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MW3 beta’s best weapon is being hit with a nerf for Weekend Two

If you're planning on playing the Modern Warfare 3 beta this weekend, you should probably know that the best MW3 beta weapon is being nerfed for Weekend Two.

MW2 beta Striker nerf: an image of Ghost and a shocked emoji

The Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 open beta is back for PlayStation players to enjoy, while also welcoming Xbox and PC players to the party. If you’re looking to jump into this chance to play MW3 ahead of launch, you may want to check out the new MW3 beta patch notes Sledgehammer Games is sharing ahead of time. With some visibility boosts and bug fixes, there’s a lot to look forward to. However, there’s also a MW3 Striker nerf we need to talk about.

The second set of MW3 beta dates are here ahead of the Modern Warfare 3 release date and, in Call of Duty‘s quest to make this shooter one of the best competitive FPS games out there, Modern Warfare 3 developer Sledgehammer Games has made a few changes to this second beta testing weekend that you need to look out for.

As you can see in these MW3 beta patch notes, enemy players will “display a red nameplate above their head” going forward and there’s a “reduced Tac-Stance spread while sliding” – both of which are good things. However, one of the best MW3 beta weapons of Weekend One is being nerfed and nerfed hard.

The lauded Striker submachine gun will now have decreased near-medium damage (from 39 to 36) with a decreased near-medium damage range (from 24m to 19m). It’s also seeing its medium damage range decreased by 17% and deals less far-medium damage (28 to 27) and minimum damage (23 to 21). The headshot multiplier is up from 1.2x to 1.3x though, which is something. However, you’re going to find it much harder to eliminate enemies at a distance with this SMG going forward.

MW3 beta striker nerf: an image of the patch notes from Call of Duty

But, there’s still a lot to enjoy in the Modern Warfare 3 beta. You can check out which MW3 maps have made the cut and will be MW3 beta maps right here. However, the MW3 beta is already plagued with hackers; so, Xbox players should keep an eye out for that.

If you want a loadout you can look at using, you can check out the best MW3 MCW loadout right here; it really is one of the best options available right now.

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You can also read how this new MW3 PS5 bundle is a huge missed opportunity for COD fans, but Call of Duty’s update on whether MW3 is heading to Game Pass once the Activision Blizzard acquisition closes. It’s definitely not the worst time to be a Call of Duty fan, in any case. Is this going to be one of the best FPS games, though? Well, we’ll just have to wait and see. There are a lot of new PS5 games and new Xbox games worth playing, too. It might not even stick around in everyone’s storage space after the first few weeks.