Call of Duty pros demand snaking be nerfed by developers

Call of Duty pros demand snaking be nerfed by developers
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Written by 

Jack Marsh


17th Apr 2023 12:10

To nobody's surprise, players are taking advantage of any game-breaking mechanic to ensure winning gunfights in the upper echelons of Call of Duty gameplay.

It's exactly what we saw in the ages of slide cancelling, where players would "break" the camera of an opponent player by sliding around corners, and now, a new mechanic is causing a menace: snaking.

The movement exploit was slammed when Modern Warfare 2 first launched in beta, but snaking has since become a real problem, and players want it nerfed imminently. 

Snaking has become a real problem in Modern Warfare 2

For those who don't know, snaking is a form of bobbing up and down behind a head glitch by spamming prone and sprint, resulting in an almost opaque Operator appearance. It has now seeped down the pipeline into low-level Ranked lobbies and Warzone 2.

However, after an altercation between Vegas Legion's James "Clayster" Eubanks and Florida Mutineers' Carson "Brack" Newberry in the Call of Duty League, snaking has taken a turn for the worst, and players and fans alike have simply had enough.

Although the most prolific snaker, Brack, actually lost the gunfight in a final-round 1v1 against Clayster, the CDL fans have lost their minds at the shameless abuse of the mechanic.

Call of Duty fans call on Infinity Ward to nerf snaking

Modern Warfare 2 Snaking is a real problem
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With the controversial clip doing the rounds, players have called on the devs to fix the exploit, in a similar way they nerfed slide cancelling and bunny-hopping.

Taking to the post-match interview, Clayster slammed the players for using snaking, saying "What are we playing here? What are we doing? I'm surprised that the devs haven't noticed this."

"No offence to Brack, but if that's a good 'snaker' I'm dead 100 per-cent of the time there. If that's Cellium or Drazah I'm dead 100% of the time. So realistically this needs to be fixed, it needs to be out of the game. That is the biggest cheese ever," he added.

A simple delay in the prone-to-standing speed - or repeated uses of it - would be sufficient to stop the abuse of the mechanic.

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"I can't believe a multi-billion dollar company can't patch a 15-year-old bug," said one fan on Twitter.

"XDefiant doesn't have this issue because it doesn't have prone. Maybe CoD should seriously consider removing prone from at least the multiplayer component next release?", added another fan.

Pro players previously refereed this mechanic themselves, through the Gentleman's agreement, but it has since become too hard to keep a lid on, given that many players need to cover their heads at some key points in games. Only developer input can help save MW2 from snaking now...

Jack Marsh
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Jack Marsh
Jack is an Esports Journalist at GGRecon. Graduating from the University of Chester, with a BA Honours degree in Journalism, Jack is an avid esports enthusiast and specialises in Rocket League, Call of Duty, VALORANT, and trending gaming news.
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