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YouTuber ‘Birdman’ Points Out How CoD Pros Always Say They Like the New Game

Published: 7/Aug/2018 20:00

by Albert Petrosyan


As is the norm in the months leading up to the release of a new Call of Duty game, the hype train for Black Ops 4 is currently running at full speed.

With the first weekend of the Private Beta now all wrapped up, numerous big names in the community have taken their streams and social media to predict that this game will be a huge success.

However, as YouTuber ‘OMGItsBirdman’ has been quick to point out, this sort of reaction preceding the release of a new CoD title is not unusual.

In fact, over the past several years, many within the community have been quick to hype up an upcoming game only to be left disappointed much later.

During the weekend of the BO4 Beta, Birdman tweeted out screenshots of tweets sent out by several CoD pro players from previous years claiming how good that year’s  game was going to be.

Here is eUnited’s James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks, who was with FaZe Clan at the time, talking about how good Infinite Warfare was going to be.

Similarly, OpTic Gaming’s Seth ‘Scump’ Abner was a fan of IW prior to its release. 

A year later, Scump’s OpTic teammate Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter made a bold statement about WWII bringing CoD back to its heights.

Here is former pro and now CEO of 100 Thieves Matt ‘Nadeshot’ Haag confessing his love with WWII during the early stages of its release.

It is no secret that neither Infinite Warfare nor WWII were largely popular CoD titles, and many of these pro players changed their initial opinions of these games after having to play them for months.

Therefore, this pre-release hype for Black Ops 4 and the bold predictions being made regarding its potential success should be taken with a grain of salt. 

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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.