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Why Apex Legends is a Better Battle Royale Than Warzone, According to NICKMERCS

Nick "NICKMERCS" Kolcheff has spoken up about why he believes Apex Legends is the better Battle Royale over Call of Duty: Warzone.
Nick "NICKMERCS" Kolcheff has spoken up about why he believes Apex Legends is the better Battle Royale over Call of Duty: Warzone. / Photo courtesy of Respawn Entertainment

Nick "NICKMERCS" Kolcheff has spoken up about why he believes Apex Legends is the better Battle Royale over Call of Duty: Warzone.

It wasn't long ago when NICKMERCS was known as one of the most popular content creators for Activision's military shooter franchise spin-off, Call of Duty: Warzone. Somewhere along the way, however, amidst the bugs, prevalence of cheating, and supposed indifference of the developers, he abandoned Warzone for Respawn Entertainment's competing battle royale, Apex Legends.

Since then, NICKMERCS certainly hasn't kept his favoritism between the two a secret. Despite occasionally returning to COD, the creator remained fairly public about his love for Apex over Warzone ⁠— which he has now summed up in a new video on his YouTube channel.

NICKMERCS Explains Why Apex Legends is Better than Warzone

NICKMERCS doesn't verbally explain his reasoning until about halfway through the video at around nine minutes. According to him, what got him interested in Apex, in the beginning, was its ranked mode. He explains that the visual representation of his improvement ⁠— being able to grind and see those ranks go up ⁠— was a major driving factor for him.

"You could like see yourself progress and get better. A lot of other games that we play don't have that," he said, naming a few competitors such as Fortnite and, of course, Warzone, "There’s a real ranked mode. Yeah, it does have its flaws, for sure, but you can still progress, get better, and grind and have fun with that."

In this way, Apex provides a metric for players to measure their perceived skill in the game against how the game actually sees them on the battlefield. Ranked, itself, also has several sub-categories such as the Challenger League ⁠— providing additional tiers to climb for NICKMERCS.

"It's really cool that. You keep climbing," he said, "It just keeps going. The bar keeps moving higher and higher which is fun for a guy like me. You all know how competitive I am. I like to find things to grind ⁠— and the more you grind this game the more you learn how complicated it is."

Apex' layers was another aspect he pointed out before returning to his match, seeming to be perfectly content running through squads as Valkyrie.