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NICKMERCS explains why he doesn’t want Warzone to leave Verdansk

The recent leak of a Ural Mountains Warzone map led NICKMERCS to give his thoughts on if he would like to see a new map come to the battle royale.

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Fan-favorite content creator NICKMERCS recently commented on whether or not he would like to see a completely new map come to Call of Duty: Warzone or if Verdansk should continue to be updated likes it has so far.

The map of Warzone had gone through plenty of changes following its initial version when the Call of Duty battle royale was first released in 2020. One of the most notable changes that occurred was the transformation of Verdansk into Verdansk ’84 to kick off Season 3 of the Black Ops Cold War cycle.

This time-traveling transformation saw the additions of various new points of interest like Summit and Nakatomi Plaza, which have been looked upon fondly by players.

However, there are community members who would like to see a completely new map come to the world of Warzone in the same way that Apex Legends and Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds have multiple maps for players to battle on.

The discussion of a completely new Warzone map became the main topic of discussion in the community again thanks to a recent leak showing off gameplay of an unreleased Ural Mountains Warzone map that never came to be.

This leaked Ural Mountains map resulted in popular content creator NICKMERCS giving his thoughts on whether or not Warzone needs a completely new map.

In his video, NICKMERCS explains that he has been a fan of the reoccurring updates to Verdansk, especially Nakatomi Plaza from the Die Hard film franchise.

He says that he would not mind not having a completely new map for Warzone if the developers made major changes like Nakatomi Plaza to Verdansk regularly.

However, he states that if the community has to wait weeks and months for only additions like a single building, he is not onboard with only updates to Verdansk if they are of that nature.

It remains to be seen if Warzone will ever get a completely new map or if Verdansk will be the basis of the Call of Duty battle royale forever and will transform based upon the main entry in the franchise at the time, such as Verdansk ’84 and Black Ops Cold War.

For more Warzone, check out the newest Season 4 teaser, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

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Best Volk loadout for Warzone Season 4 Reloaded

The Volk is a solid Assault Rifle to use in Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded, so here’s the best loadout including attachments and Perks.

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Volk in Warzone

The Volk is a fast-firing AR that can be deadly in the right hands. So we’ve put together our best Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded loadout for it featuring optimal attachments, Perks, and Equipment.

Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded is well underway, and players have been quick to test out different weapons after the season shook up the meta with several buffs and nerfs as well as a new gun in the Vargo-S Assault Rifle.

The Volk Assault Rifle is not one of Warzone’s most popular weapons, with WZ ranked showing a mediocre pick rate of 0.65%. However, recent buffs have turned the Volk into one of the most underrated weapons in Warzone.

Here’s how to make the best Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded Volk loadout.

Best Warzone Volk loadout attachments

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  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Krausnick 428mm 05V
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Reisdorf 22V Adjustable
  • Underbarrel: Mark VI Skeletal
  • Magazine: 7.62 Gorenko 45 Round Mags
  • Ammunition: Subsonic  
  • Rear Grip: Taped Grip
  • Perk: Perfectionist
  • Perk 2: On-Hand

We’ll start off this Volk loadout by equipping the Recoil Booster to boost the fire rate and recoil control, while the Krausnick 428mm 05V will improve the weapon’s bullet velocity and damage range.

Given this Volk loadout is meant to be used as a close-range AR, the Slate Reflector is a go-to optic. You can use the Reisdorf 22V Adjustable and Mark VI Skeletal to improve the Volk’s ADS movement speed as well as its sprint-to-fire time.

The 7.62 Gorenko 45 Round Mags will grant you enough ammo to kill multiple enemies, and we went with the Subsonic ammunition to keep you off enemy mini-maps when firing the Volk.

Coming to our choice of perks, Perfectionist will provide another valuable boost to recoil control, whereas On-Hand will further increase ADS speed.

Best Warzone Volk Perks and Equipment 

E.O.D, Ghost and Amped perks in warzone pp19 bizon loadout class
  • Perk 1: E.O.D
  • Perk 2: Overkill
  • Perk 3: Amped
  • Lethal: Throwing Knife
  • Tactical: Stim

We recommend equipping E.O.D as your first Perk so that you can tank explosive damage from Grenades, C4, and Claymores that enemies will throw your way during close and medium-range battles.

Overkill allows us to pair the Volk Assault Rifle with a long-range gun like the ZRG 20mm Sniper Rifle, and Amped is perfect for quick weapon swapping during different combat situations.

The Throwing Knife allows you to finish off opponents at close range, and the Stim will grant you a health boost if you find yourself facing an overwhelming number of enemies.

How to unlock the Volk in Warzone

Volk Warzone Vanguard AR

You’ll need to be Level 55 to unlock this gun in Vanguard and Warzone Pacific Caldera.

While it may be tempting to use some of the post-launch weapons that are now free for all players, unlocking the Volk is well worth your time as you’ll gain a powerful close-range weapon.

Best Warzone alternatives to Volk

If you’re looking for a great alternative to the best Warzone Volk loadout then we recommend trying out the Cold War AK-47. You can also go for the Cooper Carbine, which is easy to handle in combat.


For more Warzone, check out how Shotgun fans are annoyed with the close-range SMG meta or find out when Plunder is coming back to Warzone.

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Shotgun fans annoyed with Warzone’s close-range meta dominated by “broken” SMGs

Warzone’s close-range meta has been dominated by SMGs for several seasons, much to the dismay of Shotgun fans.

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Warzone players have voiced their frustration with the longstanding close-range meta dominated by SMGs, leaving no room for Shotgun viability.

Warzone’s Season 4 Reloaded update brought several buffs and nerfs to the battle royale, but while it altered the long-range meta dominated by the NZ-41, it did very little to impact the close-range meta.

For some time now, Vanguard SMGs have completely commanded the close-range meta with other viable options few and far between. Not only does this limit the opportunity to use Modern Warfare and Cold War SMGs, but it also limits the viability of Shotguns in Warzone.

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Vanguard SMGs like the Armaguerra 43, Marco 5, Type 100, and even the recently nerfed H4 Blixen are amongst Warzone’s top weapons in terms of popularity and K/D.

Even Warzone expert JGOD’s recent video highlighting Warzone Season 4 Reloaded close-range meta is almost exclusively dominated by Vanguard SMGs.

Players have picked up on this trend and voiced their frustration with Warzone’s close-range meta. The question many players seem to be asking is: why has there not been a consistent Shotgun in Warzone’s close-range meta for months on end?

As this Reddit post explains, the entire shotgun class seems to continuously get neglected in favor of increasingly broken Vanguard SMGs.

The comments showcase a healthy debate between players discussing the state of Shotguns in Warzone. The most convincing of the bunch summarizes a possible reason behind the notable absence: “Shotguns are always either totally broken or useless they are a plague to balance.”

They weren’t the only player to share a similar opinion: “Shotguns are impossible to balance well since they’re only useful if they can basically one-shot at close range, otherwise an SMG is pretty much always better.”

Players seem to believe that the degree of difficulty involved in balancing Shotguns is what’s holding the weapon class back. It would be tough to justify a one-shot kill weapon capable of downing a player with a maximum health of 300.

Alternatively, one player gives the ideal example of what a balanced Shotgun felt like: “I would normally agree but the VLK pre-buff is a great example of a shotgun that was actually kinda decent but not OP.”

While it seems like some players believe a middle ground is achievable, the majority of players are wary of repeating past mistakes: “Dude, you must’ve not been here during the whole doof-doof crisis, plus the JAK-12 and the Streetsweeper.”


For more, check out how Warzone players are also frustrated with skydiving gunfights and how they want a Modern Warfare exclusive LTM before Modern Warfare 2.

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Warzone Pacific August 8 update patch notes: Dev Error fix & H4 Blixen nerf

Here are the full patch notes for Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded’s August 8 update which has nerfed the H4 Blixen and fixed a Dev Error.

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Warzone devs Raven Software released a patch on August 8 that fixes a common Dev Error as well as provides a movement speed nerf for the H4 Blixen in Season 4 Reloaded.

Season 4 Reloaded has been a breath of fresh air for players as Warzone’s meta is the most varied and balanced it’s been in a long time. While minor nerfs to some Modern Warfare weapons on August 3 slightly dampened the excitement, most would agree that the meta is still in an excellent state when it comes to variety.

Unfortunately, since the start of Season 4 Reloaded, several players were encountering a Dev Error that would prevent them from enjoying the new meta. Now, Raven Software have taken the appropriate steps to fix the Dev Error issue plaguing the Warzone experience.

Dev Error 5476 fix & H4 Blixen nerf

H4 Blixen Warzone Operator

Dev Error 5476 was preventing players from joining matches after the Season 4 Reloaded update. While there were a few DIY fixes for the Dev Error, this should no longer impact players trying to enjoy Warzone as the devs have fixed the issue with the August 8 update.

Furthermore, the devs have reverted an unwanted change from the August 3 update that was supposed to nerf the H4 Blixen‘s 7.62 Gorenko 54 Round Mag attachment.

When the update went live on August 3 it accidentally buffed the attachment. This unwanted change has been corrected with the August 8 update and the attachment’s movement speed has been decreased by 2%. In addition, the popular SMG also had its max damage reduced to 38 from 39.

Warzone August 8 update patch notes

BUG FIXES

  • Fixed an issue causing Players to encounter Dev Error 5476 which caused the game client to crash.
  • Fixed an issue causing the H4 Blixen’s (VG) 7.62 Gorenko 54 Round Mag to increase movement speed by 2% rather than decrease it as intended.

WEAPONS

Weapon Adjustments

» Submachine Guns «

H4 Blixen (VG)

  • Max Damage reduced to 38, down from 39

For more, check out our ranking of the best guns in Warzone Season 4 Reloaded.

Source: Raven Software

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