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Nickmercs reveals ‘broken’ Mac 10 Warzone Loadout

Streamer Nickmercs shares a broken and overpowered Warzone loadout for the brand new Mac 10 SMG.

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Streamer Nickmercs shows us his Mac 10 update for Season 1 of Black Ops Cold War Warzone.

In a video on YouTube, Nickmercs talks about the newest and best SMG in Warzone, the Mac 10.

Previously, high-tier players flocked to the MP5 due to its impressive damage even at medium distances. Still, it seems the Mac 10 kills much faster than the MP5 and even punishes shotgun players up close if they slightly miss their shots.

When talking about the Mac 10, Nickmercs states, “It’s the best gun in the new Season of Warzone, without a doubt. Don’t worry about other opinions, don’t worry about comments, trust me. This thing is broken, it’s overpowered, it’s unbelievable.”

Here’s his weapon setup:

  • Muzzle: Muzzle Break 9 – Additional vertical recoil control for up close engagements.
  • Barrel: 5.3″ Extended – Added bullet velocity for additional range.
  • Stock: Wire Stock – Decreased sprint to fire time so you’re ready for any gunfight in an instant. Especially helpful when fighting other SMG players.
  • Underbarrel: Patrol Grip – Extra sprinting move speed. Juke out and strafe opponents.
  • Ammunition: STANAG 53 Round Drum – 53 round magazine so even if you miss a few shots, you’ll have plenty more. Turns the Mac 10 into a bullet hose.

In some of the clips Nickmercs shows in his YouTube video (below), he takes out up to three enemies with just a single magazine in an instant.

The Mac 10 obliterates opponents and gives them no chance to react. He even beats out an enemy using the R9-0 Dragons Breath Shotgun (nicknamed the “Doof Doof”).

Nickmercs compared the weapon to the Skorpion SMG from Black Ops 2, stating, “It has that old school Black Ops 2 Skorpion-like feel… but the Skorpion was really, really good, if not the best, close-range SMG in Black Ops 2. That’s what this gun feels like.”

He also added that even at a bit of a distance, if you’re a talented player, it doesn’t kick much either.

We’ve tried the weapon in Warzone ourselves and agree with Nickmercs. This is the SMG to trade the MP5 out for.

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How to change your username in Call of Duty: Warzone & Cold War

Ever wanted to change your Activision ID? Here’s how to change your username for free in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.

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Activision lets you change your Call of Duty username free of charge, so here’s how to set a new display name in Warzone and Black Ops Cold War.

Changing your display name on PlayStation and Xbox can sometimes be costly, but in Call of Duty, you can change your name as many times as you like. This will only affect your CoD name, so you can keep your Gamertag or PlayStation ID for other games.

Your Activision ID will be your username followed by a hash mark (#) and a series of numbers. This means you can set your name to be whatever you like without having to worry if the name is already taken.

Activision also allows you to change your username for free. You’ll get a new name change ticket every six months but you can only carry two at a time.

Here’s how to change your username in Warzone and Black Ops Cold War.

How to change your Call of Duty username

Change Activision account name screen

If you’d like to change your Call of Duty username for Modern Warfare, Warzone, and Black Ops Cold War, here’s how to do it.

To change your Call of Duty username in-game:

  1. Launch Call of Duty: Warzone or Black Ops Cold War
  2. Press ‘Options’ on the home screen
  3. Navigate over to ‘Account’
  4. Select ‘Activision Account’
  5. Hit ‘Change Display Name’
  6. Enter your new username and hit ‘Confirm’

You can also change your Call of Duty username online, so here’s how:

  1. Sign in to your Activision Account
  2. Hover over your username in the top right corner
  3. Click on ‘Basic Info’
  4. Select ‘Edit’ beside your Activision ID
  5. Type in your new username
  6. Hit ‘Save’

How to report offensive Call of Duty usernames

Warzone report player screen

While Activision automatically blocks offensive usernames, players can sometimes get past this by using special characters or abbreviations. If you spot an offensive username in-game, Activision lets you report them.

To report a players username or Clan Tag:

  1. Press ‘Y’ on Xbox or ‘△’ PlayStation to open the Social tab / select the Social tab on PC
  2. Select ‘Recent Players’
  3. Highlight the player you wish to report and select them
  4. Hit ‘Report Player’
  5. Select either ‘Report Username’ or ‘Report Clan Tag’

With hackers still running rampant in Warzone, you can also report cheaters through this same method.


That’s everything you need to know about changing your Call of Duty username – you’ll only get a new ticket every six months so choose your name wisely!

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Crazy new cheats are making Warzone impossible to win

Warzone cheaters have begun using crazy, never-seen-before hacks that make the game impossible to win for honest players.

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While Call of Duty: Warzone hackers have been aim-botting and wall-hacking since the game’s launch, these cheaters have now found brand new ways to hack their way to wins.

Although Activision have permanently banned almost half a million cheaters since Warzone’s launch in 2020, some still slip through the cracks.

You can usually spot cheaters with blatant aim-bot while spectating them, and some even upload their footage to TikTok and Facebook. But sometimes wall-hacks and a soft aim-lock are more difficult to spot. With Activision confirming they are giving hardware bans to repeat offenders, cheaters likely don’t want to get caught.

However, one of Warzone’s top players, Stephen “Yungstaz” Galloway, found a cheater blatantly showing off a plethora of new hacks, such as auto live pinging every player in the lobby, equipping night vision goggles, and repeatedly changing their name.

In a clip uploaded to his Twitter account, Yungstaz said that “hackers are evolving.” With never-before-seen cheats, we can see that every player in the lobby is being live-pinged by the hacker. Not only do they aim-lock and kill players through walls, but they somehow also equip night vision goggles, usually reserved for Modern Warfare’s multiplayer.

While cheats usually only benefit the cheater and not the rest of their team, this live ping cheat likely gives wall-hacks to the entire squad, making the game the game impossible to win for honest players. Yungstaz and his squad were understandably confused, with the streamer saying they’ve “never seen this from a hacker before.”

After the game had finished, Yungstaz invited the cheater to his lobby for a chat on-stream.

Warzone cheaters wallhacks

As the cheater changed his username over and over, which you can usually only do once every six months, they asked him how long he had been cheating on that account. He told them he had been blatantly cheating for “five months” without any bans being issued.

When pressed on how much the hacks cost, the cheater said “they are not for sale.” The streamers drew the conclusion that he had made the cheats himself, so it’s comforting to know these hacks might not be being passed on.

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How many players have been banned from Warzone?

Mass amounts of CoD: Warzone accounts are being banned to clamp down on cheating, but just how many have been banned so far?

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The mission to end cheating in Warzone is well underway as thousands of Warzone accounts are being hit with constant ban waves. But how many CoD accounts have Raven Software been able to permanently ban from the battle royale?

Despite all of Warzone’s success with its staggering numbers and projected longevity, it’s hard to ignore the huge eyesore that has plagued Call of Duty’s elite battle royale experience – hacking and cheating.

From deliberate aimbotting to blatant knowledge of where other players are, thousands of Warzone accounts are effectively ruining the game for others. Exploiting the Stim Glitch for the sixth time is taking advantage of a dev error, but blatantly breaking the game yourself to secure an easy win is a whole different kettle of fish.

Raven Software is continually rolling out large-scale bans to accounts that are found to be guilty of cheating, but just how many have been banned so far?

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Raven Software & Activision banning cheaters

Call of Duty received an Official Statement regarding cheating and hackers on February 2, 2021, and it addressed the state of Warzone going forward. It basically reinforced the devs zero tolerance for cheating, showed how they were going to step up their efforts, and threatened more bans for any wrongdoing.

The problem was addressed more publically via the game’s Twitter page and essentially issued a warning to all players.

At the time of this statement, they had confirmed: “more than 300,000 permabans worldwide since launch.” However, the ban waves seem to be becoming more frequent as the urgency to eradicate these unsportsmanlike practices continues to escalate.

Since the resounding blog post, we’ve had the following confirmed ban waves:

Each wave is usually 15,000-30,000 accounts, and Activision recently issues a statement declaring that so far they have banned a staggering 475,000 accounts since Warzone launched.

We can expect this number to keep growing throughout the year, and we will continue to update that figure as the fight continues.

Does CoD: Warzone have an anti-cheat system?

The Call of Duty team has confirmed that Warzone does indeed have some kind of anti-cheat system in place citing recent: “Enhancements to our internal anti-cheat software.”

There are no details to understand the full extent of how the system works, but it’s obvious that it’s not foolproof given that Raven Software is manually delivering ban waves.

However, Warzone is becoming an absolute force, and to become fully competitive, you’d imagine that greater restrictions and improvements will happen in the future.

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