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Best class setups & tips for the ABR-223 in Black Ops 4 Multiplayer

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The ABR-223 is a three-round burst weapon with long range, decent fire rate, and a deadly attachment set.

The ABR-223 is a deadly weapon in Black Ops 4 mutliplayer, there’s no doubt about it. However, the ABR cannot perform to its maximum potential without knowing how to use it. The weapon falls into a rare “medium range, run-and-gun” role.

With the help of XclusiveAce’s stats, let’s go over what makes the ABR-223 a special weapon.

The ABR has a high damage profile with little dropoff, a characteristic shared by all three Tactical Rifles. Shooting 4-5 shots into any opponent that doesn’t pop a heal should finish them off. This gives the ABR decent 350-424ms kill times, faster than a majority of the other weapons.

The kicker of this kill time is the fact that the weapon is burst fire. Every burst fire weapon has a delay in between bursts. The ABR has a 125ms delay between every single trigger pull. This means 125ms of standing helplessly while other weapons can continue shooting at you. It’s a small note against the ABR, but a good thing to keep in mind.

ADS times on the ABR come out at a long 300ms, enough time for SMGs to kill at close range. As such Quickdraw is a recommended pickup, putting you in line with other weapons at 250ms.

Gungho gives big benefits to the Tactical Rifles, a whopping 125ms reduction in sprint-out times. The original 300ms can be quite harder to play with due to the need to sprint from objective to objective.

ADS strafe speeds with Stock can be brutal on the ABR. The base strafe speed clocks in at only 40% of base movement speed, a slow crawl. Packing a single stock bumps the value up to 66%, giving you much more freedom while shooting.

Stock 2, while great on the Saug 9mm, actually has double downsides for the ABR. Not only does the attachment only make for a 6% increase in movement speed, but it also will spread the ABR’s bullet further as you strafe. As a burst fire, not every shot comes out as you press the trigger, there is a slight delay in between each of the three. The faster you strafe, the more spread out the burst will be.

Taking the data above, let’s examine XclusiveAce’s class choices.

The attachment set begins with a Red Dot sight for better target tracking, Quickdraw & Stock for reasons mentioned above, and a Grip. The Grip helps tighten the bursts and helps with general recoil.

The Stim Shot is used to give faster healing with more frequent uses.

In terms of perks, the class has a balanced mix of goods. Scavenger will keep your magazine reserves full as you claim territory on the map. Gungho’s 125ms reduction in sprintout speeds will come in handy to allow for more sprinting without as much risk. Dead Silence finishes out the class by keeping your steps quiet, allowing for flanks around enemy position without their knowledge.

Check out XclusiveAce’s full video for even more stats on the ABR-223 as well as other weapons. You can find the video embedded below for your convenience.

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COD 2020 Teasers: Black Ops 4 Summit map, Treyarch social profile

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As we opened our new crates that Activision sent through, Black Ops 4’s Summit map got an update.

The screens in the center of the map in Black Ops 4 turned on which seem to match to what some of our slides show:

There’s also a look at clocks of 4 out of the 5 locations that some of us got as part of the slides to see:

These changes do appear to be new, especially the screens with the targets on them. Analyzing older images of the maps showcase that the screens were not showing the same thing.

In addition, Treyarch has updated their cover photo on social channels.

It’s getting cold out there…

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Gameplay from Black Ops 4’s canceled campaign mode revealed

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A user on Reddit, r/BlackOps4, has shared what appears to be the very first footage of gameplay from the canceled campaign mode of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, which released in October 2018, was the first Call of Duty game to not have a traditional campaign mode, instead opting to have three online-based modes.

Treyarch insisted throughout the year that they really didn’t have plans for a campaign and were focusing on an online connected experience for Black Ops 4, but many reports and sources described the campaign as being too ambitious and canceled because of issues with development.

On Reddit, a user has shared about two minutes of alpha footage of the gameplay of Black Ops 4’s campaign. The campaign, in alpha-state footage (meaning its not complete), had a very similar HUD to the MP experience of Black Ops 4. The user claims that the campaign and MP were supposed to be connected, and that’s why the HUD is so similar.

The gameplay starts by showing a message of “FIND THE AQUILUS CEO.”

Here’s the gameplay footage:

The user who posted this has not said where they got this gameplay footage as of now. He said he only has this footage, alongside an augmented footage of the engine of BO4, which he is not releasing at this time.

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Double XP live in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 through February 6

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To celebrate the big game this weekend, Treyarch is activating Double XP Quad Feed in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 this weekend – starting now.

Live in game now is:

  • 2XP in MP
  • 2XP in Zombies
  • 2XP Party Game Moshpit

All of this is live in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. This is live through February 6 at 10AM PT.

For those still enjoying Black Ops 4, enjoy a new XP weekend!

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