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Modern Warfare dev reveals another nerf coming to 725 shotgun

Published: 10/Nov/2019 17:15 Updated: 10/Nov/2019 17:35

by Joe Craven


Infinity Ward, developers behind Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, have revealed that another nerf is on it way for the infamous 725 shotgun, despite it being weakened in the 1.07 patch notes on November 8.

Modern Warfare’s multiplayer has received numerous patches since its October 25 release, with many aiming to iron the small bugs and inconsistencies players have stumbled across. 

One major complaint players have had is the relative strength of one weapon in particular: the 725 shotgun. The double-barrelled shotgun has a tight hip fire spread, impressive range, and a phenomenal fire rate for its two shots. 

Infinity WardThe 725 shotgun is the best shotgun by far, and is incredibly popular with players.

The 1.07 patch notes were released on November 8, introducing nerfs to the M4A1 and claymores, as well as bringing two new maps into Modern Warfare: Krovnik Farmland and Shoot House. 

In the update, the 725 shotgun had its damage range reduced, while ADS speed and hipfire spread were both increased. It had previously been capable of some bizarre cross map kills, as well as incredibly consistent ‘one-shot kills’. 

While the nerf is noticeable in-game, many players have argued it still does not go far enough. One of these players was YouTuber and streamer Hutch, who tweeted that he can see the “difference”, but questioned whether it remained too strong. 

Joe Cecot, Co-Design Director of Multiplayer on MW, responded: “Another tweak is coming which should massage out the rare very long shot.”

Essentially, there is another patch coming to eliminate the possibility of the 725 being able to kill enemies at assault rifle ranges. However, the 725 being able to finish off weakened enemies at longer ranges is intended, and will be staying in the game. 

Cecot also explained that they were tentative in their first nerf, so as to avoid making the weapon completely unviable. “We’re being careful to retain the soul of the 725,” he said. 

Infinity Ward are being careful not to nerf the weapon too hard, as it still has a role to play in the game. 

In past CoD games certain weapons have been nerfed too hard – to the extent that they were made unusable for the majority of the year. 

For example, Black Ops III launched with the Vesper SMG as the undisputed best weapon in the game. It was subsequently nerfed into the ground by Treyarch, and was barely used for the remainder of the year, until a buff late on saw it become viable again. It was then nerfed again so as not to affect the meta going into Black Ops III’s CWL Championships.

That is Cecot’s point: they want the gun to remain usable and to minimize the number of patches they have to implement. Hopefully this second nerf sees it at a more balanced level. 

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Best Warzone kills against cheaters exploiting the Stim glitch

Published: 18/Jan/2021 5:12

by Theo Salaun


Taking matters into their own hands, some of Call of Duty: Warzone’s bravest players have, quite literally, gone out of their way to punish cheating exploiters who abuse the notorious Stim glitch.

As most Warzone fans have become familiar with by now, there is an unlimited Stim Shot glitch that pops into existence, gets patched out, and then returns every once in a while. The bug allows you to use an infinite amount of Stim Shots, enabling players to remain in the gas indefinitely and secure easy wins while those who play fairly die to the final circles.

Unfortunately, as time passes, more and more exploiters have become aware of the glitch and prone to abusing it. Fortunately, more and more players with competitive integrity have become aware of those exploiters and prone to exacting justice by punishing them.

While few things are more satisfying than a high-kill Warzone victory, one such thing is the cathartic sensation of a cheater being killed and therefore robbed of their illegitimate win. Highlighted by one of Warzone’s very best, Liam ‘Jukeyz’ James, here are the best kills against Stim glitch exploiters.

Unwilling to be denied their 100-kill victory, Jukeyz and his team got set up with self-revives, gas masks, and a UAV to go seek out and eliminate the exploiter in their lobby. Driving directly into the toxic gas, Jukeyz is able to hop out (as his driver is downed by the green cloud) and delete the prone cheater.

And Jukeyz isn’t alone in obliterating these exploiters. Reddit’s ‘thebigeasy31’ decimated the hubris of one such exploiter, who brashly thought they could start Stim glitching earlier in the game with a Most Wanted contact on his head. Instead, bigeasy gave him a bullet to the head.

And last, but certainly not least, Reddit’s ‘Millertime166’ took it upon themself to pull off a one-man vigilante act by seeking out a Stim glitcher on Rebirth Island. Heading into the gas, copping a Gas Mask, and getting into a vehicle, Millertime used their last remaining HP to kill off a silly cheater who was hidden behind a wall.

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While the Stim glitch was supposed to have been removed during the January 13 patch, some believe it persists, albeit in a more limited fashion. Nevertheless, most expect it could possibly make a return at some point.

If it does come back, these players prove that the game’s developers are not the only ones who can counteract cheaters. Like those who killed off exploiters who were abusing the Promenade truck glitch, Verdansk’s finest have begun carrying out their own brand of justice.