One well-timed Scorestreak can turn the tide in Call of Duty. Black Ops Cold War has a lot of fabulous, dangerous Streaks that can cause serious damage. So here are 5 of the best setups you can make that will suit certain situations and levels of skill.
When people dive into a new Call of Duty game, it can be easy to rely on old-favorites and overlook new tools of destruction.
BOCW offers a lot of different options for you to customize and toy around with. Some are suited to different maps and some simply thrive in different game modes. So we’ve put together a few different loadouts for you to try and see what could improve your game.
BOCW best Scorestreak loadouts
It’s years later and many people still default to a UAV, a targeted strike, and some kind of aerial vehicle a la Call of Duty 4. Yet there’s a whole other world to be explored.
Here are some of the options for you to consider.
Black Ops Cold War Beginner Scorestreaks
If you’re new to Call of Duty and the scary world of real-time, online multiplayer, then these might help you to survive in this tough jungle.
- Scorestreak 1: Spy Plane
- Scorestreak 2: Sentry Turret
- Scorestreak 3: Care Package
Even for a relatively new player, these score targets are extremely achievable and you’ll get more XP because you’ll earn them regularly.
The Spy Plane helps you and your team, the Sentry Turret can do a lot of the heavy work for you, and the Care Package can get you a Scorestreak that you otherwise may never get to use.
Black Ops Cold War Intermediate Scorestreaks
You’re a capable player that is more than able to hold your own. Maybe not quite able to put together regular, hot runs to get the best of the best, but still good enough to get near the top-end Scorestreaks.
- Scorestreak 1: Spy Plane
- Scorestreak 2: Cruise Missile
- Scorestreak 3: Attack Helicopter
This is a perfect blend of attainable Scorestreaks. The main difference here is that you have a lot more firepower. The Spy Plane is to help you get a few kills first, and the Cruise Missile’s secondary missiles make it an even greater threat. Getting an attack helicopter shouldn’t be too difficult and it can easily rack up a high body count.
Black Ops Cold War Expert Scorestreaks
You know your loadout, you know the best spots in the maps, and you can regularly pile up the points in CoD matches. You need the GOOD stuff.
- Scorestreak 1: Cruise Missile
- Scorestreak 2: Chopper Gunner
- Scorestreak 3: Gunship
Very rarely does a Cruise Missile fail to gets kills, so it’s a solid starter option. Elite level players can put together a few kills and get a Chopper Gunner which, as long as it’s not shot down, will cause insane damage.
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If you’re good enough, then the Gunship beckons. An unstoppable vehicle that will decimate everyone and everything on the map.
Black Ops Cold War Aerial Domination Scorestreaks
The beauty of this loadout is that you let the scorestreaks do most of the work for you. Leaving you to carry on killing at your own pace and not have someone find you whilst you’re operating them.
- Scorestreak 1: Napalm Strike
- Scorestreak 2: Attack Helicopter
- Scorestreak 3: Chopper Gunner
Despite the fact you can be found when operating the Chopper Gunner, the chances of this happening are very slim due to the destructive power that it has.
Black Ops Cold War Teamwork Scorestreaks
When you’re playing game modes where teamwork is critical, then these are some of the best ones to give you the advantage during the game.
- Scorestreak 1: Sentry Turret
- Scorestreak 2: Napalm Strike
- Scorestreak 3: Cruise Missile/H.A.R.P
Defending a flag or a hardpoint? Put down a turret near it, you can always move it later. Do the enemies have one area completely surrounded and are proving to be impenetrable? Napalm Strike the whole area. As for the final one, it depends really.
The Cruise Missile is for players that can’t get enough points for the H.A.R.P – although it can take out a few enemies grouped together. But if you can get the H.A.R.P, then you know exactly where the enemy is and you can anticipate their every move.
So that is 5 of the best scorestreak setups you can utilize in Black Ops Cold War. Whether your choice bottles down to skill or the scenario at hand, these loadouts should be able to help you out.
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When does Warzone & Cold War Season 3 start? Release date, nuke event, more
Warzone & Cold War Season 2 is nearing its end with the nuke event, but when is it? And when will Season 3 commence?
We’ve almost reached the end of Warzone and Black Ops Cold War Season 2, so when does Season 3 begin, and what does it have in store?
Ever since the integration of Black Ops Cold War into Warzone, we’ve seen a vast number of additions and changes to both games. The subsequent updates have allowed Verdansk to expand with Rebirth Island, and even incorporate Zombies into Warzone.
The Zombies invasion of Verdansk is about to reach a climax, and the highly-anticipated Season 3 of both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone is set to begin.
Here’s everything you need to know about Warzone and Cold War Season 3, including the release date, new weapons, and Operators.
Warzone & Cold War Season 3 start date
We’re now reaching the climax of Warzone Season 2, with Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 2 set to begin on April 22.
This will follow the highly-anticipated nuke event which is set to destroy modern-day Verdansk, bringing a major overhaul to the map in Season 3.
Warzone’s update will begin on April 21 at 9 PM PT, ahead of Season 3’s launch.
When is CoD: Warzone Season 2’s nuke event?
Zombies have now overrun Verdansk and Radiation Zones have consumed all of the areas that became infected over the course of Season 2.
This is set to culminate in a season-ending event on April 21, in which players are advised to “evacuate immediately.” This event will be multi-part, with the final stage beginning at 12 PM PT on April 22.
Here are the start times for the event:
- 12 PM PT
- 3 PM ET
- 8 PM BST
- 5 AM AEST (April 22)
As the different stages of the event are completed, the next objectives players will have to complete will be revealed.
After Warzone’s event has concluded, Season 3 of Black Ops Cold War and Warzone will officially begin.
Cold War & Warzone Season 3 weapons
Six new weapons have been confirmed for the Cold War and Warzone Season 3. Three will arrive at launch on April 22, and the other three will release over the course of the season.
The new weapons are as follows:
The classic WW2 SMG, the PPSH-41, is making its debut in Cold War and Warzone Season 3’s free Battle Pass. Although having low damage per bullet, “its rapid-fire, high-capacity capabilities encourage an aggressive playstyle ideal for leading the charge in objective modes and clearing out tight spaces in Warzone.”
Swiss K31 Sniper Rifle
A brand new bolt action will also arrive in Season 3’s Battle Pass – the Swiss K31. This will feel familiar to fans of the Kar98k as it has “exceptional accuracy, as well as fast rechamber and aiming speeds.” Expect this to be the perfect weapon for quickscoping in both Cold War and Warzone.
Fans of the Black Ops series will be all-too-familiar with the power and fun of the Ballistic Knife. Doubling up as a “spring-action knife launcher” and a melee weapon, the Ballistic Knife is a fan favorite for Final Killcams and Play of the Game. This weapon won’t be in the Battle Pass, but will instead be released through a challenge yet to be revealed.
CARV.2, AMP63, and Baseball Bat
Three other weapons will release throughout Season 3. These are the CARV.2 Tactical Rifle, AMP63 SMG, and Baseball Bat Melee weapon. As with Season 2’s weapons, the E-Tool and ZRG 20mm, there will be challenges to unlock these new weapons when they release.
New Black Ops Cold War Season 3 maps
Maps often make or break a Call of Duty game, and Treyarch are adding four new maps to Cold War over the course of Season 3. There are three original maps, and the return of Black Ops 2’s Standoff, which is a favorite of competitive players and casual fans alike.
Yamantau and Diesel will debut at the start of Season 3 on April 22. While Yamantau is exclusively played on 6v6, Diesel will be available for 6v6, 2v2, and 3v3 modes.
Then, later in the Season, Standoff will arrive, following the additions of Raid and Express in Seasons 1 and 2. And for fans of the large-scale mode, Duga will arrive for the Multi-Team modes, including the new Multi-Team Elimination mini battle royale.
New Cold War and Warzone Season 3 Operators
On top of all these exciting new weapons and maps, there are four new Operators arriving in Season 3 that will be playable in both Cold War and Warzone.
At the launch of Season 3, Wraith will be available in the premium Battle Pass. This ex-Norwegian Intelligence Operator now working for Perseus will be available as soon as you purchase the Battle Pass, with a Legendary variant available at Tier 100.
Also, as a surprise treat for CoD fans, Captain Price will arrive in Cold War as a playable Operator. Called “Price ’84,” owners of Black Ops Cold War will get immediate free access to the fan-favorite Operator on April 22, and can take him into both Cold War multiplayer and Warzone.
Later in Season 3, Knight and Antonov will arrive, likely through Store Bundles. As the Season progresses, we’re likely to know more about these new Operators.
1980s revamp leaked for Warzone Season 3
We got a first look at what the next evolution of Verdansk will be in a celebrity commercial that was posted to Twitter. It showed the map getting a 1980s makeover with a specific focus on a few key areas.
Stadium, Dam, Airport, and the surrounding forestry were the highlighted locations in the video, along with some changes in Downtown. Later, another possible teaser was discovered in Verdansk’s Superstore in the form of a poster for the 1980s Moscow Summer Olympics.
We expect more teasers for Season 3 to pop up around Verdansk and Cold War’s multiplayer, and the ones that have been found make Warzone’s 1980s overhaul seem all the more likely.
We’re only hours away from Warzone and Cold War Season 3, and its shaping up to be the biggest content drop yet.
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CoD: Cold War devs respond to glitch making ping tracker disappear
Players are no longer able to track their ping during a game of CoD: Cold War and Treyarch have responded to this apparent glitch.
Since online gaming began, ping has been the standard for measuring a player’s internal connection during a game. Black Ops Cold War’s players currently can’t see theirs, and a Treyarch dev has explained why.
Bigger is certainly not better when it comes to ping during Call of Duty’s online multiplayer. A low, steady, consistent ping is the key to a more stable connection to a game, reducing your chances of dying.
There’s nothing more frustrating than thinking you’ve seen and eliminated an enemy long before you’ve seen them, for the opposite to have actually happened.
So it’s always healthy to check out your ping and ensure your internet connection isn’t costing you several deaths per game. CoD: Cold War normally allows players to monitor their ping during games, but this isn’t the case at the moment heading into Season 3.
Treyarch’s Community Manager Josh “FoxhoundFPS” Torres had to respond to the alleged glitch in Cold War that prevented ping from tracking.
The complaint was posted as a Reddit thread titled “Can’t see your ping anymore,” and the statement was paired with a picture to highlight the issue.
Under Black Ops Cold War’s usual Settings menu, the option to track your ping was missing from the screen, prompting the question.
But Josh noticed the bug query and weighed in with an official response saying, “We’ve temporarily removed these while we investigate some visual issues. This is currently noted in our patch notes, which will be live tomorrow morning Pacific Time, and we do plan on returning the functionality.”
He continued, “PC players should be able to enable/keep their Server Latency and Packet Loss widgets under Account and Network in their settings.”
This ping issue will no doubt be sorted very soon as it’s a vital statistic that players generally need. Just like recent dev action concerning Cold War PS5 controller issues and broken Zombies attachments, the matter will be noted and attended to ASAP.
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Slide canceling receives major nerf in Cold War Season 3 update
Black Ops Cold War has removed one of CoD’s most controversial and powerful movement techniques, slide canceling, in the Season 3 update.
Call of Duty’s most common movement technique, slide canceling, has received a significant nerf in Black Ops Cold War’s Season 3 update, essentially removing the mechanic.
Although slide canceling arrived with Black Ops 4, it became especially prominent in Modern Warfare and Warzone, and continued into Cold War. As it says on the tin, this is a method of canceling the slide animation before it finishes to speed up gameplay and get the advantage on opponents.
By canceling the slide mid-way through, you could continue moving at full speed afterward, allowing you to move faster than usual. Players have long used this mechanic to maneuver the map quicker, precisely slide behind cover, and offensively push players using erratic and unpredictable movement.
However, Treyarch has essentially removed this mechanic in Cold War’s Season 3 update.
It has been clear that Treyarch never intended slide canceling to be as powerful as it was, as devs addressed slide mechanics in Cold War’s day one patch notes. “Sliding is intended as an escape mechanic or quick entrance into crouch or cover,” they explained. “It’s not intended to be over-used during engagements, or to be too advantageous in close quarters.”
Although they have made adjustments to sliding in the past, the Season 3 update has essentially eliminated slide canceling altogether. Instead of canceling the slide mid-way through and quickly returning to a standing position, Cold War will now force you to finish the slide, causing a significant delay before you can stand up.
For players who have been using this mechanic, it will be especially difficult to adjust to the new movement system. As it was a somewhat advanced movement technique, it was especially common in League Play and the CDL, so expect a different style of play in the upcoming Stage 3.
Alongside this update comes adjustments to all Shotguns and LMGs, as well as quality of life updates for Zombies. Once Season 3 officially goes live on April 22, new weapons, maps, and Operators will also arrive in the game.
Image Credit: Treyarch
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