Black Ops III Update 1.14: Man-O-War and VMP Nerfed
Black Ops III players were greeted with a new update today, as tweeted out by game design director David Vonderhaar. Update 1.14 introduced numerous tweaks and changes to the game, but none more noticeable and important than adjustments to some popular weapons.
To read the official patch notes, click the link here.
- Submachine Guns
- Reduced 3-hit kill damage range.
- Reduced 5-hit kill damage range.
- Reduced recoil stability.
- Increased recoil stability.
- Assault Rifles
- Reduced reload speed.
- Reduced aim-down-sights speed.
Competitive CoD teams like Dream Team, most notably favoring the Man-o-War at the recent CWL Season 2 finals, might have to adjust to the changes made to the assault rifle. The reduced ADS speed of the gun is noticeable and can have a big effect on gun fights, especially in the twitchiness of competitive CoD's current meta. The time it takes to aim down sight now can be the difference between life and death.
Also seeing a change was the VMP, a favorite submachine gun, which now has noticeably more recoil. The Kuda also will be less effective at longer ranges. Will we see a comeback in the Vesper, whose recoil stability has been increased? Time will tell, but it appears that this update has ruffled some feathers in the CoD community.
Nothing like a weapon tuning pass to get folks riled up. I said it million times. Guns fall in and out of intended role & design targets. +— David Vonderhaar (@DavidVonderhaar) July 27, 2016
And when they do, we are going to do something about it. If you are mad now, you should of seen the changes I didn't approve. +— David Vonderhaar (@DavidVonderhaar) July 27, 2016
I also guarantee that if your job was to keep the game balanced & not "beast" with your gun of choice, you'd make similar choices.— David Vonderhaar (@DavidVonderhaar) July 27, 2016
Well, no one said it was easy being Vondy.
But, he brings up a good point. While some will be upset that their favorite guns are not dominant, it is part of the process of being a game developer. It remains to be seen how these changes will affect CoD esports.
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