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UPDATED: Let's Investigate: Is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Bringing Back Quick Scoping?

by Mason Moreau 14 Nov 2019

UPDATE 11/13/2019

Quick Scoping Builds!

We've officially put in enough hours to verify how quick scoping works in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. As is with most Call of Duty games, there is a definite way to quick scope, but understandably we're not seeing a return to the crazy mechanics we saw in the days of Modern Warfare 2. 

That's not to say that it's impossible. Thanks to the new plethora of attachments and perks available for the guns in this game, you can easily spec out a sniper rifle to favor a quick scoping playstyle. 

We've found that the attachment selection needs to put exclusive emphasis on ADS speed and mobility. If you're going to be running around with a sniper rifle like it's a mid-range gun, it's important that it feels that way. 

Here are the weapons, attachments, and perks that we recommend for a quick scoping build: 

Weapon: HDR

  • Barrel: 26.0 Bull Barrel
  • Stock: FSS Nomad
  • Perk: Focus
  • Optic: Any with 3.0x Zoom
  • Muzzle: Muzzle Brake 

Weapon: Kar98k

  • Laser: Tac Laser
  • Optic: Cronen C480 Pro
  • Stock: FTAC Sport Comb
  • Perk: Recon
  • Muzzle: Muzzle Brake

As Infinity Ward and Activision continue to push out any new patches, we'll be updating this post with new findings. Happy quick scopin' FreekNation! May your killstreaks be bountiful. 

Here is our original post

This Game Needs an Intervention

Just as many developers like to do, Infinity Ward surprised everyone with tease reveal for Modern Warfare's multiplayer by streaming live with a few of their favorite gaming personalities. Were we watching? You bet your ass we were. and we LOVED what we saw. Even if it was only an hour and a half. 

Before we jump into our biggest question, here a few of our impressions of the game: 

1. The game 100% looks like a Modern Warfare title

2. A Full Multiplayer Reveal Event is Happening on August 1, 2019

3. They've ditched the fast-paced acrobatics for the slower, more intense firefights that are so indicative of the MW series. (Don't believe us? Try going back and playing COD4)


Now for the Burning Question: 

(DISCLAIMER: Before you jump all over us like we just announced Half-Life 3, we know that quick scoping technically never left. Just read on to see what we're on about...)

via Dexerto

After having our eyes glued to every detail for an hour and a half, one thing we noticed was that the A.D.S. animation for the sniper seems tailor-made for something the series has become well-known for. Say with us kids! 

Quick Scoping

For those of you who are unaware, quick scoping is the act of timing a sniper rifle's A.D.S. animation. If timed correctly, you should be able to see the aiming reticle within the scope before your character fully zooms in. This tiny window exists for only a few frames, but if you're able to react quick enough you can fire a shot. Essentially turning a long-range sniper rifle into an extremely effective CQC weapon.

To call quick scoping a phenomenon would be an understatement. People were uploading insane montages and how-to's to YouTube, earning millions of views. Sniper-only private matches suddenly became less of a joke and more of an intense test to see who has the best reaction time.

Quick scoping certainly didn't start with the MW series; didn't end with it either. But in terms of game series where it was simply just extremely satisfying to pull off, Modern Warfare takes the cake. It's arguably one of the things that gave the series its pedigree. Not to mention, Modern Warfare 2 gave us what we believe to be the most satisfying sniper for Quick Scoping: The Intervention.


It wasn't a universally accepted tactic, though. Throughout the years there have been countless balance patches that attempt to level the playing field. After all, who likes to play a game where you keep getting one-shotted by some 8-year-old sniper savant?   

But whichever way you lean, Quick Scoping is in Modern Warfare's DNA. If Infinity Ward truly did keep it in mind when developing this game, then we can't wait to see what else they decided to include. Not that we had any doubts, but this past live stream was an indicator that Infinity Ward certainly still knows what they're doing. 

That's all folks! Did you watch the stream? Let us know what you picked up on in the comments below! Also don't forget to practice your quick scoping with our Modern Warfare A.D.S. Performance Thumbsticks! 

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