A number of professional Call of Duty players have responded to upcoming balancing changes in Black Ops 4, revealed by Treyarch on Feb. 15, and many are not happy with the proposed changes.
A major shift in the global meta of firearms is expected, with popular weapons such as the Maddox receiving a major nerve, while other, perhaps underutilized, weapons, such as the VAPR, will receive improvements.
For the competitive game, the "meta" has remained stable since the game's launch. Three main weapons – ICR, Maddox and Saug – were used, creating a general balance in the shooter.
The Maddox becomes a serious nerve.
With balance changes, this meta is expected to radically change, with perhaps anything but the RIC, a new type of weapons and new weapons like VAPR, MX-9 and GKS.
Stock 2 will be ungad. The plug will no longer be used and QD will take its place as a handle. Anyone looking for an alternative will use a mx9 and the vapr will replace the Maddox place. That's what I thought about reading the fix, but we'll have to wait and see how everything feels.
– Christopher Duarte (@Parasite) February 16, 2019
But it's not just the content of the update that has caused concern, but also timing. While Division A of the Pro League has just finished its first division, Division B is on the bill and the update will take place in the middle of the game.
Professional teams in Division B will not have the time to train or adapt to changes, which means they will simply have to adapt on the fly. Meanwhile, the A Division teams will be free to train with the new update well before CWL Fort Worth.
Cod would not be competitive without a meta change.
– 100T SlasheR (@SlasheR_AL) February 16, 2019
Learn how to play our first game on the patch we've been playing for two months, then our second game on a brand new one :)))))))))))))))))
– eU Clayster (@Clayster) February 16, 2019
These are perhaps the worst nerves / buffs I have ever seen
– NV Justin Fargo Uwu (@ silly702) February 16, 2019
why would they do this ??????????? THE META WAS GOOOOOOOOOOOOD
– John (@ Xotic16) February 16, 2019
Xav de Matos, of CWL, said the first week of the division B games will not use the new update, but will only apply it from week 2.
Our goal, through the r / CODComp Reddit thread, is to not use the patch for the first week.
– Xav of Matos ?? (@Xav) February 16, 2019
Only time will tell if the changes made to the balancing of weapons improve the overall game in competition, and maybe that will promote the viability of the number of weapons.
The patch is more focused on the large casual player base than on the competitive stage, with the Maddox being a weapon on which casual players have expressed their concerns.