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How Call of Duty: Warzone’s meta changed over 2021

Call of Duty: Warzone’s weapon meta changed dramatically over 2021, so here’s a breakdown of each seasons’ meta.

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Call of Duty: Warzone has seen several metas come and go over 2021, with Cold War weapons such as the DMR, FFAR 1, and Krig 6 dominating certain seasons. Here’s how Warzone’s meta changed over the course of 2021.

Choosing the best weapon possible is extremely important to winning Call of Duty: Warzone, but what weapon is best never remains consistent. Warzone developers Raven Software have spent 2021 buffing and nerfing tons of weapons, which has shifted the meta every time.

Thanks to website WZ Ranked, we can what weapons entered and left the meta across 2021’s Black Ops Cold War Seasons.

Here’s a breakdown of the weapon meta from Black Ops Cold War’s first season to Warzone Pacific, based on their popularity.

Warzone x Cold War Season 1 meta

Warzone DMR 14

Black Ops Cold War Season 1 brought all of Cold War’s weapons over to Warzone, where the DMR 14 almost immediately took over. The DMR had almost a 30% pick rate in the first quarter of Season 1 before it was nerfed to the ground on January 13.

During this time, the MAC-10 was the most popular SMG, consistently staying between a 15-20% pick rate. The MAC-10 then became the most popular weapon in Season 1, with Modern Warfare’s Kar98k regaining popularity after the DMR nerf.

Warzone x Cold War Season 2 meta

CoD Warzone FFAR 1

Cold War Season 2 saw the MAC-10 nerfed and the dreaded FFAR 1 meta arrive in Warzone. With an incredibly fast time-to-kill and minimal recoil, the FFAR had over a 20% pick rate and remained incredibly popular until the end of Season 2.

During this time, the Kar98k remained consistently popular (and does every single season), while the M16 saw a huge jump during the burst meta.

Warzone x Cold War Season 3 meta

Warzone CR-56 AMAX

Cold War Season 3 saw the original Warzone map nuked and Verdansk ’84 take over. This huge update nerfed several extremely popular weapons including the M16, making it one of the more balanced seasons of 2021.

The CR-56 AMAX saw a huge rise in popularity during this time, briefly hitting the same pick rate as the ever-popular Kar98k.

Warzone x Cold War Season 4 meta

best warzone fara 83 loadout

Raven Software nerfed the CR-56 AMAX towards the end of Season 3, which was met with significant backlash. However, to make up for it, the FARA 83 received a huge buff which made it the most popular weapon by a longshot.

Then after the FARA was nerfed, it was the Krig 6’s time to shine. Its low recoil made it the most popular weapon by a country mile, and it remained that way well into Season 5.

Warzone x Cold War Season 5 meta

Call of Duty Warzone Kar98k

The Season 5 meta didn’t change much from Season 4, but weapons such as the Bullfrog and Cold War AK-47 became some of the most popular.

The Krig 6 received a strong nerf during Season 5, which brought Modern Warfare’s Kar98k back to the top spot.

Warzone x Cold War Season 6 meta

Best Warzone Swiss K31 loadout

Warzone Season 6, the final season before Warzone Pacific, had the most balanced meta of any Cold War season.

After a full year of buffs, nerfs, and changes, it appeared that Raven Software had finally found the balance they were hoping to strike. The Swiss K31 dethroned the Kar98k to be the most popular weapon, and the OTs 9 and Cold War AK-47 became the most popular non-sniper weapons.

But, no weapon surpassed a 15% pick rate, so almost any weapon was viable during this time.

Warzone Pacific Season 1 meta

Operators fighting in Warzone Pacific

The Warzone Pacific Season 1 update saw a huge shift in the meta, as all 40 weapons from Vanguard’s multiplayer arrived.

The early days of this season saw all of Modern Warfare and Cold War’s weapons drop in popularity as Vanguard’s guns began to rise. Now, it’s the MP-40 and STG44 dominating the meta, while the Modern Warfare Kar98k kept its place as the most popular Sniper Rifle.

With the Warzone Pacific Season 1 Reloaded update coming soon, we expect this meta to shift again.


2021 saw many different weapons enter and leave the meta, while some fan-favorite picks remained there all the way through. Warzone Pacific’s seasons’ metas are likely to be equally as diverse, and we’re looking forward to seeing what guns come out on top.

You can also check out everything we know about Call of Duty 2022, which is expected to be a sequel to Modern Warfare (2019) and bring even more modern-day weapons to Warzone.

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FaZe Swagg reveals “overpowered” Warzone Pacific Welgun loadout

FaZe Swagg has revealed the perfect loadout attachments to make the brand-new Welgun SMG “overpowered” in Season 1.

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FaZe star Kris ‘Swagg’ Lamberson tested out Warzone’s brand-new Welgun SMG, calling it “top-tier” and building an “overpowered” loadout for it.

Warzone Pacific’s mid-Season 1 update brought a ton of buffs and nerfs to fan-favorite weapons, but it also brought the new Welgun SMG.

The Gunsmith system allows the Welgun to be built for a number of different playstyles, and top streamer FaZe Swagg has revealed how to make it “overpowered” with the right loadout attachments.

Best Warzone Welgun loadout

Warzone’s meta received a significant shake-up with Warzone Season 1’s midseason update, with the popular STG44 getting a healthy buff and the Bren getting taken down a peg.

But the one weapon standing out is the brand-new Welgun. In a YouTube video titled “The new Welgun SMG is overpowered in Warzone,” FaZe Swagg explains why.

Using the Welgun along with the STG, Swagg dropped 30 kills, helping his squad rack up over a hundred kills in Caldera. “This gun is top-tier, no question,” explained Swagg. “And overall, 100% you should unlock it.”

Swagg said the Welgun “melts with the right build,” so we’ve got his full class set up below.

FaZe Swagg “overpowered” Welgun loadout

Swagg’s YouTube video doesn’t reveal his full Welgun loadout, so here are the attachments he was running during his January 13 stream.

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: 120mm Gawain Short
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Removed Stock
  • Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
  • Magazine: 7.62 Gorenko 48 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Hollow Point
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Perk 1: Unmarked
  • Perk 2: Fully Loaded

Swagg boosted the Welgun’s fire rate by combining the Recoil Booster and 120mm Gawain Short barrel, allowing it to kill enemies much faster. And he discovered that running iron sights gives you a reflex, so he opted for the Slate Reflector instead.

For magazine and ammo, Swagg ran the 7.62 Gorenko 48 Round Mags to hold extra bullets and the Hollow Point ammunition which increases the damage dealt to limbs, making it much more forgiving.

The rest of the attachments are to improve the Welgun’s mobility and accuracy, with the Unmarked Perk which helps to conceal your position on the mini map.


You can also check out Call of Duty’s devs responding to the issues affecting both Warzone and Vanguard.

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CoD devs respond to frustrations over performance in Warzone & Vanguard

The Warzone and Vanguard devs have officially responded to the abundance of issues with a statement to the community.

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Call of Duty issued a response to all the performance issues players are currently experiencing in both Warzone and Vanguard.

Along with the mid-season update for Warzone and Vanguard, which introduced loads of new content such as the Welgun and a variety of buffs and nerfs, the devs have now issued a detailed response to the community’s frustrations.

There have been a lot of issues in Warzone and Vanguard since the two games were linked, but it’s great to actually get some detailed communication from the devs in response to the issues that players have been experiencing.

Here’s what they had to say.

Vanguard and Warzone Pacific Season 1

In Call of Duty‘s latest tweet titled “A message to our community,” the developers conveyed just how hard the team is working at providing fixes to a variety of issues.

The post contained details of the latest implemented changes and known issues being worked on for both Warzone and Vanguard.

In the short message, the developers make it clear that the team is “hard at work addressing the issues that are being experienced across Vanguard, Warzone, and Modern Warfare. Updates are being deployed as quickly as possible.”

When it comes to Warzone some of the issues mentioned as ones that they are working on include:

  • Console performance
  • Invisible skins
  • Buy Stations

These issues, especially the Buy Station freezing problems and console performance have been at the center of recent player frustrations in the community.

Just this week players were clowning the number of issues on console, so it’s great to get confirmation that the devs are working on fixes.

As for Vanguard, there have been quite a few issues that players have been disappointed with, especially as recent updates haven’t exactly eased player frustrations with Incendiary Grenades.

The post mentioned an abundance of issues that the dev team is working on:

  • Weapons & Equipment
    • Shotgun nerfs and smoke reduction.
  • Killstreaks
    • Attack Dog fixes.
  • Perks
  • Modes
    • Accuracy of Quick Play filters and diversity of maps.
  • Matchmaking
    • Party-disconnect issue
  • Zombies

It’s clear that the Call of Duty developers are working on having better communication with the players. This is definitely a step towards that, but up next is for these updates to be complete.


We’ll be sure to update the community on when these fixes have been issued. For now, check out why players are praising Warzone’s latest playlist update.

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Warzone devs secretly changed a Perk and nobody noticed

The Warzone devs made a slight change to one of the Perks, which almost went completely unnoticed until players recently picked up on it.

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Players have picked up on a change to one of Warzone’s Perks that barely anyone noticed, which some are stating is due to the stale Perk meta.

With the mid-season update for Warzone Pacific Season 1, you’d think players would be focussing on the new content such as the Welgun SMG, playlist changes, and buffs and nerfs.

However, players have picked up on a change to one of Warzone’s Perks that went completely unnoticed since the Vanguard integration, which may not be a surprise to players when they find out what Perk it is.

warzone perk 3 spotter

Reddit user Cream-Shpee highlighted the Perk change over on the Warzone subreddit with the title: “The Perks meta is so stale nobody’s even noticed that Spotter got renamed.”

Spotter, now named Engineer, isn’t the most popular of Perks in Warzone, especially as the Perk 3 category is dominated by Amped and Combat Scout. This is most likely the reason players haven’t noticed the name change, or as the Redditor puts it, players didn’t notice because the “Perks meta is so stale.”

Although it isn’t a massive difference, it’s still pretty hilarious that not many players actually realized the name had been changed.

One player agrees with the Perk meta being stale, stating “I reckon you could remove 70% of the perks and no one would even notice.”

It’s a shame that some Perks hardly get picked, as most of them actually offer some interesting gameplay changes. However, it’s difficult to pick Perks that just aren’t as strong as the ones everybody else in the lobby is using.

Perhaps we will see some changes to Perks in Warzone Pacific’s future to spice up the meta.


For more on Warzone, check out when Season 2 will be releasing.

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