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Warzone slammed for “pay to win” blueprint making Mac 10 loadout even more OP

Published: 9/Jan/2021 15:25

by Connor Bennett

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Call of Duty: Warzone has been accused of being pay-to-win after the Gallantry blueprint for the Mac 10, which is a part of the battle pass, is seemingly stronger than the base weapon. 

Just like every other successful battle royale on the market, Warzone has been kept fresh with multiple updates since it launched. Be it map changes, new skins, extra cosmetics, and even challenges, Warzone has had it all.

These additions, though, haven’t come with controversy. The meta changes each time a weapon like the DMR or Bruen comes to the forefront – with players trying to get an upper hand in any way possible.

The Mac10 is one of the weapons that has shaped the current meta, but, after discovered that the Gallantry blueprint of the weapon is actually a buff compared to the base version, some have called the game pay-to-win.

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The Mac 10 is currently the best SMG in Warzone.

Twitch and YouTube star NICKMERCS called out the weapon as pay to win in his latest YouTube upload, saying it’s not a good look for the Warzone developers. 

“I love my Mac 10 and I have a lot of fun using it in Verdansk right now, and I totally cool with them not touching this thing, but, it probably does need to get fixed,” he said. “At the end of the day, pay to win is not going to be a good look. You don’t want to force people to cough up their cash to be able to play at a higher level. That’s just not it man,” Nick added, before defending the devs.

“Now it’s obviously just a mistake, I’m sure they didn’t mean to do this, they might have – I don’t know – but I don’t think they did. It’ll probably get fixed soon.” 

Other players have called it out too. “Shame on you. CW integration is a mess. You integrate skins pay to win on Mac10 and your DMR’s patch is a joke,” tweeted one fan. 

“Nerf DMR and fix the problem about the battle pass blueprint of [the] Mac10 or maybe the game has been changed to pay to win????” added another. 

Previously, players called out the Bruen and Grau as pay to win weapons, but that was a little different seeing as that was just about the base versions.

If it is a mistake, as NICKMERCS points out, then the problem should be fixed sooner rather than later, but we’ll just have to wait and see. 

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3 tips to help you survive Black Ops Cold War’s new Zombies Cranked mode

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:40

by Tanner Pierce

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With the release of Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch has added Cranked into the game’s Zombies mode – and it’s pretty different from the standard version, requiring some completely separate strategies. 

While Cranked in Call of Duty games is nothing new, having debuted all the way back in 2013’s Ghosts, what is different is a Zombies version of the mode, which was just added to Black Ops Cold War during the game’s midseason update.

The concept is simple: You’re given a timer, and when that timer reaches 0, you explode and die. With each kill, however, your timer resets, giving you more time to keep on grinding. It’s an incredibly fast-paced mode in normal multiplayer, and the Zombies version is even more hectic – but there are some tips you can utilize to help you survive longer.

Pace out your kills

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Pacing out your kills in Cranked is important due to the fact that you only need one kill to reset your timer.

In standard Cranked, players are usually scrambling to get kills. In a 5v5 or 6v6, it makes sense, considering there’s only a limited amount of potential targets, and if you can’t find anyone, you’ll die easily due to the timer running out.

With BOCW Zombies Cranked, the opposite is true. There’s always an abundance of enemies and, while it’s not impossible to run out of targets, generally speaking, they’ll keep on spawning (there’s not even a break in-between rounds).

Because of this, there’s no need to be mowing down Zombies as one does in the normal mode. Instead, if you’re feeling overwhelmed (or if you want to get something done like Pack-A-Punching your weapon), try running away from the enemies for a while to get your bearings.

Remember, all it takes is one kill to reset your timer. If you find it running out, just look behind you at the horde you’ve surely amounted, kill one Zombie, and then move along with your business. Wasting your time mowing down each and every zombie can cost you your game.

With all that being said, don’t think you can run away from the Zombies with no problem; if you get too far away, you’ll find yourself struggling for kills, so it’s best if you stay nearby.

Use fast-reloading weapons and attachments

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You’ll want to use weapons that can be reloaded quickly in Cranked.

In normal Zombies, using a LMG is sort of required during late-game conflicts, as it allows you to mow down Zombies with greater power. In Cranked, speed is king, so it might be better to use something smaller like an SMG.

Reloading fast is essential in Cranked, as you can easily become overrun. Even though it does have a lot of power, you don’t want to waste your time on the horrendously slow reload time found on LMGs. If you want an even faster reload time, you could even throw a fast-mag onto your SMG, and get it done even quicker.

In addition, SMGs have the added benefit of allowing you to run faster, meaning you’ll be able to evade Zombies even better than you would before.

Always go for the Timer Freeze power up

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Remembering these tips can be the difference between surviving or dying early on.

Treyarch has implemented a brand new power-up that’s exclusive to the Cranked game mode: Timer Freeze. With this, players will be able to stop their countdown timer for around 15 seconds or so, giving them a breather.

While this might seem obvious to point out, you’ll want to go for those as much as possible. Getting one at the start of your game is not too important, but it’s especially critical when you get into the late game.

As the mode goes on, your timer will get shorter and shorter, meaning every break you get becomes more and more important. Having that 15 second breather seems like an eternity once you get it, so missing out on one can hurt you a lot – sometimes costing you your life.

While Cranked is incredibly fast-paced, it’s really not that bad if you know what you’re doing. If you remember these tips, you shouldn’t have as much of a problem.