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5 tips to get better at Black Ops Cold War

No matter your skill level, follow these five tips to see an improvement in your gameplay.

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Whether you’re brand new to Call of Duty or have some experience under your belt, these five tips will help you improve at Black Ops Cold War.

With Call of Duty being one of the biggest gaming franchises in the world, many players have dedicated time to be the best. The obvious best way to improve is playing the game. You can be maximizing your time in the game, however.

Whether you’re a new player, or a returning player looking to improve, follow these five tips to see a marked improvement in your gameplay.

How to get better at Black Ops Cold War

Use the ‘meta’ weapons

Players will criticize using meta weapons but if you’re trying to improve at the game, there’s no point in using weapons that put you at a disadvantage. Using the wrong weapon and getting repeatedly killed by the best weapons won’t help you improve. Sometimes when an enemy is using a vastly better weapon, there’s nothing you can do.

Currently, the MP5, FFR, and burst-fire rifles will provide you with the best chance of doing well.

Once you’re confident and can consistently do well, try experimenting with some off-meta weapons. You never know, you might find your new favorite.

Go into custom games with bots

Aim and movement are two of the most important things in Call of Duty. You need to hit your shots, but you also need to be a hard target for enemies to hit. The best way to improve your aim and movement is to go into custom games with bots.

Set up a custom free-for-all game with bots set to the lowest difficulty and take away the score and time limit. They’ll hardly fire back, giving you a stress-free place to practice as much as you need. Put some music on and run around the map shooting the bots from a range of different distances and positions and you’ll soon find your aim improving.

You should also practice movement techniques you’ve seen the pros use such as jump shots and ducking in and out of cover.

Practice these techniques against bots and implement them into multiplayer matches to see a vast improvement in your gameplay.

Learn the maps

As you play the different maps in Black Ops Cold War, you’ll gradually begin learning the different routes, spawns, power positions, and flanks. If an enemy player has repeatedly killed you from the same spot, try out that spot next time you play that map. If you managed to flank that player and get the kill, be mindful of the same way you flanked from.

Also, pay attention to the mini-map. Look where your teammates are and where they’re dying. Either avoid that area or take another route to try and take the enemies by surprise. If you notice your team spawning at one side of the map, it’s very likely the enemy team will be spawning from the other side. Set yourself up to counter their push into the map.

Watch professional players and content creators

Watch professional players and skilled content creators to learn their techniques and tactics.

Don’t compare yourself to these people, however. They have put hours upon hours into improving at shooters, so they’ll be vastly better than the average player. And that’s okay. You won’t be able to copy their aim, but you can try to copy everything else.

Some top players to check out on Twitch and YouTube include:

  • Simp: If you’re an aggressive player who likes running an SMG
  • FormaL: A more methodical, Assault Rifle player, with deadly aim
  • Scump: Also an aggressive SMG pro player, but one of the best ‘pub-stompers’ too.
  • Arcitys: Known as a ‘flex’, Arcitys is a jack-of-all-trades.

Watch what they’re doing and implement some of their tactics into your gameplay. Watch how they check rooms before entering, or how they try not to take firefights in the open. Also, watch their positioning on the map, and how they will avoid unfavorable engagements.

Don’t take it too seriously

This is probably the most important: have fun!

If you have a bad game, just forget about it. Don’t over-analyze your gameplay and pick at the little mistakes. Sure, pay attention to points you can improve on but don’t beat yourself up. Expecting too much of yourself will take away the fun and you’ll end up burnt out.

Don’t compare yourself to content creators and professional players. Keep an eye on your own progress; it doesn’t matter if your K/D isn’t considered top tier. If you’re actively trying to improve, just make sure you’re better than your previous self.

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Cold War Season 3 patch update: New maps, weapon balancing & more

Everything you need to know about Black Ops Cold War’s Season 3 update.

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Treyarch is releasing the latest patch update for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on April 20 at 9PM PT on all platforms.

This new patch update, version 1.16, includes the Season 3 content, with Season 3 officially starting on April 21 at 9PM PT / April 22 at 12AM ET / 5AM UK / 6AM CEST.

The update includes early access to just some of the Season 3 content until the full season begins.

Black Ops Cold War Season 3 will include 2 new MP maps, new Zombies Outbreak location, new Operators, new Battle Pass, and more content to come.

Cold War Update Size

  • PlayStation 5: 12.3 GB
  • PlayStation 4: 8.1 GB
  • Xbox Series X / Xbox Series S: 11.6 GB
  • Xbox One: 8.3 GB
  • PC: 13.1 GB

Treyarch says the full patch notes for the new update will arrive on April 21, but have given a high level overview of what’s included in the patch.

This post will be updated with the full patch notes once available.

Cold War Season 3 Patch Overview

  • New lobby theme
  • Strafe Run Scorestreak
  • Cargo Truck
  • New weapon tuning
    • All LMGs
    • All shotguns (including the Streetsweeper)
    • FFAR 1 • Krig 6 • Assault rifle Barrel attachments
    • SMG sprint speed
  • League Play Combat Record
  • Increased XP in Zombies
  • Expanded Outbreak objectives
  • Split-screen updates
  • Operator Randomizer feature + more 

Check back here on April 21 for the full patch notes on the update.

SOURCE: Treyarch

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What is the “Hunt for Adler” event in Cold War & Warzone Season 3?

An exciting new event is set to take place in Cold War & Warzone Season 3, but what exactly is “Hunt for Adler,” and what can you earn?

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Amongst all the new content announced for Cold War & Warzone Season 3, a mysterious event has also crept under the radar. “Hunt for Adler” promises rewards and even an Operator skin, and here are all the details.

Russell Adler has been the star of Black Ops Cold War since the game’s launch in November 2019. His scarred face, black shades, and glorious hair have made him one of the most memorable Call of Duty characters in years – he even got an exclusive skin in Season 2.

His story in Cold War has seen him come face-to-face with an evil foe called Stitch, and during Season 2 he was captured. Now, Season 3’s lore tasks players with finding him, and Black Ops Cold War and Warzone players now have to “Hunt for Adler.”

But what exactly is Call of Duty’s Season 3 special limited-time event?

When does Hunt for Adler start in Cold War & Warzone Season 3?

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According to the official event description on the Season 3 briefing website, Hunt for Adler will commence “with the launch of Season Three.”

It makes sense given the urgency of the season’s story. Meaning players will be able to start working towards the event’s goals as soon as the opening-day ribbon is metaphorically cut.

How to complete Hunt for Adler in Cold War & Warzone Season 3

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Details on Hunt for Adler are rather limited at the moment with complete information to be available when Season 3 launches.

What we do know already is that there will be “unique in-game challenges in both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone to learn of Adler’s whereabouts.”

The description is clear in that to earn the special Adler skin, you only need to complete the full set of challenges for either Black Ops Cold War or Warzone, not both.

To reiterate, we have no idea what the challenges are just yet, but when Season 3 launches, we’ll be sure to update this page.

What rewards can you earn for completing Hunt for Adler in Season 3?

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For taking part in this limited-time event, CoD players can expect to receive a whole host of cool goodies for their efforts.

Completing challenges will earn players the following:

  • Weapon Charms
  • Calling Cards
  • New Operator skin
  • And more…

The challenges will more than likely coincide with your natural gameplay, meaning that you shouldn’t have to go too far out of your way to earn the event rewards.

Hunt for Adler is one of many fun things coming to Cold War and Warzone, adding to a new battle royale mode for CoD: Cold War and the return of the PPSH-41.

Image credits: Treyarch

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What is Cold War’s Multi-Team Elimination? New battle royale mode explained

Black Ops Cold War is confirmed to be receiving its own battle royale mode in Season 3, so here’s how Multi-Team Elimination works.

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Call of Duty fans will be treated to a new battle royale experience in Black Ops Cold War’s Fireteam maps, with ‘Multi-Team Elimination’ dropping in Season 3.

Black Ops Cold War Season 3 has been unveiled. Following Warzone’s live event, a ton of content will be coming to the game, such as new maps, the classic PPSH, and Captain Price’s arrival as a Cold War Operator.

These new weapons and Operators will also be available in Warzone, but Black Ops Cold War is set to get a battle royale mode of its own in Season 3.

Here’s everything you need to know about Cold War’s Multi-Team Elimination mode.

Vehicle gameplay in Cold War's Multi-Team mode

What is Cold War Season 3’s Multi-Team Elimination?

In the Black Ops Cold War Season 3 announcement, Call of Duty revealed that a new game mode, Multi-Team Elimination, would be coming to the game. This is essentially a mini battle royale played on Cold War’s Fireteam maps in the Ural Mountains.

Developers described how “multiple teams of four will fight to survive ever-expanding radiation zones.” Keeping with the nature of a battle royale game, “Redeploys will be limited and loadouts will be restricted, so teams will need to scavenge for weapons, Scorestreaks, Armor, Redeploy Tickets, and more.”

You have to be “the last team standing or the first squad to board the exfil chopper in the final safe zone to achieve victory.”

How is Multi-Team Elimination different from Warzone?

Cold War's Duga map

Multi-Team Elimination sounds a lot like Warzone, except it will be more similar to Blackout, as it’s played on the Black Ops engine. Movement and weapon mechanics will remain exactly as it is in Cold War, so you won’t get that jarring feeling as you switch between the games.

Rather than Warzone being played exclusively on Verdansk and Rebirth Island, it appears that Multi-Team Elimination will be played on the different Fireteam maps, such as Sanatorium, Ruka, and Golova. It’s unclear if the maps will be combined to create the Ural Mountains map leaked to have been designed for a scrapped Blackout 2.0.

Also, rather than the vast array of weapons in Warzone, Multi-Team Elimination will be exclusive to Black Ops Cold War and its own weapons.

Black Ops Cold War S3 gameplay

And it appears the way you win Multi-Team Elimination differs from Warzone. From the developers’ description, it appears you can win the game by being the first squad to board the exfil chopper in the final safe zone. If you’re a fan of ninja defuses in Search and Destroy, you’ll likely enjoy sneaking onto the chopper and leaving the last teams to perish to the radiation.

When does CoD: Cold War’s Multi-Team Elimination launch?

Call of Duty devs has revealed that Multi-Team Elimination will launch later in Season 3. The most likely time for its arrival is ‘Season 3 Reloaded’ which will take occur roughly halfway through the season.

There is plenty of content releasing over the course of Season 3, including the Multi-Team Duga map which premieres with Outbreak at the Season’s launch.


That’s everything you need to know about Cold War’s mini battle royale launching in Season 3! You can also check out the six new weapons that have been confirmed for Season 3.

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