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Modern Warfare & Warzone Nov 9 patch notes: Juggernaut nerf, private games

Published: 10/Nov/2020 5:04 Updated: 10/Nov/2020 5:30

by Brad Norton

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The final Modern Warfare and Warzone update before Black Ops Cold War has just landed as private match functionality, Juggernaut nerfs, and various bug fixes top the November 9 patch notes.

Months after the launch of Warzone, players can finally set up private matches in the battle royale experience. This means that competitive events can drop a minimum of 50 pro players and streamers into a single lobby, rather than sticking to a traditional kill-race format that we’ve seen since release.

Private Warzone matches are launching with an initial beta period for early testing. Three unique modes will be available, however, as you can choose between standard BR, Plunder, and a new Mini BR option with a minimum of 24 players.

Also featured in the November 9 update is a highly requested change to Juggernauts. After weeks of frustration in the community due to how common Juggernaut Suits were becoming, Infinity Ward has finally scaled it back.

This powerful killstreak will no longer be available in Bunkers around the map.

Warzone Juggernaut
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Juggernaut Suits will no longer be found inside Bunkers.

Overall, you should be running into far fewer lobbies with Juggernauts in them now. Bunkers will still be worth your time though. Even with the removal of this streak, Durable Gas Masks, Advanced UAVs, and plenty of other high-tier loot can still be claimed.

Aside from these major updates, playlists have also been mixed around ahead of the Black Ops Cold War launch. Across regular multiplayer, Shoot House and Shipment both have their 24/7 playlists back in effect. Meanwhile, Hardpoint Hills and Kills along with TDM Snipers Only both join the rotation this time around as well.

Warzone players can drop into the same standard Solos, Duos, Trios, and Quads playlists, though Plunder Trios is back thanks to this new update.

Modern Warfare Shoot House gameplay
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If you’re a big Shoot House fan, you can now grind nothing but this map thanks to the 24/7 playlist.

Also included in this update is the ability to further reduce the file size of Modern Warfare and Warzone on PC and console. For console players, all Operator and weapon textures have been reduced by default. This has lowered the overall file size, though if you prefer better graphics and don’t mind the bigger size, an optional high-resolution texture pack is available to download.

If you’re on PC, an entirely new option is available for you. Rather than installing various files, Operator and weapon textures can now be streamed. Instead of taking up space on your PC, “rarely used textures” can simply be streamed through your internet connection in the moment.

This will further reduce your file size but obviously use up much more bandwidth than before. This can be disabled if you prefer to have textures installed on your PC directly.

The full November 9 patch notes can be seen below.

PLAYLIST UPDATE:

MODERN WARFARE:

  • Ground War
  • Gunfight
  • TDM Snipers Only
  • Hardpoint Hills and Kills
  • Shipment 24/7
  • Shoot House 24/7

WARZONE:

  • BR Solos, Duos, Trios, Quads
  • Plunder Trios

PRIVATE WARZONE

We’re excited to launch a beta version of Private Warzone matches! This requires various player counts to start the match and we have three modes available:

  • BR – 50 players required to start (also has squad variations)
  • Plunder – 30 players required to start (also has squad variations)
  • Mini BR – 24 players required

Please share any bugs you encounter along with your feedback!

GENERAL FIXES:

  • Fix for a bug where, when reviving a fallen teammate as the round ends in Survival, users can become stuck in third person
  • Fixed an issue where some players were seeing the error code: “HK:s=373408m=54293536:10635584”
  • Fix for the Gaz Operator challenge where players are unable to complete the first objective in the Season 4 Gaz Operator Bundle Mission “win 3 Gulag fights as Gaz”
  • Fix for an issue where officer challenges 90 – 100 have been resetting after completion, preventing players from getting the last Season 6 Emblem
  • In the Safehouse Finale of SP, at the Killstreak Chopper checkpoint, when using the zoom button the camera will zoom in and out
  • Players using the Juggernaut will not hear the drilling audio when hit by the Phlembotomizer throwing knife. This has been fixed
  • Fixed a bug where the player could have the Spotter Scope effect when not ADSing with it by picking up 2 weapons while looking with the scope
  • Fixed a bug where helicopters could spin and float in the air after progressing in Survival
  • Fixes to help prevent players from going AFK in Gunfight
  • LMGs, Sniper Rifles, and Marksmen Rifles will now rotate as intended in Gunfight
  • Fix for an issue where players that die right before an HQ is disabled and watch the full killcam do not spawn in as intended

WEAPONS:

  • M4 Tombstone: Fix for a bug where adding the .458 SOCOM or the 9mm Para 32-Round Mags removes them from the weapon model
  • Tracer Pack: Sakura Edition- Maruyama – The dynamic icon appears to have a minor gap between the barrel and body of the weapon when the Compensator is equipped on the FTAC 13.5″ Compact barrel. This has been fixed

PC:

    • On-Demand Textures Streaming is located in the Options, under the Graphics tab and in the Details & Textures section.
    • It will only kick-in for users playing with Texture Resolution set to High.
    • It streams textures for Operators and Weapons.
    • You can control the daily texture streaming limit and the size of your cacheTo help with patch sizes and disk space, high-resolution textures will now be downloaded while playing, using On-Demand Textures Streaming:
  • Fix for a bug where a Premium user with only Warzone installed, can select a trial on a MP map, which can result in a crash
  • Fix for a bug where PC players were able to select a custom loadout in Snipers Only
  • Fixes for an issue where some Activision account names were being applied to different profiles in the friends list
  • Survival mode now has its own DLC package. To access Survival, a player has to install both Special Ops and Survival

WARZONE:

  • Fixes to help fight against weapon corruption while in Spectator mode
  • The gas from the Gas Grenade can sometimes obscure or completely hide players from thermal scopes
  • Fixed an exploit near the Lozoff Pass Metro Station
  • Armored Royale: Fixed a bug where dropping a truck redeployment flare into the service entrance of the subway can cause the truck to parachute underground
  • While in Plunder, players parachutes will now auto deploy to help prevent against exploits
  • Fix for an exploit with the Durable Gas Mask
  • Fixed an audio bug where no overheat audio was playing when using the minigun on the helicopter
  • When the player is using Bumper Ping as their button layout, the player will be unable to switch between the Gas Grenade and EMP Blast, resulting in them only able to use the gas grenade. This has been fixed
  • When sitting in passenger seat of a helicopter and using the minigun, priming a lethal while simultaneously switching seats will break the players viewmodel. This has been fixed
  • Fix for a bug where players are unable to equip other War Tracks after selecting “Random”
  • Removed Juggernauts from Bunker puzzles
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Dr Disrespect calls out Activision & Warzone tourney admins for hacker drama

Published: 23/Jan/2021 0:41

by Theo Salaun

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Following scandal over a disqualified cheater in a Warzone tournament, Dr Disrespect is calling out Activision’s lack of an anti-cheat and Twitch Rivals’ lack of a formal process for investigating hacks.

In hours of drama that rocked the competitive Call of Duty: Warzone community, a smaller streamer, ‘Metzy_B,’ was accused of cheating during the $250K Twitch Rivals Doritos Bowl tournament. Prior to the final match of the event, his team was disqualified by tournament admins and stripped of any chance at tournament earnings.

Twitch Rivals have remained relatively quiet on the issue, practically ignoring it during the broadcast and offering up a minimally worded explanation over Twitter. In their explanation, the admins simply explained that Metzy “was ruled to be cheating” and subsequently “removed from the event.”

With that lack of transparency, rumors and accusations flew. Former Call of Duty League pro, one of the highest Warzone earners currently, Thomas ‘Tommey’ Trewren spent hours interrogating the accused and having a friend take control of Metzy’s PC to dive through his logs for any proof of hacks. This all leads to Dr Disrespect asserting that, with or without an Activision anti-cheat, tournament organizers need to do better.

As shared by ‘WickedGoodGames,’ the Two-Time has a clear perspective on this issue. If the developers can’t institute an effective anti-cheat, then every single tournament must “define a process in finding out if he is [cheating] or not … obviously outside of the whole Call of Duty not having an anti-cheat kind of software built in.”

The drama was obviously divisive, as most participants in the tournament believed Metzy (and others) to be cheating, while others weren’t so sure. With no one knowing precisely how Twitch handled the situation, the community was left to investigate themselves.

As Dr Disrespect has heard, the “purple snakes” disqualified Metzy based on “a couple suspicious clips” and without asking to check his computer. This is echoed by the accused himself, who has since commended Tommey for trying to figure out what the admins had failed to.

That account goes directly against others, as fellow competitor BobbyPoff reacted by alleging that Metzy was, in fact, originally reluctant to display his task manager logs.

While the truth may be impossible to find at this point, as Twitch Rivals have given no explanation of their process and any number of files could have been deleted by the time Tommey got access, Dr Disrespect’s point is proven by the drama.

If Activision can’t deliver a functioning anti-cheat and tournament organizers don’t have a strict, transparent policy for hackers — then community infighting over a “grey area” is unavoidable.