Atlanta FaZe coach reveals best Vanguard Ranked Play settings: Graphics, controller, more

Liam Mackay
Atlanta FaZe CDL skin in Vanguard Ranked Play

Atlanta FaZe are one of the most dominant teams in the Call of Duty League, and their coach Crowder has revealed the best PC and controller settings you can use to dominate Ranked Play.

After the disappointment that it wasn’t here at launch, Ranked Play finally arrived in Vanguard with Season 2. This gives competitive players a chance to face off against similarly skilled opponents, climb the ranks, and earn rewards.

Using the best loadouts possible can get you ahead, but if you don’t have the best settings it can all fall apart. CDL team Atlanta FaZe won Cold War’s 2021 Champs, and are looking to be an extremely dominant team in Vanguard too.

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World Championship player and FaZe coach James ‘Crowder’ Crowder has revealed all of the best settings for the CDL and Ranked Play, so here are all of his Vanguard settings.

FaZe Crowder Vanguard Ranked Play graphics settings

Vanguard Ranked Play

Crowder explained that for the most part, a competitive CoD player should have their PC settings on Medium or Low. It won’t look as good, but having low settings will give you more frames per second, and having a smooth game is much more important.

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Here are all of FaZe Crowder’s competitive settings:

  • Display Mode: Fullscreen
  • Display Resolution: Auto
  • Monitor: Auto
  • Refresh Rate: Match your monitors refresh rate
  • V-Sync (Gameplay): Off
  • V-Sync (Menus): Off
  • Frame Rate Limit: Custom
    • Gameplay: Max
    • Menu: 60
    • Minimized: 30
  • Aspect Ratio: Automatic
  • HDR: Automatic
  • Focused Mode: Off
  • Display Adapter: Your GPU
  • Quality Presets: Custom
  • Render Resolution: 100
  • Dynamic Resolution: Off
  • Texture Resolution: Medium
  • Texture Filter Anisotropic: Low
  • Particle Quality Level: Low
  • Particle Resolution: Low
  • Bullet Impacts & Sprays: Off
  • Shader Quality: Low
  • Tesselation: Off
  • Level of Detail Distance Range: Short
  • Nearby Level of Detail: Low
  • Distant Level of Detail: Low
  • Clutter Draw Distance: Short
  • Volumetric Quality Level: Low
  • Screen Space Shadows: Local Shadows Only
  • Shadow Map Resolution: Very Low
  • Sun Shadow Cascades: High
  • Cache Spot Shadows: Off
  • Spot Cache Size: Low
  • Cache Sun Shadows: Low
  • Spot Shadow Quality: Low
  • Particle Lighting: Low
  • Ambient Occlusion: Off
  • Screen Space Reflection: Off
  • Nvidia DLSS: Off
  • FidelityFX Super Resolution 1.0: Off
  • FidelityFX CAS: On
    • Strength: 100
  • Anti-Aliasing: Filmic SMAA T2X
    • Quality: Low
    • Filmic Strength: 100
  • Depth of Field: Off
  • VRAM Usage Target: 85%

FaZe Crowder Vanguard Ranked Play gameplay settings

Vanguard player defusing bomb in Ranked Play

FaZe Crowder sticks to the usually recommended Gameplay settings, with the ADS Field of View setting coming down to preference.

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He said that with Affected, he thinks “the guns look way better, the recoil looks better visually as well.” However, Arcitys and Cellium, two of the best CoD players out there, play on Independent.

  • Field of View: 100
    • ADS Field of View: Affected
  • Camera Movement: Least (50%)
  • World Motion Blur: Off
  • Weapon Motion Blur: Off
  • NVIDA Reflex Low Latency: On + Boost

FaZe Crowder Vanguard Ranked Play audio settings

Vanguard player using Whitley LMG in Season 2

The only Vanguard audio setting Crowder really recommends is turning Music Volume off while the rest are down to personal preference. The Audio Mix is an interesting choice though, as most headset users opt for the Headset option.

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Here are FaZe Crowder’s audio settings:

  • Master Volume: 100
  • Music Volume: 0
  • Dialogue Volume: 100
  • Sound Effects Volume: 100
    • Hit Marker Volume: 75
  • Mute Game When Minimized: Off
  • Hit Marker Sound Effects: Classic
  • Audio Mix: Night Mode
  • Killstreak Music: On
  • Mono Audio: Off
  • Game Sound Device: Default System Device

FaZe Crowder Vanguard Ranked Play controller settings

For the most part, these are the standard controller settings you should be using when grinding Vanguard’s Ranked Play. Of course, sensitivity all depends on personal preference, but Crowder said that 6-6 is a solid place to start.

Here are all of FaZe Crowder’s competitive controller settings:

  • Horizontal Stick Sensitivity: 6
  • Vertical Stick Sensitivity: 6
  • ADS Sensitivity Multiplier: 1.0
  • Custom Sensitivity Per Zoom: On
    • ADS Sens. Multiplier (Low Zoom): 1.0
    • ADS Sens. Multiplier (2x Zoom): 1.0
    • ADS Sens. Multiplier (3x Zoom): 1.0
    • ADS Sens. Multiplier (4x Zoom): 1.0
    • ADS Sens. Multiplier (5x Zoom): 1.0
    • ADS Sens. Multiplier (6x Zoom): 1.0
    • ADS Sens. Multiplier (7x Zoom): 1.0
    • ADS Sens. Multiplier (8x Zoom): 1.0
    • ADS Sens. Multiplier (High Zoom): 1.0
  • Button Layout Preset: Tactical Flipped
    • Flip L1/R1 with L2/R2: On
  • Vertical Aim (On Foot): Standard
  • Aim Response Curve Type: Dynamic
  • Controller Vibration: Off
  • Weapon Fire Threshold: On
  • ADS Sensitivity Transition Timing: Instant
  • ADS Sens. Multiplier (Steady Aim): 1.00
  • Stick Layout Preset (Default): Default
  • Controller Orientation: Up
  • ADS Stick Swap: Off
  • L2 Button Deadzone: 1
  • R2 Button Deadzone: 1
  • Left Stick Min Input Deadzone: 5 (specific to your controller)
  • Right Stick Min Input Deadzone: 5 (specific to your controller)
  • Left Stick Max Input Deadzone: 99
  • Right Stick Max Input Deadzone: 99
  • Target Aim Assist: On
    • Target Aim Assist Mode: Default (Vanguard)
  • ADS Aim Assist: On
  • Weapon Mount Activation: ADS + Melee
  • Weapon Mount Movement Exit: On
  • Depleted Ammo Weapon Switch: On
  • Blind Fire: On
  • Automatic Airborne Mantle: Partial
  • Mantle Stance Queuing: On
  • Automatic Sprint: Automatic Tactical Sprint
  • Sprint Cancels Reload: On
  • Sprinting Door Bash: On
  • Parachute Auto Deploy: On
  • Slide Behavior: Tap
  • Aim Down Sight Behavior: Hold
  • Equipment Behavior: Hold
  • Steady Aim Behavior: Hold
  • Interact/Reload Behavior: Tap to Reload
  • Scoreboard Behaviour: Toggle
  • Automatic Fire Behavior: Hold

As with all settings guides, a lot of these come down to personal preference. However, Crowder said he consulted pro players when choosing all of his settings, and it’s difficult to argue with some of the best Call of Duty players in the world.

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For more Vanguard, you can check out why players feel the new Overclocked Tactical mode feels like “proper Call of Duty.”

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About The Author

Liam is CharlieIntel's Editor who focuses on Call of Duty but also plays lots of fantasy RPGs or anything else in his massive gaming backlog. After graduating in Journalism from Edinburgh Napier University, Liam freelanced in games journalism before joining CharlieIntel in November 2020. You can contact Liam at [email protected].