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NICKMERCS reveals “no recoil” Grau 5.56 Warzone loadout

Published: 19/Sep/2020 10:40

by Andy Williams


Hugely popular content creator Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff has unveiled his perfect Grau class for Warzone. Here’s exactly how the Twitch streamer gets the most out of the assault rifle.

There’s no hiding the fact that since the Grau 5.56 was introduced in Season 2, it has become one of Warzone’s gold standard. With it’s 5.56mm rounds (which is similar to some LMGs) and quick rate of fire, the Grau can pack a punch without having to pay the price in mobility.


Aside from the obvious benefits of being lighter on your feet, the Grau also has limited recoil — even when used with no attachments. Despite receiving a nerf in Season 4, the sturdy AR has stood the test of time and continues to be one of the most popular weapons in Verdansk.

But with the likes of the Kilo 141, Mk9 Bruen, and even the M13 all giving the Grau a run for its money, NICKMERCS decided to revisit his Grau glory days and fine-tune a class which he claims to have “no recoil.”

Grau being used in Modern Warfare
The Grau was added in Season 2 of Modern Warfare, and has grown to be a significant part of the meta.

Best Grau 5.56 loadout for Warzone

To get the most out of his Grau, Nick’s build really hones in on buffing the Accuracy and Range. For what his Grau class sacrifices in Mobility, it more than makes up for in the level of precision put on the table.

Adding both the Monolithic Suppressor and Tempus Archangel Barrel gives Kolcheff’s Grau minimal sway while aiming down sight.

Complementing this with the Ranger Foregrip Underbarrel and NICKMERCS gets negligible recoil from his Grau. This can be substituted for the Commando Foregrip, if you’re willing to trade a little Accuracy for Mobility. His full loadout can be seen below.

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor.
  • Barrel: Tempus 26.4” Archangel.
  • Optic: VLK 3.0x Optic.
  • Underbarrel: Ranger Foregrip.
  • Ammunition: 60 Round Mags.

On the surface, Nick’s Grau rig is very similar to his “no recoil” Kilo 141 loadout, which makes use of a similar attachment setup to give similar benefits.

There’s no doubt that the Grau is one of the most versatile weapons in Verdansk, and the Faze star shows this, as he clocks out with a whopping 26-kill gameplay to showcase exactly why the Grau still holds its own.

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What’s included in the Black Ops Cold War Beta: modes, bonus unlocks, more

Published: 13/Oct/2020 18:40 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 18:45

by Tanner Pierce


The Black Ops Cold War Beta is finally here. Download links are now live for those who pre-ordered the game digitally and Treyarch has released some new information about what the pre-release version is going to include. Here’s everything you need to know.

After Activision and Treyarch gave fans on PlayStation 4 a small glimpse of Black Ops Cold War during open Alpha, which ran only for one weekend and included a handful of content, the game’s Beta is now in full swing


Prior to the Beta’s launch, Treyarch released a lot of information about what would be included, such as the brand new mode that will be available during this pre-release period.

Cold War Beta modes

The modes that Treyarch are including with the Open Beta are similar to those found in the Open Alpha. That being said, there are two major additions that players of the latter didn’t get a chance to experience yet.


The first is VIP Escort, which tasks players with protecting and bringing a specially designated player from one side of the map to the other, without being killed. Players can be downed in this mode, similar to Warzone, and scorestreaks are disabled.

In addition, players will also be able to play the new 40-player mode Fireteam: Dirty Bomb. Information about this mode is scarce, however, we do know that it will pit four teams of 10 players against one another in a fight for uranium on a large scale map.

  • Team Deathmatch
  • Kill Confirmed
  • Domination
  • Combined Arms Domination
  • VIP Escort
  • Combined Arms Assault
Cartel map in Black Ops Cold War
The Black Ops Cold War Beta debuted a new multiplayer map called Cartel


There were a total of five maps during the BOCW Alpha, so all of them are expected to also be available during the Beta. Furthermore, Treyarch have announced that a new one called Cartel will also be added to the mix for both 6v6 and 12v12 modes.

  • New: Cartel (6v6 & 12v12)
  • Satellite (6v6)
  • Miami (6v6)
  • Moscow (6v6)
  • Armada (12v12)
  • Crossroads (12v12)

FOV Slider & Ping system

For the first time ever, a Call of Duty game will feature a FOV slide on both PC and console, as announced by Treyarch. This will allow players to adjust their field of view in order to get a wider look at their surroundings at all times.

“We’re extremely excited to bring the Field of View (FOV) slider feature to all platforms for the first time in a Black Ops game, and you’ll be able to try it out during the Beta,” the devs wrote.

FOV slider in Black Ops Cold War
For the first time ever, an FOV slider is coming to console in Black Ops Cold War!

That’s not the only thing making its CoD debut, at least as far as multiplayer is concerned. Black Ops Cold War will also see a Ping system added to MP for the first time, giving players a way to non-verbally communicate with each other.


Users will be able to “ping objectives, loot, locations, and enemies” for teammates during a match, which had been the case in Warzone but never in a Call of Duty multiplayer.

More details about how these two new additions will work can be found in our FOV Slider and Ping system guide here.


SMG Blueprint

Activision has announced that players who get to level 10 during the beta will receive a free blueprint when the game releases.

Unlike the Alpha, players will be able to level up in a progression system that’s designed exclusively for this version.

Treyarch explains: “Players can progress and rank up in the Beta-specific leveling system where loadout items, including new weaponry, covert spy tech through Field Upgrades, and badass Scorestreaks can be unlocked by earning XP.”

Like every other CoD beta, there are rewards that you can earn for the full game. If players are able to reach level 10 at any point during the beta, they’ll receive a free Mutual Animosity Blueprint for the Type 821, which is the weapon most comparable to the Uzi in previous games.

The Black Ops Cold War Beta is set to include two new modes: Fireteam Dirty Bomb and VIP Escort.


Treyarch previously announced the beta schedule, however, they once again clarified when everyone will be able to get their hands on it. Fans are currently able to pre-load the beta on PS4 and players on other platforms will be able to do so on October 13, 2020.

  • Weekend 1
    • October 8-9: PS4 early access
    • October 10-12: PS4 Open Beta
  • Weekend 2
    • October 15-16: PS4, Xbox One, PC early access
    • October 17-19: Open Beta for all platforms

As for what’s changing between the Alpha and the Beta, Treyarch released a massive set of patch notes on October 7 detailing all of the adjustments and improvements they’ve made since the game’s previous build.

All in all, this seems like a pretty packed Beta. Between the new Fireteam mode and the grind for max level, players should have a lot to do over the next couple of weekends.