Warzone players are debating the new nerfs to sniper rifles in Season 3, after Raven Software removed the one-hit-kill potential of many guns.
Snipers and Warzone are two things that just go hand-in-hand. It feels like the long-range meta has always been dominant in Activision’s Battle Royale.
After all, with one weapon class able to down enemies from a huge distance, before they can even spot you, why wouldn’t you run a sniper?
For a while, sniper rifles were the most popular weapons for Warzone loadouts – and for good reason!
Now, in the Season 3 patch notes, Raven confirms that they’ve nerfed sniper rifles substantially, removing one-hit-kill potential for many guns at longer ranges. And fans are split on the decision.
Check out all the Warzone Season 3 sniper changes (and which ones you should be using) here!
Is Warzone Season 3 Sniper Nerf Justified?
In Warzone Season 3, only a handful of snipers can one-shot headshot at any range. But is the nerf to long-range weaponry justified?
It would seem that some players are happy with the sniper changes. After all, snipers have been overpowered in Caldera for some time.
“I actually like the sniper update,” Reddit user FentoonskiFTW writes. “It makes sense to me, if everything was unchanged everyone will still only pick kar or swiss. i rarely saw other snipers used. The kar has been too good for way too long and it feels stale.”
But while other snipers now have a more viable spot in the meta, is the removal of one-shot headshots at any range a good decision?
“The idea that snipers as snappy, mobile and easy to use as the kar and Swiss should be able to one shot at any range was insane.” BitterProgress agrees. “If snipers have to one shot – they should have drawbacks to compensate for that such as being slow and heavy.”
Of course, while these users are all for the sniper nerfs, there are many fans who are far less happy with the changes.
If you’re a fan of sniping, check out the best sniper you need to be using in Warzone Season 3!
Warzone Fans Want Sniper Buffs After Balance Patch
The new update certainly throws realism out of the window in favor of balance. But this is hardly the most realistic update anyway, with Godzilla and King Kong coming to Caldera soon.
Now, using a Rytec with explosive rounds can’t even one-shot an enemy, despite being a powerful sniper. Neither can the Dragunov, or the M82, and popular choices such as the Swiss K31 or Kar98k are now only effective inside a particular range.
“I think the current sniper nerf is a very lazy way of re-balancing these guns and it detracts from the game by decreasing weapon variety rather than increasing it,” Douglas1994 writes.
The user goes on to write that rifles such as the SPR, Pelington, Tundra, Type 99, and Rytek are now ‘pointless’ to use. What’s more, these assault rifles essentially have no recoil in Warzone, making them now better long-range options than a sniper.
Hopefully, a working sniper system that everyone can be happy with is part of Warzone 2’s ‘groundbreaking innovations’ that Activision is promising.
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