In a Call of Duty: Vanguard update earlier today, Sledgehammer Games has modified the Automaton Assault Rifle. Since the launch of the game, the Automaton had a base magazine size of 25. This is considered slightly below average for most assault rifles in Call of Dutythe median being around 30.
Well, Sledgehammer fixed that variation with today’s update. Currently, the Automaton now has a base magazine size of 30. This didn’t seem to change any other magazine attachments available on the AR.
This change could affect the competitive landscape of Avant-garde quite drastically. Previously, pro players who ran the automaton had to reload after participating in a shootout or two. With five extra rounds in each magazine, however, they don’t have to worry about reloading as often. This change makes the Automaton even deadlier on the map, as the 25 round magazine was the Automaton’s only real weakness.
This change to the Assault Rifle likely won’t affect its competitive loadout at all. Every magazine attachment for the automaton is banned in ranked matches and the official CDL playlist in private matches, so there will be no changes there. As for the rest of the attachments, having a larger magazine size does not change any other relevant stats. The most recent top rated upload for the PLC is as follows:
- Muzzle: Compensator G28
- Cannon: Anastasia Sniper
- Optic: Slate Reflector
- Stock: ZAC Skeletal
- Under barrel: M3 Ready Grip
- Magazine: N/A
- Ammo Type: Extended/FMJ
- Rear handle: fabric handle
- Skill: Tight Grip
- Kit: Fully loaded
This Automaton change will play a role in this weekend’s CDL Major III Qualifier matches, as players are expected to play their matches on this most recent update. It remains to be seen how the Automaton’s new magazine size will change player strategies.