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Warzone devs confirm nerf for DMR, pistols, and more incoming

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Raven Software has announced that the long awaited patch update for weapons is Warzone is coming up soon.

The studio announced on January 5 that they’ve heard our concerns about the weapons, including the DMR, dual pistols, Max 10, and Type 63 in Warzone.

There’s no information on what the updates will be and how the weapons will change yet.

The studio also confirmed that they’re following with Treyarch’s steps and moving Warzone’s playlist updates to happen on Thursday.

This week’s playlist update for Jan 7 will bring back the Resurgence Trios mode for Rebirth Island.

Stay tuned for the latest on these changes.

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Warzone to join Call of Duty League confirms Activision Blizzard

Activision Blizzard’s Head of Leagues confirmed that competitive Warzone will be coming to the Call of Duty League.

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Activision Blizzard’s Johanna Faries has revealed there are plans to add Warzone to the Call of Duty League.

Call of Duty’s battle royale has been an instant hit since its launch in early 2020, so it’s no surprise that an esports scene has blossomed from the popularity. Unlike the official Call of Duty League, these events have been hosted by third parties, and often take the form of kill-races.

In these events, teams competing don’t actually battle each other on the same map. Instead, two duos drop into a quads game, and whichever team gets the most kills wins, or the top five matches over a three hour period count towards a final score.

It’s highly entertaining to watch, but the competitive integrity of these tournaments has been questioned. With players apparently abusing the skill-based matchmaking algorithm, as well as the possibility of cheaters and stream-snipers being in the lobby, they can never be absolutely fair.

With the success of these third-party tournaments, it seems that Activison have serious plans to bring these events under the Call of Duty League banner, according to an interview with the company’s Head of Leagues Johanna Faries from ScreenRant.

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Warzone coming to Call of Duty League

In the interview, Faries said: “There are [plans to bring Warzone to Call of Duty League], and we’re excited to announce those plans in the coming weeks and months. We’ve been closely monitoring the introduction and the wild popularity of Warzone since last spring.”

She continued: “We did bring in Warzone-related content with our pros last season, but we’ve taken the off-season to think bigger about what a more structured investment could look like. There are really exciting things to come as early as this season.”

Here, Fairies refers to the CDL Warzone Weekends which took place during the 2020 season. CDL pros and coaches all fought each other in Verdansk to find out who the best battle royale players are.

CDL teams have hosted Warzone kill race tournaments in the past, but it’s clear that Activision wants to vastly expand how competitive CoD battle royale is run.

players fighting in Warzone's gulag

We’re not sure what these official tournaments will look like, but it’s very likely that they will have a system similar to Fortnite or Apex Legends, where all competitors must fight each other. And who doesn’t want to see the world’s best players 1v1 in the Gulag?

After joining the CDL as the LA Thieves, Nadeshot’s 100 Thieves are already gearing themselves towards this, adding CoD veterans Tommey and Rated to their competitive Warzone team.

With Activision now officially taking an interest in battle royale tournaments, we can hope that they will further address the number of cheaters that plague both casual and competitive Warzone.

And with Black Ops Cold War getting League Play during Season 1, perhaps a ranked Warzone mode will be coming along with this announcement.

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Best Black Ops Cold War League Play loadouts

Here’s the best League Play loadouts for use in Black Ops Cold War, supplied by professional Call of Duty players.

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With the release of League Play for Black Ops Cold War on the horizon, we thought we’d give some of the best loadouts to use in the upcoming mode.

League Play is the ultimate way to play like the pros in Call of Duty without needing a full squad of friends to team up with on websites such as Gamebattles. The mode gives the most up-to-date competitive rulesets, with various bans on weapons and perks deemed by the competitive community as unfair or overpowered.

In order to get you ready for the mode, which should be releasing in the coming weeks, we thought we’d supply you with some weapon loadouts used by the professional players themselves. For this list, we’ll be using a mix of loadouts from professional players Scump and Simp, from OpTic Chicago and Atlanta FaZe, respectively.

KRIG 6 Loadout

  • Optic: Millstop Reflex
  • Barrel: 19.7′ Ranger Barrel
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Grip: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: Raider Stock

The Krig-6 is a great choice for any player looking to lock down spawns or hold an objective. We decided to use Simp’s loadout for the Krig, due to the versatility of the loadout combined with the great strafe speed and barrel choice.

AK74u Loadout

  • Muzzle: Spetsnaz Compensator
  • Barrel: 9.3′ Extended
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Speed Grip
  • Handle: GRU Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: Raider Stock

The AK74u is the best SMG in Black Ops Cold War by far. It has superior range, firepower, and handling, which makes it the best weapon to rush into objectives with. We chose Scump’s loadout ffor this, due to his aggressive playstyle.

AK-47 Loadout

  • Optic: Microflex LED
  • Barrel: 20″ Liberator
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Speed Grip
  • Handle: GRU Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: Raider Stock

While the AK-47 is currently banned amongst the players in competitive (GA’d), it will still be allowed in League Play. We chose Scump’s loadout for this one, offering a balance between handling and firepower.

Tundra

  • Muzzle: Stabilizer .308
  • Barrel: 28.2″ Tiger Team
  • Underbarrel: Infiltrator Grip
  • Grip: SASR Jungle Grip
  • Stock: Raider Pad

The Tundra is especially helpful in Search & Destroy, taking down enemies with ease. We went with Simp’s loadout due to the mobility of his loadout. Snipers in Black Ops Cold War are especially deadly, with precision accuracy and quick bolt times.

Hopefully these loadouts help you in League Play!

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NICKMERCS beats personal kill record with this Bruen loadout – Warzone Season 1

Streamer NICKMERCS has beaten his personal Warzone kill record in Season 1, achieving 39 kills while using the Bruen LMG.

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Streamer NICKMERCS has beat his personal kill record in Warzone Season 1 while using the Bruen LMG.

In a live stream on January 19, 2021, NICKMERCS managed to drop 39 kills in a single Warzone game, beating his overall kill record. Partied up with TimTheTatman, SypherPK & Swagg, the squad rained terror on all enemies that came into their path. NICKMERCS’ expert use of his Bruen turned entire squads into dust in mere seconds, securing his kill record.

Darting from squad to squad, his kills started rallying up, starting at 8 off the original drop, raising to 17 during the mid-point of the game, then closing into the 30s during the intense finale of the game. As he approached his kill record, his teammates allowed him to take on more squads solo, slowly raising him to the high 30s.

With one player left, NICKMERCS was left at 38 kills, begging for the final enemy to buy-back a teammate so he could secure a 40 kill game. SypherPK even went as far as to drop the enemy money. Unfortunately, the enemy wouldn’t budge. Eventually, NICKMERCS got the final game-winning kill, securing him his 39-kill personal record.

NICKMERCS Record Bruen Loadout

  • Muzzle – Monolithic Suppressor: Stay off the radar when firing, additional range.
  • Barrel – XRK Summit 26.8″: Decreased mobility, additional bullet velocity, damage range, and recoil control.
  • Laser – Tac Laser: The ultimate tool for weapon control and handling. Extra aim down sight speed, aiming stability and walking steadiness.
  • Optic – Corp Combat Holo Sight: A large, short-range sight. Perfect for picking off enemies at optimal range.
  • Ammunition – 60 Round Mags: These magazines turn the Bruen into more of an Assault Rifle, with quick reload speeds and less weapon weight.

You should give this loadout a shot in Warzone yourself! You can watch NICKMERCS full personal record gameplay on his YouTube channel, here

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