Best MW2 Ranked Play classes: Top meta loadouts in Season 3 Reloaded

Best MW2 Ranked Play classes: Top meta loadouts in Season 3 Reloaded
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Written by 

Harry Boulton


29th May 2023 17:14


The best MW2 Ranked Play classes will have you dominating competitive lobbies in Season 3 Reloaded, allowing you to rack up kills and secure more victories. While players can succeed with anything in Modern Warfare 2, ensuring that you've got the best MW2 Ranked loadout will allow you to push your skills to the limit.

All you need to know about what the best Ranked Play classes in MW2 are is detailed below, so let's break down everything in order for you to stay on top of the MW2 meta in Season 3 Reloaded

Best MW2 Ranked Play classes for Season 3 Reloaded

Screenshot of the inspect animation on the TAQ-56 in MW2
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Staying on top of the MW2 ranked meta in Season 3 Reloaded will require you to use a select few classes, as the guns, attachments, and equipment within them will propel you to the top.

While all of the classes in this guide make use of the best guns for Ranked in MW2, they encompass a wide range of play styles that will suit any keen competitor.

So, if you're looking for the best MW2 Ranked Play classes then make sure to check out the list below, as these classes will let you stay on top of the meta.

Best TAQ-56 class for MW2 Ranked Play

Screenshot of a TAQ-56 class in MW2
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At the forefront of the meta in MW2 is this TAQ-56 class, which will let you dominate your competitive games with ease. It is firmly the top meta pick if you're looking to take on mid-range engagements, making it an invaluable loadout to have in your locker.

Here is the loadout that you'll want to be using for the best TAQ-56 Ranked Play class in MW2:

  • Rear Grip: Demo Cleanshot Grip
  • Underbarrel: Demo IMP-44 Grip
  • Muzzle: VLK Koloss Flash Hider
  • Barrel: 17.5" Tundra Pro Barrel
  • Stock: TV XLINE Pro

The key to choosing these attachments is finding the fine balance between low recoil and high movement, as that is king in the game these days. While most of the attachments selected do include movement penalties, we have tried to reduce them wherever possible to still allow you to stay active in-game.

According to WZRanked, the TAQ-56 has an 18.2% pick rate in the current meta, so if you're not using this lethal AR in MW2, you're missing out.

Best Kastov 762 class for MW2 Ranked Play

Screenshot of the Kastov 762 in a case in MW2, one of the best Ranked classes
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While slightly behind the TAQ-56 when talking about the meta classes in MW2, this Kastov 762 class remains a top-tier choice for those who love the AK platform.

Offering strength at range without sacrificing a lighting-fast time to kill, here are the attachments that you'll want to use for the best Kastov 762 class in MW2 Ranked Play:

  • Ammunition: 7.62 High Velocity
  • Barrel: IG-K30 406MM
  • Stock: Kastov-Rama
  • Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip
  • Rear Grip: Demo-X2 Grip

These attachments create a wonderful balance between speed and accuracy, which is essential if you want a meta loadout in MW2.

Despite this, the Kastov 762 can still be tough to control in certain gunfights, but if you're looking for raw firepower, there's no better AR in the MW2 meta.

Best Vaznev-9K class for MW2 Ranked Play

Screenshot of a Vaznev-9K class in MW2
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To nobody's surprise, the weapon that joins the TAQ-56 at the top of the meta is the Vaznek-9K, making this easily one of the best Ranked Play classes to pick up in MW2. This particular weapon excels within short spaces, ensuring that you come out on top in any close-quarters combat.

Here are our attachment choices for the best MW2 Ranked Play SMG class with the Vaznek-9K:

  • Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip
  • Muzzle: Bruen Pendulum
  • Stock: Otrezat Stock
  • Rear Grip: True-TAC Grip

As you can see, we have only opted for four attachments as opposed to the maximum of five, purely to keep the gun as mobile as possible. One of the most frustrating things about MW2 is how every attachment seems to penalise mobility, so sometimes your best course of action is to simply cut them out.

Considering this gun is best in close-quarters scenarios, recoil is a bit less important - however if you're struggling a bit with the gun's kick, you could opt for one of the barrels to increase the stability.

Best SP-X 80 class for MW2 Ranked Play

Screenshot of the SP-X 80 Sniper Rifle in MW2, one of the best classes
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If you're wondering what the best Sniper Rifle class for Ranked Play in MW2 is though, then this loadout with the SP-X 80 is definitely worth trying. While Snipers are of course more limited than their fully automatic counterparts, they are still extremely strong - especially due to their single-shot kill capacity.

Here are our attachment choices for the SP-X 80, making it the best MW2 Ranked Play class with a Sniper Rifle:

  • Barrel: 18.5″ Bryson LR Factory
  • Laser: FSS OLE-V
  • Optic: Forge TAC Delta 4
  • Stock: PVZ-890 TAC
  • Bolt: FSS ST87

While the MCPR-300 was the favoured choice in terms of Sniper Rifles in past seasons, the best MW2 Ranked Play class for long-range fights is definitely the SP-X 80 in Season 3 Reloaded. It offers an excellent hybrid of mobility and power, allowing you to rely on the one-shot kill in most scenarios.

That wraps up this guide on the best MW2 Ranked Play classes, giving you a selection of the meta classes you can choose from right now in Season 3 Reloaded.

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