struggled to make much of an impact on the game. “This is not an enjoyable experience,” he said. “Especially trying to get the challenges done on these weapons… Everyone’s got a scorestreak because it’s participation and not skill.”

Both the SBMM and scorestreak complaints have been popular ones for Black Ops Cold War players, and the sentiment seems to be echoed from the top down.

Whether Activision or Treyarch make changes to either issue remains to be seen, but we might not see Nadeshot streaming Black Ops Cold War for too much longer at this rate.