Vanguard leaker finds Ranked Play code, may work like Cold War's system
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While Call of Duty: Vanguard launched with a solid amount of content, including 16 multiplayer maps, nearly 40 weapons and more than 15 killstreaks, it lacked a ranked playlist. However,  according to leaks, Ranked Play will supposedly arrive with Vanguard Season 2 as a leaker recently found details regarding the playlist in Vanguard’s game files.

Leaker finds information on Vanguard Ranked Play

The leaker in question is @TotallyNotAlaix, a relatively new player in the data-mining scene. Based on the game’s code, Vanguard will use a similar system to Black Ops Cold War’s Ranked Play system, which was fairly unpopular amongst fans. Previously, players expected Sledgehammer Games to use a similar system to what they used in COD WWII — a popular Ranked Play format.

The lines of code in question all have the string “League_Play_Subdivision_Name.” As Cold War players know, subdivisions were a centerpiece in last year’s version of Ranked Play. This wasn’t popular in the community, though, as players found it very difficult to rank up and had no incentive to progress through dozens of different subdivisions.

TotallyNotAlaix has apparently found evidence that Vanguard Ranked Play will introduce a similar format, though. They also apparently found another line of code that says “Complete 5 Skill Evaluation Matches to get placed in a Skill Division of similarly skilled players.” This is the exact same way that Cold War Ranked Play put players into their subdivisions. It should be noted that Treyarch, Cold War’s developer, is working on this year’s Ranked Play in conjunction with the Call of Duty League and Sledgehammer.

However, none of this is official by any means. All players know for sure is that a ranked playlist is in development for Vanguard. Players should take these new leaks with a large grain of salt. The leaked release date for Ranked Play is still Season 2 of Vanguard but that could change at any time.


Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.


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