Isaac ‘IceManIsaac’ Hamilton believes a forgotten Warzone SMG could be the key to the new close-range meta in Season 3 following significant nerfs to the Owen Gun.
After starting Season 2 as an underrated SMG, the Owen Gun developed into one of the best weapons in the game throughout the season. It was the number one SMG choice for top players, but that has changed as a recent update nerfed the Owen Gun significantly.
The search for the next best Warzone SMG in Season 3 is on, and expert IceManIsaac has offered his take on which weapon to focus on next. Thanks to stats and gameplay the content creator proves that a forgotten SMG could be the top option at this stage of the game.
Modern Warfare’s AUG has always been known as a slow SMG with an impressive max damage output. It turns out these exact qualities are what make it better than the Owen Gun, as IceManIsaac uses stats to prove that the AUG can outperform the Owen Gun even in its pre-nerf state.
Before IceManIsaac breaks down the best AUG loadout for Warzone Season 3, he explains just how much better it is than any other SMG. In the video, he compares the weapon to the Milano and pre-nerf Owen Gun, “The AUG kills faster at close-range than the Owen Gun.”
As he shuffles through the target areas, the AUG consistently boasts the fastest TTK of the three weapons, making it hard to ignore.
If you haven’t yet tried the AUG in Season 3, you may want to give it a shot, “I think it’s going to be insane for both here (Caldera) and Rebirth Island for that medium-range cause the iron sight is really clean. This is my favorite Sniper support to date.” The streamer pairs the AUG with the ZRG, which many are calling the best Warzone Sniper at the moment.
IceManIsaac AUG Warzone loadout
- Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
- Laser: Tac Laser
- Stock: FORGE TAC CQB Comb
- Rear Grip: Stippled Grip Tape
- Magazine: 5.56 NATO 60-Round Drum
This AUG loadout is meant to be used as a Sniper support weapon therefore IceManIsaac equips the 5.56 NATO 60-Round Drum. However, what makes this weapon so interesting, is the fact that players can pick attachments that suit their playstyle.
IceManIsaac explains that the attachments above are for players who struggle to control recoil. As an alternative, he suggests the 30-Round Mags and Sleight of Hand if you consider yourself an expert at controlling recoil.
The AUG doesn’t have the fastest ADS speed, therefore he opts for the Stipple Grip Tape, Tac Laser, and FORGE TAC CQB Comb, which will allow you to get your shots off quicker. He explains that a barrel attachment is not necessary since the damage range increase from the Monolithic Suppressor is sufficient.
For more Warzone Season 3 loadouts, check out how FaZe Swagg reveals the best Warzone AR loadout after the latest nerfs.
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Warzone players call for major LMG buffs as Assault Rifles dominate meta
Warzone players are sick of Assault Rifles dominating the meta so are calling for LMGs to receive major buffs.
Although supposed to be long-range powerhouses, with a few exceptions, LMGs have never broken into Warzone’s meta for long. Claiming that LMGs have no identity, players are calling for major buffs.
Although weapons come and go from Warzone’s meta, how the guns behave has almost always stayed the same. Players always stick with a long-range weapon with low recoil and a large mag size, and a lightweight SMG with a fast TTK.
The long-range weapon has almost always been an Assault Rifle or an LMG that’s been built to act like an Assault Rifle, and players are growing tired of it. With a couple more Warzone Pacific seasons left and Warzone 2 on the horizon, players are calling for major LMG buffs so they’ll have their own identity.
Reddit user IonlyPlayAOE3 explained why LMGS have a “sh*t identity” in Warzone, laying much of the blame on Vanguard weapons’ ten attachments. They explained that an Assault Rifle can do everything that an LMG can, especially by holding at least 60 rounds.
Many players agreed, wanting an Assault Rifle to become a middle ground between LMGs and SMGs. “They should lose to LMGs at range, and lose to SMGs up close, but be a decent middle ground,” explained Shielo34.
However, some worried that buffing LMGs would just make them replace Assault Rifles in the meta. Instead of giving LMGs straight buffs, some suggested lowering Assault Rifles’ magazine size.
Warzone players were starting to catch on to Season 4’s UGM-8 LMG and its burst-fire barrel, but the devs were quick to nip that in the bud with the June 30 update. With the NZ-41 now nerfed as well, we’ll need to wait and see how the post-nerf UGM fits into the Season 4 meta.
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Warzone’s best attachments received major nerfs in June 30 update
Warzone’s most popular weapon attachments received notable nerfs in the Season 4 June 30 update patch, and could shake up the meta.
Warzone Pacific Season 4 received a plethora of balancing adjustments in the June 30 patch, with some of the best attachments in the game getting significant nerfs.
The June 30 Warzone Pacific patch brought a ton of weapon balancing changes in Season 4, including a nerf to the popular NZ-41, which the developers felt had become too overpowered over the last season.
Warzone Pacific Season 4’s June 30 update patch included nerfs to the Lengthened ammo type, MX Silencer muzzle, and M1941 Handstop underbarrel. These attachments are popular choices on Assault Rifle loadouts.
The MX Silencer and Lengthened ammo type boost your weapon’s accuracy and bullet velocity respectively. The June 30 update gave both of these attachments received a 3% reduction in muzzle velocity.
Meanwhile, the M1941 Handstop underbarrel’s recoil control has been changed to 3.5% down from 4%. While this seems like a minor change, it can actually greatly affect your loadout’s effectiveness in combat.
Since the MX Silencer, M1941 Handstop, and Lengthened are all popular choices for multiple weapons, it’s extremely likely that these attachment nerfs are going to greatly impact Warzone players’ loadout builds.
While the update brought various nerfs to different weapons and attachments, it also featured buffs to Vanguard’s Warzone weapons, as the 3-Line, Kar98k, and Type 99 all received an increase in bullet velocity.
For more Warzone content, check out how to unlock the “new Roze” Night Terror Florence skin as well as this genius trick to instantly get Loadout Drops.
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Warzone expert reveals genius trick to instantly get Loadout Drop
Getting a Loadout Drop early is key to surviving Warzone’s early game but there’s a way to get your loadout in a matter of seconds.
Getting your loadout as soon as possible is vital to winning in Call of Duty: Warzone and pro player IceManIsaac has revealed a genius trick to getting your loadout in seconds.
Loadouts are what sets Warzone apart from all of the other battle royale games. Getting your own custom weapon gives a massive advantage over those with ground loot, so getting a Loadout Drop as soon as possible is key to winning.
It can be tough to get your Loadout Drop in the chaos of the early game, but a clever strategy from streamer IceManIsaac can get your team a Loadout Drop and free UAV in seconds.
To instantly get a Loadout Drop in Warzone, all players need to do is land on a Top Secret Contract in Fortune’s Keep. This will starts a random Contract such as Supply Run, Scavenger, or a Bounty, and you’ll get a whopping $8,000 as well as a UAV.
IceManIsaac explained that the Supply Run won’t task you with traveling across the map like in Caldera, it’ll actually be pretty near, so you’ll be able to land on it in a matter of seconds. A loadout only costs $7500 dollars so you can buy the loadout straight away and have a free UAV to see any approaching enemies.
While doable in Solos, this strategy works best in squads. If one player picks up the Contract and the rest float in the air to complete the task, the process will be even quicker. Even if it’s a Bounty, all of the players can land on top of the target and it won’t matter if they die in the process because of the Resurgence mechanic.
Fortune’s Keep is pure chaos in the early game, so securing yourself a loadout before anyone else will be sure to set you up for success.
For more Warzone, be sure to check out how players have abandoned Rebirth Island in favor of Fortune’s Keep.
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