Best Vanguard Gear to Dominate the Ranked Games: SMGs, ARs, and Snipers

Playing Vanguard ranked can be a grueling affair if you’re not properly prepared, but our guide to the best SMGs, ARs, and Snipers will have you roasting the competition like never before.

This year’s “Play Arranged” playlist is a hit with pros and casual fans alike. From the ability to climb the ranks from Specialist to Master to busting out some of the game’s more overpowering killstreaks, the mode aims to turn an otherwise chaotic experience into something more controlled and mastered.

Consisting of the three Call of Duty League-approved game modes (Hardpoint, Search and Destroy, and Control), players are assigned a visible skill ranking. In addition, they get a smaller ladder placement that helps determine exactly which of the six skill levels you fall under as a player.

If you’re placed lower than you expected, these are the weapons that will help you start your climb and take the leaderboards by storm.

Best Vanguard Ranked Play Gear

Vanguard CDL skin operator plants bomb in Search and Destroy, with Vanguard logo in corner
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If you’re looking for victories in Vanguard’s ranked ladder, you’ll want to be well equipped.

As mentioned above, there are three main categories of weapons to worry about: Assault rifles, submachine guns and snipers.

In most COD titles, there are only one or two weapons from each of these categories that really rule the top of their league, so we’ll focus exclusively on those weapons in this guide.

Best AR Gear in Vanguard Ranked Play

Best vending machine class

FaZe Automaton Loadout Vanguard Ranked
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Here’s the vending machine that Arcitys and Cellium of Atlanta FaZe used in Vanguard Classified.

  • End of a loop: F8 Stabilizer
  • Walk: Anastasia Sniper
  • underflow: M1941 Handstop
  • optics: Slate reflector
  • Stock: Zac Skeletal
  • Ammunition type: Extended
  • rear handle: GRU Elastic Wrap
  • Skill: Tight grip
  • Package: at hand

The Automaton has been the long-term option of choice throughout the competition season so far.

Its impressive rate of fire coupled with a lack of recoil makes it clearly the highlight at this point. This is only enhanced by attachments like the F8 stabilizer and the Anastasia Sniper barrel that elevate the gun from good to great.

Best Folk Class

spart folk loadout vanguard
LA Guerrillas

Spart’s Volk gear is dominant in competitive play.

  • End of a loop: T1 Flash Hider
  • Walk: Krausnick 428MM 05v
  • underflow: M1941 Handstop
  • optics: Slate reflector
  • Stock: Reisdorf 22v Adjustable
  • Ammunition type: FMJ rounds
  • rear handle: dotted grip
  • Skill: Fleet
  • Package: at hand

Het Volk is a relative newcomer to the scene. It only gained some prominence after CDL pro Spart won MVP honors at CDL Major 2, despite being a last-minute replacement for eventual champions Los Angeles Guerrillas.

He put on such a spectacular show with the weapon that the weapon may eventually be banned from professional competition in the future.

This is definitely a pick that is more difficult to shoot than the Auto, but experienced players will be able to use it with unparalleled effect.

Best SMG Gear in Vanguard Ranked Play

MP40 class

Scump MP40 CDL
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Here’s Scump’s MP-40 Gear for Vanguard Classified.

  • End of a loop: No. 3 Rifle Brake
  • Walk: Krausnick 317MM 04B
  • underflow: SMLE Pistol Grip
  • Stock: Krausnick 33M Foldable
  • Ammunition type: Extended
  • rear handle: dotted grip
  • Skill: dental braces
  • Package: Fast

There is only one choice for SMG players in the current meta and that is the MP40. This pistol is the undeniable king of the category thanks to a lightning-fast time-to-kill and an easy-to-understand recoil pattern.

While the basic version of the pistol is easy enough to use, you can also replace the Rifle Brake with the F8 Stabilizer, which, like the Volk, has also been banned by the pros.

Best Sniper Gear in Vanguard Ranked Play

KAR98k class

CDL Sniper Class
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Here’s the Kar98k that Vanguard CDL pros use.

The Kar98k is a staple of the Call of Duty franchise. It appears in 10 of the main games and also appears in several spin-offs and the ever-popular Call of Duty Mobile.

What makes this incarnation so good is the big one-shot-kill hitbox. When you’re playing against the best talent in the world you need something that reliably kills people quickly and there’s no question which sniper does it best.

That’s all for the most efficient weapons in Vanguard ranked game! Put these four workhorses to the test and begin your climb to the coveted Top 250.

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