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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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5 best M60 loadouts in Black Ops Cold War for all play-styles

Published: 27/Nov/2020 7:20

by Brad Norton

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Light Machine Guns are far more versatile than you might think in Black Ops Cold War and we’ve got you covered with five of the best loadouts for every playstyle.

Light Machine Guns are often the slowest weapons in any Call of Duty game though they can pack one hell of a punch with the right setups. From minimizing recoil to cutting down that hefty reload time, you’ve got a ton of options thanks to the Gunsmith.

The M60 might be the most well-rounded LMG in Treyarch’s latest release. Making it a perfect base weapon to modify however you like.

Whether you prefer to move around quickly or play more patiently from afar, we’ve got the perfect loadout for you. Check below for five of the most powerful M60 loadouts in Black Ops Cold War.

Most accurate M60 loadout in Black Ops Cold War

Black Ops Cold War Gunsmith
Treyarch
These attachments will reduce vertical recoil as much as possible.

Attachments

  • Optic: Susat Multizoom
  • Muzzle: Socom Eliminator
  • Barrel: 22.8 Task Force
  • Body: Swat 5MW Laser Sight
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Magazine: 100 Rnd
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: Tactical Stock

Secondary – 1911

Perks

  • Perk 1: Forward Intel
  • Perk 2: Tracker
  • Perk 3: Ghost

Equipment

  • Lethal: Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Stimshot
  • Field Upgrade: Proximity Mine

Wildcard – Gunfighter

With this particular M60 loadout, accuracy is quite literally off the charts. Following the attachments listed above will give you a weapon so accurate, the in-game slider isn’t even capable of tracking it.

Essentially all vertical recoil is cut down as this version of the LMG will beam enemies from all ranges. However, this obviously comes with some pretty steep tradeoffs. You can’t have the most accurate gun in the game without being setback in other areas. As a result, your movement speed will be atrocious. Don’t expect to run and gun with this beast of a weapon.

This setup is designed to give you the most accuracy possible, so you’ll need to adapt around that playstyle. Sticking to various spots on the map and gunning down enemies from afar will be the optimal method here, rather than being on the move.

It’s a loadout that could fit best in bigger team modes. Everything from Fireteam Dirty Bomb to Warzone will have you wishing for bigger mags and more accuracy. So look no further than this class if you’re constantly dropping into those playlists.

Max ammo M60 loadout

Black Ops Cold War Gunsmith
Treyarch
You can drop in with 875 rounds at the ready thanks to this insane loadout.

Attachments

  • Optic: Susat Multizoom
  • Muzzle: Socom Eliminator
  • Barrel: 22.8 Match Grade
  • Body:
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Magazine: Salvo 125 Rnd Fast Mag
  • Handle:
  • Stock:

Secondary – 1911

Perks

  • Perk 1: Engineer
  • Perk 2: Scavenger
  • Perk 3: Cold Blooded

Equipment

  • Lethal: Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Stimshot
  • Field Upgrade: Assault Pack

Wildcard – Gunfighter

One of the biggest selling points of any LMG is its enormous ammo capacity. Most SMGs and ARs cap out at around 30 rounds per mag without attachments. LMGs on the other hand, start with a base of 75 bullets ready to go. With this particular loadout, you can spawn in with 125 rounds, the most of any weapon in the game.

The Salvo 125 Rnd Fast Mag attachment is the most important thing here. It’ll take some grinding with the M60 to reach this weapon level and unlock it, but it’ll be worth your time. It provides the most ammo of any attachment while also buffing your reload speed quite dramatically.

Scavenger is an important perk to keep equipped. This will ensure you never run out of ammo. Even if you’re spraying from start to finish, walking over a dead body will keep you stocked up so the fight can keep going.

The last important thing to note with this setup is a change in Field Upgrade. Rather than rocking a more standard deployable, the Assault Pack should be your pick here. If your intention is to shoot without a care in the world, this option gives you more ammo and comes with bonus score for your kills as well. It’s a must-pick.

Fastest M60 loadout

Black Ops Cold War Gunsmith
Treyarch
Gotta go fast? Use this LMG loadout to be as speedy as SMG players.

Attachments

  • Optic: Quickdot LED
  • Muzzle: Infantry Compensator
  • Barrel: 17.5 SOR Cut Down
  • Body: Steady Aim Laser
  • Underbarrel: Infiltrator Grip
  • Magazine: Fast Mag
  • Handle: Speed Tape
  • Stock: Raider Stock

Secondary – Knife

Perks

  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket
  • Perk 2: Scavenger
  • Perk 3: Cold Blooded

Equipment

  • Lethal: Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Stimshot
  • Field Upgrade: Field Mic

Wildcard – Gunfighter

Speed is the name of the game with this setup. Not only will you move faster through the map, but everything about the M60 will be quicker as well. From reload speeds, to ADS time, and everything in between. This is the optimal setup for efficiency.

Fast Mag and Speed Tape are two base level perks in this setup, though they do the job better than anything else in their category. Both will buff your weapon without providing any debuffs in the process.

In terms of your secondary here, selecting the Knife is the way to go. If you’ve just spawned in and want to get back to the fight, swapping to your knife and sprinting will be the fastest methods possible.

Obviously, Gung-Ho is the only option for the third and final perk slot here as well. You’ll be able to move at full speed while reloading and swap to your Knife faster than usual.

Best vehicle-destroying M60 loadout

Black Ops Cold War Gunsmith
Treyarch
These two weapons will make vehicles afraid of you, instead of the other way around.

Attachments

  • Optic: Susat Multizoom
  • Muzzle: Socom Eliminator
  • Barrel: 18.9 Cavalry Lancer
  • Body:
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Magazine: Salvo 135 Rnd Fast Mag
  • Handle:
  • Stock:

Secondary – Cigma 2

Perks

  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket + Engineer
  • Perk 2: Scavenger + Gearhead
  • Perk 3: Cold Blooded + Ghost

Equipment

  • Lethal: Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Stimshot
  • Field Upgrade: SAM Turret

Wildcard – Gunfighter

Vehicles are prominent throughout a number of playlists in Black Ops Cold War. Taking them down isn’t the easiest thing in the world unless you have the right loadout. Thankfully, LMGs can do the job and we’ve got the perfect setup for the job.

Starting out with attachments, the Susat Multizoom works great for this purpose. It allows you to swap your distance at the touch of a button. Adjusting for enemies up close and vehicles further away in the sky.

In terms of equipment, you’ll want to swap off the standard grenades here and equip some C4. While they’ve been controversial in the past, they deal the most damage to vehicles. If you get close enough to stick one of these on, it can blow up just about any vehicle in one big bang.

The SAM Turret is also a neat addition here to mix things up. If your entire purpose on the map is to take care of enemy streaks and aggressive vehicles, this is crucial. You can deploy one and leave it be while it takes care of threats from above.

Best all-around M60 loadout

Black Ops Cold War Gunsmith
Treyarch
Want a simple LMG without any bells or whistles? This is the one for you.

Attachments

  • Optic: Milistop Reflex
  • Muzzle: Socom Eliminator
  • Barrel: 22.8 Task Force
  • Body: Steady Aim Laser
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Magazine: 100 Rnd Speed Mag
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: Raider Stock

Secondary – 1911

Perks

  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket
  • Perk 2: Scavenger 
  • Perk 3: Ghost

Equipment

  • Lethal: Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Stimshot
  • Field Upgrade: Field Mic

Wildcard – Gunfighter

To close things out, we’ve got the M60 loadout suitable for just about any situation. If you don’t want to setup five separate classes for all of the above playstyles, this is the ideal setup that blends them all together.

With this set of attachments, you’ll maintain the best accuracy possible, great movement speed, with the only real detriments coming to hip-fire accuracy. Something you’ll rarely ever do with an LMG anyway.

Perks are relatively standard, as is the equipment. There’s no specific method to follow, no optimal way to use this loadout. It’s a well-balanced LMG class that you can rely on in any mode across every map.

For more optimal loadouts, be sure to check the rest of our Black Ops Cold War guides.