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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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Classic Call of Duty maps recreated as awesome LEGO sets

Everyone has their favorite Call of Duty map and these eight classic maps have been fully recreated with LEGO bricks in stunning detail.

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The Call of Duty series has been responsible for some of the most iconic maps in gaming history over the years. Now, some of the most beloved have been reimagined in LEGO.

With the release of Call of Duty: Vanguard, the 18th main CoD entry, edging ever closer, now is as good a time as any to celebrate the series’ history. The sheer number of classic maps has gone a long way to CoD as popular as it is today.

With that in mind, the folks over at Diamond Lobby have recreated some of the most recognizable Call of Duty maps as real LEGO sets. See for yourself below.

Rust map from CoD Modern Warfare

If you’re wondering how it was done, Diamond Lobby used a computer program containing every LEGO brick to design and create each map.

Then a 3D designer was drafted in to help make the creations a reality. While it is possible to make these sets yourself, it can vary between $1,340 and $4,726 to track down every brick needed.

You can see all eight of the classic CoD maps, as well the first game they featured in, right here:

Nuketown – Black Ops

Nuketown map out of LEGO

Arguably one of the most iconic maps in the entire series, this staple has been updated and revamped for every entry in the Black Ops series.

Rust – Modern Warfare 2

Rust map made out of LEGO

Rust is possibly best known as where the dramatic finale of Modern Warfare 2’s campaign took place. Or where disputes were settled in a 1v1.

Castle – World at War

Castle map made out of LEGO

Castle is one of the best WWII-themed maps in the series to date. That explains why it’s coming back in CoD: Vanguard later this year.

Terminal – Modern Warfare 2

Terminal map made out of LEGO

Another MW2 classic, going for a nuke by camping on the plane will bring back plenty of memories for long-time fans.

Slums – Black Ops II

Slums map made out of LEGO

This may not have been the favorite among the average players, but anyone who follows competitive CoD will know that Slums is one of the best.

Crash – Modern Warfare (2007)

Crash map made of LEGO

The sign of any great map is when it comes back again and again. Crash has featured in four separate titles, securing its place as an all-time great.

Firing Range – Black Ops

Firing Range CoD map made from LEGO

Yet another close-quarters map showing up in many different games, Firing Range, along with Nuketown and Launch, were the standouts from the first entry in the Black Ops sub-series.

Raid – Black Ops II

Raid map made out of LEGO

The newest map on this, but by no means the worst. Raid made its way into Blacks Ops Cold War thanks to its popularity back in 2012.

Those were eight classic Call of Duty maps amazingly recreated as LEGO sets.

For more of the latest CoD news, check out the teaser for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 6.

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All Black Ops 4 Prestige emblems & how to get them

Here’s every Black Ops 4 Prestige emblem across multiplayer, Zombies, and Blackout – and how to unlock them to show off your accomplishments.

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Black Ops 4 Prestige Master emblem

Black Ops 4 was the last Call of Duty title to feature a traditional Prestige system, so here are all the emblems and how to get them.

In every Call of Duty game since the original CoD 4: Modern Warfare, players have been able to flex their skill and time put in my Prestiging.

This resets your rank back to level 1, giving you a new grind and rewards to show for it. One of these rewards is a cool-looking new emblem to show everyone in the lobby that you’re a serious competitor.

2018’s Black Ops 4 was the last Call of Duty to feature the classic Prestige system, so we’re taking a look at how to Prestige and every emblem in BO4.

How to Prestige in Black Ops 4

Woods in Black Ops 4's Blackout

To Prestige in Black Ops 4, you need to hit the max level in the game. Once you’ve done that, you can Prestige and start unlocking new items as you continue to do so. And once you’ve Prestiged 10 times, you can hit Prestige Master and get another unique emblem.

The max level in Black Ops 4 is 55 in multiplayer and Zombies and 80 in Blackout, so you need to hit this level 10 times to be Prestige Master.

Here’s a simple guide to Prestiging in Black Ops 4:

  1. Play Black Ops 4 multiplayer, Zombies, or Blackout until you reach max level
  2. Press the ‘menu’ button and you’ll see a prompt saying, “Prestige mode available”
  3. Follow the prompt to the Progress & Unlocks screen
  4. Press ‘Enter Prestige Mode’ in the top right corner of the screen

You’ll have now Prestiged, so keep doing this until you hit Prestige Master!

All Black Ops 4 multiplayer Prestige emblems

There were 10 Prestige levels in Black Ops 4’s multiplayer, with a unique emblem available for players who reached Prestige Master.

Here’s every Black Ops 4 multiplayer Prestige emblem in order.

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All Black Ops 4 Zombies Prestige emblems

Black Ops 4 offers separate Prestige emblems for the Zombies grinders. Again, there are 10 Prestige levels to climb through, and a special Prestige Master emblem for those who went above and beyond.

Here are Black Ops 4’s Zombies Prestige emblems.

black ops 4 zombies prestige emblems

Black Ops 4 Blackout Prestige emblems

As part of Operation Grand Heist, Call of Duty 4’s battle royale, Blackout, got its own Prestige system. This acts the same as multiplayer and Zombies, with those hitting level 80 being able to Prestige.

Here are all of Black Ops 4’s Blackout Prestige emblems.

black ops 4 blackout prestige emblems

And those are all of the Prestige emblems in Black Ops 4! For more on this Call of Duty title, check out how many people play it in 2021.

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How many people play Black Ops 4? 2021 player count

Ever wondered how many people are currently playing Black Ops 4? We look at the 2018 Call of Duty title’s 2021 player count.

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Woods in Black Ops 4's Blackout

If you’re looking at picking up Black Ops 4, it’s worth knowing how many people are playing the game. We’re taking a look at how many are still playing 2018’s Call of Duty title in 2021.

Black Ops 4 was the last Call of Duty title to release before Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War shook up the formula. It featured the first-ever CoD battle royale, Blackout, which paved the way for Warzone’s incredible success.

The game became free as part of PlayStation Plus in July, but with no joint progression system, there’s less of a reason to go back to it. However, many still prefer the game’s mechanics and maps, so it still has a player base.

Here’s how many people are still playing Black Ops 4 in 2021.

What is Black Ops 4’s player count in 2021?

Call of Duty Black Ops 4 operators

Unfortunately, there’s no precise way to tell how many people are playing Black Ops 4 in 2021. However, we’ve done some digging around various player count tracking websites to come up with a rough estimate.

According to PlayStation tracking website PS-Timetracker, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was played by 2,510 of their users in August 2021. Of course, the number is likely much higher because you must sign up to have your stats tracked, and it only takes PlayStation players into account.

Another website, PlayerCounter, says that, at the time of writing, there are roughly 12,000 people playing Call of Duty games released before Modern Warfare (2019). Unfortunately, Black Ops 4 has been included with the other previous CoD games, so there is no precise data.

From this info, we estimate that there is likely somewhere between 5,000-10,000 players playing Black Ops 4 in September 2021.

Black Ops 4 player count comparison

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Activision revealed in May that Call of Duty: Warzone has had over 100 million players log in to the battle royale title. According to PlayerCounter, there are 2 million players playing Modern Warfare right now, but this likely takes Warzone into account too.

According to Steam Charts, Black Ops III has 1,300 active users and the rest of the Call of Duty titles on Steam, such as WWII and Advanced Warfare, have player counts only in the hundreds. However, incorporating consoles likely makes the player counts higher.


You can also check out Apex Legends, Fortnite, and Battlefield 4’s player counts for 2021 too!

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