We're hours away from the start of the Vanguard Champion Hill Alpha

Are you ready to get stuck into some Call of Duty Vanguard gameplay? The Champion Hill Alpha is due to start later today and we have everything you need to know about the following - when does the Alpha start, what's included in the Alpha, and how you can play the Alpha.

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When does the Champion Hill Alpha start?

Call of Duty Vanguard's Champion Hill Alpha is due to start at the following times:

  • 10:00 August 27th - PST
  • 13:00 August 27th - EST
  • 18:00 August 27th - BST

Then, after a couple of days, it's due to end at the following times:

  • 10:00 August 29th - PST
  • 13:00 August 29th - EST
  • 18:00 August 29th - BST

This is a full weekend of Champion Hill access - However, we wouldn't be surprised if Sledgehammer Games opted to extend this by twenty-four hours. We won't know if that is the case until we near the end of the weekend, though.

How do you access it?

The Call of Duty Vanguard Champion Hill Alpha is only available to players on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 - for starters.

If you want to jump in, all you need to do is head to the PlayStation Store and search for the Champion Hill Alpha - it should be in the trending section of the store, under the search tab, if anything.

Alternatively, you can load up a Call of Duty title and find a link to the Call of Duty Vanguard store page from the main menu - this includes Modern Warfare, Black Ops Cold War, and Warzone.

Everything available during the Champion Hill Alpha

Sledgehammer Games has shared some details about what to expect from the Champion Hill Alpha when it is due to start, and we have all of that below:

Champion Hill Maps

  • Courtyard;
  • Trainyard;
  • Market;
  • Airstrip;


  • Champion Hill Duos;
  • Champion Hill Trios;

Weapons Available

  • Weapons are persistent through matches.
    • There are ten upgrades per weapon and each weapon upgrade adds one attachment;
  • Weapon sets will rotate;
    • Both Weapon Set 1 and Set 2 include ARs, LMGs, Shotguns, and Pistols;

Equipment Available

  • MK2 Frag Grenade;
    • Cookable Fragmentation Grenade;
  • No. 69 Stun Grenade;
    • Slows victim’s movement and aiming;
  • Throwing Knife;
    • A retrievable knife that is lethal when thrown at the body or head;
  • Gammon Bomb;
    • Impact Grenade;
  • MK V Gas Grenade;
    • Explodes on impact with the ground, releasing a lingering cloud of gear gas that causes slowed movement, blurred vision, and coughing;
  • S-Mine 44;
    • Proximity-triggered explosive;

Perks Available

  • Ghost;
    • Undetectable while moving by Spy Planes, enemy intel, and Field Mics;
  • Survival Training:
    • Maximized resistance to stun effects. Immune to gas;
  • High Alert:
    • Your vision pulses when enemies outside of your field of view see you;
  • Tracker;
    • Enemies leave behind a footprint trail. See markers at enemy death locations and hide the death markers of enemies you kill;
  • Demolition;
    • Extra lethal on spawn. Thrown lethals display an indicator showing the path of the lethal;
  • Double Time;
    • Double the duration of Tactical Sprint. Increase crouch movement speed by 30%;

Scorestreaks Available

  • Spy Plane;
    • Calls in a spy plane which reveals all enemy positions on the minimap to allies. Can’t be shot down. (This automatically activates in the next match.)
  • Flamenaut;
    • Receive a flamethrower with unlimited fuel and a protective suit. Both lost on death. (This automatically activates in the next match.)
  • Deathmachine;
    • Equips a machine gun with explosive rounds and a fixed number of bullets. Persists through death until ammo is depleted. (This automatically activates in the next match.)
  • V2 Rocket;
    • Activates instantly, and drops a V2 Rocket, killing all players and ending the match.
  • Extra Life;
    • Gain 1 additional life for your team.
  • Armor Plate;
    • A single piece of Armor.
  • Full Armor;
    • Full set of armor plates.

Operators Available (Randomly Assigned)

  • Lucas Riggs;
  • Polina Petrova;
  • Wade Jackson;
  • Arthur Kingsley;
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