Warzone players flock to new meta AR after RAM-7 nerf in Season 2

Nathan Warby
Warzone player aiming rifle

The RAM-7 was the dominant weapon in Warzone for many weeks, but after being hit with a substantial nerf in the Season 2 update, players are swapping it for a new meta Assault Rifle.

The Warzone meta is constantly evolving, as the devs release new guns as well as balancing changes. Season 2 was no exception, with the BP50 and RAM-9 being thrown into the mix, alongside a host of buffs and nerfs to the existing lineup of weapons.

One of the options hit hardest by the patch was the RAM-7, which had dominated matches throughout Season 1 Reloaded thanks to its fast fire rate and low recoil. The rifle was handed a nerf to its minimum and mid-damage values. dropping to 22 and 24 from 25 and 28 respectively.

This left a glaring hole at the top of the meta as Warzone players searched for a new go-to AR, and it didn’t take long for them to find a worthy replacement.

According to WZ Ranked, the SVA 545 has replaced the RAM-7 as the most popular gun in Warzone since the Season 2 update. Its pick rate has risen from around 9% to 23.28% at the time of writing, which sees it climb from the fourth spot to number one on the rankings.

SVA 545 in Warzone with the logo
The SVA 545 is the new most popular weapon in Season 2.

The SVA has always been fairly strong, but the popularity of other ARs like the MCW or rifles like the MTZ Interceptor meant that it was often overshadowed. Now, however, despite not receiving a buff in Season 2, it’s the new king of Urzikstan.

Warzone players have likely gravitated towards the SVA 545 because of its high damage output and relatively easy-to-control recoil pattern, making it ideal for mid to long-range fights with the right build.

Meanwhile, the RAM-7 now finds itself with a pick rate of just 11.83%, down from the 22% it held prior to Season 2.

If you’re wondering what to pair with the SVA 545 in matches going forward, the WSP-9 has emerged as the most popular Sniper support since the update. The SMG was given a healthy buff to its damage range and mobility, turning it into the perfect close-range option.

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About The Author

Nathan is a Senior Writer at CharlieIntel. He’s an expert in EA Sports FC, Call of Duty, and Overwatch, as well as superhero games, including Marvel’s Spider-Man. With a master's degree in Magazine Journalism from Nottingham Trent University, he worked as a Trainee Reporter for Derbyshire Live before moving into games media, with bylines at Dexerto, Cultured Vultures, and more. You can contact Nathan by email at [email protected].