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Vanguard players furious with lack of Hardcore playlist support

After missing out on a Hardcore Das Haus and Shipment 24/7 playlist, Vanguard players receive the short end of the stick yet again.

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Vanguard Hardcore playlists

Fans of the Hardcore playlist left feeling repeatedly ignored by Vanguard devs.

For years, Hardcore game types have worked in tandem with the traditional Call of Duty gameplay experience to deliver a varied multiplayer package. The Hardcore style of play is a less forgiving and more realistic Call of Duty experience.

Unfortunately for those who enjoy Hardcore gameplay, Vanguard has continued the trend of largely ignoring the mode. This has left the Hardcore player base feeling extremely short-changed. Even though this treatment is nothing new for Hardcore players, this time they hope to be heard.

Lack of Hardcore playlists causing outrage

Some players have suggested that the reason Hardcore playlists receive no care and attention is because of Vanguard’s already drastic time to kill. What with the significantly less health players have when playing Hardcore, the devs may be making a conscious decision to focus on traditional multiplayer which already boasts a fast TTK with full health.

Nonetheless, being ignored as a consumer is not an easy pill to swallow. Consequently, it isn’t entirely fair that they are suffering for enjoying a particular mode. They have yet to benefit from the Hardcore additions of well-liked playlists such as Das Haus 24/7 and Shipment 24/7.

Vanguard players flock to these modes as an excellent change of pace from Vanguard’s initial game modes and playlists. Not only do these playlists help keep gameplay fresh, but they offer you a highly efficient method of leveling up weapons and operators.

To rub more salt in the wound of Hardcore players, Vanguard has released a new playlist on November 18 titled “Ship Haus”. Players get to enjoy both beloved fast-paced maps in one playlist. It goes without saying, this playlist is not currently available as a Hardcore mode.

This is hardly the first complaint we’ve had for Vanguard to date. Frustrations continue to mount as more and more issues arise. Sledgehammer has addressed some in the most recent patch, although many issues still remain.

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All Vanguard & Warzone weapons arriving in Season 5

Here are all of the weapons coming to both Call of Duty: Vanguard & Warzone Pacific in the Season 5 update.

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Vanguard and Warzone Season 5 Last Stand will bring five new weapons to both games as players get set to experience the end of a Call of Duty era.

Anticipation for Vanguard and Warzone Season 5 is on the rise after Activision confirmed that it would be the final season for both games. A new season’s roadmap always reveals the exciting new content that will be available to players once the update goes live and Season 5 is no different.

Thanks to the Season 5 roadmap we know that Last Stand will see the return of classic Call of Duty villains as well as new weapons to unlock. Here’s a look at the new weapons that will be making their way to Warzone and Vanguard Season 5.

Every new weapon in Warzone and Vanguard Season 5

Vanguard and Warzone Season 5 will see the devs stick to a similar formula while also trying out some unique concepts. Players won’t be surprised to discover that a brand-new post-launch SMG will enter the fold during Season 5.

Despite this expected discovery, the devs have decided to break the mold by delivering the EX1 Energy Rifle. There currently isn’t a weapon in either game quite like it, so it will be interesting to see how it fits in.

The EX1 and RA 255 will be available at the start of Season 5 on August 24, while the Valois Revolver is expected shortly after. Meanwhile, the BP50 and Lienna 57 will arrive with the midseason update.

EX1 Energy Rifle

This new Season 5 weapon is unique in that it leaves ballistics behind in favor of a battery system that powers its energy beams. The EX1 is a prototype weapon that shoots red beams and it is said to be effective at long-range.

While you’ll never run out of ammo, the weapon does exhibit a cooling-off period after a charge is depleted. This cool-down essentially acts as the EX1’s reload mechanism.

It’s going to be interesting to see the weapon’s attachments and how they improve the EX1’s attributes. According to the devs, “its Gunsmith potential is impressive, with options for every scenario.”

RA 225 SMG

If the RA 225 is anything like the Vanguard SMGs that came before it, then it is destined to rise to the top of Warzone’s close-range meta. The Welgun, Armaguerra 43, H4 Blixen, and Marco 5, all had their time in the Warzone spotlight.

While little is known about the weapon, the devs have emphasized its lightweight design, mobility, and fast fire rate. Usually, when an SMG is lightning quick, it doesn’t pack the hardest punch, but we’ll have to wait and see if this is the case for the RA 225.

It does have some upward kick that players are going to have to get used to, but with the right attachments, this shouldn’t be an issue.

Valois Revolver

The Valois Revolver is yet another unique addition in Season 5 thanks to its ability to act as a melee weapon and a pistol. This hybrid weapon is sure to take many enemies by surprise.

The six bullets it could hold and low damage output should prevent it from dominating either game but the ability to eliminate players with a one-shot melee attack will be a clever tactic to exploit.

BP50 & Lienna 57 Assault Rifles

While Season 5 is the final major content release for Warzone and Vanguard, players can still expect a midseason update to arrive. Warzone and Vanguard Season 5 Reloaded are set to deliver two new weapons to the games.

The weapons arriving with the midseason update are the BP50 and Lienna 57. Interestingly enough, it seems the BP50 is modeled after Modern Warfare 2’s F2000. Both weapons are Assault Rifles, which means Warzone’s long-range meta could be in for some drastic changes.

There you have it, those are the five new weapons coming to Vanguard and Warzone Season 5 Last Stand.


For more, check out how Warzone players were shocked to discover a game-changing Redeploy Balloon trick or our guide to turning off crossplay in Vanguard and Warzone.

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Warzone & Vanguard Season 5 bring classic MW2 and Advanced Warfare weapons

Warzone and Vanguard Season 5 bring classic weapons from both Advanced Warfare and the original Modern Warfare 2.

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Warzone Pacific Season 5 is almost here, bringing back fan-favorite Call of Duty villains and teasing a fiery end for Caldera. That’s not all though, as both a Modern Warfare 2 and Advanced Warfare weapon arrive in both Vanguard and Warzone.

Warzone Pacific Season 5 will be a send-off to this generation of Call of Duty, with it being the final Vanguard season ahead of Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2’s launch. With the storyline wrapping up, the developers are going all-out and throwing classic characters and weapons into the mix.

Al-Asad, Menendez, Rorke, and Seraph feature in the Season 5, which will also see Caldera’s volcano erupting. Eagle-eyed players also spotted some classic Call of Duty weapons that will be appearing in both Warzone and Vanguard Season 5, and they’ve now been confirmed.

EX1 – Advanced Warfare’s EM1

Players spotted that Menendez was carrying Advanced Warfare’s EM1, and has been confirmed to hit Vanguard and Warzone as the EX1.

This was a powerful weapon in Advanced Warfare, being unique in that it fired a continuous beam of energy and overheated instead of needing to be reloaded.

It will act the same in Warzone and Vanguard, where players can “Equip the Heat Muzzle for extra charge capacity, insert a new Battery, and transform the EX1’s capabilities with the Burst Barrel or Charge Sniper Barrel.”

The EX1 will be available at Season 5’s August 24 launch as part of the new Battle Pass.

BP50 – Modern Warfare 2’s F2000

Seraph can be seen with a weapon that looks exactly like the F2000 from the original Modern Warfare 2, and the weapon will be called the BP50 in Vanguard and Warzone. It has the same general shape and has the distinctive curved piece behind the rear sight.

The F2000 wasn’t the most popular weapon in Modern Warfare 2 thanks to its high recoil, but its damage made it somewhat of a skill cannon. Vanguard’s 10 attachments might bring the weapon under control and make it a powerful choice in Warzone.

The BP50 will arrive later in Vanguard and Warzone Season 5, likely in the mid-season Reloaded update.


On top of these classic weapons, the devs are also introducing the RA 225 SMG in the Battle Pass, the Valois Revolver soon after the season’s launch, and the Lienna 57 Assault Rifle later in Season 5.

You can also check out how to play in Modern Warfare 2’s Open Beta, which goes live during Season 5.

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Vanguard Season 5: Release date, new maps, round-based Zombies, ranked season, more

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

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Activision have officially revealed details for Season 5 of Vanguard, unveiling all the content that players can expect for the final season of the game.

The fifth and final season of Call of Duty: Vanguard has officially been revealed ahead of Modern Warfare 2‘s release. Season 5 of Vanguard marks the “Last Stand,” bringing brand-new content for players to enjoy as the last hoorah for the game.

From new maps and weapons to another round-based Zombies map, Vanguard players have a lot to look forward to when it comes to Vanguard Season 5.

Here’s everything you need to know about the update, including all of the new content coming.

Vanguard Season 5 release date

According to the Call of Duty blog, Vanguard Season 5 is officially set to launch on August 24 at around 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM BST, with the update going live on August 23.

This will be the final season for Vanguard, so there will be a heap of content for players to enjoy, whether you like to play Multiplayer or Zombies.

Vanguard Season 5 new maps

Beheaded (Launch)

Beheaded will be available at launch, and is set on a “war-torn Times Square.”

On this small map, players will “battle under the neon lights outside famed Big Apple establishments, or take up position in Lady Liberty’s fallen head, race through her arms, and dash through the subway to flank your enemies.”

Fortress (In-Season)

Arriving in-season, Fortress will see players take to the Mediterranean on a medium-sized map “featuring close-quarters interiors with rooftop access that grant you power positions. Fight in a maritime graveyard, where ship remains litter the desert landscape. The eponymous fortress incorporates an old ship into its own design, creating a varied landscape to be exploited by savvy Operators.”

Vanguard Season 5 Operators

Raul Menendez (Launch)

Taken from the Black Ops series, Raul Menendez was born in Nicaragua and left in charge of the Menendez Cartel after his father was killed by the CIA. After his sister’s death, he became a “hostile political activist.”

“His charisma and ruthlessness propelled him to leadership of the social movement turned terrorist organization, Cordis Die…Now, you can harness his wrath against your enemies as part of Task Force Tyrants.”

Khaled Al-Asad (Launch)

Khaled Al-Asad is from the Modern Warfare series, and he “grew up in Urzikstan amid political strife.”

After taking control of the Al-Qatala terrorist group, he “transformed the militants into an army as he acquired an arsenal for the invasion of Verdansk. Committed to the demise of Western power, Al-Asad launched gas attacks in Verdansk, breaking a fragile armistice between nations.”

Gabriel T. Rorke (In-Season)

Gabriel Rorke is from Call of Duty: Ghosts, and he “led the Ghosts before being turned against them, paving the way for the Federation’s occupation of the United States.”

Rorke was brainwashed after being left behind and found by the Federation during an assassination mission.

He “Seraph” Zhen-Zhen (In-Season)

Lastly, we have Seraph, who grew up in the “Singapore Quarantine Zone as the daughter of a high-ranking officer in the 54 Immortals.” Seraph embodies force, ambition, dedication, and skill.

Vanguard Season 5 new weapons

With Vanguard Season 5, players will be getting five weapons, with two arriving with the Battle Pass at launch.

  • EX1 Energy Rifle (Launch)
  • RA 225 SMG (Launch)
  • Valois Revolver (Launch Window)
  • BP50 Assault Rifle (Midseason)
  • Lienna 57 Assault Rifle (Midseason)

Vanguard Season 5 Ranked Play

In the final season of Vanguard, players will once again be able to participate in a new season of Ranked Play to compete for exclusive rewards such as new Camos, Charms, Emblems, and Weapon Blueprints.

Players will compete in 4v4 matches that use the same “settings, maps, and modes as the 2022 Call of Duty League.”

Further, “Treyarch will launch the new season’s Top 250 Skill Division and Leaderboard on August 31 to show the world who’s the best of the best.”

Vanguard Season 5 Zombies

The Archon

Zombies fans are in for a treat as Vanguard Season 5 will bring a new round-based map called The Archon.

This new map is described as the “epic conclusion of Vanguard Zombies,” and will take place in Egypt. Players will be taking on new quests in the finale of Vanguard Zombies, facing off against Kortifex the Deathless inside the Dark Aether.

As the CoD blog states, “you’ll need every advantage you can get, so be sure to hit up the Perk Fountains, Altar of Covenants, Tome of Rituals, and the Pack-a-Punch machine and prepare for a larger-than-life final battle.”


Those are all the details we know about Vanguard Season 5. If you’re interested in the battle royale aspect of Call of Duty, be sure to check out all the details on Warzone Pacific Season 5.

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