Raven Nerfed Every Meta Weapon In Warzone: Automaton, PPSh, Cooper...

In a huge shake-up of the meta, Raven have come down hard with the nerf-hammer. Everything popular has taken a hit, so where do we stand? And what's the current meta?
Automaton Warzone Loadout
To be fair, everyone was using the Automaton. | © Activision Blizzard

Yeah, this does make sense. Almost everyone was using the Automaton, and the PPSh, and so nerfing those two weapons was a good decision for the game. But it's unusual for them to come down this hard on the Warzone meta when it's only been the meta for one week. And other weapons like the Cooper and even the Type 99 deserved to be in the limelight longer before being shut down. We'll detail all the weapon changes beneath, and then answer that burning question: what's the current meta after all these nerfs?

The Weapon Balancing Patch Notes

Before we dig into these, there's going to be a lot of jargon about recoil. This is what each term means:

  • Recoil adjustment: Recoil pattern has changed
  • Recoil Deviation: Amount of randomness in the Recoil pattern
  • Recoil increase or decrease: Magnitude has changed

The Most Important Nerfs

Here are the weapon nerfs that will affect most players and their loadouts:

  • The Automaton has had a massive recoil nerf.
  • The PPSh has had a significant recoil nerf.
  • The Cooper Carbine has had its effective TTK lowered.

They were also quite mean to non-meta weapons, but you can read the full patch notes for yourself beneath.

The Complete Patch Notes

Assault Rifles:

  • STG 44
    • Recoil adjusted
  • BAR
    • Recoil increased
  • Automaton
    • Recoil greatly increase
  • Cooper Carbine:
    • Maximum Damage Range decreased to 1200, down from 1350
    • Neck Damage Multiplier decreased to 1.2, down from 1.3
    • Lower Torso Damage Multiplier decreased to 1, down from 1.1
    • Recoil increased slightly
  • Volkssturmgewehr
    • Neck Damage Multiplier decreased to 1.2, down from 1.5
    • Lower Torso Multiplier decreased to 1, down from 1.1
    • ADS Speed decreased by 19%

Handguns

  • Klauser
    • Neck Damage Multiplier decreased to 1.2, down from 1.5
  • Machine Pistol
    • Maximum Damage Range decreased to 215 units, down from 225
    • Second Damage Range decreased to 450 units, down from 600
  • RATT
    • Neck Damage Multiplier decreased to 1.2, down from 1.5
  • Top Break
    • Neck Damage Multiplier decreased to 1.2, down from 1.5

Light Machine Gun

  • MG 82
    • Recoil Deviation increased
  • MG42
    • ADS Speed decreased by 9%
    • Recoil increased

Marksman Rifle

  • G-43
    • Recoil adjusted
  • Marksman Rifle Charlie
    • Flinch Resistance increased by 19%

Shotgun

  • Combat Shotgun
    • Maximum Damage Range decreased to 140 units, down from 150
    • Second Damage Range decreased to 220 units, down from 240
  • Einhorn Revolving
    • Maximum Damage Range increased to 160 units, up from 140
    • Second Damage Range decreased to 220 units, down from 230
  • Gracey Auto
    • Second Damage amount decreased to 20, down from 22
    • Third Damage amount decreased to 14, down from 18
    • Maximum Damage Range decreased to 140 units, down from 160
    • Second Damage Range decreased to 300 units, down from 325

Sniper Rifle

  • 3-Line Rifle
    • Maximum Damage increased to 95, up from 92
    • Minimum Damage increased to 78, up from 75
    • Neck Damage Multiplier decreased to 1.5, down from 2
    • Lower Torso Damage Multiplier decreased to 1.06, down from 1.1
    • Upper Extremities Damage Multipliers decreased to 1, down from 1.1
    • ADS Speed increased by 16.6%
  • Gorenko Anti-Tank Rifle
    • Minimum Damage decreased to 102, down from 108
    • Minimum Damage Range increased to 4096 units, up from 2048
    • Neck Damage Multiplier decreased to 1.8, down from 2
    • Bullet Velocity increased by 22%
  • Kar98k (VG)
    • Flinch Resistance increased by 19%
  • Swiss K31 (BOCW)
    • Flinch Resistance increased by 19%

  • Type 99 (VG)
    • Maximum Damage increased to 96, up from 92
    • Minimum Damage increased to 82, up from 75
    • Neck Damage Multiplier decreased to 1.7, down from 2

Submachine Gun

  • Owen Gun
    • Recoil adjusted
  • PPSh-41
    • Recoil adjusted
  • Sten
    • Recoil adjusted
    • ADS Move Speed decreased by 10%
  • Submachine Gun Charlie
    • Recoil adjusted
  • M1912
    • Recoil adjusted
    • Move Speed decreased by 1.25%
    • ADS Move Speed decreased by 4%

What Is The Current Warzone Meta?

At this point, the Automaton is a no-go, so most players will gravitate to the STG-44, which seems to be the best low-skill AR, with the NZ and the Bren remaining as the high-skill meta. The PPSH should still be good enough to be effective, but it's too early to say, and other voices are making arguments for the MG42, but it too was nerfed, so we need to do further testing to be sure of its current state. We'll update you as soon as we've got a more complete picture.

Here are the weapons we know to still be strong: