The Krieg, officially know as the SG553, has been a long-forgotten weapon in CS:GO. While CTs have enjoyed more variety in choosing viable rifles, especially during the AUG meta, Ts have almost always defaulted to the AK-47. All this has changed in recent weeks. An increasing number of professional and casual players are calling for a Krieg nerf. Is it time?
When did the Krieg become good?
If you’ve not kept up with Counter Strike news in the past couple months, you may be asking yourself: “Wait…the Krieg is good now? Did I miss a major Krieg buff?”. Surprisingly, the answer is no. The Krieg received its last update on October 9, 2018, when its price was reduced to $2,700. It’s not due to any buff or recent change that the Krieg became so popular. At the time of its last update, it was still rarely used, largely because of the spray pattern, which is very different than other CS:GO rifles and is difficult to learn.
However, in the past few months, pro players have begun to learn the spray and recognize the true potential of the low-cost Krieg. The 2019 Berlin Major was the real turning point of the Krieg meta where we began to see it surpass the AK-47 in popularity. Since then, it’s only been used more and more.
A closer look at the Krieg
Scope: the Krieg’s scope provides a 3x zoom (same as the AUG). In addition, the recoil is greatly reduced, and the accuracy is increased when scoped in.
Price: at $2,750, it only costs $50 more than the AK-47, and with the scope, it is much more distance-versatile. It is much cheaper than its CT counterpart, the AUG, which costs $3,300.
Movement speed: the Krieg has the slowest movement speed of all rifles, and like the AUG, it becomes significantly slower when scoped in.
Spray pattern: its unique diagonal (up-right) spray pattern can be difficult for those used to the AK-47.
Armor penetration: this rifle is the only one in the game with a 100% armor penetration rate. (As a comparison, the AK-47 has a 77.5% armor penetration rate). 1 headshot = 1 kill, regardless of armor.
Magazine: like the AK-47 and AUG, its magazine has a capacity of 30/90.
Reload time: it clocks at 2.8 seconds, slightly slower than the AK-47’s 2.5 seconds, and much faster than the AUG’s 3.8 seconds.
Kill reward: for killing an enemy with the Krieg in competitive mode, a player is rewarded $300, the same as the AK-47 and AUG.
Why the Krieg is so disliked
Pro players have largely been the voice calling for the Krieg nerf. Peter “dupreeh” Rasmussen of Astralis recently tweeted: “The Krieg-meta however, is really getting out of hands.”. His Astralis teammate, Nicolai “dev1ce” Reedtz, posted on his Instagram story that he is “struggling to AWP against the Krieg. Not even sure if it’s worth buying the AWP anymore”.
Doubtless, it has a low price and high specs, especially when compared to its $3,300 recently-nerfed CT counterpart, the AUG. But what many dislike is its characteristic as a “COD (Call of Duty) gun”. CS:GO has long been admired for its unique gameplay style, and many feel that scoped weapons ruin this uniqueness.
The future of the Krieg
Like it or not, a Krieg nerf is likely coming. The heavy backlash from the professional player community will likely be noticed and acted upon by Valve. When the nerf will come is the more difficult question. If it receives a significant nerf like the AUG did, it will probably fall into a position similar to the AUG. It will be used, but only in specific situations by specific players.
So if you enjoy the Krieg as it is, you’d better go and enjoy it while you can and hope that the nerf doesn’t completely ruin it.