Modern Warfare August stealth patch secretly nerfs Merc Foregrip - Dexerto
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Modern Warfare August stealth patch secretly nerfs Merc Foregrip

Published: 28/Aug/2020 21:30 Updated: 29/Aug/2020 9:44

by Theo Salaun


The Call of Duty community has discovered that Merc Foregrip, one of Modern Warfare and Warzone’s most controversial attachments, has been secretly nerfed in an August stealth patch.

Back in July, it was exposed that the Merc Foregrip provided a hidden statistical upgrade to player movement of about 3.7 percent. Now, Call of Duty content creator, TrueGameData, has revealed that the earlier buff was not only reverted, but a subsequent nerf was added that reduces movement speed by 1 percent when it is attached.

For about a month, everyone started running Merc on all assault rifle classes because the 3.7-percent movement buff outpaced the advantages of most no-stock attachments, while also providing numerous benefits. Those benefits are most notably recoil control and hip-fire accuracy, the latter of which caused the attachment to be GA’d by Call of Duty League players.

As the New York Subliners’ Tommy ‘ZooMaa’ Paparatto explained in his Dexerto column, Merc was banned because “it makes hipfire really overpowered.” That advantage still makes the attachment an ideal option for the MP5, but the new movement nerf is a whopping 4.7 percent reduction in movement speed, making it wholly undesirable for assault rifles. 

As TrueGameData explains upon testing the underbarrel attachments, this nerf brings it much closer to the Ranger Foregrip’s movement speed nerf, which is a 1.3-percent reduction. That means instead of having a hefty 5-percent advantage for movement over the Ranger, the Merc now only brings a 0.3-percent advantage.

Given the Ranger’s advantages when it comes to aiming stability, it can now be prioritized over the Merc for ranged assault rifles, which are much less dependent on hip-fire potency. And this follows TrueGameData’s conclusion, as he recounts that “the Merc is still probably the better option for SMG’s, just because it has that hip-fire spread benefit. But the Ranger, for sure, now is the way to go with a long-range gun.”

Until the MP5 gets substantially nerfed, Merc will remain a top option across Modern Warfare multiplayer and Warzone as the attachment provides a 19-percent more hip-fire accuracy than any of the other underbarrel options. But with a new movement nerf, the AR meta is bound to start mixing up and, particularly in the battle royale, begin shifting more and more toward the Ranger.

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Modern Warfare glitch reveals unreleased Makarov pistol

Published: 28/Oct/2020 1:35 Updated: 28/Oct/2020 1:58

by Brad Norton


Infinity Ward adds weapons to Modern Warfare with each new season, though it appears even more have been in the works behind the scenes as a secret pistol was accidentally handed out due to a confusing glitch.

Problematic bugs have been on the rise once again throughout Modern Warfare’s sixth and final season. Warzone players have had their runs ended by broken Loadout Drops while others have literally been left in the dark as a result of a game-breaking issue. Despite these problems, every now and then, glitches can actually be a pleasant surprise.

This was the case on October 27 as a player shockingly stumbled upon a new weapon. While playing offline, they noticed something suspicious. One of the AI-controlled enemies was wielding a unique pistol.

After taking them down and picking up the gun, the Makarov was revealed in all its glory. Fit with custom animations, an unfinished model, but all the firepower you’d expect from the classic secondary.

The Makarov pistol first appeared in 2010’s Black Ops and soon featured in the game’s sequel before disappearing. It was usable across the campaign and multiplayer in the first game, though only appeared in the story for the follow-up.

Evidently, it’s an extremely rare weapon compared to some iconic guns in the Call of Duty franchise. Having only appeared in Treyarch releases, it’s a surprise to see the pistol up and running in Modern Warfare.

It appeared as a Renetti on the ground and the icon matched up as well. Though it’s very clear a good amount of work has been put into the gun. From unique reload and inspect animations to its own balancing, it may have been in the plans for a previous seasonal update.

Given the unfinished model of the weapon, however, there’s a good chance we don’t see it properly anytime soon. Infinity Ward could have been testing it months ago before scrapping the gun. Perhaps it’s simply in the game’s files as a placeholder. There’s really no telling at this point in time.

Black Ops 2 Makarov gameplay
The Makarov pistol has only been usable in Black Ops 1 and 2.

It popped up during an offline session against bots, so don’t expect to see this random bug in an online match either. It would be surprising to see the weapon appear in an Infinity Ward title for the first time after such a long gap, though anything is possible.

With Treyarch taking over Warzone with the transition to Black Ops Cold War, however, it would make more sense to see the Makarov in 2021.