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CoD: Warzone Season 3 hit by secret Cold War Sniper Rifle changes

TrueGameData has discovered that several of Black Ops Cold War’s Sniper Rifles have been hit with secret nerfs in Warzone Season 3.

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After testing out some of CoD: Cold War’s Sniper Rifles in Warzone Season 3, TrueGameData has discovered the startling revelation that they have been secretly nerfed.

Along with map changes and weapon nerfs, Warzone has undergone significant changes in the last few weeks since it ditched the Zombies and started fresh in Season 3.

The battle royale is still completely integrated with Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and weapons such as the LW3 and ZRG 20mm have been popular choices for many players. However, this may not be the case as the discovery of secret nerfs may negatively impact their usability.

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Investigative YouTuber Anthony Zachman, known for TrueGameData, excels at making deep videos discussing the analytical aspects of Call of Duty’s guns.

He tests them out and compares the data to other weapons and against previous states of the gun.

Cold War Pelington 703 nerfed in Warzone Season 3

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The first weapon to be looked at was the Pelington 703, with the bullet velocity of the Sniper Rifle down to 967 from the 1050 region.

It appears as if the 27.2″ Combat Recon barrel has been nerfed with Anthony saying, “The Pelington was in a good spot before, but now it’s kinda pointless, like there’s no reason to use the Pelington over the [Kar98k].”

Cold War LW3 Tundra nerfed in Warzone Season 3

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At one point the LW3 Tundra was an extremely popular choice for Sniper Rifle enthusiasts thanks to its incredible bullet velocity. Anthony says it was around 1250 and was “the fastest in the game with the Combat Recon [barrel]”

But upon closer inspection, using the Wrapped Suppressor and the 29.1″ Combat Recon drops the bullet velocity to a shocking 1130. According to Anthony the LW3 is now “slower than the HDR and the ZRG.”

“I don’t know why they did this, I don’t know if it was on purpose or not, but there’s literally no reason to use the LW3 now.”

Cold War ZRG 20mm unchanged in Warzone Season 3

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Interestingly, despite the same barrel now affecting the LW3, Pelington, and even the M82, Raven Software appears to have left the ZRG alone.

“The ZRG somehow dodged that nerf so with the Combat Recon barrel, even though this is a Cold War gun, you still get the same bullet velocity as before – so it’s the fastest still”, Anthony explained.

At 1230, the ZRG still retains the fastest bullet velocity, making it one of the best weapons to use in Warzone Season 3.

We don’t know why these changes have happened or why they haven’t been properly documented. It’s either a mistake with the barrel and the guns, or Raven wanted to keep it a secret. Either way, the HDR, Kar98k, and ZRG 20mm are now your best bets for success in Warzone Season 3.

If anything changes on the situation or there are any official updates then we’ll be the first to let you know at Charlie INTEL.

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CARV.2 & Ballistic Knife disappear after Cold War Season 4 update

Cold War players have reported that DLC weapons such as the CARV.2 and Ballistic Knife have vanished from the game since the Season 4 update.

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Black Ops Cold War players have reported that several weapons including the CARV.2 Tactical Rifle and Ballistic Knife have disappeared after the Season 4 update.

While the latest season of Cold War and Warzone is yet to officially launch, players can already download the Season 4 update. This includes significant changes to the game’s Assault Rifles, changes to League Play, and the powerful new Hand Cannon Scorestreak.

However, players have reported that previous seasons’ DLC weapons, including the CARV.2 and the Ballistic Knife, are missing from the loadout selection screen.

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Over the course of the previous seasons, several weapons have been added mid-season through challenges, such as the Baseball Bat, R1 Shadowhunter, and the Ballistic Knife.

Since the Season 4 update to Cold War, players are reporting that some these weapons are missing from the weapon selection screen. The Cold War Reddit has been filled with players asking where their favorite weapons have gone since the update.

So far, Cold War players have reported that the CARV.2, Ballistic Knife, and ZRG 20mm are missing, but there could be more. User Youtube_Man_100 showed that the Ballistic Knife is missing from their menu. Although there is no date on the image, it features a comparison to the Baseball Bat, which arrived after the projectile knife.

In the comments to this post, another user said that the ZRG and the CARV.2 are also missing, and other Reddit posts back up this report.

This bug doesn’t seem to be affecting all players though, with some reporting that the Ballistic Knife is still there for them.

Treyarch are yet to acknowledge this frustrating bug, but Senior Treyarch Community Manager Josh “FoxhoundFPS” Torres regularly trawls through the Cold War subreddit, so may provide an update soon.

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Warzone & Cold War Season 4 Ground Fall event: Release date, challenges, rewards

Here’s everything you need to know about Warzone and Cold War Season 4’s Ground Fall event, allowing players to earn various unique rewards.

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With the satellites crash-landing in Verdansk in Season 4, Warzone and Cold War will include the Ground Fall event, offering players various unique cosmetic rewards.

As teased in the Season 4 reveal trailer, satellites have crash-landed in Verdansk ’84. Similar to Adler’s capture kicking off Season 3’s Hunt for Adler event, these satellites’ arrival will kickstart the ‘Ground Fall’ event.

As with all Cold War and Warzone limited time events, there will be a series of challenges to complete, allowing you to earn cosmetic items such as weapon Blueprints, Operator skins, calling cards, and more.

Here’s everything we know about Warzone and Cold War Season 4’s Ground Fall event.

Warzone & Cold War Ground Fall event release date

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Activision have confirmed that the Ground Fall event will kick-off Season 4, so will begin on June 17.

Devs also confirmed that when the new season begins, the Ground Fall event tab will appear on the menus so you can begin completing the challenges and immediately start earning the rewards.

This event is limited time, so you’ll need to complete all of the Black Ops Cold War and Warzone challenges before 10 AM PT on June 24 to earn every reward.

Warzone & Cold War Ground Fall challenges

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Similar to the 80s Action Heroes and Hunt For Adler events, there will be separate challenges for Warzone and Black Ops Cold War.

While the full list of challenges hasn’t been revealed yet, devs have given us a taste of what they’ll entail. They said that Cold War’s will be relating to Season 4’s “new modes, maps, and weaponry,” Warzone’s will pertain to the new POIs, such as finding and securing SAT-Links.

Once the Ground Fall event officially goes live at the start of Season 4, we’ll update this article with every challenge for Warzone and Cold War.

Warzone & Cold War Ground Fall rewards

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As with previous events, there will be a variety of cosmetic items to earn in the Ground Fall event. As you complete both Cold War and Warzone’s challenges, you’ll earn Ground Fall-themed cosmetics, and for completing every challenge, you’ll get an “out of this world” Epic Secondary Weapon Blueprint.

Here’s every Ground Fall reward confirmed so far:

  • Emblems
  • Calling Cards
  • Satellite Weapon Charm
  • XP
  • Epic Secondary Weapon Blueprint

Stay tuned to Charlie INTEL for all of the Season 4 content still to be revealed, such as the Ground Fall event rewards and Warzone patch notes.

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Cold War Season 4 weapon buffs & nerfs: AK-47, XM4, Krig 6

Black Ops Cold War Season 4 sees Treyarch make sweeping balancing changes to a number of Assault Rifles, including the XM4 and AK-47.

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Black Ops Cold War’s Season 4 update is here, and as always, Treyarch have been tinkering with the game’s weapon balance, with buffs and nerfs for a number of guns.

Weapon balancing is a huge part of keeping any game fresh, giving developers the opportunity to tweak the meta to make overpowered weapons more manageable, or to give guns that aren’t being used often a much-needed boost.

The launch of the Season 4 patch gives Treyarch the perfect opportunity to buff and nerf a number of weapons in an attempt to shake things up, and the developers have focused on a single class of guns this time around.

Season 3: Reloaded saw Treyarch work on SMGs, Sniper Rifles, and a number of attachments, but with Season 4, the focus is clearly on Assault Rifles. Here’s a breakdown of the big changes coming with the new patch.

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Assault Rifle changes in Cold War Season 4

Assault Rifles are going to feel very different in Season 4. All seven guns in the class have been adjusted in some manner, mostly focusing on the attachments that players use with them.

Suppressors will definitely become more widespread thanks to Treyarch‘s decision to reduce the range penalties on most ARs, although it has been slightly increased by 2% on the ultra-powerful AK-47. The QBZ-83 and Groza have also had their penalties increased slightly to bring them in line with the class average.

The biggest change comes for the XM4 though, which sees a huge 11% drop in range penalty, making the already strong gun even more useful.

Black Ops Cold War AK-47 loadout

While other weapon classes haven’t been changed in this patch, there is a good chance they will be addressed in future patches, with Treyarch always working on balancing. You can view the full list of changes below.

  • Assault Rifles
    • XM4
      • Reduced range penalty on Suppressor muzzle attachment from 15% to 11%.
      • Reduced range penalty on Agency Suppressor muzzle attachment from 33% to 22%.
    • AK-47
      • Reduced range penalty on Suppressor muzzle attachment from 15% to 13%.
      • Increased range penalty on GRU Suppressor muzzle attachment from 25% to 27%.
    • QBZ-83
      • Increased range penalty on Suppressor muzzle attachment from 15% to 17%.
    • FFAR 1
      • Reduced range penalty on Suppressor muzzle attachment from 15% to 10%.
      • Reduced range penalty on Agency Suppressor muzzle attachment from 33% to 20%.
    • Krig 6
      • Reduced range penalty on Agency Suppressor muzzle attachment from 30% to 25%.
    • Groza
      • Increased range penalty on Suppressor muzzle attachment from 15% to 17%.
    • FARA 83
      • Reduced range penalty on GRU Suppressor muzzle attachment from 33% to 32%.
      • Increased range penalty on Suppressor muzzle attachment from 15% to 20%.

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