Best Warzone 2 Vaznev 9K loadout in Modern Warfare 2

Modern Warfare 2 Vaznev 9K
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The best Warzone 2 Vaznev 9K loadout in Modern Warfare 2 gives you some excellent recoil control and handling, creating one of the best SMGs in the game. With high damage and a great default iron sight freeing up an optics attachment slot this is as fun as it is powerful. It's featured in our best Warzone 2 and Modern Warfare 2 loadouts for a reason.

However, as good as the Vaznev 9K is in Warzone, it's a pain to unlock in Modern Warfare 2, requiring you to spend ages grinding the Kastovia Platform. So you definitely want to make full use of any use any Modern Warfare 2 Double XP tokens you have to hand. However, it will be worth it - take a look at out best Vazenev 9K loadout options for Warzone 2 and Modern Warfare 2 to see what we mean.

How to unlock the Vaznev 9K in Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2

You'll need to level up both Assault Rifles and SMGs to unlock the Vaznev 9K as it's part of the Kastovia Platform. You'll have to level the Kastov 762 AR to 13 first, which will unlock the Kastov 545 AR which you'll then need to take to level 13. That will earn you the Kastov-74U SMG, which you'll need  to level 14 to finally access the Vaznev 9K. The one silver lining to all this is that most of the attachments you need should already be unlocked after levelling up all the other weapons. Either way, check our guide for how to earn more XP fast in Modern Warfare 2 to speed up the process.

Best Warzone 2 Vaznev 9K loadout in Modern Warfare 2

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  • Muzzle: FTAC Castle Comp
  • Barrel: KAS-1 381MM
  • Laser: Schlanger PEQ Box IV
  • Stock: Otrezat Stock
  • Rear Grip: Demo-X2 Grip

The Vaznev 9K is probably the best all-round SMG in Modern Warfare 2 right now, although the attachments here prioritize some key areas for improvement. The FTAC Castle Comp muzzle and Demo-X2 Grip will help with the recoil and give you more control. Additionally, the Schlanger PEQ Box IV laser and Otrezat Stock will help quicken your ADS and aim-walking speed. 

in Warzone 2 the Vaznev 9K can be useful with is steady accuracy even up to medium ranges. So great for building encounters, although you might want a stronger ranged option in the open. Even so, the Vaznev-9K is still one of our top tier picks for best Warzone and Modern Warfare 2 guns.

Best Warzone 2 Vaznev-9K class build in Modern Warfare 2

  • Field Upgrade: Deployable cover 
  • Lethal: Drill Charge
  • Tactical: Flash Grenade
  • Base Perk 1: Battle Hardened
  • Base Perk 2: Bomb Squad
  • Bonus Perk: Fast Hands
  • Ultimate Perk: Quick Fix
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You want to build the most aggressive class possible for a Vaznev 9K loadout. The deployable shield field upgrade will give yourself some cover while reloading, but otherwise it's all about keeping the pressure on – the flash grenade is brutal while the Drill Charge will give you the chance to better crowd control rooms and objectives as you're pushing them.

As for your Perk Package, we recommend that you take Battle Hardened and Bomb Squad as your passive Perks. This will give you a protection from non-killstreak related distractions, while Fast Hands and Quick Fix will help you stay alive. Quick Fix, which starts health regeneration as soon as you kill an enemy, is essential if you're playing aggressively. Pair the Vaznev 9K with our best P890 loadout in Modern Warfare 2 options for a back up gun as well. If you're still leveling Military Rank, take the pre-built Assault Perk Package and use the Overkill Perk to take a second primary weapon, such as our best SA-B 50 loadout in Modern Warfare 2.

There are a few fixed Perk Package choices that suit the Vaznev 9K in Warzone 2, but all of them cater to slightly different, but generally aggressive, styles of play. Pick Vanguard for mobility and resilience, Specter for a mix of speed and stealth, or Recon for chasing down and tracking foes.

While there's no way to check your Modern Warfare 2 KD ratio in-game just yet, the Vaznev-9K will definitely help you make it positive.

Josh West
UK Managing Editor, GamesRadar+

Josh West is the UK Managing Editor of GamesRadar+. He has over 10 years experience in online and print journalism, and holds a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Feature Writing. Prior to starting his current position, Josh has served as GR+'s Features Editor and Deputy Editor of games™ magazine, and has freelanced for numerous publications including 3D Artist, Edge magazine, iCreate, Metal Hammer, Play, Retro Gamer, and SFX. Additionally, he has appeared on the BBC and ITV to provide expert comment, written for Scholastic books, edited a book for Hachette, and worked as the Assistant Producer of the Future Games Show. In his spare time, Josh likes to play bass guitar and video games. Years ago, he was in a few movies and TV shows that you've definitely seen but will never be able to spot him in.

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