Having been watching some of the streamers lately, I can't help but notice a trend against shotguns. Whenever mentioned, they are called noob, unskilled or cheap. But, as I check the profiles of said "elites", I find what expect every time: Not a single shotgun araxium. Not a one. Maybe 50 kills or so if you are lucky. Why is this always the case? Having nearly 7 araxium's on shotguns myself, as well as some CQC carbine/SMG araxiums, I can say with certainty that shotguns are pretty mediocre at best, even in bases that artificially force qcq. So, I ask the elite, how are shotguns cheap? They still require high situation awareness, suffer from the disadvantages of being semi-auto, have extremely tight margin for error, hilariously short range, and can't be suppressed either. Best of all, they require all this and sacrifice all the advantages of a carbine or SMG, for TTK's that can still be achieved with headshots from a carbine. Am I wrong? Are they still somehow cheap? Am I missing something, some magical fire mode that makes shotguns ungodly CQC pwning machines that I have never known about? http://ps2oraclestats.com/?stat=q4kph&weapon1=41002&weapon2=1894&weapon3=1939 According to these stats, the directive LMG scores hilariously higher then the directive shotgun or PA shotgun. If shotguns are so cheap or so cheesy or so OP, how is this possible? Black magic?.. Or what if, just maybe, shotguns really are worse then normal weapons? What if, because the MLG elite can't get sick killstreaks with them, and because they force you to think differently to both use and to fight, they hate them? What if they can't stand shotguns disregarding their medkit shuffle meta? I might be a little salty here. But if you sit there and whine that shotguns are cheese without even a hundred kills on your stock fast reload shotty, and then think you're funny when you circle-jerk with your other MLG pro friends about how cheese, you have a problem.