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NICKMERCS shows his “max damage” Origin 12 loadout in Warzone

Published: 13/Sep/2020 12:05

by Andy Williams


FaZe star Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff has revealed his go-to Origin 12 shotgun loadout for Warzone, which is perfect for getting up close and personal in Verdansk.

Every once in a while, a weapon will come along and cause a bit of a stir in Verdansk. The R9-0 ‘Dragon’s Breath’ shook up Warzone’s meta, wreaking havoc due to its ‘damage over time’ effect.

Kolcheff himself has even pleaded with Infinity Ward to nerf the “broken” shotgun, in a bid to restore some balance back to close-quarters engagements.

But with the R9-0 dominating the meta, Nick figured that if you can’t beat them, join them, and cooked up an Origin 12 loadout that should level the playing field in close proximity.

Warzone player parachuting into a fight
Infinity Ward
Dropping in and wreaking havoc with a shotgun seems to be all the range in Season 5 of Warzone.

While having an SMG in your back pocket is almost common practice when going to popular landing spots such as Superstore or Military Base, the recent shift in meta has meant that most players will be rocking something that will pack a punch.

Enter the Origin 12. With the highest damage-per-second of any shotgun currently available, when used correctly, this can prove difficult to handle up close — blink and you’re dead!

To get the most out of his Origin, Nick adds the Tac Impaler Barrel and No Stock attachments to improve Mobility and Range. Here’s a summary of NICKMERCS’ Origin 12 class.

Best Origin loadout for Warzone

  • Muzzle: Choke.
  • Barrel: FORCE Tac Impaler.
  • Laser: 5mW Laser.
  • Stock: No Stock.
  • Ammunition: 12 Round Mags.

In his gameplay, Nick goes on an absolute tear in close-quarters engagements, with his opponents having no answer for the sheer power that the Origin brings to the table.

Paired with his staple Mk9 Bruen, Kolcheff clocked out with an impressive 21-kill gameplay with Tim ‘TimTheTatman’ Betar, Ben ‘DrLupo’ Lupo and former UFC Featherweight Champ, Max Holloway.

While the Bruen is one of the best medium-range weapons in the game, there’s a plethora of other popular weapons on offer to ensure you’re dominant in Verdansk.

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Best way to use zombie abilities in Warzone’s Zombie Royale

Published: 23/Oct/2020 15:51

by James Busby


Surviving as one of  Warzone’s fleshy undead can be a little tricky in the new Zombie Royale mode, but these tips should have you ripping and tearing your way to victory in no time. 

Warzone’s Halloween festivities are well underway and players have been busy unleashing their inner beast when playing the terrifyingly good LTM, Zombie Royale. The frozen fields of Verdansk have been cloaked in darkness and squads will need to work together if they wish to survive the horrors that await them. In this mode, dead operators skip the Gulag and instead come back as nightmarish zombies. While in this new undead form, players drop all their current equipment and perks.

If you wish to ever see your human form again, you’ll need to use your unique abilities to kill any players that dare to walk amongst the undead. While Zombie Royale’s reanimated corpses may have access to some incredibly potent attacks, they can be killed incredibly easily if you’re not careful. In order to help you get to grips with your newfound zombie form, we’ve put together a handy survival guide that should help you secure more kills.

Zombie abilities

Warzone Zombie
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Warzone’s Zombies have access to some incredibly powerful abilities.

Passive abilities

Warzone’s zombies aren’t your standard shambling corpses – in fact, they have incredible agility. Their passive ability gives every undead player faster movement speed and stronger melee attacks, allowing you to quickly chase down your fleeing victims. Once you’ve tracked them down, swipe at them with your deadly strikes to snuff their life out for good. 

Zombies also have superior vision and can easily see nearby operators. Enemy players are highlighted and their footprints can be tracked, giving you plenty of opportunities to pounce on your newfound target. If that wasn’t enough, zombies are also immune to the gas circle and gas grenades. This allows you to set up some frightfully sneaky plays. 

Charged Jump

Arguably the most fun Zombie ability is the Charged Jump. This highly mobile move allows you to effortlessly leap onto rooftops, scale cliffs, evade enemy fire and initiate fights. You can adjust both the distance and height by holding down the Charged Jump button, so be sure to experiment with this before leaping towards your enemy. 

EMP Blast 

This ability works exactly the same as Modern Warefare’s EMP Drone in that it destroys enemy electronics, equipment, vehicles, and disables digital optics. Your enemy’s HUD will also be disabled if they get caught within the blast’s radius. 

Gas Grenade

Gas Grenades are incredibly potent in Warzone since they disorient your enemies and slow down their movements. Combine this with the high mobility from Zombie Royale’s undead and you have a lethal combination. 

Zombie ability tips

Warzone zombie fight
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You’ll need to learn how to use these zombie abilities if you wish to increase your survivability.

Before you go chasing the nearest player, it’s often best to scan your surroundings for any enemy players that are alone. Not only will this stop your fleshy body from being riddled with bullets, it will also increase your chances of securing a successful kill. While it can be tempting to rush into the fray with your Charged Jump, it does give away your position thanks to the ability’s glow effect. 

Instead, it’s often best to use the cover of darkness to sneak up on them. Once you’ve successfully got within a few meters, it’s time to unleash your EMP Blast. This will instantly destroy any Proximity Mines and Claymore’s, allowing you to safely enter even the most fortified defenses. To make matters even better, the initial blast also reduces visibility and will cause most players to panic — giving you the moment to strike.

Once you have disabled any equipment and digital optics, it’s time to throw in your Gas Grenade. When the grenade has filled the room with deadly toxins, instantly run in and begin clawing away at your hapless victim. The slowing effect and overall disorientation from both abilities should make any escape futile.

Even if your enemy does manage to make a break for it, simply activate your Charged Jump to catch up to them. Just be aware that doing this will make you highly visible to nearby squads, so only use this ability when you have to. 

If you use these tips, you’ll be able to secure more kills as a zombie in Warzone’s Zombie Royale mode.