NICKMERCS says OP Warzone weapons are good, disagrees with fans

Olivia Richman • June 26, 08:39

Call of Duty: Warzone fans have recently called for Season 4’s Nail Gun to be nerfed. Many called it a “troll weapon” that doesn’t belong in a battle royale due to how aggressive it makes fighting and flanking. But streamer Nick “NICKMERCS” Kolcheff actually thinks that overpowered weapons are a good thing for the popular game. 

The biggest complain that Warzone players have is the weapon balance. There have been so many powerful weapons in the game that completely dominate and shape the meta. One of the most recent weapons to frustrate players was the MG 82, released at the start of Season 4. Raven Software swiftly nerfed the weapon after seeing how quickly it decimated other teams. 

Before the LMG was nerfed, NICKMERCS called it the “most OP gun in the game.” But unlike others with the same opinion, NICKMERCS was fine with it. When a fan asked if NICKMERCS wanted Raven to nerf the weapon, the popular streamer wasn’t too sure. 

“Well, I think it’s actually good and healthy for them to add OP guns. I’m not upset with that at all,” NICKMERCS said. “I just think that after a week of this shit, a week and a half… That’s when they need to make an adjustment. Not like after a month.” 

While NICKMERCS felt that OP weapons should definitely be nerfed if they continue to dominate the game for weeks at a time, he couldn’t help but admit that he liked when developers added OP things to “spice the game up a little bit.” Without this kind of change, the FaZe Clan streamer said that the game can get a little boring. Even just a few days with an OP weapon around can add a bit of excitement to the game, according to NICKMERCS. 

What happened to the MG 82 in Warzone? 

After the Warzone community continued to voice concern with the MG 82, Raven decided to take action. The MG 82 was released with the “fastest firing rate” of all the LMGs in the game, making it a popular pick with streamers and competitive players. They quickly noticed that it also had a nonexistent recoil and was successful at wiping out opponents at a very far distance. 

MG 82

A couple days after Season 4 was released, developers decided to nerf the OP weapon. In a June 22 update, some major changes were made to the MG 82: 

  • Maximum Damage decreased from 30 to 29
  • Minimum Damage decreased from 28 to 27
  • Maximum Damage range decreased by 20%
  • Headshot multiplier decreased from 1.3 to 1.2
  • Upper Chest multiplier decreased from 1.1 to 1
  • Extremities multiplier decreased from 1 to .9
  • Vertical and Horizontal Recoil increased

Fans of the weapon shouldn’t fear. Raven said that the “damage per magazine and rate of fire is still top tier.” MG 82 will remain viable despite the seemingly large nerfs. 

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