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Spending $100 on Black Ops 4 reserves doesn’t get you much

Published: 6/Mar/2019 13:56 Updated: 8/Mar/2019 11:32

by Paul Cot


CharlieINTEL spent $100 on reserve crates in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and the result was far from desirable.

Source: CharlieIntel

Black Ops 4 Market

The Black Ops 4 marketplace, called Black Market, is where players can go for cosmetic content. This includes Blackout characters, weapon skins, specialist outfits, tags and gestures.

Within the Black Market, there are reserves. These come in two formats: Reserve Cases and Reserve Crates. The Reserve Cases can be earned by accumulating points by playing either Multiplayer or Blackout. Conversely, Reserve Crates can only be purchased using real money.

The real value of $100 on Reserve Crates

So how much value can one get of spending $100 of hard-earned cash on Call of Duty cosmetics? As Charlie Intel found out, not as much as you’d hope.

Firstly, $100 on Reserve Crates will proportionally get you more crates to open than lesser amounts would. This is because the cost of COD points (the in-game currency used to but them) are discounted when spending $100 on them. Therefore, spending this amount should garner the best value.

Within a Reserve Crate is three items which means $100 worth of COD points will get you 195 items (65 crates).

The Daemon was the signature weapon found in one Reserve Crate…

Duplicate items

Perhaps the most disappointing element of spending real money on Black Ops 4 cosmetics was the frequency of duplicates. In this case, 62 of 195 items were duplicates.

However, every third duplicate allows a re-roll for an item of equal or better rarity. Consequently, only 41 of the 195 items were pure duplicates. Even so, this doesn’t make for good reading as 21% of the money ($21) was completely wasted.

Rarity of the items

Call of Duty players spend real money in an attempt to get ultra rare items. Items in the Black Market are divided into rarity categories: common, rare, legendary, epic and ultra. Players spending $100 would be forgiven for expecting more than a few ultra items.

Once again, the results don’t encourage others to go and spend their money. Just over 10% of items fell in the epic or ultra category. Interestingly 57% of items were considered rare, the category after common. Furthermore, of the 195 items only one of them was a signature weapon, although this was ultra-rare.

Meaning of the results

While the results put buying Call of Duty cosmetics in a bid light, the subjectively poor returns could just be down to chance.

Without purchasing a large number of Reserve Crates, i.e. more than 1,000, it is hard to draw an accurate conclusion. Otherwise, the results can simply be put down to variance.

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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.