100 Thieves' NICKMERCS roasts Nadeshot ruthlessly while playing Blackout - "The dog bites back!" - Dexerto
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100 Thieves’ NICKMERCS roasts Nadeshot ruthlessly while playing Blackout – “The dog bites back!”

Published: 14/Oct/2018 14:59 Updated: 14/Oct/2018 17:57

by Calum Patterson

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100 Thieves’ founder Matt ‘Nadeshot’ Haag and content creator Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff got into a war of words (all in good spirit) while playing Call of Duty’s new battle royale mode, Blackout.

Both long time CoD players, Nadeshot of course formerly a pro player, the duo took their skills to CoD’s first foray into battle royale together, pulling NICKMERCS away from his favored Fortnite.

But, it didn’t take long for the pair to dispute whose decision making was better, with both passionate and competitive players – and who both like to take the lead.

After a play went slightly askew (but both of them survived), the pair launched into a ruthless roasting session, which saw Nadeshot try to pull rank as the 100 Thieves founder, but NICKMERCS hit right back, boasting that he has 10x the viewers.

NICKMERCS clearly didn’t take well to Nade saying “you ain’t the head honcho no more”, retorting with “motherf***er, I’ve got 30,000 viewers, you got three – don’t talk to me about honcho! … Is this some CEO shit? Watch your hand, because the dog bites back.”

This seemed to be where the line was drawn for Nadeshot, who quickly wanted to get back to discussing the gameplay.

While things did seem to get heated for a second, knowing the relationship and personality of these two, it was probably all in jest.

NICKMERCS had previously dismissed playing the new Call of Duty, preferring to stick with Fortnite, but the battle royale experience provided by Blackout may have swayed him.

Nadeshot has expressed his enjoyment for the new mode plenty, so fans may be in for some more intense Blackout duo streams from the two 100 Thieves members.

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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.