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Call of Duty Warzone has a PPSh problem

The Warzone community has proven that the Vanguard PPSh-41 received a secret buff that wasn't featured in the Warzone Season 2 patch notes

A split image showing a Warzone operator dropping in over the jungles of Caldera and another female opeator firing a PPSh-41 SMG

It’s been a little while since we’ve seen a truly overpowered weapon in Call of Duty Warzone, but in Season 2 of Warzone Pacific, that streak has ended. The PPSh-41 is currently causing carnage in both Caldera and Rebirth Island.

While the Vanguard PPSh-41 has always been a pretty decent close-range option in players’ loadouts, it appears that in the midst of Season 2’s massive weapon balancing update last week, someone accidently pressed the buff button on the SMG and has created an absolute monster.

Many were reporting that their best PPSh Warzone loadout was behaving a little differently, despite no major changes being listed in the Season 2 patch notes. However, some of the community’s most trusted weapon stats experts, including ‘JGOD’ and ‘TrueGameData’, have run some tests and concluded that the PPSh has benefitted from a rather generous – and almost certainly unintentional – buff. TrueGameData reports that its damage values have soared, resulting in a ridiculous time to kill. With the right attachments, you could be achieving almost 700 damage per second. Yikes.

As word has spread of the PPSh’s frightening power, its usage rate has, as you would expect, soared. If you drop into any Warzone lobby right now and you don’t come up against a Vanguard PPSh, go and buy a lottery ticket, it’s your lucky day.

According to stats from Warzone Ranked, the PPSh had a usage rate of just over 1% on the day of the Season 2 update. Fast forward eight days later, and the SMG has a usage rate of almost 8%, making it the second-most picked weapon in the game right now. If this surge in popularity continues, it could surpass arguably the best Warzone gun of the Vanguard era so far, the MP40, which currently has a pick rate of 9.7%.

While the likes of the MP40, Bren, and Automaton have all been considered to be strong weapons, the PPSh marks Warzone Pacific’s first truly, ridiculously, frustratingly overpowered weapon since the initial integration. Expect Raven Software to swoop in with a nerf any day now to restore the peace before the PPSh completely unravels its recent hard work at maintaining a relatively balanced Warzone meta.