JGOD explains why EM2 and Tec-9 could be Warzone Season 5 meta weapons

Zackerie Fairfax

Warzone weapons guru JGOD breaks down why the new EM2 and Tec-9 might be meta weapons during Season 5.

At the start of Warzone Season 5, two new weapons were added that can be unlocked for free via leveling up the Battle Pass. The EM2 is a new assault rifle unlocked at Battle Pass Tier 15, and the Tec-9 is an SMG unlocked at Tier 31.

These new weapons aren’t just flashy new additions to pad out the obligatory new season arsenal. In fact, weapons expert JGOD believes that the rifle and SMG can be meta weapons in Season 5.

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JGOD’s EM2 assault rifle analysis

The EM2 has a 40 round magazine dealing 1,690 damage per mag. JGOD states that the damage output isn’t all that great but “while using this weapon, it feels like it hits hard.” According to his research, it always takes 5 – 7 shots to kill a player regardless of distance.

Overall, the EM2 is a slower weapon. Its rate of fire is closer to the AMAX or C58, and it has more recoil than other ARs. “It could be a higher skill gap for some player,” states JGOD. But he does think more skilled players won’t have issues with this weapon.

The EM2 takes 6 shots to the chest up close to kill a player, which JGOD states “is better than most SMGs.” However, the longer you are in a gunfight, the “harder you are penalized” in terms of TTK.

In regards to the weapon meta, JGOD states, “I don’t necessarily think this is going to be a meta [weapon], but this thing is going to be a monster on Rebirth.”

JGOD’s Tec-9 SMG analysis

The Tec-9 is a monster of an SMG, but its usefulness varies with its firing options. The Tec-9 can be set to semi-auto, burst, or full-auto. However, JGOD seems to prefer the full-auto firing option.

JGOD says that the Tec-9’s semi-auto firing is powerful but “too unreliable.” It has the shortest TTK potential, but players won’t be able to count on getting the two headshots needed. The damage per magazine (2,760) is huge, but the weapon itself is “too unforgiving.”

The burst firing method is more reliable, but the delay between bursts lowers the overall TTK. Managing to get three headshots is an impressive feat, but it’s unlikely while using a weapon with such a high skill gap.

However, JGOD says he is leaning towards using the full auto Tec-9. The firing rate is incredibly fast, but the damage per magazine drops significantly to 1,284. Full auto does take 8-11 shots to kill a player, but the rate of fire lowers the TTK significantly.

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JGOD Warzone EM2 loadout

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 27.4″ Ranger
  • Optic: Axial Arm 3x
  • Ammunition: 40 Round
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip

JGOD Warzone Tec-9 loadout

  • Muzzle: Full Auto Repeater
  • Barrel: 4.9″ Task Force
  • Laser: TIger Team Spotlight
  • Ammunition: STANAG 48 Rnd
  • Stock: Raider Stock

At the end of JGOD’s breakdown, he states that he “probably won’t use this SMG” and earlier stated that he didn’t think the EM2 was going to make the meta.

However, the EM2 and Tec-9 are still two very powerful weapons that plenty of players will undoubtedly find success on Verdansk or Rebirth Island during Season 5.

For more Warzone, check out this guide on how to unlock the new Marshall shotgun, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

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