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Spratt reveals best AX-50 loadout for Call of Duty: Warzone

Published: 8/Jun/2020 13:00

by Joe Craven

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Popular YouTuber and Call of Duty sniper James ‘Spratt’ Spratt has revealed his preferred AX-50 loadout of choice for Warzone, allowing you to dominate enemies from long distances.

Modern Warfare’s Gunsmith offers Call of Duty players unprecedented customization when it comes to weapons. From barrel to stock to perk, players have never had more freedom in modifying their guns.

However, with such freedom comes difficult decisions. The AX-50 – alongside the HDR – is an incredibly useful, powerful sniper rifle that can pick enemies off from across the map.

The AX-50 is generally accepted as the weaker sniper rifle of the two, its improved handling and mobility can benefit players, while still being able to take down enemies promptly. Now, Call of Duty sniper Spratt has revealed his new loadout for the AX-50, which you can take into Verdansk.

First up is the Monolithic Suppressor, the muzzle attachment that has become a staple of nearly every Warzone loadout. This will buff your damage range and, more crucially, keep you off all enemy radars.

Secondly, the 32.0″ Factory Barrel will augment your damage range even further, albeit at the expense of ADS time.

The Tac Laser, Stippled Grip Tape, and Singuard Arms Assassin Stock will all compensate for this; speeding up ADS time and trying to capitalize on the AX-50’s superior handling.

There are no changes needed to the gun’s reload or magazine size, as the AX-50’s 5 round mags should be sufficient to take down most enemies.

Spratt’s June 6 YouTube video shows the ex-FaZe and OpTic star destroying all comers with this AX-50 class. He even racks up a few wins with the AX-50, which is remarkable given the fact most people struggle to get wins with regular weapons.

Whether you are able to dominate in a similar way will almost entirely rely upon your sniping skills, but using this class will maximize your chances.

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Nadeshot clarifies SBMM argument in Black Ops Cold War rant

Published: 3/Dec/2020 2:10 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 2:15

by Jacob Hale

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Update (December 2 – 6:00 PM PT): Nadeshot has since followed up on his Skill-Based Matchmaking rant, addressing how it’s easy to lose your temper while grinding for specific weapon camo challenges.

“SBMM is a topic of discussion that has a lot of nuances,” he said in a December 2 follow-up tweet. “What I really want to clarify once and for all… I don’t have a fear of playing players as good as me. I don’t disagree with the idea of playing against players as good as me. All I’m asking for is that people see the level of skill I’m playing at.”

Obviously, a ranked playlist of sorts has been requested to no end in the community. While the feature has been subtly confirmed, it’s still yet to enter the game. Therefore, the only form of matchmaking is standard public games, which happen to have SBMM cranked all the way up.

“If I’m going up against six starting players in the Call of Duty League, I want a rank to reflect that. I understand why SBMM is a necessity, I just don’t agree with the way it’s presented. Right now it’s ambiguous, you never really know who you’re up against and the level of skill they’re at.”

The original story is as follows.

Skill-based matchmaking has been a major complaint from top Call of Duty players for years now, and 100 Thieves CEO and former pro player Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag has finally snapped, going on a rant against SBMM in the new Black Ops Cold War.

Nadeshot has never made it a secret that he, alongside a huge number of Call of Duty players, is anti-SBMM.

Though the sentiment makes sense — pit players of equal skill against one another — in practice, many players aren’t happy with it and want to see it removed or at least tuned down.

Nadeshot clearly falls into that category, and let his opinion be known during a December 1 stream while playing on the latest edition of Nuketown, Nuketown ‘84.

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Black Ops Cold War has been welcomed with mixed reviews, but SBMM has been a major sticking point.

As you can tell immediately from the scoreline alone and the carnage unfolding around him, the match is an intense one, and he wasn’t impressed.

He said: “It’s time to lower the skill-based matchmaking. This is not fun. I know we want the kids that have never played Call of Duty to be in a safe space, but please stop alienating the people that have been playing your game for over a decade.”

That wasn’t all, though, as Haag continued to complain as he struggled to make much of an impact on the game. “This is not an enjoyable experience,” he said. “Especially trying to get the challenges done on these weapons… Everyone’s got a scorestreak because it’s participation and not skill.”

Both the SBMM and scorestreak complaints have been popular ones for Black Ops Cold War players, and the sentiment seems to be echoed from the top down.

Whether Activision or Treyarch make changes to either issue remains to be seen, but we might not see Nadeshot streaming Black Ops Cold War for too much longer at this rate.