Call of Duty

Shroud explains why CoD Warzone’s respawn system ‘doesn’t work’

Published: 12/Mar/2020 4:38

by Isaac McIntyre


Mixer star Michael ‘shroud’ Grzesiek has revealed his thoughts on Call of Duty battle royale Warzone’s respawn system, suggesting Infinity Ward had missed the mark by adding Gulag one-vs-ones and purchasable revives.

Warzone launched on March 10 and, of course, battle royale regular Grzesiek just had to give the new 150-player mode a go. Straight off the bat, though, he dubbed CoD’s new take on the genre “crazy,” mainly because of the respawn system.

The streaming star struggled to find his feet in the first few playthroughs, dying early in the round more often than not. What his deaths revealed, however, was some pretty key issues with its respawning, at least according to shroud.

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Shroud isn’t sold on Warzone’s respawning system, especially the one-vs-one Gulag arena.

Shroud’s main complaint with Warzone’s respawning system is it promotes “crazy” gameplay in the battle royale. It’s a step away from similar titles like Apex Legends, Fortnite, and PUBG, all of which have periods of calm in their matches.

That’s not to say he’s not totally opposed to the fast-paced mode Infinity Ward have dropped into Modern Warfare ⁠— he admitted “it is Call of Duty at the end of the day… it’s supposed to be crazy” ⁠— but it seems like he isn’t sold just yet.

“I don’t like that you get into a gunfight, then you rez [respawn], and then you get into a fight, and then you rez. I don’t like that loop. It’s a battle royale, you should be mobile, you should be moving,” he said after another visit to the Gulag.

These constant respawns, which are worst at the start of each match when the Gulag is available, is compounded by the fact Warzone boasts 150 players each game. “Every place you land is a hot zone, and stays that way, it’s crazy,” he added.

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Shroud’s been using Warzone’s respawn system a lot in the opening days, leading to his opinions on the “crazy” feature.

Shroud is never one to shy away from a challenge in how to “solve” issues like these, either. He told Respawn how to fix both Apex’s supply bins, and make their Deja Loot armor better, and he’s done the same for Warzone and Infinity Ward now too.

According to the Mixer star, the overload of respawning options in the battle royale should be heavily reduced or even scrapped, so more players are actually booted from the game once they’re eliminated in the early stages.

“Maybe the game could have only one Gulag, one respawn? That should keep it moving,” he suggested. “There should only be one respawn for anyone on a cache. I think I’ve respawned on the exact same cache like five times already.”

For mobile readers, the related segment begins at 14:55 in the video below.

Warzone’s respawn system isn’t the only thing shroud has taken a swipe at in the early days of the release either ⁠— the streamer also suggested Infinity Ward slow down the “super fast” gas which closes in on players throughout the game.

Whether or not the Modern Warfare devs listen to shroud remains to be seen, but with the suggestions he’s been throwing out already stacking up, maybe they’d be best to wait until he’s done critiquing the game before they make their move.

Then again, maybe shroud’s problem has been how much he’s died. Of course if you’re constantly re-spawning the game will seem “crazy.” Maybe he needs to read our Warzone landing zone guide, and see where the best drop spots really are.

Call of Duty

Best League Play loadouts in Black Ops Cold War

Published: 20/Jan/2021 13:46

by Jacob Hale


League Play is right around the corner in Black Ops Cold War, and with CDL competition preparing to heat up, these loadouts will help you in your attempt to keep pace with the pros.

It feels like competitive players have been waiting forever for a ranked system to arrive in Black Ops Cold War, and it has finally been confirmed that League Play will be coming prior to the end of Season 1, which is due to finish on or around February 24.

While the pros and devs are still working together to make sure the ruleset is perfected by the time the league rolls around, we’ve got a pretty clear idea of the main weapons pros are using to maximize their slaying abilities in competitive play.

With options for every type of player, including the main AR and SMG loadouts, here’s what you should be practicing with to get ahead of the game.

AK74u League Play loadout

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The AK74u is the best-in-class SMG.
  • Muzzle: Muzzle Brake 5.45
  • Barrel: 9.3” Extended
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Speedgrip
  • Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock
  • Handle: GRU Elastic Wrap

The AK74u is probably already a weapon you’re familiar with if you’ve been grinding Black Ops Cold War, as the leading weapon in the SMG class.

This loadout, straight from OpTic Chicago’s Envoy, will always keep you ready to take on a fight, maximizing speed while refusing to sacrifice accuracy, which is going to be incredibly important when breaking hills and in sudden gunfights.

Krig 6 League Play loadout

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The Krig 6 has become the main assault rifle in pro play.
  • Optic: Millstop Reflex
  • Barrel: 19.7″ Ranger
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: Raider Pad

The Krig 6 is going to become your best friend if you’re a main AR player, able to mow down enemies over longer distances and keep objectives clear for your teammates to push in and win games.

The optic on this is optional, but most will run the Millstop Reflex or Microflex LED, and we would advise finding which of these is your preferred. Otherwise, this loadout is perfectly built to maintain accuracy across long distances and play the AR role perfectly.

XM4 League Play loadout

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The XM4 is becoming an increasingly popular flex gun.
  • Optic: Microflex LED
  • Muzzle: Infantry Compensator
  • Barrel: 13.7″ Extended
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Magazine: 40 Rnd
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: Raider Pad

The XM4 seems to be finding its way into the pro meta, especially for flex players looking to engage in gunfights across all ranges and support their team as much as possible. As such, using Gunfighter to stick more attachments on it is vital for getting the most out of this weapon.

As the first assault rifle you unlock, you should have a decent amount of experience with this one, so expect to see it pop up a lot, be it in League Play or the Call of Duty League itself.

AK47 League Play loadout

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Pros have GA’s the AK47, but if it remains in League Play, it will likely become your go-to weapon.
  • Optic: Microflex LED
  • Barrel: 20″ Liberator
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Handle: GRU Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock

While the AK47 isn’t being used among pros through a Gentleman’s Agreement not to run one, we don’t expect the same rules will be applied to League Play.

This AK loadout operates similar to the XM4, though offers a little more accuracy at range, perfect for smaller maps that might not need a permanent Krig on the map.

Those are our main suggestions for League Play loadouts in Black Ops Cold War, taken from watching the top pros and seeing what they run.

There have been rumors that pros will be playing on pre-set classes, determined by themselves and the devs, when the CDL kicks off, but we have not yet been able to verify this.

If this is the case, it will be interesting to see whether the same pre-set classes are applied to League Play, or if players are given more freedom and creativity in their choices. Either way, these loadouts are what the pros are running and will likely continue using once the CDL kicks off.