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What is Combat Pacing in CoD Vanguard? Tactical, Assault, and Blitz explained

Call of Duty: Vanguard introduces three new ways for players to experience multiplayer, named Tactical, Standard, and Blitz.

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Sledgehammer Games is introducing a brand new feature to Call of Duty: Vanguard MP called Combat Pacing, which gives players more control over the paces of their matches than ever before. 

Call of Duty: Vanguard’s multiplayer will feature 20 maps at launch, with 16 of them being core 6v6 maps for players to experience. 

Combat Pacing allows players to pick the number of players that will be in the match, alongside the intensity of the game itself. 

With Vanguard MP, there are three Combat Pacing Options for players to pick from. These options are also filterable through the Quick Play filter menu, allowing players to constantly change the Combat Pacing option they are matchmaking in. 

Vanguard player shooting out of a plane.

Combat Pacing Options 

The three Combat Pacing options in Call of Duty: Vanguard are: All Tactical, Blitz, Assault.

  • All: By choosing this preference, expect a mix of all the following Combat Pacing types. 
  • Tactical: These are the lobbies that franchise veterans know well. This is the experience that you’re used to with classic Call of Duty combat timing. Tactical Combat Pacing is always 6v6.
  • Assault: Balanced combat pacing that gives you enough room to breathe and a lot of targets to kill. In Beta Weekend 1, player counts will vary between 20-28 players.
  • Blitz: High-action lobbies where the intensity is cranked up to frenetic levels. Prepare for plenty of combat when choosing to join a Blitz. In Beta Weekend 1, player counts will vary between 28-48 players.

When selecting Tactical, this is the standard Call of Duty experience you expect: 6v6 with a focus on the average time for gameplay. It’s nothing new or different from what the traditional 6v6 player is used to. 

The new options, Assault and Blitz, crank up the intensity and gameplay depending on the maps. 

Three CoD: Vanguard characters

Assault increases the player counts from 6v6 to 10v10 or 12v12. In Assault, the matches are a bit more chaotic as there are more players packed into the maps, and there’s more action around every corner. 

And lastly, Blitz is all-out chaos in the maps of Vanguard. Players who like Modern Warfare’s Ground War and Black Ops Cold War’s Combined Arms will enjoy this playlist. It’s the same maps that players experience but packed with more players than ever. There are 24v24 options, which creates a full-blown intense match with players around every corner and every line of sight. 

With Combat Pacing filters, it’s unclear how Sledgehammer Games plans to incorporate Hardcore and other variations of modes into the action. We’ve already seen the devs incorporate ideas from Modern Warfare, with Dead Silence returning as a Field Upgrade while also using the game’s minimap system too.

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Best Cooper Carbine loadout for Vanguard Season 1

Vanguard’s Cooper Carbine is the ultimate Assault Rifle for aggressive players, and we have the best loadout, class, attachments, and perks.

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The Cooper Carbine Assault Rifle was added to Vanguard with the Season 1 patch, and we’ve got the best attachments and Perks to create the best Cooper Carbine loadout.

Vanguard Season 1 brings a host of fresh content to the game, with new operators, multiplayer maps, and Warzone’s Pacific Caldera map.

As always, a new season also means new weapons, and players will receive five new ways to kill enemies over the course of the first season. One of the most interesting of these is the Cooper Carbine, an Assault Rifle with the characteristics of an SMG.

Whether this gun will completely change the meta remains to be seen, but we’ve got the best attachments and perks to create the ultimate Cooper Carbine loadout.



Best Vanguard Cooper Carbine class

Vanguard Cooper Carbine loadout
  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: 22″ Cooper Custom
  • Stock: Cooper 54RS
  • Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
  • Magazine: .30 Carbine 45 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Hollow Point
  • Rear Grip: Pine Tar Grip
  • Proficiency: Vital
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

This loadout is perfect for aggressive players. The Recoil Booster will give your gun an improved fire rate, while the 22″ Cooper Custom barrel and Cooper 45RS stock improves accuracy and controllability. The Carver Foregrip is great for recoil control, while we picked the .30 Carbine 45 Round Mags but feel you can choose whichever you prefer.

The Hollow Point ammo type increases damage to limbs, which is lethal when combine with the Vital proficiency for increased critical hits. Pine Tar Grip helps with recoil control and hip-fire accuracy, while we always prefer the Fully Loaded kit to start with max ammo.


Best Perks to use with Vanguard Cooper Carbine

Lightweight perk in Vanguard
  • Perk 1: Ghost
  • Perk 2: Forward Intel
  • Perk 3: Lightweight

For Perks, Ghost is always a great option, keeping you hidden from enemy Spy Planes. Forward Intel is also useful, as it lets you know where the enemy is spawning and can help you create traps for enemies.

Finally, the Cooper Carbine is great for aggressive players, so teaming it with Lightweight will help you get around the map quickly.


How to unlock Cooper Carbine in Vanguard

Unlocking the Cooper Carbine is pretty straightforward. Players just need to reach Tier 15 of the Warzone & Vanguard Season 1 Battle Pass.

This can be accomplished by playing matches, or by purchasing the Premium Battle Pass, which unlocks the first 20 Tiers immediately.

Player running with Cooper Carbine in Vanguard

Best Vanguard Cooper Carbine alternatives

While the Cooper Carbine does feel like an SMG, some players will prefer the MP-40 or Type 100, which are the best guns in the class.

If you feel like you are not able to kill enemies at range, the Automaton or STG-44 are the best Assault Rifles in Vanguard.


The Cooper Carbine is new to the game, so we’re not sure how it stacks up against other weapons. If you want to see how your favorites perform, check out our full Vanguard best weapons ranked list.

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How to unlock Sawtooth Melee Weapon in Warzone & Vanguard Season 1

Vanguard and Warzone Season 1 features the Sawtooth Melee Weapon and here’s how you can get your hands on it.

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Vanguard Sawtooth Melee Weapon

Warzone & Vanguard Season 1 will bring a new Melee Weapon known as the Sawtooth, and here’s everything you need to know about unlocking it in both games.

Vanguard Season 1 is almost here, and it features a plethora of new content, like a new Warzone map, the Season 1 Battle Pass, and some cool new weapons for players to try out.

One of these new additions is the Sawtooth Melee Weapon which you will be able to get your hands on in the Vanguard and Warzone integration. In case you’re wondering how to unlock it, this guide has you covered.

Here’s how to get the Sawtooth in Vanguard and Warzone Season 1.

How to unlock the Sawtooth Melee Weapon in Warzone & Vanguard

Sawtooth Melee Weapon in Warzone & Vanguard

You can unlock the Sawtooth Melee Weapon in Vanguard and Warzone by reaching Tier 37 in the Season 1 Battle Pass. This is fairly simple and there are two ways for you to get this done.

The first method is the most straightforward and it involves you playing through multiple matches as you gradually progress through the Battle Pass. You can check out our guide on how to level up fast in Vanguard.

Alternatively, you can pay for a Tier-Skip bundle on day one to immediately progress through the first 20 Tiers of the Battle Pass. This will speed up the process and you’ll be able to get the Sawtooth much quicker.

Vanguard Warzone Season 1 Battle Pass

The Sawtooth is the first Melee Weapon in the Vanguard Season 1 Battle Pass. Sewn with shark’s teeth along the club’s perimeter, the Sawtooth is capable of slicing up foes with great efficiency.

Season 1 will also bring other fun additions like new maps, perks, and Zombies content. You can check out all of these changes in the full Call of Duty: Vanguard Season 1 patch notes.


For more Vanguard, check out our guide on how to unlock the Warzone & Vanguard Season 1 Gorenko Anti-Tank Sniper Rifle.

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How to unlock Cooper Carbine in Warzone & Vanguard Season 1

Vanguard & Warzone Season 1’s Cooper Carbine AR excels in close-quarters combat. Here’s how you can unlock it.

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Player running with Cooper Carbine in Vanguard

Warzone & Vanguard Season 1 has introduced the new Cooper Carbine, an Assault Rifle that excels in close-range combat. Here’s how you can unlock this weapon.

Vanguard & Warzone Season 1 brings a ton of new content for both games, with new weapons, multiplayer maps, operators, and the highly-anticipated Pacific Caldera battle royale map.

Season 1 will introduce five new weapons in total, with two guns and two melee weapons dropping straight away. Alongside the Gorenko Anti-Tank Sniper Rifle, players will also get their hands on the Cooper Carbine Assault Rifle.

While ARs usually work best at long range, the Cooper Carbine excels in close-quarters combat. Here’s how you can unlock the gun in Vanguard & Warzone Season 1.

Player using the Cooper Carbine in Vanguard

How to unlock Cooper Carbine Assault Rifle

Getting your hands on this assault rifle is extremely easy, as all you need to do is reach Tier 15 of the Vanguard & Warzone Season 1 Battle Pass to unlock the Cooper Carbine.

That means you don’t need to complete any specific challenges, and can just play matches in either game to earn XP and level up your Battle Pass.

If you don’t want to wait, you can purchase the Premium Battle Pass and receive 20 Tiers immediately, but you can still choose not to and grab the Cooper Carbine for free.

Vanguard player aiming down sights of Cooper Carbine

As soon as you hit Tier 15 of the Battle Pass, the Cooper Carbine will immediately be added to your inventory. You’ll then be able to create loadouts with it in both Vanguard and Warzone.

The Cooper Carbine is a very interesting weapon. Despite being classed as an Assault Rifle, it functions best at short range, meaning it feels more like an SMG than anything else.


For more Call of Duty, check out everything coming in the game’s major patch with the Vanguard Season 1 patch notes.

Image Credits: Sledgehammer Games / Activision

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