By Nicholas Poe
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Warzone, the new Battle Royale game type for Call of Duty Modern Warfare, has recently taken the world by storm. Since it is free to play, and a lot of fun, chances are you have friends who love it or you play it yourself. But not all of us have the time to become one of the best Warzone players in the world and even fewer of us are funny when we play.
That’s where streamers come in. Besides being incredibly entertaining and a lot of fun to watch, streamers can show you how to do things in the game that you didn’t know were possible. Since a lot of them spend hours upon hours, day after day, playing the same game, they know things about the game that ordinary people don’t. Watching them, aside from being fun, can help improve your game as well.
Here are the 10 streamers currently playing Warzone that you should check out and learn from.
Tyler Niknam, better known as TrainwrecksTV on Twitch, has over 500,000 followers and 21 million total views. Tyler has been streaming since 2015, but his stream really started to pick up in late 2017. These days Trainwrecks can be seen streaming quite a few Warzone tournaments and occasionally watching an episode of SouthPark with his fans. He is quite a skilled Warzone player and shows it with his gameplay.
Trainwrecks uses a Rival 300 mouse, a professional grade piece of equipment from SteelSeries, one of the top keyboards Razer has to offer with the BlackWidow Ultimate, and an AKG Pro C214 condenser mic for clear audio. His gear is the sign of a streamer dedicated to high-quality game play and a fantastic user experience.
Anyone who has spent time watching Fortnite on Twitch has probably at least heard of Cloakzy. Dennis Lepore, from Austin, Tx, started streaming in 2015, but really only raised to prominence when he started posting Fortnite clips on Twitter. These gained him a following, introduced him to some of the biggest streamers, like Ninja and TimtheTatman, which led to him building his own fanbase. Now, with over 1.8 million followers and 26.9 million channel views, Cloakzy is a big streamer in his own right. He still plays Fortnite, but he will often switch over to Warzone for a few rounds. A Battle Royale expert, take notes while you watch his gameplay.
To use the same set up as Cloakzy, you will need the ASUS VG248QE 24-Inch gaming monitor, Arctis Pro headset from SteelSeries, an Ultralight 2 Gaming Mouse from FinalMouse, and a Shure SM7B microphone.
A perennial favorite on Twitch who has recently made the jump to Mixer, Shroud is just as good at Warzone as he is at almost every game he touches. Inspired by Summit1g, Shroud started streaming his gameplay in 2012 and was soon approached by Cloud9 to become a professional Counter Strike player. After a several years at the top of CS:GO, Shroud retired from competing to focus on his streaming career full time. That decision paid off and Shroud now has a dedicated following that loves supporting his stream.
Shroud uses the Acer Predator XB272 monitor, Logitech G Pro wireless mouse, the HyperX Alloy FPS RGB mechanical keyboard, the Cloud Flight wireless headset, also from HyperX, and a desk chair from Herman Miller.
You must have been living under a rock if you have not heard of gaming superstar Tyler Blevins, better known as Ninja. Love him or hate him, during the craze of Fortnite, Ninja did more than any other gamer to propel gaming and streaming into the national spotlight. Starting as a professional Halo player, Ninja has streamed many games, including PUBG, Destiny, H1Z1, and now Warzone during his extra-long streaming career. Before switching to Mixer full time, Ninja held the record for the most subscribers on Twitch.
It’s no surprise, given his success, that many of Ninja’s fans want to mimic his set up. Tyler uses the 25-inch gaming monitor from Alienware, a CORSAIR K70 RGB MK.2 SE Rapidfire keyboard, the Air58 mouse, cherry red to be specific, the beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO studio quality headphones, and a custom designed chair from Maxnomic gaming.
A long-time favorite on Twitch, TimtheTatMan is currently one of the top streamers on the platform. He regularly plays Warzone with CourageJD, Nadeshot, Dr. Lupo, Ninja, and others. Viewers tune in for his hilarious and entertaining personality as well as his gameplay prowess. Hailing from New York, Tim started his Twitch channel in 2013 after being inspired by Sodapoppin and a few other streaming pioneers. He is dedicated to chat interaction, which makes him a favorite on the platform. Lately, Tim has been loving Warzone and playing it constantly, interspersed with some World of Warcraft and Overwatch.
Perhaps no character on Twitch looms larger than Dr. Disrespect. The Doc has taken the platform by storm with his eccentric actions and persona. Known more for the entertainment and hijinks he offers than his incredible gameplay, the doc does have some serious gaming chops as well. The Dr. Disrespect character was started by Guy Beahm when he left his full-time job at Sledgehammer games, at the encouragement of his wife, to focus on streaming, his passion. A frequent Battle Royale player, Dr. Disrespect recently turned his sunglasses on Warzone and has become one of the best streamers for the game.
In order to play and stream like the Doc, you’ll need some seriously high-powered gear. Dr. Disrespect uses the ASUS ROG Swift PG258Q monitor, which was our top pick for top 10 best monitors to use for Call of Duty: Warzone! The two times remaining choice of gear is the famous and popular DeathAdder Elite mouse from Razer, the BlackWidow TE Chroma keyboard from Razer, Turtle Beach Elite Pro headphones, and a DXRacer gaming chair.
There are few figures in Call of Duty, if not all of gaming, more important or as innovative as Nadeshot. With a 6 year career on one of the top Call of Duty organizations ever, Optic Gaming, Nadeshot left in 2015 to become a full time content creator. Since then, he has worn many hats: streamer, Youtuber, and now gaming organization owner. In 2015, Nadeshot started 100 Thieves, his own competitive gaming team that now competes in Call of Duty, CS:GO, and League of Legends tournaments. Nadeshot now takes all of his extensive Call of Duty knowledge and talent, as well as his entertaining approach to streaming, into Warzone. His streams are a must-watch for any Call of Duty fan.
To play like Nadeshot, you need to get comfortable with Razer products (which isn’t really a challenge to do). For a mouse, Nadeshot uses the Basilisk from Razer. He also uses a BlackWidow Chroma keyboard from Razer. Nadeshots headset of choice is the Astro A40, which made our list of top 10 best gaming headsets for Call of Duty: Warzone! Like others on the list, he uses a Herman Miller Aeron chair. His monitor is a BenQ ZOWIE XL2540
Jaryd Lazar, better known as Summit1g, is a legendary streamer and gamer. Summit, a retired CS:GO pro, has been streaming since 2012. In that time, he has played many, many games, most notably CS:GO, H1Z1, PUBG, and Sea of Thieves. Now, he has joined the pack and streams Warzone regularly. There is a reason that Summit is constantly one of the top streamers on Twitch, where he regularly pulls over 20,000 viewers per stream, and has inspired many of the streamers to come after him. His down to Earth attitude paired with his skill as a gamer is an easy sell. His streams are approachable for new viewers and he’ll definitely be able to teach you things in Warzone.
As a storied and long-time streamer, Summit has his gear figured out and it might be wise to follow his example. Summit uses the UltraLight 2 from FinalMouse, a 24 inch ASUS VG248QE monitor, an Audio Technica ATH-AD900X headset, and, since he is sponsored by Corsair, a K70 RGB MK.2 RAPIDFIRE keyboard from Corsair.
Tyler “Teepee” Polchow might be a somewhat unfamiliar name to the larger gaming community, but anyone who follows Call of Duty will know who he is. Teepee is one of the players with the most online/LAN professional Call of Duty wins. He has been around the Call of Duty pro scene for a long time, though he mainly focuses on casting and coaching now. With his popular Twitch channel, he has started bringing his Call of Duty expertise to Warzone matches. It’s safe to say, it’d be hard to find better gameplay than Teepee’s.
As a top Call of Duty player, TeePee’s setup is built on performance. He plays on a Playstation 4 Pro hooked up to a BenQ XL2546 24.5 inch monitor. When he plays PC, he, like so many others, uses the DeathAdder Elite mouse and the BlackWidow X Chroma keyboard, both from Razer. He uses the Turtle Beach Elite Pro headset
It might be hard to find a streamer that combines entertaining with skilled gameplay more than NickMercs. Nick Kolcheff got his start playing Gears of War competitively. From there, he started playing Halo and Call of Duty professionally. It was through his CoD gameplay that he started streaming and building a reputation. He started streaming in 2014 and was relatively popular with his Call of Duty Black Ops gameplay, but streaming Fortnite really elevated him and caused his popularity to skyrocket. Now a member of FaZe Clan, Nick has returned to Call of Duty and brings his amazing talent as a streamer and entertainer to the Warzone battlefield.
Nick uses the 25-inch AW2518H monitor from Alienware and the legendary A40 TR headset from Astro Gaming. Until recently, Nick stuck to his roots and played his games with a Scuf controller. The Scuf Vantage 2 controller is suitable for any type of player, with fathers day coming up it would make the perfect gift for your gamer dad!
The best streamers are those that can combine entertainment, chat interaction, and skilled gameplay. Everyone on this list offers those three things, some in different quantities in others. If you want to learn from some of the best players, copy their moves, and improve your own gameplay, plenty on this list would be perfect to watch. If you want to sit back and enjoy watching someone play an excellent game, these streamers offer that as well.
Really, streaming and watching streams is all about community. The truly unique chat feature offers a conversation between the viewers and the streamers. Utilize that and find a community that you feel comfortable in and supported by. That is where you’ll truly experience the joys of streaming. Any of these in the top ten are a great place to start.
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