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Vonderhaar explains the reason for Blackout’s new camo system [UPDATED]

Published: 1/Feb/2019 15:43 Updated: 1/Feb/2019 21:10

by Matt Porter


Call of Duty’s battle royale Blackout underwent a major change on Thursday, January 31 with the inclusion of weapon skins that can be unlocked and used in the game mode.

The way that players earn camos in Blackout is much different from the way they are obtained in normal Call of Duty multiplayer, where new skins are unlocked by killing enemies with headshots.

Instead, Blackout requires players to find paint cans which have been hidden around the map, thus allowing them to earn kills without having to search for a specific weapon and then get kills with it.

Call of Duty fans can now unlock their favorite camos in Blackout.

A number of Call of Duty fans are not convinced by this new system, but Treyarch Design Director David Vonderhaar has tweeted to explain why they implemented this new system instead of the classic version fans are accustomed to.

“In my opinion, headshots for camos doesn’t work when you don’t have Create-a-Class, loadouts and respawns,” posted Vonderhaar. “You would be so mad at me right now if you couldn’t find a gun for which you were trying to complete challenges.

“The idea that challenges drive you to use other weapons you may not typically use is great feedback. However, we don’t need to use camos to do that.”


After Blackout’s new weapon camo progression system began receiving more criticism for its apparent lack of competitiveness, Vonderhaar explained to the masses that the mode was not meant to be competitive in the first place.

“In all seriousness, Blackout is not competitive Multiplayer. We are going to things that live somewhere between Multiplayer and Zombies. Some will dig it, some will not. It’s all good. Character unlocks are not always skill-based either. Let’s have some fun and trying some new things.”

Blackout’s camo progression system was added in an update on Thursday, January 31, and works well for players who may not be able to find lots of kills in a single match, instead relying on their looting skills to find new looks for their weapons.

Just like multiplayer, players can also unlock some special camos for the weapons, and you can use our full guide on how to unlock Gold, Diamond and Dark Matter camos to make sure you know how to get your hands on them.

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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.