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Vanguard Beta SBMM Is Already A Problem For Players

The Vanguard Beta is already underway, but many Beta participants are already reporting SBMM problems, including ridiculously hard lobbies.

Vanguard is the latest Call of Duty installment and players are already diving in headfirst. However, here is how to get free Call of Duty Vanguard Early Access Beta codes.

SBMM has been a contentious issue in the COD community for a long time. Whilst both Warzone & Cold War players have put up with frustratingly difficult lobbies, now it appears that Vanguard players will have to travel down the same road.

Call of Duty Vanguard Open Beta Times
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For those that may not be versed in SBMM, it refers to Skill-Based Matchmaking, a function that aims to match players with others of a similar skill level.

Interestingly, a recent report suggested Vanguard’s SBMM would be the same as Cold War. However, understandably, this caused some concern for players, especially Black Ops Cold War fans who hate SBMM.

Now, it looks like Vanguard Beta participants are already running into similar problems. Here is what we know about the Skill-Based Matchmaking system in Vanguard’s Open Beta.

Vanguard Beta SBMM
(Source: Activision)

Vanguard Beta SBMM

By now players are already getting stuck into the Vanguard Open Beta. Despite this, a number of issues have started to materialize already.

Not only are some reporting massive visibility issues on the map Red Star, now players are encountering the old enemy SBMM once more.

According to a recent tweet from JGOD, a popular COD content creator, SBMM problems are already cropping up only hours into the Vanguard Beta.

Vanguard Beta SBMM
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Interestingly, JGOD had the following to say regarding SBMM in Call of Duty Vanguard:

(Source: Twitter)

Similarly, other players are reporting the same issue, with many experiencing ridiculously difficult lobbies and tough player encounters.

Furthermore, JGOD states that he has run into multiple content creators already in his experience with the Open Beta. Although there are some that believe streamers get easy lobbies, without SBMM.

Whilst this could be subject to change, or simply a run of bad luck, it does appear unfortunate that SBMM is causing frustration once more.

Although an Open Beta is designed to flag up these kinds of issues, it has lead many to worry about whether this will be addressed before the game’s official release.

Fill List of Vanguard Beta Weapons, Killstreaks, Equipment, Field Upgrades, & Perks Revealed
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Furthermore, the issue was so prevalent for Warzone players that many were using VPN to avoid SBMM and get easier lobbies.

Similarly, there are other concerns for the game, Vanguard’s new Suppression mechanic looks to be broken already.

Alongside this, Sledgehammer Games has also revealed the new Operator System & Customisation for Call of Duty Vanguard.

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Saturday 11th of September 2021

So...players are getting matched with those of skill and are complaining because PvP is a challenge for them.

They are complaining because they want others to feel frustration at the difficulty while wanting an easy time themselves.

I'm not seeing a problem here.


Saturday 11th of September 2021

@Kyrt, Ah the tried and true BS that people like you peddle to try and justify a system that does nothing but wastes people's time and frustrate people. The problem isn't that there is difficulty in the first place the problem is that almost every match barring a few is difficult and there's no easy way to get around it. Some people just want to get on after work and play without having to stare at the spawn screen for 75 percent of the match. SBMM doesn't need to be completely eliminated. It either needs to be separated from casual play or significantly toned down to favor connection.

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