The release of the ranked League Play mode is always a major topic among Call of Duty players, and one leaker has claimed we could be seeing it in the near future.
While conversations about skill-based matchmaking continue, it may come as a surprise that many players are actually calling for a Ranked Play mode built around the feature.
League Play first appeared all the way back in Black Ops 2, giving players a new mode to test their skills in competitive scenarios, and awarding them a rank based on their performance. Since then, games like Advanced Warfare, World War II, and other titles in the Black Ops series have included it too.
With Modern Warfare not featuring such a mode, a surprising omission considering the launch of the Call of Duty League, some have grown concerned that it may be a thing of the past. However, according to CoD insider Tom Henderson, that doesn’t appear to be the case.
Unfortunately, Henderson doesn’t have an exact date for the release, but was able to provide an approximate timeline according to his source. In a YouTube livestream on January 3, the leaker stated: “League Play is scheduled for this quarter, so between now and March.”
Henderson thinks it’s unlikely we will see it before Black Ops Cold War Season 1 ends, but we may be able to jump into the mode at the start of Season 2.
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These claims match up with previous Ranked Play release dates, with Black Ops 4’s Ranked Play mode coming in February. You can watch Henderson’s video on the information below.
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With the second season of the Call of Duty League set to kick off in the next few months, it would make total sense to drop Ranked Play in conjunction with the first weekend of competition, although that remains unconfirmed.
Activision Blizzard and Treyarch are yet to address the rumors, but make sure to check back to CharlieIntel for all the latest news on Ranked Play in Black Ops Cold War.
Image Credits: Activision Blizzard / Treyarch
How to freeze the timer in Black Ops Cold War’s Cranked Zombies mode
Cranked is BOCW’s speedy Zombies mode and requires the player to beat a timer. Here’s how you can freeze the timer in the Cranked game mode.
Black Ops Cold War Season 1 saw Cranked make its first appearance as a Zombies mode, and players have found a new glitch that freeze’s the timer mid-game.
The fresh Zombies mode is all about speed and fast-thinking. This is more apparent as a big timer is plastered on the screen, counting down, and constantly reminding you of this. To prevent the “Game Over” screen, you need to keep replenishing your time by scoring kills from the undead.
Though that sense of urgency can be forgotten about if you can enforce the timer glitch that’s been discovered. If performed correctly, the clock will permanently stop and give you all the time in the world to survive.
BOCW Cranked Zombies glitch
Content creator Caspahz has been able to find a way to make the timer one less enemy for yourself. It’s a simple and easy set of instructions that need to be followed and reap huge benefits.
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Here are the steps you need to follow to pull this glitch off.
- Start a game of Cranked
- Keep playing until you earn enough resources to buy either a Cruise Missile or Chopper Gunner
- Wait for the timer to tick down until it gets to 3 seconds
- Then call in the streak
- Don’t eliminate any Zombies with it
- When the streak appears, the timer should now have disappeared
- You should now how an infinite amount of time to play how you want
You will now have free reign to take your time and take in the different parameters that Crank offers compared to traditional Zombies.
It’s good to see that Treyarch is continuing to support Zombies with a variety of content and the trend shows no signs of stopping. Forthcoming Zombies updates will see a new Fireteam map, new perks, and much more.
Image credits: Treyarch
Easily finish Diamond camo for the M79 in Black Ops Cold War
A TikToker has discovered a way to easily achieve the Diamond camo on the M79 in Black Ops Cold War through a secret spot on Nuketown.
A TikTok video by North Texas shows players how to easily achieve gold camo on the M79 special launcher in Black Ops Cold War.
Launcher challenges in Black Ops Cold War are brutal and time-consuming. Often, they require perfect circumstances to achieve, and it can take several games to get the right conditions. In the previous Call of Duty titles, launchers would be time-consuming and difficult as well, but Black Ops Cold War is especially difficult.
Due to the low damage values and effectiveness of Flak Jacket, some launchers can take up to 3 shots to kill enemies in hardcore modes, which is problematic for obvious reasons. Players need to achieve longshots, double-kills, and even killstreaks to master each respective launcher.
One of the most difficult launchers in Black Ops Cold War is the M79. Luckily, a player has discovered a spot to get easy longshots and feeds with the weapon to expedite the tedious process.
It appears that TikToker North_Texas has found a spot on the A-Side spawn in Nuketown that makes longshots a breeze with the M79. If you position yourself precisely in the garden area, aim all the way up, and fire, you’ll send shots perfectly aimed at the B flag.
All kills will register as longshots due to the range from this area. You may even score some easy double-kills off spawn from players attempting to capture B. If enemies are using Flak Jacket, you still may get a kill with the next shot.
We recommend lobby-surfing for hardcore games with players who aren’t running Flak Jacket, as this will make the process much faster. After a few kills, players may enable the perk, so you can feel free to leave the game and try again in another lobby.
Black Ops Cold War player achieves insane feat of prestiging without killing anyone
One player has demonstrated incredible patience to prestige in Black Ops Cold War without killing even a single person in the game.
One dedicated Call of Duty player opted to prestige in Black Ops Cold War in a very unconventional way. They managed to achieve the maximum levels necessary without scoring even a single kill.
Call of Duty actively encourages its players to score as many kills as possible and offers all kinds of incentives for doing so. Playing the objective and cooperating with your team is encouraged also.
But the glory, and XP, is all in the kills.
So it seems remarkable that someone has been able to persevere for 37 hours of in-game time to achieve this, steering clear of any assist-giving damage and taking great care to avoid any accidental kills.
Prestiging without killing anyone in BOCW
People might wonder what the point of doing this is. At the end of the day, the person has paid for the game and can approach it however they want to. Plus, it’s a bit different, isn’t it?
We can imagine it was liberating for Reddit user Pilgore1 as they knew they could play each game without having to worry about maintaining their K/D. Plus, in certain modes, it was great news for their teammates as Pilgore1 primarily focused on taking down enemy scorestreaks and completing the objective.
One of the most eye-opening statistics was their Win/Loss record which was surprisingly high. It took 37 hours and 200 matches to prestige, but their final record was a positive 1.27 Win ratio.
Objectives and “Clearing the sky” were the keys to victory and you’d have to imagine they didn’t focus too much on Team Deathmatch and kill-heavy modes. Instead, opting for Hardpoint and other similar environments where hard work and grafting really pays off.
This probably isn’t everyone’s cup of tea in terms of enjoying Call of Duty, but you can’t argue how unique it is. They clearly weren’t too much of a burden to their teammates either with such a high W/L record too.
We’re not saying that everyone needs to stop camping in a corner for a Sentry Turret (you’ve all done it), but it just goes to show that people can find new ways to enjoy Black Ops Cold War.
Image credits: Treyarch
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