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Warzone pros are not happy with teased CR-56 AMAX nerf

A teased nerf for the CR-56 AMAX Assault Rifle has not sit well with some Warzone pros, as the popular weapon has been a go-to in Season 3.

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The most recent Warzone patch notes from Raven Software teased an upcoming nerf to the CR-56 AMAX Assault rifle, and top-tier players in the community were not happy to hear that the powerful weapon could soon be less effective.

Weapon balance has always been a major discussion point in the Warzone community, as there have been multiple weapons that have been much better than their counterparts and were the staple in loadouts such as the AUG, FFAR, Grau, Bruen, and more.

The CR-56 AMAX has always been an effective Assault Rifle no matter the meta in Warzone and has not seen any significant changes to its performance since it was added to the Call of Duty battle royale. However, a recent update from developer Raven Software has teased upcoming changes to the CR-56 AMAX, which has not sit well with some players.

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In the patch notes for the April 28, 2021 update for Warzone, Raven Software gave the community a sneak peek that there will be upcoming balance changes to the CR-56 AMAX, Fara 83, and Bullfrog.

The reveal that upcoming changes would be coming to these weapons, especially the CR-56 AMAX, shocked plenty of players, as the high recoil of the CR-56 AMAX made it a higher-skilled weapon in most players’ eyes and not worthy of a nerf in any regard.

NRG JoeWo is known for his prowess with this Modern Warfare Assault Rifle, as he has gathered plenty of highlight clips of it over the game’s life, and he had a simple message for Raven Software regarding the teased nerf.

Jukeyz of the London Royal Ravens stated that he doesn’t understand how they can nerf the Assault Rifle when some players can not even control its recoil.

Considering most nerfs are applied to weapons that are overpowered and give lower-skilled players a greater boost than every other weapon in the game, it does seem fairly unusual that Raven would want to nerf the AMAX.

Jukeyz states that he believes the CR-56 AMAX is the most balanced weapon Warzone has ever had.

It remains to be seen what exactly this teased nerf from Raven Software will be for the popular Modern Warfare Assault Rifle, but there is no doubt that the community will have strong opinions regarding what the changes turn out to be.

For more updates on Warzone and weapon balancing, check out our article on the 10 best guns in the battle royale right now and stay tuned on Charlie INTEL.

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Warzone leak claims Iron Trials will come to Rebirth Island in Season 2

Warzone players have been desperate for Iron Trials to return and if a leak is to be believed, the mode will hit Rebirth Island in Season 2.

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Iron Trials quickly became a fan-favorite Warzone mode, and a dataminer claims to have found evidence that the mode will arrive in Rebirth Island in Season 2.

Iron Trials is a more competitive version of Warzone, with a much higher time-to-kill, tougher Gulag, more expensive Buy Stations, and no free loadout drops. Many preferred the mode and wished that it remained a permanent fixture.

Unfortunately, we haven’t seen it since before the Warzone Pacific Season 1 update, but a new leak claims that it will return with a twist. According to a dataminer, Iron Trials is set to return on Rebirth Island in Season 2.

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Call of Duty dataminer ‘Reality’ recently leaked that a Season 2 event will include Bomber planes, Redeploy Balloons, secret bunkers, and gas weapons. Now, following Warzone’s February 3 update that reverted the loadout drop delay, they claim to have discovered even more about Warzone Pacific Season 2.

Reality posted an image featuring strings that were reportedly added to Warzone’s game files after the update, revealing items such as a “Portable Buy Station,” a ton of new challenges, and a description of the Bomber.

But what players will be most interested to see is that one of the lines reads: “MP_CHYRON/ATLANTIS_IRON_TRIALS”: Rebirth Iron Trials.

Rebirth Island Iron Trials has also been mentioned by another leaker, TheGhostOfHope, who is known to have been reliable in the past.

This could mean that the fan-favorite Iron Trials game mode is making its way to Warzone’s smaller map in Season 2. But how this mode would play out remains to be seen; it could have Rebirth’s Resurgence mechanics or be more like the traditional battle royale.

Of course, this is just a leak for now. There’s no guarantee that Rebirth Island Iron Trials will arrive in Warzone Season 2 – or at all for that matter. Equippable helmets have been found in the game files before, as well as a version of the G3 Assault Rifle – and neither have arrived in the game.

But with Iron Trials’ popularity, it will likely return to the game in one form or another. Raven Software and Sledgehammer should be revealing the Season 2 roadmap soon, so we’ll know much more about the upcoming content over the next couple of weeks.

For more Warzone, you can check out the devs explaining why they keep removing your favorite modes.

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Warzone devs explain why they keep removing your favorite mode in playlist updates

Raven Software have finally explained why they remove popular Warzone game modes in weekly playlist updates.

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Warzone players have been upset that the weekly playlist updates are constantly removing their favorite game modes, and the developers have finally explained the reason behind these changes.

When you hop into a game of Warzone, you can try out several different game modes like Rebirth Resurgence and Vanguard Plunder, with each one providing a unique combat experience for players to enjoy.

However, as popular as some of these modes are, they’re sometimes missing from the game when the developers bring a new weekly playlist update, much to the frustration of Warzone players.

Now, Raven Software have explained the reason behind these changes.

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The Warzone developers addressed this issue in a blog post, going over the process of putting together the weekly playlist, and they highlighted three main areas of focus: motivation, engagement, and squad sizes.

When discussing the motivation aspect, they explained that they introduce different modes so that they can satisfy the largest amount of players and then check to see which ones are gaining the most popularity.

This helps Raven Software decide which modes to keep or bring back in future updates. They also stated that while they keep some modes pretty much the same, they experiment with different party sizes to find the best fit for each one.

So, the reason they remove certain game modes is to see how many players will call for their return to the weekly playlists, helping the developers assess their overall popularity.

The blog post also provides an outline of Raven Software’s plans for Warzone Pacific Season 2, which include adding brand-new game modes along with weekly updates which could feature additions like Iron Trials.

Read more: Warzone players believe Airstrikes received a deadly buff

As frustrating as it can be to see your favorite game mode missing from the game, it’s reassuring to know that the developers are always listening to player feedback so they can improve weekly playlists.


For more Warzone content, check out everything we know about the rumored Warzone 2 as well as our article on the Warzone devs reverting the loadout drop delay after community backlash.

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Activision confirms Infinity Ward leading CoD 2022 & Warzone 2 development

A report from Activision has confirmed that the iconic Infinity Ward studio will be leading the development of CoD 2022 & Warzone 2.

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In a statement on February 3, Activision confirmed that the highly-anticipated CoD 2022 and Warzone 2 will be developed by Infinity Ward.

Infinity Ward have a long and storied history with the Call of Duty franchise after developing the legendary Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and it seems like they’re back for another iteration in 2022.

Infinity Ward last worked on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare in 2019. Modern Warfare was a commercial success and Activision are looking to produce similar results with CoD 2022 after Vanguard has failed to meet sales expectations.

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A recent Business Wire report of Activision’s 2021 financial results have revealed that Vanguard failed to meet expectations as far as sales go, “Call of Duty net bookings on console and PC declined year-over-year in the fourth quarter, reflecting lower premium sales for Call of Duty: Vanguard”.

This explains Activision’s decision to opt for Infinity Ward as the lead developer for both CoD 2022 and Warzone 2. The project is being touted as a highly ambitious focus on both premium offerings and free-to-play content with Warzone 2.

Long-time Call of Duty fans will be happy to see the future of the franchise in safe hands. 2022 is shaping up to be a vital year for Call of Duty and fans won’t have to wait much longer for new and exciting content.

This announcement doesn’t necessarily mean that the release window for these games has been moved up. Once we have more details concerning CoD 2022 and Warzone 2022 we’ll be sure to share that with you.


For more CoD 2022 news, check out our piece on Modern Warfare 2 leaks claiming Rainbow Six Siege mode will arrive in CoD 2022.

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