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Popular Warzone streamer caught in EngineOwning ban wave

Published: 29/Sep/2020 19:04 Updated: 29/Sep/2020 23:36

by Tanner Pierce


Activision and Infinity Ward have sent out another wave of bans across the Warzone community, this time for a service called EngineOwning, and popular Twitch streamer Nick ‘Wagnificentt’ has been caught in the wave.

At this point, everyone knows that cheating and Warzone are a package deal. If you play on PC, you’re pretty much guaranteed to come across cheaters every few matches due to the lack of a solid anti-cheat system implemented in the game.

While Activision deserves credit for cracking down on cheaters in a major way over the past few months, there’s no denying that it’s still a major problem for the game, one that they need to fix if they want it to be sustainable. Now, another service has been caught up in the ban.

Cheats created by the company EngineOwning, which were previously claimed to be “undetected”, have now been detected by Activision. Vice is also reporting that around 20,000 people were banned during this sweep.

EngineOwning offered a number of different “undetectable” cheats before they were discovered by Activision.

This has already begun making waves on social media, particularly after popular Twitch streamer Wagnificentt revealed that he was one of the players banned on September 29.

According to the streamer, he was “falsely banned,” and is “deeply confused” about the situation; however, a report published shortly thereafter by charlieINTEL claimed, according to a source, that Wag had indeed been targeted for using EngineOwning’s cheats in the battle royale.

Of course, the fact that he streams Warzone live to “thousands of viewers” doesn’t eliminate the possibility that Wagnificentt was using cheats. One of the biggest draws of EngineOwning’s products was that they’re supposedly “undetected,” meaning those in the audience wouldn’t be able to spot it on the broadcast.

The streamer followed up his initial tweet with another post, which has since been deleted but once again claimed that he was not cheating and his reputation was at stake.

Wagnificant was banned for apparently using EngineOwning cheats but he claims this is false.

What happened with EngineOwning?

EngineOwning offered over 50 cheats for Modern Warfare and Warzone, including major ones like aimbots, wallhacks, and more – things that give players an insurmountable advantage over everyone else.

After this massive ban wave, Modern Warfare/Warzone is currently the only game out of 14 games listed on EngineOwning website that has been labeled as “detected,” no longer claiming that their software could be hidden.

Currently, it’s unknown whether or not a lawsuit will be brought against them, such as what Activision has done to other companies who offer such third-party services.

As always, we will continue to update this story as it develops.

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NICKMERCS rates the best Warzone players from to Scump to HusKerrs

Published: 24/Oct/2020 1:06

by Theo Salaun


Tasked with drafting a team for a Call of Duty: Warzone tournament, NICKMERCS went through some of the game’s biggest names, ranking them while determining who he would most want to duo with.

To start Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards’ $10,000 “Cracked Creators” Warzone tournament, 16 creators were tasked with drafting their duo from 16 “cracked” streamers.

As one of the creators allowed to select their tandem, NICKMERCS sifted through 16 of the game’s best to determine who he would prefer to play with.

Ultimately, the FaZe streamer ended up putting his decision to a poll among his fans. But, before doing so, he originally went through all 16 and gave thoughts on how each of them ranks. And the options were varied, but all shared one thing in common: talent.

With professional Call of Duty League players like Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper and Seth ‘Scump’ Abner available, as well as Warzone streamers like Aydan and HusKerrs, the candidates were excellent. Still, NICKMERCS sifted through and broke down who he truly believes ranks as the battle royale’s best.

Segment begins at 00:20:45.

NICKMERCS starts by going through the list and just expressing what an absolute struggle it will be to pick from such a talented crop of peers: “Oh, it’s going to be so hard to pick man … No matter what, everybody that I would pick from is cracked.” But, after going through and complimenting practically everybody, he starts the process of elimination.

Since Nick chooses second after DrDisrespect, he immediately eliminates Zlaner as Doc’s likely first pick. Then, he eliminates JoeWo with two simple reasons: “I’ve never played with him and every time I play against him, I beat that little ass.”

Then, BobbyPoff is gone: “BobbyPoff, I love the guy, but take him off the list.” And the “Scarf Lord” is followed quickly by the Chicago Huntsmen’s FormaL and Scump: “Love ‘em, love ‘em. But I feel like there’s better BR players.” After that, things start getting complicated.

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The list of “cracked” players in Hitch’s Cracked Creators Warzone tournament.

Similar to Zlaner, Nick decides to sacrifice Merk so that he can play with his longtime duo, Maven. Then, recognizing that all of these remaining players are absolute menaces on Verdansk, he goes with two simple metrics to determine his personal preference. He immediately prioritizes controller players and the highest earners in Warzone tournaments.

That eliminates stars like HusKerrs and Symfuhny for their mouse and keyboard usage, while also eliminating Crowder and DougIsRaw for their low earnings. Finally, he eliminates Jukeyz because of his struggles understanding the UK maestro’s accent and decides to put the decision to a poll.


Ultimately, it’s between Aydan and Tommey, with Cloakzy popping on to let NICKMERCS know that Aydan’s been playing some Fortnite recently. That leaves the FaZe star choosing Tommey, noting that “he’s got great communication, phenomenal player, guaranteed to get some chopper kills off rip.”

Despite going through full rankings for his options and landing upon an excellent duo, the decision-making process proved to be futile. NICKMERCS and Tommey could only end in the Top 12 for the tournament, while the easily dismissed BobbyPoff actually came in first place.