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NICKMERCS explains why Warzone’s FFAR is going to get nerfed

NICKMERCS believes the FFAR 1 won’t be the Warzone meta for long after discussing how devs have nerfed previous dominant weapons.



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Warzone streamer Nick “NICKMERCS” Kolcheff has explained why he believes the FFAR 1 will be “nerfed into the ground” during Season 2.

Streamer NICKMERCS has had his finger on the pulse of Warzone’s ever-changing meta since the game launched in March 2020. Warzone has seen several weapons dominate the game over its first year, but developers take a rather cut-throat approach to balancing the best of the best, and Nick believes the FFAR 1 is next to the chopping block.

“The FFAR is one hundred percent the most used weapon right now in Warzone, and by far the most powerful gun in Warzone as well,” NICKMERCS explained.

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“The gun has taken over the game for quite some time now, and whenever this happens in the history of the game, it’s only a matter of time before it gets nerfed into the ground.”

“The same thing happened with the DMR, same thing happened with the Bruen, same thing happened with the Grau, same thing happened with the doof-doof (R-90),” he described. “Gun takes over the game, everybody complains, update rolls out, and bada-bing bada-boom, the gun’s off the grid.”

While the backlash is nowhere near as strong as it has been for other weapons such as the DMR, developers like to keep the meta ever-changing. For example, the AUG has risen to long-range dominance following updates made in the Season 2 update.

With Season 2 well underway, NICKMERCS says he wouldn’t be surprised if the FFAR receives this nerf ahead of Season 3. Although he’s among the players taking full advantage of the FFAR’s power, he admits he’s “cool with some adjustments and some changes to the current game we play.”

By looking at the previous examples Nick listed, it’s highly likely that the FFAR is due a strong nerf sometime soon.

Image Credit: NICKMERCS / Activision

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How to turn off crossplay in Warzone & Vanguard: PlayStation, Xbox & PC

Here’s what you need to do in order to turn off Call of Duty’s crossplay functionality in Vanguard and Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded.



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While playing Call of Duty with your friends on different platforms can be fun, there is a risk of you encountering hackers and cheaters even after the launch of RICOCHET. You can avoid that by using our guide to turn off crossplay in Vanguard & Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded.

Crossplay in Vanguard and Warzone is a feature that connects players across all platforms through an “Activision Account.” Players who do not opt-in to this system will be unable to play cross-platform across PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

If you do have an Activision Account, you will be automatically entered into the crossplay player pool by default. If you feel like this isn’t for you, and you want the option to disable this, then follow our quick and easy guide.

How to turn off crossplay for Vanguard

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  1. Log into Vanguard Multiplayer
  2. Navigate to ‘Settings’
  3. Go to the ‘Account & Network’ tab
  4. Change Crossplay from ‘On’ to ‘Off’

How to turn off Warzone crossplay

Warzone crossplay setting
  1. Log into Warzone
  2. Go to the ‘Options’ section
  3. Navigate to the ‘Account’ tab
  4. Change Crossplay from ‘Enabled’ to ‘Disabled’

Once crossplay is disabled, you’ll only matchmake against players on your native platform. You can toggle crossplay back on at any time. We especially recommend having it on while queuing for Warzone.

Why turn off crossplay for Vangaurd & Warzone?

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The main reason to turn off Warzone crossplay is to avoid cheaters and hackers. If you’re a console-only player, you might run into a few from the PC platform. While RICOCHET has helped significantly reduce the number of hackers, running into a cheater can still occur with some cheat providers refusing to back down.

We strongly recommend keeping crossplay on to ensure the queue times stay short, we also understand that running into cheaters is not fun.

Unfortunately, if you’re on PC, turning off crossplay will significantly increase your matchmaking times. We do not recommend turning off crossplay unless you are on a console.

Why should I keep crossplay on?

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If you’re wondering why you should keep crossplay on – first and foremost, interconnectivity. With crossplay enabled, you can play with Call of Duty friends on other platforms. If this is off, players on other platforms won’t be able to join your sessions and you won’t be able to join them.

Secondly, matchmaking times will be impacted if you turn off crossplay. More so on PC than other platforms, but the matchmaking pool you enter into on console will be against players with no Activision ID and other players who have turned off crossplay.

Lastly, you’ll be entered into a more narrow pool of players, so this could also have a negative impact on your ping. Overall though, you should still be thrown into the best available games.

For more Call of Duty news, check out everything you need to know about Warzone 2 including the leaked release date.

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FaZe Jev slams unfair Warzone Skynet camo that players “could not grind for”

Call of Duty YouTuber FaZe Jev slammed Warzone’s Titanium Trials camo, explaining how it’s unfair that players couldn’t grind for it.



Call of Duty YouTuber FaZe Jev

Warzone’s Skynet camo is one of Call of Duty’s toughest-ever grinds, where players need 20 wins in Titanium Trials. However, YouTuber FaZe Jev has slammed the camo grind, saying it’s unfair how players “literally could not grind for it.”

Every year, there’s a massive camo grind to complete in Call of Duty, where players unlock every camo for every weapon to proudly display the ultimate Mastery Camo such as Damascus or Dark Matter.

FaZe Jev is known for going above and beyond with these camo grinds every year, but was brutally honest in how unimpressed he is with Warzone’s Skynet camo, explaining that it’s unfair that it’s something a portion of the player base simply couldn’t grind for.

Titanium Trials arrived with Warzone’s Terminator crossover, bringing challenges for the most-skilled players such as winning 20 games to unlock the Skynet camo. However, Jev doesn’t feel skill is a major factor in unlocking it, as the grind is only possible for players with a full squad.

Titanium Trials was Quads only, but a Duos version is set to arrive halfway through the event with the August 18 playlist update. Jev still isn’t impressed though, asking, “How about people who don’t feel like squading up? How about people that can just go and get the f***ing camo?”

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Skynet “is gonna forever have that stain on it where it’s not a thing of like ‘look how hard I grinded for this,’ it’s a thing of ‘look how hard I grinded for this while other people couldn’t grind for it. Like literally could not grind for it,'” he explained.

“I don’t really look at Skynet like ‘damn, that’s really impressive that they got that,’ it’s more of a ‘oh that’s the camo that literally a portion of the entire player base couldn’t even begin to unlock.'”

Perhaps the Titanium Trials Duos mode will be much more forgiving to Solo players than Quads, but there are only a few days left as Season 5 is set to arrive on Wednesday, August 24.

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When is Warzone Pacific Season 5? Season 4 end date, leaked weapons & Operators, more

Here’s everything we know about Warzone Pacific’s Season 5 update including its expected release date and content.



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Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded is in full swing, but players are looking forward to what’s to come in Season 5. Here’s when Season 4 is set to end, as well as Season 5’s expected content.

Call of Duty: Vanguard and Warzone Pacific are now in their fourth season, with each update bringing major changes to multiplayer, Zombies, and battle royale. Warzone Season 4 and its Fortune’s Keep map have been extremely well received, but players are always looking toward what’s next.

Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded, the mid-season update, then came along to introduce even more content. Season 5 will be up after, so here’s everything we know about Warzone Season 5, including its release date and expected content.

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Expected Warzone Pacific Season 5 release date

Warzone Pacific Season 4 is set to end on Wednesday, August 24, and we expect Season 5 to arrive immediately after.

The date hasn’t been officially revealed by Raven Software but, assuming there are no delays, the season should begin on August 24. Stay tuned, as we’ll update this piece when a date has been officially confirmed.

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Warzone Pacific Season 5 expected content

Although none of Warzone Pacific Season 5’s content has been revealed, we can use previous seasons to hazard a pretty accurate guess of what to expect.

Warzone Season 4, like previous seasons, has brought new weapons such as the Marco 5 and UGM-8, as well as major quality of life changes and Caldera map updates.

Using Vanguard’s seasons as a guide, here’s everything we expect to see in Warzone Season 5:

  • Season 5 Battle Pass
  • New Operators
  • New weapons
  • Seasonal event with challenges and free rewards
  • New and returning game modes
  • Map updates (Caldera, Rebirth Island, and/or Fortune’s Keep)
  • Major weapon buffs and nerfs
  • Quality of life updates
  • More

While Season 4 brought the new Fortune’s Keep map, we wouldn’t expect another new one until Warzone 2’s which arrives after Modern Warfare 2 later in 2022.

Fortune's Keep map in Warzone Pacific Season 4

Warzone Pacific Season 5 leaked weapons

Although Raven still hasn’t offered any clues as to what is coming in Warzone Season 5, leakers may have revealed the new weapons set to debut ahead of time.

Known CoD leaker Reality tweeted on July 27 claiming that two new weapons called the “EX1 (EM1) and RA 225” will be added, along with an unnamed melee weapon.

Unfortunately, they couldn’t find any more information on what types of guns these will be. Based on the name EX1, many players felt this could be Advanced Warfare’s EM1 or Black Ops Cold War’s EM2.

We’ll have to wait and see if this leak turns out to be accurate and if the developers are bringing an old favorite into Warzone Season 5.

Warzone Pacific Season 5 Umbrella Academy crossover leaked

Following the Terminator crossover in Season 4 Reloaded, dataminers have found details in the game’s files that suggest that Netflix’s Umbrella Academy could be the next major crossover in Season 5.

According to Reality, there will be two Umbrella Academy bundles for players to purchase, named after two assassins that feature in the series; the “Hazel Bundle,” and the “Cha-Cha Bundle.”

Both are expected to be stacked with weapon Blueprints, as well as skins of both time-travelers, most likely with their signature bunny masks. They also claimed that anyone who buys both of the bundles before September 30 will also receive “an exclusive Legendary KG M40 Blueprint, a Legendary Weapon Charm, and a Legendary Calling Card.”

Based on this leak, it doesn’t appear that main characters like Number 5 or Luther will feature, but more will likely be revealed in the run-up to Warzone Season 5.

Classic CoD villains coming to Warzone Pacific Season 5?

Another leak that has circulated in recent weeks is that, since Season 5 is likely the last before Warzone 2, a number of classic villains from CoD history will arrive as Operators.

Again, Reality discovered the names of the old foes in the files of the Season 4 Reloaded update, indicating that there are plans to bring the characters back.

The leaked villains expected to return in Warzone Season 5 are:

  • Raul Menendez (Black Ops 2)
  • Gabriel Rorke (Ghosts)
  • Khaled Al Asad (CoD 4 and Modern Warfare 2019)
  • Seraph (Black Ops 3 and 4)

And that’s everything we know about Warzone Pacific Season 5 so far! We’ll be sure to keep this piece updated as more about the next season gets revealed.

If you’re more into the multiplayer side of Call of Duty, be sure to check out everything we know about Vanguard Season 5.

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