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Warzone Aug 11 update patch notes: Bruen nerf, FAL changes, more

Published: 11/Aug/2020 17:40 Updated: 11/Aug/2020 20:50

by Albert Petrosyan


Call of Duty developers Infinity Ward finally released the highly anticipated weapons tuning update for Modern Warfare and Warzone Season 5 on August 11, nerfing the almighty Bruen MK9, changing up the FAL, and more.

For the last couple of months, the Bruen MK9 has been dominating Warzone as the near-unanimous choice for the most powerful longer-range weapon in the battle royale.

It had gotten so bad with how many players were using the LMG, however, that much of the player-base began calling for Infinity Ward to nerf the gun, and now they have in their latest weapon balancing patch.

The only change implemented is that its damage range has been reduced, with no specifics given in terms of statistics, so only time will tell whether or not the change will knock it off its perch.

Infinity WardThe Bruen has finally been nerfed in Warzone and Modern Warfare multiplayer.

There’s also the case of the FAL, an assault rifle that was a mere afterthought for most of Modern Warfare’s game cycle before a recent update buffed it considerably, so much so that it became a premier option in both the multiplayer and BR.

IW made some changes to it as well, but not all are nerfs: the “near damage” has been reduced so that limb and torso are always three-shot, but the headshot damage has been increased, making it a two-hit at range with one headshot.

Modern Warfare & Warzone August 11 patch notes


  • Fix for an issue where explosive rounds on the Rytec AMR could still be equipped in CDL modes
  • Fix for an error players could receive when opening the weapon armory
  • Fix for an exploit in the Shooting Range trial


  • FAL
    • Increased headshot damage (2 hit at range with 1 headshot)
    • Reduced near damage (limbs and lower torso always 3 shot)
  • Holger-26
    • Increased damage range
    • Increased ADS speed
  • Bruen MK9
    • Reduced damage range
  • M91
    • Increased near damage
    • Increased ADS Speed


  • Modern Warfare
    • Gunfight 3v3 – Blueprint
    • Bare Bones Moshpit
    • Hardcore TDM and KC
  • Warzone
    • Plunder Quads replaces Plunder: Blood Money
Infinity WardThe FAL got both a buff and a nerf in the Modern Warfare & Warzone August 11 weapon tuning patch.

As you can see, the remainder of the noteworthy changes revolve around another two LMGs: the Holger-26 and M91. Both guns got the same two buffs: increased damage range and increased ADS speed, but with Infinity Ward not providing any stats or specifications, it’s not clear whether these improvements are uniform for both or if one got more of a boost than the other.

While neither has been prominently used in custom loadouts for Warzone or multiplayer, both are constantly featured as floor loot, so these buffs will have some influence in early-game gunfights.

In fact, time will tell of course, but these buffs could be strong enough to where players begin experimenting with one or both LMGs as part of their own classes, so we could see a meta shift from the Bruen to either the Holger and/or the M91 at some point.

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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


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
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
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.