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Best class setups & tips for the ICR-7 in Black Ops 4 Multiplayer

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The ICR quickly became the long range AR player’s weapon of choice in Black Ops 4 due it’s flinch reduction, minimal recoil, and ample damage.

Every gun in Black Ops 4 has its own unique signature due to limits or additions in attachments. This is why it is beneficial to know each and every gun’s weaknesses and strengths to truly get the most out of them. In this guide, TheXclusiveAce helps us show some of the important features of the ICR.

You can check out the full video on TheXclusiveAce’s channel with more details & stats. Embed and link can be found at the bottom of the article.

The ICR’s damage profile/range of 37-29 damage per bullet puts it quite high in the listings. Additionally, the weapon shoots at an average 600rpm and kills in 5-6 shots, depending on the range.

According to Xclusive’s calculations, this puts the Time to Kill (TTK) at around 400-500 milliseconds. Of course, these stats portray the ideal scenario of hitting every shot. This can be easier said than done against Stock 2 strafing SMGs.

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Due to its limited movement speeds compared to SMGs and no Stock option, the ICR is best used from stationary firing positions. For example, rotating to the next hardpoint first with an ICR is a risky ask due to the chance of getting caught out by the Maddox or Saug.

Instead, plan on arriving to the hardpoint/other objective zone as the enemy sets up for a push. Find yourselves a piece of cover with a sightline towards the direction you believe the enemies are coming from and wait for the enemies to come to you. This minimizes the ICR’s inherent disadvantages and plays directly into its advantages.

ICR stats via TheXclusiveAce

The above weaknesses are compounded by the fact that the ICR has a mediocre hip-fire profile. Unlike the ADS strafe speed, this can be modified and buffed through the use of laser sight. The attachment will force you to sacrifice a perk or another attachment, but can help out if you are struggling on smaller maps.

The ideal class setups for the ICR revolve around three central attachments. The Red Dot Sight, Grip I, and Grip II. This trio will get you through most situations due to the gun’s high damage per bullet and the double grips’ effects of reducing both recoil and flinch.

In addition to the golden trio, you might want to invest in another attachment for extra utility. One option is the laser sight as stated before, but the more viable/well-rounded option comes in the form of Quickdraw. The ICR’s hipfire is dodgy at best and the best results are delivered while aiming down the sights.

As such, Quickdraw will allow you to ADS as soon as possible after you are done surveying the area for hostiles.

In terms of perks, the ICR’s stationary nature puts it at high vulnerability to grenades and other explosives. As such, Flak Jacket is a highly recommended option.

While Gungho lets you pop out of sprint faster by 80ms, Dexerity is the go to second perk for practically all situations. This is due to the near instant ability to slide cancel by ADS’ing with Dexerity. The slide cancel is much faster than the sprint cancel even with Gung-ho.

Dead Silence fits the ICR better than Ghost in the third perk slot due to ICR players generally standing still. Ghost only works while you are sprinting in Black Ops 4 and you will want to refrain from sprinting as much as possible with the ICR.

An alternative setup forgoes the Quickdraw with a second Perk 2. Lightweight increases movement speed while sprinting. As stated above, sprinting can be a risky business with the ICR, but with Lightweight the benefits might just outweigh the costs.

Due to the increased speed, the Lightweight class can reach rotation spots and bomb sites in Hardpoint and S&D more quickly than opponents. This allows you to setup for attacks from the enemy much earlier. Use this class if you seeing yourself fall behind the competition’s speed.

That’s it for this weapon guide. Thank you to TheXclusiveAce for providing detailed information about the gun’s stats. Below is a link to the full video:

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Activision reportedly committed to releasing next three Call of Duty games on PlayStation

A new report claims that Call of Duty will remain on PlayStation for at least the next three releases, including Warzone 2.

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Activision Blizzard have committed to releasing the next three Call of Duty games on PlayStation, according to a new report from Bloomberg.

The gaming world was rocked on January 18 when Microsoft announced it was set to acquire Activision Blizzard in a deal nearing $70 billion. While 54% of Call of Duty fans polled are happy at the news, there has been some concerns about whether Microsoft would make the franchise exclusive to Xbox consoles.

Now, a new report claims that Activision’s flagship FPS will stay on PlayStation for at least the next three releases.

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Bloomberg‘s Jason Schreier claims that “Activision had already committed to making the next few CoD games available on Sony’s console,” before news of Microsoft’s purchases broke.

That means Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare sequel, which is set to release later this year, Treyarch’s next entry in 2023, and a planned “new iteration of Call of Duty: Warzone” will all be playable on PlayStation consoles.

While Activision haven’t confirmed this publicly, Schreier states that he spoke to “four people with knowledge of the deal,” who have asked to remain anonymous.

While this is good news for Sony fans. the future of CoD on PlayStation is still difficult to predict. Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer previously stated that they “intended to honor all existing agreements” after the Activision Blizzard deal is complete, but didn’t mention what would happen once those agreements have ended.

Taking away Call of Duty from PlayStation would mark a seismic shift in the gaming industry, and for the franchise. It seems Call of Duty could change forever under Microsoft’s ownership, with talks ongoing about ending the franchise’s annual release schedule.

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Activision executives reportedly discussing end of Call of Duty annual releases

A new report claims Activision are considering scrapping the series’ annual release schedule following Microsoft’s buyout.

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Activision Blizzard executives are reportedly considering ending the Call of Duty franchise’s annual release schedule, with Bloomberg claiming discussions are ongoing.

For years, fans have become accustomed to receiving a new Call of Duty game every year. Without fail, Activision have published the latest entry in the legendary FPS franchise in October or November, giving players a new game to grind into the holiday seasons.

Some players have suggested this isn’t always a good thing, as this cycle gives CoD’s three developers a limited time to work on games, which can sometimes lead to issues when they launch. Sledgehammer Games have already delayed Vanguard Season 2 to try and address the problems plaguing the game.

Now, it appears that Activision’s higher-ups may be coming around to the idea of ending yearly releases for good.

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According to a new report from Bloomberg, high-level employees at Activision “have discussed moving away from the annual release schedule.”

Jason Schreier reports that these plans haven’t been finalized yet, but there is a belief among the franchise’s development teams that this would “please players and help bolster the franchise” by lightening the intense workloads they currently face.

This debate has been sparked after the lackluster reception to Vanguard, although Schreier states any change is unlikely to happen for at least a year or two, with Activision banking on 2022’s rumored Modern Warfare II to boost the franchise.

The move away from yearly releases would certainly offer developers more time to tweak and polish the game, and avoid many of the criticisms leveled at their games in the early days. Halo fans had to wait 6 years for Infinite, but the game was met with widespread acclaim at launch.

With the Microsoft acquisition of Activision, it’s expected that we could see some major changes to the publisher’s titles, although Phil Spencer has moved to calm fears that CoD could become an Xbox exclusive title.

For more on what could happen, check out how Microsoft and Xbox Studios could change Call of Duty forever.

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Here’s why 54% of CoD fans are happy about Microsoft’s Activision buyout

A recent poll revealed that 54% of Call of Duty fans were positive about Microsoft’s Activision buyout, and here’s their reasoning.

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It was revealed in a Charlie INTEL poll that the majority of Call of Duty fans were glad of Microsoft’s planned Activision Blizzard takeover, with 54% agreeing it’s a good thing.

The game’s industry was shocked when Microsoft announced they’re planning to buy Activision Blizzard King for almost $70 billion. This gives them exclusive rights to some of the biggest gaming franchises in the world such as Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch.

We asked the Call of Duty community their thoughts, and the majority were excited about the franchise’s future under Microsoft. However, some were more hesitant to celebrate the news.

54% of CoD players say Microsoft’s Activision buyout is a good thing

Charlie INTEL conducted a poll on January 19, roughly 24 hours after the monumental news broke, asking Call of Duty fans: “What’s your reaction to the Microsoft buyout of Activision Blizzard?”

Over half of the 28,000 votes believed it will be a good thing. Just over 12% think it will be bad for the industry, and 33% aren’t sure yet.

Unfortunately, Microsoft’s plans for Activision’s properties are as clear as mud. They sound hopeful that Activision titles will hit Xbox Game Pass, but we’ll likely need to wait until the acquisition goes through to know more.

Why CoD players are happy with Microsoft’s Activision buyout

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Several players explained why they think Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard takeover is a good thing.

“For worker culture at Activision Blizzard it seems like things will likely improve,” said popular Call of Duty leaker TheGhostOfHope. “COD will likely see a much more healthy developer ecosystem as well. Microsoft being able to buy the competition like they are is a slippery slope long term though. Overall I’d say it’s good.”

One player was extremely positive about the acquisition, saying that “if anyone thinks this is a bad thing” then “you need to think again.” They believe that “Microsoft has come a long way and isn’t spending 70 billion to make CoD worse. It can only get better. But it will take time.”

Many were hopeful that Microsoft would scrap Call of Duty’s yearly release cycle. Both Black Ops Cold War and Vanguard were released with broken and missing features, and many players believe these developers should be given much more time to perfect the game.

“I overall see this as a good thing and can hope that xbox will stop the yearly cod cycle and fix warzone,” said one player. TangoCheeseball echoed their statement, saying they hope that Microsoft supports CoD 2022 for two years, and then Treyarch returns with a new title in 2024 or 2025.

Xbox players were obviously glad, expecting to receive exclusive content and Call of Duty on Game Pass. “I’m on Xbox so game pass bouta be blessed but not sure if it’ll be a upgrade for Cod or if it will just stay the same. Either way a positive for xbox,” said LiLbotboi.

But of course, not every player was happy about the acquisition. Many had doubts over Microsoft’s monopoly over the games industry, with them already owning Bethesda, and worried that Call of Duty would go Xbox/PC exclusive.

“If they choose to make all of Activision’s future games exclusive to Xbox/PC, it’s doing a disservice to all gamers,” said Elkucuy.

Newbro101_ was more open-minded, saying: “It’s way too early to tell if it’s a good thing or not, once I notice an actual change in games it’s good [I guess].”


There’s no way of knowing what Microsoft has in store for Call of Duty and its development teams. We can only hope the change is positive for both Activision staff and the CoD community.

However, we have some thoughts on what may change, so check out the five ways Microsoft buying Activision could change Call of Duty forever.

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