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How Warzone devs decide which weapons to buff & nerf

Warzone’s developers, Raven Software, has explained how they decide which popular weapons to buff and nerf.

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How Warzone devs decide which weapons to buff & nerf

Following Warzone’s update on May 7, Raven Software has explained their thought process behind buffing and nerfing some of the game’s most popular weapons.

Going into Warzone Season 3, Raven Software made some significant changes to the game’s most popular and powerful weapons. Over the course of Season 3, they have continued to stay on top of weapon balance, although some changes haven’t been as welcome by the community.

In the Season 3 patch notes, they teased a nerf to the CR-56 AMAX and then reaffirmed this nerf in their April 28 patch notes. This nerf didn’t sit well with high-profile members of the community, but as of May 7, it took effect, with the weapon’s damage being reduced by one.

In the May 7 patch notes, Warzone’s devs prefaced their list of weapon buffs and nerfs with some insight into their thought process before buffing and nerfing weapons.

Warzone AMAX

“There are millions of you, and when we reduce the effectiveness of a weapon, we are bound to make a change to someone’s favorite gun,” Raven Software explained. “As players of this game ourselves, it pains us just as much.”

They explained how they “remain torn” when nerfing a weapon, but they do it with the intent of promoting diversity.

Certain weapons, such as the DMR 14, FFAR 1, and AUG were so powerful that they were the only viable weapons, and using anything else would put you at a significant disadvantage. Raven said they believe “what makes a game truly engaging is choice,” and admitted that certain weapons diminished that choice.

Warzone DMR 14

However, they feel that the game is close to a “balance homeostasis” where most weapons “are at the very least viable.” But that leaves time to kill (TTK) as the final thing for them to address. They’re looking to have a higher time to kill across the board, or at least make it so that it will require skill to reach a low TTK.

Raven Software asked players to “consider these changes not as targeted attacks, but rather as part of a larger initiative to raise the skill ceiling.”

On top of the weapon nerfs in the recent updates, they have buffed the PPSH-41 and will be looking at buffing some of the “struggling” Modern Warfare weapons.

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Warzone expert claims forgotten Vanguard sniper is “broken” with insane one-shot power

One broken Sniper Rifle is now able to one-shot players to the chest after its nerfs were reverted in Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded.

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Warzone Operator using Sniper Rifle

Warzone expert Isaac ‘IceManIsaac’ Hamilton has revealed which Sniper Rifle is now capable of one-shotting enemies to the chest after the developers reverted its nerfs.

When you hop into a game of Warzone Pacific, you’ll face tough competition from opposing players and will need to select the best weapon loadouts for different combat situations in order to come out on top.

If you prefer to pick off your enemies from a distance then Sniper Rifles are the best choice, and Call of Duty expert IceManIsaac has showcased an extremely broken one that can instantly take out enemies in Season 4 Reloaded.

The Type 99 Sniper Rifle previously received a massive nerf in Warzone Pacific Season 3 and this was meant to prevent players from securing one-shot kills outside of the weapon’s max damage range.

However, this nerf was reverted in the July 28 update which increased the maximum damage range to 50 meters, up from 37 Meters. As a result, the weapon is able to eliminate enemies extremely quickly.

IceManIsaac described the weapon as “jarring and super satisfying to use.” You can use it to take out your opponents instantly with a single shot to the chest. The Warzone expert then revealed his loadout for the powerful Sniper Rifle.

IceManIsaac’s Type 99 Loadout

  • Muzzle: MX Silencer
  • Barrel: Shiraishi 712mm Sniper
  • Optic: SVT-40 PU Scope 3-6x / ZF4 3.5x Rifle Scope
  • Stock: Removed Stock
  • Underbarrel: SMLE Pistol Grip
  • Magazine: 8mm Klauser 5 Round Mags
  • Ammunition: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Taped Grip
  • Perk 1: Vital
  • Perk 2: On-Hand

IceManIsaac uses many of the same attachments as the best Type 99 Warzone loadout, but he went with the Taped Grip for the faster weapon swap speed that it provides. Even if you hit a shoulder shot, you can switch to an SMG quickly to finish off your opponent.

The SVT-40 PU Scope 3-6x optic is an ideal choice for Caldera but its biggest drawback is the glint that enemies can spot, giving away your position and putting you at a disadvantage. If you want to avoid the glint, you can try out the ZF4 3.5x Rifle Scope instead

The Vital perk is a key part of this loadout as it increases the size of the critical-hit area on enemies. Finally, the Removed Stock and the SMLE Pistol Grip let you aim down sights faster.


For more Warzone content, check out the devs explaining why they use weapon codenames in patch notes and how NICKMERCS broke his Warzone kill record with this deadly loadout.

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Call of Duty devs explain why they use weapon codenames in patch notes

In the Warzone patch notes the devs use codenames for weapons instead of their in-game name, and they have finally revealed why.

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Call of Duty developers have officially revealed the reason why they use codenames for weapons in the patch notes.

Warzone is in its fourth season, and the devs have been giving weapon codenames since the very beginning. This has always baffled players as they are unaware as to why the developers don’t just use their in-game names.

Luckily, two devs have revealed why they use codenames for weapons, and the answer may not be much of a surprise.

In response to a player’s tweets regarding the use of “Asault Rifle Charlie” and “Assault Rifle Hotel” in the patch notes, two developers provided insight into the question.

According to the Sledgehammer Games Communication Manager and Treyarch’s Associate Director, the reason Activision uses codenames for weapons in Warzone is for “legal reasons.”

The devs actually can’t use the official names, and it seems they actually feel the same as players when it comes to the codenames, with Sam Leichtamer saying that it’s “very confusing for (the devs) too.”

In another tweet, developer Matt Scronce agrees, saying that he doesn’t like it any more than players do, but for “legal/licensing reasons,” it is necessary.

Well there you have it, that’s why your favorite weapons in Warzone have codenames in the patch notes. For more, check out what loadout NICKMERCS beat his Warzone kill record with.

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Best SMGs in Warzone: Every Season 4 Reloaded Submachine Gun ranked

An SMG is a vital tool in Warzone, so we’ve ranked every SMG in the game and highlighted the top five in Pacific Season 4 Reloaded.

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Submachine Guns are powerful tools in any Call of Duty: Warzone player’s arsenal. With that being said, we’ve ranked every SMG and put together the top five for Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded’s best close-range guns.

Following the Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded update, Warzone’s long-range meta changed with the NZ-41 out of the picture. While the KG M40 and UGM-8 surpassed the NZ-41 following the update, the game’s close-range meta hasn’t changed too drastically, with Vanguard weapons continuing to dominate.

Having said that, there are some very strong and underrated SMGs that have climbed the ranks since the Season 4 Reloaded update, boasting incredible TTKs and versatility.

Whether you’re playing on Rebirth Island, Caldera, or Fortune’s Keep, we have all the SMGs in Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded ranked and the top 5 that you should be using.

Best Warzone SMGs ranked list

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SMGs have always played an important role in Warzone’s meta. Alongside long-range options like Assault Rifles and Sniper Rifles, players need something for fighting up close, and that’s where SMGs come in.

Before we take a detailed look at the game’s top five SMGs, we’re first going to rank every SMG in Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded so you can see how each weapon compares to the rest.

Here’s our official ranked list for the SMGs in Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded:

  1. Armaguerra 43
  2. H4 Blixen
  3. Marco 5
  4. Type 100
  5. Welgun
  6. MP40
  7. Owen Gun
  8. MP5 (CW)
  9. UGR
  10. Sten
  11. OTs 9
  12. LAPA
  13. Milano
  14. MAC-10
  15. PPSH-41 (Cold War)
  16. Bullfrog
  17. M1912
  18. PPSH-41 (Vanguard)
  19. MP5 (MW)
  20. MP7
  21. PP19 Bizon
  22. Uzi
  23. AUG (MW)
  24. CX-9
  25. TEC-9
  26. Fennec
  27. AK-74u
  28. P90
  29. Nail Gun
  30. Striker
  31. ISO
  32. LC10
  33. KSP 45

Top 5 SMGs in Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded

5. Welgun

Vanguard Welgun SMG

The Welgun is the king of low recoil SMG loadouts and it is one of the easiest weapons to use. Although it doesn’t have the same incredible damage-per-mag as the Amraguerra, it has everything you’d want from an SMG — solid time to kill, low recoil, and high mobility.

Truthfully, there is very little to separate the top Vanguard SMGs in Warzone and if any of the weapons below receive nerfs, then the Welgun will surely rise up this list throughout Season 4 Reloaded.


4. Type 100

warzone type 100

The Type 100 is a Vanguard SMG that players simply cannot ignore. During Warzone Pacific Season 3 it became the fastest-killing SMG in the game, and its dominance has continued throughout Season 4 Reloaded.

Although the Type 100 is a tad unwieldy, you’ll find that you’ll win almost every close-range gunfight when it’s in your hands. Its main issues are that it has a relatively small magazine size and struggles at range, but it deserves its top five spot because of its incredible damage output.


3. Marco 5

Marco 5 in Warzone Pacific

The relatively new Marco 5 became available via the Season 4 Battle Pass and it managed to make its way onto this list immediately. It debuted in the fourth spot at the start of Season 4 and has managed to claim the third spot ahead of Season 5.

Although the Marco 5 boasts a unique Akimbo proficiency that allows players to dual wield the weapon, it is much more devastating with the ability to ADS.


2. H4 Blixen

Best Warzone H4 Blixen loadout

The H4 Blixen is yet another one of the powerful SMGs that have been released as seasonal content like the Welgun, Armaguerra 43, Marco 5. The SMG competition has been fierce and the Blixen claimed the top spot for a long time.

Unfortunately, back-to-back nerfs have seen the H4 Blixen’s stock fall in Season 4 Reloaded. It used to blow the competition out of the water, but you can expect it to take a hit in Warzone popularity as well as K/D.


1. Armaguerra 43 – Best SMG in Warzone

armaguerra vanguard smg

Although Warzone’s Armaguerra 43 didn’t get much love heading into Season 4, it has now usurped the Blixen for the top spot. For starters, its versatility and ease of use are two of its main strengths.

The Armaguerra boasts an incredibly fast fire rate and low recoil, which make it perfect for all three of Warzone’s maps. In addition, its strafe speed is devastating with the right attachments.

Although these SMGs are the top five you should run in Warzone, the meta is constantly evolving and who knows what will happen when the Warzone Pacific Season 5 update shakes up the hierarchy.


For more Warzone, be sure to check out how Warzone players are begging the devs to make Champion of Caldera a permanent LTM.

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