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Warzone SMG Tier List October 2021

DBLTAP's SMG tier list for Call of Duty: Warzone, updated for October 2021.
DBLTAP's SMG tier list for Call of Duty: Warzone, updated for October 2021. / Photo courtesy of Activision

Our Warzone SMG tier list for October 2021 is here to break down which guns are the best to use in Verdansk '84 and Rebirth Island with the launch of Season 6 on the horizon.

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

S Tier

OTs 9
OTs 9 / Photo courtesy of Ralston Dacanay, Activision
  • OTs 9
  • MAC-10
  • Bullfrog
  • PPSh-41

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.

A Tier

TEC-9
TEC-9 / Photo courtesy of Ralston Dacanay, Activision

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.

B Tier

MP7
MP7 / Photo courtesy of Ralston Dacanay, Activision

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.

C Tier

Striker 45
Striker 45 / Photo courtesy of Ralston Dacanay, Activision
  • Nail Gun
  • Striker 45
  • LC10

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.