Best Warzone 2 SMG loadouts: WZ2 Submachine Gun classes (Season 5 Reloaded)

Best Warzone 2 SMG loadouts: WZ2 Submachine Gun classes (Season 5 Reloaded)
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Written by 

Alex Garton


21st Sep 2023 16:49


The best Warzone 2 SMG loadouts can be difficult to find, especially with there being so many options in the arsenal available to customise.

However, identifying a top-tier SMG is absolutely essential in Warzone 2, as the category is best-in-class at close quarters and perfect for aggressive outplays.

So, in order to pick the best Warzone 2 SMG in the current meta that will dominate your opponents, we've compiled a ranked list of the strongest SMG loadouts in Season 5 Reloaded.

  • If you're looking for an overall WZ2 tier list that includes every weapon type, check out our list of the best Warzone 2 guns hub.

Best Warzone 2 Submachine Gun, ranked

5. Fennec 45

Fennec 45 SMG WZ2
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Best Fennec 45 loadout in WZ2

  • Muzzle: Lacerta Compensator
  • Laser: VLK LZR 7MW
  • Stock: Agile Assault-7
  • Underbarrel: Phase-3 Grip
  • Magazine: Fennec Mag 45

The days of the Fennec 45's dominance over the meta may be over, but the iconic SMG is still a useful option in the Season 5 Reloaded meta.

With the best-in-class fire rate in the SMG category, the Fennec still retains its powerhouse TTK which makes it a true threat at close quarters.

This does come with the pressure of having to land your shots, as your mag will empty in an instant during a gunfight.

Despite this, the Fennec is massively underused in Warzone 2, only holding a shockingly low 0.2% pick rate, so it'll be interesting to see if it climbs up the rankings as we enter Season 6.

4. Vaznev-9k

Vaznev-9k WZ2
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Best Vaznev-9k loadout in WZ2

  • Muzzle: Spiral V3.5 Flash Hider
  • Laser: FSS OLE-V Laser
  • Stock: Markeev R7
  • Magazine: 45-Round Mag
  • Rear Grip: True-Tac Grip

The king of the MW2 SMGs doesn't quite take the top spot in Warzone 2, sitting in fourth on our overall rankings.

That doesn't mean the Vaznev-9k isn't top-tier though. The weapon has a deadly TTK, strong mobility, and it's possible to temper its kickback with the correct attachments.

Overall, it's a brilliant weapon in the SMG category and that's reflected in its solid 0.8% pick rate, showing that it's still appreciated by a very small portion of the community.

3. VEL 46

VEL 46 Warzone 2
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Best VEL-46 loadout in WZ2

  • Muzzle: Spiral V3.5 Flash Hider
  • Laser: VLK LZR 7MW
  • Stock: Assault-60 Stock
  • Magazine: 50-Round Mag
  • Rear Grip: Schlager Soldier Grip

Taking the number three spot on the list is the VEL-46 which is often overlooked by the majority of the Warzone 2 community, maintaining just a 2.4% pick rate.

While it may not have the TTK stats of some of the other picks higher in the rankings, the VEL-46 is incredibly easy to use which means it's extremely consistent.

The build above transforms the underrated SMG into a laser beam, but also provides the gun with a top-tier ADS time, allowing you to snap onto your foes.

2. ISO 45

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Best ISO 45 loadout in WZ2

  • Muzzle: Spiral V3.5 Flash Hider
  • Barrel: 7" EX Raptor-V2
  • Stock: Demo Fade Tac
  • Magazine: 45-Round Drum
  • Rear Grip: A30 Stout

The ISO 45 made an immediate splash on the Warzone 2 meta, completely taking over during its Season 4 debut. Nerfs may tempered it down slightly, but it's still a powerhouse and sits comfortably in second.

Deadly damage and unmatched mobility make this SMG top-tier on Al Mazrah and Vondel. As a result, it's become the default close-quarter option for a lot of players.

If you're bored of the Lachmann Sub and want something different, look no further than the ISO 45.

1. Lachmann Sub

Lachmann Sub WZ2
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Best Lachmann Sub loadout in WZ2

  • Barrel: L38 Falcon 226mm
  • Laser: VLK LZR 7MW
  • Stock: Meer Recoil-56 Factory Stock
  • Magazine: 40-Round Mag
  • Ammunition: 9mm Hollow Point

The Lachmann Sub is the classic SMG in Warzone 2 that always retains its spot near the top, no matter what's happening in the meta.

With a balanced combination of damage, handling, mobility, and recoil control, it's the ideal SMG for someone who wants a trusty weapon that will perform in every single match.

In Season 5 Reloaded, it's by far the most popular SMG in the game with an astonishing 16.4% pick rate, eclipsing the competition. As a result, it should definitely be on your loadout list.

So, there you have it, those are the best SMGs in WZ2 that thrive on Al Mazrah and Vondel, alongside a top-tier loadout for each of them.

Remember, the WZ2 meta changes with each patch, so we'll make sure to update the top five anytime there's a shift. Be sure to check out our Warzone 2 homepage for all of the latest news and guides.

Alex is a Senior Writer at GGRecon. With a BA (Hons) in English, he has previously written for Dexerto & Gfinity. Specialising in Call of Duty & Apex Legends, he loves (attempting) to improve his aim in competitive shooters and will always make time for a single-player RPG.

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