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All Black Ops Cold War multiplayer maps: Standard, Gunfight, & Fireteam

Study up – here’s the maps in Black Ops Cold War.

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Black Ops Cold War includes a set of new maps for Multiplayer plus the new Combined Arms and Fireteam mode. Here’s the maps available/announced as of January 14, 2021.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will deliver multiple new maps that are played across a variety of modes. Some modes will support large player counts, which means some maps will be exclusive to certain larger modes.

Currently, the known variations of modes in Black Ops Cold War are: standard multiplayer at 6v6, Combined Arms at 12v12, and Fireteam at 40 players.

Here’s a full breakdown of every map available now in Black Ops Cold War, and what modes they support.

Standard Multiplayer Maps (6v6 & 12v12)

Express (Coming Feb. 4)

Returning from Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Express arrives Feb. 4 in Black Ops Cold War as a 6v6 Multiplayer favorite, known fondly as the hi-tech train station that hosted many a jaw-dropping moment in competitive Call of Duty history. Express is a roughly U-shaped map featuring two train tracks looping around the transportation hub’s main hall. Players can expect plenty of close-quarters combat in the hall, but should note that its glass ceiling leaves it susceptible to enemy Scorestreaks.

Long-range combat can take place across the train tracks, especially when looking out from the skybridges on either side of the map. These areas are also great places to watch one of the high-speed trains bolt by the station on one of the tracks, where it won’t hesitate to take out any Operator who doesn’t mind the gap.

  • Player Count Supported: 6v6 Modes 

Raid

A legendary map that debuted in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Raid is a sprawling luxury complex within the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, California. Fighting takes place across the living space, including a lush courtyard at the map’s center, a bedroom overlooking a breathtaking pool area, a basketball half court, a well-kept garden and nearby guest living space, and the iconic roundabout entrance to the mansion. Don’t stop to admire this exquisite dream home; the three-lane design gives way to competitive 6v6 combat, especially in objective modes where the central courtyard draws in action from all sides.

  • Player Count Supported: 6v6 Modes 

The Pine

Located in a neon-drenched New Jersey shopping center, The Pines is a medium-sized, multi-level map at 2900 Churman Drive, just off the I-189. The date is January 21, 1984, and there’s little time to check out the latest tech at Radio House or drop a few quarters into the Pitfall!™  machine at the Galaxy Room: This is where Stitch and Adler get reacquainted. Cutting through the unique shops that populate the side lanes allows for quick, intense close-quarter battles and focused combat, while heading through the middle of the mall enables longer range assault rifle and sniper-focused duels.

  • Player Count Supported: 6v6 Modes 

Nuketown ’84

Nuketown is back as Nuketown ’84 in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. This new free map was made available on November 24.

  • Player Count Supported: 6v6 Modes 

Checkmate

Checkmate is a new map that supports 6v6 modes. That map is set inside a training facility in Berlin, East Germany. 

NATO Special Forces shutdown a hidden Perseus training facility, built to practice an assassination attempt against the POTUS. 

  • Player Count Supported: 6v6 Modes 

Garrison

Garrison is a new map that supports 6v6 modes. This map was one of the first leaked maps for the game, when Alpha gameplay footage was shown online in June. The map is set in Hanover, West Germany. 

Perseus ups the ante by targeting a NATO base in Hanover, West Germany, during a joint military exercise. 

  • Player Count Supported: 6v6 Modes 

Miami

Miami supports standard 6v6 gameplay and features a neon-lit street area. Surrounding the street is a hotel with a pool (complete with a working diving board), clubs, and even a beach.

  • Player Count Supported: 6v6 modes

Cartel

Cartel supports Standard modes and Combined Arms modes. Cartel features a large center lane filled with cover and bushes, a hangar for CQC, and a sniper tower overlooking the middle lane.

Cartel will be playable in both 6v6 and 12v12 modes with different variations of the map for different player counts.

  • Player Counts Supported: 6v6 and 12v12 modes

Crossroads

Crossroads is a Combined Arms map for 12v12 combat. The map features long sight lines across a frozen lake, a sniper overlook, multiple bomb proof buildings, tanks and snowmobiles.

Crossroads will be feature both a 6v6 variation and 12v12 variation.

  • Player Count Supported: 6v6 and 12v12 modes

Armada

Armada is set on the North Sea and features a unique design. It features three large battleships, each connected via zip lines. The central ship is where most of the main combat occurs, and the other 2 ships serve as main spawn hubs for each team. You can find heavy turrets mounted on the battleships to use, or take to the water in a speedboat or gunboat.

Armada will feature both a 6v6 and 12v12 variation at launch.

  • Player Count Supported: 6v6 and 12v12 modes

Moscow

Moscow is a 6v6 map packed with tight spaces and short sightlines. It is a truly classical 3 lane Call Of Duty map and is best for close-quarters combat. Playing Domination or Hardpoint on this map is a must try.

  • Player Count Supported: 6v6 modes

Satellite

Satellite features wide open map design – perfect for long distance engagements. Snipers will populate the sand dunes and SMG/AR players will use the conveniently placed rock lanes to cross into enemy territory. In the middle rests a downed airplane that provides cover from the snipers on the opposite side of the map.

  • Player Count Supported: 6v6 modes

Gunfight Maps

Game Show

Engage your fellow contestants in a battle of wits and gunfire, with the emphasis on the gunfire. This studio setting features plenty of places to engage a less cerebral form of competition, from the contestant podium to the stepped stage and ‘80s camera equipment.

  • Modes Supported: Gunfight

ICBM

Set inside a remote launch bay of a clandestine launch facility, engage in explosive combat under the gigantic exhausts of an inter-continental ballistic missile. A roughly circular setting, with control stations, support struts, and a central payload area all viable options to take cover behind.

  • Modes Supported: Gunfight

KGB

Hammer victory home among the ostentatious trappings of the old USSR: Deep within the famous Lubyanka KGB building is an ornate hallway of imposing marble. Seek cover behind thick wooden desks and tall library bookcases and secure a Gunfight win for you and your comrade.

  • Modes Supported: Gunfight

U-Bahn

Descend into the underground tunnels beneath West Berlin. Look past the concourse and tile walls of the Metro platform and storm the parked train and open subway carriage using the graffiti-covered subway car, central support pillars, and other areas as cover during this subterranean assault.

  • Modes Supported: Gunfight

Fireteam Maps

Sanatorium

Ten squads of four will head up to the Ural Plains to fight over objectives and vehicles on land, sea, and air. Here in the Urals is a Soviet experimental health retreat – the focus of a clandestine investigation by NATO forces in September 1984. Low wooded hills provide cover for squads to gain reconnaissance over the main, roughly circular-shaped main “hotel”: a concrete, brutalist architectural behemoth flanked by lakeside structures and a large wooden dock.

With links to secret testing within State Sanatorium U-23, notes found within the grounds of this sprawling complex indicate a conditioning trial known as Project Golova.

  • Player Count Supported: Fireteam Dirty Bomb Mode (40 Players)

Alpine

Alpine is one of the Fireteam exclusive maps. It supports a total player count of 40 players, mixed into squads of 4. Battle through the large ski-slope terrain on foot, or hop on a snowmobile.

Ruka

Ruka takes place in the Ural Mountains in the U.S.S.R. This map is specifically made for the Fireteam modes and features combat in large cabins and forest land.

We’ll continue to update this post as we learn more about what maps will be available in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War at launch.

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Best CARV.2 loadout for CoD: Cold War Season 3

CoD: Black Ops Cold War Season 3 has added the new CARV.2 burst-rifle, so here’s the best loadout for it with great attachments and perks.

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The burst rifle meta is back with the CARV.2. The newly-added gun looks to unseat the AUG and M16 as the king of Black Ops Cold War, and here’s the best loadout for it with perks and attachments.

After a sustained period of dominance, burst weapons were recently nerfed and have dented the usability of Tactical Rifles in Call of Duty.

Both Cold War and Warzone have seen the likes of the M16 and AUG suffer as a result, but the CARV.2 is a mean rebel that wants to restore the class’s integrity.

Here’s how to make a powerful, laser-precise CARV.2 class in Black Ops Cold War Season 3.

Best CARV.2 attachments for Cold War Season 3

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  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Muzzle: Infantry Compensator
  • Barrel: 22.5″ Task Force
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Foregrip
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap

We’re gonna swap out Cold War’s CARV’s decent iron sights for our old favorite, the Axial Arms 3x optic for increased magnification. Next up is the Infantry Compensator as the burst nature of the spread sends the gun upwards, so reducing vertical recoil is key.

Now, we’ve opted for the 22.5″ Task Force barrel as even though it comes at the detriment of accuracy, the nerfing of burst weapons is negated slightly by the power of this barrel.

We’re normally a big advocate of the Field Agent Foregrip, but it’s even more crucial here to restore some of the accuracy sacrificed by the barrel. Finishing off our CARV.2 loadout is the Airborne Elastic Wrap as it’s a must for ADS and flinch resistance, giving you an edge in a 1v1.

Best perks to run with the CARV.2 in Cold War Season 3

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We’ve opted for the Perk Greed Wildcard, meaning you get an additional perk for each slot.

  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket, Paranoia
  • Perk 2: Assassin, Quartermaster
  • Perk 3: Ghost, Gung-Ho

Flak Jacket is still the undisputed king of perks as it basically gives you an impenetrable shield. The CARV.2 is less of a run and gun weapon, so we just want to be more aware of our surroundings with Paranoia.

We’re confident that kills will come easy with the CARV.2, so equip Assassin for more points, and use Quartermaster to drop more Gas Mines.

Finally, Ghost is great for keeping you quiet, and Gung-Ho is perfect for quickly switching to another weapon for close-range encounters.

How to unlock the CARV.2 in Cold War Season 3

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As with most new weapons, there is a certain challenge requirement that needs to be fulfilled first.

To unlock the CARV.2 you’ll need to either:

  • “Using Tactical Rifles, rapidly kill 2 or more players in 10 different completed matches” in Cold War or Warzone’s multiplayer.
  • “Using Tactical Rifles, get 250 Longshot kills” in Zombies.

Best alternatives to Cold War’s CARV.2

If you’re not up to the CARV.2, then the AK-47 is another bludgeoning ranged weapon, whereas the LC10 shreds up close.


That’s the Stoner 63 sorted for you in Black Ops Cold War’s multiplayer. Also, see our tier list of every weapon in Black Ops Cold War to see where we ranked them all.

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Ranking the 10 best Call of Duty maps ever

In nearly 20 years of Call of Duty games, which maps do we consider to be the absolute best? Find out as we rank the top 10 CoD maps ever.

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After playing Call of Duty games for so many years, it’s often crossed our mind, which is the best CoD map of all time? So we’ve gone through them all, and come up with what we believe to be the 10 best ever, and ranked them.

Between Infinity Ward, Treyarch, Sledgehammer Games, and Raven Software, the franchise’s main developers have created some astonishingly good maps over the years. Some have stood the test of time, with some becoming recurring features in multiple CoD games.

We decided to take the unenviable task of going through every single Call of Duty online multiplayer map and trying to pick the top 10 ever. Some CoD games don’t feature at all, and that doesn’t necessarily mean they were bad games, it’s just that some did it better.

Here is our official ranking of Call of Duty’s 10 best maps ever.

10. The Pines

cod map the pines

Black Ops Cold War probably won’t go down in the annals as an all-time great, but it’s had plenty of highspots, including The Pines.

A throwback to a certain, classic 1980s film, The Pines has a great environment to explore with frantic battles in shops, lots of verticality, several perch-type spots, and the middle of the map is very accessible thanks to walls and its fountain.

Also, see where it ranked on our list of the best Black Ops Cold War maps!

9. Highrise

cod map highrise

Modern Warfare 2 gave birth to the craziness of 360 no-scoping, quickscoping, and various other ridiculous sniping tricks that would become permanently etched in the early days of YouTube.

Lots of players we know now got their start using Highrise to climb to fame, and that’s also because it’s a great map. You can always use either building to become engaged in heated battles and use them for range before inevitably flying down to the rooftop below for even more conflict.

8. Bloc

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On the other hand, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare’s Bloc is probably the finest example of a sniping map in the series’ storied history.

Its predominant feature is the two opposing, war-torn apartment blocs that are quite literally set up for a battle of Sniper Rifles. It’s always great fun moving from window to window and changing floors to vary your attack. If that wasn’t your thing, then Bloc has plenty of avenues to storm both buildings and move around the edges of the map to ambush.

7. Rust

cod map rust

Before “1v1 me in the Gulag“, there was Rust. Taking the idea of a small map from CoD4’s Shipment, Rust still manages to create a small playground but added so many possibilities.

From its stairs-esque shaft to the ladder taking you to the top, there are so many ways you could get the jump on your opponent. Rust also has a myriad of crevices to move around in, making this tiny map feel massive.

6. Rammaza

cod map rammaza

Rammaza is not only a bright spot in an otherwise divisive 2019 Modern Warfare reboot, it’s also just a classic Call of Duty map.

With three different levels of fighting possible, a multitude of different ladders and stairs to allow fluid traversal, Rammaza is just big enough and has all its obstacles in the right place. It’s a great map on any game mode and one that we’d definitely like to see return.

5. Strike

cod map strike

There isn’t a wasted space in quite a sizable Strike map. The spawn points are well-hidden and it doesn’t feel bare in any parts.

It has several key spots such as the iconic middle building, the kitchen area, the houses near each spawn, and there are genuinely so many different ways to play it. Search & Destroy was a particular delight to play on Strike, and it’s aged very well.

4. Raid

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Raid might be the most scenic and stunning map on this list with this luxurious hollywood home boasting incredible architecture, mega-expensive sports cars, and even its own basketball court.

The map just feels unique and underlines this by allowing you to swim under its pool. It’s well-connected by the middle’s garden area and again, firefights can literally take place anywhere on the map. It was one of Black Ops Cold War’s first classic maps to be added to the game, and that’s because it’s still incredibly popular to do this day.

3. Firing Range

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Another smaller map that manages to cram so much into it that it’s hard not to love. The concept is great as we’ve found ourselves on these practice ranges in multiple CoD games, so now actually trying to kill people on it feels apt.

Firing Range is a hotbed for high-scoring games, but unlike a map such as Nuketown, Firing Range feels fair and doesn’t feel like you’ll be spawn-trapped for multiple deaths in a row. It’s definitely the best “small” map in Call of Duty history and we’re sure we’ll be seeing it for multiple games to come.

2. Terminal

cod map terminal

To many, the top spot is always going to boil down between one of two maps, and our number two spot goes to Terminal. If the action had perhaps been locked down to only the outside or inside, then Terminal wouldn’t fair so well.

But thankfully it doesn’t, and it leads to lots of crazy matches with close-range combat, long-range sniping, and everything in-between. Terminal perfectly manages to capture the balance of gameplay, whilst providing a cool backdrop at the same time.

1. Crash

cod map crash

The best map honor goes to Crash. If the sight of that destroyed helicopter doesn’t make you feel nostalgic then you probably never played Call of Duty 4. Infinity Ward’s take on modern warfare changed first-person shooters forever, and Crash is symbolic of this.

Gone were the days of the arena shooter, Crash represented a new era of detailed, intricate, multi-channeled maps with new ways to play each time. Whether you stayed at the top of the street to snipe down a lane, or headed to the bottom to ascend the three-story building, Crash had everything and more to make a map you wanted to play time and time again.

Which is why we believe it’s the best map in Call of Duty history.

Also, check out our 5 best Call of Duty games ever ranked: Full tier list too.


Do you disagree with any of our selections? Be sure to let us know on our Charlie INTEL Facebook Page and Charlie INTEL Twitter Page!

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How to unlock the CARV.2 in Warzone & Cold War Season 3

The CARV.2, or G11, has arrived in Warzone and Black Ops Cold War Season 3, so here’s how you can unlock it, no matter the mode.

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Black Ops Cold War and Warzone’s new Tactical Rifle, the CARV.2, commonly referred to as the G11, has finally arrived. Here’s everything you need to do to unlock it across CoD multiplayer, Warzone, and Zombies.

As with all new seasons of Call of Duty, there are new weapons to unlock and level up. Cold War and Warzone Seasons 2 and 3 have been particularly generous, offering players six new weapons in both seasons.

For Season 3, we’ve already received the Swiss K31, PPSH, and Ballistic Knife, but there are three new weapons on the way. Most exciting is a redesign of the original Black Ops’ burst-fire G11, now called the CARV.2, which has finally arrived in Cold War and Warzone.

Here’s how you can unlock the CARV.2 in Warzone and Cold War, as well as some top tips to get your hands on it quickly.

How to unlock the CARV.2 in Warzone and Cold War

How to unlock the CARV2 in Cold War and Warzone

The CARV.2 Tactical Rifle has now released in Warzone and Cold War Season 3, where players can either unlock it through in-game challenges or by purchasing a Blueprint through the store.

Season 2’s weapons, such as the ZRG 20mm Sniper Rifle and the R1 Shadowhunter are unlocked through challenges, and Season 3’s CARV.2 follows suit.

Here’s how to unlock the CARV.2 Tactical Rifle:

  • Multiplayer / Warzone: Using Tactical Rifles, rapidly kill 2 or more players in 10 different completed matches.
  • Zombies: Using Tactical Rifles, get 250 Longshot kills.
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No matter the mode, completing the challenge to unlock the CARV.2 is simple. For multiplayer, we recommend playing small maps like Nuketown or Season 3’s new Diesel map with a Tactical Rifle of your choice equipped.

For Warzone, we’d recommend completing the challenge in Plunder. You can guarantee you’ll get a Tactical Rifle in your loadout from the off, and players respawning gives you much more opportunities for a double kill.

But for these challenges, make sure you finish the match and don’t back out early, as that will cancel your progress.

And if Zombies is your favorite mode, you should use a Tactical Rifle in Outbreak. The huge maps can make almost every kill you get a Longshot.

How to get the CARV.2 Konsole Blueprint

CARV.2 Konsole Blueprint

Along with the challenge, a Blueprint for the CARV.2 is also available in the store. If you purchase the Plastik Porotype Bundle for 1200 CoD Points in either Cold War or Warzone, you’ll get access to the new Tactical Rifle with its Konsole Blueprint.

Along with this new Blueprint, you’ll receive a retro 80s themed Emblem, Charm, and Sticker, as well as a Battle Pass Tier Skip.


Black Ops Cold War’s Optics have recently seen a buff in Warzone, so you can check out which sight you should use on your CARV.2 once you’ve unlocked it.

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