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Best Warzone loadouts: Guns, attachments, perks, optics, more

Published: 26/Jun/2020 13:56 Updated: 12/Jul/2020 16:47

by Joe Craven

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Players have quickly discovered that Call of Duty: Warzone is a very different game to Modern Warfare. Here, we break down the best guns, attachments, optics, and perks to use in Verdansk. 

Best guns to use in Warzone

With Warzone’s options for Loadout Drops, players can access any of their Create-a-Class weapons in-game. This brings with a lot of freedom, but also a lot of hard decisions. You’re probably best off taking two weapons, one for close range and one for long-range.

At close range, your best options are the MP7, MP5, or P90, with the latter being arguably the most underrated weapon in Warzone. At medium ranges you’ll probably looking at the M4A1, while longer ranges are dominated by the Grau 5.56 or a sniper rifle – the HDR or AX-50.

Grau being used in Modern Warfare
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The Grau was added in Season 2, and is now set to be nerfed.

Thankfully, we’ve put together specific loadout advice for a host of Warzone weapons, meaning you can improve nearly any gun in the game. We’ll continue to provide loadout advice for new weapons as they are added, as well as filling in any gaps we may have missed so far.

Best loadouts in Warzone

As you can see, these loadouts are not exhaustive, but we will be adding more loadouts to the list as they are completed.

Best attachments to use in Warzone

If you’re not sure what attachments to run, there are a few that have become go-to additions for most Warzone players.

Top of this list is undoubtedly the Monolithic Suppressor, which features in nearly all of our recommended loadouts. Like most suppressors, this keeps you off enemy radars but, unlike most suppressors, it actually boosts your damage range, as opposed to hindering it.

Also, a foregrip or heavy barrel of some kind will be incredibly useful, reducing your recoil significantly, even in long-range gunfights players find so often in Warzone. While ADS will likely be slowed, it’s generally less important than recoil control.

Gun attachments in Modern Warfare
Infinity Ward
The right barrel can help players significantly in Warzone.

Finally, a magazine capacity increase will probably be a good idea on most guns, to allow to spray down multiple enemies at once. Some guns, like the PP19 Bizon, don’t necessarily need this but others, like the MP5, certainly do.

Best optics to use in Warzone

Another attachment you should probably look to use in Warzone is an optic. This will increase your accuracy at longer ranges, particularly on weapons with less desirable iron sights.

The optic you choose should relate to the range at which you’re planning to use the weapon. For example, an SMG will probably need a variant of a Reflex Sight – or no optic at all. An AR, however, could benefit an optic with a greater zoom like the Integral Hybrid.

On snipers, you’re probably best off using the default sniper scopes or a thermal optics. The latter can highlight enemies across the map, provided they’re not using Cold Blooded.

warzone sniper in Airport Tower
Activision
Sniping can be seriously useful in Warzone.

Best perks to use in Warzone

Speaking of Cold Blooded, it’s also on our list of recommended perks to run in Warzone. It will hide you from enemy thermal scopes, and prevent enemies running High Alert from being pinged when they are in your sights.

The next one is Ghost, but this is a tricky one. Ghost is a perk 2, the same perk slot used by Overkill. Overkill gives players the ability to run two weapons in Warzone, so you’ll need to access two loadout drops if you want Ghost and two custom weapons.

This choice is ultimately yours, however. If you’d prefer to be hidden from enemy Heartbeat Sensors and UAVs, take Ghost. If you’re confident about being challenged by enemies who know your location, take two weapons and out-gun them.

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

Published: 2/Dec/2020 2:24

by Brad Norton

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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
Activision
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
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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.