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Are Dead Silence and Acoustic Sensor crutches in Black Ops 4 Multiplayer?

Published: 13/Nov/2018 15:10 Updated: 13/Nov/2018 15:16

by Matt Porter


Since the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 back in October, fans have felt that the Dead Silence perk and the Acoustic Sensor item have become important parts of most load-outs.

Dead Silence, found in the Park 3 slot in the multiplayer portion of the game, is a perk which allows you to “move quietly and resist detection from Acoustic Sensor.”

The Acoustic Sensor is a piece of gear that amplifies enemy footsteps, making it easier for players to hear enemy footsteps when they are moving around the map, while also highlighting the direction an enemy is coming from on your mini-map.

The Acoustic Sensor lets you hear enemy footsteps from greater distances.

YouTuber and Call of Duty expert TheXclusiveAce states that he has been running both items regularly, but wanted to find out if players absolutely needed to run them in order to have the best chance of winning games.

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When not using the Acoustic Sensor, TheXclusiveAce states that players can hear the footsteps of a sprinting enemy who isn’t running Dead Silence from a distance of 30 meters, compared to just five meters when they are.

However, when using the Acoustic Sensor, players without Dead Silence can be heard from over 50 meters away, while enemies with Dead Silence can be heard from around 30 meters, essentially cancelling out the perk.

TheXclusiveAce still believes Dead Silence is a crutch and is absolutely worth running on all your classes. With the perk active, players who don’t have the Acoustic Sensor equipped will find it almost impossible to hear your footsteps, meaning you can quickly get the jump on enemies, and still makes it difficult for players who do have the item attached.

In terms of the Acoustic Sensor, things aren’t quite as clear. While the item is useful, players would have to give up either Stim Shot or Armor to use it, and while the massive range of the item is impressive, hearing every enemy in a radius of 50 meters may prove to be confusing.

With Treyarch constantly tweaking weapons and items in Black Ops 4, it will be interesting to see if they continue to make changes to the two perks, as the developers have already shortened the incredible distance at which the Acoustic Sensor can pick up sprinting enemies.

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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.

Cracked Creators Warzone
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.