After a wildly unpopular update among competitive players Tuesday, which saw the Maddox RFB receive a significant nerf, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 developer Treyarch has decided to re-do the Maddox’s recoil pattern.
With a new update Wednesday, Treyarch has reworked the Maddox’s first five shots’ recoil pattern, making the first, fourth, and fifth shots feel similar to the original recoil, the developer announced via a Reddit post. The post also says the second and third shots have an increased recoil when compared to the pre-update version, but Treyarch aims to make them “remain controllable.”
Tuesday’s update, in addition to the Maddox nerf, featured the debut of Operation Grand Heist. While some changes, including Ajax’s 9-Bang being nerfed, were seen as positive fixes, many competitive players bemoaned the Maddox becoming less effective. The assault rifle has been used as an all-around weapon in competitive CoD, allowing submachine gun and assault rifle players alike to excel with it.
James “Clayster” Eubanks, the captain of eUnited and a former world champion, took to Twitter to express his discontent with the extent and timing of the update, which fell in the middle of eUnited’s first week in the CWL Pro League (although the update’s changes will not be played in matches until Monday, Feb. 25.
“So tired of work being reset every ~3 months,” said Clayster. “Whether it be a patch, new game, whatever. Feel like CoD is so inconsistent because we can’t practice for longer than 90 days without something major happening.”
Fortunately for Clayster and his colleagues, the Maddox has been reworked and can be used frequently. Clayster even tweeted a “thank you” message to Black Ops 4 game designer Tony Flame, who said he had to “call in some favors” to get the Maddox reworked in one day.
Clayster and eUnited, who sit at 1-1 in the CWL Pro League regular season, have their third match against Excelerate Gaming at 5pm CT.