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How the CoD: Warzone meta changed over its first year

Warzone has reached its one-year anniversary, so we’re taking a look back at the weapon metas that have come and gone.

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Many weapons have come and gone from Warzone’s meta over the course of its first year, so we’re taking a look at how the meta shifted over Year 1 of Call of Duty’s battle royale.

Warzone has reached its first year anniversary, and the meta has shifted several times over the course of the year. Warzone veterans will remember the beaming potential of the Grau 5.56, and it’s unlikely anyone will forget how powerful the DMR 14 was in Cold War Season 1.

We’re taking a look at how the weapon meta shifted over Warzone’s first year.

Biggest Warzone meta changes in Year 1

Thanks to a chart created by website WZRanked.com, we can see how the meta has shifted over Warzone’s first year, and we can see just how popular these weapons were on what dates.

The higher the spike, the bigger the inequality between the top weapon and the rest. Where you see the spike in January 2021, this is when the overpowered DMR 14 reigned supreme.

Warzone M4A1 meta

When Warzone was first released in March 2020, it’s of no surprise that the M4A1 was king. Arguably the best Assault Rifle in Modern Warfare’s multiplayer, it seemed the logical choice to drop into Verdansk with. WZRanked’s chart reveals that this meta was extremely balanced, but as the Grau rose in popularity, that soon changed.

Warzone Grau 5.56 meta

Grau Warzone

After content creators discovered how powerful and accurate the Grau 5.56 was, it quickly dominated Warzone’s meta. Whether at long-range with a VLK 3.0x Optic, or using the versatility of its clean iron sights, the Grau 5.56 was the top choice all the way from May until its nerf in July.

When the Grau was the most popular, this was one of the most unbalanced metas Warzone saw over the course of the whole year.

Warzone MP5 meta

Interestingly, even though many players remember the Bruen Mk9 replacing the Grau 5.56 after its nerf in July, it was actually Modern Warfare’s MP5 that became the go-to weapon. The Bruen came in at 2nd place for a while in August, but no matter the primary weapon, the MP5 was the most popular choice.

Warzone Kilo 141 meta

Kilo 141 Warzone

Somewhat undervalued until its discovery in Season 5, the Kilo 141 quickly became the weapon of choice for players of all skill levels. With impressive damage and almost no recoil, there was no better primary weapon than the Kilo 141.

Although the Kilo was the most popular gun during that time, WZRanked’s data reveals that this was one of the most balanced metas in Warzone Year 1.

Warzone DMR 14 meta

Warzone DMR 14

When Black Ops Cold War integrated with Warzone in December, players expected a meta change – and they were right. The DMR came crashing into the game, rendering every other weapon useless. With minimal recoil and an insanely fast time-to-kill, almost a quarter of players were using it in January.

It took two nerfs to take down this beast, but on January 13, it was finally tamed.

Warzone MAC-10 meta

After a long, DMR-filled month, the MAC-10 became the top dog. No matter how you built the MAC-10, it had almost no recoil and shredded through enemies’ armor, even at range.

Similar to the MP5, the MAC-10 was popular because it was a great choice no matter your primary weapon.

Kar98k / FFAR 1 meta

Warzone FFAR 1

With Warzone Season 2 well underway, the Kar98k and FFAR 1 have become the most popular weapons. The Kar98k is by far the easiest sniper to use, and the FFAR 1 is unstoppable at close-range. Although, the AUG’s popularity has spiked significantly since its bullet velocity buff at the beginning of Season 2. It’s possible we’ll have a new meta on our hands with this weapon.



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Best Cold War AK-47 loadout for Warzone Pacific Season 4

Here are the Perks, attachments, and Equipment to create the best Black Ops Cold War AK-47 loadout in Warzone Pacific Season 4.

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Warzone Pacific Cold War AK-47 loadout

The Cold War AK-47 is one of Warzone’s most reliable Assault Rifles, and here are the right attachments, Perks, and Equipment for the best Cold War AK-47 loadout in Warzone Pacific Season 4.

Assault Rifles are a staple of the Call of Duty series, and while the Warzone Pacific Season 3 meta was dominated by weapons like STG44, the Season 4 update has brought other long-range weapons into the spotlight.

One of these is the Cold War AK-47 which Call of Duty expert JGOD believes is one of the best Assault Rifles that you can use. You can make it even deadlier with the right attachments, Perks, and Equipment.

Here’s the best Cold War AK-47 loadout in Warzone Pacific Season 4.

Best Warzone Cold War AK-47 loadout attachments

Best Cold War Ak-47 loadout attachments
  • Muzzle: GRU Suppressor
  • Barrel: 20” Spetsnaz RPK Barrel
  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Ammunition: 45 Rnd

Our Cold War AK-47 loadout for Warzone Pacific starts off by improving the weapon’s damage range, vertical recoil control, and bullet velocity with the GRU Suppressor and 20” Spetsnaz RPK Barrel.

The Spetsnaz Grip will give a further boost to the Assault Rifle’s recoil control, and you can then take advantage of the improved accuracy by picking off distant enemies with the help of the Axial Arms 3x optic.

Finally, we’ll cap off the loadout with the 45 Rnd magazine to ensure that we have plenty of ammo to take down multiple enemies. With these attachments, the Cold War AK-47 will be a powerhouse weapon.

Best Perks and Equipment to use with Warzone Cold War AK-47 class

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  • Perk 1: E.O.D
  • Perk 2: Overkill
  • Perk 3: Amped
  • Lethal: Semtex
  • Tactical: Stim

We recommend equipping E.O.D as your first Perk to make you more resistant to explosive damage from grenades and thermites. You can select Overkill to pair the weapon with a close-range option like the Marco 5 SMG.

The Amped Perk will allow you to swap between your two weapons instantly. In terms of Equipment, the Semtex is a great choice for your lethal as you can use it to dish out additional damage while the Stim will give you a health and speed boost.

How to unlock the Cold War AK-47 in Warzone

Warzone Cold War AK-47 being reloaded

To unlock this AK-47 for Warzone use, you’ll need to reach Level 7 in either Warzone or Black Ops Cold War, which can be done in no time at all.

Just hop into a few games and start grinding out your skillset until you get your hands on this powerful Assault Rifle.

Best alternatives to Cold War’s AK-47 in Warzone

If you’re looking for a great alternative to the Cold War AK-47, then you should try out the best Cooper Carbine Warzone loadout which is extremely easy to handle during medium and long-range gunfights.

Weapons like the KG M40 and AS44 have also risen in the meta following the NZ-41 nerfs, so be sure to try those out during medium-range combat situations as well.


For more Warzone, you can also take a look at our piece on the one-shot Crossbow loadout that could dominate Season 4 as well as why players are begging Raven Software to change the best part of the game.

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JGOD reveals Warzone’s best long-range weapons after Season 4 update

Warzone specialist JGOD has revealed his best long-range weapon picks following the Season 4 update that affected the meta.

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Call of Duty expert and Warzone extraordinaire JGOD has analyzed the many long-range weapon options and revealed the best guns to use following the Season 4 update.

Warzone devs are constantly working on balancing the battle royale’s pool of weapons through updates. Seasonal updates usually provide a ton of buffs and nerfs, which tends to leave the meta in an awkward state as players rush to adapt to the changes.

With Season 3’s dominant STG44 firmly out of the picture, new long-range options have emerged in Season 4. Luckily, Warzone expert JGOD is around to break down which weapons are viable in Season 4 following buffs and nerfs.

Best XM4 loadout for Warzone Pacific

In JGOD‘s video highlighting the top long-range Warzone weapons after the Season 4 update, he breaks down the current state of the meta.

The stats expert clearly separates long-range options into three categories: meta, top tier viable, and viable. For the sake of breaking down the best long-range weapons, JGOD sticks to revealing the weapons he believes fit the meta and top tier viable categories.

He uses these categories to explain how the meta has changed since the Season 4 update. Prior to the update, the gap between the top meta weapons and top tier viable weapons was much larger.

Now, players can find a ton of success using top tier viable weapons: “You can use other things besides the absolute meta and not be hardcore penalized.”

According to JGOD, the NZ-41 is still the best long-range weapon in the game despite recent nerfs.

However, the expert predicts that another NZ-41 nerf should arrive soon enough, which will result in the long-range weapon meta becoming incredibly varied: “The nerf will come through again for the NZ and that will push it out and all these weapons that are top tier viable will essentially be the meta.”

Following the NZ-41, JGOD picks the BAR as the next best long-range weapon. Despite its slow fire rate, the BAR is one of the best long-range weapons in Warzone thanks to how easy it is to utilize.

Warzone Pacific Cold War AK-47 loadout

The majority of JGOD’s video is spent highlighting top tier viable weapons that are set to benefit from an upcoming NZ-41 nerf: “You’re going to be able to use almost anything you want as soon as this next NZ nerf comes in.”

Aside from the NZ-41 and BAR, here’s the list of long-range weapons that players should use to maximize Warzone success:

If JGOD’s prediction is correct, it seems like the meta is heading in a very interesting direction throughout Season 4. Warzone players can expect to choose from a ton of viable options thanks to a level playing field.


For more Call of Duty news, check out how this one-shot Crossbow loadout is set to disrupt Warzone’s meta after a Season 4 buff.

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One-shot Crossbow loadout to disrupt Warzone meta after Season 4 buff

After receiving a buff with the Season 4 update, the Crossbow could shake up the Warzone meta with a one-shot kill loadout.

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Warzone’s Crossbow has always been a tricky weapon to master, but a Season 4 buff has made it a dominant force capable of one-shot killing players with ease.

Modern Warfare’s Crossbow Marksman Rifle has been around since the inception of Warzone. The Crossbow is a unique weapon that has a steep learning curve, but even if players mastered the weapon, it never truly dominated Warzone lobbies.

All that is set to change in Season 4 after a major buff has upped the Crossbow’s bullet velocity by a whopping 27.2%. As a result, several Warzone players are now singing the praises of the unconventional weapon and tip it to shake up the meta.

Crossbow Modern Warfare weapon

Reddit user theGivvyOfficial posted a clip of their gameplay using the Crossbow to the Warzone subreddit. The montage is proof that with the right Crossbow loadout, the weapon can one-shot kill players from considerable distances.

The comments and discussion reveal that the title of the post is somewhat sarcastic, but there’s no denying that the Crossbow can be devastating in the right hands.

While it won’t necessarily be the number one meta weapon in Season 4, it has the potential to outperform some of the best medium-range options if players are looking to test out a different style of play.

Warzone Crossbow loadout attachments

  • Cable: 28-Strand Cable
  • Bolt: FTAC Fury 20″ Bolts
  • Optic: VLK 3.0x Optic
  • Perk: Sleight of Hand
  • Arms: XRK Thunder 200 Lb

This Crossbow loadout will thrive in the hands of accurate players. Thanks to the FTAC Fury 20″ Bolts that deal damage even after they hit their mark, the Crossbow produces one-shot kills consistently.

Of course, there’s no denying the weapon’s major weakness, and players were quick to point that out in the comments: “Yeah it’s s**** in close quarters combat. It’s decent for medium range engagements like you see in this clip, It also has a steep learning curve.”

If you miss your shot from a short distance, the weapon’s brutally slow reload can put you in an unfavorable position. However, if you learn to master the weapon and hit a high percentage of your shots, the sky is the limit for the Crossbow in Season 4.


For more Call of Duty content, check out how cheaters are infesting Warzone again with players claiming providers are back with free hacks.

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