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The best Close Range Warzone Loadouts

A consolidated Close Range meta ranking for Warzone and loadouts for all the guns! Including all SMG, Shotguns and Assault Rifles built for mobility and close range. 

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

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!

Warzone Close Range meta for Season 4 reloaded!

As you probably know, the season 4 reloaded came with a set of nerfs and buffs, and this changed the long range meta, but also impacted the close range. This article is here to decrypt the best close range option you can have for Warzone season 4 reloaded.

We will go through all the criteria that are important to truly determine the short range best guns to use in Warzone. For that we will focus on the following guns: Marco 5, H4 Blixen, Armaguerra 43, Cold War MP5, Welgun, Type 100 and MP40. We could also have included some shotgun options as they received a relevant buff with season 4 reloaded, same as the Volk this is now a very relevant option for close range fights. And of course, we will end the article with all the loadouts for those guns.

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.

As we already know, we have a clear winner when it comes to time to kill, and this is the Type-100. This gun is the fastest killing smg in the game and it’s not even close. We can also highlight the insane first damage drop at 20 meters where most of others SMG are around 10 meters. We’ll see in the next stats analysis that Time To Kill is not the only criteria, but Type 100 is a killing machine.

Then, if we look at the others, we have to say that the pack is very tight and depending on the interpretation any of those guns could be considered absolute meta. There is in my opinion one SMG that might be actually better than the Marco 5 and the others: the Armaguerra 43. Best time to kill until 16 meters (except for small range from 9 to 12)and then almost identical to the Marco 5.

Blixen is approximately the same as the Marco until 9 meters, but the the damage drop off is not that good on this gun!

Finally, the Cold War MP5 is also making a comeback thanks to a good buff for season 4 reloaded. MP5 is ok until 11 meters, but then the time to kill is one of the best! Pretty much the same idea for the Welgun.

Average Down Per Mag

In my opinion, this is probably the most important statistic to look at when it comes to comparing guns. Time to kill is important for 1v1 fights, but if you play Trio or Quads, then the average number of enemies that you can down with one mag is crucial. If you only play solos or duos, then this stat is less relevant for you.

This one is more straightforward than the Time To Kill and we see three clear winners: Marco 5 in first, Blixen in second and Armaguerra 43 in third place just behind.

I want to highlight the Type 100, as this is where we can really see that this gun is the absolute meta for solo or duo, but in game modes that require to kill more enemies like Trio or Quads you will struggle with the Type 100 despite the disgusting Time To Kill.

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.

Marco 5, Welgun, Blixen and MP40 have the best mobility when it comes to sprinting, you’ll feel like you are zooming across the map like Speedy Gonzales!

Now, let’s focus a little bit once again on the Armaguerra 43. Look at that incredible ADS Strafe Speed.. this is what makes you win your 1v1 if you are a skilled player. Even with strong Aim Assist, your opponent will not be able to track you thanks to this amazing strafe speed while ADSing.

Best Close Range meta loadouts for Warzone

Let’s close this extensive article by giving you my final ranking of the best SMGs in the game for Warzone season 4 reloaded. You’ll get multiple loadouts for each of the guns, but note that the stats you see above are always using the “Close Range” or “Aggressive” loadouts and not the sniper supports loadouts. The later are there just as a bonus for you to thank you for reading this article.

Best Marco 5 Warzone Loadout

Even if the Time To Kill is not obviously the best for the Marco 5, it’s the most consistent gun across the board. It’s latterly good in all situations and does not have any downside. Marco 5 is the absolute meta.

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 Armaguerra Warzone Loadout

In my opinion, the Armaguerra is really close to being the Absolute meta. Insane TTK, great downs per mag but lack mobility except while ADSing. We will monitor closely the situation, but i think the Armaguerra is the best contender of the Marco 5 and is more consistent than the H4 Blixen.

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 H4 Blixen Warzone Loadout

The Blixen is dominating the meta for few weeks now, even though on paper it’s behind the Marco or even the Armaguerra 43 since the season 4 reloaded update. I would not be surprised if in the coming weeks we witness a down in the pick rate of the Blixen and a rise in the Armaguerra one. However let’s be very clear here, the H4 Blixen is a beast and the top 3 best SMG in the game right now!

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

Best Type 100 Warzone Loadout

Give the Type 100 a bigger mag, and this gun is the absolute meta. It’s amazing for solo or duo, and is my favorite gun when i’m playing those game modes.

Aggressive

Versatile

Muzzle
Recoil Booster
Barrel
Warubachi 134MM Rapid
Optic
Slate Reflector
Stock
Warubachi Grip Folding
Underbarrel
m1930 Strife Angled
Magazine
.30 Russian Short 36 Round Mags
RearGrip
Taped grip
Proficiency
Acrobatic
AmmoType
Subsonic
Kit
Quick
Muzzle
Recoil Booster
Barrel
Shiraishi 374mm
Optic
Slate Reflector
Stock
Shiraishi T100
Underbarrel
m1930 Strife Angled
Magazine
.30 Russian Short 36 Round Mags
RearGrip
Grooved Grip
Proficiency
Acrobatic
AmmoType
Subsonic
Kit
Quick

Best Welgun Warzone Loadout

Welgun is consistent and has incredible mobility. The recoil is not the easiest to manage but it’s honestly a very fun gun to use!

Close Range

Sniper Support

Muzzle
Recoil Booster
Barrel
120mm Gawain Short
Optic
Slate Reflector
Stock
Removed Stock
Underbarrel
Mark VI Skeletal
Magazine
7.62 Gorenko 40 Round Mags
RearGrip
Taped grip
Proficiency
Acrobatic
AmmoType
Subsonic
Kit
Quick
Muzzle
Recoil Booster
Barrel
320mm SA Shrouded
Optic
Slate Reflector
Stock
SA 43 Folding
Underbarrel
M1941 Hand Stop
Magazine
7.62 Gorenko 40 Round Mags
RearGrip
Grooved Grip
Proficiency
Acrobatic
AmmoType
Lengthened
Kit
Quick

Best Cold War MP5 Warzone Loadout

It’s good to see a Cold War gun coming back into the meta. After a recent buff, the Cold War MP5 is now more than viable in Warzone!

Close Range

Hip Fire

Muzzle
Agency Suppressor
Stock
Raider Stock
Underbarrel
Bruiser Grip
Magazine
STANAG 50 Rnd Drum
RearGrip
Serpent Wrap
Muzzle
Agency Suppressor
Barrel
9.1" Task Force
Laser
SWAT 5mw Laser Sight
Underbarrel
Bruiser Grip
Magazine
STANAG 50 Rnd Drum

Best MP40 Warzone Loadout

Final SMG of this ranking is the Mp40, it’s super easy to use and is very consistent across the board. The MP40 is an amazing gun in Warzone season 4 reloaded!

Close Range

Sniper Support

Muzzle
Recoil Booster
Barrel
VDD 189mm Short
Optic
Slate Reflector
Stock
Krausnick 33M Folding
Underbarrel
Mark VI Skeletal
Magazine
7.62 Gorenko 45 Round Mags
RearGrip
Taped grip
Proficiency
Momentum
AmmoType
Subsonic
Kit
Quick
Muzzle
M1928 Silencer
Barrel
Krausnick 317MM 04B
Optic
Slate Reflector
Stock
VDD 34M Padded
Underbarrel
m1930 Strife Angled
Magazine
9mm 64 Round Drums
RearGrip
Grooved Grip
Proficiency
Perfectionist
AmmoType
Lengthened
Kit
Quick
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