ISO Hemlock falls off as Warzone 2’s most used gun again as Ranked meta changes

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The ISO Hemlock, the assault rifle that had been running things in Warzone 2 for a while again, has been dethroned as the battle royale’s go-to weapon yet again. 

Over the last few months, the meta in Warzone 2 has undergone a fair few changes. The devs have been rolling out a number of buffs and nerfs alongside seasonal updates, while also bringing one-shot snipers back into the fold. 

The ISO Hemlock, which was introduced back in Season 2, had been dominating the game throughout that same season. Though, a nerf during the start of Season 3 saw the assault rifle being knocked off its perch by the Kastov 762

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That didn’t last too long, with the Hemlock jumping back up to top spot shortly after the Season 3 Reloaded update. Though, the AR is back on its way down once again as it’s fallen off the top spot. 

ISO Hemlock replaced by Cronen Squall as Warzone 2’s most-used gun

That’s according to stats from WZRanked, which tracks the popularity of weapons and items in Warzone 2, which noticed the Hemlock’s downfall.

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The AR had previously been pretty comfortable on top spot, but as of May 31, its fallen down to second place behind the Cronen Squall. The Squall has a pick rate of 18%, beating the Hemlock’s 15.2%. 

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It’s interesting to note that the Hemlock’s slide doesn’t appear to be over either. The third-placed Lachmann Sub has a pick rate of 13.6% and is picking up more steam than the Hemlock. So, it shouldn’t be too long before it drops even further. 

Screenshot of Warzone 2 guns being ranked by popularity as of May 31Screenshot via WZRanked
As of May 31, the Cronen Squall is now the most-used gun in Warzone 2.

The Cronen’s rise is likely to do with the attention it has been getting in Warzone Ranked, as it has become the go-to weapon for top-level players. 

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It remains to be seen if the Cronen can hold off the surge from the Lachmann Sub and, potentially, the MCPR sniper, with that also being on the rise recently.

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