Call of Duty

NICKMERCS showcases his best Bruen MK9 Warzone loadout

Published: 13/Jul/2020 11:16

by Andy Williams


Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff has unveiled his setup for the Bruen MK9 LMG in Warzone Season 4 — a weapon which is starting to dominate the meta in Verdansk.

The Bruen MK9 LMG was added to Modern Warfare and Warzone in the middle of Season Three. Although what makes this hard-hitting weapon stand out from the crowd, is its relatively high mobility when compared to the rest in its class.

With the stopping power of LMGs and precision/mobility stats that most ARs would be proud of, the Bruen is a complete game changer. It’s no wonder, then, that the LMG has been growing in popularity throughout Season 4.

In fact, plenty of popular streamers have been using the Bruen as a staple part of their loadouts during high-profile tournaments. So how do we get the best out of the hybrid LMG?

Players firing Bruen MK9 in Modern Warfare.
The Bruen is the perfect hybrid for those looking for something that packs a bunch without weighing them down.

Best Bruen MK9 Warzone loadout

NICKMERCS’s Bruen loadout is all about precision. All of the attachments on the weapon are designed to boost Accuracy, Range and Control in exchange for a little bit of Mobility.

Considering the high-caliber bullets that come out of the Bruen’s chamber, there is very limited recoil on Kolcheff’s rig. This is largely due to the Tac Laser, which improves aim down sight speed and aim stability simultaneously.

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor.
  • Barrel: XRK Summit 26.8”.
  • Laser: Tac Laser.
  • Optic: Corp Combat Holo Sight.
  • Ammunition: 60 Round Mags.

Nick clocked out with an impressive 26-kill Warzone victory with the Bruen. Unlike the vast majority of the FaZe streamer’s classes, the Bruen is better suited to an optic of some kind. As always, he pairs the Bruen with an MP5 submachine gun as his secondary — a weapon that he describes as “overpowered” when stacked with his choice of attachments.

Combine the increased accuracy with the devastating 60-round magazine and it’s easy to see why the Bruen is fast becoming the new meta in Verdansk.

Of course, if you’re looking to give the LMG a go yourself, you’ll need to complete the unique challenge of eliminating enemies near smoke grenades with the Bruen in-hand first.

Call of Duty

Nadeshot clarifies SBMM argument in Black Ops Cold War rant

Published: 3/Dec/2020 2:10 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 2:15

by Jacob Hale


Update (December 2 – 6:00 PM PT): Nadeshot has since followed up on his Skill-Based Matchmaking rant, addressing how it’s easy to lose your temper while grinding for specific weapon camo challenges.

“SBMM is a topic of discussion that has a lot of nuances,” he said in a December 2 follow-up tweet. “What I really want to clarify once and for all… I don’t have a fear of playing players as good as me. I don’t disagree with the idea of playing against players as good as me. All I’m asking for is that people see the level of skill I’m playing at.”

Obviously, a ranked playlist of sorts has been requested to no end in the community. While the feature has been subtly confirmed, it’s still yet to enter the game. Therefore, the only form of matchmaking is standard public games, which happen to have SBMM cranked all the way up.

“If I’m going up against six starting players in the Call of Duty League, I want a rank to reflect that. I understand why SBMM is a necessity, I just don’t agree with the way it’s presented. Right now it’s ambiguous, you never really know who you’re up against and the level of skill they’re at.”

The original story is as follows.

Skill-based matchmaking has been a major complaint from top Call of Duty players for years now, and 100 Thieves CEO and former pro player Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag has finally snapped, going on a rant against SBMM in the new Black Ops Cold War.

Nadeshot has never made it a secret that he, alongside a huge number of Call of Duty players, is anti-SBMM.

Though the sentiment makes sense — pit players of equal skill against one another — in practice, many players aren’t happy with it and want to see it removed or at least tuned down.

Nadeshot clearly falls into that category, and let his opinion be known during a December 1 stream while playing on the latest edition of Nuketown, Nuketown ‘84.

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Black Ops Cold War has been welcomed with mixed reviews, but SBMM has been a major sticking point.

As you can tell immediately from the scoreline alone and the carnage unfolding around him, the match is an intense one, and he wasn’t impressed.

He said: “It’s time to lower the skill-based matchmaking. This is not fun. I know we want the kids that have never played Call of Duty to be in a safe space, but please stop alienating the people that have been playing your game for over a decade.”

That wasn’t all, though, as Haag continued to complain as he struggled to make much of an impact on the game. “This is not an enjoyable experience,” he said. “Especially trying to get the challenges done on these weapons… Everyone’s got a scorestreak because it’s participation and not skill.”

Both the SBMM and scorestreak complaints have been popular ones for Black Ops Cold War players, and the sentiment seems to be echoed from the top down.

Whether Activision or Treyarch make changes to either issue remains to be seen, but we might not see Nadeshot streaming Black Ops Cold War for too much longer at this rate.