Call of Duty

NICKMERCS explains why “broken” R9-0 Dragon’s Breath needs to be nerfed

Published: 2/Sep/2020 14:19 Updated: 2/Sep/2020 16:33

by Andy Williams


FaZe Clan star Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff has delved into why Warzone’s R9-0 ‘Dragon’s Breath’ is “broken,” and why Infinity Ward needs to nerf the shotgun variant in Season 5.

Since Warzone’s introduction, Infinity Ward have done a great job at keeping the meta fresh by bringing in new weapons as part of the season-based content delivery.


The developers have received backlash from the community for ‘ruining’ Warzone with dominant weapons, such as the first iteration of the Grau 5.56 or the Mk9 Bruen LMG.

And while those weapons have since been fine-tuned to help them align more with the meta, it appears that history is repeating itself with the R9-0 ‘Dragon’s Breath’ shotgun — which is every bit as lethal as its namesake suggests.

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The Dragon’s Breath is one of the most effective weapons when getting up close and personal.

Does Infinity Ward need to nerf the R9-0?

So what makes the “Dragon’s Breath” version of the R9-0 so special? As you can probably guess, the rounds are riddled with incendiary that quite literally burns your foes alive, meaning that alongside dishing out the initial damage, it will also do a significant amount of damage over time.

Being at the forefront of the Warzone meta, NICKMERCS discovered just how devastatingly powerful the weapon can be shortly after its release. But unlike his relationship with the Bruen, Kolcheff has a love-hate thing going on with Dragon’s Breath.

“If I post a video, saying that it’s broken and more and more people use it, it’s only going to get the damn thing fixed faster… Have fun with the shotgun and do it now, because I can guarantee you ain’t going to be able to have fun with this thing for too much longer.”


Nick showed just how devastating the weapon can be up close, after showcasing his loadout (detailed below). Of course, the weapon will only be super effective in CQB, so you might want to consider pairing it up with one of Warzone’s most popular weapons.

  • Muzzle: Choke.
  • Barrel: FORCE TAC Sentry.
  • Laser: 5mW Laser.
  • Underbarrel: Merc Foregrip.
  • Ammunition: Dragon’s Breath Rounds.
Call of Duty

Black Ops Cold War already set new Call of Duty player record in the Beta

Published: 23/Oct/2020 6:20

by Brad Norton


The Call of Duty franchise is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon as Treyarch’s recent Black Ops Cold War Beta went above expectations and shattered records.

Ever since the release of the first CoD title in 2003, the franchise has only continued to grow. Year after year more players hop on board to see what the latest title has in store. Whether fans gravitate towards single-player campaigns, cooperative experiences, or classic multiplayer competition, there’s something for everyone.


2020 is shaping up to be no different as Treyarch is firing on all cylinders for the Black Ops Cold War release. Everything from Zombies to Warzone will be on offer and it’s already clear that the community is hungry for it all.

After an impressive Alpha test on the PlayStation 4 that became the biggest in franchise history, that record has once again been broken. This time, by the Black Ops Cold War Beta that followed just weeks later.


Having kicked off exclusively for PS4 users on October 8 before jumping to all platforms on October 15, the Black Ops Cold War Beta was played by a staggering number of people. In fact, it was “the most downloaded [Beta] in Call of Duty history,” the developers revealed on October 23.

No exact figures were revealed for the history Beta. Though it being publicly available across Xbox One, PS4, and PC over the final days was sure to have helped boost the figures.

Not only is this a hugely positive sign before the launch of Black Ops Cold War, but it continues a trend from previous iterations. 2019’s Modern Warfare also broke records with its early access Beta period. 


Last year’s records also didn’t come with any specific numbers, though Activision assured the Modern Warfare Beta attracted more players than ever before.

Also of note, those players logged more hours played than any Beta in franchise history. It’s now clear that Black Ops Cold War has been yet another step up in terms of early engagement.

The Black Ops Cold War Beta was live across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

It’s obviously too early to tell just how this might indicate sales for the release come November 13. However, to get into the Beta early, a majority of players needed to preorder on their platform of choice. So that’s certainly a good sign just weeks out from launch.


2019’s Modern Warfare topped over $600 million in sales across its first three days on the market. That instantly made it the highest-selling CoD of the generation. Though Black Ops Cold War could be on track to go even further this year.

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