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NICKMERCS explains why the PKM is Warzone’s next meta weapon

Top streamer NICKMERCS has tried out the PKM in Warzone Season 3 and believes it could be the next meta weapon.

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The PKM has long been a powerful weapon in Warzone, and streamer Nick “NICKMERCS” Kolcheff believes it could become the meta in Season 3.

Mobility is often considered to be one of a Warzone loadout’s most important aspects. Being able to quickly navigate the map and use peeker’s advantage to win gunfights is often the key to success. For this reason, weapons like the Kar98k and fast SMGs such as the MP5 and MAC-10 have been insanely popular.

Although they’re extremely powerful, the Light Machine Gun, or LMG, class has been underutilized due to their long reloads and lack of mobility. Top streamer NICKMERCS has long been an advocate for LMGs, with many citing him as the founder of the Bruen Mk9 meta. Now, in the extremely open meta of Season 3, NICKMERCS has set his sights on the PKM as Warzone’s next go-to weapon.

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NICKMERCS described the PKM as the new meta weapon in Warzone or admitted that he’d at least like it to be.

“LMGs in Warzone have always been my cup of tea,” Nick reminded his viewers. “You remember your boy and the Bruen, and all the success I had in all those tournaments playing with that Bruen.”

Nick described how he’s “going down the line,” using every meta weapon from Warzone’s first year. “We’re going from the M4 to the Grau, to the Kilo, to the AMAX… I said ‘you know what? Let me pull out the LMGs.'”

“I think this gun could change the game,” NICKMERCS explained. “Beaming ain’t even the word, lasering isn’t even the word… just putting teams down with this thing.” He explained that even though it’s slow, as long as you have a fast SMG or Assault Rifle as backup (he used the AS VAL), “you’re literally set to destroy the lobby.”

NICKMERCS PKM loadout in Warzone Season 3

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: 26.9″ Extended Barrel
  • Optic: VLK 3.0x Optic
  • Stock: Forge TAC Stalker
  • Underbarrel: Snatch Grip

While many build the PKM with attachments for extra speed, such as the Tac Laser, NICKMERCS built this “for overall accuracy” and “overall recoil control.”

To maximize its damage over range, the Monolithic Suppressor and 26.9″ Extended Barrel are necessary additions. And to accurately land these shots, there’s no better choice than the reliable VLK 3.0x Optic.

Finally, Nick added the Forge TAC Stalker stock for added aiming stability, and the Snatch Grip to speed up the weapon’s ADS speed slightly, while still giving extra recoil control.

NICKMERCS recently showed off a class for the LC10, so you can combine it with this PKM for a powerful and versatile loadout.

Image Credit: NICKMERCS / Activision

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Warzone & Cold War Season 6 cinematic teases Mason’s return

Warzone and Black Ops Cold War have a new Season 5 outro cinematic hinting at Mason’s importance in the story for Season 6 of the Call of Duty games.

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The latest cinematic for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 5 has been released, and players are excited about the reference towards Mason returning.

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone have had a successful season so far, keeping players entertained with the ongoing story, new weapons, and new modes like the Iron Trials for Warzone Season 5 Reloaded.

As we enter the final season for Black Ops Cold War before Vanguard‘s release, which will inevitably integrate with Warzone, players have been given a hint towards Mason’s return in a brand new cinematic.

Woods and Mason meeting in an alleyway to discuss Adler going Rogue

Treyarch released a new Season 5 outro cinematic on their YouTube channel on September 23, carrying on the ongoing story that has spanned the last five seasons.

For those still keeping up to date with the details, this outro cinematic plays a pivotal role in setting up the final season for Black Ops Cold War.

Black Ops Cold War will enter its final season soon, and players are desperate to find out who the last operator will be. It seems the last operator could be a fan-favorite character from the Black Ops series, Mason.

Although the cinematic is only a minute long, players can gain some critical information from it. Hudson and Woods are having a conversation about Adler’s disappearance, discussing what they should do next.

Ultimately, they decide that Woods should go after Adler, who is in Verdansk, while also mentioning the return of Mason, whose experience with the numbers could give them the edge.

You can find the official description of the new Warzone and Black Ops Cold War cinematic below:

“The news is flooding in: more Operators have abandoned their missions. Mounting evidence suggests that Adler has gone rogue. Disturbed, Hudson sends Woods to find Adler and bring him in… along with the one person whose Numbers Program intel could provide the edge they need.

The showdown begins in Season Six.”

We’ll have to wait for Season 6 to see where the story will go, but it’s set up to be an exciting end to what’s been a great seasonal story.

Image Credits: Activision / Treyarch / Raven Software

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Warzone Specialist Bonus Token officially added to Iron Trials ’84

The rare Warzone Specialist Bonus Token has been added to Iron Trials ’84, but it can only be acquired in one specific way.

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Players can now acquire and use the power of the Warzone Specialist Bonus Token in the Iron Trials ’84 mode.

The Iron Trials ’84 mode has quickly become a fan-favorite. Not only because it rewards players who win with an exclusive banner but also because of its inherent difficulty.

In Warzone’s Iron Trials mode, players have more health, and there aren’t any free Loadout Drops. As well, players will have a hard time coming across any cash. Good luck scrounging up enough change to repurchase your teammates.

And now, Raven Software has added the fabled Warzone Specialist Bonus Token to the Iron Trials mode. However, it isn’t found like it is in the traditional Battle Royale mode. Instead of stumbling across it while looting, it has to be purchased from a Buy Station.

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What is the Warzone Specialist Bonus Token?

The Warzone Specialist Bonus Token is so rare that you may not even know what it is. It is a token that, in the traditional battle royale mode, gives players every single perk. Yes, it is extremely overpowered, but it is also incredibly rare.

It was initially locked in the Nakatomi Plaza vault, but now it can be found anywhere in Verdansk. It’s located inside standard blue chests, legendary orange chests, and in Red Door rooms. But the drop rate for it is incredibly low so good luck finding the Warzone Specialist Bonus Token in the wild.

How to get Iron Trials Warzone Specialist Bonus Token

It might be even more challenging to get the Specialist Bonus in Iron Trials ’84. Even though players can purchase the Specialist Bonus from any Buy Station, it doesn’t come cheap.

The Specialist Bonus in Iron Trials costs $50,000. If you thought it was hard to buy back your teammate, then you probably won’t have much luck getting enough cash to purchase the bonus. And that’s exactly what the developers intended.

In the patch notes for the September 23 update, Raven Software stated, “We suspect very few people will be able to say they’ve purchased a Specialist Token. However, we do feel there is an opportunity to provide high tier Players with additional impactful outlets for their hard-earned resources.”

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So, while it is possible to become an overpowered super soldier in Iron Trials, it likely won’t happen. You’re going to have to rack up a ton of kills, loot every floor in a skyscraper, and survive long enough to earn $50K and get the Warzone Specialist Bonus Token.

That being said, we’d love to see if you’re able to pull off the impossible. If you are able to cop the Iron Trials Warzone Specialist Bonus Token, share it with us on our Charlie INTEL Facebook Page and Charlie INTEL Twitter Page!

For more Call of Duty: Warzone, check out FaZe Swagg’s aimbot Kilo loadout, and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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Major Warzone Gallo nerf goes live in September 23 update

Since the Gallo was dominating in Warzone Season 5, the developers have decided to nerf it in the latest September 23 update patch notes.

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Warzone Season 5 Reloaded received a new update on September 23, which applied a nerf to the Gallo shotgun, a weapon players had been using a lot this season due to its strength up-close.

Warzone has enjoyed a lot of success recently, primarily due to the new Iron Trials mode, which players have enjoyed thoroughly, especially as the devs have teased its arrival in custom lobbies for the future.

The Season 5 Reloaded update saw the weapon meta shift again, bringing the Kilo back to the top of the ARs while the Gallo remained very strong for close-quarters combat.

Unfortunately for those who had been enjoying the meta dominated by this Black Ops Cold War Shotgun, the latest update has brought a Warzone Gallo nerf.

Warzone Gallo SA12 shotgun

In the latest September 23 update, Raven Software decided to tweak the Iron Trials mode slightly and bring some buffs and nerfs to various weapons.

The weapons affected include the Bullfrog and the Gallo, which have been extremely strong this season. Let’s look at the Warzone Gallo nerf and how they have decided to change the weapon.

Warzone Gallo nerf

  • Maximum Damage Range decreased from 4.5 to 3.5 meters
  • Second Damage Range decreased from 8.1 to 5.5 meters
  • Third Damage Range decreased from 13.2 to 9.9 meters
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In the developer notes for why they decided to push the Warzone Gallo nerf live, they stated that:

“The Shotgun Bravo (BOCW) has been incredibly dominant due to its Effective Damage Range, Magazine Capacity, Mobility, and Rate of Fire. By reducing its Effective Damage Ranges, the Shotgun Bravo (BOCW) will begin to feel more like a Shotgun and less like a Sniper.”

The Warzone Gallo nerf does seem pretty significant and targets the weapons’ damage range like the developer note states. The weapon will likely still be very powerful up-close, but it won’t be as versatile or reliable as an SMG.

We’ll have to see how far the Warzone Gallo nerf reduced the effectiveness of the Cold War Shotgun as players get to try it out now the update has gone live. For more Call of Duty: Warzone, check out how a banned Bullfrog blueprint is breaking the game’s audio.

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