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NICKMERCS Explains Why He’d Never Return to Call of Duty

Published: 14/Jun/2018 16:27 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:05

by DG Goldstein


Popular streamer Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff explained why he will not be returning to Call of Duty following the success of Fortnite: Battle Royale.

Since its release in 2017, it is hard to argue against the claim that Fortnite: Battle Royale is one of the most popular titles in the world at the time of writing with an immense amount of fan-fare.

Millions of players attempt to obtain the elusive ‘Victory Royale’ on a daily basis, and it seems as if Fortnite is only continuing to grow as the days go on, and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Its notoriety has even been a factor in players from other titles migrating over to Fortnite, based on potential opportunities down the road.

One such player is NICKMERCS, who gained notoriety in recent years for his ‘Call of Duty’ streams with his ‘MFAM’ group for wager matches and tournaments, and gained a substantial following alongside the title.

However, when asked if he will return to CoD, the streamer noted how he will be pursuing Fortnite for the time being, based on its opportunities and ‘competitive future.’Y

“You guys are all crazy to even talk to me about Call of Duty, I ain’t never going back. You’re talking about a shooter I played because it was the only one that had a competitive future, at the time, on console. Fortnite just announce one hundred million dollars in tournaments for the next year alone.”

The full clip can be found below, which begins at the 3:36 mark.

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Dr Disrespect explains how Black Ops Cold War could be “so much more fun”

Published: 21/Oct/2020 3:29

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Dr Disrespect has chimed in on the much-maligned SBMM system used in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and other titles, and although he doesn’t blame Treyarch, the Doc is less than impressed with the system and wants it removed.

Dr Disrespect is all about violence, speed, and momentum. However, he hasn’t been able to spread his wings in Black Ops Cold War and fly like the eagle he was born to be, and he blames it all on SBMM.

SBMM, which stands for skill-based matchmaking, is a system used in many popular games to try and balance out lobbies.

Some players and developers think it’s a good thing, but many others believe it tends to ‘punish’ higher-skilled players like Dr Disrespect. It throws them into lobbies with other elite players, which results in ‘sweaty’ games where everyone is good and trying really hard to win.

The game becomes more serious and less casual, and it demands more effort, which is less than ideal for streamers like the Doc, who want to entertain.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is one of many games that uses SBMM.

Dr Disrespect has never been one to hold his tongue and mince his words on matters important to him. In his latest stream, he had a frustrating time playing Black Ops Cold War due to SBMM and shared his thoughts.

Man, that SBMM, what a… what a…” he said, struggling to find the words to summarize his rage. “SBMM results to exact same fight every single time.” It’s a sentiment shared by players from many different games and skill brackets.

“It has nothing to do with… game design,” he added.

“Treyarch knocks it out the park… I just think it has something to do with a lot of the technical stuff… I would take that tech out.”

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Dr Disrespect isn’t one to hold back on his opinions, especially when it comes to games.

Dr Disrespect knows that it isn’t Treyarchs fault. Instead, he refers to a “third-party” who works with them and “manages all the data and everything.” He says, “they’re able to make all these tweaks, and all that stuff,” and the fact that SBMM is implemented at all is “such a bummer.”

“I want some sheep in my lobbies,” he said. “I want a couple triple peekers. The game could like just be so much more fun. I don’t understand why they have it.”

The related segment begins at 3:38:30 in the video below.

Dr Disrespect isn’t the first person to express his concerns about SBMM, and he won’t be the last. However, the Doc is a pillar in the gaming community. He has also been involved in some behind-the-scenes level design, so his opinion has some weight.

Either way, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is still loads of fun. SBMM might even help you become a better player if you’re willing to embrace it.