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Why the Grau nerf in Warzone isn’t as big as most players think

Published: 1/Jul/2020 1:12 Updated: 1/Jul/2020 1:15

by Albert Petrosyan


The powerful Grau 5.56 assault rifle was finally nerfed in Modern Warfare, but whether or not the changes actually made a lasting impact in Warzone is still under scrutiny.

Since the launch of Warzone, the Grau has been one of, if not the most powerful guns in the battle royale, to the point where a large majority of the player-base was calling for it to be nerfed.

The highly-anticipated Season 4 Reloaded update did just that, which was large a reason why many fans were desperately waiting for that patch – but it seems to have not changed much in the large scheme of things in that, basically, most people are still using it in Verdansk.

What was actually changed?

Prominent Call of Duty YouTuber TheXclusiveAce decided to run some tests in Warzone and find the exact statistics of the Grau pre- and post-patch, as he’s usually wont to do following a large update such as this one.

He started off with the “slight increase to high-frequency recoil,” as was listed in the official patch notes, and he discovered there was slightly more recoil in terms of side-to-side sway, but not a significant difference.

TheXclusiveAce - YouTubeThe Grau’s base recoil has a bit more side-to-side kick post-patch.

The next change he analyzed was the “damage range reduction,” and, it turns out that the difference was only a matter of few meters when it comes to the base version of the weapon.

However, Infinity Ward apparently also nerfed the range for the FSS 20.8” Nexus (from 40% boost to 33%) and Tempus 26.4” Archangel (from 45% to 40%), which means the damage dropoff kicks in at closer distances now.

On top of that, they also apparently reduced the mid-range (five-shot kill) damage of the gun from 23 to 22, which means it could take extra shots to eliminate enemies in Warzone who are fully plated-up. Interestingly enough, TheXclusiveAce was able to discover this despite the fact that it wasn’t in the patch notes.

TheXclusiveAce - YouTubeAll of the pre and post-patch damage ranges for the Grau in Warzone.

Last but not least, there’s the “reduced recoil compensation” on the Archangel and Nexus barrels, and this is where things get a bit questionable.

When comparing the pre-patch and post-patch recoil patterns that both of these barrels produce, neither shows any major difference, – at most, a little side-to-side kick, but nothing significant.

In fact, when it comes to the Archangel, the YouTuber suggests that the recoil may be even tighter than before, although admitting that it’s more likely they’re the same.

TheXclusiveAce - YouTubeDid the Warzone update actually nerf the Grau’s Nexus barrel recoil?
TheXclusiveAce - YouTubeNot much difference between the pre- and post-patch recoils of the Grau with Archangel barrel.

You can check out TheXclusiveAce’s full video below, as he goes into all of the weapon balancing changes from the recent update and shares what he found out from his in-game tests.

What does this all mean?

It’s easy to drown yourself in stats and damage ranges and recoil patterns, but the big question here is: What do all of these changes amount to? Well, the long and short of it is that, yes, the Grau has been nerfed, and the adjustments are noticeable.

However, that’s not to say the gun is no longer viable in Warzone. In fact, it’s quite the opposite – it’s still plenty good enough and probably will remain as the go-to long-range weapon for most players.

The truth of it is that while the stats may be worse relative to their pre-patch form, it’s is still extremely powerful and just as good, if not better, than any of the other options. It’s simply gone from being really broken and overpowered gun to only sort-of broken and overpowered.

And that is why, despite all these changes and the anticipation from the community, the Grau will remain a firm part of the meta, and you’re likely to see plenty of it during your adventures in Verdansk.

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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.