Warzone 2 players celebrate as OP Killstreaks banned in Ranked Play

Nathan Warby
Warzone 2 Ranked Play Operators

Warzone 2 players have been getting stuck into the new Ranked Play beta that arrived in Season 3 Relaoded, and the devs have now banned two Killstreaks from the competitive mode shortly after launch.

The Warzone 2 Season 3 Reloaded update introduced the long-awaited Ranked Play mode to the battle royale, and players have wasted no time learning the ropes. Fans are already figuring out the best loadouts and tactics to use as they try to climb through the Skill Divisions and earn rewards.

Ranked Play’s arrival has also been a learning curve for the developers, as they launched the mode with very few restrictions compared to Modern Warfare 2 Ranked Play, but remain committed to making adjustments where needed.

Now, Treyarch have revealed that two of Warzone 2’s Killstreaks will be banned in Ranked Play going forward, much to the relief of players.

Bomb Drones & Cluster Mines banned in Warzone 2 Ranked Play

In a May 17 tweet, the devs announced that both Cluster Mines and Bomb Drones would no longer be available in Warzone 2 Ranked Play.

“Restrictions have been updated to include the Cluster Mine and Bomb Drone,” they explained. “Both killstreaks will no longer drop from loot containers, and the Revive Pistol will replace the Cluster Mine in Buy Stations.

Although the Killstreaks are banned for now, Treyarch didn’t rule out the possibility of them returning to the fold in a future update, albeit with some tweaks to make them less overpowered.

“As outlined in the patch notes, Warzone2 Ranked Play competitive settings are a multi-team effort to deliver competitive and fair matches,” they said in a follow-up tweet. “Restrictions are updated based on data and feedback, and restricted items may return in an upcoming Season after undergoing balance changes.”

Many Warzone 2 players responded to the news, praising the developers for removing the Killstreaks that have been disrupting matches.

“W! I can’t believe this. Actually one of the best decisions to ban these. I’ve been saying they need to be nerfed way more for regular BR and need to leave Ranked,” said one reply, with another agreeing: “Love these changes thank you!”

Warzone 2 update brings circle & DMZ fixes

Ranked Play wasn’t the only subject of an update on May 17, as Infinity Ward pushed out a small update for the regular Warzone 2 modes. The minor patch looked to fix a known issue that was causing players to disconnect from DMZ matches early.

It also addressed a problem that saw the last circle in battle royale modes fall over water too frequently, making for frustrating final battles.

Only time will tell if Bomb Drones and Cluster Mines make a return in the Warzone 2 Season 4 update or beyond. In the meantime, check out the “one-shot” Cronen Squall loadout to help you dominate Ranked Play.