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Black Ops Cold War Loadout system: Gunsmith, Wildcards, & more

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The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Create-A-Class system looks to combine Pick 10 with Modern Warfare system into one. 

It’s a different system than what fans have seen before, as it tries to take the best of Pick 10 and MW’s system and combine it into one holistic system for this title. 

Treyarch is bringing new variation for how classes can be crafted for the best way for each player to play. 

Players have the choice to pick a Primary Weapon, Secondary Weapon, one tactical equipment, one lethal equipment, one Field Upgrade, three Perks, and a Wild Card as the base way to create a class.

Let’s breakdown the different key features. 

Gunsmith

The Gunsmith system also returns from Modern Warfare allowing users to build out how they want attachments to create the weapon for them to use in game. There are 7 different attachment slots to pick for each weapon, and the attachments have an unlock and upgrade path similar to Modern Warfare. 

The standard amount of attachments you can pick is 5. 

We did not get to see the camo selection in action, or how players can unlock camos in Black Ops Cold War. 

Weapons have their own progression level system, similar to Modern Warfare, and leveling up the weapons will unlock more attachments in each category.


Players can pick the following attachment slots for each weapon: 

  • Optic
  • Muzzle 
  • Barrel 
  • Under-barrel 
  • Body 
  • Stock
  • Magazine
  • Handle 

Wildcards 

Black Ops Cold War also features Wildcards that allow players to change up some of the rules in the create a class to add in different system variations that exist. 

One of the Wildcards, which is Gunfighter, allows you to equip 1 attachment per every single attachment slot in Gunsmith for the primary weapon. 

Here’s a the Wildcards in the Alpha build: 

  • Danger Close – Equip extra lethal and tactical equipment, and start with max ammo 
  • Law Breaker – Equip any weapon in either slot and equip any perks 
  • Gunfighter – Unlocks 3 additional attachments slots of your primary weapon 
  • Perk Greed – Equip 3 extra perks 

Field Upgrades

Field Upgrades also return from Modern Warfare and can be activated (on PS4) by pressing L1 + R1. 

There were four Field Upgrades available in the Alpha build of Black Ops Cold War. 

Here’s what the options are: 

  • Proximity Mine – Throwable mine, explodes shortly after one enemy runs or drives over it. Can be avoided by crouching. Destroys any vehicle that runs over it. 
    • Recharge Time: 2:00 
  • Sam Turret – Launches missiles at enemy air scorestreaks and player-piloted helicopters.
    • Recharge Time: 3:45 
  • Jammer – Creates an electronic disruption field, disabling enemy Field Upgrades and degrading enemy mini-map information. 
    • Recharge Time: 2:30 
  • Field Mic – Deploys a recording device that highlights enmity sounds on your mini-map 
    • Recharge Time: 3:15 

All in all, Treyarch is trying to combine the best of Black Ops and Modern Warfare class selection into one here in the game.

In terms of our impressions from our hands on experience, it seemed like majority used the Gunfighter Wildcard to unlock 7 attachment slots for the primary weapons instead of just 5. The class system is interesting, but also a little confusing if you’re new to Call of Duty. Lots to learn, and a lot of ways to put this together to make it work for you. 

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How to unlock and use Prestige Keys in Black Ops Cold War

Prestige Keys are rewards in the Black Ops Cold War progression system. Here is how to unlock and use them.

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The Prestige system in Black Ops Cold War opens up new challenges and rewards for players. One of the unique rewards you can earn is a Prestige Key. This is how you can acquire and use it.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is finally here, and things are a bit different this year with its progression system. Once you reach Military Rank 55, you will earn your first Prestige. In previous seasons, this would result in your entire loadout and level being reset. That is no longer the case.

Instead of grinding your levels back, you will be able to work towards more Prestige Levels without losing your existing gear and class. The new Seasons will bring more Prestige milestones, challenges, and rewards. One reward is for reaching a new Prestige rank is the Prestige Key.

Here is everything that you need to know about using Prestige Keys in Black Ops Cold War.

How to unlock Prestige Keys

The only way to earn these rewards is to play through Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Grind through the Multiplayer until you earn enough XP to surpass the base 55 Military Ranks. At this point, you’ll become season prestige rank 1 and enter into the prestige system.

Every time you reach a new Prestige rank, the game will give you a new sticker, emblem, and Prestige Key. You get these as rewards after passing through every 50 Season Levels. Other rewards include weapon blueprints and Battle Pass Tier Skips for the Battle Pass.

For a more detailed look at how the Prestige System works, you can look here.

How to Use Prestige Keys in Black Ops Cold War

Once you’ve got a Prestige Key in your hands, you may be wondering how you can use it. Its purpose is to unlock Legacy Prestige Icons when you use it at the Prestige Shop. These icons will be from the previous Call Of Duty games, and you can add them when you reach Prestige Master.

The bad news is that the Prestige Shop is not available until Season One opens up on December 10. When it finally begins, the game will also add additional Prestiges. You can keep earning XP up to level 1000 and then get milestone rewards after crossing 50 levels. This means you can get 20 milestones when the season resets.

At the moment, we can only wait for December 10 to come around so that we can use the Prestige keys. We’ll keep updating this article as more information becomes available.

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Black Ops Cold War Competitive Settings V1.01 announced

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Call of Duty League has announced the first version of the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Competitive Settings for the 2021 season.

UPDATE – Nov. 23: Activision has updated the Call of Duty League Competitive Settings to no longer have Semtex restricted.

These settings will be updated and changed as the seasons go on, and as more feedback is given from players to Treyarch & CDL.

The 2021 Call of Duty League season will kick off soon, with a full schedule on the season to be announced by the League in the near future.

Competitive Call of Duty rules adjust over time. The rules below represent the settings in place for Call of Duty Challengers events. Version 1 of the 2021 season Competitive Settings is foundational and rules may change throughout the year. Maps and modes may also change at a later date.

Competitive Settings V 1.0 have been developed in coordination between League Administration and representatives (players, coaches) of the Call of Duty League.

The season begins with the Call of Duty Challengers online Elite & Scout events in December.

Competitive Rule Set V1.0

Maps & Modes:

  • Hardpoint
    • Cartel
    • Checkmate
    • Crossroads
    • Garrison
    • Moscow
  • Search & Destroy:
    • Checkmate
    • Crossroads
    • Garrison
    • Miami
    • Moscow
  • Control:
    • Checkmate
    • Garrison
    • Moscow

Restricted Items:

  • Primary Weapons:
    • All LMGs
  • Secondary Weapons:
    • All Shotguns
    • All Launchers
    • All Special Weapons
  • Attachments
    • Body
      • SWAT 5MW Laser Sight
      • Ember Sighting Point
    • Stock
      • Dual Wield
  • Tactical:
    • Stimshot
    • Decoy
  • Lethal:
    • C4
    • Tomahawk
  • Field Upgrade:
    • Proximity Mine
    • Field Mic
    • Gas Mine
  • Perks:
    • Perk 1:
      • Paranoia
      • Forward Intel
    • Perk 2:
      • Tracker
  • Wildcard:
    • Danger Close
  • Scorestreaks:
    • Combat Bow
    • Spy Plane
    • Counter Spy Plane
    • Care Package
    • Sentry Turret
    • Air Patrol

More information on the Call of Duty League Competitive Settings, including specific settings for Hardpoint, S&D, and Control modes, are available on the CDL site.

As always, stay tuned for the latest news on the Call of Duty League 2021 season.

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Black Ops Cold War Nov 23 Patch Notes: MP Spawn Updates

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Treyarch has released a patch for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on November 23rd.

A new in-game update for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is now live on all platforms that addresses spawns, stability, and bugs across MP & Zombies.

The update includes a pass on Hardpoint spawns and preps the game for the launch of Nuketown, coming November 24 at 10AM PT. Nuketown will be available for free for everyone on all platforms.

Patch Notes

MULTIPLAYER

Spawns

  • Adjusted Hardpoint spawn logic to reduce average travel time to active Hardpoints.
  • Adjusted enemy weighting for spawns in Crossroads Strike and Armada Strike.

Fireteam: Dirty Bomb

  • Addressed a UI error that could sometimes occur when loading into a match of Fireteam: Dirty Bomb on Ruka.

Perks

  • Addressed an issue that would prevent Flak Jacket from properly protecting the player from explosive damage in Hardcore modes.

ZOMBIES

Field Upgrades

  • Addressed an issue where the player could earn Field Upgrade charge while their Ring of Fire was currently activated.

Enemies

  • Addressed an issue that sometimes caused zombies to use their ranged attack unexpectedly.
  • Addressed a rare issue that could rarely cause the Megaton to be permanently invincible after splitting.

Stability

  • Added various stability fixes.

Source: Treyarch

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