Call of Duty

Best Bruen Mk9 loadouts for Warzone and Modern Warfare

Published: 2/Jul/2020 10:38 Updated: 2/Jul/2020 10:40

by Joe Craven


Modern Warfare and Warzone are two very different experiences, so you’ll need different weapon attachments depending on which you’re playing. Here, we break down your best options when using the Bruen Mk9 LMG. 

CoD tradition states that LMGs are only used by campers and to complete camo challenges. A lot of veteran CoD players will remember Black Ops II’s target finder/MK48 combination. This tradition has rung true in Modern Warfare, with the majority of LMGs struggling to impact the meta in any notable way.

However, the Bruen Mk9, added in Season 3, is confortably the strongest overall LMG in the game, translating to its viability in Warzone. Here are the best classes to use in Verdansk and in general MW multiplayer.

Best Bruen Mk9 Warzone loadout

  • Monolithic Suppressor
  • XRK Summit 26.8″ 
  • Thermal Hybrid
  • Commando Foregrip 
  • 60 round mags

The Bruen Mk9 is one of the most underrated weapons in the current build of Warzone, able to dominate nearly any AR at medium and longer ranges. To reflect this, our recommended Warzone loadout is more geared towards recoil control and maintaining damage range.

Bruen Mk9 in Modern Warfare Gunsmith

The Monolithic Suppressor and XRK Summit 26.8″ will significantly boost players’ damage range, meaning they can rip through enemy armor even at longer distances. Secondly, the Commando Foregrip will stabilize shots, without further slowing the gun’s handling and mobility.

60 round mags are, arguably, the most important attachment to use on the Bruen Mk9. We’d normally advise you to maximize your magazine capacity, but the Bruen actually benefits from reducing your capacity.

The 60 round mag is still sufficient to take down multiple enemies with one clip, but significantly reduces ADS and reload time. It’s possibly the only time we’ll tell you to reduce your magazine size in Warzone, but the Bruen’s handling and reload are improved so significantly by running this attachment.

Finally, you’ll want an optic. Realistically, the Bruen’s iron sights become obstructive at longer ranges. We’ve gone for the Thermal Hybrid, but you can swap this out for one of your choice.

Forpantheon’s Bruen Mk9 loadout for Warzone

One streamer who has been ahead of the curve is Forpantheon, a Turkish streamer who has set kill records using a Bruen Mk9 and MP5 set up. His Bruen Mk9 loadout is similar to the one above, with a few minor changes.

He uses the VLK 3.0x Optic, rather than the Thermal Hybrid. Furthermore, he has been known to mess around with foregrips, but has recently settled on the Commando. If you’re struggling to control the recoil, swap this out for the Operator or Merc.

Best Bruen Mk9 loadout for Modern Warfare

  • Stippled Grip Tape
  • XRK Horizon 23.0″ 
  • Skeleton Stock
  • Commando Foregrip 
  • 60 round mags

Bruen Mk9 in Modern Warfare Gunsmith

Like the Warzone class, we’re recommending the Commando Foregrip and 60 round mags. Handling is even more important in Modern Warfare’s multiplayer, where your engagements are likely to be closer and more frequent.

On this note, the Stippled Grip Tape and Skeleton Stock will reduce ADS time, with the latter also boosting your strafing speed.

Finally, the XRK Horizon 23.0″ barrel will boost your damage range and help stabilize shots, without incurring the mobility penalties the XRK Summit 28.8″ barrel does. This Bruen class aims to maximize handling and mobility, without hindering the gun’s base damage.


That rounds off our best Bruen Mk9 classes to use in Warzone and Modern Warfare! Tweet us @DexertoIntel to let us know your setups. If you haven’t already tried the Bruen, we promise you won’t regret it.

Call of Duty

Iconic Call of Duty Raid map spotted in Black Ops Cold War files

Published: 2/Dec/2020 2:24

by Brad Norton


Eight years after its introduction in the Call of Duty franchise, Black Ops 2’s Raid could finally be returning in a mainline entry as files for the iconic map have been uncovered in Black Ops Cold War.

Treyarch’s fan-favorite Black Ops 2 released in 2012. Since then, we’ve seen eight new titles come and go. In that gap, Raid has only made one other appearance in a global title, that title being Call of Duty Mobile.

While other maps have been rereleased countless times, including seven remakes of Nuketown alone, Raid has been left in the past. However, that’s about to change according to the latest leaks.

After an extended period in the shadows, Raid could finally be thrown back into the spotlight soon. Dataminers have uncovered a line of code relating to the map in Black Ops Cold War, suggesting that we’ll see it return in Season 1.

As a huge influx of Season 1 content slipped through the cracks on December 1, one key line stood out from the pack. ‘S1_map_raid_tu_cairo’ was plucked directly from the latest version of Black Ops Cold War.

Obviously, this doesn’t outright confirm Raid is a guarantee for the next Season. This is the first official reference to the map in quite some time, though, so it’s safe to assume Treyarch has been working to bring it back to life.

Black Ops 2 Raid gameplay
Raid might finally be back in a mainline CoD title for the first time since 2012.

The original map quickly became a favorite for its unique design. There were distinct sections that paved the way for vast combat opportunities. Both close-range and long-range loadouts could feel right at home on Raid. On one side you had a wide-open area with a high ground advantage for one team next to a  

On the other, you had a circular area perfect for flanking opportunities. Meanwhile, in the middle lane, you’d often catch snipers peeking across from either side in a near-symmetrical layout.

One of the more interesting tidbits from this datamine is the final word. Cairo is the capital of Egypt. The original version of Raid was set in Los Angeles. So when we see this new version, it could have a fresh coat of paint to fit the locale. 

Black Ops 2 Raid gameplay
Expect to see snipers hanging out across the basketball courts if Raid drops with Season One in Cold War.

It was an extremely popular competitive map throughout the year of its initial release. Given it worked quite well with essentially all objective-based game modes. From Hardpoint to Search and Destroy, Raid was often a favored pick.

Season One of Black Ops Cold War kicks off on December 10. There’s no confirmation we’ll see Raid in-game from this point on, so do take this leak with a grain of salt until then.