Call of Duty

Warzone BOCW Season 2 weapon buffs and nerfs we want to see

Published: 22/Feb/2021 13:47

by James Busby

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The Warzone Season 2 update will likely shake up the current weapon meta rankings, so what guns could receive buffs and nerfs?

Warzone Season 2 is just around the corner and players are eager to sink their teeth into the new wave of content that is hitting Verdansk. While the update will be focused on various map changes, new weapons, and the addition of the Exfiltration mode, Activision will likely make various adjustments to the game’s current weapons. 

Despite the DMR dominating the competition at the start of Season 1, the Warzone meta has actually been fairly healthy. Of course, that hasn’t stopped a number of guns from taking the spotlight. While we’ll need to wait for the official Season 2 patch notes to confirm Warzone’s weapon changes, we’d love to see these adjustments in the upcoming update. 

All Warzone Season 2 nerfs we want to see

FFAR 1

FFAR 1 Warzone loadout
Activision
The FFAR 1 is currently the most popular AR in Warzone.

The FFAR 1 is currently the most overpowered AR in Warzone. This lightning-fast AR boasts a ludicrous rate of fire, minimal recoil, and high damage. In fact, Black Ops Cold War’s FFAR 1 can even rival the game’s SMGs, making it extremely potent in both mid and close-quarter firefights. 

It’s certainly not hard to see why the majority of Warzone Season 1 lobbies are currently filled with this deadly Assault Rifle. After all, there are very few downsides to using this gun. Pair it with a MAC-10 SMG or a Kar98k and you have a recipe for an incredibly overpowered combo. Due to the FFAR 1’s sheer popularity, we think Activision has its sights set on this OP AR. 

MAC-10

MAC 10
Activision / Treyarch
Could the MAC-10 receive another nerf in Warzone Season 2?

The next Black Ops Cold War weapon to join our hit list is the MAC-10 SMG. While the MP5 may have domineered Verdansk since Warzone release, the addition of the MAC-10 quickly changed that dynamic. Despite receiving nerfs to its headshot multiplier, this pint-sized SMG  still dominates the close-quarters competition. 

Our very own MAC-10 loadout comes packed with a lightning-fast rate of fire, ludicrous hip-fire accuracy, and decent damage to boot. Combine this with the gun’s 53 Rnd Mag and incredibly mobility, and you have a gun that can drop multiple foes in a matter of seconds. Whether Activision will tune down the MAC-10 current performance remains to be seen, but here’s to hoping for a few Season 2 tweaks. 

M16

M16
Activision / Treyarch
The M16 proves that burst rifles can compete in Warzone.

While the M16 hasn’t proved as popular as the FFAR 1 or DMR loadouts, it has slowly been creeping into the spotlight. In fact, a lot of CoD pros and streamers have started to showcase how overpowered the M16 truly is in Warzone. Recently, 100 Thieves’ Tommey shared his “broken” M16 loadout, which he has been using to wreak havoc across Verdansk. 

Burst rifles aren’t usually popular in Warzone due to their lackluster fire rate and high recoil, but the M16 proves just how potent they can be. Fire rate really isn’t a problem here as this Tactical Rifle can shred through a fully armored player in just two bursts, making it extremely lethal across all distances.

If the M16 doesn’t receive a slight nerf in Season 2, then we expect to see this weapon rise in popularity. 

All Warzone Season 2 buffs we want to see

FR 5.56

FR.56 Warzone
Activision / Infinity Ward
The FR.56 is one of the most underused guns in Warzone for a good reason.

If Black Ops Cold War’s FFAR 1 gets a nerf, then we want Activision to buff the FR.56. Modern Warfare’s FAMAS variant has remained one of the least-used guns in Warzone since its release. Unlike the M16, the FR.56’s burst is incredibly slow and it gets outclassed every engagement against its semi-automatic cousins.

The FR.56 has remained at the bottom and we think it’s time Activision showed this rifle some love. Buffing the FR.56 would also give players another burst rifle to use, which would also drastically shake up the current AR meta.

EBR

EBR
Activision
The EBR could do with a little TLC in Warzone Season 2.

If you ever see an EBR on the ground in Warzone, then you’re almost always better off using your fists against your enemies. While being classified as a Markman Rifle, the EBR struggles to perform at any given range. This is partly down to the gun’s high vertical recoil and low bullet velocity, which makes landing follow-up shots incredibly frustrating. 

In its current state, this rifle gets outmatched by Warzone’s ARs and snipers, which leaves the EBR in a bad place. Raising the gun’s bullet velocity and reducing its visual recoil could greatly enhance the EBR’s current performance. While we never want to go back to the DMR problems that plagued Verdansk, it would be great to see another Marksman Rifle in the meta. 

ISO

ISO SMG
Activision
The ISO lacks the punch of Warzone’s other SMGs.

This SMG is one of the worst guns in its class. Not only is this thing a hit marker machine, but it has also seen little to no play since its release in Modern Warfare Season 5. Even with the 50-Round Drum magazine, the ISO struggles to compete against the likes of the MP7, MP5, and MAC-10 loadouts. However, with a little buff to its damage, this SMG might be able to finally get the break it needs.

So, there you have it, six guns that we’d like to see buffed or nerfed in Warzone Season 2. 


Make sure you check out our Warzone hub for all the latest news, updates, and loadout guides.

Call of Duty

CDL Super Week scores & schedule: Trio of sweeps tells the story of Day 2

Published: 23/Feb/2021 23:59 Updated: 24/Feb/2021 0:12

by Albert Petrosyan

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The Call of Duty League has combined Weeks 2 and 3 of Stage 1 into one massive Super Week of matches, and everything you need to watch and follow the event live can be found below.


  • ROKKR win their second in a row after ripping apart Surge.
  • Legion & Subliners get their first wins of 2021 with stunning sweeps.
  • Day 3 preview: Royal Ravens vs Empire; Thieves vs Surge; OpTic vs Ultra.

Due to the inclement weather in Texas and other parts of the United States causing power outages for a lot of pro players, the CDL opted to combine the Week 2 and 3 matches into Super Week.

Seven straight days of matches will see all 12 teams in action at least three times, and with the Stage 1 Major looming around the corner, this will be the final opportunity for teams to improve their seeding for the $500,000 tournament.

CDL Super Week: Stream

The CDL streams all of its matches exclusively on YouTube, which is where you can also find replays of matches that have already been completed.

CDL Super Week: Schedule

Super Week kicks off with a double-header on February 22 before six straight days of triple-headers between February 23-28.

Day 2: Tuesday, February 23

  Match Hardpoint S&D Control Hardpoint S&D
Match Replay Mutineers 0-3 Legion PAR 222-220 (Garrison) PAR 6-4 (Checkmate) PAR 3-1 (Raid) N/A N/A
Match Replay Subliners 3-0 Royal Ravens NY 250-151 (Garrison) NY 6-1 (Checkmate) NY 3-0 (Checkmate) N/A N/A
Match Replay Surge 0-3 ROKKR MIN 250-163 (Checkmate) MIN 6-5 (Raid) MIN 3-2 (Raid) N/A N/A

Legion & Subliners sweep their way to first wins, ROKKR stay hot vs Surge

After going 0-2 in the Opening Weekend, Paris Legion finally got their first win of 2021 at Super Week, and what a win it was. Despite being underdogs to the Mutineers, Legion pulled off a shocking sweep that featured a rare Hardpoint ending on time.

Following Paris’ script, the New York Subliners also notched their first one in the win column after sweeping London Royal Ravens in perhaps the most dominant performance we’ve seen so far in 2021.

None of the three maps were close, especially the Control, which saw NYSL shred their opponents from start to finish and not give them even a chance at making any sort of comeback. With the loss, Royal Ravens now sit at 0-2 early on in the season.

Rounding off a trio of Day 2 sweeps was Minnesota ROKKR grabbing their second win in a row after taking apart Seattle Surge 3-0. The series was closer than the final scoreline would suggest as Surge did make solid comebacks in both the S&D and Control, only to fall just short in both.

The win is ROKKR’s second in a row after their upset victory over Dallas Empire at Opening Weekend. Meanwhile, Seattle falls to 1-2, suffering already their second sweep this season.

Day 3: Wednesday, February 24

Match PST EST GMT AEDT (Feb 25)
Game 1 Royal Ravens vs Empire 12:00 PM 3:00 PM 8:00 PM 7:00 AM
Game 2 Thieves vs Surge 1:30 PM 4:30 PM 9:30 PM 8:30 AM
Game 3 OpTic vs Ultra 3:00 PM 6:00 PM 11:00 PM 10:00 AM

Day 4: Thursday, February 25

Match PST EST GMT AEDT (Feb 26)
Game 1 ROKKR vs Subliners 12:00 PM 3:00 PM 8:00 PM 7:00 AM
Game 2 OpTic vs Guerrillas 1:30 PM 4:30 PM 9:30 PM 8:30 AM
Game 3 FaZe vs Mutineers 3:00 PM 6:00 PM 11:00 PM 10:00 AM

Day 5: Friday, February 26

Match PST EST GMT AEDT (Feb 27)
Game 1 Thieves vs Royal Ravens 12:00 PM 3:00 PM 8:00 PM 7:00 AM
Game 2 Ultra vs Legion 1:30 PM 4:30 PM 9:30 PM 8:30 AM
Game 3 Empire vs Subliners 3:00 PM 6:00 PM 11:00 PM 10:00 AM

Day 6: Saturday, February 27

Match PST EST GMT AEDT (Feb 28)
Game 1 FaZe vs Legion 12:00 PM 3:00 PM 8:00 PM 7:00 AM
Game 2 ROKKR vs Royal Ravens 1:30 PM 4:30 PM 9:30 PM 8:30 AM
Game 3 Ultra vs Guerrillas 3:00 PM 6:00 PM 11:00 PM 10:00 AM

Day 7: Sunday, February 28

Match PST EST GMT AEDT (Mar 1)
Game 1 Subliners vs Surge 12:00 PM 3:00 PM 8:00 PM 7:00 AM
Game 2 OpTic vs Mutineers 1:30 PM 4:30 PM 9:30 PM 8:30 AM
Game 3 Empire vs Thieves 3:00 PM 6:00 PM 11:00 PM 10:00 AM

Past scores & daily recaps

Day 1: Monday, February 22

  Match Hardpoint S&D Control Hardpoint S&D
Match Replay Guerrillas 1-3 Mutineers LAG 250-133 (Crossroads) FLA 6-3 (Miami) FLA 3-2 (Garrison) FLA 250-172 (Garrison) N/A
Match Replay Ultra 1-3 FaZe ATL 250-247 (Raid) TOR 6-3 (Raid) ATL 3-0 (Raid) ATL 250-128 (Garrison) N/A

Mutineers get first win of 2021, FaZe stay unbeaten

After losing their season-opener at CDL Opening Weekend, Florida Mutineers’ new-look lineup got their first win of 2021 with a 3-1 victory over LA Guerrillas, who now sit at 1-2. LAG won the first map in dominant fashion before the Mutineers ripped off three straight maps to secure the series.

The second match of the day was a battle of the unbeatens as Atlanta FaZe took on Toronto Ultra. The series started back-and-forth, and if it wasn’t for a clutch break at the end of the Raid Hardpoint, Atlanta may have found themselves down 0-2 early.

But things settled down after the second map as FaZe took games three and four quite comfortably to secure the 3-1 victory. The win now gives the boys in red a league-leading three wins, against just zero losses, while Ultra drop to 1-1.

CDL Super Week essentials

CDL Super Week: Format & CDL Points

  • Location: Online
  • Prize Pool: N/A
  • CDL Points: 10 per win
  • Maps & Modes:
    • Hardpoint: Checkmate, Crossroads, Garrison, Moscow, Raid
    • Search & Destroy: Checkmate, Garrison, Miami, Moscow, Raid
    • Control: Checkmate, Garrison, Raid
  • Matches are best-of-five (HP, S&D, Control, HP, S&D)

CDL Super Week: Teams & Rosters

ROKKR
CDL roster spotlight: Minnesota ROKKR’s new-look lineup delivered an upset victory over Dallas Empire at Opening Weekend.

All 12 teams are participating in the Week 2 event, split into the two groups that were drawn at the start of Stage 1. All teams within the same group play each other once during the Stage, for a total of five matches.

Group A

Team Roster
Dallas Empire Crimsix, Shotzzy, Huke, iLLeY
London Royal Ravens Alexx, Dylan, Seany, Zer0
Los Angeles Thieves Kenny, SlasheR, TJHaLy, Temp
Minnesota ROKKR Accuracy, Attach, Priestahh, MajorManiak
New York Subliners Clayster, Asim, Diamondcon, Mack
Seattle Surge Octane, Gunless, Prestinni, Loony

Group B

Team Roster
Atlanta FaZe Simp, Cellium, aBeZy, Arcitys
Florida Mutineers Skyz, Owakening, Slacked, Neptune
Los Angeles Guerrillas SiLLY, Assault, Apathy, Vivid
OpTic Chicago Scump, FormaL, Envoy, Dashy
Paris Legion AquA, Classic, Fire, Skrapz
Toronto Ultra Methodz, Bance, Cammy, CleanX

Make sure to check out our CDL 2021 Season hub for the latest standings, full schedule of all events, a breakdown of the season format, and more.