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JGOD explains why EM2 and Tec-9 could be Warzone Season 5 meta weapons

JGOD explains why he thinks the EM2 and Tec-9 are powerful new additions to Warzone, and why they could be new meta weapons.

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Warzone weapons guru JGOD breaks down why the new EM2 and Tec-9 might be meta weapons during Season 5.

At the start of Warzone Season 5, two new weapons were added that can be unlocked for free via leveling up the Battle Pass. The EM2 is a new assault rifle unlocked at Battle Pass Tier 15, and the Tec-9 is an SMG unlocked at Tier 31.

These new weapons aren’t just flashy new additions to pad out the obligatory new season arsenal. In fact, weapons expert JGOD believes that the rifle and SMG can be meta weapons in Season 5.

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JGOD’s EM2 assault rifle analysis

The EM2 has a 40 round magazine dealing 1,690 damage per mag. JGOD states that the damage output isn’t all that great but “while using this weapon, it feels like it hits hard.” According to his research, it always takes 5 – 7 shots to kill a player regardless of distance.

Overall, the EM2 is a slower weapon. Its rate of fire is closer to the AMAX or C58, and it has more recoil than other ARs. “It could be a higher skill gap for some player,” states JGOD. But he does think more skilled players won’t have issues with this weapon.

The EM2 takes 6 shots to the chest up close to kill a player, which JGOD states “is better than most SMGs.” However, the longer you are in a gunfight, the “harder you are penalized” in terms of TTK.

In regards to the weapon meta, JGOD states, “I don’t necessarily think this is going to be a meta [weapon], but this thing is going to be a monster on Rebirth.”

JGOD’s Tec-9 SMG analysis

The Tec-9 is a monster of an SMG, but its usefulness varies with its firing options. The Tec-9 can be set to semi-auto, burst, or full-auto. However, JGOD seems to prefer the full-auto firing option.

JGOD says that the Tec-9’s semi-auto firing is powerful but “too unreliable.” It has the shortest TTK potential, but players won’t be able to count on getting the two headshots needed. The damage per magazine (2,760) is huge, but the weapon itself is “too unforgiving.”

The burst firing method is more reliable, but the delay between bursts lowers the overall TTK. Managing to get three headshots is an impressive feat, but it’s unlikely while using a weapon with such a high skill gap.

However, JGOD says he is leaning towards using the full auto Tec-9. The firing rate is incredibly fast, but the damage per magazine drops significantly to 1,284. Full auto does take 8-11 shots to kill a player, but the rate of fire lowers the TTK significantly.

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JGOD Warzone EM2 loadout

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 27.4″ Ranger
  • Optic: Axial Arm 3x
  • Ammunition: 40 Round
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip

JGOD Warzone Tec-9 loadout

  • Muzzle: Full Auto Repeater
  • Barrel: 4.9″ Task Force
  • Laser: TIger Team Spotlight
  • Ammunition: STANAG 48 Rnd
  • Stock: Raider Stock

At the end of JGOD’s breakdown, he states that he “probably won’t use this SMG” and earlier stated that he didn’t think the EM2 was going to make the meta.

However, the EM2 and Tec-9 are still two very powerful weapons that plenty of players will undoubtedly find success on Verdansk or Rebirth Island during Season 5.

For more Warzone, check out this guide on how to unlock the new Marshall shotgun, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

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JGOD reveals which Warzone Pacific Caldera guns you should use day one

JGOD has some advice concerning which weapons you should be using day one of the Warzone Pacific Season 1 update.

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JGOD was lucky enough to be one of the playtesters for the new Warzone Pacific Caldera map. This insight allowed him to provide some advice for which guns you should be looking to use on launch.

If you’re stuck wondering which weapons you should use when Warzone Pacific Season 1 drops, luckily Call of Duty content creator JGOD has some insight.

JGOD provides the community with great detailed stats about the weapons. Of course, depending on which mode you play, different weapons will be available to you. When it comes to the new Vanguard Royale mode, JGOD has the best Vanguard weapons you should try out on day one.

Warzon Pacific weapons

During the playtest, JGOD was able to play the two Warzone Pacific game modes, Vanguard Resurgence and Vanguard Royale. These game modes only allow Vanguard weapons and equipment.

When it comes to weapons, Vanguard is introducing a heap of new ones. From long to short-range options, JGOD has the best Warzone Pacific Caldera weapons you should be using on day one.

JGOD’s best Warzone Pacific Caldera guns

Vanguard PPSH-41 SMG
  • Bren
  • PPSH-41
  • NZ-41
  • Automaton
  • STG44
  • Kar98k
  • Top Break

First off, JGOD tried out the Bren in the playtest and found it to be “very good, a little harder to use at range because of the slower fire rate but still pretty solid.”

As for SMGs, JGOD feels the PPSH-41 is a great day one option, but advises players to stick to the “normal magazine type,” which is the magazine attachments that don’t modify the damage. In terms of TTK, JGOD says the PPSH-41 is “very solid.”

Next up with have the NZ-41. Despite only having 45 bullets in a mag, JGOD says it felt “pretty good even in Quads.” Another great AR option is the Automaton, which has “super low recoil.” JGOD feels this will be the most “noob friendly gun,” mostly because it has a large mag size and is easy to use despite not having the fastest TTK.

Of course, we then have the STG44, which players have already been using through the Season 6 Battle Pass weapon blueprints. JGOD says it can be built for both long-range and close-range Sniper support.

On the topic of Sniper support, a good Sniper to pair the STG44 up with is the Vanguard Kar98k. The Vanguard Kar98k actually has “no glint optic,” which JGOD recommends using.

Lastly, JGOD also says the Snake Eyes may be back in Warzone Pacific, as the Top Break with the Akimbo Perk attachment is a great secondary option.


Well, there you have it, those are all the weapons JGOD recommends you use on day one of Warzone Pacific. For more, check out these new details concerning RICOCHET Anti-Cheat.

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Warzone & Vanguard New RICOCHET Anti-Cheat: Details, Release Date, More

CoD Warzone & Vanguard has received the new RICOCHET Anti-Cheat system in the Pacific Season 1 update to combat hackers.

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Activision and Call of Duty have announced details on the new RICOCHET anti-cheat system, which has officially arrived in Call of Duty: Warzone & Vanguard to combat cheating and hacking problems that the game has experienced for years. 

Cheating has become a point of contention among fans of Call of Duty, as hacks in Warzone allowed players to become invincible, while Black Ops Cold War saw gamers using five weapons at once. While Activision has been banning cheaters in multiple ban waves, fans have been repeatedly calling for a better anti-cheat system to further address the problem. 

The creators of Call of Duty have been listening to these cries and have officially dropped the new RICOCHET Anti-Cheat, with updates to the system to come regularly. This system is specifically developed from the ground up for the franchise by a new in-house team who are dedicated to maintaining and servicing the system. 

RICOCHET Anti-Cheat features two separate aspects: a new backend-based update to provide better infrastructure and security and a PC kernel driver system to directly detect hacks. 

Call of Duty RICOCHET Server Enhancements 

Call of Duty’s new RICOCHET Anti-Cheat system delivers server-level enhancements to better provide backend security and protection against hackers. It will be available when Vanguard launches on November 5 and arrives with Warzone’s Pacific map later this year. 

In a blog post from Call of Duty, the company states that the “RICOCHET Anti-Cheat is a multi-faceted approach to combat cheating,” with the system’s “new server-side tools” able to “monitor analytics to identify cheating.”

On top of that, RICOCHET will also allow for “enhanced investigation processes to stamp out cheaters,” while also working on updates to “strengthen account security.” 

RICOCHET PC Kernel-Level Driver 

On top of server-side tools, the RICOCHET Anti-Cheat system also features a PC kernel-level driver that will arrive in Warzone later this year, with the release on Vanguard to come at a later date. 

The first of its kind in the Call of Duty franchise, the kernel-level driver will “assist in the identification of cheaters, reinforcing and strengthening the overall server security” by checking “software and applications that attempt to interact and manipulate Warzone, providing the security team more data to boost security.”

While the driver itself is only available on PC, Activision says that console players who have crossplay enabled will benefit by extension. 

Activision has confirmed that the kernel-level driver will be required to play Call of Duty: Warzone once it becomes available later this year. Players on PC will be unable to play Warzone if they don’t want to have the kernel-level driver installed. 

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Activision has also provided more information on the kernel level aspect of RICOCHET Anti-Cheat, including addressing privacy concerns some PC players may have as part of this experience. 

Here are the key points on how RICOCHET Anti-Cheat will protect privacy: 

  • RICOCHET Anti-Cheat’s kernel-level driver operates ONLY while playing Call of Duty: Warzone on PC.
  • RICOCHET Anti-Cheat’s driver is not always-on.
  • RICOCHET Anti-Cheat’s driver monitors the software and applications that interact with Call of Duty: Warzone.
  • When you shut down Call of Duty: Warzone, the driver turns off.

The company has confirmed that the PC kernel-level driver will be included in Warzone in an update later this year, making it impossible to not have it so long as you have Warzone installed. 

Commitment to Fair Play

The RICOCHET Anti-Cheat team is determined in their efforts to ensure Warzone & Call of Duty is fair.  

The company states that the system also features Machine Learning (ML) software which will use “algorithms” to “examine gameplay data from the server, helping to identify suspicious behavior trends, and add another layer of security.”

They also reiterated that player reporting tools will be available in-game to ensure that players can continue to report those who are suspected of cheating. 

Activision says that they plan to announce RICOCHET anti-cheat’s arrival across all of their communications channels to ensure players are aware of the new level of anti-cheat in Call of Duty. 

The team also stated that they are not stopping in their efforts to ensure Call of Duty is fair for everyone to play: “The RICOCHET Anti-Cheat team’s commitment is the relentless pursuit of fair play which is fought against the sophisticated issue of cheating. We are determined to evolve the system over time, fighting for the community against those that aim to spoil their gaming experience.”

The RICOCHET Anti-Cheat team’s commitment is the relentless pursuit of fair play, which is fought against the sophisticated issue of cheating. We are dedicated and determined to evolve the RICOCHET Anti-Cheat System over time, fighting for the community against those that aim to spoil their gaming experience.

Call of Duty RICOCHET Anti-Cheat release date

RICOCHET Anti-Cheat is already live across Call of Duty: Vanguard and Call of Duty: Warzone with server-side updates and other backend elements to combat cheating.

With the launch of Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific, #TeamRICOCHET continues its new anti-cheat security initiative with the rollout of an internally developed PC kernel-level driver for Warzone, which will activate first in the Asia-Pacific region before expanding worldwide.

The server-side upgrades as part of the overall RICOCHET Anti-Cheat program have been live in Vanguard and Warzone since the launch of Call of Duty: Vanguard. Since then, #TeamRICOCHET has made several updates to anti-cheat security for both titles, as well as targeting cheat developers, account resellers, and making changes to its security enforcement policy.

This week, the new – previously announced – PC kernel-level driver developed internally for Call of Duty begins its release. The driver will first launch in Warzone in the Asia-Pacific region before expanding to other regions.

This strategic launch approach allows us to monitor stability, collect feedback, and make any required updates before expanding the rollout. Additionally, information about cheating behavior provided by the kernel-level driver will help enforce security for all players around the world.

SOURCE: Call of Duty Blog / Activision Support

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How to unlock the Katana in Warzone Pacific Caldera & Vanguard Season 1

Warzone Pacific Caldera Season 1 lets players wield a deadly Katana. Here’s how to unlock the single-edged Japanese Longsword.

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Owning a Katana is every gamer’s dream, and now you can unlock one for free as a part of Warzone Pacific & Vanguard Season 1.

Melee weapons can be hit or miss in Call of Duty. They are either ridiculously overpowered like the Kali Sticks, or utterly useless like the Battle Axe.

Regardless, Melee in and of itself is pretty OP in Warzone. Even without a melee weapon, players can take down fully armored players with a couple of hits from the butt of their gun.

That’s why it’s always exciting when players can unlock a new melee weapon. Regardless of how it looks, it could be a killing machine. Luckily, the new Katana will be both super cool and very deadly.

Unlock the Katana in Warzone & Vanguard Season 1

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The Katana is one of five new weapons coming to Vanguard and Warzone Pacific that players can unlock for free. However, Raven Software hasn’t announced how to unlock it quite yet.

Alongside the Welgun, the Katana can be unlocked by completing a specific challenge. This challenge will likely require players to kill other players with melee weapons. Or, as was the case with the Battle Axe, a variety of weapons without dying.

According to an official Call of Duty blog, the Katana can be unlocked later this season. The specific date of its release was not announced, but it will be around the launch window.

In addition to challenges, players can unlock the Katana by purchasing a new Store Bundle. This will allow players to skip the challenge and also get an exclusive weapon skin.

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Players will also be able to unlock the Sawtooth, Cooper Carbine, and Gorenko Anti-Tank Rifle for free as a part of the Season 1 Battle Pass. These three weapons will give players plenty to grind while they wait for the Katana.

For more Warzone Pacific, check out how to get the free Combat Pack in Season 1, and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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