In his latest YouTube video, top Warzone player NICKMERCS has explained why he doesn’t compete in tournaments anymore citing “hacks” and “scumbags” as big deterrers.
Warzone’s popularity seems to be neverending with Call of Duty’s Battle Royale game earning numerous plaudits and maintaining high numbers across Twitch, Steam, and various other mediums.
But even casual Warzone players know that the game is frequently hindered by a myriad of game-breaking glitches and detrimental bugs. NICKMERCS has said that these issues are a big problem for the competitive CoD scene.
NICKMERCS doesn’t do competitive Warzone
Getting straight to business, NICKMERCS’ newest video begins with a big quote saying “we’re talking about a glitch in Warzone that if everybody knew about, it would probably break the game.”
Not only that, but it seems like some parts of the CoD community have suggested that even NICKMERCS benefits from this glitch. Very quickly you start to get an idea of why he doesn’t play competitive tournaments anymore.
There’s already huge pressure on some of the renowned Call of Duty personalities to deliver stellar content and be entertaining, but when they’re being falsely accused of cheating, it can become difficult.
He directly addresses his accusers by saying “thanks for the compliment” and that he’s not like that. He goes on to say that it’s “a big reason as to why I stopped playing these competitive tournaments.”
The lobby glitch that he discusses basically allows players to manipulate the game’s settings by messing around with their internet routers to make the game think you’re somewhere else etc. All this is to grant players an easier lobby against less-skilled players. The issue is quite widespread with NICKMERCS saying that the exploit has been sent over to Activision.
But it’s not just that that bothers him, he goes on to mention the “hacks, wall hacks, aim hacks, you name it.” It’s no surprise that these would bother him as you would expect to enter a tournament and not be seen through an invisible wall.
NICKMERCS laughed whilst saying “the Call of Duty community is a lot of things, but there really is some scumbags in this place.”
You have to believe that until Warzone can go through a sustained period of certainty with no major glitches and bugs ruining the experience, then NICKMERCS will continue to avoid big tournaments.
Image credits: Activision, NICKMERCS
Bizarre Warzone glitch plays constant music around Verdansk
An unusual Warzone bug allowed one player to keep the stream of beats flowing through their ears thanks to an odd glitch.
Music is usually reserved for Warzone’s vehicles to make the journey a bit more pleasant. However, a new glitch is allowing players to extend their listening to on-foot gameplay with one player enjoying the sounds of Bangarang longer than normal.
It’s fun to ride a vehicle around a war-torn battlefield with death looming around every corner. Travel is a momentary distraction that can also get the blood-pumping thanks to Warzone’s licensed anthems.
You traditionally get to enjoy some awesome tunes whilst you’re riding in the vehicle. Yet one player’s experience turned into an on-foot concert as well.
Warzone glitch plays music on-foot
The insinuation is that our Call of Duty player has recently gotten out of a vehicle and the game decided to carry on the Bangarang track a bit longer than normal.
Reddit user ThePartsGuy is blissfully running through the map with his MAC-10 and teammates when Skrillex decides to join them on their journey.
He and his teammates have a good laugh about the situation as the act of hearing enemy gunfire and footsteps is nigh on impossible due to Bangarang continuing to play throughout their headsets.
They continue to investigate the map and vibe, and it seems that the music goes away after the song finishes.
But soon after its completion, another one of the game’s licensed tracks begins to slowly start-up and they prepare for another few minutes of distractions.
According to other users in the thread, the music glitch is a random occurrence that needs to be stopped manually.
You can either:
- “You just got to get into another car and turn off music manually to fix it though.”
- “Found out it was a easy fix within the audio settings under the “War Tracks” section just had to disable it and turn down the volume.”
So if this does happen to you, then at least there are some easy fixes for you to employ.
Image credits: Activision Blizzard
How to get Call of Duty League Stage 1 rewards
Call of Duty League Stage 1 kicks off on February 11, and by watching you can get in-game rewards such as calling cards and double XP.
Call of Duty League 2021 kicks off on February 11 and offers viewers a ton of free in-game items to earn, so here’s how to unlock the CDL Stage 1 viewership rewards.
Following the CDL Kickoff Classic, the Call of Duty League will officially kick off on February 11 with the Opening Weekend hosted by Atlanta FaZe.
With Dallas Empire looking to defend their title, the return of H3CZ’s OpTic, and newcomers LA Thieves looking to prove themselves, it’s shaping up to be a great year for competitive Call of Duty fans.
While watching the narratives of the year unfold, you can also earn free in-game rewards such as calling cards and double XP just for watching. Here’s how to get the CDL Stage 1 rewards.
How to earn CDL Stage 1 rewards
To earn the free in-game rewards for the CDL launch weekend, you must have an Activision account. If you don’t have one already, you can create one on Activision.com by heading to ‘register’ in the right-hand corner.
Link CoD account to YouTube
Rewards are earned by watching CDL Stage 1 through a YouTube account linked to Call of Duty.
To link your account on PC and mobile:
- Open YouTube.com or the YouTube app
- Select your profile photo and hit ‘settings’
- Click on ‘Connected Apps’
- Locate ‘Activision’ and hit ‘connect’
- Sign in to your Activision account
While signed in with your linked YouTube account, watch CDL matches on YouTube, CallofDutyLeague.com, or the COD companion app to earn the rewards.
Account linking begins on Wednesday, January 27, so make sure to link accounts between then and February 11.
CDL Stage 1 in-game rewards
For watching at least 60 minutes of the CDL opening weekend on February 11-14, you will earn the ‘cash stack’ weapon charm to hang on your weapons in multiplayer and battle royale.
And as you watch matches throughout Stage 1, you’ll earn Double XP and Double Weapon XP tokens to redeem for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.
- Read more: Warzone to join Call of Duty League
For watching at least three hours of the Stage 1 Major in the first week of March, you can earn three competitive CoD themed calling cards and an emblem. With these, you can channel your inner Cellium by rocking the ‘Snaked’ calling card and taunt your opponents with the ‘salty’ emblem.
With League Play confirmed to be arriving in Black Ops Cold War in the coming weeks, the calling cards and emblem will be perfect additions to complement your grind.
Image Credit: Activision
Warzone players call for changes to unfair Nuketown Gulag
Some CoD players are calling for changes to Warzone Season 1’s Gulag as it unfairly punishes one player in each instance of a Nuketown 1v1.
Warzone’s new Nuketown-inspired Gulag has come in for criticism as of late. Players are saying that one side of the CoD map heavily favors one player, making it unfair for their rival.
There have been a plethora of changes to Warzone since it integrated into Black Ops Cold War. The Season 1 launch has seen the game receive a whole new map in Rebirth Island, there’s been the slew of new guns brought over from BOCW, and there have been gameplay changes.
But not everything has been a smash-hit for the season. There have been complaints about the DMR, the return of the stim glitch, and even “pay-to-win” skins. Further still, a new change has seen the traditional Shower-based Gulag replaced by a variation of Nuketown.
Most instances of Nuketown are usually welcomed. In this case, the addition has been lamented due to the fact that it’s changed the dynamics of the Gulag and made it unfair for one of the players.
Warzone Season 1 Nuketown Gulag unfair
The original Gulag became etched in internet infamy, generating endless memes and challenging players to “1v1 in the Gulag”. It was a tough proving ground that allowed one player to win a duel, earn their stripes, and gain the opportunity to re-enter the Warzone.
One of the Gulag’s best qualities was that it was fair and unprejudiced. The whole arena was symmetrical, and each player had the same layout to contend with. It meant that it all boiled down to pure skill and who could keep their cool the best.
The new Nuketown Gulag doesn’t quite offer the same challenge, and it actually incorporates an element of luck into proceedings.
Players are complaining that one side of Nuketown has certain obstacles to exploit that the other player doesn’t have. These are sentiments from the Warzone subreddit with multiple players all unifying to show their displeasure with the game’s newest Gulag.
“The title says it all. 40% of my gulag deaths are from my enemy camping behind the car ruins. That’s not what the gulag was originally designed to do. This needs a change.”
The general consensus is that players would like to see the old Gulag restored so that there isn’t a feeling of being unfairly treated.
Given how popular and iconic the original Gulag was, it could easily be welcomed back in Season 2 to bring about a new wealth of memes.
Image credits: Activision Blizzard
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