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New Warzone events explained: Jailbreak, Fire Sale, Supply Choppers

Published: 13/Jun/2020 21:41

by Theo Salaun

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s Season 4 has brought a variety of new content, and the three new in-game events for Warzone are some of the most intriguing.

While many hoped Infinity Ward would revamp Warzone’s Verdansk map, they focused instead on adjusting their battle royale’s gameplay—with Jailbreak, Fire Sale, and Supply Chopper events providing a major spontaneous shift in action.

As explained in the season’s patch notes, the aforementioned three game-changers can occur in any match and, if they do, just one will pop up and it will arrive without any advance notice in the middle of the match. While their timing is similar, the way each impacts is entirely different.

 

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Warzone’s Jailbreak event can mean a ton of players parachuting back in from their deaths across Verdansk.

Jailbreak

The Jailbreak event is insane. Toward the mid-game, a “Jailbreak Imminent” alert pops up, signaling that there is one minute until every single dead player, whether in the Gulag or spectating, re-deploys.

It’s straightforward, fits the name, and gives players a reason to spectate instead of quitting out, even if their entire team is dead and they’re simply spectating opponents. The minute timer gives those on the ground a chance to get situated, and those awaiting re-deployment a chance to strategize. It can be pure chaos, but very fun—especially for kill-hungry players who get gifted a much larger lobby to hopefully break world records with.

 

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The Fire Sale event means 60 seconds of unfiltered shopping glee.

Fire Sale

Like a Black Friday shopping mall, a Warzone Fire Sale is the opportunity to buy nearly everything you could want in a limited time, but with the risk of trampling. When a sale starts, a clock starts ticking and every living player on Verdansk gets one minute to hit a Buy Station.

Re-deployments are free, Self-Revives are free, and everything but Loadouts are discounted by up to 80 percent. This means every player, regardless of initial funds, can get absolutely stocked up if they manage to withstand the heat of a suddenly magnetized Buy Station.

Supply Choppers

Similar in consequence to the Fire Sale, the Supply Choppers event can entirely shift how equipped your team is heading into the late-game. When the moment comes, a bunch of large, armored, non-lethal helicopters begin circling Verdansk—these can be shot down, upon which they drop a care package with a huge amount of loot.

 

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Warzone’s Supply Choppers are loud, hefty, and filled to the brim with loot for your team to procure.

It takes a ton of damage to bring one down, but a goldmine will await once you do. Among the loot within, players can be sure to find three UAVs, two armor boxes, two munitions boxes, a gas mask, grenade launcher, and a lot of cash with the possibility of even more miscellaneous goodies.

Opening the package does take much longer than Loadouts though, so be careful—especially since other teams will be drawn to the drop, which can sometimes drift away from you as the helicopter begins falling, and may try to steal it.

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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.