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CoD pro ACHES explains why Modern Warfare's meta could soon change

by Joe Craven

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Call of Duty veteran and two-time world champion Patrick ‘ACHES’ Price has explained why he thinks a meta change could be on its way to Modern Warfare, going off the past behavior of developers Infinity Ward. 

With the inaugural Call of Duty League Season merely a month and a half old, there have been no notable shifts in the meta. The MP5 submachine gun remains the most popular choice for close to medium range engagements, while the M4A1 assault rifle is the only realistic choice for longer gunfights. 

This contrasts to some older Call of Duty titles, which saw a host of weapons used. Black Ops III for example, while dominated by VMPs and M8s, saw some pros pick up alternatives, like the Shieva, HVK, ICR and Kuda. 

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The MP5 is the most popular SMG in both casual and pro Modern Warfare.

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ACHES is well-known among the CoD community for regularly sharing his opinions on a host of issues. Despite recently being dropped from the LA Guerrillas starting line-up, the 25 year old remains as vocal as ever. 

In a March 7 tweet – posted during the ongoing LA-hosted CDL Weekend – ACHES explained that we are fast approaching the time of year when Infinity Ward tends to make large-scale changes to weapon balances. 

“It’s coming to that time of the year where IW realizes their weapon balance has been very poor,” he opened. “And they address it for the remainder of the year... 4 MP5s isn’t fun to play or an entertaining meta.”

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Also in his tweet, he made reference to a host of infamous buffs and nerfs Infinity Ward have made in past titles. 

To take one example ACHES alluded to, the Erad SMG, alongside all other SMGs, was considered far too weak in Infinite Warfare. The game was dominated by ARs, with many SMG players relying on the KBAR-32 AR.

Seeing this imbalance, Infinity Ward significantly buffed the Erad SMG to make it a more viable option in competitive play. This change saw a host of SMG players switch from the KBAR. 

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Both Ghosts and Infinite Warfare saw large-scale meta changes as a result of Infinity Ward decisions.

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Similarly crucial changes were made in CoD: Ghosts, leading ACHES to believe there could be some significant alterations coming to Modern Warfare. 

In contrast to ACHES’ opinion, some fans argued they don’t mind the current meta, and are happy to see things progressing the way they are. 

It remains to be seen what changes, if any, will be made. They would likely take the form of nerfs to the MP5 and M4A1, alongside buffs to other weapons to achieve a more balanced outlook.