CoD players outraged over secret MP5 nerf in Modern Warfare & Warzone

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Outrage has broken out in the Call of Duty community as many are claiming that the MP5 was secretly tweaked in the Modern Warfare Season 5 Reloaded update, just days before the CDL Championship Weekend kicks off.

Since the start of the game, the MP5 has been one of the most used SMGs in Modern Warfare, thanks to its high rate of fire, consistent and predictable recoil, and quick movement speed.

The weapon has even managed to stay at the top despite multiple nerfs to its range over the past few months. Now, it seems another change may have hit the weapon, although this one is a bit stranger than the others.

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According to some Modern Warfare players, the SMG has gotten a visual change in the Season 5 Reloaded update, which was released on August 25. While Infinity Ward didn’t list any change to the weapon in the patch notes, many are insisting that it was tweaked.

The weirdest part is that fans can’t seem to put their finger on what exactly is different. Some players are reporting that there is more zoom when you aim down sights, resulting in a beefier rear iron sight and a different view.

While the above picture does paint an interesting story, a quick look in-game will show you that, at least for some people, the iron sights don’t look all that different than they did before, which was pointed out by Atlanta FaZe assistant coach ‘Easy Mac.’

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Other players, like CDL Royal Ravens star Matthew ‘skrapz’ Marshall, are reporting that the weapon, on top of the visual change, also has had an increase in recoil and that it’s seemingly “bouncing” around the screen way more than it was before the update.

While not confirmed, that could have something to do with the fact that it’s apparently more zoomed-in, which could lead to a visual difference in the weapons’ recoil pattern, even if it’s not actually that way in-game.

At the time of publishing, neither Activision nor Infinity Ward had commented about this supposed change, but that hasn’t stopped fans from expressing their disapproval on social media.

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The CDL Championship Weekend, which is the finale of the $4.6 million Call of Duty League postseason, is set to kick off on Saturday, August 29, so many are in disbelief that the devs would make any changes to the MP5, which is firmly part of the main competitive meta.

TwitterCall of Duty fans are not happy about the MP5 being tweaked ahead of CDL Champs.


Shortly after all of the MP5-related news went viral, esports insider Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau tweeted claiming that Infinity Ward had indeed made some sort of change to the SMG and then asked CDL teams if they wanted it to be reverted.

According to Chicago Huntsmen star Seth ‘Scump’ Abner, however, it appears that the change will not be reverted in time for CDL Champs, so he and the rest of the participating players will have to use the new version of the gun this weekend.

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You can watch all of the action from the finale of the $4.6 million tournament via our CDL Championship Weekend hub, which includes streams, the schedule, brackets, and more.

We’ll continue updating this story as more information becomes available.