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10 most popular weapons in Warzone

Published: 31/Jan/2021 17:27 Updated: 13/Feb/2021 18:06

by James Busby

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With Black Ops Cold War weapons now integrated into Warzone, the most popular weapons list has been shaken up big time. Some classics from Modern Warfare still remain though – here are the ten most popular weapons in Warzone, as of January 31.

Despite featuring over 35 primary weapons and numerous attachments, there are only a few guns that see play in Warzone. The best Modern Warfare weapons are picked due to their high damage per shot, incredible accuracy, clean optics, and general ease of use. 

But, the addition of Black Ops Cold War weapons has made sweeping changes. First, we had DMRzone – when everyone used the DMR, but some nerfs have (finally) sorted that out. The DMR has now dropped out of the top ten, sitting in 11th overall.

With the help of WZRanked, we’ve gathered the 10 most popular primary picks in Warzone. Whether you’re looking to increase your KDA or just wanting to know which guns will give you a competitive edge, then be sure to check out our handy popularity guide below.

10. HDR

HDR Modern Warfare
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The HDR makes hitting those long-range headshots a breeze.

Best HDR loadout

It appears the HDR has finally overthrown the AX-50 (13th) as the go-to sniper rifle in Warzone. While the HDR might be a little more weighty than the AX-50, its absolutely absurd damage range and minor bullet drop make it the current king. Being able to easily land those all-important headshots is massive, particularly when you’re able to safely do so from a well-fortified position. 

However, to make full use of the HDR’s colossal range 52% of players equip the Variable Zoom Scope. Not only does this give you greater long-range kill potential, it also keeps your bullets highly accurate. The longer ADS time can prove to be frustrating at first, but the overall precision this gun offers is unparalleled.

9. M13

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While not as powerful as the Kilo, this assault rifle still gets the job done.

Best M13 loadout

The M13 may not be as powerful as the Kilo or Grau, but its high fire rate and minimal recoil make it a favored pick. In fact, if the Kilo were to ever receive a nerf, it’s likely that the M13 would take its place in the popularity rankings. The most notable feature of the M13 is its ability to remain competitive in close-quarters scenarios, giving players the chance to pick up some quick kills without needing to switch guns. 

Due to the M13’s high rate of fire, missing rounds can quickly lead to a rather frustrating death. Fortunately, the 60 Round Mags give you more than enough bullets to pepper your enemies with. Lastly, don’t be afraid to hold down that trigger and let the bullets fly as the M13’s recoil is pretty much nonexistent.

8. MP5

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The MP5 continues to dominate the competition.

Best MP5 loadout

The MP5 has been tearing things up in Warzone since the start, but it’s been dropped down to 8 since the release of Black Ops Cold War. This lethal SMG can shred through fully armored foes in no time thanks to its blisteringly fast fire rate, insane close-quarters damage, and high mobility. 

Even better, the MP5 has plenty of attachments that greatly decrease the weapon’s ADS speed, giving you the tools needed to aggressively push your enemies and secure those close-quarters kills. But, there’s a new SMG that is simply better.

7. M4A1

M4A1 in WarzoneNo longer the most popular, the M4A1 is still viable.

Best M4A1 loadout

Another Modern Warfare weapon that has been knocked down the standings, this fast fire rate Assault Rifle can still hold its own in Verdansk.

But, despite its fire rate, the bouncier recoil and less damage than some of the other ARs just doesn’t cut it, so it’s no longer a top pick. Unless you’re just really comfortable with it, we suggest swapping it out for something higher on this list.

6. CR-56 Amax

CR56 Amax in WarzoneThe Amax bounces more than other rifles, but has high ROF and damage.

Best CR-56 Amax loadout

Once a very underused rifle, the Amax has steadily grown in popularity. It can tear through opponents quickly, and with the right loadout can be easy to control.

Having said that, it’s still got a touch more recoil than rifles like the Kilo, and so you will need to ensure you can control it – which might take some practice.

5. Grau 5.56

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The Grau may not be as strong as it once was, but it’s still a popular pick.

Best Grau 5.56 loadout

Those of you have been playing Warzone since Season 2 will know just how dominant this assault rifle is. The Grau has one of the cleanest iron sights in the game, allowing players to forgo any optics in favor of DPS increasing attachments. While it may not be as strong as its Season 2 predecessor, the Grau is still widely used to this day. 

If you don’t have a leveled-up Kilo or simply don’t wish to use a 3.x optic, then the Grau is the next best thing. This assault rifle favors the run and gun play style and absolutely shreds in close to mid-range firefights.

4. FFAR-1

FFAR 1 in WarzoneThe FFAR shoots incredibly fast – but this makes it trickier at long range.

Best FFAR 1 loadout

This is the highest-ranking Black Ops Cold War assault rifle in Warzone. Reminiscent of the very overpowered Famas in Black Ops 1, the FFAR boasts a blisteringly fast rate of fire.

Once you kit it out with attachments, it will put enemies down in a flash, and is just as good up close as it is at a medium distance. However, at longer ranges, it will struggle, so consider pairing it with a sniper — as has become mightily popular. While some of the top streamers pair their FFAR with a DMR, a large quantity of players have been using it with a Kar98k, enjoying a really fun loadout that rewards precision and offers an incredible firing rate up-close.

3. Kilo 141

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Grau nerfs have led players to pick up the Kilo.

Best Kilo loadout

This reliable assault rifle has been wreaking havoc in Verdansk for a while now, and nerfs to the Grau have led to its increased popularity. In fact, the Kilo is now the gold standard when it comes to picking an assault rifle. Having a gun that has little-to-no recoil is absolutely huge.

The Kilo can quickly wipe out entire squads thanks to its 60 Round Mags, while the VLK 3.x Optic will keep your shots incredibly accurate. No recoil control is needed at all with this gun, so simply hold down that trigger and get securing those satisfying squad wipes.

2. Kar98k

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The Kar98k may not be a modern gun, but it still packs a mighty punch.

Best Kar98k loadout

Sometimes you’ve got to go old school when claiming kills in Warzone and this WWII rifle certainly packs a mean punch. Despite being a bolt-action rifle, the Kar98k is one of the fastest marksman rifles in the game. Being able to break armor and maintain constant pressure is incredibly important in Warzone, especially if you wish to kill downed enemies before they get revived. 

Even if you miss a few shots, the Kar98k is incredibly forgiving. This makes it the perfect replacement for those that struggle with the HDR or AX-50 loadouts. The only downside to this German rifle is its bullet drop, so make sure you compensate for the travel time before taking those cross-map shots.

1. MAC-10

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The MAC-10 is dominating Warzone lobbies.

Best Mac-10 loadout

The MAC-10 is comfortably the best SMG in Warzone right now – so powerful in fact, many players argue it needs a nerf.

Very little recoil, high-damage, and a ridiculous fire rate make it undeniably better than any other ‘secondary’ (when taken as your backup) weapon in the game. It’s an absolute monster – and probably the weapon most due some balancing tweaks.

Most popular Warzone loadout guns (%)

  1. Mac-10 (16.5%)
  2. Kar98k (13.5%)
  3. Kilo 141 (8.0%)
  4. FFAR 1 (7.8%)
  5. Grau 5.56 (6.6%)
  6. CR-56 Amax (6.4%)
  7. M4A1 (4.6%)
  8. MP5 (3.6%)
  9. M13 (3.3%)
  10. HDR (2.8%)

If you want to try out some different weapons in Warzone or even Multiplayer, check out our full list of best loadouts for every gun.

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LIVE: CDL Super Week Day 2 – Mutineers take on Legion

Published: 23/Feb/2021 18:25 Updated: 23/Feb/2021 19:45

by Albert Petrosyan

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The Call of Duty League has combined Weeks 2 and 3 of Stage 1 into one massive Super Week of matches, and everything you need to watch and follow the event live can be found below.


  • Mutineers go for back-to-back wins in battle against winless Legion.
  • Veterans Parasite and Clayster face off in Royal Ravens vs Subliners clash (4:30PM ET)
  • ROKKR look to build on big Empire upset against Surge’s new-look roster (6PM ET)

Due to the inclement weather in Texas and other parts of the United States causing power outages for a lot of pro players, the CDL opted to combine the Week 2 and 3 matches into Super Week.

Seven straight days of matches will see all 12 teams in action at least three times, and with the Stage 1 Major looming around the corner, this will be the final opportunity for teams to improve their seeding for the $500,000 tournament.

CDL Super Week: Stream

The CDL streams all of its matches exclusively on YouTube, which is where you can also find replays of matches that have already been completed.

CDL Super Week: Schedule

Super Week kicks off with a double-header on February 22 before six straight days of triple-headers between February 23-28.

Day 2: Tuesday, February 23

Match PST EST GMT AEDT (Feb 24)
Mutineers 0-0 Legion 12:00 PM 3:00 PM 8:00 PM 7:00 AM
Game 2 Subliners vs Royal Ravens 1:30 PM 4:30 PM 9:30 PM 8:30 AM
Game 3 Surge vs ROKKR 3:00 PM 6:00 PM 11:00 PM 10:00 AM

Day 3: Wednesday, February 24

Match PST EST GMT AEDT (Feb 25)
Game 1 Royal Ravens vs Empire 12:00 PM 3:00 PM 8:00 PM 7:00 AM
Game 2 Thieves vs Surge 1:30 PM 4:30 PM 9:30 PM 8:30 AM
Game 3 OpTic vs Ultra 3:00 PM 6:00 PM 11:00 PM 10:00 AM

Day 4: Thursday, February 25

Match PST EST GMT AEDT (Feb 26)
Game 1 ROKKR vs Subliners 12:00 PM 3:00 PM 8:00 PM 7:00 AM
Game 2 OpTic vs Guerrillas 1:30 PM 4:30 PM 9:30 PM 8:30 AM
Game 3 FaZe vs Mutineers 3:00 PM 6:00 PM 11:00 PM 10:00 AM

Day 5: Friday, February 26

Match PST EST GMT AEDT (Feb 27)
Game 1 Thieves vs Royal Ravens 12:00 PM 3:00 PM 8:00 PM 7:00 AM
Game 2 Ultra vs Legion 1:30 PM 4:30 PM 9:30 PM 8:30 AM
Game 3 Empire vs Subliners 3:00 PM 6:00 PM 11:00 PM 10:00 AM

Day 6: Saturday, February 27

Match PST EST GMT AEDT (Feb 28)
Game 1 FaZe vs Legion 12:00 PM 3:00 PM 8:00 PM 7:00 AM
Game 2 ROKKR vs Royal Ravens 1:30 PM 4:30 PM 9:30 PM 8:30 AM
Game 3 Ultra vs Guerrillas 3:00 PM 6:00 PM 11:00 PM 10:00 AM

Day 7: Sunday, February 28

Match PST EST GMT AEDT (Mar 1)
Game 1 Subliners vs Surge 12:00 PM 3:00 PM 8:00 PM 7:00 AM
Game 2 OpTic vs Mutineers 1:30 PM 4:30 PM 9:30 PM 8:30 AM
Game 3 Empire vs Thieves 3:00 PM 6:00 PM 11:00 PM 10:00 AM

Past scores & daily recaps

Day 1: Monday, February 22

  Match Hardpoint S&D Control Hardpoint S&D
Match Replay Guerrillas 1-3 Mutineers LAG 250-133 (Crossroads) FLA 6-3 (Miami) FLA 3-2 (Garrison) FLA 250-172 (Garrison) N/A
Match Replay Ultra 1-3 FaZe ATL 250-247 (Raid) TOR 6-3 (Raid) ATL 3-0 (Raid) ATL 250-128 (Garrison) N/A

Mutineers get first win of 2021, FaZe stay unbeaten

After losing their season-opener at CDL Opening Weekend, Florida Mutineers’ new-look lineup got their first win of 2021 with a 3-1 victory over LA Guerrillas, who now sit at 1-2. LAG won the first map in dominant fashion before the Mutineers ripped off three straight maps to secure the series.

The second match of the day was a battle of the unbeatens as Atlanta FaZe took on Toronto Ultra. The series started back-and-forth, and if it wasn’t for a clutch break at the end of the Raid Hardpoint, Atlanta may have found themselves down 0-2 early.

But things settled down after the second map as FaZe took games three and four quite comfortably to secure the 3-1 victory. The win now gives the boys in red a league-leading three wins, against just zero losses, while Ultra drop to 1-1.

CDL Super Week essentials

CDL Super Week: Format & CDL Points

  • Location: Online
  • Prize Pool: N/A
  • CDL Points: 10 per win
  • Maps & Modes:
    • Hardpoint: Checkmate, Crossroads, Garrison, Moscow, Raid
    • Search & Destroy: Checkmate, Garrison, Miami, Moscow, Raid
    • Control: Checkmate, Garrison, Raid
  • Matches are best-of-five (HP, S&D, Control, HP, S&D)

CDL Super Week: Teams & Rosters

ROKKR
CDL roster spotlight: Minnesota ROKKR’s new-look lineup delivered an upset victory over Dallas Empire at Opening Weekend.

All 12 teams are participating in the Week 2 event, split into the two groups that were drawn at the start of Stage 1. All teams within the same group play each other once during the Stage, for a total of five matches.

Group A

Team Roster
Dallas Empire Crimsix, Shotzzy, Huke, iLLeY
London Royal Ravens Alexx, Dylan, Seany, Zer0
Los Angeles Thieves Kenny, SlasheR, TJHaLy, Temp
Minnesota ROKKR Accuracy, Attach, Priestahh, MajorManiak
New York Subliners Clayster, Asim, Diamondcon, Mack
Seattle Surge Octane, Gunless, Prestinni, Loony

Group B

Team Roster
Atlanta FaZe Simp, Cellium, aBeZy, Arcitys
Florida Mutineers Skyz, Owakening, Slacked, Neptune
Los Angeles Guerrillas SiLLY, Assault, Apathy, Vivid
OpTic Chicago Scump, FormaL, Envoy, Dashy
Paris Legion AquA, Classic, Fire, Skrapz
Toronto Ultra Methodz, Bance, Cammy, CleanX

Make sure to check out our CDL 2021 Season hub for the latest standings, full schedule of all events, a breakdown of the season format, and more.