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Armaguerra vs H4 Blixen vs Marco 5: Which is the best SMG?

Last updated Aug 5, 2022

Few days after i did my previous Close Range meta analysis, we were all surprised by a new weapon balancing including some nerfs to the best SMG in the game. In this article I will compare the following guns: Marco 5, Armaguerra 43, H4 Blixen. We all know there are multiple others than could be considered, but only those 3 can truly compete for the Absolute Meta title. This is not a meta update, this is really an article to determine the best of the three smgs mentioned above.

Average Time To Kill

For this analysis, it’s very important that we look at the average time to kill provided by sym.gg. This is the most accurate and relevant tool for time to kill, mostly cause it’s taking real in game data and also because it’s combining all location damages (head, chests, limbs etc.) in order to generate an average time to kill. Some gun kill faster than other with headshots but not with chest for example, so the average time to kill is the only relevant comparison tool for this statistic.

Average Down Per Mag

  • Regarding the average number of enemies that you can down with one magazine, the Marco 5 is taking over.
  • Armaguerra and the Blixen are following the same pattern, just a little bit under the Marco 5.

This means that the Marco 5 will be more consistent for game modes like quads or trio where you need to have great damage per mag to really compete.

Mobility

Now let’s deep dive into the mobility of the studied SMGs. Mobility is extremely important in order to really be effective and outplay your opponents! The way you sprint, strafe or move can 100% save you from some fights or annoying situations.

Please note that those mobility numbers for the Blixen will change soon. Indeed, in the balancing of the 3rd of August, the developers wanted to nerf the mobility, but finally buffed it my mistake. This was acknowledged by the developers and they say it will be fixed in a coming update.

  • In the meantime, the H4 Blixen is simply disgusting in terms of mobility compared to the Marco and the Armaguerra.
  • Once the H4 Blixen mobility will be reverted, then the Marco 5 will take back the first place for mobility!

Recoil

All recoil patterns are recorded during the same game, at the same place and same distances using loadouts specified in the article. The goal is to have a reliable comparison of the recoil in the same context.

Let’s face it, recoil on a close range SMG is not the most important criteria, but it’s definitely what will allow you to enjoy the gun and reach consistency! Not all the fights you will take with your SMG will be under 10 meters.

  • The H4 Blixen is the clear winner for the recoil criteria. With straight up recoil, then right deviation and for the remaining bullets, no recoil at all.
  • Marco 5 is also quite easy to be honest and not very chaotic: vertical, then horizontal. Once you learn the Marco 5 recoil you’ll find it very easy too.
  • Armaguerra‘s recoil is more chaotic, and with this kind of horizontal bounce, you’ll have more trouble for 15m+ fights where you need to land your bullets to guarantee a consistent time to kill. You could use the M1930 Strife Angled underbarrel to counter a little bit that, but you would lose this insane strafe speed brought by the SA98 Compact.

What is the best SMG between the arma, blixen or marco?

Well this one is tricky.

The way i see it is the following:

  • Aggressive players will love the Armaguerra’s time to kill and insane Strafe Speed. The recoil a little bit more chaotic will not be an issue for them.
  • With the easiest recoil of the three and for the moment the best mobility, the H4 Blixen will satisfy all players, including the casuals that need a more forgiving weapon.
  • Marco 5 is the most consistent weapon of those three, always 2nd or 1st in all criteria. If you go with the Marco, you cannot be disappointed.

This is thanks to this consistency that i’m ranking the Marco 5 as absolute meta. It’s good everywhere and with very little downsides.

Best Armaguerra 43 Loadouts

Strafe Speed

Versatile

Muzzle
Recoil Booster
Barrel
Imerito 180mm Short
Optic
Slate Reflector
Stock
Imerito TA Skeletal
Underbarrel
SG98 Compact
Magazine
8mm Kurz 72 Round Mags
RearGrip
Grooved Grip
Proficiency
Hardscope
AmmoType
Subsonic
Kit
Quick
Muzzle
Recoil Booster
Barrel
Botti 570mm Precisione
Optic
Slate Reflector
Stock
Imerito SA Folding
Underbarrel
Mark VI Skeletal
Magazine
9mm 60 Round Mags
RearGrip
Grooved Grip
Proficiency
Hardscope
AmmoType
Lengthened
Kit
Quick

Best Marco 5 Loadouts

Close Range

Sniper Support

Akimbo

Muzzle
Recoil Booster
Barrel
Perfetto Lesto 355MM
Optic
Slate Reflector
Stock
Imerito FR
Underbarrel
Mark VI Skeletal
Magazine
8mm Nambu 64 Round Drums
RearGrip
Taped grip
Proficiency
Momentum
AmmoType
Subsonic
Kit
Quick
Muzzle
Mercury Silencer
Barrel
Imerito 342mm 04P
Optic
Slate Reflector
Stock
Perfetto Esatta
Underbarrel
Mark VI Skeletal
Magazine
8mm Nambu 64 Round Drums
RearGrip
Taped grip
Proficiency
Momentum
AmmoType
Lengthened
Kit
Quick
Muzzle
Recoil Booster
Barrel
Botti 285mm Custom
Optic
Slate Reflector
Stock
Botti HF Folding
Magazine
9mm 48 Round Drums
RearGrip
Pine Tar Grip
Proficiency
Akimbo
AmmoType
Subsonic
Kit
Quick

Best H4 Blixen Loadouts

Aggressive

Versatile

Muzzle
Recoil Booster
Barrel
Jönsson 9" RMK
Optic
Slate Reflector
Stock
Removed Stock
Underbarrel
SG98 Compact
Magazine
7.62 Gorenko 36 Round Mags
RearGrip
Taped grip
Proficiency
Fleet
AmmoType
Subsonic
Kit
Quick
Muzzle
Recoil Booster
Barrel
Bergström 17" F3
Optic
Slate Reflector
Stock
Jönsson Skeletal CR-10
Underbarrel
m1930 Strife Angled
Magazine
7.62 Gorenko 54 Round Mags
RearGrip
Grooved Grip
Proficiency
Perfectionist
AmmoType
Subsonic
Kit
Quick

Stats are consolidated thanks to SYM.gg!

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