Best Warzone 2 Ranked Play loadouts in Season 3 Reloaded

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Warzone 2 Ranked Play is finally here, but you need the right loadout to hang with the best of the best. Here are the best classes to use in Season 3 Reloaded.

Treyarch led the charge on Modern Warfare 2 Ranked Play, and CDL pros credited the game mode for sparking fresh interest in competitive CoD. MW2 viewership skyrocketed on Twitch, bringing fans and pro players closer together than ever.

Warzone 2 community members hope that Treyarch can strike gold again with the battle royale competitive mode. WZ2 Ranked Play shares a resemblance to its MW2 counterpart, using the same division and Top 250 system.

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Squads earn Skill Rating and climb the ranks through placement, kills, and assists. Everyone will be using their best weapons, so here are the strongest loadouts for WZ2 Ranked Play.


Best Ranked Play long-range meta weapons

ISO Hemlock

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The ISO Hemlock has minimal recoil, making it extremely easy to control.

Best ISO Hemlock Warzone 2 Ranked Play Loadout

  • Barrel: Fielder T-50 (+0.18, -0.22)
  • Muzzle: Harbinger D20 (+0.99, +0.65)
  • Optic: Aim OP-V4 (-2.13, -1.65)
  • Underbarrel: FTAC Ripper 56 (+0.64, +0.31)
  • Magazine: 45-Round Mag

The ISO Hemlock saw its maximum damage, mid-damage, and minimum damage decrease, but that wasn’t enough to make it a non-meta weapon. The easy-to-use AR is an absolute laser beam at most ranges and is arguably still the best long-range option in Warzone 2.


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The MCPR-300 is a powerful long range sniper that can destroy enemies quickly and quietly.

Best MCPR-300 Warzone 2 Ranked Play Loadout

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  • Muzzle: Nilsound 90 (-1.40, +0.77)
  • Barrel: 22″ OMX-456 (0.00, -0.40)
  • Laser: Corio Laz-44 V3 (0.00, -21.39)
  • Optic: Forge TAC Delta 4 (-3.00, +0.75)
  • Ammunition: .300 Mag Explosive (+0.70, +9.00)

The MCPR-300 offers the best balance between ease of landing shots, decent mobility, and weapon handling. The MCPR has a slightly slower fire rate, but you don’t need to reload in between each shot, as you do with the FJX Imperium.

The MCPR also has a larger magazine size of 10 compared to 5 for the FJX, which is why we believe it has a slight edge.

Cronen Squall

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The Cronen Squall arrived in Season 03 of Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.

Best Cronen Squall Warzone 2 Ranked Play Loadout

  • Muzzle: TY-LR8 (+0.75, +0.35)
  • Optic: Aim OP-V4 (-3.00, -1.65)
  • Underbarrel: FTAC Ripper 56 (+0.67, +0.27)
  • Ammunition: 6.8 High Velocity (-0.56, -5.52)
  • Magazine: 50 Round Drum

As has become Warzone 2 tradition, the gun added in the newest season is incredibly strong to the point of being the best gun in Warzone 2. The Cronen Squall is gifted with an immense TTK that no other full auto weapon can compete with.

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Lachmann 556

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The Lachmann 556 is a deadly AR.

The Lachmann 556 underwent a massive overhaul in Season 3 Reloaded. Infinity Ward increased the weapon’s close-range damage, maximum damage, and upper torso multiplier. The update also added a minimum damage value, making it easier to take down enemies further away.

This underrated AR could easily be the best long-range option for Ranked Play.

Best Ranked Play short-range meta weapons


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The Vaznev-9k thrives at close-quarters in WZ2.

Best Vaznev-9K Warzone 2 Ranked Play Loadout

  • Barrel: KAS-1 381mm (-0.32, -0.27)
  • Laser: Schlager PEQ Box IV (-0.50, -32.90)
  • Stock: Otrezat Stock (-2.97, -1.24)
  • Magazine: 45-Round Mag
  • Rear Grip: True-Tac Grip (-0.55, -0.15)

The Vaznev 9-K saw its maximum damage range decreased from 10.2 meters to 8.7 meters, according to testing done by TheXclsuiveAce. He argued that the Vaznev 9-K has a slightly worse three-shot kill potential than the Lachmann Sub.

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It will most likely come down to personal preference for which short-range SMG you decide to use.

Lachmann Sub

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The Lachmann Sub is now the strongest SMG in Warzone 2.

Best Lachmann Sub Warzone 2 Ranked Play Loadout

  • Muzzle: XTEN Razor Comp (-0.52, +0.17)
  • Barrel: L38 Falcon 226mm (-0.16, -0.19)
  • Laser: 1mW Quick Fire Laser (-0.06, -26.32)
  • Magazine: 50-Round Drum
  • Rear Grip: Lachmann TCG-10 (-0.35, -0.28)

The Lachmann Sub may be the best short-range meta in Warzone 2 after the Vaznev 9-K nerf in the Season 3 Reloaded update. The reliable SMG now has a more forgiving three-shot kill potential if you mix in limb shots compared to the Vaznev 9-K.

VEL 46

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The VEL-46 was buffed in Warzone 2’s Season 2 Reloaded patch.

Best Vel 46 Warzone 2 Ranked Play Loadout

  • Barrel: Schlager L203 Barrel (-0.11, -0.15)
  • Laser: 1mW Quick Fire Laser (-0.21, -34.55)
  • Stock: Demo RXT Stock (-1.29, -1.55)
  • Magazine: 60 Round Mag 60 Round Mag
  • Rear Grip: Schlager Soldier Grip (-0.39, -0.20)

The VEL 46, better known by the MP7 title it had in previous CoD games, moved up in popularity rankings after the Season 2 Reloaded update, and rightfully so.

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Infinity Ward increased the popular SMG’s damage at close range, bringing the weapon more in line with other class offerings.

FTAC Siege

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The FTAC Siege is a must use secondary weapon in Warzone 2.
  • Barrel: Ratchet BE (-0.31, -0.31)
  • Laser: FJX DIOD-70 (-0.32, -34.55)
  • Stock: Siege Wire Stock (-2.19, -1.16)
  • Magazine: 50 Round Drum
  • Rear Grip: SUR-160 (-0.58, -0.29)

The FTAC Siege offers a compelling option for players that want to equip a different base perk than Overkill. The pistol isn’t powerful enough to completely overthrow the game’s best SMGs, but it is strong enough to compete with other meta weapons.

Best Ranked Play perks and equipment items

Best Perks

  • Base Perk: Overkill
  • Base Perk: Double Time
  • Bonus Perk: Fast hands
  • Ultimate Perk: Ghost

There are a couple of different avenues you can take when choosing perks. The most contentious selection will be the Ultimate Perk. A lot of players choose High Alert, as it gives you a vision pulse when an enemy spots you. However, we expect Ghost to be more useful in high-level Warzone, as it makes players undetectable by UAVs, Portable Radars, and Heartbeat Sensors.

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Fast Hands should be a no-brainer choice, as it makes reloading, using equipment, and swapping weapons faster. This perk could save your life in a gunfight against a skilled opponent.

As for the Base Perk slots, we decided to go with Double Time and Overkill to maximize the ability to escape gunfights and carry two primary weapons. Buying a weapon from the buy station could allow a player to replace Overkill with Scavenger, Battle Hardened, or Bomb Squad.

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Best Equipment

  • Lethal: Throwing Knife
  • Tactical: Smoke Grenade

Players should choose a throwing knife or drill charge for their lethal choice. Throwing knives make it easier to finish downed enemies without wasting ammunition, while drill charges are great for taking out campers.

As for the tactical slot, players shouldn’t look further than the smoke grenade. Using smoke to move between cover at the end of matches or rotate to a new circle is a game-changer.

That rounds off the best Ranked Play loadouts in Warzone 2.0 right now. Be sure to check back in the future because as the meta shifts, so will this list.

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