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NICKMERCS explains how Warzone Season 2 teasers could hint at Verdansk destruction

NICKMERCS has revealed his theory on how the new Zombie machines in Verdansk will pave the way for a new map in Warzone Season 2.

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Streamer Nick “NICKMERCS” Kolcheff has revealed his theory on how Warzone Season 2’s teasers could lead to the destruction of Verdansk.

Almost every battle royale game on the market has several maps. Fortnite moved onto an entirely new map for Chapter 2, and Apex Legends rotates from several maps that undergo significant changes each season.

Rebirth Island was added to Warzone in December, but this smaller map wasn’t designed to replace the large-scale battle royale action of Verdansk.

For months now, Call of Duty: Warzone players have been eagerly anticipating a new full-scale map, and following Season 2 teasers in Verdansk, NICKMERCS has a theory on how it will happen.

Warzone Zombie Royale

Warzone Season 1 is set to end on February 24 and teasers for Season 2 are being spotted in Verdansk. Lightning has appeared in the sky and strange machines asking players to “activate zombies” have been found in Hospital and Stadium.

Zombies came to Verdansk for last year’s Halloween event, and it looks like they’re set to make a return soon. While the machines asking players to “activate zombies” don’t do anything yet, NICKMERCS believes they will be the key to how Warzone will progress to a new map.

Since secret bunkers containing nuclear bombs began appearing in Warzone, “there’s always a conversation about a big nuke hitting the map.” As NICKMERCS explains, a Zombie outbreak would be the perfect reason to nuke Verdansk.

“Zombies takeover, we drop the nuke, blow up the map, and we go somewhere else.”

With players anticipating an in-game event to kick off Season 2, escaping a Zombie-infested Verdansk before it gets nuked sounds both highly plausible and exciting.

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It’s all but confirmed that after Verdansk, Warzone will move to the Ural Mountains. This location is the map for Black Ops Cold War’s Fireteam: Dirty Bomb (like Verdansk was for Modern Warfare’s Ground War) and was mentioned in the post-credits scene for the Firebase Z Easter Egg.

As we approach Season 2, expect more teasers and easter eggs to be discovered around the Warzone map.

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Envy Jack Links Invitational Warzone tournament: Standings, teams, stream, more

Jack Links and Envy are hosting a Warzone Season 5 Tournament, and it will feature some of the biggest names in the competitive scene.

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Following the Season 5 Reloaded update, Jack Links and Envy are hosting a Warzone Tournament that will see some of the most talented players in the world compete for the lion’s share of a $30,000 prize pool.

The competitive scene for Call of Duty: Warzone has grown a great deal following the game’s release in 2020, as many players have cemented themselves as top competitors in the battle royale and have secured plenty of prize money.

Fans of the competitive scene for the Call of Duty battle royale will get their next dose of action when the Jack Links Warzone Tournament takes place ahead of Warzone and Black Ops Cold War Season 6.

With this in mind, we have gathered together everything you need to know about the Envy Jack Links Warzone Tournament, including the bracket, standings, teams, and official stream.

Envy Jack Links Warzone tournament standings

We will update this piece with the latest set of Envy Jack Links Warzone tournament standings throughout the course of the adrenaline-fueled competition.

Stream and Schedule

Viewers will be able to catch all of the excitement from the tournament on the official Team Envy Twitch channel, where a central broadcast hub will rotate between the competitors’ points of view.

We will embed the official stream for the competition below when the event kicks off on September 28, 2021.

Each player will also be streaming their point of view during the event, so viewers who would rather only watch one player can do that with no issue at all.

Envy Jack Links Warzone tournament teams

This event will see 25 Trios compete against each other on a private server in Mini Royale games. These Trios will be led by a pre-selected group of captains that you can find below:

Envy Jack Links Warzone tournament teams

We will update this piece with all of the official teams for the event when they are revealed.

Format and Prize Pool

There is no doubt that the Envy Jack Links Warzone Invitational will deliver plenty of highlight moments for the community to enjoy before Season 6 launches for Warzone and Black Ops Cold War.

For more Call of Duty: Warzone, check out how a console hack development has officially ended, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

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Warzone players passionately call for quitting penalty to be added

Call of Duty: Warzone players are fed up with teammates leaving games and are suggesting the developers introduce a penalty for leaving.

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Call of Duty: Warzone players have called upon the developers to introduce a quitting penalty for duos, trios, and squads as players are fed up with having teammates leave before the game is over.

Although Warzone has had a lot of success since the Season 5 Reloaded update, especially since the Iron Trials ’84 mode was introduced, recently, players have been unhappy with the state of the game.

Since the September 23 update, players have been noticing performance issues that have been running the experience. As well as these issues, players are now calling for developers to fix another, which involves introducing a leavers penalty.

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Warzone players aren’t the first battle royale community to ask the developers to introduce a leavers penalty, as Apex Legends now has a similar system for ranked and Arenas, incentivizing players to stay in games longer.

This is the issue Reddit user Binarycold has been having in Warzone, as they put up a post explaining what it’s like to play “Warzone with strangers.”

In the post, the player seems to be fed with random teammates leaving games before it’s even done, stating that every game mode may as well be called solos or solos pending “since no one can ever stay in a full game.”

The user then states that the developers should “implement some penalty for quitting out, this is ridiculous!” Clearly, this player isn’t the only one who feels this way, as others in the comments also share a similar opinion:

“I’d love to see a deserter stat. Only applies on control initiated drops, not poor connection. I’d like people to be notified if the team they left won it too, or came second and might have won if the awol player would have stayed.

People have no tenacity any more. If they have a rough landing, they bolt. Where’s the grit? Softies”

It’s very frustrating when teammates leave the game when you could potentially recover from a bad landing or win a game despite being disadvantaged by a teammate dying.

We’re sure many teammates have missed out on great games and even victories as they have left way too early and would undoubtedly appreciate the developers introducing a leavers penalty to discourage this from happening.

With Warzone integrating with Vanguard in the future, there is always a possibility for the addition of a quitting penalty to be one of the changes made to the Call of Duty battle royale.

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Best Kar98k loadout for CoD: Warzone Season 5

The Kar98k is considered to be one of the best loadout choices in Warzone Season 5, so use this class to maximize your sniping talent.

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The Kar98k is the best Marksman Rifle in Warzone, and this loadout class will allow you to dominate when it comes to long-range sniping and close-range quick-scoping in Season 5.

Warzone has separated Sniper Rifles and Marksman Rifles into different categories. Sniper Rifles, such as the AX-50 and LW3 Tundra, are heavier and designed for range in Warzone. The Marksman Rifles are lighter and more versatile but don’t pack as much punch.

The Kar98k Marksman Rifle comes with high bullet velocity, one-shot headshots, and excellent mobility, making it the perfect choice for any playstyle. Plus, YouTuber TrueGameData discovered that it’s the best Sniper Rifle for controller players. It has much more aim assist than the Swiss K31, which makes it the perfect choice.

Here are the attachments and perks to run to make the best Warzone Kar98k loadout class during Season 5.

Best Warzone Kar98k loadout

Best Warzone Kar98k loadout

Best Warzone Kar98k loadout attachments

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: Singuard Custom 27.6″ Barrel
  • Laser: Tac Laser
  • Optic: Sniper Scope (Crossthread Reticle)
  • Stock: FTAC Sport Comb

The best Warzone Kar98k loadout improves upon the weapon’s range and bullet velocity potential while maintaining speed. As a result, you’ll be capable of taking down targets with a single headshot from any range and will get to quick-scope easily with the best Warzone Kar98k loadout.

We’ll start the best Warzone Kar98k loadout Monolithic Suppressor and the Singuard Custom 27.6″ to increase its effective damage range along with bullet velocity. You won’t have to worry about lead or bullet drop, so aim for the head.

Warzone Kar98k in preview

However, these attachments will slow the weapon down. The Tac Laser and FTAC Sport Comb stock will compensate for this by speeding up ADS time and mobility. This way, you won’t be left vulnerable to enemy snipers for too long.

The 7x magnification of the Sniper Scope suits almost any range in Verdansk. The Sniper Scope comes with an arrow-shaped reticle as default, but after getting 200 kills using the Sniper Scope on any weapon, you will unlock the Crossthread reticle.

This is the more classic cross shape, which is perfect for hitting long-range headshots with the best Warzone Kar98k loadout.

Best perks to use with Warzone Kar98k class

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  • Perk 1: Double Time
  • Perk 2: Overkill / Ghost
  • Perk 3: Amped

Double Time will increase your Tactical Sprint duration as well as increasing your speed while sprinting. While sniping, repositioning between shots is vital. Sprint around and keep your enemy guessing where you’ll appear from, and you’ll find sniper fights much easier.

We strongly recommend paring an Assault Rifle or SMG with the Kar98k for close-range encounters. Overkill will allow you to take two primary weapons from your first loadout. Then you can hide from the radar with Ghost from your next loadout.

Finally, you should pick Amped as it allows you to instantly change to your secondary weapon, further increasing your speed on the map.

Most recent Kar98k buffs and nerfs

The Kar98k hasn’t been buffed or nerfed in a long time, which is perhaps why it has remained in the top three most popular weapons for months. There have been calls for Kar98k, and its flinched to be nerfed, but Raven Software hasn’t announced any plans.

How to unlock the Kar98k in Warzone

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Players who have not yet added this rifle to their inventory can do so by reaching Rank 33 in either Call of Duty: Modern Warfare or Warzone.

Once you have reached level 33, you will be able to equip this Marksman Rifle and begin to level it up to make the best Warzone Kar98k loadout.

Best alternatives

If you’re looking for a great alternative to the best Warzone Kar98k loadout, then you should try out the Swiss K31 Sniper Rifle. It’s got excellent bullet velocity, incredibly fast ADS, and is just as good as the Kar98. Plus, it’s believed to be the better option for mouse and keyboard players.

Or, if you’re looking to do some long-range sniping, you can’t go wrong with Modern Warfare’s HDR.

If you’re looking for more great weapons, then you can check out some of this season’s best Warzone loadouts below:


C58 | Groza | M4A1 | Milano | AK-47 

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