Are the M4 and the Kastov-74u Banned in MW2 Ranked Play?

Will the Gentleman's Agreement apply?
MW2 Ranked Play
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Though Ranked Play is debuting in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 with Season 2, we’ve had access to the CDL ruleset that would supposedly dictate which weapons we can use. Since the game launched in late October, both the M4 and the Kastov-74u were dominant forces that remained unrestricted.

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The professional players in the Call of Duty League quickly added the M4 and the Kastov-74u, among others, to the gentleman’s agreement list. That means they were banned in the real CDL but still allowed in the CDL ruleset of MW2. With Ranked Play now here, find out which weapons will be banned and if the rules were changed.

MW2 Ranked Play – Are the M4 and the Kastov-74u Banned?

As of February 13, both the M4 and the Kastov-74u have been added to the restricted weapons list of the CDL ruleset. In other words, both of those weapons will be banned when Ranked Play goes live in COD MW2 on February 15. This is fantastic news for players who aren’t fans of overpowered assault rifles.

If you’re new to the competitive scene or Ranked Play, you may be wondering which weapon will take the place of these ARs. The TAQ-56 is by far the next best option, and it’s what you’ll see most assault rifle players running in Modern Warfare 2. For the submachine gun players, the Vaznev-9k is the best pick.

What Else was Banned in Season 2 Ranked Play?

Along with the most powerful assault rifles, two more weapons were added to the restrictions list. Both the STB 556 and the Fennec will be taken out of the rotation, which is in line with the rules the pros follow as well. Otherwise, those are the only additional weapon bans aside from base rules.

Related: Every New Map in COD Modern Warfare 2 Season 2

Flashbangs and Drill Charges will also be removed from the basic CDL ruleset. This means all competitive modes, GBs or Ranked Play, will be far more aligned with the CDL in COD Modern Warfare 2.

And that’s all. For more on the Call of Duty title, head over to our dedicated Modern Warfare 2 section full of guides, news, updates, and more.

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