The Sykov has been nerfed in Call of Duty: Warzone already

A player reloading the Sykov pistol in Warzone

April 20 Raven Software clarifies that the 25% damage reduction is for the combination of the Sorokin 140mm Auto and Akimbo, not 80 Round Mag

It’s been wreaking havoc in Verdansk since it was released last week, but Call of Duty: Warzone developer Raven Software has acted swiftly to deal a big nerf to the Sykov pistol.

While it’s rare for a secondary weapon to be classed as one of the best Warzone guns, the Sykov broke the mould for its crazy array of attachments. It could be made fully automatic, akimbo, and have a seemingly endless magazine, meaning close quarters fights were a stroll in the park for Sykov users. In an uncharacteristically quick fix though, Raven has looked to tune the Sykov before things really get out of control. While the base gun remains untouched, it’s the Sykov’s three deadliest attachments that have received nerfs.

Firstly, the Sykov’s hip-fire spread has been increased when the Sorokin 140mm Auto barrel is equipped, meaning the full-auto version of the pistol is far less accurate when not ADSing.

Secondly, the Akimbo attachment which makes the gun dual-wield has been hit too. A 5% reduction in movement speed means you can’t move as quickly with the pistols equipped.

The 80 Round Mag which gives you an enormous magazine of bullets has also been nerfed, with another 5% reduction in movement speed and a 7% reduction in ADS movement speed.

The big kicker though is that the Sykov’s damage will be reduced by 25% when both Akimbo and the Sorokin 140mm Auto are attached. While the Sykov should still be strong, the nerfs are clearly targeting the god build that’s featured in our best Sykov Warzone loadout.

If the nerfs severely impact that build, the Sykov usage could begin to drop off almost as soon as it began to spike.

The small patch, which comes just days before Season 3 of Black Ops Cold War and Warzone, also includes the removal of RCXDs from Buy Stations and a reduction in noise from the missiles currently hurtling over Verdansk.

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