Albeit quietly, Raven Software has continued to release patch after patch that, at least for the close-quarters weapons, have kept the SMG meta relatively stable in Season 5 Reloaded. Before Season 6 arrives and drastically shifts the meta once again, here are the best SMGs to use in Call of Duty: Warzone early on into October 2021.
Warzone SMG Tier List October 2021
- OTs 9
Despite the Sept. 15 OTs 9 nerf, the weapon remains the ultimate weapon to use for close-quarters fights. Meanwhile, the MAC-10, Bullfrog, and PPSh-41 all remain consistent, forgiving, versatile SMGs, albeit not as strong as the OTs 9 indoors.
In A Tier are four SMGs that are quite good up close, but generally won't outpace the aforementioned S Tier options. Although the Black Ops Cold War MP5 is the second-best barrel-stuffing SMG behind the OTs 9, its sluggish reload and movement speed keeps it just out of the league above.
In the B Tier are 10 SMGs that are viable, and could even become niche, hidden gems for certain players. However, these options are all pretty similar to each other at the end of the day, and just aren't quite as good as the more meta options.
- Nail Gun
- Striker 45
Lastly, in C Tier are three SMGs that have fallen behind in the pack with the way things have settled down. The Nail Gun was essentially replaced by the OTs 9, the LC10 took major nerfs to its maximum damage, minimum damage and headshot multiplier values, while the Striker 45 has just remained an afterthought it seems.