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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

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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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Iconic Call of Duty Raid map spotted in Black Ops Cold War files

Published: 2/Dec/2020 2:24

by Brad Norton

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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
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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
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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.