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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.

Cold War Tec-9

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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How to earn CDL 2022 Major 4 viewership rewards for Vanguard & Warzone

Here’s how you earn Vanguard and Warzone Weapon Blueprints and more by watching the Call of Duty League Major 4 qualifiers and Champs.

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Call of Duty League Major 4 viewership rewards

Vanguard and Warzone players can unlock unique cosmetics just by watching the Call of Duty League 2022 Season, so here’s how to connect your account and unlock Weapon Camos, Calling Cards, XP, and more.

As is traditional, the Call of Duty League 2022 season provides Call of Duty Warzone and Vanguard players with the opportunity to earn some unique in-game rewards simply by watching the matches.

Following Seattle Surge’s victory over Atlanta FaZe at Major 3, June 24 marks the start of Major 4. Let’s go over how you can earn Major 4 rewards such as a BAR Weapon Blueprint, Calling Cards, Emblems, and XP Tokens for watching CDL 2022 matches.

How to earn CDL Major 4 viewership rewards

Call of Duty League 2022 season

If you want to earn CDL 2022 viewership rewards in Vanguard and Warzone then all you need to do is connect your Activision account to YouTube and watch the CDL Major 4 Qualifiers, bracket, and Champs weekend.

The Call of Duty League can either be watched on YouTube or the CoD Companion app, so here’s how to link your Activision account on PC and mobile:

  1. Open YouTube.com or the YouTube app
  2. Select your profile photo and hit Settings
  3. Click on Connected Apps
  4. Locate Activision and hit Connect
  5. Sign in to your Activision account

Then, simply watch the Call of Duty League 2022 season through either YouTube or the CoD Companion app, and you can earn all of the free rewards on offer.

CDL Major 4 viewership rewards for Vanguard & Warzone

CDL Major 4 Qualifiers & Bracket rewards

Vanguard double xp tokens

Players can earn a ton of Double XP and Double Weapon XP by watching live matches throughout the CDL 2022 season.

There will be sixteen 30 Minute Double XP tokens up for grabs in the Major 3 Qualifiers and Bracket, with a new level reached for every hour of watch time. Players will earn a regular XP and Double Weapon XP alternating for each hour watched.

  • 1 Hour: 30 Minute Double XP Token
  • 2 Hours: 30 Minute Double Weapon XP Token
  • 3 Hours: 30 Minute Double XP Token
  • 4 Hours: 30 Minute Double Weapon XP Token
  • 5 Hours: 30 Minute Double XP Token
  • 6 Hours: 30 Minute Double Weapon XP Token
  • 7 Hours: 30 Minute Double XP Token
  • 8 Hours: 30 Minute Double Weapon XP Token
  • 9 Hours: 30 Minute Double XP Token
  • 10 Hours: 30 Minute Double Weapon XP Token
  • 11 Hours: 30 Minute Double XP Token
  • 12 Hours: 30 Minute Double Weapon XP Token
  • 13 Hours: 30 Minute Double XP Token
  • 14 Hours: 30 Minute Double Weapon XP Token
  • 15 Hours: 30 Minute Double XP Token
  • 16 Hours: 30 Minute Double Weapon XP Token

With four hours of Double XP to be gained, you’ll find leveling up your weapons much easier across Vanguard and Warzone.

CDL Major 4 rewards

CDL Major 4 viewership rewards

Vanguard and Warzone players can also earn rewards such as Calling Cards, Emblems, and an exclusive Cooper Carbine Blueprint for watching at least half an hour of July Major 4 Champs weekend hosted by New York Subliners.

Here are the CDL 2022 Major 4 rewards and their requirements:

  • Thursday, July 14
    • A Cup of Joe Emblem (1 Hour)
    • 1 Hour Double XP Token (1 Hour)
    • 1 Hour Double Weapon XP Token (2 Hours)
  • Friday, July 15
    • Give Me Liberty Emblem (30 Minutes)
    • 1 Hour Double XP Token (1 Hour)
    • Just a Scratch Calling Card (2 Hours)
  • Saturday, July 16
    • Stand Clear Calling Card (30 Minutes)
    • 1 Hour Double XP Token (1 Hour)
    • Tactical Sprint NYC Calling Card (1 Hour 30 Minutes)
    • 1 Hour Double Weapon XP Token (2 Hours)
  • Sunday, July 17
    • CDL Phantom Emblem (30 Minutes)
    • 1 Hour Double XP Token (45 Minutes)
    • Collecting Fare BAR Blueprint (1 Hour)
    • Let’s Go!!! Calling Card (1 Hour 30 Minutes)
    • 1 Hour Double Weapon XP Token (2 Hours)

For more, you can check out the secret Automaton buff, as well as why the BAR is the most underrated AR in Warzone Season 3.

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When is Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded? Terminator crossover, Vargo-S, new modes

Here’s everything we know about the upcoming Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded update, including the expected release date and content.

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Warzone Pacific Season 4 is here, bringing new weapons, Fortune’s Keep, and major Caldera updates. But there’s still more to come, so here’s everything confirmed for the Warzone Pacific Season 4 mid-season update, as well as its expected release date.

Every season, Call of Duty introduces another major update halfway through the season called ‘Reloaded.’ This usually brings a new weapon, new game modes, and major quality of life updates. Season 4 is no different, with the devs gearing up to add a new crossover, modes, and more in the mid-season update.

Here’s everything we know about the Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded update, including when we expect it to arrive.

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Expected Warzone Season 4 Reloaded release date

While Raven Software haven’t revealed when Warzone Season 4 Reloaded will arrive, we expect it to arrive in the week beginning July 25, as this is halfway through Season 4.

This is only the expected date, so we’ll be sure to confirm once Raven Software or Sledgehammer games confirm the official release date.

Terminator crossover in Warzone Season 4 Reloaded

T-1000 Terminator in Warzone and Vanguard

After teasing a Terminator crossover in Warzone, the Season 4 Battle Pass announcement confirmed that the T-800 and T-1000 Terminators will arrive as Store Bundles in the mid-Season update.

The T-800 is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s classic Terminator played and the T-1000 is the shapeshifting android from T2 who most often appears as a cop played by Robert Patrick. Not much else is known about these bundles, with the devs confirming we’ll know more about them later in Season 4.

Vargo-S arrives in Warzone Season 4 Reloaded

Vargo-S Assault Rifle in Warzone and Vanguard

Warzone’s Season 4 update added the Marco 5 SMG and UGM-8 LMG, but the Vargo-S Assault Rifle is set to arrive later in the season. Similar to the H4 Blixen and Armaguerra 43 arriving in mid-season updates, we expect the Vargo-S to arrive in the Season 4 Reloaded update.

The Vargo-S is set to be an early prototype of Cold War’s Vargo 52, and the devs have said it offers a “high-fire rate, steady aim through sustained fire, and a quick reload.”

New game modes in Warzone Season 4 Reloaded

Armored SUV in Warzone Titanium Trials

Alongside the Terminator skins and a new Assault Rifle, Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded will also bring the Titanium Trials: Endurance and the Rebirth of the Dead mode.

Titanium Trials is set to be “an updated version of the highly-competitive Iron Trials,” and Rebirth of the Dead should bring Zombies to Rebirth Island. We should know much more about the new modes in the run-up to Season 4 Reloaded.


For more on Warzone Season 4, be sure to check out how to summon a Zombie on Fortune’s Keep, as well as the best landing spots.

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NICKMERCS loves the new Fortune’s Keep Warzone map and explains why

NICKMERCS has shared his opinion on the brand-new Warzone Season 4 map, Fortune’s Keep, stating that he loves it, as well as explaining why.

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While NICKMERCS has been off Warzone for some time now, the popular streamer returned to try out the new map Fortune’s Keep, which he said he loves.

Warzone Season 4 introduced a brand-new map to entice players to hop on and explore. While some players’ initial thoughts have been slightly negative, perhaps because they’re missing Rebirth Island, NICKMERCS has expressed a positive opinion regarding the map.

In a recent stream, NICKMERCS explained why he likes the new map, and what kind of player would like Fortune’s Keep.

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NICKMERCS left Warzone for Apex Legends, becoming addicted to the ranked mode grind that Respawn’s battle royale has to offer.

Despite continuing to enjoy Apex over Warzone, NICKMERCS returned to Call of Duty’s battle royale for the Season 4 update, intrigued by the new map Fortune’s Keep.

NICKMERCS has been pretty open about his feelings towards Warzone and Caldera, sharing similar opinions to Dr Disrespect. Having said that, NICKMERCS seems to be enjoying Fortune’s Keep, as while playing it on June 22 he said “I really like the map, yeah a lot.”

NICKMERCS went on to say, “I love the map…what can’t you like? It’s kind of more dynamic than the old one…there’s a cave, there’s a lot more towns and stuff.”

The popular streamer is clearly enjoying the map design for Fortune’s Keep, especially the variation in the POIs and elevation throughout the map.

NICKMERCS even feels that the map is perfectly suited to those who like to play fast: “If you’re like a speed runner, like if you play super quick man, oh my god…parkour on this thing man.”


Perhaps this will draw NICKMERCS back in, or maybe the ranked mode on Apex Legends is still a priority for the streamer. Either way, like other CoD fans, NICKMERCS will likely be looking forward to Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.

Image Credits: Activision / NICKMERCS

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