Call of Duty

Twitch streamer Aydan “shadow-banned” in Warzone

Published: 6/Feb/2021 11:46 Updated: 6/Feb/2021 11:48

by Calum Patterson


One of Warzone’s most notable Twitch streamers, Aydan ‘Aydan’ Conrad, claims he has been shadow-banned in-game, posting a message of bemusement on social media.

As Activision continues to wrangle with the cheating and hacking issues persistent in Warzone, streamers have been having a tricky time playing the game – as has everyone else.

The game’s developers did a ban wave in early February, bragging that 60,000 cheaters had been taken off the servers. However, some of their moderation may be affecting innocent players too.

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Hackers still remain the biggest problem in Warzone.

What is a shadow-ban in Warzone?

A shadow-ban in Warzone is typically when a player’s account is placed on a kind of ‘naughty list’ – where they are removed from the wider pool of players in matchmaking, and placed into matches filled with more cheaters and hackers.

A number of YouTubers have reported this happening to them, blaming frequent in-game reports from opposing players as the cause. Another downside is that queue times are incredibly long, as the available matchmaking pool is reduced so much.

It’s unclear if this is exactly what has happened to Aydan too, as he’s simply said “I got shadow-banned on Warzone… wtf?”

Other content creators who have had similar problems have been stuck with the shadow-ban for months, and are often forced to start a new account in order to play and create content.

Although unconfirmed, it is believed that mass-reporting by players can lead to a shadow-ban, as the game registers your account as potentially being untrustworthy, and a potential cheater.

Aydan will no doubt be in contact with the developer’s support team to get the issue resolved as quickly as possible.

We’ve seen other big names in Warzone quit the game entirely over the hacking issues, namely Vikkstar, and compounding these issues with shadow-bans could be another big mess.

We’ll keep you updated on the status of Aydan’s shadow-ban situation.

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Best LC10 Warzone loadout class: Attachments, setup, perks

Published: 25/Feb/2021 12:29

by James Busby


The LC10 is the latest SMG to join Call of Duty’s ever-growing weapon roster in Warzone Season 2. Here, we break down the strongest LC10  loadout you should be using to maximize your damage.

Warzone and Black Ops Cold War’s Season 2 update has not only introduced the new FARA assault rifle, but it also marks the debut for the LC10 SMG. This pint-sized gun may look relatively unimposing, but it is capable of dishing out some pretty decent damage. Whether the LC10 has what it takes to overthrow the ever-popular MAC-10 and MP5 loadouts that dominate Warzone lobbies remains to be seen. 

The LC10 features fantastic handling, great mobility, decent close-quarters damage, and a high fire rate. If that wasn’t enough, the Cold War SMG also has a little more range potential than most SMGs, which can make give it a little extra lethality outside of the usual close-range engagements. 

In order to help you get the most out of the LC10, we’ve put together a lethal loadout that you can use to gain a competitive edge. 

If you haven’t unlocked the LC10 yet and wish to add it to your collection, then check out our unlock guide right here.

Best Warzone FARA 83 loadout

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The LC10 has great mobility and accuracy.
  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 13.9” Task Force
  • Stock: Raider Stock
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Ammunition: STANAG 55 Rnd


  • Perk 1: EOD
  • Perk 2: Overkill
  • Perk 3: Amped


  • Lethal: Semtex
  • Tactical: Heartbeat Sensor

Close-quarter firefights are a given in both Verdansk and Rebirth Island, so having a SMG that you can rely on is incredibly important. Fortunately, the LC10 is more than capable of delivering some speedy close-quarter kills. Not only does this loadout bolster the LC10’s damage range, it also increases its mobility and control. 

First up is the Agency Suppressor. This noise-reducing attachment keeps your shots concealed and also helps with the gun’s vertical recoil control. While you’ll still be relying on your primary to take down targets at range, it doesn’t mean you can’t have an SMG that is smooth to handle. 

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This loadout absolutely shreds in close-quarter firefights.

The 13.9” Task Force is a must-pick attachment as it increases the LC10’s effective damage range, bullet velocity, and strafe speed. Not only does this make shredding through your target’s armor an absolute breeze, it also enables you to run rings around them. After all, being highly mobile is one of the perks of the SMG class, so if you enjoy aggressively rushing your foes, then this attachment should be a priority pick. 

Due to the LC10’s clean ironsights, we’ve avoided using an Optic and adopted the Raider Stock instead. This lightweight stock enhances the ADS firing movement speed, aim walking movement speed, and sprint to fire time. SMGs are at their most potent when you can quickly react to any potential threats, which makes the Raider Stock a highly viable option. 

Next on the attachment list is the Field Agent Foregrip. Having an attachment that reduces both the LC10’s vertical and horizontal recoil is a must, especially if you wish to grab those satisfying headshot kills. 

Finally, the STANAG 55 Rnd offers enough ammunition to down multiple foes without having to constantly reload in between kills. Not only will it keep you competitive in those 1v1 and 1v2 clutch scenarios, the added rounds can also help alleviate any issues that arise when your aim is a little off. 

So, there you have it, all the attachments you should be using with the FARA 83 in Warzone Season 2. If you want to keep updated with all the latest Call of Duty news and updates, then follow us over on @DexertoIntel.