With MW2’s launch of Season 2 and the release of Ranked Play, players will finally get the chance to play using the exact same ruleset that pro Call of Duty League players use.

Many players might have been disappointed to see that Infinity Ward announced a nerf to the Vaznev-9K right before the release of Ranked Play. Note: It’s referred to as the ‘Vasznev-9K’ in the patch notes.

The Vaznev Nerf

The Vaznev received “reduced mid-to-long range damage” according to the article on the official Call of Duty website.

Overall, this felt like a fair balance change as the SMG seemed to be winning too many long range battles against ARs.

However, tests from YouTuber TheXclusiveAce have shown that the nerf didn’t really change too much.

TheXclusiveAce said “this was a completely meaningless change. This changes absolutely nothing…for all intents and purposes, the Vaznev-9K went untouched in this update.”

The pre-patch damage values for the Vaznev went down by 1 health point at the 40-meter range but increased by 1 health point at the 50-meter range.

Yes, that means the Vaznev is actually slightly better at dealing damage when 50 meters away or more, but slightly worse at 40-50 meters.

In all reality, the tests show no negligible change. Handling and recoil is exactly the same.

The TAQ-56, the AR that players should opt for when playing Ranked Play, remains unchanged.

Vaznev-9K CDL Class

  • Muzzle: Bruen Pendulum
  • Underbarrel: FSS Sharkfin 90
  • Stock: Otrezat Stock
  • Rear Grip: True-Tac Grip

TAQ-56 CDL Class

  • Barrel: 17.5″ Tundra Pro Barrel
  • Underbarrel: FSS Sharkfin 90
  • Ammunition: High Velocity
  • Rear Grip: Demo Cleanshot Grip
  • Stock: TV Xline Pro