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NICKMERCS unveils incredible PKM loadout for Warzone Season 5

Published: 10/Aug/2020 9:57

by Joe Craven


Popular YouTuber and Twitch streamer Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff has unveiled his new PKM loadout for Season 5, describing it as  “one of the best guns” in Warzone’s current build. 

Despite the early seasons of Warzone being dominated by assault rifles, LMGs have truly come into their own in both Season 4 and Season 5.

The Bruen Mk9 is generally considered the best weapon in the battle royale’s current build but, in an August 10 YouTube video, Kolcheff made the argument that the PKM is a truly viable alternative.

He conceded that it is a slow weapon to use – with its reload time coming in somewhere around the eight-second mark – but argued that its damage, recoil stability, and magazine size are enough to negate this.

As NICKMERCS explains, the PKM build is one featured in the new battle pass, known as the Bloodlust variant.

First up is the Monolithic Suppressor, which has become a staple of nearly every single Warzone class. It extends damage range while keeping players off enemy radars. Pair this with the 26.9″ Extended Barrel, and it’s no surprise that this PKM can laser people across the map.

The Tac Laser will reduce ADS time, as will the Snatch Grip. This Underbarrel attachment is arguably the most important on the PKM – massively reducing ADS time while also reducing recoil. Foregrips, in Modern Warfare, tend to slow ADS time.

Bloodlust PKM in Warzone Gunsmith
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The full look at the PKM Bloodlust.

Finally, the VLK 3.0x Optic will enable players to capitalize on the minimal recoil, and employ the PKM at longer ranges. Realistically, this is the attachment to swap out if you prefer a slightly different optic.

While Kolcheff admitted that the Bruen is probably slightly better, the PKM’s 100 round mags give you more than enough shots to take down an entire squad, whereas the majority of Bruen users employ the 60 round mags.

If you’ve not unlocked the Bruen yet, give this PKM class a whirl and experience just how outrageous LMGs are in Warzone’s current meta.

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Black Ops Cold War already set new Call of Duty player record in the Beta

Published: 23/Oct/2020 6:20

by Brad Norton


The Call of Duty franchise is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon as Treyarch’s recent Black Ops Cold War Beta went above expectations and shattered records.

Ever since the release of the first CoD title in 2003, the franchise has only continued to grow. Year after year more players hop on board to see what the latest title has in store. Whether fans gravitate towards single-player campaigns, cooperative experiences, or classic multiplayer competition, there’s something for everyone.

2020 is shaping up to be no different as Treyarch is firing on all cylinders for the Black Ops Cold War release. Everything from Zombies to Warzone will be on offer and it’s already clear that the community is hungry for it all.

After an impressive Alpha test on the PlayStation 4 that became the biggest in franchise history, that record has once again been broken. This time, by the Black Ops Cold War Beta that followed just weeks later.

Having kicked off exclusively for PS4 users on October 8 before jumping to all platforms on October 15, the Black Ops Cold War Beta was played by a staggering number of people. In fact, it was “the most downloaded [Beta] in Call of Duty history,” the developers revealed on October 23.

No exact figures were revealed for the history Beta. Though it being publicly available across Xbox One, PS4, and PC over the final days was sure to have helped boost the figures.

Not only is this a hugely positive sign before the launch of Black Ops Cold War, but it continues a trend from previous iterations. 2019’s Modern Warfare also broke records with its early access Beta period. 

Last year’s records also didn’t come with any specific numbers, though Activision assured the Modern Warfare Beta attracted more players than ever before.

Also of note, those players logged more hours played than any Beta in franchise history. It’s now clear that Black Ops Cold War has been yet another step up in terms of early engagement.

Black Ops Cold War gameplay
The Black Ops Cold War Beta was live across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

It’s obviously too early to tell just how this might indicate sales for the release come November 13. However, to get into the Beta early, a majority of players needed to preorder on their platform of choice. So that’s certainly a good sign just weeks out from launch.

2019’s Modern Warfare topped over $600 million in sales across its first three days on the market. That instantly made it the highest-selling CoD of the generation. Though Black Ops Cold War could be on track to go even further this year.