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NICKMERCS refutes claims that the Bruen Mk9 has “ruined” Warzone

Published: 30/Jul/2020 10:28 Updated: 30/Jul/2020 10:45

by Joe Craven


Popular Twitch streamer and ex-Call of Duty competitor NICKMERCS has challenged claims that the Bruen Mk9 has “ruined” Warzone, suggesting that there are other issues that remain far more damaging.

Despite Warzone’s incredible popularity, certain issues have risen to the surface in CoD’s sophomore battle royale effort. The Grau 5.56 dominated weapon choices for the game’s opening months, and received a moderate nerf from Infinity Ward.


With the fall of the Grau came the rise of the Bruen, another DLC weapon from Modern Warfare — this time an LMG. The gun’s incredible damage and range are complimented by its modest recoil, making it the best weapon in the game at almost any range.

A lot of Warzone’s most prominent creators have called for it to be nerfed, but those calls have fallen on deaf ears at Infinity Ward – so far, at least.

Bruen Mk9 on black background with Warzone logo
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The Bruen is the best gun in Warzone’s current build.

One of these figures who has been a vocal critic of the Bruen is ex-CoD pro turned caster Anthony ‘NAMELESS’ Wheeler, who simply tweeted: “The Bruen has ruined Warzone.”

NICKMERCS, though, wasn’t having any of it, and responded to suggest that there are more pressing issues plaguing Warzone than the Bruen’s relative strength.

“First the Grau, now the Bruen,” he replied. “There will be something next & something after. Not to mention how the bots all quit as time goes on so the game naturally becomes more sweaty. If anything is shitting on Warzone right now it’s the hackers imo.”


NICKMERCS’ argument is essentially that, while the Bruen is definitely powerful, the improving standard of the average player is compounding its strength, not to mention that there will always be a dominant weapon in a game like Warzone. The hacking issue, he said, is the biggest problem facing the game right now.

Despite weeks of player complaints, many argue the developers are yet to take meaningful action against hackers. In fact, many players actually criticized their latest update on cheaters, arguing they have not taken sufficient action and simply demanding players stop hacking is not enough.

While there are plenty of players unhappy with the Bruen, it’s fair to say that many more are unhappy with the hacking situation. After all, players annihilating enemies with the Bruen are at least playing within the rules. Over time, both issues will likely be looked at and patched, but for now it’s just part of the Warzone experience.

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Why Warzone streamers want NICKMERCS to delete his OP CR-56 AMAX video

Published: 11/Oct/2020 1:18

by Theo Salaun


Call of Duty: Warzone Season 6 doesn’t have a definitive meta and streamers apparently want to keep it that way, as they’ve asked NICKMERCS to hide his overpowered CR-56 AMAX loadout video.

NICKMERCS tries a lot of different guns and shares the best ones with his massive community. That’s especially useful now, following nerfs to the SP-R, because everyone is looking for a new medium-to-long-range weapon and streamers seem to want their preferred AR to remain a secret.


As the Kilo 141 and, to a lesser extent, even the classic M4-A1 have returned to prominence across Verdansk, the high-damage CR-56 AMAX is making the rounds among the game’s best. Unfortunately for those players, the secret might be out, as NICKMERCS made a video describing the gun as a Kilo replacement and shared the optimal class for the heavy-recoil weapon with his 3.05 million YouTube followers. 

Although the streamers likely don’t care and are just joking, it’s a funny testament to what a deadly dynamo the AMAX can be in Season 6 when wielded by the right hands. 


NICKMERC’s CR-56 AMAX loadout for Warzone

It’s not exactly clear why this class is getting so much more attention than his original Season 5 setup, but it’s possible that swapping out a Merc Foregrip for the Ranger gives the gun enough recoil stability to make it a force on Verdansk.

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor.
  • Barrel: XRK Zodiac S440.
  • Optic: VLK 3.0x Optic.
  • Underbarrel: Ranger Foregrip.
  • Ammunition: 45 Round Mags.

In response to the MFAM’s leader popularizing the niche AR, popular professional Warzone player, JoeWo, lovingly asked NICKMERCS to delete his video.

In replies, NICKMERCS and Swagg’s teammate during their championship run at the $100,000 Toronto Ultra Warzone tournament, DiazBiffle, seconded the motion. 



As of yet, there has been no response to JoeWo’s promise that he “will do anything, literally anything” for NICKMERCS to delete the video. But the Warzone star hasn’t posted the video on Twitter, so maybe he did take JoeWo up on the offer.

Still, for those thinking they discovered a cheat code with this loadout, a word of caution: while the CR-56 AMAX does deal a tremendous amount of damage, its recoil is very difficult to control.

That gives the AR a steep learning curve, but one that, when mastered, could provide massive dividends.