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Vanguard’s “worst” Riot Shield ever is dividing players

Vanguard players have mixed opinions about the Riot Shield in Multiplayer, with some happy about it being one of the “worst” iterations.

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Call of Duty players are divided over Vanguard’s iteration of the Riot Shield, as there are mixed feelings about its performance.

Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Multiplayer has had pretty good reviews since its release, with the developers staying on top of bugs and pushing out fixes relatively quickly.

When it comes to the best weapons in the game, the Riot Shield is not something that springs to mind. Having said that, some players enjoy using it, causing mixed feelings about Vanguard’s version of the Riot Shield.

Reddit user BloodTypeIsBlue put a video up in the CODVanguard subreddit highlighting just how bad the Riot Shield is in Multiplayer, claiming it is “the worst in the franchise.”

The Call of Duty community has never really loved the Riot Shield. This is especially the case in Warzone, as many claim the playstyle as toxic.

Players hardly appreciate it when enemies choose to troll others by sitting behind a shield and chuck throwing knives. It seems the backlash may have influenced Vanguard’s version of the Riot Shield.

In the video, Vanguard’s Riot Shield seems easy to counter. The player’s head pokes out above the shield allowing the enemy to get a headshot with ease.

One user said, “this is gonna make camo challenges very frustrating for those that are grinding them.” While some completionists and Riot Shield users aren’t happy about this, there are also many that are pleased.

Some even believe the Riot Shield is better like this: “ahh tbh this makes me think it’s the best in the franchise.”

In the community, there is a mixed opinion about Riot Shields. It does seem like the worry is more about having to use it for challenges than actually using it as a preference.

The most recent November 10 update for Vanguard actually saw the Riot Shield get a slight buff.

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Vanguard June 30 update patch notes: Ranked Play restrictions, Zombies bug fixes, more

Vanguard’s June 30 update patch notes brought changes to Ranked Play restrictions as well as fixes for several Zombies bugs in Season 4.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard devs Sledgehammer Games released an update on June 30 that added two weapons to the Ranked Play restricted list and delivered bug fixes for several issues plaguing the Zombies mode.

Vanguard Season 4 introduced two new weapons to the game in the UGM-8 and Marco 5. Players have been enjoying the unique dual wield capabilities of the Marco 5, but it seems the SMG is now a restricted weapon in Vanguard’s Ranked Play following the June 30 update.

The devs also took time to address several bugs and glitches that were hindering the Zombies experience. When playing the new Shi No Numa map, players should notice smoother gameplay following the update.

Vanguard Ranked Play restrictions adjusted

Marco 5 SMG Vangurad

Season 4’s Marco 5 SMG and the Push Dagger Melee weapon have been added to the restricted list of Vanguard’s Ranked Play. Players were enjoying the new Marco 5 SMG in multiplayer and Ranked Play, but it seems they may have to return to the MP40.

This isn’t the first time a strong weapon was added to the Ranked Play restricted list as the Volk also received a ban in Season 3. Also, the top 250 Ranked Play leaderboard is now live in Vanguard.

You can check out the rest of the Vanguard June 30 update patch notes below.

Vanguard June 30 update patch notes

Butcher fighting in Vanguard Zombies Shi No Numa map

Multiplayer

Modes

  • Gun Game
    • Players will no longer be incorrectly removed from a match for inactivity. 

Ranked Play

  • Season Four Top 250 Skill Division & Leaderboard
    • The Season Four Top 250 Skill Division and Ladder are now live! Rise to the top and claim your spot!
  • Updated Restrictions
    • Marco 5 (Submachine Gun)
      • The Marco 5 has been restricted in-game in Ranked Play.
    • Push Dagger (Melee)
      • The Push Dagger has been restricted in-game in Ranked Play. 

Operators

  • Corrected the challenge progression counter for Mastery Operator Skins.

Weapons

  • Marco 5 (Submachine Gun)
    • Survivalist Camo Category challenges can now be progressed as expected.
      • This fix was released on June 27.
  • Launchers
    • Destroyed Trophy Systems will now progress challenges in the Surgical Camo Category.

User Interface & Experience

  • Addressed an issue that prevented the After Action Report from being displayed after a completed match.

Bundles & Cosmetics

  • Corrected the description of the Final Judgement Bundle.
  • Added missing names for various Finishing Moves released in Season Four.
    • This fix was released on June 27.

Zombies

  • “Shi No Numa”
    • Artifacts
      • Addressed an issue that prevented players from using their Artifacts after dying in a co-op session.
    • Gameplay
      • Exfil
        • Addressed an issue that automatically progressed the Eliminate Hostiles requirement needed to exfil.
      • Flogger Trap
        • Players will no longer experience an electricity effect around their HUD when hit by the Flogger Trap while holding a Wunderwaffe DG-2.
    • Stability
      • Various stability updates.

For more Vanguard news, check out how to get the “new Roze” Night Terror Florence skin in Warzone & Vanguard.

Source: Sledgehammer Games

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How to get the “new Roze” Night Terror Florence skin in Warzone & Vanguard

Here’s how to get the Night Terror Florence skin in Warzone & Vanguard following comparisons to the iconic Roze skin.

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It’s been some time since an Operator skin has shaken up Warzone but the Night Terror Florence skin, which many are calling the new Roze skin, has the potential to do so. Here’s how to get the Violet Stealth bundle in Warzone and Vanguard.

When the Roze skin was at the height of its power, it tormented Warzone lobbies one match after another. Due to the skin’s all-black outfit, it blended in easily with the surroundings and made it hard for enemies to spot before it received a decisive nerf.

In Season 4, a Warzone and Vanguard bundle highlights a similar skin that has made its way to Call of Duty with the Violet Stealth bundle. The Night Terror Florence skin shares many similarities to the Roze skin, so here’s everything you need to know about it.

How to get Night Terror Florence skin in Warzone & Vanguard

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To get your hands on the Night Terror skin, you’ll have to purchase the Violet Stealth bundle. Following the Warzone update that nerfed the NZ-41 on June 30, the Violet Stealth bundle is available to purchase.

Despite the June 30 release, the bundle has yet to appear in the Vanguard and Warzone store in-game. Here’s where PC, Xbox, and PlayStation players can purchase the bundle.

Given the competitive advantage it might bring, you won’t want to miss the Violet Stealth bundle in Warzone and Vanguard Season 4.

Vanguard & Warzone Violet Stealth bundle content

Violet Stealth Warzone Vanguard bundle content

It seems you’ll have to dish out $19.99 / £16.79 for the Vanguard and Warzone bundle and here’s what you’ll receive in exchange:

  • Night Terror Florence skin
  • Violet Violence Gorenko Anti-Tank Rifle blueprint
  • Dark Ambient MP40 blueprint
  • Midnight Malice calling card
  • Hooded Hell emblem
  • Neon Artistry sticker
  • Funeral Director watch
  • Inscribed reticle
  • 2,400 CoD Points

Not only is the Night Terror skin expected to be a powerful cosmetic in-game, but the MP40 is a meta weapon in both Warzone and Vanguard, which further sweetens the deal.

Both the Gorenko Anti-Tank Rifle and MP40 blueprints will come equipped with neon purple tracer rounds that tie into the Violet Stealth aesthetic. The 2,400 CoD Points are a nice touch as a bonus you could use on another bundle.


For more Warzone and Vanguard content, check out all of the cosmetics and rewards available in the Season 4 Battle Pass.

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Best Ranked Play loadouts for Vanguard Season 4

Here are the best Ranked Play loadouts to use in Vanguard Season 4 Reloaded including weapons, equipment, Perks, and Field Upgrades.

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Ranked Play underwent some minor changes with the Vanguard Season 4 update and we’ve got the best loadouts to help you dominate like Call of Duty League pros.

After much anticipation, Ranked Play arrived in Vanguard to offer players a competitive Call of Duty experience. In Season 3, Ranked Play finally left its Beta as ranks reset and with Season 4 new rewards are up for grabs.

If you’re looking to jump straight into Ranked Play you’ll need to know which loadouts to use and we’ve got just the guide to get you shooting like a CDL pro.

Ranked Play is a highly-competitive mode, so you’ll need the best weapons, Perks, Field Upgrades, and more to succeed. Here’s everything you need to dominate Vanguard’s Ranked Play after the Season 4 update.

Vanguard Ranked Play skills divisions

Best Ranked Play primary weapons

The primary weapon you decide to equip will likely dictate the role you play in a Ranked Play match. If you’re looking to hold down a lane then the Automaton AR is your best bet, while the MP40 will allow you to get up close and personal with your opponents.

Regardless of which role you prefer, here are the best primary weapons in Vanguard Ranked Play.

Automaton Assault Rifle Ranked Play class

Vanguard Automaton AR
  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: Anastasia Sniper
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Zac Skeletal
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: –
  • Ammo Type: FMJ
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Proficiency: Tight Grip
  • Kit: On-hand

The ideal Automaton class has seen a ton of changes since the beginning of Vanguard. The attachments listed above are a combination of what the majority of CDL Assault Rifle players use.

There are variations that you could experiment with in order to find your ideal combination. On-hand, Quick, and Fully Loaded are the three most popular Kit attachments. Meanwhile, the Granular Grip is another viable Rear Grip attachment. Some pros also prefer Sleight of Hand over Tight Grip.

MP40 Submachine Gun Ranked Play class

MP40 in CoD Vanguard
  • Muzzle: No. 3 Rifle Break
  • Barrel: Krausnick 317mm 04B
  • Optic: Krausnick IS01M
  • Stock: Krausnick 33m Folding
  • Underbarrel: SMLE Pistol Grip
  • Magazine: –
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Proficiency: Brace
  • Kit: Quick

The best MP40 loadout attachments for Ranked Play are way less open to interpretation than the Automaton. These attachments are used by most of the league’s players including Shotzzy and Scump.

The one attachment that could come down to preference is the inclusion of On-hand instead of Quick.

M1928 Submachine Gun Ranked Play class

Vanguard M1928 Thompson SMG

Muzzle: Marauder Flash Hider
Barrel: CGC 12″ Cooling
Optic: Large Iron Sights
Stock: CGC Wire Grip
Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
Magazine: –
Ammo Type: Lengthened
Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
Proficiency: Fleet
Kit: Quick

The M1928 has emerged as an alternative to the MP40 in Vanguard Ranked Play. CDL players have taken to the weapon and although it hasn’t featured heavily in matches, the weapon does appear in scrims and could possibly make its way into the meta eventually.

The weapon boasts a massive drum magazine that will allow you to reload less frequently. The M1928 has excellent accuracy and handling but it doesn’t kill as quickly as the MP40.

Kar98k Sniper Rifle Ranked Play class

  • Muzzle: L Brake
  • Barrel: VDD660mm 05HE
  • Optic: –
  • Stock: VDD 98
  • Underbarrel: Heavy Foregrip
  • Magazine: –
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Granular Grip
  • Proficiency: Driller
  • Kit: Deep Breath

Snipers are back in competitive Call of Duty and they’re looking better than ever. As of now, these are the optimal attachments for the best Kar98k loadout for Ranked Play. The Sniper will be an excellent choice for the Search & Destroy game mode, and having one ready if needed is a great idea.

The Kar98k received a buff with the Season 2 Reloaded update that improved the quality of all Vanguard Sniper Rifles.

Unfortunately, the once viable Volk has been restricted in Ranked Play following the Season 3 update, which means players will shift back to a two-weapon meta unless the M1928 can establish itself as an option moving forward.


Best Ranked Play secondary weapons

The list of Ranked Play secondary weapons is a short one seeing as Launchers are banned as secondary weapons for the competitive mode. Most players opt for the Ratt but using the FS Fighting Knife on a few loadouts is a great way to get around quicker.

Ratt Ranked Play class

Ratt pistol Vanguard
  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: –
  • Optic: –
  • Trigger Action: Heavy Trigger
  • Magazine: –
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Proficiency: Fleet
  • Kit: Quick

You may notice that a few attachments are left blank and that’s because Magazine attachments and Trigger attachments that increase fire rate are on the banned list. Nonetheless, the Ratt is still a lethal weapon to have at your disposal if you aren’t opting for a Knife.


Best Ranked Play Lethals and Tacticals

There is currently one viable Lethal option in the CDL at the moment and that would be the MK2 Frag Grenade. Season 2’s Sticky Bomb is banned both in Ranked Play and the CDL.

MK2 Frag Grenade

Frag Grenade Vanguard

If used properly or in coordination with your teammates the Frag Grenade can be tough to deal with, even with Trophy Systems now in the game.

NO 69 Stun Grenade

Along the same lines, Stun Grenades are troublesome to deal with. Your first taste of sitting on a Hardpoint in Ranked Play will likely result in a parade of Frag and Stun Grenades.

While it’s true that most players will utilize Fortified or Survival Training to combat the frequent use of equipment, getting tags with your Grenades can provide vital information in all three game modes.


Best Ranked Play Perks

The best Ranked Play weapons are nothing without the optimal Perks to accompany them. Ranked Play offers a decent list of Perks to choose from but here are the ones you’ll want to equip.

Fortified

Fortified Perk Vanguard

Fortified is a great counter to MK2 Grenades in Ranked Play. Not only will Fortified reduce the damage of explosives but it will allow you to regenerate health caused by explosives at a faster rate. With Ninja moving out of the Perk 1 slot and into the Perk 3 slot following the Season 3 Reloaded update, Fortified is the top option even in Search & Destroy.

Survival Training

Survival Training is another option in the Perk 1 slot and works in a similar fashion to Fortified. The Perk will maximize resistance to Stun Grenades which will allow you to keep zooming around the map.

Radar

Radar Perk Vanguard

With High Alert, Tracker, and Forward Intel all banned in Vanguard Ranked Play, Radar is one of the only options remaining in the Perk 2 slot. The Perk will allow enemies who fire unsilenced weapons to appear on your minimap.

Reading your minimap is an integral part of Ranked Play success therefore Radar is a no-brainer.

Ninja

Ninja is a unique selection in that it should only be equipped when playing Search & Destroy. The last thing you want is to be stomping around for your enemies to hear so make sure you always have Ninja equipped for S&D matches. In Season 3 it was moved to the third Perk slot.

Double Time

Double Time Vanguard Perk

Movement is extremely important in competitive Call of Duty. Making your way around the map and constantly moving in respawn game modes will be a key factor of your Ranked Play experience therefore Double Time should be locked in as your Perk 3 when playing Hardpoint and Control. The Perk will increase the duration of your Tactical Sprint.


Best Ranked Play Field Upgrades

Trophy System

Vanguard Trophy System

Players can finally equip the Trophy System after the Field Upgrade was added to Vanguard in Season 3. Players were relentless in their pursuit of the item and the devs delivered in Season 3.

The Trophy System is a vital tool in Ranked Play as it “destroys up to three nearby pieces of equipment and projectiles.” Placing one near a Hardpoint hill is a great strategy as it should keep you safe from a few Grenades.

What’s more, this valuable Field Upgrade has one of the fastest recharge times in the game, which should assist players attempting to play the objective.

Dead Silence

Dead Silence Field Upgrade Vanguard

Despite the addition of a Trophy System, Dead Silence still brings a ton of value to the table, especially in Search & Destroy.

The Field Upgrade will make your footsteps silent for a short period of time allowing players to make some truly stunning plays when it is active. Dead Silence is great for making sneaky plays and the Field Upgrade will also allow players to open doors and windows silently when it is activated.


If competitive Call of Duty isn’t your thing you can always check out our guide to the best weapons for Vanguard multiplayer and Warzone.

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