Modern Warfare dev teases Grau nerf coming to Warzone in Season 4 - Dexerto
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Modern Warfare dev teases Grau nerf coming to Warzone in Season 4

Published: 19/Jun/2020 20:34 Updated: 19/Jun/2020 20:38

by Theo Salaun

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For what feels like ages, the Grau has been the most dominant gun in Call of Duty: Warzone and has defined the battle royale’s meta—but developers suggest that may soon change.

The M4A1 may reign supreme across Modern Warfare’s multiplayer map pool, but the Grau is king on Verdansk. The gun is as close to a laser as you can get in an assault rifle, beaming opponents from medium to long-range with little to no recoil, and an unsubstantial drop in damage from other AR’s.

Every single current Warzone record has the Grau to thank; the gun’s iron sights make it a delight to play without an optic—allowing players to stack up on damage-intensifying attachments like the Monolithic Suppressor and gunfight-enabling ones like the 60-round Mag. But, following a fan’s inquiry on Twitter, Infinity Ward Co-Design Director Joe Cecot has comforted concerns by explaining that the team has “a batch of weapon tuning in the works.”

 

As raised by ‘IVluLLa’ on Twitter, “the Grau is ruining Warzone right now.” Citing how often killcams show one as the culprit and how the M4 has already been hit with nerfs, the user raises a real concern: if Infinity Ward is content with nerfing overpowered weapons, then one AR controlling the battle royale’s meta should raise some eyebrows.

What complicates things with the weapon in particular is that it really has no place in multiplayer, so it’s not like the gun is completely overpowered since its damage deficiencies at closer ranges are exposed in MP’s smaller maps.

 

But Warzone is filled with ranged encounters and, for players who might not want to run a sniper, people prefer to capitalize on the weapon’s capacity to knock opponents from deep. At the moment, that’s the most consistent meta among higher-skill players: a Grau complemented by an MP5 for close-combat warfare.

This gives you the best of both worlds, as the former gun can essentially outduel real snipers (unless they’re across the map) and the latter weapon is simply a juggernaut with so much versatility that Call of Duty League pros continue to run it constantly, even after banning its Merc Foregrip with a Gentlemen’s Agreement.

In response to the concern, Cecot officially confirmed that weapon tuning is underway and that these will surface in “the mid-season update.” It’s highly suggested that the Grau will be among these, but it remains to be seen whether it could be the first gun to be adjusted differently for Warzone and multiplayer or what other ones might be getting adjusted too.

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Iconic Call of Duty Raid map spotted in Black Ops Cold War files

Published: 2/Dec/2020 2:24

by Brad Norton

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Eight years after its introduction in the Call of Duty franchise, Black Ops 2’s Raid could finally be returning in a mainline entry as files for the iconic map have been uncovered in Black Ops Cold War.

Treyarch’s fan-favorite Black Ops 2 released in 2012. Since then, we’ve seen eight new titles come and go. In that gap, Raid has only made one other appearance in a global title, that title being Call of Duty Mobile.

While other maps have been rereleased countless times, including seven remakes of Nuketown alone, Raid has been left in the past. However, that’s about to change according to the latest leaks.

After an extended period in the shadows, Raid could finally be thrown back into the spotlight soon. Dataminers have uncovered a line of code relating to the map in Black Ops Cold War, suggesting that we’ll see it return in Season 1.

As a huge influx of Season 1 content slipped through the cracks on December 1, one key line stood out from the pack. ‘S1_map_raid_tu_cairo’ was plucked directly from the latest version of Black Ops Cold War.

Obviously, this doesn’t outright confirm Raid is a guarantee for the next Season. This is the first official reference to the map in quite some time, though, so it’s safe to assume Treyarch has been working to bring it back to life.

Black Ops 2 Raid gameplay
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Raid might finally be back in a mainline CoD title for the first time since 2012.

The original map quickly became a favorite for its unique design. There were distinct sections that paved the way for vast combat opportunities. Both close-range and long-range loadouts could feel right at home on Raid. On one side you had a wide-open area with a high ground advantage for one team next to a  

On the other, you had a circular area perfect for flanking opportunities. Meanwhile, in the middle lane, you’d often catch snipers peeking across from either side in a near-symmetrical layout.

One of the more interesting tidbits from this datamine is the final word. Cairo is the capital of Egypt. The original version of Raid was set in Los Angeles. So when we see this new version, it could have a fresh coat of paint to fit the locale. 

Black Ops 2 Raid gameplay
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Expect to see snipers hanging out across the basketball courts if Raid drops with Season One in Cold War.

It was an extremely popular competitive map throughout the year of its initial release. Given it worked quite well with essentially all objective-based game modes. From Hardpoint to Search and Destroy, Raid was often a favored pick.

Season One of Black Ops Cold War kicks off on December 10. There’s no confirmation we’ll see Raid in-game from this point on, so do take this leak with a grain of salt until then.