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Warzone players discover unique ways to avoid frustrating Gas Mask issue

Published: 20/Apr/2020 5:47

by Brad Norton


Warzone’s often-annoying Gas Mask animation can get you killed in a split second, though it turns out, there are a few ways to avoid it altogether.

Gas Masks can be the reason behind your downfall in Warzone due to the brief animation that takes over when entering or exiting the circle. The game puts your weapons away and prevents you from firing while putting the mask over your head. Often, this can lead to nothing but frustration.

This simple animation has caused all sorts of issues but there are a few surprising ways to avoid it. Here’s how you can stay safe in the gas without taking the time to manually put the mask on.

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Gas Masks allow players to stand inside the gas for a few seconds without taking damage.

Using Akimbo weapons to avoid the animation.

The first unique trick to avoid the Gas Mask animation in Warzone doesn’t ask a lot of players. All you’ll need is a custom class with an Akimbo loadout at the ready, as Reddit user ‘six3sixkawi’ showcased.

Numerous weapons in Modern Warfare’s arsenal can be tweaked with a special Akimbo perk. This prevents you from aiming down the sights but gives you two of the same weapon to hip-fire. 

Since both of your hands are already preoccupied carrying the weapon of your choice, it means that a Gas Mask can’t be manually equipped. However, the game will still put the protective gear on for you if you’re sprinting with the weapons out. 

Here’s how to get no gas mask animation (sprint with akimbo) from CODWarzone

Heartbeat Sensors can prevent Gas Mask frustration

Another useful strategy to avoid the brief animation is to equip something a little more useful in the moment – A Heartbeat Sensor.

Found around Verdansk, this piece of equipment can be pulled up at any time to view the location of nearby enemies. It turns out, looking at the Heartbeat Sensor can also negate the Gas Mask animation too.

If you have the equipment in-hand while transitioning in or out of the safe zone, your Gas Mask will instantly be equipped without any hassle.

While this method does still put away your primary weapon for a brief moment, it’s much quicker and safer than the typical Gas Mask animation. It could also give you valuable intel in the closing moments of a game.

How to avoid the gas mask animation using the Heartbeat Sensor from CODWarzone

If you’ve been caught out in the open fumbling with a Gas Mask in Warzone, these strategies could be just what you’ve been looking for. 

You may have to change your play style, or look for loot you wouldn’t otherwise pick up. But the benefits might just save your life in the long run.

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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.

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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.