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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.

“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.

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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How to make Black Ops 1’s Galil in Warzone

An iconic Black Ops 1 weapon has been discovered in Warzone and here’s how to recreate the legendary Galil Assault Rifle in the battle royale. 

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The Galil was one of the most used Assault Rifles in BO1, and many players have fond memories of the dominating AR. Now, one player has recreated the weapon for players to use in Call of Duty: Warzone.

When Modern Warfare 2 was released, people believed the Call of Duty franchise hit its peak. Little did they know the follow-up to MW2 would be one of the most beloved games in franchise history.

The first of the “Black Ops” series is fondly remembered for the innovation it brought to Call of Duty. Today, Black Ops titles are highly regarded amongst the Call of Duty community. Luckily for Warzone players, enjoying a blast from the past is as easy as making their very own Galil loadout.

The Galil loadout has been recreated by Call of Duty YouTuber TheKoreanSavage AKA K3. This is his latest throwback loadout in a series that includes MW2’s M4A1 and UMP45.

Players will need the Grav Art Deco blueprint to replicate the loadout. Although the weapon is an AR, it is best utilized as a medium to short-range weapon due to its lack of an optic. The attachments used also favor close-quarters gunfights.

Galil Warzone loadout attachments

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor 
  • Barrel: 21.3” Task Force
  • Stock: Raider Stock
  • Underbarrel: Bruiser Grip
  • Magazine: 40 Rnd Speed Mag

The key combination of attachments for this Galil loadout is the Bruiser Grip and Raider Stock. Both of these attachments provide a huge boost to your movement speed. These two attachments effectively turn the Galil into a high-powered Submachine Gun

The Task Force Barrel adds a boost to range and damage ensuring that the weapon is still viable at medium distances. Meanwhile, the Agency Suppressor increases vertical recoil control. The weapon does kick upward when firing, making this an excellent choice for hitting targets that aren’t necessarily up close. 

Then we have the 40 Rnd Speed Mag which provides enough ammo to wipe players as a secondary weapon. Interestingly enough, when equipped on this Galil, the 40 Rnd Mag does not reduce aim down sight speed as it does with other Assault Rifles. 

It is important to note that this Galil loadout works best in tandem with a long-range Assault Rifle. Attach an optic to your main Assault Rifle and use the Galil for close-quarters combat. The unique iron sights on this weapon may not appeal to all players.

There you have it, Treyarch’s Black Ops 1 Galil is ready to go. Transforming Warzone’s Grav into the Galil we know and love is a must-try for long-time fans of the franchise. Take to the streets of Verdansk and reminisce about the Black Ops 1 days. 


For more classic loadouts, check out TheKoreanSavage’s MW2 UMP45 and M4A1 loadouts for Warzone.

Image Credit: Activision / Raven Software / Infinity Ward

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JGOD reveals Vanguard weapons you need to rank up before Warzone Pacific Caldera

Call of Duty expert JGOD has revealed the 10 weapons he think will make up Warzone’s meta when Pacific Caldera releases.

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Warzone’s new Pacific Caldera map will release in a matter of days, and players are already thinking about a possible weapon meta. Call of Duty expert JGOD has been doing the same thing and picked out 10 weapons players should rank up before December 8.

Vanguard has now been out for almost a month, and players have been unlocking and ranking up weapons ever since. We already know that Vanguard’s weapons will be added to Warzone, meaning players can use them on the new Pacific Caldera map.

Warzone’s meta regularly changes, and we expect Vanguard Season 1 to bring an enormous change. Now, CoD expert JGOD has picked out 10 guns he thinks players should rank up before the update.

The YouTuber has used a few key characteristics to come up with this list: fire rate, ease of use, recoil, and magazine capacity to determine damage-per-mag. While some weapons may have a great time-to-kill, they may fall short in one of the sections above.

JGOD mostly picked out SMGs as weapons to level up, as their fast rate of fire makes them extremely viable. Of course, some assault rifles also made the list, while he also picked out some LMGs to use too.

JGOD’s 10 Vanguard weapons to level up for Warzone

The 10 Vanguard weapons you need to level up are:

  • Automaton
  • Volk
  • PPSH-41
  • Sten
  • M1928 Tommy
  • Type 100
  • MG42
  • DP27
  • Type 11
  • G-43
  • 1911
  • Machine Pistol

In terms of weapons that JGOD would prioritize, the Automaton seems like a good shout to become a meta weapon, as it has a high rate of fire, low recoil, and the biggest magazine size in its class.

Of course, we’ve seen in the past that guns that do well in multiplayer don’t necessarily perform in Warzone, so be prepared to see a shock weapon dominate the meta.


In the meantime, check out our best Vanguard guns ranked list to make sure you’re using the most powerful weapons in the game.

Image Credits: YouTube – JGOD / Activision

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How to make Modern Warfare 2’s M4A1 in Warzone

A timeless Modern Warfare 2 weapon has been remade in Warzone and here’s how to recreate the iconic M4A1 Assault Rifle in the battle royale. 

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The M4A1 was a very popular Assault Rifle in MW2, and many players will recall just how devastating the AR could be in the right hands. Now, one player has recreated the weapon for players to use in Call of Duty: Warzone.

Modern Warfare 2 is often recalled as one of the best Call of Duty games of all time. Players love to reminisce about the glory days of MW2’s incredible Multiplayer. Its legacy lives on in modern Call of Duty games as we’ve seen the return of the elevator glitch in Vanguard

You can now join in on the nostalgia by making your very own M4A1 loadout. Although it isn’t necessarily the most powerful weapon in Warzone, enjoying this blast from the past is a worthwhile experience. 

The M4A1 loadout has been recreated by Call of Duty YouTuber TheKoreanSavage AKA K3. This is the one and only M4A1 class you should have your eye on.

The M4A1 excels as a medium-range Assault Rifle. Don’t expect to be too accurate at long distances with its unique iron sight. Aiming down sight with this loadout is surely going to bring back memories. 

M4A1 Warzone loadout attachments

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor 
  • Barrel: Corvus Custom Marksman 
  • Laser: Tac Laser
  • Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip
  • Magazine: 50 Round Mags

Interestingly enough, Modern Warfare’s M4A1 shares the same name as the MW2 weapon K3 replicates in Warzone. The one vital aspect to remember is that you must own and select the OG blueprint of Modern Warfare’s M4A1.

For starters, the Monolithic Suppressor is a must-have on most Assault Rifles in Verdansk. The Suppressor will give this weapon an added boost when firing at long distances. 

The Tac Laser is yet another standard Warzone attachment in that it improves ADS speed and firing stability. The 50 Round Mags will ensure you can down and wipe targets with ease.

The Corvus Custom Marksman Barrel will diminish your movement speed a little but this is a fair tradeoff for added range, recoil control, and bullet velocity. These traits are customary for Assault Rifle loadouts. 

Along the same lines, the Commando Foregrip Underbarrel will add further stability when firing. Recoil stabilization and aiming stability will ensure this weapon shoots as straight as possible. 

There you have it, Modern Warfare’s M4A1 has been transformed into the MW2 version. Revisiting weapons from past Call of Duty games is always a blast. Running this loadout in Verdansk is sure to bring back some fond memories.

For another throwback loadout, check out TheKoreanSavage’s MW2 UMP45 loadout for Warzone.

Image Credit: Activision / Raven Software / Infinity Ward

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