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Warzone expert proves buffed AR to make a comeback in Season 3 Reloaded

After completely falling out of the meta, a buff from the Warzone Season 3 Reloaded update could result in the revival of a forgotten AR.

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A Warzone expert has revealed an Assault Rifle loadout that could make a return to the top after the Season 3 Reloaded update buffed the weapon significantly.

The Warzone Season 3 Reloaded update was one of the most game-changing in recent memory. Not only did the update introduce new features like the Underground Transit System, squad HUD, and TTK changes, but it also delivered several weapon buffs and nerfs.

The devs decided to tweak Vanguard weapons once more in an attempt to make them viable across the battle royale. As a result, a weapon that hasn’t been relevant since the start of Warzone Pacific could make a return to the Assault Rifle meta.

When Warzone Pacific launched on December 8, Vanguard’s NZ-41 quickly established itself as the best Assault Rifle in the game. Top players and content creators praised the weapon for its fast TTK, but the NZ-41’s time in the spotlight did not last long as other weapons quickly surpassed it.

However, the Season 3 Reloaded update provided buffs to several of the NZ-41’s attachments, which has led top players like Metaphor to claim that it could rise to the top once more.

The devs explained that their goal with the update was to tweak the NZ-41’s recoil pattern to make it more forgiving, “We’ve adjusted the curve so that it’s more logical in its movement, allowing you to predict and compensate appropriately.”

Metaphor’s NZ-41 Assault Rifle Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: MX Silencer
  • Barrel: Orbweaver 360mm BC
  • Optic: SVT-40 PU Scop 3-6x
  • Stock: Orbweaver E Pack
  • Underbarrel: M1930 Strife Angled
  • Magazine: 8mm Klauser 40 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip 
  • Perk: Brace
  • Perk 2: Fully Loaded

Metaphor’s NZ-41 loadout takes advantage of the recently buffed Orbweaver 360mm BC and 8mm Klauser 40 Round Mags. The weapon’s biggest weakness was its poor recoil control, but you’ll notice that it is now much easier to control and still packs a punch.

These attachments had their bullet velocity and recoil control adjusted, “we’ve also taken a look at the velocity and range bonuses provided by Attachments and made significant adjustments so that the NZ-41 can compete with the best,” claimed the devs.

Brace and Polymer Grip will also keep your shots as straight as possible for long-range gunfights. The NZ-41 never had an issue with slow TTK and with the changes making it easier to hit your shots, the weapon kills incredibly quickly.


For more Warzone Season 3 Reloaded content, check out how Warzone players are baffled by the “most brutal” nerf in the game’s history.

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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.

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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.

Although a couple of LMGs such as the Bruen Mk9, MG82, and Bren have made their way into Warzone’s meta, the class as a whole has never come close to the popularity or efficiency of Assault Rifles.

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.

They hope that LMGs will have much more of an identity in Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2, where Assault Rifles should “struggle against LMGs in long-range to ultra long range engagements.”

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.

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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.

Other weapons like the H4 BlixenMarco 5, and UGM-8 were also changed in the update. Warzone players will be encouraged to alter their usual loadouts as the best attachments have also been nerfed.

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-LineKar98k, 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.

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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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