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Warzone’s new Vargo-S could finally dethrone NZ-41 as meta AR in Season 4 Reloaded

The Vargo-S Assault Rifle arrives with Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded, and here’s why it’s set to replace the NZ-41 as the meta pick.

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Vargo-S Assault Rifle in Warzone

Warzone’s Vargo-S Assault Rifle arrives with the Season 4 Reloaded update, and it’s set to be a powerful choice. So powerful that it may finally dethrone the NZ-41 as the meta weapon.

Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded arrives on July 27, bringing the Rebirth of the Dead game mode, Terminators, and the brand-new Vargo-S Assault Rifle.

New Warzone weapons almost always become the meta when they first arrive, and everything about the Vargo-S points towards this happening once again. Here’s why Season 4 Reloaded’s Vargo-S could finally dethrone the NZ-41 as the meta Assault Rifle.

Vargo-S Assault Rifle in Warzone and Vanguard

Vargo-S has every ingredient to be Warzone meta

The way CoD’s devs have described Warzone’s Vargo-S means it has everything it needs to become the meta choice in Season 4 Reloaded. The Vargo-S is described as “trading firepower for improved accuracy and fire rate,” where it “excels in medium and long-range engagements.”

Almost every meta Assault Rifle in Warzone’s history has a fast fire and extremely low recoil, making a quick TTK extremely easy to achieve. Combining this extremely low recoil with the meta SVT-40 3-6x optic makes Vanguard Assault Rifles particularly devastating, meaning the Vargo-S should be top of the pack.

A Vanguard Vargo-52 sounds unstoppable in Warzone

Also, the Vargo-S is an early prototype of Cold War’s powerful Vargo 52. Even in Warzone’s Vanguard Assault Rifle meta, the Vargo 52 is a solid choice.

Taking Cold War’s Vargo and applying Vanguard’s 6x Scope and ten attachment slots sounds like an unstoppable combination.

Vargo 52 in Warzone

The NZ-41 should get nerfed in Season 4 Reloaded

Of course, the NZ-41 would probably need to be nerfed for the Vargo-S to become the Warzone meta, and it has more than outstayed its welcome.

Raven Software have dropped three individual nerfs for the NZ-41, and it’s still the most popular weapon in the game by far. If the NZ-41 gets nerfed again in the Season 4 Reloaded update, then it should be the final nail in the coffin.


The Vargo-S Assault Rifle has every ingredient to be the meta pick, we’ll just need to wait until Season 4 Reloaded to try it out ourselves and see.

For more on Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded, be sure to check out how the new Portable Redeploy Balloon will work.

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Are Warzone servers down? Warzone servers status update

Are the Warzone servers down? That is what many players ask when they can’t connect to the game, so we have the current server status covered for you.

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It is always frustrating when players cannot connect to the servers of Warzone and play when they want to. Here’s how you can check the current server status for the battle royale title.

Warzone has become one of the most popular multiplayer games in the world following its release in 2020, with an extremely large playerbase. However, sometimes fans aren’t able to hop into the game and enjoy its content.

This happens whenever the servers go down, preventing players from connecting to the game. When this happens, you’ll need to check the game’s current server status and see when if they’re currently online or not.

Here’s everything you need to know to see the current server status of Warzone.

Are Warzone servers down?

Yes, Warzone servers are currently down on August 16. This seems to be impacting all Call of Duty titles at the moment including Vanguard.

Warzone players are currently facing server issues, with multiple reports coming in of stuttering, freezing, and lag in lobbies. Some players claim to have been experiencing these issues all week.

Despite this, the Activision online services support page states that Call of Duty: Warzone servers are up and running on all platforms. This website keeps a constant update of the online services for the high-profile first-person shooter series

When the site updates, it alerts community members who visit it whenever there is an issue, such as the Warzone servers being down. So, it’s possible that these issues might be caused by other factors.

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Another resource to check the current Warzone server status is the official Activision Support Twitter or Raven Software Twitter account. These Twitter accounts will post updates regarding current problems with games like Warzone when they arise, such as server outages.

The Activision Support Twitter posts updates on these issues including when they are resolved. Keeping an eye on this Twitter account can help you know if any problems are currently happening with the title.

We will continue to update this article with the current server status of Warzone whenever issues arise and are resolved.


For more Warzone, check out how to lower input lag in Warzone as well as the best PC Settings for Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded.

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Abandoned Cold War rifle is perfect for Rebirth & Fortune’s Keep ahead of Warzone Season 5

Here’s a forgotten Black Ops Cold War Rifle you can use to dominate Rebirth Island and Fortune’s Keep ahead of Warzone Season 5.

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Warzone Pacific Season 5 is almost here, and it might be time to return to an old fan-favorite ahead of the new season. Warzone expert WhosImmortal has revealed the Cold War rifle you should take to Warzone’s smaller maps in Season 4 Reloaded.

After the NZ-41 was forced out of the meta by the Season 4 Reloaded update, Warzone’s meta is finally in a balanced state. Old favorites such as the Kilo 141 and M13 have seen love again, but those aren’t the only weapons worth using once more.

Call of Duty YouTuber and Warzone meta expert WhosImmortal tried out Black Ops Cold War’s M16 Tactical Rifle again following its buffs in Season 4 Reloaded and reported that it’s able to dominate Rebirth Island and Fortune’s Keep.

WhosImmortal said that the M16 was already a decent gun, but has become a much more consistent choice after its damage buffs in the Season 4 Reloaded update.

Despite WhosImmortal clutching up a 21-kill win on Caldera, he explained that “this gun is really going to be the best it can be on Rebirth and Fortune’s Keep.”

“I think it’s more of a mid-range gun than anything just because over long-range … burst weapons are always going to be kind of awkward because of that kick that you constantly have to recenter,” he continued.

However, he said that the weapon is “pristine” at mid-range, making it perfect for the likes of Fortune’s Keep and Rebirth Island.

WhosImmortal buffed M16 Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: Agency Silencer
  • Barrel: 16.3″ Titanium
  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Foregrip
  • Magazine: STANAG 60 Rnd

These are all of the classic attachments for the M16, with the 16.3″ Titanium being a huge help thanks to its fire rate increase. He said that you can either use the 45 or 60 Round mag depending on which you prefer, but “you can’t go wrong with either.”


The M16 will be a powerful choice ahead of Season 5 on Wednesday, August 24, which brings new weapons, (reportedly) classic villains, and the final round-based map for Vanguard.

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DEADROP dev responds as fans accuse CoD of stealing skin from Dr Disrespect game

Dr Disrespect fans are convinced Activision copied a Variant his game for their latest Warzone skin, and a DEADROP dev has responded.

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Doomslayer skin in Warzone and Vanguard

Activision dropped Warzone and Vanguard’s Tracer Pack Malware Ultra Skin but players immediately noticed a striking similarity with Dr Disrespect’s DEADROP, and it looks like it’s even prompted a response from a Midnight Society developer.

Not long after Activision had to apologize for copying artwork from an independent artist, plagiarism accusations are flying once again. This time concerning Vanguard and Warzone’s new Doomslayer skin which Dr Disrespect fans immediately recognized.

Dr Disrespect’s ‘vertical extraction shooter’ DEADROP is currently in development, and there have already been plenty of comparisons with Call of Duty — mostly from Doc himself. He’s previously said that Modern Warfare 2 can’t “match” DEADROP.

Those who have bought a DEADROP Founders Pass have received one of 10,000 “Variants,” which are unique in-game characters. Senior developers have shown off their Variants, and many think they are the inspiration for Call of Duty’s latest bundle.

The Tracer Pack Malware Ultra skin dropped in Warzone and Vanguard on August 15, featuring a hooded sci-fi character with a skull-faced digital visor. Those words could also be used to describe DEADROP founder Robert Bowling’s Variant, and players were quick to make the comparison.

“Damn, they had to scrap the Dog they ripped off then went straight for a DEADROP variant,” replied one Twitter user. “Looks like whoever created this skin TRIED to copy the Variant of one of the leaders of [Midnight Society],” commented another.

While not a direct response, Bowling, who’s an ex-Infinity Ward dev, tweeted: “At least name it after me.”

Not everyone was convinced that the skin was a straight copy though, as some said that it’s a classic sci-fi design that’s been around longer than DEADROP.

We’ll need to wait and see whether Activision respond to the accusations, but Doc fans are convinced. In the meantime, check out how NICKMERCS will be “brutally honest” if he thinks DEADROP is trash.

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