Here we are at the start of Warzone Season 3. The map has been nuked, there are new weapons, and even a few balance changes. SMG's as a category got a spring speed nerf in the Warzone Season 3 patch, but SMGs themselves remain as deadly as ever. We put together a power ranking of the Season 3 SMGs, so you can hit the ground running.
Without further adieu, here is our tier list ranking every SMG in Warzone Season 3!
The MAC-10 has been the unquestioned authority figure in the SMG family since the release of Warzone over a year ago. This dominance is set to continue in Warzone Season 3. The MAC-10 has the fastest time to kill of any SMG in Warzone and will consistently win encounters against basically any other weapon in short-range, including the infamous FFAR 1 assault rifle. If you aren’t using the MAC-10, you are missing out on a truly exceptional weapon.
The LC10 was new in Season 2, and it proved to be a pretty solid all-around SMG. As we kick off Season 3, the LC10 still stands near the top of the SMG meta, though it is still notabely worse than the MAC-10. The LC10 has a slightly lower time-to-kill than the MAC-10, but it has very manageable vertical recoil that can reliably challenge enemies in short and medium-range fights. If you are looking for a great SMG that has a more versatile effective range than the MAC-10, check out the LC10.
There was a time when the MP7 reigned supreme over Verdansk, but over the past couple seasons, it has settled into Tier A. While it isn’t quite as overtuned as it once was, the MP7 remains one of the very best SMG choices in Warzone. Once equipped with the 60 round magazine and attachments to reduce its recoil, the MP7 transforms into a powerful laser that can quickly eliminate multiple foes at close range using a single clip.
MP5 (Coldwar and MW)
The MP5 — whether it’s the version from Modern Warfare or Cold War — is an amazing weapon because of its high damage potential and its ease-of-use. It has very easy to control vertical and horizontal recoil and is effective at both close and medium ranges. In season 3, the MP5 remains one of the easiest-to-use Submachine guns in Warzone.
The biggest difference between the Cold War and Modern Warfare version of this weapon is that the Cold War MP5 doesn’t have as much horizontal recoil but fires a little bit slower. Other than that, the weapons handle very similarly. Regardless of which one you choose, the MP5 is a strong weapon that performs quite competitive in Warzone Season 3.
The Bullfrog is a better weapon than you might think at first glance. While its damage model looks average on paper, its massive magazine and high bullet velocity make it a devastating weapon in CQB encounters where you have to engage multiple foes. It is a half-decent weapon at moderate distances as well. If you enjoy SMG gameplay but don’t like reloading, the Bullfrog might be a solid option to check out this season!
The Fennec was on the decline during Warzone Season 2, though it remains a serviceable weapon in Season 3. Its declining power level stems from its limited range and difficult to control spray pattern. In exchange for these sacrifices, however, the Fennec offers players the fastest fire rate in the game. When that fire rate is combined with extended magazines, at short range this gun can down squads of enemies at a devastating pace. However, it's probably better to just run the full-auto Akimbo Sykov pistols if that is the kind of gameplay you are looking for.
The AK74U was added with the Cold War weapons at the start of Warzone Season 1. Since then, its place in the meta has consistently risen due to its hard hitting damage model and solid headshot damage. When paired with extended mags and attachments designed to further limit recoil, the AK74U will absolutely dominate in close ranges. This weapon will not, however, handle well outside 20 meters, so keep that in mind.
The P90 is a solid SMG with a large magazine and low levels of recoil. Unfortunately, the weapon suffers at range due to its sub-par accuracy and fast damage dropoff. While the P90 is still a viable weapon in Warzone Season 2 for fans of the gun, SMGs like the LC10, MP5, and MAC-10 all outperform it at both close and long-range fights.
The Uzi is a very common weapon to come across on the ground in Warzone, so you will likely find yourself using it a lot in early game scenarios. It is capable of high damage and has a surprisingly versatile effective range, making it a very usable gun. However, in Warzone Season 3, the Uzi is just outclassed by many of the other SMG’s. While it’s a viable weapon to pick up off the ground, it isn’t a weapon that you will want to be putting in your loadout drops.
- PP19 Bizon
- Striker 45
The PP19 Bizon has never been a top-tier weapon in Warzone, and that won't change in Season 3. This off-meta SMG suffers due to its low time-to-kill, terrible damage at range stats, and abysmal iron sights. Unfortunately, you will probably end up having to use this weapon a lot, since it is a common floor loot gun. While a skilled player can make it work in a pinch, you should get rid of it as soon as you can, because the PP19 Bizon is truly mediocre.
The Striker 45 SMG is an SMG designed to be ineffective at close-range, only working in mid to long range encounters. But why though? Why would you use this SMG in Warzone, when you could use an assault rifle instead? While the Striker 45 is not bad within its effective range, an assault rifle will work better in most situations, especially with the FFAR still on top of the AR meta. Don't use this gun in Warzone season 3.
- KSP 45
- Milano 821
The KSP 45 is a 3-round-burst SMG that is ineffective at pretty much all ranges, making it generally a bad idea to run it. The gaps between the bursts make this weapon both hard to use and less effective at close range than just about any high-fire rate SMG on this list. You could try to take advantage of the low levels of recoil and use this at medium ranges, but like the Striker 45, it makes little sense to build out a mid to long-range SMG when there are AR’s that would do that job better.
The ISO is well out of the SMG gun meta in Season 3. It has a decent fire rate, but it sports a very short effective distance. It is outperformed by pretty much every gun on this list, even at its best. There is no reason why you would ever run the ISO over the MP5, MP7, or MAC-10.
I’m not gonna sugar coat it, this gun is bad at being an SMG in Warzone Season 3. The gun is decent at range due to its high ranged damage, but It has the lowest fire rate of any SMG in the game. Most SMG’s rely on their fire rate to deal damage quickly, so a lower fire rate SMG is going to lose in most encounters. Much like the Striker 45 and the KSP 45, this weapon is going to be a more effective mid-range option, but if you are looking for that you should just take the LC10 or an assault rifle.
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