The new long range meta after August 3rd nerf and buffs! Stats, analysis and loadouts.

Last updated Aug 4, 2022
The new Warzone long range meta! Detailed analysis with statistics, loadouts and more!

On August 3rd, we all were surprised by a new weapon balancing that impacted the Warzone meta. They decided to nerf again the NZ41, Marco, Blixen and more. Full details on the nerf here. The goal of this article is to go through the stats of the main meta contenders and to understand what is the true absolute meta for long range.

Let’s focus on the long range meta, and review the most important stats for it: Time To Kill, Average Down per mag and Muzzle Velocity. I will not include in this article recoil patterns, but i will definitely factor that in my final ranking.

For Long Range, i will compare the following guns: KG M40, Cooper Carbine, UGM-8, Kilo 141, M13, Bruen Mk9, Automaton and the Vargo 52. There are others that cool be included, but as we are looking for the absolute meta, we don’t need to focus on the other top tier viable weapons that will in the end not make the cut. Full long range meta available here.

Average Time To Kill

Let’s first focus on the average time to kill of the main meta contenders. The lower the time to kill at range is, the better! We need to focus on +40 meters ttk and the different damage drop offs.

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As mentioned, we are looking at the time to kill for long range, so anything under 30 meters is really not interesting for this analysis. And if we look at Time To Kill only, we have few guns that stands out of the pack:

  • Bruen Mk9 has the best time to kill, with a 793ms at range. This is a killing machine and the Bruen MK9 is a little bit disgusting right now!
  • M13 and Kilo 141 also kill insanely fast, but only until 45-47m. This is making those two guns excellent choices for small maps like Fortunes Keep or Rebirth Island.
  • Vargo 52 and Cooper Carbine have almost the same time to kill at range: 851ms for the Cooper and 854ms for the Vargo 52.
  • UGM-8 does not have an damage drop with a steady 913ms time to kill, no matter the range.. just saying.

KG M40 is surprisingly the worst of all those guns, when we look only at time to kill. We’ll see that the KG M40 will stand out in the other criteria that are crucial for long range meta. Time to kill is important, but not the only factor to take into consideration.

Average Downs Per Mag

If you are not playing solos, then another extremely important statistic is the average number of enemies that you can down with one single mag.

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And would you look at the UGM-8 with this crazy 10.42 average down per magazine. Of course the UGM-8 is an LMG so this is as expected, but the comfort of not having to reload ever is great.

Then let’s look the other guns, where two groups are emerging behind the UGM-8.

  • Bruen, Automaton and KG M40 are leading the pack with 5.5, 5.36 and 5.07 respectively. This means that even on quads, you’ll still have 1 down of buffer in case you miss some shots or want to finish a down.
  • Kilo, M13, Vargo and Cooper are a little bit behind with 4.33 average downs for the best of them. With all those guns, you’ll feel that you are running through ammo too quickly and might be not consistent enough for quads!

Other stats: Muzzle Velocity and Reload time

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This category, and especially the muzzle velocity is crucial for Caldera. The bullet velocity will increase tremendously your accuracy and ability to hit all your shots a long ranges, same idea as the recoil.

  • KG M40, Kilo, M13 and Vargo 52 are the winners of this category. You can beam people out of the sky thanks to this insane bullet velocity! Automaton and Bruen are also great.
  • Two main losers in the category: the Cooper and the UGM. This is the reason why the Cooper might feel weak and a “pea shooter”! And thankfully, the UGM-8 has a downside, otherwise it would be a truly broken gun.

Final Thoughts on the Long Range meta

The long range meta is now more balanced than ever. You have a good number of weapons that are excellent choices depending if you are playing solo, trio/quads, Caldera, Fortunes Keep etc.

Long range Meta Caldera

One very important criteria to consider for Caldera, is related to the optic. Vanguard guns have a huge advantage when it comes to the x3 x6 optic. This is probably the main element that is holding back all Modern Warfare and Cold War guns to truly compete!

If i had to choose one gun above the other and determine the absolute meta for Caldera, it would be the KG M40. Indeed, even with the higher TTK, the KG is the best in class when it comes to Average Damage per mag, Bullet Velocity and very important the easy recoil.

Then, not far behind we have the Bruen MK9 (but lacking the x6 optic) and the Automaton. Yes, Automaton is finally truly back into the top meta: downs per mag, muzzle velocity, low recoil!

UGM-8 is also a great choice, but be careful of the bullet velocity and reload time!

Long Range meta Fortunes Keep and Rebirth Island

Criteria for resurgence is different than for Caldera: you don’t really care about bullet velocity or high zoom optics and you will be looking more into the overall mobility and mid range time to kill.

And here it’s impossible to identify one absolute meta above the rest. All i can say is that you will have a lot of fun and be competitive with the Kilo, M13 or Cooper Carbine!

The KG m40, Bruen and UGM-8 are great options on paper, but mobility is not their strong asset so i don’t think they are really worth using against the others.

Also, let’s not forget about the Volk, Nikita and AS44 that are also incredible choice for Rebirth Island with insane TTK but a little bit more recoil. Read the full article about the best mid range Assault Rifle!

Long Range Meta and loadouts

Just click on the row you need and you’ll get the loadout for each of those guns. Note that those loadouts are thought to be good for both Caldera and Resurgence. If you want resurgence specific loadouts, have a look at this page.

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New Challenges, New Playstyles

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Conversion Kit Examples: Three Aftermarket Weapons

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Other Gunsmith Enhancements

In addition to Aftermarket Parts, Modern Warfare III will introduce other enhancements to the Gunsmith feature. For example, new attachments might become available that were not accessible with the base weapon, and some previously available attachments may become restricted. This dynamic system ensures that players always have new ways to interact with their weapons, keeping the gameplay fresh and engaging.

New Weapon, New Attachments

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Conversion Kit Examples: Three Aftermarket Weapons

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The Bullpup Conversion Kit transforms the Pulemyot LMG into a more mobile and versatile weapon. This kit increases the weapon’s rate of fire, recoil control, and handling, especially when hip firing or in Tac-Stance. Attach Aftermarket recoil pads to the Stock for greater accuracy and an Aftermarket Bullpup Barrel for improved bullet velocity and damage range. This setup is perfect for players who prefer an aggressive playstyle.

Aftermarket Parts Loadout #2: Renetti Handgun with Full-Auto Carbine

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Convert the burst-fire Renetti into a full-auto Handgun that behaves like an SMG. This Conversion Kit increases bullet velocity, range, and rate of fire but sacrifices some mobility and recoil control. Pair this with a larger Magazine and a Barrel to extend your damage range, and you’ll have a weapon that excels in close-quarters combat.

Aftermarket Parts Loadout #3: WSP Swarm with Akimbo Brace Stocks

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This Conversion Kit allows you to wield one WSP Swarm in each hand, adopting an aggressive Akimbo stance. While this setup sacrifices some damage range and mobility, it overwhelms opponents with a hail of bullets. Equip a Laser for improved hip-fire accuracy and a Suppressor with Hollow Point Ammunition for stealthy, aggressive play.

Other Gunsmith Enhancements

Modern Warfare III introduces more shared attachments and removes certain penalties for equipping small Optics. Attachments like Grips, Barrels, Magazines, and Stocks will now be universally available for new weapons once unlocked. For example, if you unlock the Assault Stock for the AMR9 SMG, it will also be available for the Riveter Shotgun. Additionally, 1x zoom Optic attachments will no longer penalize your Aim Down Sights speed, allowing for faster target acquisition.

Conclusion

The Gunsmith feature in Modern Warfare III is not just an update; it’s a game-changer. The introduction of Aftermarket Parts and Conversion Kits has revolutionized the way we think about weapon customization, offering a level of depth and strategy previously unseen in the franchise. Whether you’re a casual player or a competitive gamer, these new features provide a plethora of options for tailoring your loadout to your unique playstyle. From the transformational power of Conversion Kits to the newfound flexibility of shared attachments, Modern Warfare III is setting a new standard for what a first-person shooter can offer. And let’s not forget the Warzone Loadout CODMunity app, an essential tool for anyone looking to dominate in Warzone. With over a million downloads, this app is your one-stop shop for optimizing your loadouts, tracking your rankings, and much more. In short, Modern Warfare III is redefining the battlefield, and you won’t want to miss it.

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Everything You Need to Know About Warzone 2 Season 6 Reloaded: operators, haunting event and more!

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Everything You Need to Know About Warzone 2 Season 6 Reloaded: operators, haunting event and more!

Season 6 Reloaded Release Date: when is it dropping?

Scheduled to drop on October 17, 2023, the Season 6 Reloaded update will be available around 9 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 5 PM BST. This timing aligns perfectly with the end of the Modern Warfare 3 beta and the official commencement of The Haunting even

Operation Nightmare

As Operation Nightmare kicks off in the Al Mazrah area on October 17, operators are tasked with investigating a series of eldritch hot spots that have emerged following the Hellmouth incident. The mission parameters indicate that entities have been detected throughout the area of operation (AO), and these will be marked on the Tac-Map. Operators are required to investigate each location and eliminate a “Most Wanted” target along with any other hostiles. A bounty has been set on several undisclosed targets, and exceptional bravery could lead to undisclosed rewards, including a Mastery Weapon Blueprint.

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Initial recon reports suggest a range of apocryphal activities. An ancient tomb complex featuring hieroglyphs and an entity known as “The Pharaoh” has been partially disclosed. Witnesses have reported strange lights and unidentified anomalous phenomena in the night sky. There have also been encounters with a spectral entity, and reports suggest the necessity of operator vehicles for some undisclosed activity. Further into the swamp, there’s an undisclosed entity known as the “Swamp Creature” that may require non-standard armaments. Observers have described glowing, wisp-like ethereal entities referred to as “Evil Spirits.” Lastly, there are platforms outside stone walls connected to the Altars of Lilith and a Nightmare Portal codenamed “The Butcher,” whose influence may also extend to the Vondel AO.

Zombie Royale Limited-Time Mode

The much-anticipated Zombie Royale mode is making a triumphant return in the latest iteration of The Haunting, featuring new innovations as well as elements from past experiences like Rebirth of the Dead. In this mode, the dead rise to walk the earth in terrifying versions of Al Mazrah and Vondel, each offering a unique Zombie Royale experience. Unlike traditional modes where eliminated Operators go to the Gulag, here they are reanimated as zombies. Once transformed, players gain access to special abilities that make them formidable foes against the remaining human Operators. The objective for these undead players is to collect special syringes scattered around the map, which allow them to return to their human form. Adding a new layer of complexity, any Operator currently spectating the match will also be reanimated, increasing the number of zombies players have to contend with.

Zombie Royale Limited-Time Mode

The mode allows for interesting dynamics within squads, as teams can still function even if some of their members have turned into zombies. This opens up a variety of tactical possibilities, as human and undead Operators can work together to defeat enemies. However, it’s worth noting that zombies eliminated during the match are permanently removed, ratcheting up the stakes. The ultimate goal remains the same: the squad that manages to outlast and defeat both living and undead foes claims the victory. Whether you’re a human trying to survive or a zombie hunting down your former allies, Zombie Royale promises a thrilling and horrifying gaming experience.

Vondead Map

The city of Vondel has been plunged into a state of supernatural chaos, forcing a complete evacuation of its inhabitants. Triggered by a sorceress’s demonic incantation, a zombie outbreak has swept across the city, turning its canals blood-red. Adding to the eerie atmosphere, a rare Blood Moon looms in the sky, casting a haunting, scarlet glow over the city now known as Vondead. The epicenter of these paranormal activities is the Graveyard, a hotspot for dark summoning rituals. However, the entire city bears the marks of an undead invasion, from burning cars and barricaded shops to a blood-soaked tramway and train station. Additional areas like the zoo and stadium also show signs of alarming, otherworldly activities.

Vondead map

Demonic altars have been erected throughout Vondead, serving as power sources for the ongoing supernatural events. These altars are connected to a mythical entity known as “The Butcher,” challenging players to summon and confront this fearsome demon in the underworld. Defeating him promises significant rewards, adding another layer of objectives for players to pursue. Alongside this, the blood-covered streets of Vondead may hold other hidden treasures for those daring enough to explore. Whether it’s special weapon blueprints, unique skins, or other in-game items, braving the dangers of Vondead could prove to be both a horrifying and rewarding experience.

Halloween-Themed Lockdown LTM

The Lockdown limited-time mode is making a chilling return in Warzone’s Season 6 Reloaded, this time set in the eerie, moonlit landscape of Vondead. For those unfamiliar, Lockdown is an objective-based Battle Royale mode that debuted in Season 04. In this mode, teams parachute in with their Custom Loadouts and work together to capture and hold various zones around the map, similar to the Multiplayer mode Hardpoint but on a much larger scale. The twist this time is the setting: the already intense gameplay is heightened by the ominous atmosphere of Vondead under a haunting moonlight. The night-time variant adds an extra layer of tension and strategy, making this iteration of Lockdown a blood-curdling experience you won’t want to miss.

The Haunting: Equipment and Items (Mid-Season)

As The Haunting event unfolds in Warzone, players can expect more than just zombies and monstrous entities to contend with; there’s also a host of otherworldly equipment and items to discover. One of the key features is the Captured Souls, part of the Soul Capture Event in both Warzone and Modern Warfare II. Players can collect Souls by defeating enemies and monstrous beings, which can then be traded for various rewards after each match. Additionally, the Haunting introduces the Haunted Box, a unique loot container dropped by zombies. These boxes act like mutated Armor and Munitions Boxes, providing plates, ammunition, and equipment. However, players should exercise caution when opening these, as they are possessed and could devour the unwary.

The haunting

The event also introduces the Bloodseeker Grenade, a living grenade fashioned like a vampire bat. When thrown, it latches onto enemies and highlights them in thermal vision, adding a new tactical layer to nighttime operations. However, it’s worth noting that these grenades are ineffective against Operators who are underwater. To add an extra layer of horror, lootable containers across Al Mazrah and Vondead have the potential to trigger intense jump scares. Surviving these terrifying moments allows players to claim the rewards within the container. As the event progresses, players should brace themselves for additional surprises that promise to make this mid-season update of The Haunting a truly horrifying experience.

The Haunting Operators

Season 6 Reloaded will introduce a variety of Operator crossovers, featuring characters from popular TV shows, movies, comics, and more. Some of the Operators include:

Spawn (Image Universe)

Spawn is a character from the Image Comics universe, created by Todd McFarlane. Originally a government assassin named Al Simmons, he is betrayed and killed, only to be resurrected as a Hellspawn. With supernatural powers and a complex moral compass, Spawn is a dark anti-hero who battles both celestial and infernal forces. His inclusion in Warzone 2 could bring a gritty, supernatural element to the game.

Spawn operator

Inarius and Lilith (Diablo 4)

Inarius and Lilith are characters from the Diablo universe, specifically tied to Diablo 4. Inarius is an archangel who, along with Lilith, created the world of Sanctuary as a haven for angels and demons. Lilith is a demoness known for her cunning and manipulative ways. Their complex relationship and powers could add a mythical and dark layer to Warzone 2 gameplay.

Inarius and lilith operator

Skeletor (Masters of the Universe)

Skeletor is the main antagonist in the Masters of the Universe franchise. Known for his skull-like face and magical abilities, he is the arch-enemy of He-Man. Skeletor is a character filled with both menace and unintentional humor, and his inclusion could bring a mix of magic and levity to the Warzone 2 environment.

Skeletor

Ash Williams (Evil Dead 2)

Ash Williams is the protagonist of the Evil Dead franchise, known for his one-liners and his chainsaw hand. A reluctant hero, Ash battles the undead and various supernatural entities. His gritty, no-nonsense approach to dealing with the paranormal could make him a fan-favorite Operator in Warzone 2.

Ash Williams

Alucard (Hellsing)

Alucard is the main character in the Hellsing manga and anime series. He is a powerful vampire serving the Hellsing Organization, which fights against supernatural threats in England. Known for his sadistic pleasure in battle and near-immortality, Alucard could bring a new level of intensity and darkness to Warzone 2.

Alucard

Conclusion

Warzone 2’s Season 6 Reloaded is shaping up to be an exciting finale before the launch of Modern Warfare 3. With a plethora of new content, modes, and Operators, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Keep an eye on updates as we approach the release date.

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Guns mentioned

M4
Bruen Mk9