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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. 

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. 

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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When is Vanguard Season 5? Season 4 end date & expected content

Here’s everything you need to know about the Vanguard Season 5 update with its expected release date and content.

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Call of Duty fans are busy enjoying everything Vanguard Season 4 has to offer, but it’s never too early to look forward to the Season 5 update. Here’s when you can expect Season 4 to end as well as Season 5’s expected content.

Vanguard players are still getting to grips with the Season 4 update that brought USS Texas to multiplayer and the round-based Shi No Numa to Zombies. Initial reactions haven’t been positive, which is why players are eager to discover what awaits in Vanguard Season 5.

Vanguard Season 4 Reloaded, the mid-season update, is set expected to arrive in late July followed by Season 5. Here’s everything we know about Vanguard Season 5, including its release date and expected content.

Expected Vanguard Season 5 release date

Vanguard Season 4 is set to come to a close on Wednesday, August 24, and Season 5 should arrive immediately after.

Keep in mind that the date has not been officially confirmed by Sledgehammer Games. However, if we assume there won’t be delays, the new season should begin on August 24. We’ll update this article when an official release date has been revealed.

Vanguard Season 5 expected content

As of yet, none of Vanguard’s Season 5 content has been revealed, but we can use previous seasons to give players an idea of what to expect from the update.

Like previous seasons, Vanguard Season 4 brought new weapons like the Marco 5 and UGM-8 to the game. Season 4 also introduced players to a new multiplayer map, Zombies map, and Blueprint Gun Game mode.

Using Vanguard’s previous seasons as a starting point, here’s everything we expect to see in Vanguard Season 5:

  • Season 5 Battle Pass
  • New Operators
  • New weapons
  • New Ranked Play rewards
  • New game modes
  • New multiplayer map
  • Weapon buffs and nerfs
  • New Zombies content
  • More

After the Season 4 update, Treyarch confirmed that more round-based Zombies maps would be coming to Vanguard and we might see another new map in Season 5.

Back in April, a CoD leaker reported that in-game files suggest there won’t be a Season 6 for Vanguard and Warzone Pacific. As of yet, there’s no official word if Season 5 will be the final season of Vanguard content.


Those are the details we know about Vanguard Season 5 so far! We’ll be updating this section regularly so be sure to check in as information about the next season gets revealed.

If you’re interested in the battle royale aspect of Call of Duty, be sure to check out everything we know about Warzone Pacific Season 5.

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Modern Warfare 2 fans beg devs not to add the “most annoying thing ever” from Vanguard

CoD fans have revealed which Vanguard feature they don’t want Infinity Ward to include in Modern Warfare 2’s release.

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Modern Warfare 2 will feature a plethora of content when it arrives, and Call of Duty players are hoping that one “annoying” Vanguard feature won’t be included in the game.

There is a ton of anticipation for Modern Warfare 2 which is set to bring a ton of brand-new content for players to enjoy, including a fun campaign, new maps to battle on, and notable AI changes.

As the game’s release date draws near, Call of Duty players have revealed what Vanguard content they don’t want to see appear, including one particular feature that has been heavily criticized.

Reddit user ‘Mysterious-Aerie6654’ explained why they don’t want to see MVP voting in Modern Warfare 2. This is a system in Vanguard that lets you vote on who is the most valuable player in the game.

MVP voting in Vanguard has been criticized because it stops the game and makes players watch animations. The Redditor claimed that whenever this pops up, they instantly shut the game off.

Mysterious-Aerie6654 stated: “I can’t believe anyone would think players would enjoy this. I can only play 1 game on Vanguard before I close it down for a few weeks. Seriously though, if MWII has MVP voting then I won’t buy it. That is how strongly I feel.”

Many of the commenters in the thread agreed with this, stating that Vanguard’s MVP voting isn’t fun to sit through and that the Modern Warfare 2 developers should not add this feature to the upcoming title.

According to one poll, 75% of Vanguard players want the removal of the MVP screen, and one user in the thread even described the system as the “most annoying thing ever” for making the in-game menu inaccessible when it pops up.

A few users felt that the MVP voting system can be integrated into the game in a less frustrating way if the Modern Warfare 2 developers are willing to make a few changes to how it works.

One suggestion was that rather than having everyone vote for the best player, the game should automatically put that up on the screen based on the most kills, most captured, most points, and highest K/D.

At the time of writing, Infinity Ward have not confirmed this feature for Modern Warfare 2, so it remains to be seen whether or not it will be in the Call of Duty title when it finally arrives. We’ll be sure to let you know if they announce MVP voting for the game.


For more Call of Duty content, take a look at these major Sniper changes that CoD fans want to see in MW2 and how Modern Warfare 2 can kill off Battlefield for good.

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Best Vanguard Zombies weapons to use in Season 4’s Shi No Numa

You’ll need the best weapons to survive Vanguard Zombies’ Shi No Numa, so here are the top five weapons you need in Season 4.

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Vanguard Zombies has been given a welcome breath of life with Season 4’s round-based Shi No Numa remake. You’ll need the best weapons to survive, so here are the top five weapons in Vanguard Zombies.

After a poorly-received launch, Vanguard Zombies finally added a classic round-based experience with the Season 4 update. Shi No Numa has returned, bringing the Wunderwaffe Wonder Weapon and a new Main Quest Easter Egg.

Whether you’re looking to last as long as possible in Der Anfang or Terra Maledicta, or want to achieve the highest round you can in Shi No Numa, you’ll need the best weapons. While almost any weapon can be viable, we’re counting down the top five you should equip in Vanguard Zombies Season 4.

Top 5 best Vanguard Zombies weapons

5. Panzerfaust

With the right Covenants, the Panzerfaust Launcher will be able to decimate any zombie that comes at you in Vanguard Zombies thanks to its huge splash damage.

You’ll find the Panzerfaust pretty ineffective for the first few rounds, but keep visiting the Altar of Covenants until you equip the Legendary Death Blow, Explosives Expert, and Critical Expertise.

Combined, you’ll get more rockets back for any critical hits, you’ll get critical hits for body shots, and you’ll be completely immune to your Panzerfaust’s splash damage. With this, you can just run around and blow up any zombie in sight.

4. Whitley LMG

The only fully automatic weapon on this list, the Whitley LMG is perfect for Vanguard Zombies players who want to unleash a torrent of bullets at the incoming hordes.

While it doesn’t have the same raw damage output as some of the other weapons on this list, its low recoil and high fire rate allow it to shred through Zombies extremely fast. It becomes especially powerful when Pack-a-Punched, so make sure you upgrade it as soon as possible.

3. Gorenko Anti-Tank Rifle

The Gorenko Anti-Tank Rifle will reward accurate Vanguard Zombies players with its headshots dealing incredibly high damage.

Equipped with the Death Blow Covenant, you’ll keep getting ammo back for every headshot you land, making up for its low magazine size. You may struggle when surrounded by hordes of the undead, but there are few weapons that’ll chew through a Sturmkreiger’s armor faster.

2. Combat Shotgun

The Combat Shotgun is the perfect weapon when starting out in Vanguard Season 4’s Shi No Numa thanks to its high damage and quick reload.

The Combat Shotgun deals devastating damage per shot, and thanks to its magazine, you’ll be able to reload almost instantly. With how luck-based finding the right Covenants can be,

It only gets better as the rounds go on and you start unlocking Covenants. Like all of the weapons on this list, the Death Blow Covenant is vital thanks to it keeping your ammo topped up at all times.

1. Einhorn Revolving

The Einhorn Revolving Shotgun is by far the best weapon you can use in Vanguard Zombies thanks to its devastating damage and high fire rate.

The Einhorn’s only drawback is its incredibly long reload, but that can be easily countered by picking up the Death Blow Covenant. With almost unlimited ammo and a semi-automatic fire rate, you’re completely set up for success and will make short work of any enemy that gets in your way.


For more Zombies, be sure to check out how to summon one in Warzone’s new Fortune’s Keep map, as well as everything we know about the Rebirth of the Dead mode.

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