Warzone Aug 11 update patch notes: Bruen nerf, FAL changes, more - Dexerto
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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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Best Fennec loadouts for Warzone and Modern Warfare

Published: 27/Oct/2020 16:15 Updated: 27/Oct/2020 16:31

by James Busby


The Fennec has now been out for a few months, but you’ll still need to equip the right attachments if you truly wish to master this lightening fast SMG. Here, we break down two of the strongest Fennec loadouts you can use.

The Vector, now known as the Fennec, has been a popular SMG ever since it first graced our screens back in Modern Warfare 2. Packed with a buttery smooth recoil pattern, excellent hip-fire, lightweight, and insanely fast rate of fire –  the Fennec is an absolute beast of a gun. In fact, this deadly machine gun is so lethal that it can tear through multiple enemies in just a blink of an eye. 

This zippy SMG hasn’t taken the crown away from the MP5, but the Fennec is still a popular choice. For many, this weapon is still a go-to, particularly in close-quarters where hyper-aggressive play is rewarded. In order to help you get the most out of the Fennec, we’ve put together two loadouts that you can use to dominate the competition in both Modern Warfare and Warzone. 

Best Fennec loadout for Warzone

Infinity Ward/DexertoBoost the Fennec’s damage range with this deadly loadout.
  • ZLR18” Deadfall 
  • Merc Foregrip
  • Stippled Grip Tape
  • Sleight of Hand
  • 40 Round Drum Mags

While Warzone’s large scale map may favor long to medium range engagements, you’ll still want to equip a weapon that can give you the edge in those close-quarter firefights. This loadout increases the Fennec’s hip fire, while also giving it a little extra range for when you need that added distance. 

First up is the ZLR18” Deadfall. This attachment not only drastically increases your effective damage range, it also ups your recoil control and bullet velocity, helping with the precision it needs when going for those all-important body shots and headshots. While this attachment increases your ADS speed, we think this loss is worth it, especially when you consider how woeful the Fennec’s mid-range damage is. 

The next two attachments are the Merc Foregrip and Stippled Grip Tape, along with the Sleight of Hand perk. Not only will these additions keep the Fennec stable while aiming and hip firing, they will also increase the ADS & sprint to fire speed, improving your reload speed and giving you even greater control when you need to react quickly.

Taking down fully armored players in Warzone can often prove frustrating, but the 40 Round Drum Mags will give you more than enough bullets to shred through many an armored enemy. This attachment is a must for those that want to secure those game-winning squad wipes.

Best Fennec loadout for Modern Warfare multiplayer

Infinity Ward/DexertoThis loadout absolutely obliterates players in close-quarter firefights.
  • ZLR 18″ Deadfall
  • Tac Laser
  • No Stock
  • Merc Foregrip
  • 40 Round Drum Mags

This build is all about melting your opponents in close-quarters combat. The Tac Laser drastically lowers the Fennec’s ADS speed and increases overall stability, while also allowing you to maintain a steady walk while aiming. 

Being able to quickly take care of enemy threats without needing to ADS is a godsend, particularly on smaller maps like Shipment and Rust, where you’ll constantly find yourself running into enemy players. 

Lastly, the Merc Foregrip will also increase your recoil control and hip-fire accuracy, allowing you to quickly fire off the Fennec’s blisteringly fast rounds with deadly precision. Foregoing the stock for this build will give you a slight boost in movement speed for quicker reaction to get away from players, while The ZLR 18” Deadfall and 40 Round Drum Mags should always be a top priority for any Fennec players looking to increase their kill potential, so always try to build your loadout around these core attachments. 

If you want to try out some different weapons in Warzone or even Multiplayer, check out our full list of best loadouts for every gun.