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NICKMERCS hits back at claims he “ruined” Warzone with loadout videos

Published: 2/Feb/2021 16:44 Updated: 2/Feb/2021 16:45

by James Busby

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Call of Duty content creator Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff has responded to viewers that believe he has ruined Warzone with his meta loadout videos. 

NICKMERCS has been creating loadout videos for Warzone since the game originally launched, which has given the Call of Duty community the opportunity to replicate his favorite weapon builds. Of course, like many CoD streamers, Nick’s loadouts have become some of the most popular in the game. In fact, it’s rare to not see Warzone players running around with competitively kitted out guns. 

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Whether you’re a fan of NICKMERCS’ content or prefer other Warzone personalities, there’s certainly no denying just how influential he has been in shaping the Warzone meta. Of course, this has sparked a lot of anger in the community as the majority of players only adopt the most competitive builds. 

NICKMERCS loadout video response

Nickmercs DMR
Activision / NICKMERCS (YouTube)
NICKMERCS’ DMR loadout has been one of the most popular amongst Warzone players.

In a recent video, Nick addressed the opinion that he has “ruined” Warzone with his loadout videos. While a number of Warzone players have always been eager to point out how the ever-popular streamer’s loadouts have impacted the meta, it reached a climax when Nick released a video on the FFAR 1.

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The Warzone streamer has been getting a lot of flak from Warzone players, with many of them taking to Nick’s Twitter and YouTube comments section to show their frustrations. “What the team and I do here is give you insights on the best guns, the news to come, and we take a lot of pride in giving that information,” explains the streamer. 

Due to the highly competitive nature of Warzone, it’s understandable that the majority of the playerbase will gravitate towards these meta loadouts. After all, winning games isn’t particularly easy, especially when you’re constantly pitted against skilled squads and never-ending hacker hordes

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“A lot of you guys can’t wait for the new loadout and for me to use lots of different guns, and not just the same gun over and over again,” says Nick. “I don’t think that any of you guys should be getting upset with me about putting a loadout out there on YouTube. I mean, it’s a YouTube channel, it’s my job, it’s what I do. I’m not trying to ruin the game, I’m just trying to give you guys a little bit of insight into what I’m using.”

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Nick also goes on to state how the game’s balancing is down to Activision, stating that “It’s up to the game’s developers and their whole team to keep things fresh, update things, nerf things, buff things. That’s on them, not me.” While Activision has nerfed certain guns in the past, they have often taken a fairly long time to do so

For example, it took multiple nerfs before the DMR’s reign of terror came to an end. However, Nick does admit that he and fellow Warzone streamers do help to increase the general competitiveness of the playerbase. 

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“I think sometimes me and other YouTubers expedite the process of noobs getting better – that’s fine, that’s partly our job,” explains Nick. “I know the majority of you guys are cool with this and don’t care, but for those of you who do care, listen. It’s my job, I’m going to keep doing this.”

NICKMERCS’ loadouts will continue to prove popular amongst Warzone players of all skill levels, so expect to see plenty more OP builds in the future.