CoD operators form up and fight in MW3 Season One Reloaded.
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MW3 Season One Reloaded patch notes: Ranked Play, MW2 weapon buffs, The Boys LTM, and more

The ranked ladder is waiting for you.

Get ready for a load of content in Modern Warfare 3’s Season One Reloaded update, the midseason patch for Call of Duty’s first season of 2024.

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This could arguably end up being the biggest update for CoD MW3 yet, especially considering it includes the addition of Ranked Play for multiplayer. Grinders and sweats everywhere are looking to rank up and grind the ladder, and now’s as good a time as any.

Buckle up and get ready for some new content. Here’s everything coming in MW3’s Season One Reloaded patch notes.

MW3 Season One Reloaded patch notes

CoD operators take aim at enemies on the new map Rio in MW3 Season One Reloaded.
Are you ready for more? Image via Activision

CoD’s first big update of 2024 is here. Read on below to see all of the changes and additions in Season One Reloaded for MW3 multiplayer patch notes. Stay tuned for information on Warzone and Zombies as well.

Ranked Play launch

MW3 Ranked Play
Time to squad up and rank up. Image via Activision

Treyarch is back with another iteration of Ranked Play in CoD. MW3’s version offers rewards, skill divisions, and more to play and rank up through each season to prove that you’re a top sweat. Ranked Play will use the same ruleset as the Call of Duty League.

There’s even a full list of Ranked Play rewards in season one. Here’s what you can unlock by playing Ranked Play:

  • Win five Ranked Play matches to earn the “MW3 Season One Competitor” weapon sticker.
  • Win 10 Ranked Play matches to earn the “Pro Issue Gutter Knife” weapon blueprint.
  • Win 20 Ranked Play matches to earn the “Script Writer” weapon charm.
  • Win 30 Ranked Play matches to earn the “Built Different” large decal.
  • Win 40 Ranked Play matches to earn the “MW3 Ranked Play Season One” loading screen.
  • Win 50 Ranked Play matches to earn the “MW3 Season One Ranked Veteran” weapon camo.

Ranked Play is not available at the time of the update going live but should be available sometime shortly after.

All weapon buffs and nerfs in MW3 Season One Reloaded update

Call of Duty players team up in a small map.
Some changes abound. Image via Activision

A new weapon balancing pass is here as part of the update, looking to further even the playing field when it comes to MW3’s massive roster of weapons. Many Modern Warfare 2 guns got some nice buffs.

There are a number of other balance changes to things like perks, equipment, and killstreaks, so check out the full patch notes from Activision for everything that’s changing.

Here’s a quick look at some buffs and nerfs in MW3:

Buffs

The SVA 545 got a slight buff, the Sidewinder had its recoil nerfed a bit, and other buffs include several MW2 weapons like the Chimera, FR Avancer, STB-556, and many others. Several SMGs got buffed including the WSP Swarm, Rival-9, Striker 9, and MW2 guns like Lachmann Shroud and Fennec 45.

Nerfs

Common popular weapons like the MCW, DG-56, and Holger 556 have been nerfed for ARs in an effort to balance some of the most popular guns in the game.


To read the full list of buffs and nerfs, check out the full patch notes on CoD’s website.

New six-vs-six map

Rio, new 6v6 map in Season One Reloaded of MW3.
A new battleground. Image via Activision

The newest map in MW3 is called Rio, a medium-sized six-vs-six map for a variety of multiplayer modes, joining other new season one maps and the 16 reimagined maps from launch.

The map features “a central indoor mall surrounded by Main Street, a tram station, a market, a plaza and café, and residential spaces.” Activision says to “use the covered walkway to get above your enemies or take cover near an armored vehicle when fighting on street level.”

New game modes

CoD operators team up in the Headquarters mode.
Form up and roll out. Image via Activision

Headquarters, a classic CoD mode, makes its triumphant return. In the mode, players must “secure the Headquarters objective and hold the position as long as possible to accrue points.”

Team Gunfight, a six-vs-six version of the fun mode on classic multiplayer maps, is also joining, along with Infected mode. Expect these modes to rotate in and out of playable rotation frequently throughout the year.

The Boys: Supe Siege limited-time mode

A-Train from The Boys in MW3
A-Train is here. Image via Activision

A new limited-time mode, The Boys: Supe Siege is a spin on Kill Confirmed where enemy players will drop “Temp V” and give you superpowers. There’s also a full set of challenges and rewards, which can be found below:

  • Get one Operator Heat Vision elimination in The Boys mode.
    • Reward: Calling Card
  • Deactivate 20 pieces of Equipment using DDoS.
    • Reward: Emblem
  • Get four Operator eliminations using the MTZ-762
    • Reward: Battle Pass Tier Skip
  • Get two Operator eliminations in a single life with the Overkill Vest equipped, five times.
    • Reward: Large Decal
  • Get 15 Operator Akimbo eliminations.
    • Reward: Weapon Charm
  • Get seven Operator eliminations using Lethal Equipment.
    • Reward: Double XP Token
  • Mastery Reward: “The Boys Special” LMG blueprint
    • Features “four attachments, equipped with a whopping 150-round drum and incendiary ammunition for aggressive suppressive fire.”

This article is currently being updated with more information.


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