Call of Duty

Modern Warfare & Warzone update nerfs Akimbo .357 pistols: patch notes

Published: 7/May/2020 17:36 Updated: 8/May/2020 12:19

by Albert Petrosyan


Infinity Ward have rolled out a new update for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare on May 7 – one that’s finally nerfed the highly-overpowered .357 Snake Shot pistols that had been terrorizing Warzone in recent weeks.

On its own, the .357 handgun is one of the worst guns in Modern Warfare, but when equipped with the Akimbo weapon perk and Snake Shot attachment, the dual wield became arguably the strongest setup we’ve seen so far in Warzone.

However, those days might now be in the past, as Infinity Ward released a patch on May 7 that implemented a “damage rebalance” to the Snake Shot aspect of the pistol.

Infinity WardThe Snake Shot attachment for the .357 magnum was overpowered in both Modern Warfare multiplayer and Warzone.

While the exact details of these balancing changes were not revealed, expect the magnums to no longer pack the same punch, especially since the patch also addressed a bug that was causing the Snake Shots to do too much damage at long-range.

On the flip side, IW did reduce the fire delay on both the Lightweight and Match Grade trigger attachments on the .357s, which means that they could be shot at a faster rate.

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One other important note is that this patch has tuned the smoke challenges to be “a bit more forgiving,” so the recently-added Bruen MK9 LMG should be a lot easier to unlock.

Modern Warfare & Warzone May 7 update patch notes

  • Tuning all smoke challenges to be a bit more forgiving. This includes the challenge to unlock the Bruen MK9
  • Fix to help prevent vehicle exploits
  • Various exploit fixes, including Ground War Infected
  • GameBattles: Fix for a few issues where players might not be able to join a new match
  • Reduced fire delay on the Lightweight and Match Grade trigger attachments on all .357 calibers
  • .357 Snake Shot damage rebalance
  • Fixed a bug where the damage on the .357 Snake Shot was too high at longer distances
Blizzard EntertainmentThe new Bruen MK9 LMG will be easier to unlock following the May 7 patch in Modern Warfare.

Now the question becomes whether or not the Akimbo .357 Snake Shot setup is still viable in multiplayer and Warzone, which only time will tell at this point.

Early reactions to Infinity Ward’s announcement suggested that the guns still get a lot of one-shot kills, so if they’re still reliable enough, players will undoubtedly be hesitant to move away from them.

However, if they’re no longer great, then there’s speculation that the meta could shift towards the Akimbo Renetti, the free new pistol in MW that was added at the start of Season 3.

Infinity WardCould we see Akimbo Renetti’s become the meta following the Snake Shot nerf in Modern Warfare?

There’s also a chance we could see the Akimbo handgun trend get largely abandoned following this update; a lot of people won’t mind going back to the meta-strategy of using the MP7 or MP5 as a secondary since both SMGs still shred in Warzone.

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3 tips to help you survive Black Ops Cold War’s new Zombies Cranked mode

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:40

by Tanner Pierce


With the release of Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch has added Cranked into the game’s Zombies mode – and it’s pretty different from the standard version, requiring some completely separate strategies. 

While Cranked in Call of Duty games is nothing new, having debuted all the way back in 2013’s Ghosts, what is different is a Zombies version of the mode, which was just added to Black Ops Cold War during the game’s midseason update.

The concept is simple: You’re given a timer, and when that timer reaches 0, you explode and die. With each kill, however, your timer resets, giving you more time to keep on grinding. It’s an incredibly fast-paced mode in normal multiplayer, and the Zombies version is even more hectic – but there are some tips you can utilize to help you survive longer.

Pace out your kills

Pacing out your kills in Cranked is important due to the fact that you only need one kill to reset your timer.

In standard Cranked, players are usually scrambling to get kills. In a 5v5 or 6v6, it makes sense, considering there’s only a limited amount of potential targets, and if you can’t find anyone, you’ll die easily due to the timer running out.

With BOCW Zombies Cranked, the opposite is true. There’s always an abundance of enemies and, while it’s not impossible to run out of targets, generally speaking, they’ll keep on spawning (there’s not even a break in-between rounds).

Because of this, there’s no need to be mowing down Zombies as one does in the normal mode. Instead, if you’re feeling overwhelmed (or if you want to get something done like Pack-A-Punching your weapon), try running away from the enemies for a while to get your bearings.

Remember, all it takes is one kill to reset your timer. If you find it running out, just look behind you at the horde you’ve surely amounted, kill one Zombie, and then move along with your business. Wasting your time mowing down each and every zombie can cost you your game.

With all that being said, don’t think you can run away from the Zombies with no problem; if you get too far away, you’ll find yourself struggling for kills, so it’s best if you stay nearby.

Use fast-reloading weapons and attachments

You’ll want to use weapons that can be reloaded quickly in Cranked.

In normal Zombies, using a LMG is sort of required during late-game conflicts, as it allows you to mow down Zombies with greater power. In Cranked, speed is king, so it might be better to use something smaller like an SMG.

Reloading fast is essential in Cranked, as you can easily become overrun. Even though it does have a lot of power, you don’t want to waste your time on the horrendously slow reload time found on LMGs. If you want an even faster reload time, you could even throw a fast-mag onto your SMG, and get it done even quicker.

In addition, SMGs have the added benefit of allowing you to run faster, meaning you’ll be able to evade Zombies even better than you would before.

Always go for the Timer Freeze power up

Remembering these tips can be the difference between surviving or dying early on.

Treyarch has implemented a brand new power-up that’s exclusive to the Cranked game mode: Timer Freeze. With this, players will be able to stop their countdown timer for around 15 seconds or so, giving them a breather.

While this might seem obvious to point out, you’ll want to go for those as much as possible. Getting one at the start of your game is not too important, but it’s especially critical when you get into the late game.

As the mode goes on, your timer will get shorter and shorter, meaning every break you get becomes more and more important. Having that 15 second breather seems like an eternity once you get it, so missing out on one can hurt you a lot – sometimes costing you your life.

While Cranked is incredibly fast-paced, it’s really not that bad if you know what you’re doing. If you remember these tips, you shouldn’t have as much of a problem.