Patch notes for Modern Warfare’s latest patch on May 7, 2020 have been released. The patch includes updates for Warzone, Ground War and Gamebattles. The patch went live Thursday morning on all platforms and is required to play online.
Modern Warfare / Warzone May 7 Patch Notes
- Tuning all smoke challenges to be a bit more forgiving. This includes the challenge to unlock the Bruen MK9
- Fix to help prevent vehicle exploits
- Various exploit fixes, including Ground War Infected
- GameBattles: Fix for a few issues where players might not be able to join a new match
- Reduced fire delay on the Lightweight and Match Grade trigger attachments on all .357 calibers
- .357 Snake Shot damage rebalance
- Fixed a bug where the damage on the .357 Snake Shot was too high at longer distances
Source: Infinity Ward Blog
Snake Shots Nerfed
With Warzone being the most popular game type in Modern Warfare comes the biggest part of the patch, Snake Shot Akimbo .357 pistols have been nerfed. The akimbo pistols have been creating complete destruction, and had became almost necessary to use in Warzone. The pistols were a crossbread of a shotgun and a sniper, outdueling sub machine guns and other weapons up close, while still doing major damage at range.
Goodnight to everyone except for the people who use akimbo snakeshot magnums on Warzone…
I hope you stub your toe if you do.
— Jack “CouRage” Dunlop (@CouRageJD) May 6, 2020
After various streamers and YouTube personalities publicly voiced their distaste for the akimbos it appears Infinity Ward has responded by rebalancing the damage, reducing fire delay and fixing a bug where damage was too high at longer distances. Major influencers haven’t quite reacted to the change besides being grateful. It is yet to be seen if the adjustments are enough to warrant players using other secondary weapons.
With the .357 nerfs it may be possible that another set of akimbo pistols becomes vaiable. For example, Marcel (BasicallyIDoWrk) a popular Warzone content creator shows off a potential .357 replacement the Renetti akimbo pistol.
Snakeshots nerfed..time for the renetti spaghetti pic.twitter.com/s9ZdYOmPKC
— Marcel (@BasicallyIDoWrk) May 7, 2020