Warzone EM2 loadout is now meta as “glitched” optic reduces recoil

Connor Bennett
EM2 being aimed in Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War

The EM2 assault rifle is quickly meta in Warzone as players have started to rock one loadout in particular thanks to a supposedly “glitched” optic attachment. 

Warzone’s meta has continually shifted over the last months with different SMGs and LMGs taking over, before giving way to some of Black Ops Cold War’s assault rifles.

Currently, the KAR98 is the top dog, and has been for quite some time, but you can hardly run around Verdansk and Rebirth Island with just a sniper rifle. You need something that can back it up.

For some players, the answer in the past has been the EM2. The powerful assault rifle was loved by some Warzone pros prior to Season 6, and its popularity has only increased since the update hit the servers.

Black Ops Cold War character using EM2 in game
The EM2 dropped in Cold War and quickly made an impact.

According to stats from WZRanked, the EM2 had previously been sat outside of the top 10 for quite some time, but in the second half of October, it’s risen up the ranks – jumping all the way up to fifth overall.

Why is that, you ask? Well, as both Swagg and TrueGameData have highlighted, it’s because of the lack of idle sway when you attach the Axial Arms 3x optic. Aim down sight and you’re pretty much locked on to your target, your shots will hardly move. Swagg goes as far as to call it a “glitched attachment,” but we can’t anything for certain.

The sight only makes up one component of the weapon’s current meta loadout, however, which has a 45% pick rate as per WZRanked. The next closest EM2 class clocks with in a pick rate under 20%, so the class of choice stands out above the rest.

EM2 meta Warzone loadout with “glitched” optic

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 25.8 Task Force
  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Magazine: 40 round mag

As noted, the popularity of the EM2 has only continued to grow over the last few weeks, and might even raise to fourth overall before you know it. It is only a few percentage points behind the AK-47.

If it manages to topple the iconic Call of Duty weapon, it would become Warzone’s most popular assault rifle but it’s got a long way to go before it joins the OTS 9, Swiss K31, and KAR98 in the top three.

About The Author

Based out of Liverpool, Connor is Dexerto's UK News Editor having joined the website in 2018 with a degree in International Journalism. You can find him covering everything from CoD, GTA, FIFA, Apex Legends, and influencer boxing. Need to get in touch? Email Connor at Connor.Bennett@Dexerto.com