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Warzone Pacific players furious with January 6 playlist update

Some Warzone players are not too happy about the recent playlist update, with some claiming it is hindering their experience.

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Warzone players are expressing their opinions following the recent playlist update on January 6 and many are not happy.

Warzone Pacific has received a lot of backlash since its release, with players not being overly happy with the map design, and also the abundance of bugs and performance issues.

Raven Software has been hard at work trying to correct these issues, and the playlist updates provide players with a nice weekly overhaul. Having said that, the playlist update that arrived on January 6 hasn’t been taken lightly.

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The January 6 Playlist update for Warzone Pacific saw the following modes become available:

  • Vanguard Royale
    • Solos, Duos, & Trios
  • Vanguard Resurgance
    • Quads
  • Battle Royale
    • Quads
  • Plunder
    • Duos
  • Resurgence
    • Trios

One Reddit user by the name of Nintendo_Pro_03 let the community know about the update via Reddit, which caused some interesting responses.

Playlist for the week of January 6th. from CODWarzone

The issue is that the playlist update is very much tuned towards making people play the Vanguard Royale modes over the classic Battle Royale mode.

One comment under the Reddit post discussing the playlist update stated: “I understand wanting to push to vanguard modes to sell the game, but holy s*** is it frustrating to not be able to play regular BR trios, duos, or solo.”

Another also shares a similar opinion and even claims it is actually preventing them from playing with their friends: “Some of my friends don’t have vanguard and doing s*** like this is just making them not play warzone unless we have a team of 4. It’s awful.”

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As many will know, the Vanguard Royale modes only allow for Vanguard weapons, equipment, and vehicles. This does limit players from using all the weapons and vehicles they have grown to love over the years playing Warzone.

Of course, players can still play the standard Battle Royale mode, but this is for Quads, preventing smaller parties from being able to play Duos, Trios, or even Solos with the standard Battle Royale rules.


Hopefully, Raven Software will listen to the community and make changes, as it seems to be affecting the community negatively. For more, check out our piece on Warzone Pacific Season 1 Reloaded.

Image Credits: Activision / Raven Software

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Best OTs 9 loadout for CoD: Warzone Pacific Season 1

Here are the best attachments, Perks and Equipment to use with the powerful OTs 9 SMG in Warzone Pacific Season 1.

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Warzone Pacific OTs 9 loadout

The OTs 9 SMG is another meta pick in Warzone Pacific’s huge arsenal of weaponry, so here are the best attachments and Perks to make the best Warzone OTs 9 loadout and maximize its potential in Season 1.

Black Ops Cold War’s OTs 9 remains a great choice to consider when it comes to a powerful close-quarters weapon in Warzone Pacific Season 1.

This fast-firing SMG boasts a highly competitive time to kill, so you can use it to dominate your opponents in close-range combat – especially on the confines of Rebirth Island

We have all of the attachments and Perks you should run to make the best Warzone Pacific OTs 9 loadout.

Best Warzone OTs 9 loadout attachments

Best Warzone OTs 9 loadout
  • Muzzle: GRU Suppressor
  • Barrel: 8.1″ Task Force
  • Laser: Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock
  • Ammunition: VDV 40 Rnd Fast Mag

The best Warzone OTs 9 loadout is built to dominate at close range but will be better suited for Solos and Duo matches because of its smaller magazine size.

To start the best Warzone OTs 9 loadout, we’ve opted for the GRU Suppressor. This is the standard for most SMG builds because of its massive increase in bullet velocity, range, and recoil control while keeping you off the minimap when firing.

Next, the 8.1″ Task Force barrel further increases this range while boosting strafe speed. Its only downside is that it will make the OTs kick more, but it’s perfect for a close-range build.

As this is a close-range build, speed and mobility are key. Combining the Tiger Team Spotlight and the KGB Skeletal Stock will vastly improve your sprint to fire and aim walk moving speed, making you a tough target.

Finally, to get the largest magazine size possible, you should use the VDV 40 Rnd Fast Mag which also gives a much faster reload.

Best Perks & Equipment to use with OTs 9 class

Warzone E.O.D, overkill, and amped perks
  • Perk 1: E.O.D
  • Perk 2: Overkill then Ghost
  • Perk 3: Amped
  • Lethal: Throwing Knife
  • Tactical: Stun Grenades

To start, you want to use E.O.D to survive any explosive damage, which is necessary when using an SMG up-close.

Then, you want to use Overkill to pair the OTs 9 with the Bren or Swiss K31. Afterward, you want to take Ghost from your next loadout to hide from Heartbeat Sensors and UAVs.

Amped is a great choice for Amped for our final Perk, as it allows you to switch weapons much faster and makes sure you do not get caught switching weapons when an enemy begins to fire at you.

For Equipment, we recommend combining the Throwing Knife and Stun Grenades. The Throwing Knife is perfect to quickly finish off downed enemies, and the Stuns will almost render your opponent powerless.

Most recent OTs 9 buffs and nerfs in Warzone

OTs 9 SMG in Warzone

Raven Software realized that the OTs 9 was extremely powerful, so gave it a fairly significant nerf in one of Warzone Pacific’s first updates.

The December 9 update reduced its maximum damage and headshot multiplier, making it more in line with the game’s other SMGs.

Here are all the recent changes to the OTs 9:

  • OTs 9 (BOCW)
    • Maximum Damage decreased to 30, down from 31
    • Headshot Damage Multiplier decreased to 1.33, down from 1.52

How to unlock the OTs 9 in Warzone

OTs 9 SMG in Black Ops Cold War

Unlocking the OTs 9 is relatively simple but time-consuming, requiring you to complete at least 15 different matches.

This is the challenge you will need to complete:

  • Using SMGs, kill 2 or more players rapidly in 15 different completed matches.

We recommend jumping into either Plunder or Rebirth Island, where you’ll have many more opportunities to get two SMG kills in quick succession.

Best alternatives to Warzone’s OTs 9

If you haven’t unlocked the OTs 9 yet or are looking for something with more ammo for squad matches, there are plenty of viable choices besides the best Warzone OTs 9 loadout.

The Bullfrog’s large magazine size makes it a competitive choice in any squad mode, and you can’t go wrong with the new hip-fire PPSh loadout that’s been dominating the game.


Also, make sure to check out our full ranking of every weapon in Warzone Pacific Season 1.

Image Credit: Activision / Raven Software

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Best Warzone Pacific guns: Every weapon ranked

Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific has over 100 weapons to choose from, so we’ve ranked every primary gun and counted down the top ten.

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Best weapons in Call of Duty Warzone Pacific

Using the best Call of Duty: Warzone weapons is key to picking up victories in the popular battle royale, and we’ve put together a list of the most powerful guns in Warzone Pacific and ranked the weapons from best to worst.

In Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific Season 1, there are well over 100 weapons to choose from. Guns, knives, and explosives from Modern Warfare, Black Ops Cold War, and Vanguard are available to take into Caldera and Rebirth Island.

The Pacific update brought across all of the weapons from Vanguard, creating an entirely new meta.

While you want to optimize your graphics settings and controller settings in Warzone, everyone wants to know the best weapon to use. We’ve ranked all 119 primary weapons in the game and counted down the top 10.

Best guns in Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific ranked list

Warzone Pacific player in Caldera

Before we count down the top 10 weapons in Warzone, we’re ranking every single primary weapon available in the game. Some weapons clearly shine above the rest and some should be avoided at all costs.

Here’s every primary weapon in Warzone Pacific Season 1 ranked from best to worst.

  1. Kar98k (Modern Warfare)
  2. Bren
  3. Swiss K31
  4. AK-47 (Cold War)
  5. Cooper Carbine
  6. Welgun
  7. STG44
  8. MP-40
  9. BAR
  10. OTs 9
  11. XM4
  12. PPSh-41 (Cold War)
  13. Grau 5.56
  14. MG42
  15. EM2
  16. NZ-41
  17. M4A1
  18. SPR-208
  19. LAPA
  20. Type 100
  21. M1928 Thompson
  22. Bullfrog
  23. MP5 (MW)
  24. C58
  25. Oden
  26. MAC-10
  27. RAM-7
  28. AS44
  29. Volkssturmgewehr
  30. FARA 83
  31. Kar98k (Vanguard)
  32. DP27
  33. 3-Line Rifle
  34. Double Barrel
  35. MG 82
  36. Automaton
  37. MP5 (Cold War)
  38. QBZ-83
  39. ITRA Burst
  40. Sten
  41. Owen Gun
  42. AS VAL
  43. Stoner 63
  44. AUG (MW)
  45. Gallo SA12
  46. FiNN LMG
  47. PKM
  48. Bruen Mk9
  49. Krig 6
  50. CR-56 AMAX
  51. MP7
  52. Milano 821
  53. Type 11
  54. Grav
  55. HDR
  56. ZRG 20mm
  57. JAK-12
  58. FFAR 1
  59. Kilo 141
  60. Type 99
  61. RAAL MG
  62. SVT-40
  63. M1 Garand
  64. TEC-9
  65. Nail Gun
  66. CX-9
  67. M13
  68. DMR 14
  69. LW3 – Tundra
  70. Einhorn Revolving
  71. Combat Shotgun
  72. M16
  73. AK-74u
  74. Gracey Auto
  75. Pelington 703
  76. Origin 12
  77. Groza
  78. Streetsweeper
  79. Riot Shield
  80. SA87
  81. LC10
  82. Fennec
  83. FN SCAR 17
  84. AX-50
  85. M82
  86. AUG (Cold War)
  87. G-43
  88. Uzi
  89. P90
  90. RPD
  91. Holger-26
  92. AN-94
  93. CARV.2
  94. R-90
  95. Combat Shield
  96. Crossbow
  97. PP19 Bizon
  98. VLK Rogue
  99. Marshal
  100. M60
  101. MG34
  102. Hauer 77
  103. ISO
  104. Striker 45
  105. FAL
  106. 410 Ironhide
  107. M91
  108. Type 63
  109. FR 5.56
  110. Dragunov
  111. Rytec AMR
  112. EBR-14
  113. KSP 45
  114. SKS
  115. MK2 Carbine
  116. R1 Shadowhunter 
  117. AK-47 (MW)
  118. Model 680
  119. 725

Best guns in Warzone Pacific Season 1

10. OTs 9

Best Warzone ots 9 loadout

The OTs 9 has long been a powerful choice in Warzone, and even though it’s a Cold War weapon, it’s still got a place in Warzone Pacific.

Warzone players love a low TTK SMG, and the OTs 9 fits that category perfectly. It has minimal recoil and can kill extremely quickly, which makes it a powerful choice whether you’re pairing it with an Assault Rifle or Sniper Rifle.

You’ll likely still see a ton of OTs 9s in Caldera thanks to its accuracy and power.

9. BAR

Best BAR Warzone Pacific

The BAR isn’t the easiest weapon to use in Warzone Pacific, but there are very few Assault Rifles that can outgun it.

Although its slow fire rate makes tracking moving targets quite tough, each bullet hits like a truck. Once you get used to that slow fire rate, you’ll likely have great success with the BAR, especially when fighting players face-to-face.

It’s not the best at close-range though, so make sure you stick to the outdoors.

8. MP40

MP40 Warzone Pacific loadout

Similar to the STG, the MP40 is incredibly effective because it’s so easy to use and will tear through enemies extremely quickly.

Although it’s the first SMG you unlock, the MP40 has almost no recoil and great mobility. If you’re unsure which SMG to level up and use in Caldera, we can’t recommend the MP40 enough. Plus, there are plenty of great versions of it as ground loot, too.

7. STG44

STG44 Assault Rifle in Warzone

The STG44 is an extremely popular choice because it’s the first Assault Rifle you unlock in Vanguard and is extremely easy to use.

It’s almost the M4A1 of WW2, being a great jack of all trades. It’s neither the most powerful nor the most accurate, but players of all skill levels can take advantage of it. Plus, the Gunsmith system allows the STG to be built for almost any situation, but we recommend using it at medium to long-range.

6. Welgun – Best SMG in Warzone Pacific

Best Warzone Welgun loadout

The Welgun arrived in Warzone Pacific Season 1’s mid-season update and quickly became the go-to SMG for many players.

Boasting a faster TTK than the MP40 and minimal recoil, the Welgun has been labeled “overpowered” by many content creators and is the obvious choice alongside your favorite Assault Rifle or LMG.

The only problem with the Welgun is that a glitch is stopping players from unlocking it in Warzone, but Raven Software are aware of the issue.

5. Cooper Carbine

Best Warzone Pacific cooper carbine loadout

The Cooper Carbine was new to both Warzone and Vanguard with the launch of Season 1, and quickly became one of the best weapons in the game.

It was originally best suited for close-range but even after Raven Software nerfed it, it’s still remained top of the pack. Its fast fire rate and extremely low recoil make it incredibly easy to use at range, even if the TTK isn’t the best on this list.

4. Cold War AK-47 – Best Assault Rifle in Warzone Pacific

Warzone Pacific Cold War AK-47 loadout

It took some time for Cold War’s AK-47 to join Warzone’s meta but once it did, it secured its place.

With extremely fast TTK, Cold War’s AK-47 is the perfect choice for either a long-range or sniper support build. You may have some trouble getting used to the high recoil, but there are few guns capable of taking it down.

No matter your playstyle, the AK-47 is a great choice across both Caldera and Rebirth Island.

3. Swiss K31

Best Warzone Swiss K31 loadout

The Swiss K31 wasn’t a particularly strong Sniper Rifle when it was first released, but some powerful buffs to Cold War snipers have made it a very strong option for those who favor picking off enemies from a distance.

This Sniper Rifle has one of the best ADS times in its class, making it a perfect option for quickscopers who like to get into their opponents’ faces.

We’ve ranked it below the Kar98k simply because it has less aim assist, but if you’re a mouse and keyboard player, the Swiss K31 could be the weapon for you.

2. Bren – Best LMG in Warzone Pacific

Bren LMG in Warzone Pacific

Although quite slow, the Bren has remained an incredibly powerful weapon even after nerfs. You won’t be able to dart around finessing your opponents, but it has almost zero recoil allowing you to beam any opponent that crosses your path.

The Bren has extremely low recoil for an LMG, which makes it a fantastic choice whether you’ve built your own loadout or are using it as ground loot. We expect it to get nerfed again ahead of Season 2.

1. Kar98k – Best Sniper/Marksman Rifle in Warzone Pacific

Warzone Kar98k marksman rifle

If you want a Sniper Rifle that’s both quick and accurate, Modern Warfare’s Kar98k is the strongest choice available. Although being a Marksman Rifle, equipping the Kar with a Sniper Scope will make it the most aggressive sniper build in Warzone.

Being only slightly slower than the Swiss, it’s fast enough that you’ll be able to quickscope enemies up close. Starting a fight with a couple of easy headshots will put your team at a distinct advantage. And with its one-shot headshot and minimal bullet drop, you can effectively snipe at long-range too.

Sniper Rifles still dominate after the Warzone Pacific update, so you’ll want to make sure that someone in your squad is running one – and we fully recommend the Kar98k.


Those are the top 10 weapons you should be using in Warzone Pacific Caldera. Expect this list to keep on changing as weapons are buffed and nerfed.

And if classic multiplayer is more your cup of tea, you can check out the top 10 Vanguard weapons.

Image Credits: Activision / Raven Software / Sledgehammer Games

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FaZe Swagg shares Warzone “AIMBOT” STG44 loadout

FaZe Swagg has shared the perfect attachments to make an “aimbot” STG44 AR loadout in Warzone Pacific Season 1.

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The STG44 has been a reliable option in Warzone Pacific since Vanguard’s integration and FaZe Swagg has just revealed his aimbot STG44 loadout that will have you shooting beams.

Warzone Pacific’s mid-Season 1 update introduced players to the Welgun but it also brought along buffs and nerfs to several established Vanguard weapons. The STG44 was an early favorite when Warzone Pacific launched but was quickly taken over by the Bren.

Now, it seems like the STG44 is enjoying a second stint in the limelight, and FaZe Swagg has just the loadout to turn the Assault Rifle into a killing machine in Warzone Pacific.

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Not only did the STG44 receive a buff but the widely popular Bren received a much-needed nerf which allowed players to explore other long-range options.

It didn’t take long for players to revisit an old favorite but this time FaZe Swagg uses different attachments to make the weapon shoot as straight as possible.

FaZe Swagg paired this aimbot STG44 loadout with an MP40 to cover close-range gunfights and racked up 33 kills on his way to a commanding Duos victory.

Swagg explains the STG’s potential, “They buffed the STG a lot making it have no visual recoil and then you got on some of the attachments that I have it makes it an overall top AR meta”.

FaZe Swagg “AIMBOT” STG44 loadout

stg44 warzone pacific vanguard
  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: VDD 760mm 05B
  • Optic: G16 2.5x
  • Stock: VDD 34S Weighted
  • Underbarrel: m1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 7.62 Gorenko 50 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Perk 1: Focus
  • Perk 2: Fully Loaded

Swagg makes this weapon as steady as can be from long-range with the VDD 760mm 05B, VDD 34S Weighted, and m1941 Hand Stop. Thanks to the recent buff Swagg can afford to swap the F8 Stabilizer for the Recoil Booster which increases the fire rate significantly.

The G16 2.5x optic is standard for Warzone Pacific as are the 7.62 Gorenko 50 Round Mags. Finally, Swagg makes an interesting choice to forgo the popular Vital Perk and instead opt for Focus which reduces the amount of flinch given while shot whilst aiming.

This means when enemy players are trying to take Swagg down, he can still get clean shots off and escape with his life.


For more Warzone news check out how Warzone cheaters are getting nerfed live in-game by RICOCHET anti-cheat and this hilarious Warzone bug that sets players’ sights on fire.

Image Credit: Activision / Raven Software / Sledgehammer Games / FaZe Swagg

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