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Incredible Modern Warfare cosplay spawns Nikto into real life

Published: 29/Mar/2020 16:22

by Andy Williams

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s Spetsnaz Operator Nikto has been spawned into real life with this incredible cosplay.

With Ghost being all the rage in Modern Warfare throughout Season 2, Nikto’s release during the first season has seemingly flown under the radar.

Representing the Allegiance faction, Nikto flies the Spetsnaz banner in-game along with Bale, Minotaur and Rodion. Although what makes the Operator stand-out from the crowd is his face — or lack thereof.

Modern Warfare's Season One Allegiance Operator Nikto.
Activision
Nikto’s face was disfigured after being captured and tortured by Imran Zakhaev, so he wears a mask to cover his scars.

With his identity concealed, the elusive character sports a full Russian g-suit and is available via the in-game store.

After producing a spot-on cosplay of Modern Warfare’s Ghost (complete with authentic army scrubs to the trademark skull-patterned mask), Inzzen has plucked Nikto straight out of Infinity Ward’s blockbuster title and brought him to life.

“The Nikto loadout was a hard challenge to make,” Inzzen told Dexerto. “From the mask to the final product, it took me nine hours to build it!”

Call of Duty fans with eagle-eyes will pick-up on the attention to detail, including the text on the plate carrier and the khaki green jacket which sits underneath the heavy armor.

Inzzen explained that obtaining the g-suit was the most difficult part of the build. “The hardest part of the outfit was to find the Russian g-suit that the pilots wore! But thanks to grey-shop they made it possible, by finding the g-suit and sending it to me!”

Inzzen's Nikto cosplay from Modern Warfare.
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Inzzen provided Dexerto with some exclusive images of their Nikto photoshoot.

In terms of Inzzen’s next project, he’ll be looking to recreate Season 2’s antagonist, Mace — which will look iconic next to his Ghost cosplay. “My next project is Mace — so stay tuned for that!”

Inzzen’s cosplay talents don’t just stop there, as his Instagram is littered with a variety of military-themed cosplays. Check out the rest of their Instagram, to see just how Inzzen’s cosplays speak for themselves.

Call of Duty

CDL Commissioner confirms Warzone is part of the league’s competitive plans

Published: 21/Jan/2021 0:59 Updated: 21/Jan/2021 2:34

by Theo Salaun

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The Call of Duty League’s commissioner, Johanna Faries, has confirmed that Warzone is part of the league’s competitive plans and will be featured in a more “structured” integration moving forward.

Activision’s unprecedented success in 2020 could not have been achieved without Warzone. While Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare, the Activision-Blizzard franchised CDL, and Treyarch’s Black Ops Cold War have all been their own successes — Warzone is more than a cherry on top.

Regularly near the heights of Twitch’s viewership, the CoD battle royale has amassed both a huge casual community and more dedicated fans committed to watching tournament play. As such, it’s unsurprising that the CDL wants to do more than the casual Warzone content it created in the inaugural season.

That content typically spanned getting pro players, coaches, and analysts involved in custom matches on Verdansk. While entertaining, Faries has revealed that the league has much more competitive plans in store for the battle royale.

In an interview with ScreenRant, Faries, who heads both the CDL and Overwatch League, expressed that Warzone will be getting more properly integrated into the CDL’s plans: “There are [plans to bring Warzone to Call of Duty League], and we’re excited to announce those plans in the coming weeks and months.”

The Head of Leagues continued, contrasting these new plans with the casual content of the inaugural season and confirming that future integration will be much more esports-focused: “We did bring in Warzone related content with our pros last season, but we’ve taken the off-season to think bigger about what a more structured investment could look like. There are really exciting things to come as early as this season.”

Clayster on stage
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The CDL kicked off to a boisterous start in its inaugural season.

As mentioned earlier, the CDL’s Warzone content in 2020 was primarily casual. Weekend custom lobbies created some fun clips and moments, but overall didn’t have quite the drawing power of Warzone’s more legitimate esport events.

We’ve seen former CDL bench players grow into massive Warzone careers, such as the London Royal Ravens’ Rhys ‘Rated’ Price as well as Charlie ‘MuTeX’ Saouma and Thomas ‘Tommey’ Trewren formerly of the Dallas Empire. 

The league obviously has the talent for appealing Warzone competition, so fans will be antsy to find out exactly what kind of “structured” integration may be coming in the future.