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Call of Duty Vanguard: Combat Pacing Explained – Tactical, Standard, Blitz

Vanguard will have a brand-new system in Multiplayer, and Call of Duty fans can enjoy a variety of modes with the new Combat Pacing system.

Whether you enjoy fast-paced gameplay, a slow and tactical approach, or classic Call of Duty action, it seems that Vanguard will have something to offer. Recently, a selection of content creators were invited to take a closer look at some exciting Call of Duty reveals.

Here, we got to learn all about Vanguard’s destruction and reactive environments.

And on top of that, we finally know how Vanguard’s Champion Hill mode combines battle royale and Gunfight!

(Source: Activision)

Now, just one day before the official Vanguard Multiplayer reveal, we have more information about the game.

Vanguard Combat Pacing Explained

Vanguard Combat Pacing is going to be available in every single map and mode at launch. But what does the new feature bring to the game?

According to new information by YouTuber PrestigeIsKey, Combat Pacing will be an integral part of Vanguard’s Multiplayer. The feature allows players to dictate how they’d like to play the game at any given moment.

When players are choosing their Playlist filters with modes like Team Deathmatch, Search & Destroy, Domination etc, they’ll also be able to choose a Combat Pacing option. And these 3 Combat Pacing options are: Tactical, Standard, or Blitz.


In Vanguard’s Tactical Combat Pacing games, players will have more health in an effort to bring longer gunfights to the mix. In a similar manner to Apex Legends, players can expect longer TTK but a more high-skill fight where every gunshot matters.

Expect a slower game, with more cautious players, made for the more tactical shooter fan.

Read More: Call of Duty Vanguard Ultimate Edition File Size Is An Insane 270 GB

Call of Duty Vanguard
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Standard will be the classic Call of Duty gameplay that Vanguard players know and love. It’s most similar to Black Ops Cold War as we know it now.

You have no obligation to change from Standard Call of Duty playlists if you’re a long-term fan who enjoys classic COD.


Finally, in Blitz mode, things get a little bit crazy. It’ll play like Standard Combat Pacing, but with as many players in a game as Vanguard can possibly pack in.

PrestigeIsKey reports that maps will be filled with as many players as possible, depending on their square footage. So we might be seeing lobbies of 18v18 Nuketown, as an example.

Want to try out the new system as soon as possible? You can get a free Vanguard Open Beta key this weekend!

Otherwise, you can buy your way into the Open Beta here.

Don’t forget that we’ll be seeing new footage of the Vanguard Campaign very soon too.

From what we’re being told by those who have seen it, Vanguard is jaw-droppingly beautiful visually.

And although it’s not next-gen exclusive, you’ll almost certainly need a PS5, Xbox Series X/S, or high-end PC by Vanguard’s release date. That said, it appears that Xbox fans are uninterested in Vanguard thanks to Halo and Battlefield 2042.

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