MW2 & Warzone 2 May 31 patch notes: ISO Hemlock & Cronen Squall nerfs

MW2 & Warzone 2 May 31 patch notes: ISO Hemlock & Cronen Squall nerfs
Courtesy of Activision

Written by 

Alex Garton


1st Jun 2023 11:01

MW2 and Warzone 2 Season 4 is finally on the horizon and the community are beginning to speculate about what the devs have planned for the major update.

However, before all the fresh content arrives, a new balance patch has been rolled out in MW2 and Warzone 2 on May 31.

The main changes include nerfs to the Cronen Squall Battle Rifle and ISO Hemlock AR, as well as a list of bug fixes that improve the overall gameplay experience.

So, without ado, let's check all the changes introduced in MW2 and Warzone 2's May 31 patch notes.

Cronen Squall & ISO Hemlock nerfed in MW2 & Warzone 2

Cronen Squall and ISO Hemlock nerf
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Courtesy of Activision

The biggest changes in the update were the weapon nerfs, with the ISO Hemlock only receiving a slight decrease in power and a reduction in armour damage when using the 5.56 ammunition in Warzone 2.

As for the Cronen Squall, that was hit a lot harder, with the gun's damage range and headshot multiplier being reduced. Not only that, the weapon received a slight increase in recoil and a small reduction to the rate of fire in semi-auto mode.

Finally, the Cronen's maximum damage per shot against armour in Warzone 2 has been reduced.

MW2 & Warzone 2 May 31 patch notes

Global - Weapon Adjustments

  • ISO Hemlock
    • Reduced damage to armour using all 5.56 ammunition - Warzone 2.0 Only 

  • Cronen Squall
    • Reduced damage range

    • Reduced headshot multiplier

    • Small increase to recoil in semi-auto mode

    • Small reduction to rate of fire in semi-auto mode

    • Reduced maximum damage per shot against armour - Warzone 2.0 Only

Global bug fixes

  • Fixed an issue where the Player would see edit options for their secondary weapon instead of their primary while editing a Loadout in-match

  • Fixed an issue causing the “mute self” icon to appear incorrectly in the channel list

  • Fixed an issue causing the “Rock and/or Roll” War Track to be unavailable in the Vehicle customization menu

  • Fixed an exploit on Santa Seña where Players could get inside geometry and under the Map in Ground War

  • [Ranked Play] Fixed an issue that allowed matches to cancel later than intended.

Warzone 2 - General

  • The competitive ruleset for Private Matches has been updated to match the most current version of Warzone Ranked Play.

Warzone 2 - Ranked Play

  • Deployment fees are now displayed in the pre-game lobby.

Warzone 2 - Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue where Warzone Ranked Play Seasonal Rewards would not show in the After Action Report when earned

  • Fixed an issue causing Match Cancel text to overlap and display incorrectly

  • Fixed an issue where SR for the final kill was not being awarded

  • Fixed an issue that allowed players to enter into a match as an incomplete squad once the countdown timer had begun.

  • Fixed an issue that would prevent the Most Wanted Contract from completing if the timer was reduced to below zero via looting.

  • Fixed an issue causing Buy Stations and Redeploy Drones to spawn incorrectly in Massive Resurgence. The spawns should now align with core Battle Royale and Ranked Play.

DMZ - Bug fixes

  • Fixed an issue where equipping under-barrel attachments on the STB 556 would make the icon in the Loadout menu not show portions of the weapon.

  • Fixed an issue where exiting the Firing Range could result in Weapons and Blueprints appearing incorrectly

So, there you have it, those are all the balance changes and bug fixes that arrived with the May 31 WZ2 and MW2 update.

Now, we've just got to look forward to the major Season 4 update which is expected to arrive in mid-June, so there's not too long to wait.

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Alex Garton
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Alex Garton
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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