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Vanguard NZ-41 AR is ‘Overpowered’ After Rebalance, Says Warzone Expert

One Call of Duty (CoD): Warzone expert believes that this one particular Vanguard assault rifle may now be overpowered after the game’s rebalance
One Call of Duty (CoD): Warzone expert believes that this one particular Vanguard assault rifle may now be overpowered after the game’s rebalance / Activision

One Call of Duty (CoD): Warzone expert believes that this one particular Vanguard assault rifle may now be overpowered after the game’s recent rebalance.

In a video uploaded to their YouTube channel on May 25, Warzone expert and content creator Metaphor revealed that one particular Vanguard assault rifle, the NZ-41, has both been buffed and, now, very well may be the most powerful weapon of its class in the game at the time of writing.

According to the patch notes displayed in the video, Warzone Devs decided to adjust the weapon’s recoil pattern to make it more predictable. This was done to make it more popular — a goal that now may succeed further than they could’ve dreamed.

The full list of buffs to the weapon and its attachments are as follows, according to the May 25 Warzone Season 3 patch.

Vanguard NZ-41

  • Adjusted recoil pattern and intensity when used in fully automatic.

Orbweaver 360mm BC Barrel

  • Horizontal Recoil: control increased 10%
  • Bullet Velocity: increased 40%

Sakura 50 Round Mags

  • Fire Rate Multiplier: decreased to 12%
  • Damage Range: increased to -12%
  • Bullet Velocity: increased to -15%

8mm Klauser 40 Round Mags

  • Bullet Velocity: increased to -10%
  • Fire Rate Multiplier: decreased to 12%
  • Damage: decreased to -3.6%

Orbweaver Custom 

  • Bullet Velocity: increased 20%
  • Damage Range: increased 20%

LOR Mk1 Burst

  • Bullet Velocity: increased 30%
  • Damage Range: increased 20%

Ravenwood 480mm No.2 

  • Damage Range: penalty removed
  • Bullet Velocity: penalty removed

With this in mind, Metaphor’s build for the NZ-41 is as follows:

  • Ammunition: Lengthened
  • Barrel: Orbweaver 360mm BC
  • Magazine: 8mm Klauser 40 Round Mags
  • Muzzle: MX Silencer
  • Optic: SVT-40 PU Scop 3-6x
  • Perk: Brace
  • Perk 2: Fully Loaded
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Stock: Orbweaver E Pack
  • Underbarrel: M1930 Strife Angled

Clearly, this build works for them, as the majority of the video consists of them blowing away the competition while using the weapon combined with the attachments mentioned above.