Raven Software is introducing another important weapon balancing update to Call of Duty Warzone alongside the addition of the Armaguerra 43 SMG and a Rebirth Island rework in Season 2 Reloaded. However, one hard-hitting weapon that regularly features in the Warzone meta is once-again being left to its own devices. Call of Duty Vanguard’s Bren still hasn’t been nerfed – but it can’t be too far away now.
The Season 2 Reloaded update, however, could still force a few players to change up their best Warzone loadouts. Raven’s weapon balancing changes see important nerfs to Black Ops Cold War’s Vargo 52 and attachments for the ever-popular Welgun – a Vanguard SMG.
In addition to this, Hollow Point ammunition has been nerfed – following the update, its damage range has been decreased by 20%. This is a popular attachment option for some of the best Warzone weapons and could have a huge impact on the best weapon builds going forward.
“Hollow Point has been heavily leaned on by Submachine Guns”, says Raven Software in its Season 2 Reloaded patch notes. “Its previous damage range penalty would rarely affect the most common engagement distances. This adjustment to the ammunition results in a powerful tool, you’ll just have to get a little closer.”
Interestingly, despite no actual stat changes, the Volkssturmgewehr’s recoil pattern has been adjusted and muted to tackle visibility issues.
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Adding to this, the SVT-40 has had a bullet velocity increase of 16% and almost every melee weapon will now trigger a melee finisher on a second consecutive strike. This has been done to combat the base health increase in Warzone’s new standard battle royale mode – which has increased from 100 to 150.
Despite the fact that every Vanguard shotgun is on the receiving end of a 10% damage buff, we’re not sure the Warzone meta is going to change all that much. That being said, this isn’t the last weapon balancing update – who knows what the future will bring.