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
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
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
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
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.
If you’re looking for a Sniper Rifle that performs well at close range, then you can’t do better than with the Swiss K31. It allows you to take quickscoping into Warzone with its quick ADS speed and bolt time.
Image Credit: Activision / Raven Software
Image Credit: Activision
How to get Warzone Phoenix Inferno blueprint
Warzone players love a good weapon blueprint, especially ones with as much detail as the latest Phoenix Inferno blueprint for the QBZ-83 Assault Rifle.
For those Warzone players who like to acquire detailed, fun weapon blueprints, the latest Phoenix Inferno skin for the QBZ-83 is one of the more unique blueprints to be added to the battle royale. Here’s how to get it.
Warzone Season 4 is full of new updates and cosmetics for players to get their hands on, with new skins dropping every so often.
One of the latest skins has caught quite a buzz due to its great detail, the Warzone Phoenix Inferno, and if you want it, you’re going to have to fork out some CoD points.
Warzone Phoenix Inferno
The Phoenix Inferno blueprint was released as part of the Bundle Tracer Pack: Firestorm Maxis Mastercraft, which contains not only the Phoenix Inferno but also a new Maxis skin, Handgun skin, and various other cosmetics.
The bundle containing the Warzone Phoenix Inferno blueprint costs 2400 CoD points which is a pretty hefty amount, but worth it if you’re looking to spend some leftover money or CoD points, you have lying around.
It remains to be seen how long this bundle will be in the in-game store for Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, so players who would like to add the Warzone Phoenix Inferno blueprint to their collection will likely want to soon before it is taken out in the future.
The Warzone Phoenix Inferno features a Phoenix-themed skin with wings and an orange-looking gem on the round drum magazine also above the trigger.
Players can initiate a very entertaining animation where your character inserts a key into the Warzone Phoenix Inferno weapon and causes a burst of fire to come out of the side in an adrenaline-fueled display.
Mastercraft blueprints have been a very popular cosmetic item for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone players, even though the community has recently been calling for the developers to make a major change to them, so there are sure to be plenty of players rocking this new Warzone Phoenix Inferno blueprint for the QBZ-83 Assault Rifle.
For more Warzone, check out how FaZe Swagg created the classic Modern Warfare 2 ACR in the Call of Duty battle royale, and stay tuned for future news and guides.
Image Credits: Activision / Raven Software / Treyarch Studios
Are Warzone servers down? Current Server Status
Are the Warzone servers down? That is what many players ask when they can not connect to the game, so we have the current server status covered for you.
It is always frustrating when players cannot connect to the servers of Warzone and play when they want to. This often leads to players wondering about the current server status for the battle royale game and whether or not the Warzone servers are down.
Call of Duty: Warzone has become one of the most popular multiplayer games in the world following its release in 2020, as an extremely large amount of players have jumped into its adrenaline-fueled action to acquire impressive kill counts and wins.
With a very large playerbase, it is not surprising when players get frustrated when the Warzone servers go down, and they are not able to connect to the Call of Duty battle royale game. This frustration often leads to players searching for the game’s current server status and seeing if all of the Warzone servers are down or running as they should.
With this in mind, we have gathered everything you need to know to see the current server status of Warzone.
Are Warzone servers down?
According to the official online service status website for the Call of Duty franchise, the servers for the battle royale game are not currently down and are working as intended.
This website keeps a constant update of the online services for the high-profile first-person shooter series. It will be updated and alert community members who visit it whenever there is an issue, such as the Warzone servers being down.
Another resource that players can use to check the current server status of the game is the official Activision Support Twitter account. This Twitter account will post updates regarding current problems with games like Warzone when they arise, such as server outages.
The Activision Support Twitter account will also post updates on the progress on fixing these issues and when they are officially resolved, so keeping an eye on this Twitter account can help you know if any problems are currently happening with the title.
We will continue to update this article with the current server status of Warzone whenever issues arise and are resolved.
Image Credits: Activision
Warzone players call for boycott over Blizzard lawsuit and hacking problems
Due to the Blizzard lawsuit and endless hacking, Warzone, and other Call of Duty players, are calling for a boycott of Store purchases.
Warzone players are encouraging all Call of Duty gamers to boycott the purchase of skins and bundles from the store in response to the recent Activision Blizzard lawsuit and constant Warzone hacking.
It’s been an unsettling time for Call of Duty and its respective titles – Warzone, Black Ops Cold War, CoD: Mobile, and Modern Warfare. The ongoing Activision Blizzard lawsuit has impacted the franchise, and fans are calling for fellow players to stop buying goods from the CoD store in protest.
This includes everything from skins to Operator Bundles to even the Seasonal Battle Pass. Warzone players are citing the lawsuit, “empty updates,” and hackers as the driving force behind this movement.
Added to this is the purported series of empty updates “full of microtransactions in order to milk the players,” and the ever-increasing threat of hackers, and players have seemingly had enough.
Reddit user Jaszs has lead the charge by saying: “I’m writing this as someone who has played every. single. COD since COD2, and WZ since day 1 until yesterday, and also a former Blizzard fan. Yes, I know it may sound bad, but based on what’s going on (sexual harassment lawsuit, suppressing and abusive treatment of their employees…) I really think those guys don’t deserve anything from us, their customers.
“You can even keep playing the game if you want (there are some cool alternatives though; if you need some just ask in the comments!), just don’t spend any money in their store. In any case, you should also remember that they are the same guys that are releasing empty updates full of microtransactions in order to milk the players, releasing over and over the same game and not giving a single f*ck about the increasing number of hackers.”
The very passionate statement received over 300 comments and counting, and it’s universally in favor of boycotting Activision’s Store ahead of the Warzone Season 5 launch.
Given that there are many responses, here are a selection of replies:
- “I’ve got 900 COD points and level 90 on the battle pass. Not spending a penny more on this game. They don’t respect their employees, they don’t respect the players (anti-cheat lmao) they aren’t getting anymore of my money.”
- “Once all this sh*t came to light, my entire friend group collectively uninstalled the game and swore off of it for good. We were already mad at the game for being poorly managed with hackers and constant glitches/crashes. I suppose this was the lead straw that broke the metaphorical camel’s back.”
- “Based on the way they’ve handled cheating, the CW integration, and the general state of the game in the last year, I’m shocked than any of you have been buying cosmetic items from them. Do you realize what kind of message you’re sending by making the worst CoD their highest-earning one?”
At the time of writing, the post has nearly 1.8K upvotes and rising. Given the player count of Warzone far exceeds this, it’s hard to imagine this boycott would do too much damage.
Conversely, Producer at Sledgehammer Games Alayna Cole has Tweeted an important message concerning the circumstances.
Boycotting the Activision store will have an obvious knock-on effect in terms of sales revenue, and would ultimately disrupt the salaries and jobs of many employees who are not involved in this lawsuit.
It’s a hard position for all involved and for players who engage in Call of Duty games. The lawsuit is still long ongoing, and we’ll continue to update you at Charlie INTEL with any breaking developments.
Image Credit: Activision Blizzard
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