Vanguard Ranked Play: Leak Suggests League Play Arriving Soon

Posted on January 11, 2022 - Last Updated on January 12, 2022

Since the launch of Call of Duty: Vanguard, fans have been eagerly awaiting a ranked play platform. This would essentially breathe fresh life into the multiplayer, as it did when League Play launched for Cold War in February of 2021. Now, it seems that the delivery is drawing ever closer, with leaks suggesting that a Vanguard ranked play mode is on the horizon and may arrive with season two in February.

It would make sense, given that the title follows the same structure laid out by Cold War, which launched in 2020. Furthermore, a February release would coincide with the launch of the 2022 Call of Duty League season, which is expected to kick off next month.

What can fans expect from a Vanguard ranked play mode?

The Need For Competition

At its heart, Call of Duty is a competitive title, that much is for certain. In some ways, standard, public multiplayer just doesn’t cut it, and many players seek something more structured and intense. To answer that call, ranked play arrives, servicing the needs of the more competitive player. In Call of Duty’s ranked play platforms, weapons, perks, maps, and game modes are restricted, and the rules operate a little differently.

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Vanguard’s multiplayer is lacking… Could ranked play save it? (Image Credit: VG247)

Last year, for Cold War, League Play was split into an ever-changing, dynamic, revolving structure, with players climbing up divisions and skill groups. It was a bumper time for the title, which had been suffering from a dwindling player base early on in its lifecycle. Now that Vanguard is exhibiting a similar drop-off, could a ranked play mode revive the multiplayer adventure somewhat?

Should Vanguard ranked play arrive with season two in February, we’ll likely see a similar format to Cold War. There will be several skill-based divisions, and maps and modes will be locked down in line with the Call of Duty League tournament. Reportedly, given the similar setting, Vanguard’s ranked play platform will be heavily inspired by the ranked system from 2017’s COD: WWII. Fortunately, ranked play in WWII is often considered to be one of the best multiplayer settings in Call of Duty history, so that’s surely good news for the fans.

Long Time Coming

It’s worth highlighting that these leaks are, at the moment, mere rumours. There’s nothing solid to back them up, and right now, it has been around three months since any Call of Duty developer even referenced Vanguard ranked play.

When the above tweet was posted, it garnered interest from top-tier content creators and professional players. However, now that we’re officially within the confines of 2022, fans are calling out once again for an update on the state of the Vanguard ranked play release.

This week, fans are eagerly awaiting the release of the mid-season update for season one of Call of Duty: Vanguard. From there, we’ll be holding fire, awaiting scheduling information for the Call of Duty League. As it’s the proving ground for the greatest Call of Duty players of all time, it should be something of a grand spectacle for this year.

If only we could get ahold of that ranked play…

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