Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Ranked Play finally arrived in Season 2 in Beta, bringing Skill Divisions to climb and unique rewards to earn. Treyarch have announced the mode will be leaving Beta in Season 3, resetting everyone’s rank and bringing highly-requested rewards.
As the Call of Duty League rages on, players have the chance to play like, and even against, the pros in Vanguard’s Ranked Play. Featuring the same maps, modes, and weapons as the CDL, it’s the place to truly test your skill.
Treyarch and Demonware delivered several updates to Ranked Play over the course of Season 2, adding more rewards, fine-tuning Skill Rating, dashboard penalties, and more. Now, following all of these updates, they confirmed that Ranked Play will finally be leaving Beta with April 27’s Season 3 update, where everyone’s rank will be reset and there will be a fresh batch of rewards to earn.
Vanguard Ranked Play Skill Divisions and SR reset
“A new Ranked Play season means a fresh start where everyone’s Skill Rating and Skill Division are reset,” confirmed Treyarch on April 14. This means that all players must play their Skill Evaluation Matches again, meaning they could be placed in a new Skill Division.
This also means that the Top 250 Leaderboard will return one week into Season 3, giving the “most dedicated players a chance to meet the 3,500 SR requirement to get into the highest Skill Division.”
New Ranked Play rewards in Season 3
Vanguard’s Ranked Play rewards players for their time by giving them unique cosmetics such as Operator Skins, Weapon Blueprints, camos, and more. Season 3 will bring even more prizes, including more Blueprints, “new universal Weapon Camos, exclusive Charms, and more.”
The MP40 and Automaton have long been Vanguard’s competitive meta and players were disappointed that the Season 2 reward was an STG44 Blueprint. That’s changing in Season 3, with Treyarch confirming that “we’re serving up the competitive meta with Weapon Blueprints to unlock for the Automaton and MP40.”
Also, everyone who Played Ranked Play during the Season 2 Beta will receive an animated Emblem.
For more on what Treyarch’s up to, you can check out everything that’s coming to Black Ops Cold War.
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Bizarre Vanguard glitch is making players spontaneously combust
CoD Vanguard players have discovered a strange glitch them causes them to catch on fire completely at random.
A bizarre new glitch has appeared in Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded, causing players to randomly burst into flames in the middle of a match.
The Vanguard community has seen its fair share of different bugs and glitches that have bizarre effects on their gameplay experience, such as turning players into Spider-man or causing them to punch themselves in the face.
Now, another problem has presented itself following the arrival of the Season 3 Reloaded update, as a strange glitch is causing Vanguard players to spontaneously catch on fire during battles.
Reddit user ‘r/Sleepy’ highlighted this glitch in a clip posted in the Vanguard subreddit. It shows the player securing multiple kills while running around the map, only to combust into flames seemingly at random.
The kill cam in the clip showed that there was no explosive around them when they caught on fire, so it was extremely confusing why this happened. The Redditor jokingly asked if they’d been hit by an “invisible Molotov.”
Many of the commenters found this glitch amusing as well, with one user sarcastically writing: “Just a little spontaneous combustion.” Another player added: “Pardon me while I burst into flames.”
These types of glitches tend to pop up whenever the developers implement a major update in Vanguard, and a fix for them often arrives through another update once it becomes a major issue.
It’s unclear what exactly caused this glitch to occur, and it doesn’t seem to be a widespread issue at the time of writing. For that reason, it remains to be seen whether or not Sledgehammer Games will investigate the matter.
For more Vanguard content, check out the best H4 Blixen loadout for Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded as well as why Vanguard players are furious with a lack of content in Season 3 Reloaded.
Image credits: Sledgehammer Games
Best H4 Blixen loadout for Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded
The H4 Blixen SMG arrived with Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded, so here are the attachments and Perks you need to build the best loadout.
Vanguard Season 3’s mid-season update is here, bringing the Sphere map and the brand-new H4 Blixen SMG. This new weapon is shaping up to be a powerful choice, so here are attachments and perks to create the best H4 Blixen loadout in Vanguard.
Although Vanguard players have been disappointed with the Season 3 Reloaded update’s lack of content compared to Warzone, it’s brought the new Sphere map, several quality of life changes, and the new H4 Blixen SMG.
This versatile SMG is powerful and accurate when fighting at close-medium range, so here’s how to create the best H4 Blixen loadout, including the attachments, Perks, and Equipment you need to maximize its potential.
- Best Vanguard H4 Blixen loadout attachments
- Best Vanguard H4 Blixen Perks & Equipment
- How to unlock H4 Blixen in Vanguard
- Best alternatives to H4 Blixen in Vanguard
Best Vanguard H4 Blixen loadout attachments
- Muzzle: Recoil Booster
- Barrel: Bergstrom 17″ F3
- Optic: Slate Reflector
- Stock: Karlsson Padded Coz
- Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
- Magazine: 9mm 72 Round Mags
- Ammo Type: Lengthened
- Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
- Proficiency: Fleet
- Kit: Quick
We’re kicking off the best Vanguard H4 Blixen loadout with the Recoil Booster to increase the SMGs fire rate and the Bergstrom 17″ F3 barrel to increase its accuracy and keep it under control.
You can choose whatever optic you prefer, but the Slate Reflector is a solid choice for the H4 Blixen. Next, the Karlsson Padded Coz stock and m1941 Hand Stop will make the Blixen even more accurate, allowing it to be much more versatile.
Combining the 9mm 72 Round Mags and Lengthened ammo will give you enough bullets to take down several enemies, and Lengthened’s faster bullet velocity will lower its time to kill.
These attachments weigh down the H4 Blixen, so using the Fabric Grip, Fleet Proficiency, and Quick Kit will make you extremely mobile.
Best Vanguard H4 Blixen Perks & Equipment
- Perk 1: Fortified
- Perk 2: Forward Intel
- Perk 3: Lightweight
- Lethal Equipment: Mk2 Frag Grenade
- Tactical Equipment: No69 Stun Grenade
The H4 Blixen is a speedy SMG so you’ll need the best Perks and Equipment to complement it. The Fortified Perk will reduce explosive and fire damage, allowing you to charge at the enemies and tank grenades.
Forward Intel will tell you exactly where the enemies are spawning so you can easily control the map, and Lightweight will allow you to get around the map much faster.
A perfectly cooked Frag Grenade is a powerful tool, and the Stun Grenade will slow enemies down allowing you to easily get the kill.
How to unlock H4 Blixen in Vanguard
Vanguard’s new H4 Blixen SMG can be unlocked by getting 3 Slide Kills in a single match 15 times.
This shouldn’t be too difficult to unlock, just hop into a small map with a hip-fire build and you’ll get the slide kills in no time at all.
Best alternatives to H4 Blixen in Vanguard
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Modern Warfare 2 leak reveals editions & early PlayStation beta
Vanguard in-game files from the Season 3 Reloaded update have leaked Modern Warfare 2 edition options and open beta info.
Data miners have discovered in-game files added to Vanguard with the Season 3 Reloaded update that provides information concerning Modern Warfare 2 editions and the open beta.
It turns out data miners have leaked in-game Vanguard files that provide information concerning Modern Warfare 2 editions. These files have shed light on what each edition could bring to the table, as well as which platform will get early access to the MW2 Open beta later this year.
While this information has not been confirmed by Activision, the following info concerning Modern Warfare 2 pre-order content was found in Vanguard’s in-game files:
Standard Edition content
- Modern Warfare 2
- Early access to open beta
- Other items to be announced
Cross-Gen Bundle content
- Cross-Gen version of Modern Warfare 2
- Early access to open beta – first on PS4 & PS5
- Other items to be announced
Vault Edition content
- Early access to open beta
- Battle Pass (1 Season) + 50 Tier Skips
- Red Team Operator Pack – Ghost, Soap, Price, Farah Operators
- FJX Cinder Weapon Vault
- 10 hours 2XP, + 10 hours 2WXP
- Ghost Legacy Pack – 12 Operator Skins & 10 Weapon Blueprints
It seems all three pre-order editions grant players early access to the open beta, and we’ll keep you posted once we know when pre-orders commence and when the beta will occur. The cross-gen bundle also confirms that MW2 will release on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC.
Another key piece of information revealed by this leak is that PS4 and PS5 players will receive access to the open beta first. We already know that PlayStation exclusivity will not last forever, once the Microsoft deal to acquire Activision officially goes through, but at the moment it is good news for PlayStation players.
You’ll have to discern which edition is right for you, but there’s no denying that the Vault Edition comes with a ton of interesting Operator and weapon cosmetics. In addition, the 50 Battle Pass Tier Skips and double weapon XP will be valuable as you attempt to level up early on.
For more Modern Warfare 2 content, check out how CoD fans revealed weapons they want to see in Modern Warfare 2.
Image Credit: Activision
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