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Call of Duty: Warzone patch nerfs the most powerful gun, but it may not be enough

The DMR can’t be stopped

A Call of Duty: Warzone player stands on an oil rig with an LMG Image: Infinity Ward/Activision

Over the last couple of weeks, Call of Duty: Warzone has been dominated by a few weapons, but none as a powerful as the DMR 14. Thankfully, Raven Software released a patch on Wednesday nerfing the gun — although it may have been too powerful to stop with just one update.

The DMR 14 is a relatively new addition to the Warzone arsenal, making its way over from Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War with December’s season 1 patch. The weapon is a semi-automatic rifle, with long range, great accuracy, and very high damage. All this combines to make it an excellent choice on a huge map like Verdansk even when the gun isn’t overpowered. But when it’s OP like it has been for the last few months, it completely takes over the game.

To help curb the DMR 14’s power, Raven Software nerfed its headshot damage and increased its recoil. Unfortunately, according to some players, it wasn’t quite enough. As it turns out, it wasn’t just headshots that were strong on the DMR, but body shots as well. The recoil increase should mean that you at least have to be more accurate to land the few shots needed to take out your target, but in the hands of a good player it seems like the DMR might still be the go-to gun for now.

The Warzone patch also nerfed the Mac-10 SMG, the game’s strongest close-quarters weapon at the moment, and the Type 63, which is sort of like a slightly-less-powerful version of the DMR 14. Despite these guns being in Black Ops Cold War as well, these nerfs only apply to Warzone.

Hopefully these changes will be enough to curb some of the DMR’s dominance, but if they aren’t Raven’s sure to release another balance patch in the near future.

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