Call of Duty’s Latest Update Introduces Nerfs to Beloved Rifles

COD MW2 Rifles Nerf
COD MW2 Rifles Nerf

In an unexpected move, the latest update for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 has rendered a few cherished rifles considerably less potent in competitive play. The Call of Duty community, engrossed in exploring the plethora of fresh content ushered in by this season, were caught off guard. With their attention centred on unlocking all available tiers in the newest Battle Pass, the imposition of further nerfs on two of the latest rifles was not anticipated.

Fan Favourite Rifles Nerfed

The third season’s rejuvenation of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 ushered in an abundance of content to both games. Launched on May 10th, players have since been busily unlocking the Battle Pass, trying out fresh weapons and operators, as well as tackling the slew of challenges introduced in this comprehensive update. The season added not only weapons, but also new gaming modes, maps, and balance modifications that revolutionised the existing game meta. This shift compelled competitive players to reassess their loadouts and experiment with fresh strategies. However, this was not good news for the ardent fans of the Assault Rifle and Battle Rifle, as developers made the decision to tweak these beloved rifles.

The News Broke Via Twitter

The patch notes for the update were released by the official Infinity Ward Twitter account on May 31st. The update outlined a number of balance alterations for the ISO Hemlock and the Cronen Squall, affecting their damage output, rate of fire, and recoil. As a result of this update, the ISO Hemlock’s effectiveness against armour has been diminished, while the Cronen Squall’s headshot multiplier, damage, semi-auto fire rate have been cut down, and its semi-auto recoil has been intensified. This isn’t the first occasion on which the ISO Hemlock has been nerfed, and it appears unlikely to be the last, considering its continued popularity across numerous game modes.

The patch notes also highlighted several UI/UX improvements, along with a host of bug fixes specifically for Call of Duty: Warzone 2. Regrettably, the persisting connection issues plaguing many players in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 remain unresolved, leaving gamers eagerly awaiting a remedy from the developer.

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There is still a wealth of content being held back by the developer of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2. However, this hasn’t quelled the chatter amongst the gaming community regarding the 2023 release of the next Call of Duty instalment. There is a palpable sense of discontent amongst gamers regarding the current state of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2. Nonetheless, the developers remain committed to refining the game and introducing additional content to enhance the player experience.

Revisions for the May 31 Updates for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 Patch Notes

Weapon Modifications

Assault Weapon Class

  • ISO Hemlock
  • Diminished armour damage with all 5.56 ammunition exclusively in Warzone 2.0 
  • Cronen Squall
  • Decreased damage distance
  • Lowered headshot damage coefficient
  • Slight recoil increase in semi-automatic firing mode
  • Minor decrease in semi-automatic firing speed
  • Lowered top damage per bullet against armour exclusively in Warzone 2.0

General Fixes

  • Resolved a problem where the secondary weapon editing options were displayed to the player instead of their main weapon when adjusting a Loadout during the match
  • Resolved a bug causing the self-mute symbol to be misrepresented in the channel list
  • Fixed a glitch preventing the “Rock and/or Roll” War Track from showing in the Vehicle customisation section
  • Addressed a loophole on Santa Seña that let Players infiltrate the map geometry and get beneath the Ground War map
  • [Ranked Play] Solved a bug permitting match cancellations to occur later than expected
  • Warzone 2.0

Battle Royale

General Updates

  • The competitive rule set for Private Matches is now in line with the latest Warzone Ranked Play version

Ranked Play


  • Deployment costs will now be visible in the pre-match lobby
  • Addressed a bug preventing Warzone Ranked Play Seasonal Rewards from appearing in the After Action Report when won
  • Fixed a glitch causing the Match Cancel text to overlay and show inaccurately
  • Resolved an issue where SR was not being granted for the final kill
  • Addressed a bug permitting players to join a match as an incomplete team after the countdown timer had started
  • Fixed a bug stopping the Most Wanted Contract from finishing if the timer was decreased to below zero through looting
  • Fixed a glitch causing Buy Stations and Redeploy Drones to spawn incorrectly in Massive Resurgence. Spawn locations should now align with the standard Battle Royale and Ranked Play
  • Addressed an issue where the under-barrel attachments on the STB 556 would cause the weapon’s icon in the Loadout menu to display inaccurately
  • Solved a glitch where exiting the Firing Range could cause Weapons and Blueprints to appear incorrectly.

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