Thanks to the nerf, some professional and amateur players have been toying around with the idea of using an alternative Assault Rifle - specifically the M13.
The M13 received a small buff as part of the weapon balancing and now can potentially take the throne the M4A1 has held since the beta.
In this article, you can find the attachment combination and class loadout that the best players in the world are beginning to use.
The New Meta?
We saw last year how quick the metagame can shift after an update and how easily it can make an impact if players and teams aren't quick to adapt.
This attachments setup was taken from the class of Call of Duty pro player Parasite.
- Compensator (Muzzle)
- Tempus Marksman (Barrel)
- No Stock (Stock)
- Commando Foregrip (Underbarrel)
- Stippled Grip Tape (Rear Grip)
This attachment combination offers a good balance of low recoil, mobility and accuracy at longer ranges. There is a possibility to remove the compensator for an optic if you prefer not to use the iron sights on the M13.
- EOD (Perk 1)
- Ghost (Perk 2)
- Tune Up (Perk 3)
EOD increases your resistance to explosives, giving you the chance to stay on an objective longer while taking more damage from grenades flying in.
Selecting Tune Up as opposed to Battle Hardened increases the recharge rate of your field upgrades, enabling you quicker access to wither Dead Silence or a Trophy System.
- Semtex (Lethal)
- Stun Grenade (Tactical)
It is often a personal preference as to which pieces of lethal and tactical equipment that you want to use.
Choosing a stun grenade rather than a flash slows the movement of the enemy, making them an easier target to eliminate.
- Trophy System
The current metagame a choice between either Dead Silence or a Trophy System.
For players focused on the objective, the Trophy System is the way to go, providing some extra protection when capturing an objective but if you are a more aggressive player, Dead Silence is great for sing to make a sneaky flank.
- Double Time (2 Kills)
- Battle Hardened (4 Kills)
- Spotter (6 Kills)
Double Time increases the length of your tactical sprint, allowing you to move around the map quicker, Battle Hardened increases resistance to flash and stun grenades.
This is ideal for staying focused on a target when hit with a tactical grenade and spotter allows you to see the nameplates of the opponent at a further distance, allowing you to see them more clearly.
Will It Be In The Meta?
With just a couple of weeks until CDL London, the second weekend of the Call of Duty League, the teams in attendance may have time to practice with the M13 but whether it will become the second AR in the meta remains to be seen.
From a spectator's perspective, increasing the weapon variety is always a good thing and by adding more viable alternatives to the MP5 and the M4A1, the metagame becomes even more interesting.
Written byJon Nicholson@MrJonno_95