Warzone Grau 5.56 and MP5 nerfed in latest Call of Duty update

Call of Duty: Warzone fans will be diving back into the popular battle royale shooter today, not just to try out what new content Modern Warfare update 1.23 has added but to see how Infinity Ward have nerfed one of the game’s best weapons.


Tucked away within the latest round of patch notes for update 1.23 is a small list of weapon changes that includes nerfs to both the Grau 5.56 ZLR assault rifle and MP5 submachine gun.

For a while now the Warzone community have been discussing the viability of these two popular weapons, especially the Grau 5.56 which many have labelled as being overpowered. The changes made below have decreased their damage range while upping recoil slightly making them somewhat less effective.

– Decreased damage range
– Slight recoil increase to 10MM ammo
Grau 5.56:
– Damage range reduction
– Slight increase to high frequency recoil
– Reduced recoil compensation and decreased range on Tempus 26.4” Archangel and FSS 20.8” Nexus barrels

Weapon balancing is of course something Infinity Ward monitors and tests constantly. It’s imperative that the developers roll out nerfs and buffs across Warzone’s arsenal to keep the meta shifting and make sure there isn’t just a handful of S-tier loadouts players are selecting while shunning all the other options available.

Call of Duty: Warzone update 1.23 is now live on all available platforms including PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. It’s bound to be yet another heavy download too though Infinity Ward have said that the total file size for Modern Warfare/Warzone will be reduced when the new update is installed.

There’s a big surprise in there for Warzone fans with each battle royale match now able to host up to 200 players, all dropping onto the same battlefield. This, along with the new content being added with Season Four Reloaded as well as the general improvements and new wave of weapon balancing will hopefully keep Warzone feeling fresh.

Source: Infinity Ward

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