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Atlanta FaZe coach reveals best Vanguard Ranked Play settings: Graphics, controller, more

Atlanta FaZe’s coach Crowder has revealed all the settings you should use to climb the ranks and dominate Vanguard Ranked Play.

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Atlanta FaZe are one of the most dominant teams in the Call of Duty League, and their coach Crowder has revealed the best PC and controller settings you can use to dominate Ranked Play.

After the disappointment that it wasn’t here at launch, Ranked Play finally arrived in Vanguard with Season 2. This gives competitive players a chance to face off against similarly skilled opponents, climb the ranks, and earn rewards.

Using the best loadouts possible can get you ahead, but if you don’t have the best settings it can all fall apart. CDL team Atlanta FaZe won Cold War’s 2021 Champs, and are looking to be an extremely dominant team in Vanguard too.

World Championship player and FaZe coach James ‘Crowder’ Crowder has revealed all of the best settings for the CDL and Ranked Play, so here are all of his Vanguard settings.

FaZe Crowder Vanguard Ranked Play graphics settings

Crowder explained that for the most part, a competitive CoD player should have their PC settings on Medium or Low. It won’t look as good, but having low settings will give you more frames per second, and having a smooth game is much more important.

Here are all of FaZe Crowder’s competitive settings:

  • Display Mode: Fullscreen
  • Display Resolution: Auto
  • Monitor: Auto
  • Refresh Rate: Match your monitors refresh rate
  • V-Sync (Gameplay): Off
  • V-Sync (Menus): Off
  • Frame Rate Limit: Custom
    • Gameplay: Max
    • Menu: 60
    • Minimized: 30
  • Aspect Ratio: Automatic
  • HDR: Automatic
  • Focused Mode: Off
  • Display Adapter: Your GPU
  • Quality Presets: Custom
  • Render Resolution: 100
  • Dynamic Resolution: Off
  • Texture Resolution: Medium
  • Texture Filter Anisotropic: Low
  • Particle Quality Level: Low
  • Particle Resolution: Low
  • Bullet Impacts & Sprays: Off
  • Shader Quality: Low
  • Tesselation: Off
  • Level of Detail Distance Range: Short
  • Nearby Level of Detail: Low
  • Distant Level of Detail: Low
  • Clutter Draw Distance: Short
  • Volumetric Quality Level: Low
  • Screen Space Shadows: Local Shadows Only
  • Shadow Map Resolution: Very Low
  • Sun Shadow Cascades: High
  • Cache Spot Shadows: Off
  • Spot Cache Size: Low
  • Cache Sun Shadows: Low
  • Spot Shadow Quality: Low
  • Particle Lighting: Low
  • Ambient Occlusion: Off
  • Screen Space Reflection: Off
  • Nvidia DLSS: Off
  • FidelityFX Super Resolution 1.0: Off
  • FidelityFX CAS: On
    • Strength: 100
  • Anti-Aliasing: Filmic SMAA T2X
    • Quality: Low
    • Filmic Strength: 100
  • Depth of Field: Off
  • VRAM Usage Target: 85%

FaZe Crowder Vanguard Ranked Play gameplay settings

FaZe Crowder sticks to the usually recommended Gameplay settings, with the ADS Field of View setting coming down to preference.

He said that with Affected, he thinks “the guns look way better, the recoil looks better visually as well.” However, Arcitys and Cellium, two of the best CoD players out there, play on Independent.

  • Field of View: 100
    • ADS Field of View: Affected
  • Camera Movement: Least (50%)
  • World Motion Blur: Off
  • Weapon Motion Blur: Off
  • NVIDA Reflex Low Latency: On + Boost

FaZe Crowder Vanguard Ranked Play audio settings

The only Vanguard audio setting Crowder really recommends is turning Music Volume off while the rest are down to personal preference. The Audio Mix is an interesting choice though, as most headset users opt for the Headset option.

Here are FaZe Crowder’s audio settings:

  • Master Volume: 100
  • Music Volume: 0
  • Dialogue Volume: 100
  • Sound Effects Volume: 100
    • Hit Marker Volume: 75
  • Mute Game When Minimized: Off
  • Hit Marker Sound Effects: Classic
  • Audio Mix: Night Mode
  • Killstreak Music: On
  • Mono Audio: Off
  • Game Sound Device: Default System Device

FaZe Crowder Vanguard Ranked Play controller settings

For the most part, these are the standard controller settings you should be using when grinding Vanguard’s Ranked Play. Of course, sensitivity all depends on personal preference, but Crowder said that 6-6 is a solid place to start.

Here are all of FaZe Crowder’s competitive controller settings:

  • Horizontal Stick Sensitivity: 6
  • Vertical Stick Sensitivity: 6
  • ADS Sensitivity Multiplier: 1.0
  • Custom Sensitivity Per Zoom: On
    • ADS Sens. Multiplier (Low Zoom): 1.0
    • ADS Sens. Multiplier (2x Zoom): 1.0
    • ADS Sens. Multiplier (3x Zoom): 1.0
    • ADS Sens. Multiplier (4x Zoom): 1.0
    • ADS Sens. Multiplier (5x Zoom): 1.0
    • ADS Sens. Multiplier (6x Zoom): 1.0
    • ADS Sens. Multiplier (7x Zoom): 1.0
    • ADS Sens. Multiplier (8x Zoom): 1.0
    • ADS Sens. Multiplier (High Zoom): 1.0
  • Button Layout Preset: Tactical Flipped
    • Flip L1/R1 with L2/R2: On
  • Vertical Aim (On Foot): Standard
  • Aim Response Curve Type: Dynamic
  • Controller Vibration: Off
  • Weapon Fire Threshold: On
  • ADS Sensitivity Transition Timing: Instant
  • ADS Sens. Multiplier (Steady Aim): 1.00
  • Stick Layout Preset (Default): Default
  • Controller Orientation: Up
  • ADS Stick Swap: Off
  • L2 Button Deadzone: 1
  • R2 Button Deadzone: 1
  • Left Stick Min Input Deadzone: 5 (specific to your controller)
  • Right Stick Min Input Deadzone: 5 (specific to your controller)
  • Left Stick Max Input Deadzone: 99
  • Right Stick Max Input Deadzone: 99
  • Target Aim Assist: On
    • Target Aim Assist Mode: Default (Vanguard)
  • ADS Aim Assist: On
  • Weapon Mount Activation: ADS + Melee
  • Weapon Mount Movement Exit: On
  • Depleted Ammo Weapon Switch: On
  • Blind Fire: On
  • Automatic Airborne Mantle: Partial
  • Mantle Stance Queuing: On
  • Automatic Sprint: Automatic Tactical Sprint
  • Sprint Cancels Reload: On
  • Sprinting Door Bash: On
  • Parachute Auto Deploy: On
  • Slide Behavior: Tap
  • Aim Down Sight Behavior: Hold
  • Equipment Behavior: Hold
  • Steady Aim Behavior: Hold
  • Interact/Reload Behavior: Tap to Reload
  • Scoreboard Behaviour: Toggle
  • Automatic Fire Behavior: Hold

As with all settings guides, a lot of these come down to personal preference. However, Crowder said he consulted pro players when choosing all of his settings, and it’s difficult to argue with some of the best Call of Duty players in the world.

For more Vanguard, you can check out why players feel the new Overclocked Tactical mode feels like “proper Call of Duty.”

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Vanguard Zombies players furious The Archon is just “green Terra Maledicta”

Fans of Vanguard’s Zombies mode are furious with Season 5’s content, claiming The Archon to be a green-tinted remaster of Terra Maledicta.

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Fans were eager to get a look at a new round-based Zombies map in Vanguard Season 5, but excitement turned to disappointment as a remaster of Terra Maledicta was revealed instead.

While Vanguard Zombies players will be getting a round-based experience in Season 5, The Archon isn’t exactly a new map. Zombies fans were under the impression that Season 5’s The Archon would deliver another brand-new Zombies map following Vanguard’s Shi No Numa.

Instead, the upcoming content is better defined as a new Zombies experience, since players will receive a round-based version of Season 2’s Terra Maledicta instead. It seems the announcement has caused unrest among Zombies fans, with several voicing their disbelief.

Terra Maledicta was a new Zombies map that arrived with Season 2 of Vanguard. When it launched, players slammed it as a boring Zombies map that failed to change their initial poor opinion of Vanguard Zombies.

Given the poor reception, the devs claim that they were dedicated to using player feedback to improve the Terra Maledicta experience in Season 5.

“Earlier this year, the Vanguard Zombies team received a mountain of constructive feedback around the launch of Terra Maledicta. As we digested everything we heard from the community, one request kept coming up over and over: the map’s Egyptian and Dark Aether settings would make for a killer round-based experience. We agreed!”

This explains their decision to remaster or update Terra Maledicta by giving it a round-based makeover in Season 5. Unfortunately, the initial reaction from Vanguard players has been just as poor as that of the original Terra Maledicta.

It seems players were under the impression they’d be getting a new round-based map, which increased the disappointment they felt when a “green Terra Maledicta remaster” was revealed instead.

Zombies fans are obsessing over the green-tinted overhaul that Terra Maledicta seems to have received. Comments from the above post found on the CODZombies subreddit reveal that players believe this Season 5 content to be lazy: “This is next level lazy if they actually have used terra maledicta.”

Another player questioned if there would be any new sections around the map: “The fun part about it is the fact that on the official treyarch blog there’s NOTHING that says that there will be new areas, this is literally a s*** show.”

It’s certainly too early to pass final judgment on Season 5’s Zombies content, but it’s safe to say that The Archon will have to be a phenomenal experience to change players’ strong opinions.


For more, check out how to unlock Vanguard and Warzone’s new RA 225 SMG and Valois Revolver in Season 5.

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How to get Warzone & Vanguard Prime Gaming rewards (August 2022)

There are new Warzone and Vanguard Prime Gaming rewards available for players to claim. Here’s how you can get your hands on them.

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Prime Gaming is an exciting way for developers to reward players with various in-game items. Here’s how you can claim your Prime Gaming rewards in Warzone and Vanguard.

Both Warzone Pacific and Vanguard feature fun cosmetic items that players can equip to customize their playing experience, and these can be acquired through several different means.

One easy way to get them is through the popular Prime Gaming service, which allows Amazon Prime subscribers to get free in-game rewards for their favorite games.

With this in mind, here is how you can get the Warzone and Vanguard Prime Gaming rewards for August.

How to get Warzone and Vanguard Prime Gaming rewards

If you’re interested in claiming Warzone and Vanguard Prime Gaming rewards, you’ll need an Amazon Prime subscription. If you don’t already have one, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial to redeem the rewards.

Then you must link your Warzone and Vanguard account to your Amazon Prime account with the membership active.

Here’s how you can link your accounts for free Prime Gaming rewards:

  1. Navigate to the Call of Duty Offer Detail Page
  2. Click ‘Claim Now’ on the active content drop
  3. Log in with your Prime-enabled account or sign up for Prime
  4. Click ‘Continue’ to begin the account-linking process
  5. Click ‘Go to Activision’ to be redirected to Activision’s account-linking page
  6. Log in with your Activision account and authorize Prime Gaming to fulfill content
  7. Click ‘Complete Claim’

Warzone and Vanguard Prime Gaming Rewards – August 2022

Full Defense Bundle

The August 2022 content drop through Prime Gaming brings a total of five exclusive items for Warzone and Vanguard players to claim, including an Operator skin, a weapon Blueprint, and a Calling Card.

Below is a full list of everything available throughout the month of August:

  • Legendary Desert Pinstripes Skin
  • Epic Counterinsurgency Blueprint
  • Legendary Golden Grenadier Emblem
  • Legendary No Oasis Killcam Theme
  • Epic Heat of Battle Calling Card

That covers everything you need to know about this month’s Prime Gaming rewards for Warzone Pacific and Vanguard.

There are new rewards available each month, so be sure to check back with this guide!


For more Call of Duty, check out how to unlock the RA 225 SMG in Season 5 as well as our guide on the Heroes vs Villains event.

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How to unlock RA 225 SMG in Warzone & Vanguard Season 5

Warzone and Vanguard’s new Season 5 SMG is set to deliver incredible mobility and a fast fire rate, so here’s how to unlock the RA 225.

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The RA 225 SMG is making its way to Vanguard and Warzone during Season 5, and the weapon’s speed in tight spaces should be a valuable addition to both games.

With Season 5 set to act as the final chapter of Vanguard and Warzone before players move on to Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2, the RA 225 will be one of the last weapons to enter the fold.

We’ve seen a ton of post-launch Vanguard SMGs join the pool of weapons over the seasons, and it’s only right that players receive one final SMG before saying goodbye.

The new SMG will rely on a high fire rate and excellent mobility to dominate Season 5 of Warzone and Vanguard, so here’s how to unlock the RA 225.

How to unlock the RA 225 SMG in Warzone & Vanguard

Warzone and Vanguard’s RA 225 SMG will arrive at the start of Season 5 on August 24, and it will be available through the Battle Pass. At the moment, we don’t know the exact tier that the weapon will become available, but it should be either 15 or 31 according to previous seasons.

The RA 225 SMG will be one of two weapons arriving via the Season 5 Battle Pass, with the EX1 being the other. These two weapons should be free unlocks that occupy tiers 15 and 31 of the Battle Pass.

The Call of Duty blog for the Season 5 roadmap explains that “this SMG has a high fire rate and a very mobile compact frame.” The RA 225 is a lightweight SMG, which means it should provide excellent mobility for those looking to finesse opponents in Warzone Season 5.

Although it does come with quick handling, its fast fire rate means that while it will be devastating in close-range gunfights, you will have to manage some upward recoil kick that the RA 225 displays.

Its base form doesn’t boast the highest firepower possible, but with the right attachments, you should be able to increase its damage and recoil control to your liking.


For more, check out our guide to all of the Vanguard & Warzone weapons arriving in Season 5, as well as how to unlock the Valois Revolver.

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