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NICKMERCS explains why he’s concerned about Call of Duty’s 2021 game

NICKMERCS has discussed why he’s happy about CoD 2021 using Modern Warfare’s engine, but not the game’s direction.



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Nick “NICKMERCS” Kolcheff has discussed the upcoming Call of Duty 2021 rumors, complementing the game’s engine, and why he’s not a fan of the rumored theme for the game.

There are many rumors circulating about the latest iteration of the long-running Call of Duty franchise concerning its Warzone integration, its purported game engine, and even who’s developing it.

Naturally, every man and his dog is discussing these rumors and posturing about what they think the game could be like. NICKMERCS has chimed into the conversation offering his thoughts on some of the key debates concerning Call of Duty 2021.

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Firstly, he’s made it clear that he’s wholeheartedly in favor of the game potentially using the Modern Warfare game engine: “This is huge for Warzone because as you can tell from the Cold War guns and that integration, switching engines from game-to-game and putting it all in the same BR (battle royale) can leave it in kind of a mess.

So that’s big news, and moving on in the right direction on that end.”

Reception for the Modern Warfare engine has largely been popular since the game’s release in 2019. Having Warzone and CoD 2021 running on the same engine will allow for an easier transition of guns and other content.

However, Nick is scared of “the game going back in time.” The rumored project name for Activision’s latest Call of Duty game is “Vanguard”, traditionally an old military term. And the belief is that we are about to go back to the World War 2 era with the latest shooter.

Nick says, “In the history of Call of Duty, every time they go back in time I’m just not a big fan. It’s just the energy, the vibe, always like some war we’re in like World War 2, and it’s just sad times man, it’s a weird look, and I don’t really like it.”

He also jokingly asks how he’s “going to bring a Kilo (141) from 2020, back to the 40s.”

Despite Call of Duty’s early beginning with World War games, the franchise really found its footing with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. The World Wars have been explored by so many different games that you do wonder how much new ground there is to tread.

A reveal should hopefully be on the way in the near future, and we’ll be able to get even more opinions from NICKMERCS and other leading CoD players on the next game.

Image credits: Activision / NICKMERCS

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Vanguard devs explain why game size will be much smaller than Warzone & Cold War

Thanks to new tech, Call of Duty: Vanguard’s file size is set to be much smaller than Warzone and Cold War at launch.



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Call of Duty players have grown increasingly frustrated with Warzone and Cold War’s massive file size, but Activision has explained why the problem will be fixed in Vanguard.

As Modern Warfare, Warzone, and Black Ops Cold War continue to update, the games’ file sizes have kept growing. Black Ops Cold War is now sitting at around 200 GB, with Warzone adding at least another 50 GB. If you have a smaller hard drive, Call of Duty doesn’t leave much room for anything else.

Activision already allows you to uninstall certain aspects of the games such as Campaign and Zombies, but they have plans to significantly reduce Vanguard’s file size at launch.

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“Good news for hard drives everywhere,” tweeted Call of Duty on October 26. “Vanguard’s install size at launch will be significantly below previous Call of Duty releases.”

They didn’t reveal Vanguard’s exact file size, but players can expect to “save up to 30%-50%+ on next-gen console and PC hard drive disk space.” Although last-gen consoles weren’t mentioned, next-gen editions take up significantly more room, so this should bring the sizes more in-line.

This will be done through “new on-demand texture streaming tech,” which is already available in Modern Warfare and Warzone for PC. Rather than taking up space on your hard drive, textures are downloaded on the go. Warzone players previously saved around 25 GB when it was introduced, but their new tech appears to be more effective at reducing file size.

Of course, this could cause issues for players with a poor internet connection, so it remains to be seen if it’ll be optional.

This also lines up with the Microsoft Store listing that Vanguard will be 75 GB on Xbox One, and 95 GB on Xbox Series X|S. These early sizes are much smaller than Cold War’s 133 GB launch size.

Warzone Pacific map with mountain in background

Warzone and Vanguard will integrate later this year, bringing the new RICOCHET anti-cheat and new Pacific map. Warzone is currently tied to Modern Warfare, but it’s expected to shift over to Vanguard with Season 1. This could bring across the new tech, but we’ll need to wait for official confirmation.

We’re less than a fortnight away from Vanguard’s November 5 release, so we expect to find out more details before launch.

For more Call of Duty: Warzone, you can check out YouTuber JGOD’s best weapons ahead of Vanguard’s integration.

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Warzone leaker claims new Pacific map won’t be set in WW2 like Vanguard

The new Pacific map is set to drop in Warzone later this year, but fans will be suprised to hear that it may not use Vanguard’s WWII setting.



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The release of Call of Duty: Vanguard is right around the corner, bringing a brand new Pacific map with it when it integrates into Warzone later this year. According to a well-known leaker, though, the new map won’t be using Vanguard’s WW2 setting.

Warzone Season 6 is the swansong for Verdansk, the map that fans have been playing on from the very start.

Following the release of Call of Duty: Vanguard, the new title will integrate into the CoD battle royale later this year, bringing in fresh features like RICOCHET anti-cheat and a long-awaited new map.

But according to a respected CoD leaker, fans might be surprised to hear that the new Pacific map isn’t going to adopt the same World War II setting as Vanguard itself.

Warzone Pacific map with mountian in background

With the Vanguard integration and the Pacific map coming hand-in-hand, many fans may have assumed that we’d be traveling even further back in time for the next Warzone season.

However, the leaker claims to have sources that have informed them otherwise.

“The Pacific Warzone map is not set in WWII,” the leaker said on Twitter. “I have a good source for this information, it’s not based on anything simple.”

Unfortunately, they did not go into specifics about who the source is and what information led them to draw this conclusion.

Much like Verdansk, given that the Pacific map will likely be home to Warzone matches across multiple CoD releases, avoiding the historic setting may help with integrating future games in the series.

Fans also responded saying they would understand why it makes sense to stay away from World War II in Warzone, as it would help explain why Modern Warfare and Cold War weapons are littered across the map.

The leaker urged fans to take the news lightly until Raven officially announce more details on the new map.

“I don’t ever want to say anything that’s incorrect, or too early to say where it could be changed,” they said. “As with any unofficial information, feel free to take it with a grain of salt until it’s confirmed.”

We won’t know for sure exactly which time period the Pacific map is set in until more trailers and information emerge.

With Call of Duty: Vanguard so close to launch, fans should have to wait too long to hear about the next chapter of Warzone.

For more on Warzone, check out the best weapons currently in the game according to JGOD, as well as how to unlock Kali Sticks.

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JGOD explains the best Warzone weapons ahead of CoD: Vanguard integration

Here are all of the best weapons in Call of Duty Warzone before the Vanguard integration according to expert weapon analyzer JGOD.



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The next entry in the CoD franchise is almost here which means a whole new batch of weapons will be added to Warzone. Here’s how JGOD ranks every weapon in Warzone pre-Vanguard integration.

When a new game integrates with Warzone, there’s always a huge shift in the meta. Some OP weapons become completely unviable, and the new weapons can wreak havoc.

With the arrival of Call of Duty: Vanguard looming on the horizon, players are anxious to see how the integration will affect the current weapons. Will Raven overcompensate the Vanguard weapons? Or will the new weapons fall to the bottom of every tier list?

Regardless, there’s still time before the integration takes place. And JGOD, an expert at weapon analysis, breaks down every weapon in Warzone before the Vanguard integration.

JGOD’s explain best meta weapons in Warzone

Vanguard releases on November 5th, but we don’t know when the WW2 weapons will be brought to Warzone. We only know that it will be sometime this year.

Until then, we can continue to play with the Cold War and Modern Warfare weapons we’ve come to know and love. And here is what JGOD has to say about the current meta weapons.

Best Rifles in Warzone

In one of his latest videos, JGOD goes through each weapon currently in Warzone and labels them from meta to unusable. Here are the Assault Rifles he thinks are meta.

1. CW AK-47

  • Optics: HoloSight: Holo/2x/3x/4x
  • Barrel: 20″ Spetsnaz RPK Barrel
  • Underbarrel: Spetznaz Grip
  • Muzzle: Gru Suppressor
  • Ammo: 45/60 Rnd Mag

2. XM4

  • Optics: Holo/2x/3x/4x
  • Barrel: 13.5″ Task Force
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Ammo: 45/60 Round Mag

3. EM2

  • Optics: Holo/2x/3x/4x
  • Barrel: 25.8″ Task Force
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Ammo: 40/50 Round Mag
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Best SMGs in Warzone

Here are the meta SMGs in Warzone according to JGOD.

1. OTs 9

  • Barrel: 8.1″ Task Force
  • Grip: Serpent Wrap
  • Muzzle: Gru Suppressor
  • Ammo: VDV 40 Round Fast Mag
  • Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock

2. MAC-10

  • Barrel: 5.9″ Task Force
  • Laser: Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Ammo: 53 Round mag
  • Stock: Raider Stock

3. CW MP5

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Laser: Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Underbarrel: Bruiser Grip
  • Ammo: 50 Round Drum
  • Wrap: Serpent/Elastic Wrap


  • Barrel: 15.7″ Task Force
  • Laser: Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Muzzle: Gru Suppressor
  • Ammo: 55/71 Round Drum
  • Stock: Raider Stock

5. Jak-12

  • Barrel: ZLR J-3600 Torrent
  • Laser: 5mW Laser
  • Muzzle: Lightweight Supressor
  • Ammo: 20 Round Drum Mag
  • Grip: Stippled Grip
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Best Sniper Rifles in Warzone

1. Kar98k

  • Barrel: Singuard Custom 27.6″
  • Laser: Tac Laser
  • Optics: Sniper Scope
  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Stock: Sport/Precision Comb

2. Swiss K31

  • Barrel: 24.9″ Combat Recon
  • Underbarrel: Bruiser Grip
  • Laser: 5mW Laser Sight
  • Muzzle: Gru Suppressor
  • Grip: Serpent/Elastic Wrap
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Best LMG in Warzone

For LMGs, JGOD ranked most of them viable for top-tier play, but only one was deemed meta.


  • Barrel: Task Force
  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Optic: 3x/4x
  • Ammo: 125 Fast mag
  • Grip: Serpent Grip

Best Pistols in Warzone

Yes, JGOD even deemed some of the pistols as meta weapons. They may not be a go-to by any means, but a trusty sidearm is much better than nothing.

1. AMP63

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: Task Force
  • Laser: Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Ammo: 30 Rnd Mag
  • Grip: Serpent Wrap

2. Sykov

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel 140mm Auto
  • Laser: Tac laser
  • Ammo: 80 Rnd Drum
  • Grip: Prizrak

3. Diamatti Akimbo

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: Task Force
  • Laser: Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Stock: Dual Wield
  • Ammo: 30 Rnd Mag

Best Melee and Launchers in Warzone

You may not choose these for your custom loadout, but they are in JGODs Warzone meta. Here are the best Melee weapons and launchers in Warzone.

You may have noticed that there weren’t any Shotgun or Tactical Rifles on JGOD’s list, and that’s because none of them are in the current meta. This could change when Warzone integrates with Vanguard, or when we move to the Pacific Map.

It’s also important to note that these weapons may not stay in the meta for long. The Warzone/Vanguard integration has the potential to obliterate this tier list. If that’s the case, keep your eyes on our Best Weapons in Warzone tier list.

For more Warzone, check out Faze Swagg’s “Aimbot” settings, and stay tuned for more news and guides.

Image Credits: Activision / Raven Software / JGOD

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