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Crazy “two-shot” Vanguard pistol loadout is so powerful it’s been banned

An overpowered Vanguard pistol loadout that lets players eliminate enemies with just two shots has been banned from tournaments.

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There is a Vanguard pistol loadout that can easily “two-shot” enemies from across the map, and this weapon is so overpowered that it has been effectively banned from tournaments.

Call of Duty: Vanguard is finally here, and there’s plenty of fun new content to enjoy, including new weapons like the Sten and 16 multiplayer maps. However, there have also been quite a few issues with the launch.

You can equip 10 attachments to your guns in Vanguard, and one 1911 pistol loadout takes advantage of this to make the weapon extremely overpowered, which has caught the attention of the CoD community.

“Two-shot” Vanguard 1911 pistol loadout

1911 pistol

This 1911 Vanguard loadout showed up on November 7 and was quickly banned from CMG tournament play. Twitter user Flexd then posted all the attachments used on the weapon.

Here is the “two-shot” Vanguard 1911 pistol loadout:

  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: Gracey Short No. 2
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Trigger Action: Hair Trigger
  • Magazine: .30 Russian Short
  • Ammo Type: Hollow Point
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Proficiency: Fleet
  • Kit: Quick

In the tweet, Flexd described the pistol as a weapon that “two-bullets no matter where.” Some players were frustrated that this loadout is now available for the masses to see, while others simply called for bans.

This caught the attention of Checkmate Gaming, who responded by banning the 1911 pistol from all matches on November 8. They alerted players of this change through a Vanguard rules update.

“Effective 7 PM EST – The 1911 Pistol will be restricted in all tournament & ladder matches,” they tweeted. A few professional players inquired as to why exactly this weapon has been banned.

Many users then explained that it’s because the gun is “two bullets” you can’t see some of the attachments in the kill cam. As a result, you can’t ban those attachments, so it’s better to remove the weapon altogether.

It’s understandable why this weapon loadout has been banned from tournaments and ladder matches, and it remains to be seen whether or not the developers will be addressing this issue soon


If you’re interested in some more Call of Duty: Vanguard content, then check out our full Vanguard Multiplayer review and our Vanguard Zombies review.

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Warzone & Vanguard Season 1 Battle Pass: All rewards & Tiers

There’s a new Battle Pass in Vanguard and Warzone Season 1, and here’s everything you need to know, including the price and rewards.

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Vanguard Season 1 Battle Pass

There is a brand-new Battle Pass to progress through in Warzone & Vanguard Season 1 Battle Pass, and here’s everything it features, including new Operator Skins, Weapon Blueprints, and tier rewards.

Vanguard and Warzone Season 1 is will bring a ton of fun new content for fans to enjoy, including a new Warzone map. We also have a brand-new Battle Pass that you can progress through.

It features 100 fresh Tiers including the Task Force Trident Operator, two new MP maps, three new weapons, and new Zombies content. We’ll go over everything you can unlock in the Season 1 Battle Pass.

Vanguard & Warzone Season 1 Battle Pass price

There are two main ways for you to progress through the Vanguard and Warzone Season 1 Battle Pass. The first involves playing in matches until you reach new Tiers and unlock rewards.

While that’s the most straightforward method, you can also spend some CoD points to speed up the process. The standard version of the Battle Pass costs 1,000 CoD Points and this will unlock all 100 Tiers along with 120 items.

Alternatively, you could spring for the Battle Pass Bundle for 2,400 CoD Points to instantly skip the first 20 Tiers while unlocking every item in them. This will also grant you the bonus ‘Battle Prepped’ Legendary Skin for Polina.

Warzone & Vanguard Season 1 Battle Pass: New Operator Skins

Halima ‘Desert Cover’ Skin in Vanguard

The Season 1 Battle Pass contains some cool new Operator skins that you can unlock. The 12 launch Operators will receive some brand-new cosmetic appearances that are available at different Tiers.

Here are some of the most notable Operator skins:

  • Tier 10: Halima ‘Desert Cover’ Skin
  • Tier 20: Shigenori ‘Konara’ Skin
  • Tier 90: Polina ‘Rising Legend’ Skin

New Weapons in Warzone & Vanguard Season 1 Battle Pass

Player running with Cooper Carbine in Vanguard

Three new weapons are in the Season 1 Battle Pass. You can unlock the Cooper Carbine Assault Rifle at Tier 15, and this weapon comes with “SMG-like properties,” making it extremely fast in battle.

The Gorenko Anti-Tank Sniper Rifle becomes available at Tier 31 and is capable of dishing out extremely high amounts of damage to your targets. This will come in handy during long-range combat situations.

Lastly, the Sawtooth Melee Weapon can be unlocked at Tier 37. Sewn with shark’s teeth along the club’s perimeter, this weapon is capable of slicing up foes quickly and efficiently.

New multiplayer Perks & Lethal Grenade in Vanguard Season 1 Battle Pass

CoD Vanguard grenade

The Vanguard and Warzone Season 1 Battle Pass has two multiplayer Perks for you to unlock. Serpentine is unlocked at Tier 21 and reduces incoming damage while Tactical Sprinting

You can get the Intuition Perk at Tier 44 and this lets you detect nearby enemies through walls. So if an opponent is close by, you’ll be alerted of their presence and can react accordingly.

We also have a brand-new piece of Lethal Equipment known as the Special Incendiary Grenade and you can unlock this at Tier 39. It dishes out damage over time to enemies while blocking off their sightlines with white fog.

Warzone & Vanguard Season 1 Battle Pass Tier 100 Rewards

Sawtooth Melee Weapon in Warzone & Vanguard

Players who reach the final Tiers can claim the rarest Legendary items in the Season 1 Battle Pass. These include new Operator cosmetics, weapon Blueprints, and additional CoD points.

Here are the final rewards in the Warzone & Vanguard Season 1 Battle Pass:

  • Tier 95: ‘Hold the Line’ Sniper Rifle Blueprint
  • Tier 98: 100 CoD Points
  • Tier 100: ‘Awoken’ Legendary Francis Skin
  • Tier 100: ‘Harvester’ Legendary Assault Rifle Blueprint
  • Tier 100: Title, Emblem, and Charm.’
Vanguard player using the Gorenka Anti-Tank Sniper Rifle

That covers everything that has been revealed in the Season 1 Battle Pass of Vanguard and Warzone Season 1. We’ll be sure to update this article once every Tier and reward has been revealed.


For more Vanguard content, check out our best Vanguard weapons ranked list and how to level up fast in CoD: Vanguard.

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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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Vanguard player firing the Cooper Carbine

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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