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Octane showcases ‘ideal’ Modern Warfare Grau setup ahead of CDL Champs

Published: 30/Jul/2020 8:52

by Brad Norton


Ahead of the biggest competitive Call of Duty event of the year, Seattle Surge’s Sam ‘Octane’ Larew has adapted a dominant Warzone Grau 5.56 setup for Modern Warfare.

With $4.6 million up for grabs in the Call of Duty League playoffs, pro players have been looking for any edge they can get. Creating some of the most powerful classes in the game, Octane has already revealed his CDL M4A1 setup. His sights have now shifted to the Grau 5.56, an Assault Rifle that’s tearing up Warzone in Season 4.

It’s one of the most common ARs in the battle royale and many content creators still believe it’s the best gun in the game, even in light of recent nerfs.

Taking a popular setup for the weapon, Octane has adapted it ever so slightly for competitive play instead. Shifting a few attachments has turned it from a casual Warzone killer to a loadout ready for CDL Champs.

Octane’s Grau 5.56 Modern Warfare loadout

Modern Warfare Sesaon Two Battle Pass Grau
Infinity Ward
The Grau was introduced in Modern Warfare’s Season Two Battle Pass

While the M4 may still be the more versatile weapon in competitive matchups, the Grau stands out from the pack in critical situations. If you know that long-distance gunfights are right around the corner, this is the tool for the job.

“The main times that I actually use this gun are on Azhir Cave and any long-range breakoffs or distanced gunfights,” he explained. “You can use it whenever you want, the only bad thing is that the aim down sight speed is super slow.”

Trading speed for range may not seem optimal in a majority of gunfights, but if you’re playing a specific role it can be absolutely dominant. Whether you’re holding down an objective or securing spawns for your team, the Grau will help you win long-range battles.

Modern Warfare gameplay Grau
Infinity Ward
The Grau is one of the most dominant weapons in Warzone today.

Octane’s setup is extremely similar to most Warzone loadouts with one key difference. Suppressors are banned in the CDL settings. Therefore, his custom Grau is “basically the Warzone class without a Suppressor on it.”

“I would take off the Grip for a Tac Laser in Warzone but other than that, this is quite literally a Warzone Grau class.” The full list of attachments for Octane’s very own Grau setup can be seen below.

  • Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip
  • Ammunition: 50 Round Mags
  • Barrel: Tempus 26.4” Archangel 
  • Rear Grip: XRK Void II
  • Muzzle: Compensator

If you’re doubting just how viable a Warzone-type AR is for competitive Modern Warfare, Octane reassured it’s a “staple part of the meta. I use this in scrims every day.”

As Modern Warfare’s time in the spotlight comes to a close, this custom class could be all that you need to dominate until the next CoD release.

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NICKMERCS rates the best Warzone players from to Scump to HusKerrs

Published: 24/Oct/2020 1:06

by Theo Salaun


Tasked with drafting a team for a Call of Duty: Warzone tournament, NICKMERCS went through some of the game’s biggest names, ranking them while determining who he would most want to duo with.

To start Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards’ $10,000 “Cracked Creators” Warzone tournament, 16 creators were tasked with drafting their duo from 16 “cracked” streamers.

As one of the creators allowed to select their tandem, NICKMERCS sifted through 16 of the game’s best to determine who he would prefer to play with.

Ultimately, the FaZe streamer ended up putting his decision to a poll among his fans. But, before doing so, he originally went through all 16 and gave thoughts on how each of them ranks. And the options were varied, but all shared one thing in common: talent.

With professional Call of Duty League players like Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper and Seth ‘Scump’ Abner available, as well as Warzone streamers like Aydan and HusKerrs, the candidates were excellent. Still, NICKMERCS sifted through and broke down who he truly believes ranks as the battle royale’s best.

Segment begins at 00:20:45.

NICKMERCS starts by going through the list and just expressing what an absolute struggle it will be to pick from such a talented crop of peers: “Oh, it’s going to be so hard to pick man … No matter what, everybody that I would pick from is cracked.” But, after going through and complimenting practically everybody, he starts the process of elimination.

Since Nick chooses second after DrDisrespect, he immediately eliminates Zlaner as Doc’s likely first pick. Then, he eliminates JoeWo with two simple reasons: “I’ve never played with him and every time I play against him, I beat that little ass.”

Then, BobbyPoff is gone: “BobbyPoff, I love the guy, but take him off the list.” And the “Scarf Lord” is followed quickly by the Chicago Huntsmen’s FormaL and Scump: “Love ‘em, love ‘em. But I feel like there’s better BR players.” After that, things start getting complicated.

Cracked Creators Warzone
The list of “cracked” players in Hitch’s Cracked Creators Warzone tournament.

Similar to Zlaner, Nick decides to sacrifice Merk so that he can play with his longtime duo, Maven. Then, recognizing that all of these remaining players are absolute menaces on Verdansk, he goes with two simple metrics to determine his personal preference. He immediately prioritizes controller players and the highest earners in Warzone tournaments.

That eliminates stars like HusKerrs and Symfuhny for their mouse and keyboard usage, while also eliminating Crowder and DougIsRaw for their low earnings. Finally, he eliminates Jukeyz because of his struggles understanding the UK maestro’s accent and decides to put the decision to a poll.


Ultimately, it’s between Aydan and Tommey, with Cloakzy popping on to let NICKMERCS know that Aydan’s been playing some Fortnite recently. That leaves the FaZe star choosing Tommey, noting that “he’s got great communication, phenomenal player, guaranteed to get some chopper kills off rip.”

Despite going through full rankings for his options and landing upon an excellent duo, the decision-making process proved to be futile. NICKMERCS and Tommey could only end in the Top 12 for the tournament, while the easily dismissed BobbyPoff actually came in first place.