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Forgotten Vanguard LMG dominates Warzone’s long-range meta after major Season 5 buffs

Warzone Pacific expert WhosImmortal has revealed a forgotten Vanguard LMG that’s a great long-range weapon in Season 5.

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Call of Duty expert WhosImmortal has revealed which forgotten Vanguard LMG is dominating the long-range weapon meta after receiving buffs in Warzone Pacific Season 5.

Warzone Pacific players are searching for the new best weapons after the game’s meta went through major changes in Season 5, and the UGM-8 is currently dominating the long-range meta.

While you’ll find plenty of Assault Rifles and Sniper Rifles that are great in long-range encounters, Warzone expert WhosImmortal has highlighted a forgotten Vanguard LMG that’s worth trying out.

WZ Ranked shows that the Type 11 LMG has a low pick rate of 0.05, and the weapon has been overshadowed by other guns. However, that could change after the attachment buffs that the weapon received in Season 5.

The Sakura 487mm Shrouded barrel had its rate of fire penalty decreased and received a boost to its horizontal recoil control. Season 5 also removed the muzzle velocity penalty from the 5.6mm 45 Round Mags.

WhosImmortal compared its stats to those of the STG44, XM4, and the Grau 5.56. While those three still remain top-tier options, the Type 11 was the only weapon without a damage drop-off. The Warzone expert called it a “sleeper weapon in the long-range meta.”

WhosImmortal’s Warzone Type 11 loadout

  • Muzzle: Mercury Silencer
  • Barrel: Sakura 487mm Shrouded
  • Optic: G16 2.5x
  • Stock: Shiraishi Custom
  • Underbarrel: M1939 Strife Angled
  • Magazine: 6.5mm Sakura 90 Round Drums
  • Ammo Type: Hollow Point
  • Rear Grip: Hatched Grip
  • Perk: Brace
  • Perk: Fully Loaded

The three core components of WhosImmortal’s Type 11 loadout are the muzzle, barrel, and Magazine. The Mercury Silencer and Sakura 487mm Shrouded will improve the weapon’s damage range and bullet velocity.

He went with the 6.5mm Sakura 90 Round Drums so that the gun has plenty of ammo. The Shiraishi Custom stock and Brace perk help with the strafe speed and initial firing recoil control.

With these attachments equipped, WhosImmortal was able to secure 20 kills in a game. So, we expect to see this weapon get more attention in Season 5 after being largely ignored for quite some time.


For more Warzone Pacific content, check out why players think airstrike warnings are more broken than ever and our guide on how to watch the Warzone 2 reveal.

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