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Modern Warfare & Warzone Oct 13 patch: weapon changes & playlist update

Published: 14/Oct/2020 5:42 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 14:54

by Brad Norton


Infinity Ward has just pushed out a new update for both Modern Warfare and Warzone, bringing new weapon tweaks, fresh playlists, and a ton of bug fixes.

While Black Ops Cold War may be drawing near, Modern Warfare is still looking to close out its lifecycle in the biggest ways possible. From major seasonal updates with tons of new content to smaller patches that fix critical issues, Infinity Ward is constantly looking to improve the experience.

Today’s update falls into the latter side of things with more minor gameplay tweaks coming into effect. Whether you’re a battle royale fiend or stick to the core multiplayer grind, these changes will impact everyone.

A few weapons have been tweaked across the board and new playlists have also been thrown into the mix. Here’s a full rundown on everything you need to know about the October 13 patch.

Weapon adjustments in the October 13 update

Modern Warfare gameplay Marksman rifle
Infinity Ward
Two Marksman Rifles have been adjusted in the latest update.

Two weapons have been tweaked in the latest update. Both the Kar98 and SP-R 208 Marksman Rifles have been changed. However, these new buffs and nerfs respectively, will only apply in Warzone, not Modern Warfare’s multiplayer.

For the Kar98, the minimum damage at range has been increased. This will allow you to take down opponents from afar with greater ease. On the opposite side of things, the SP-R 208 has had its minimum damage at range decreased instead.

There’s no telling the exact value of these changes, just make sure to adjust your loadouts before you next drop-in. 

New playlists in Modern Warfare & Warzone

Modern Warfare gameplay
Infinity Ward
A new twist on Headquarters is now playable in Modern Warfare

As per usual with midweek updates, new playlists are now active across both Modern Warfare and Warzone. For battle royale players, the Blood Money Quads option has been pulled from the game. You’ll no longer be able to squad up in this mode, but in its place, regular Plunder Quads is back.

For multiplayer, a handful of new playlists have been added this time around. Your standard Ground War experience is available once again alongside the classic 2v2 Gunfight mode. However, you’ll also find Deathmatch Domination + Drop Zone, Gun Game TDM, and HQ Firefight.

In this variation on the HQ game mode, players can also earn points through kills as well, not just through time in control of the headquarter.

Modern Warfare gameplay
Infinity Ward
Bunkers should be far less buggy thanks to the new update.

Last but not least, the October 13 update came with some general changes and a ton of bug fixes. Most notably, performance on PC should be improved moving forward. Bunker 11 should be accessible without any issues now. The game should be crashing less than ever now too, thanks to several minor changes.

Be sure to read up on the full patch notes below.

Modern Warfare & Warzone Oct. 13 patch notes

Playlist Update

Modern Warfare

  • Ground War
  • Gunfight
  • Deathmatch Domination + Drop Zone
  • Gun Game TDM
  • HQ Firefight – teams can add to their score by capturing the headquarters and also by getting kills


  • Removing Blood Money Quads
  • Adding Plunder Quads

General Fixes

  • Fix for an issue where the “next unlocks” section was showing attachments out of order
  • Fixed an issue where teammates could spawn inside a closed off room on Broadcast
  • Fix for a bug where viewing the “Nevermore” execution in the menu could sometimes cause the animal model to get stuck
  • Fixed a bug where grenades could fall through the floor in the Foreman’s Office while on Mialstor Tank Factory
  • Fixed a lighting issue with the “Gilded Arm” variant from the Season Six Battle Pass
  • Fix for an issue where players could experience a crash after reaching wave 45 or higher in Survival mode
  • Improved stability for PC


  • Increased minimum damage at range on the Kar98 in Warzone
  • Reduced minimum damage at range on the SP-R 208 in Warzone


  • Fixes to help improve volume levels with War Tracks slider
  • Fixes to help prevent players from dying while completing the Subway puzzle
  • Fix for a bug where players might not be able to access Bunker 11
  • Fixed a gas mask bug when players attempt to complete the Station puzzle
  • Fix for a bug where using a self-revive near the doors on the subway train, they will clip out of the train but still be transferred to the next station
  • Fix for a collision bug near the entrance of the underground road on the West side of the airport
  • If a player dies post doors closing of the subway car, they will be pulled out of gulag by the fast travel system and then pulled back into gulag for a match once it is their turn. This has been fixed
  • Fix for an issue where the player’s view could be forcibly moved when exiting a vehicle or parachuting
  • Fixed a bug where players could experience a crash after engaging with a Bounty contract
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Best XM4 loadout for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War alpha

Published: 18/Sep/2020 17:30 Updated: 19/Oct/2020 11:01

by James Busby


The XM4 is a deadly assault rifle that boasts excellent precision and deals decent range damage, making it one of the most versatile guns in Black Ops Cold War. Find out which attachments you should equip to enhance the XM4’s kill potential. 

While the XM4 was previously known as the Commando in the original Black Ops, its Cold War counterpart offers the same reliability. This rifle’s 30-round magazine and methodical fire rate make it incredibly easy to handle, allowing for perfectly placed head and bodyshots. It may not deal as much damage as the overpowered AK74u loadout, but it certainly gets the job done.

Treyarch will likely nerf the Soviet assault rifle before Black Ops Cold War’s official release, so the XM4 could end up taking the crown. In order to help you get the most out of the XM4, we’ve put together a loadout that you can use to gain a competitive edge.

Best XM4 loadout for Black Ops Cold War

XM4 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
The XM4 is one of the most versatile assault rifles in the current game.

Here’s the best attachments you can use on your XM4 in Cold War:

  • Millistop Reflex
  • Agency Suppressor
  • 13.7″ Extended
  • Foregrip
  • Steady Aim Laser
  • Tactical Stock
  • 40 RD Speed Mag
  • Quick Draw Handle

By picking the Gunfighter perk, you can equip a total of eight attachments which makes this assault rifle an absolute beast. The Millistop Reflex provides the XM4 with a clean sight that doesn’t clutter the screen, allowing you to easily spot enemies at a distance. While the gun may not have particularly bad sights, we found the Millistop Reflex gave us the extra versatility needed for mid to long-range engagements. 

Next up is the Agency Suppressor. This muzzle decreases the XM4’s vertical recoil and stops you from appearing on the mini-map when firing, making it extremely useful when you’re trying to rack up those sneaky kills. 

The 13.7″ Extended barrel adds a whopping 50% increase to the weapon’s bullet velocity. Not only does this attachment make hitting targets at longer ranges easier, but you’ll also be able to snag more kills in a shorter space of time. While the XM4 will still be outclassed by most SMGs in close-quarter firefights, the 13.7″ Extended barrel will at least give you a fighting chance. 

Woods with XM4
Activision / Treyarch
The XM4 (Commando) has always been Woods’ weapon of choice.

While the recoil may be one of the easiest to control, it’s often best to attach a foregrip to help reduce any annoying horizontal kicks. The XM4 excels in mid to long-range firefights, so having an attachment that allows you to beam your enemies across these distances is vital. 

Meanwhile, the Steady Aim Laser is a fantastic option for those of you that want to have some semblance of accuracy without constantly aiming down your sights. It’s a pretty situational attachment and is only recommended when you’re playing on the game’s smaller maps. However, the Steady Aim Laser can get you out of some rather frustrating situations. 

Tactical Stocks have long been chosen in Call of Duty for their aiming movement speed. After all, being able to quickly sweep your surroundings, run to cover, and quickly rush a low health enemy is huge.  Speed is also key when you want to go for those aggressive flanks. 

The 40 RD Speed Mag adds an additional 10 rounds to the XM4 clip, giving you plenty of extra bullets to snag those all-important multi-kills. The added benefit of having a quicker reload is also fantastic, especially when you wish to minimize any frustrating mid-animation deaths. 

Lastly, the Quick Draw Handle bolsters the XM4’s ADS speed by 8%. The increase may seem rather incremental, but it does make for some rather quick target acquisition. Being able to instantly snap onto an enemy player and deliver highly accurate rounds to the head is always going to be useful. 

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