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NICKMERCS reveals “best” Overkill loadout for Warzone Season 5

Published: 8/Aug/2020 13:42 Updated: 8/Aug/2020 19:45

by Joe Craven

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Immensely popular Twitch streamer Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff, has shared his ideal class for Warzone Season 5, combining two of the Call of Duty’s best weapons. 

As far as Warzone players go, there are few as popular or successful as NICKMERCS. The FaZe Clan content creator exploded in popularity with Fortnite, and has recently transitioned to Call of Duty’s second battle royale effort.

Accompanying his Twitch success has been a host of impressive tournament placings, winning the recent $100k Toronto Ultra Warzone tournament.

In the tournament, he showcased his favorite overall class for Warzone Season 5, which combines two of the game’s strongest weapons.

The MP5 is Kolcheff’s SMG of choice, utilizing its faster attachments to maximize its viability up close. Despite receiving a modest nerf at the end of June, it has remained among the best close-range weapons in the game.

Known as the Ducat, the MP5 variant makes use of the FTAC Collapsible, Monolithic Integral Suppressor, and Sleight of Hand to ramp up its ADS and mobility.

45 round mags and the Merc Foregrip are also key in Warzone, allowing more accurate shots and players to get back into the action significantly quicker.

Ducat MP5 Warzone loadout in MW Gunsmith
YT: NICKMERCS/Infinity Ward
NICKMERCS’ MP5 loadout.

As his primary is so geared towards close range combat, it’s no surprise that Kolcheff’s secondary is the Bruen Mk9 – the LMG that has taken over Verdansk since the nerf of the Grau 5.56.

The Monolithic Suppressor and XRK Summit 26.8″ significantly increase the Bruen’s range, making it viable at longer ranges as well as medium. The Tac Laser aids hip-fire and ADS time, with the 60 round mags massively reducing reload time.

Bruen Mk9 loadout Warzone NICKMERCS
YT: NICKMERCS/Infinity Ward
The Bruen has dominated Warzone following the Grau’s nerf.

The relative strength of the Bruen has actually led some to call for it’s nerf in Season 5, with its minimal recoil making annihilating enemies incredibly simple.

Infinity Ward have confirmed that more weapon tuning is on the way, but the Season 5 update itself did not feature any weapon adjustments. Assuming a nerf of some kind is on the way for the Bruen, use this class while you still can.

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

Published: 23/Oct/2020 6:20

by Brad Norton

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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.

Black Ops Cold War gameplay
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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.