Call of Duty: Vanguard No. 2 ranked player streams themselves using cheats
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Call of Duty: Vanguard No. 2 ranked player streams themselves using cheats

Some controversy at the top of the ladder

While streaming matches on Call of Duty: Vanguard’s new Ranked ladder, the current No. 2 player as of Sunday night, a streamer who goes by “pplehx,” accidentally showed in-game cheats on their screen. The same night, pplehx was also streaming with the No. 1 ranked Vanguard player.

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The cheats appeared to be a form of wall hacks. Viewers can briefly see red rectangles appear on the streamer’s screen during a kill cam. Once pplehx noticed, they claimed their game crashed and quickly managed to make the red rectangles disappear. However, at this point, the damage had been done and viewers immediately accused him of using hacks.


There was no point in denying what viewers saw, so pplehx responded in Twitch chat, saying “I got it [cheats] for Diamond camo, didn’t know how to turn them off.”

As of right now, the streamer has not been banned on Twitch or in Vanguard. Although, with how much attention the above clip has garnered, it seems likely things won’t stay that way long. Notably, the player has been banned on MLG Gamebattles, so that could be the first of many bans coming down.

Ranked Play has been live in Call of Duty: Vanguard for around two months and garnered significant player attention itself. Ranked’s new SR system has also introduced a global ladder that visibly showcases the top 250 players in Ranked Play. However, pplehx made it clear that not everyone on the ladder at the moment got there by following the rules.

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