MW3 and Warzone’s latest patch delivers devastating nerf to MTZ Interceptor

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A brand new patch has dropped for Modern Warfare 3 and Warzone – and it’s brought with it disaster for those who enjoyed the power of one of the game’s most popular sniper rifles.

As per the patch notes, the biggest casualty of the update is the MTZ Interceptor, which has had its Max Damage reduced to 85 from 95, and its Minimum Damage dropped to 78 from 84. It’s a change that certainly takes its edge off, though the change may be welcomed by many who were often taken down by the sheer damage output of this sniper rifle.

Elsewhere in Warzone, the patch doesn’t offer too much in the way of exciting changes – there’s a number of bug fixes, including fixes for players dropping duplicate Loadout Markers and an issue that caused the After Action Report to end abruptly. In Multiplayer and Zombies, meanwhile, a number of fixes include additional spawn points added to Afghan, lighting improvements in Invasion and a number of spawn improvements on other maps. You can check out the full patch notes for yourself down below.

MW3 patch notes for January 11 2024

 Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue preventing CDL Team Bundles from unlocking properly when purchased from the Store.
  • Fixed an issue causing Event progress to not track properly on the front-end menu.
  • Fixed an issue preventing Emblems from being awarded properly for Prestige Level progress.
  • Fixed an issue causing some Soap Operator Skins to not have appropriate menu imagery and text.



Weapon Adjustments

Sniper Rifle

  • MTZ Interceptor (MWIII)
    • Max Damage reduced to 85, down from 95
    • Min Damage reduced to 78, down from 84

Attachment Adjustments


  • Snake Shot
    • This attachment will be reenabled with the scheduled Playlist update at 10 AM PT.
    • Damage per pellet at max range reduced to 12, down from 34

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed more collision issues with various elements across Urzikstan allowing Players to exploit/peek/shoot through them.
  • Fixed an issue allowing Players to duplicate Loadout Drop Markers.
  • Fixed an issue causing the Dead Silence icon to unintendedly appear in the killcam.
  • Fixed an issue allowing Players to exploit the Cash deposit balloon in Plunder.
  • Fixed an issue allowing Players to duplicate items in the Backpack menu.
  • Fixed an issue causing Players to get stuck in the Gulag.
  • Fixed an issue causing the After Action Report to end abruptly.
  • Fixed an issue causing some Attachments to not appear correctly when equipped on certain Weapons.
  • Fixed an issue preventing the Dual Kamas unlock challenge from tracking properly.
  • Fixed an issue causing Players to be sent back to the front Menu while navigating Attachments in the Gunsmith.



  • Bug Fixes
    • Adjusted several Attachment descriptions to better reflect their true effects.
    • Resolved issues causing the player to be unexpectedly kicked back to the Multiplayer menu in multiple scenarios.
      • Viewing the After Action Report
      • Equipping a Conversion Kit on a Blueprint
      • Utilizing Attachment filters
    • Addressed an issue causing the incorrect Weapon model to appear while selecting a Blueprint in the Gunsmith.


  • Weapon check animations will no longer play upon respawn in small map playlists.
    • Note: This change went live on January 4, 2024.


  • Corrected unlock requirements displayed for the Throwing Star (Equipment).
  • Corrected unlock requirements displayed for multiple Attachments.
    • Ravage-10 Stock
    • Rival-9 Compensator Muzzle
  • Resolved a spelling mistake in the Kingslayer Kills Challenge.
  • Daily Bonus Challenge completions will no longer appear as “CHALLENGE NAME MISSING” in the Notifications tray.


  • Afghan
    • Added additional spawn points to increase the quality of spawn selection in Team Deathmatch and Domination.
  • Invasion
    • Increased Operator lighting to address poor visibility in certain areas.
    • Adjusted spawns to prevent unnecessary spawn flips while the Bus Station capture point (P3) is active in Hardpoint.
  • Meat
    • Adjusted spawns to prevent players in the Garage from killing enemies upon respawn.
  • Rust
    • Increased consistency of quality spawn selection.
  • Sporeyard
    • Players can no longer become stuck upon respawning in Storage.
  • Terminal
    • Adjusted spawn points near Security to prevent unfavorable spawn conditions in Team Deathmatch and Domination.


  • Gun Game
    • Removed a placeholder image found in the Stats tab of the Scoreboard.
  • Operation Spearhead (War)
    • Loadout Drop (Field Upgrade) will no longer destroy the tank and cause a stalemate.

Weapons & Attachments

Submachine Guns

  • AMR9
    • Once unlocked, the JAK Ettin Double Barrel Kit Attachment can now be equipped.
  • WSP-9
    • Incompatible hybrid Optic Attachments can no longer be equipped.


  • TYR
    • Once unlocked, the JAK Beholder Rifle Kit Attachment can now be equipped.


  • Scatter Mine (Tactical)
    • Reduced explosive damage to 1 to prevent lethality in Hardcore Modes.
      • Note: This change does not apply to Core Modes.


  • Remote Turret
    • Repositioning the turret will no longer cause it to become more vulnerable to incoming damage than intended.


  • Improved white accent color coverage of the Atlanta FaZe 2024 Camo.



Aether Blade

  • Addressed an issue where players would lose their Aether Blade if it was thrown at and hit a Harvester Orb.
  • Closed a duplication exploit associated with Ammo Caches.


Weekly Challenges

  • Week 4
    • Addressed an issue that prevented the ‘Destroy 5 Vehicles with a Recommended Weapon’ challenge from tracking.


  • Addressed an issue where the maximum reserve ammo for some weapons was inconsistent between Urzikstan and the Dark Aether Rift.



  • Addressed an issue that prevented the Gutter Knife from appearing correctly in the Weapon select menu.



  • MWII Completionist Camos
    • Addressed an issue where some players were unable to progress MWII Weapon Camo challenges after the MWIII Season 1 update.


  • Added various crash and stability fixes.

For more on the game, check out everything we know about MW3 Season 1 Reloaded including its release date here.

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