NICKMERCS shows off surprisingly powerful Striker 45 Warzone class - Dexerto
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NICKMERCS shows off surprisingly powerful Striker 45 Warzone class

Published: 24/Jul/2020 12:00 Updated: 24/Jul/2020 12:12

by Joe Craven

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Popular Twitch streamer and ex-Call of Duty pro Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff has shared his powerful Striker 45 class, that he uses to take down enemies at close to medium ranges in Warzone. 

When it comes to Warzone SMGs, a couple remain dominant in the game’s current meta. From the MP5 to the MP7, there are only a few SMGs that can compete with the best ARs in Verdansk’s current build.

The Striker 45, Modern Warfare’s Season 2 DLC SMG, is probably not very high on this list for most players. NICKMERCS, however, has revealed his favored Striker loadout, that he uses to dominate in Warzone.

NICKMERCS’ Striker 45 loadout for Warzone

  • Monolithic Suppressor
  • 400mm Stainless Steel barrel
  • Tac Laser
  • 45 Round Mags
  • Merc Foregrip

Striker 45 in MW's Gunsmith

The class is certainly designed for Warzone. There is a clear emphasis on improving the Striker’s range and reducing its modest recoil. The Merc Foregrip, 400mm Stainless Steel barrel, and Monolithic Suppressor will see to these improvements, with the latter also keeping players off enemy radars.

The 45 round mags are also a necessary addition in Warzone, allowing players to take down multiple enemies without the need for reloading. With armor giving players extra health, extended mags are a sensible attachment on nearly every weapon.

Finally, the Tac Laser speeds up the Striker’s ADS time and improves hip-fire. This should enable you to land the first few shots in any gunfight, instantly giving you the upper hand. There is also no need for optics – a fairly minor caveat given the gun’s viable iron sights.

Kolcheff explains that, while he had never actually used the Striker 45 prior to this Autoclave class, he was encouraged to by YouTube comments.

“Full transparency,” he said. “Going into these games I was thinking no shot, no chance, no way – but I somehow drop a 32-kill game with this gun. It’s got no recoil, the hip-fire is actually pretty insane… it’s still a viable weapon.”

Nick used the Striker behind the Bruen Mk9 LMG, which has grown to be one of the game’s strongest long-range weapons. The two together enabled him to dominate at all ranges. If you want to do the same, stick this Striker loadout on, and check out our recommended Bruen setup. Good luck, gamers.

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Warzone boosts Activision microtransactions to over $1 billion in 3 months

Published: 30/Oct/2020 0:54

by Isaac McIntyre

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Activision Blizzard has confirmed Warzone is indeed the mammoth money-maker everyone was always expecting it to be; the ever-growing Modern Warfare battle royale boosted the Call of Duty publisher’s total Q3 2020 earnings to $1.77 billion, including $1.2 billion in microtransactions.

Activision Blizzard, the overseers in charge of Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch, shattered expectations when they unveiled their Q3 2020 earnings on Oct. 29. The publisher made $1.77 billion over the past three months.

Much of that, Dexerto can confirm the publishers revealed in an investors call on Thursday, was due to the popularity of Warzone. The new Modern Warfare battle royale has gone from strength to strength since its mega-sized release on March 10 earlier this year.

According to Activision in the call, Warzone alone was responsible for bringing in a $773m slice of the total $1.7b sum. Modern Warfare sales also added to the haul.

Activision’s Blizzard arm also raked in a hefty chunk of the Q3 profits. Hearthstone and World of Warcraft ⁠— which is just four weeks from its next expansion ⁠— made $411m. Finally, King’s mobile juggernaut ‘Candy Crush’ dominated with $536m.

Warzone’s dominance in the past eight months comes as no surprise. Recently, the Call of Duty battle royale overtook genre leader Fortnite as the most popular free-to-play title on the market for teen gamers, according to Yahoo Finance.

This has translated directly into Activision’s financial success. 

The publishers reported close to two-thirds of Warzone players either owned the full Modern Warfare title, or purchased the 2019 game’s multiplayer and campaign after playing.

“What we’ve seen with Call of Duty is an amazing transformation,” Bobby Kotick, chief executive officer of Activision Blizzard, said. “The phenomenon we had with Warzone is so many people are buying the premium Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.”

Call of Duty microtransactions were also four times higher thanks to Warzone.

Warzone fired Activision's Q3 2020 earnings to nearly $2 billion.
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Warzone fired Activision’s huge Q3 2020 earnings to nearly $2 billion.

In raw numbers, this has led to a huge 38% increase in revenue year on year, or a $490 million spike between Q3 2019 and the new Q3 2020 earnings.

“Warzone has really become an incredible addition to the franchise. It’s a central place where we can connect the entire Call of Duty community,” Kotick continued.

“I think maintaining that tight connection to the game is really important, especially for players who want to check out everything Call of Duty has to offer. You saw that with Modern Warfare. We plan to continue that into the future.”

Activision is banking on Warzone's momentum continuing into Black Ops Cold War.
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Activision is banking on Warzone’s momentum continuing into Black Ops Cold War.

Call of Duty has always been a juggernaut seller in the gaming community. It is now expected to continue its momentum into Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War early next month.

Black Ops Cold War will launch on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC on Nov. 13 with all three connected via crossplay. World of Warcraft’s next expansion, Shadowlands, is also finally set to drop soon after, on Monday, Nov. 23.