Best Modern Warfare 2 ranked play loadouts

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Modern Warfare 2 ranked play loadouts
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April 25, 2023: With Season 3 Reloaded on the way, we've checked the best MW2 ranked play loadouts that are dominating competitive play.

Looking to get your competitive Modern Warfare 2 fix but struggling to decide which weapons to use? You've come to the right place. With Infinity Ward releasing ranked play as part of the Season Two update, the best Modern Warfare 2 ranked play loadouts are bound to prove popular.

With a limited arsenal due to numerous restrictions, there's only a handful of assault rifles, SMGs, and sniper rifles viable for competitive play. There's also a range of attachments that are unavailable so selecting the strongest combination is more important than ever.

Before we take a closer look at the best ranked play loadouts, take a look at our guides showcasing intel on the next double XP event along with the best loadouts to use in multiplayer.

What is the best Modern Warfare 2 ranked play loadout?

Depending on if you want to run and gun, sit back with an assault rifle, or pick opponents off with a sniper rifle there are three loadouts capable of suiting any style of play. Here's the best assault rifle, SMG, and sniper loadout guaranteed to make an impact in ranked play.

Assault rifle


With the M4 proving less popular, the TAQ-56 is the go-to assault rifle for mid-range and long-distance combat in MW2 ranked play. Use the attachment combination below for minimum recoil and maximum damage output.

  • Barrel: 17.9" Tundra Pro Barrel
  • Stock: TV XLine Pro
  • Rear Grip: Demo Cleanshot Grip
  • Underbarrel: FSS Sharkfin 90
  • Ammunition: 5.56 High Velocity
Modern Warfare 2 TAQ-56 in Ranked Play gunsmith
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If you want to get up close and personal with the opposition, selecting an SMG is a surefire way of dealing plenty of damage. Here's our recommendation and the attachments perfect for outslaying the opposition.

Vaznev 9K

  • Muzzle: Bruen Pendulum
  • Stock: Otrezat Stock
  • Underbarrel: FSS Sharkfin 90

Although this particular build doesn't fill all five attachment slots, it packs a lethal punch over the course of a match.

Modern Warfare 2 ranked play loadouts
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Sniper rifle

In Search and Destroy, equipping a sniper rifle can have a major impact thanks to its ability to take down an opponent in a single bullet. There are a few viable options but only one stands out from the crowd.


  • Stock: FSS Merc Stock
  • Rear Grip: Cronen Cheetah Grip
  • Ammunition: .300 Mag High Velocity
  • Magazine: 5 Round Mag
Modern Warfare 2 ranked play loadouts
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What is the Modern Warfare 2 ranked play meta?

The three loadouts above are currently dominating the competitive MW2 landscape and judging by the teams sitting at the top of the Call of Duty League (CDL), the meta won't be changing anytime soon. If any changes to arise, we'll update the guide with the latest information.

There you have it, that's all there is to know about the best Modern Warfare 2 ranked play loadouts. Before you go, take a look at the best audio settings and how to unlock Ronin.

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