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NICKMERCS demonstrates the power of ‘smurfing’ in Warzone

Streamer NICKMERCS has demonstrated how powerful ‘smurfing’ is in Warzone after he created a fresh account to play new players.

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With many players claiming that Warzone’s skill-based matchmaking has been ramped up in Season 3, streamer Nick “NICKMERCS” Kolcheff created a fresh account to demonstrate the power of ‘smurfing.’

‘Smurfing’ is the term for top-level players creating a new account to beat up new or lesser skilled players AKA ‘noobs’. Although smurfing sounds like an odd phrase, it came about in the ’90s when two top-tier Warcraft II players created fresh accounts to play against new players and called themselves “Papa Smurf” and “Smurfette.”

Because streamer NICKMERCS is arguably one of Warzone’s top players, he said that he often gets players accusing him of dominating ‘bot lobbies.’ To prove to his viewers that his regular lobbies are high skilled, Nick smurfed in Warzone and was amazed by the difference in lobby skill.

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To get into a lobby with new and low-skilled players, NICKMERCS created a brand new account and dropped into that account’s first-ever game, using the PKM and AS VAL. With the new account, the matchmaking had no idea that Nick was a top-tier player, so this lobby was an entirely new experience for the streamer.

Nick clarified that, “I get that what we did here today is a little bit questionable and kind of in a grey area. We meant no harm, we’re not going to go on there again, or at least not a lot by any means. We just wanted to show the difference in lobbies to really showcase what we play versus what’s really out there every day.”

As soon as Nick started getting into regular fights, he quickly realized that the lobby was, on average, of significantly lower skill than he’s used to.

“People are walking into walls, they don’t shoot back,” he described. “And it really shows the skill gap between what we play every day and what some of y’all play every day.”

As the game drew to a close, Nick explained that “The one big difference is Ghost. There’s nobody Ghosted in these lobbies, you know what I mean? And after that, the overall skill is just crazy different.”

With skill-based matchmaking still being a contentious issue in Call of Duty, players often use methods such as this, reverse-boosting, and VPNs to get into lower-skilled lobbies and beat up new players. This was actually the reason that NICKMERCS quit competitive Warzone in January.

Image Credit: NICKMERCS / Activision / SCUF / The Smurfs

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Warzone & Cold War Season 4 Ground Fall event: Release date, challenges, rewards

Here’s everything you need to know about Warzone and Cold War Season 4’s Ground Fall event, allowing players to earn various unique rewards.

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Warzone Cold War Ground Fall event

With the satellites crash-landing in Verdansk in Season 4, Warzone and Cold War will include the Ground Fall event, offering players various unique cosmetic rewards.

As teased in the Season 4 reveal trailer, satellites have crash-landed in Verdansk ’84. Similar to Adler’s capture kicking off Season 3’s Hunt for Adler event, these satellites’ arrival will kickstart the ‘Ground Fall’ event.

As with all Cold War and Warzone limited time events, there will be a series of challenges to complete, allowing you to earn cosmetic items such as weapon Blueprints, Operator skins, calling cards, and more.

Here’s everything we know about Warzone and Cold War Season 4’s Ground Fall event.

Warzone & Cold War Ground Fall event release date

Warzone Cold War Season 4 Jackal Operator

Activision have confirmed that the Ground Fall event will kick-off Season 4, so will begin on June 17.

Devs also confirmed that when the new season begins, the Ground Fall event tab will appear on the menus so you can begin completing the challenges and immediately start earning the rewards.

This event is limited time, so you’ll need to complete all of the Black Ops Cold War and Warzone challenges before 10 AM PT on June 24 to earn every reward.

Warzone & Cold War Ground Fall challenges

Warzone Season 4 satellite

Similar to the 80s Action Heroes and Hunt For Adler events, there will be separate challenges for Warzone and Black Ops Cold War.

While the full list of challenges hasn’t been revealed yet, devs have given us a taste of what they’ll entail. They said that Cold War’s will be relating to Season 4’s “new modes, maps, and weaponry,” Warzone’s will pertain to the new POIs, such as finding and securing SAT-Links.

Once the Ground Fall event officially goes live at the start of Season 4, we’ll update this article with every challenge for Warzone and Cold War.

Warzone & Cold War Ground Fall rewards

Jackal Black Ops Cold War Season 4

As with previous events, there will be a variety of cosmetic items to earn in the Ground Fall event. As you complete both Cold War and Warzone’s challenges, you’ll earn Ground Fall-themed cosmetics, and for completing every challenge, you’ll get an “out of this world” Epic Secondary Weapon Blueprint.

Here’s every Ground Fall reward confirmed so far:

  • Emblems
  • Calling Cards
  • Satellite Weapon Charm
  • XP
  • Epic Secondary Weapon Blueprint

Stay tuned to Charlie INTEL for all of the Season 4 content still to be revealed, such as the Ground Fall event rewards and Warzone patch notes.

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How to unlock Iridescent Jackal skin in Warzone & Cold War Season 4

Warzone and Cold War is receiving its first ever Ultra-rarity Operator skin in Season 4, so here’s how to unlock Jackal’s Iridescent skin.

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How to unlock Iridescent Jackal Skin

Warzone and Black Ops Cold War’s first Ultra-rarity Operator skin is arriving in Season 4, so here’s how to unlock new Operator Jackal’s Iridescent skin.

Alongside the brand new weapons and maps for Warzone and Cold War Season 4, the game will be introducing its first Ultra-rarity Operator skin. New Operator Jackal will receive a unique color-changing outfit, something Verdansk has never seen before.

This new skin “allows Jackal to come alive with a mesmerizing light pattern across his entire jumpsuit and mask,” making it a highly sought-after item in Season 4.

Here’s how to unlock Season 4 Operator Jackal and his Ultra-rarity Iridescent skin in Season 4.

How to unlock Jackal and Iridescent Operator skin

Jackal Iridescent skin in Cold War and Warzone

South African mercenary Jackal is Season 4’s featured Operator, who you’ll unlock as soon as you purchase the premium Battle Pass. This costs 1000 CoD Points and you can now either buy the pass yourself or receive it through Call of Duty’s new gifting system.

The Iridescent Jackal Skin will be unlocked at Tier 100 of the premium Season 4 Battle Pass. Reaching Tier 100 will take some time, but you can speed up the process by buying the Battle Pass Bundle for 2400 CoD Points, which includes 20 discounted Tier Skips, or you can take advantage of Double XP events.

Jackal Operator Mission challenges

Iridescent jackal skin Cold War Season 4

Once you’ve unlocked Jackal’s Iridescent skin, there will be Operator Missions available to unlock extra styles and “additional cosmetic items.” For completing these missions, you’ll get the silver ‘Manta Ray’ style and the ‘Copperite’ skin, which gives him a “copper shine.”

We’ll need to wait until Season 4 arrives to see the Operator Mission challenges.

Once Season 4 officially goes live, we’ll update this article with Jackal’s Operator Mission challenges and rewards.

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JGOD $100K Warzone Tournament: Bracket, standings, stream & schedule

Warzone stats master JGOD is hosting a $100K Warzone Tournament, and we have the bracket, standings, stream, and schedule covered.

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Call of Duty: Warzone statistics master JGOD is going to be hosting a highly-anticipated tournament where players will be competing for the lion’s share of a $100,000 prize pool, and we have everything you need to know about the JGOD Warzone Tournament covered for you.

Warzone has seen various content creators become staples of the video game community regarding the kind of content they deliver to viewers regularly.

One fan-favorite creator is JGOD, as the statistics master is celebrated for the in-depth breakdown of the Call of Duty battle royale for things like weapon stats and more.

Now, JGOD will continue his work in the community by hosting a $100,000 Warzone Tournament that will see some of the best players in the world compete against each other in what is sure to be an exciting show.

We have the bracket, standings, schedule, and stream for the event covered for you so that you do not miss any of the action.

JGOD Warzone Tournament

JGOD Warzone Tournament Bracket

We will update this article with the latest bracket for the event below when it is officially made available during each of the four days the competition will occur.

June 5 Bracket

June 15 Bracket

June 21 Bracket

JGOD Warzone Tournament Standings

This section will be updated with the latest set of standings for the competition throughout each day of the event.

JGOD Warzone Tournament June 5 Standings

Schedule

JGOD Warzone Tournament

The JGOD Warzone Tournament will be taking place over the course of 4 days. The first day will be taking place on June 5, 2021, at 5 PM PST/ 7 PM CST/ 8 PM EST/ 1 AM BST.

Players will compete for the second time on June 15, 2021 at 11 AM PST/ 1 PM CST/ 2 PM EST/ 6 PM GMT/ 7 PM BST.

This first day of action will consist of pool play that will see the first 6 captains of the event compete against each other in a 2v2 format.

The remaining three days of the event will occur weekly, with the final day of the competition taking place on June 26, 2021.

Stream

Viewers will be able to catch all of the action from the JGOD Warzone Tournament on the content creator’s official Twitch channel.

As with the majority of events, this is where a central hub is likely to be broadcasted that will rotate between the point of view of every competitor to give viewers the best overall view of the battles for the $100,000 prize pool.

There is sure to be plenty of action to arise out of the JGOD Warzone Tournament that will provide countless entertaining moments for the community to witness during its four days of competition.

For more Call of Duty: Warzone, check out the best loadout for the new AMP63 Pistol, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

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