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“Overpowered” Grau 5.56 loadout absolutely dominates in Modern Warfare

Published: 24/Feb/2020 23:31

by Alan Bernal

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Popular Call of Duty YouTuber ‘Swagg’ found a way to make the new Grau 5.56 rifle in Modern Warfare ‘overpowered’ – and it’s starting to remind him of the AK-12 from past titles.

The launch of Season 2 gave every Modern Warfare player the chance to pick up the reinvented rifle from Black Ops 2. While many are still tinkering with the weapon’s capabilities, Swagg already found a setup for the “G-joint” to mow down opponents.

Taking attachments that boosts the Grau’s accuracy while giving it a healthy amount of range to complement its ability to tag people from distance, and make it a default weapon of choice for various situations.

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The Grau has the potential of being one of the best guns in Modern Warfare.

To get it there, Swagg attached the Monolithic suppressor, the FFS 20.8” Nexus barrel, the Commando Foregrip underbarrel, XRK Void II rear grip, and the 50 round extended mag for additional firepower.

The gun already has decent control and damage to make it a favorite among players, but Swagg’s enhancements take it to another level.

“A lot of you know about this DLC weapon,” he said in his latest video. “I think it’s a top-three gun in the game, maybe one of the best guns in the game.”

He clued in his viewers that changing the barrel to this gun also affects the ironsight the gun sports in the game, eventually giving him the “ironsight that looks exactly like the AK-12.”

The ensuing gameplay showed off the loadout’s capabilities, showing the content creator making plays from short-to-long range and lighting up the killfeed with the Grau.

Even after a multikill, he managed to keep the gun in control to transfer his spray and having loads of ammo left in the clip after being done.

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Swagg’s Grau 5.56 setup in Modern Warfare.

“Did you see how easy that nuke was?” he said. “The gun is just that good. [This setup] is how to make it overpowered. This is the best setup by far.”

There will be plenty of players testing out the Grau 5.56 for themselves in Modern Warfare Season 2, and Swagg’s setup could easily be one of the more popular loadouts for the new weapon.

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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.