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

Published: 8/Mar/2020 12:17

by Joe Craven


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.

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.”

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.

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. 

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OpTic Envoy’s AK74u Black Ops Cold War loadout ahead of CDL launch

Published: 18/Jan/2021 16:53

by Jacob Hale


The competitive Call of Duty season is almost upon us, with the CDL launching on January 23, and Envoy’s AK74u could prove one of the most important in getting OpTic Chicago some all-important championship wins.

The AK74u is the go-to SMG for all competitive Black Ops Cold War players. While the MP5 was the main one when the game first dropped, a subsequent nerf saw the 74u take top spot and maintain it ever since.

While Envoy’s original loadout back in November was impressive, this one is a complete change-up, and seems to be the meta build for most top pros who run it.

Taking to Nuketown ‘84 for a 1v1 against teammate FormaL, both were using the AK74u — and it absolutely shreds.

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The AK74u is the best-in-class SMG.

As mentioned, this looks to be the meta build for most pros, but Envoy is by far one of the most impressive SMG players in the Call of Duty League, so it definitely looks great in his hands.

Here’s the attachments Envoy uses on the gun:

  • Muzzle: Muzzle Brake 5.45
  • Barrel: 9.3” Extended
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Speedgrip
  • Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock
  • Handle: GRU Elastic Wrap

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If you’re looking to maximize your abilities with an SMG in hand, Envoy is one of the best people to look at, and with the launch of League Play in BOCW seemingly imminent, now’s the perfect time to get used to this build.

This may look slightly different from what you see in public matches, with certain attachments banned or not viable in a competitive space, so it’s well worth familiarizing yourself with.

Whether or not this remains the meta throughout the year isn’t yet known; we expect a number of weapon balancing changes throughout the year, but how this affects the 74u isn’t clear.