Captain Price using the Tac Stance technique in MW3

Call of Duty: MW3: What is Tac Stance, and Should You Use it?

Call of Duty: MW3 aims to revolutionize the movement and shooting with the new mechanic, Tac Stance. Perfectly catering to run and gun playstyles, Tac Stance offers a fresh dimension to the game.

With the game out now, fans have been eagerly delving into everything that MW3 multiplayer has to offer, including some new features. Tac Stance, or Tactical Stance, is a new element in the game and impacts multiplayer matches by allowing players to be aggressive without the frustrating drawbacks of hip-firing in Call of Duty: MW3.

What Is Tac Stance in Call of Duty: MW3?

Tac Stance is a hybrid between ADS and hip-fire that sees players “unshoulder” their weapon, holding it in the canted (slanted) firing position, reminiscent of MW2’s canted Lasers. It offers the perfect middle ground that strikes a balance between accuracy and mobility.

While in Tac Stance, players will notice a larger bullet spread, which won’t be as precise as aiming-down-sight but is more controlled than standard hip-fire. This stance offers versatility in combat, allowing players to adapt quickly to different situations.

A shotgun with the option to toggle Tac Stance on in MW3

Whilst it excels up close, the reduced accuracy of Tac Stance is especially detrimental during long-range combat. This stopped many people from using the canted laser attachment in MW2. The developers at Sledgehammer Games have since made it so the Tac Stance can be toggled on and off mid-combat, allowing for a much better gameplay experience.

Should you use Tac Stance in MW3?

Yes, you should use the Tac Stance if you are an aggressive playstyle who likes close-range combat. However, if you prefer longer-range combat, then you should avoid using the Tac Stance altogether.

The faster movement speed makes it a dream for players who prefer to be in the heat of the action. For these players, the compromise in accuracy is overshadowed by the benefits. Specifically, the accuracy trade-off becomes negligible in close-quarter combat, especially with the right weapons and tactics.

a shotgun with different bullet spreads in MW3
Credit – Goomie

Tac Stance works perfectly with Shotguns and SMGs, potentially setting up the launch of Modern Warfare 3 for an aggressive weapon meta. With the right playstyle, this stance can redefine close-combat scenarios, making it a necessary addition to anyone’s toolkit. We’ve tested the Tac Stance and have designed a loadout perfect for the aggressive player, which you can check out here.

How to Enable Tac Stance in Call of Duty: MW3

To enable Tac Stance while in ADS, press either the sprint, melee, or Down Button on the D-Pad. This dynamic toggling system ensures players can switch seamlessly between ADS and Tac Stance, adjusting to combat situations on the fly.

For players wanting to customize their Tac Stance settings, follow the steps below:

  1. Navigate to settings, located in the top right corner.
  2. Select the Gameplay Settings tab.
  3. Locate and open the Combat Settings section.
  4. Scroll down to find the “Tactical ADS Activation” setting.
  5. Depending on your playstyle, modify the setting to either ADS + Sprint, ADS + Melee, or ADS + Down Button.
  6. You can turn it off in the same section for players who don’t want Tac Stance at all.

With these settings in place, players can fine-tune their gameplay experience, ensuring that Tac Stance becomes an extension of their combat strategy. Whether it’s breaching hallways or taking down enemies in tight spaces, Tac Stance is set to redefine combat in MW3. Make sure you check out our Game Hub for all our other guides and articles on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

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