Call of Duty

Simple Warzone Gas Mask tactic is literally “pay to win”

Published: 12/May/2020 11:05

by Jacob Hale


Warzone players have found an easy yet effective tactic to take the win in Verdansk, and it might be the most annoying way you could lose to somebody.

Catching wins in Warzone is no easy task, with up to 149 other players vying for the title in Call of Duty’s latest battle royale effort.

While often a match will end with a tense fight in a building, with RPG’s, C4 and M4 assault rifles in abundance, this gas mask tactic proved that you can actually win while hidden in plain sight, and takes the meaning of “pay to win” to a new level.

There are few things more tense than slugging it out in the final circle in Warzone.

Warzone introduced a bunch of new features to the battle royale genre, with one of the most unique being the buy station, where players can purchase killstreaks, armor plates, teammate re-deployment and, most importantly in this case, a Gas Mask.

The Gas Mask is used to protect players from the incoming gas for a limited time while it closes in around Verdansk. While players typically use them to get out of the gas and not succumb to it, Reddit user schmayward shared his innovative tactic for using the buy station and Gas Masks to his advantage.

After attempting to fight the remaining team, but realizing they’re likely to get the better of him, schmayward decided to stick it out behind a buy station, using his spare cash to buy a new Gas Mask every time his current one ran out.

Pay To Win from r/CODWarzone

Of course, a lot of variables have to come together for this to work out. Firstly, carrying that kind of money into the final gunfight is easier said than done, as is effectively using your time to stay situated near a buy station. At $3000, the Gas Mask isn’t cheap, so you really do need a lot of cash to really make use of this tactic.

You’ll also need to hope there is a buy station in somewhat close proximity to the final few circles, or else the time you need to survive will be too long, even with lots of cash to spare.

It relies a lot on the final circle working perfectly in your favor, but if the opportunity is there, it’s definitely a trick you could take advantage of, especially as your opponents won’t be expecting it. So if you’re ever in a late-game dilemma, you might have just found the best play to make.

Call of Duty

Black Ops Cold War is reportedly bricking PS5s

Published: 3/Dec/2020 17:40

by Michael Gwilliam


Call of Duty players may want to avoid playing Black Ops Cold War on their next-gen PlayStation 5s as reports are surfacing that the game is bricking consoles.

While the latest entry in the long-running CoD series had been met with praise, there have been some notable issues with the game, especially when it pertains to new hardware.

Aside from the issues players may be having with maps such as Miami or camo challenges the community deems unfair, there is a major problem with the game breaking PS5s.

In a now-viral post on Reddit, one user described their experience with the FPS and how it damaged their system.

BOCW NukeTown
You can’t play Nuketown if your console is bricked.

“Game has hard crashed the entire console, only game that had been crashing for me on the PS5,” WillHar270 wrote. “Now when I turn it on none of my games will load without crashing and when games do start to load up the screen fills up with flickering and glitching pixels before the console goes dead.”

“If Cold War is crashing your PS5, DO NOT PLAY IT, it will damage your system, in particular for me my GPU,” they further warned.

According to the gamer, after trying everything from a factory reset to even installing system software off a USB drive, nothing worked to fix the console.

Cold War has bricked my PS5 from blackopscoldwar

Luckily, after contacting Sony, the company reportedly explained that this issue has been happening for others, always with BOCW serving as the lone culprit. As such, the player was able to send their PS5 back and will receive a replacement in a fortnight.

It’s unclear what exactly is causing the issue or if Activision or Sony is to blame, but it should be noted that bricking isn’t limited to just PS5s.

As Dexerto previously reported, Cold War was also causing Xbox Series X bricking problems, which were addressed by the devs.

car on fire in BOCW
Dreams of playing next-gen consoles are going up in flames.

“We’re investigating all crashes and across the game,” Treyarch community manager Josh ‘FoxhoundFPS’ Torres claimed. However, no further update was made.

Hopefully, a patch is released soon that can prevent these fatal crashes from occurring so players can enjoy the game without worrying about their console bricking.