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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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Treyarch has made some big changes to Black Ops Cold War Scorestreaks in Season 2

The Season 2 update of Black Ops Cold War & Warzone has led to Treyarch changing some of the game’s most notable Scorestreaks.

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Some significant changes have been made to several of Black Ops Cold War’s biggest Scorestreaks in Season 2, thanks to Treyarch.

Scorestreaks are one of, if not, the most effective ways of turning the tide in Call of Duty. A team can find itself being absolutely decimated by the other team in Team Deathmatch, but only one player needs to step up to change the game.

One well-coordinated attack later and you’re in control of a Gunship that is leveling the other team mercilessly. Treyarch did expand upon the game’s large repertoire of Scorestreaks recently with the addition of the new Death machine scorestreak.

Now they have made some interesting changes that could alter the dynamics of Call of Duty in Season 2.

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Not one, not two, but three of Black Ops Cold War’s Scorestreaks have been tinkered with. Their firepower and potency have not been reduced, but more so the conditions required to obtain them.

These are the Scorestreaks in question that have been changed, and by how much.

  • Air Patrol: Originally cost 2700 points, now costs 2400
  • Attack Helicopter: Originally cost 5000, now costs 4500
  • VTOL Escort: Reduced cost 7000, now costs 6500

Whilst some of these don’t appear to be gargantuan reductions, an extra 500 points off the usual cost really could be the edge that a team needs.

Arguably the weakest of the three scorestreaks is Air Patrol, as it’s a less attack-minded scorestreak and even when the time calls to use it, it can be difficult to take full advantage of.

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The two most noteworthy revisions come in the form of the Attack Helicopter and the VTOL – especially the latter. The Attack Helicopter is your classic, personal, roaming sky sniper that will pick off enemies. It’s a great scorestreak for the price, but it can be susceptible to launchers as you have no control over who, or what, it fires at.

We believe the biggest difference-maker is going to be the VTOL, which was already undervalued when compared to its damage capabilities. 7000 was always a very attainable score if you went on a decent streak and dabbled in the objective, but now it’s very achievable.

It’s hard to say why Treyarch has singled out these particular streaks, or why they’ve decreased the points needed. It’s not even the only change they’ve made as Season 2 has also welcomed a Shot Tracker System, and allowed players to view their Operator and weapon more closely.

In any event, the Black Ops Cold War skies could be about to become a lot busier.

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Black Ops Cold War players call for changes to Prestige Master Icons

Players are calling for change after their purchased Prestige Icons are locked until they reach Prestige Master in Cold War Season 2.

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Players can’t use their purchased Prestige Icons in Black Ops Cold War Season 2 until they reach Prestige Master. This has left a sour taste in their mouths, forcing them to call for change.

Black Ops Cold War’s Prestige Shop is designed to combine the traditional Prestige system with the new seasonal progression. For every Prestige a player hits in a season, they will unlock a Prestige Key which they can spend on classic icons, emblems, and calling cards from previous Call of Duty games.

You can only purchase and use these icons once you hit ‘Prestige Master’ at level 200. Because progression has been reset for Black Ops Cold War Season 2, players have lost access to their purchased icons, and they’re not happy.

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A post by Reddit user dgadano called out Treyarch, asking: “so you are telling me that I leveled up 200 levels, got my custom prestige icons and now I can’t use them til I level up 200 levels again?”

As reaching level 200 takes a considerable amount of playtime, some players may not have reached the Prestige Master until the end of the Season. As a user in the comments explains: “I spent so long the last two weeks grinding from level 100 to 200 just to unlock my favourite black ops 2 prestige icon and now I can’t even use it?”

For those who have grinded to unlock the Legacy Icons, it’s a kick in the teeth for them to be taken away at the start of the new season.

Players in the comments have reported progression has been considerably slower this season than last, so leveling up and getting access to already-purchased items again may take even longer in Season 2.

As the Prestige Level has been raised this season, it’s likely that the intention was for Season 2’s Prestige Icons to be used until players have hit Prestige Master. However, players who have spent time and effort unlocking their favorite icons are understandably frustrated and would like it changed.

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Best LC10 loadout for Black Ops Cold War Season 2

The LC10 SMG is an incredibly strong choice in Cold War Season 2, so here are the best attachment and perks to run with it.

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The LC10 is the latest addition to Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s SMG category, being added in the Season 2 update. Here are the best attachments and perks to maximize its potential in multiplayer.

As part of Black Ops Cold War Season 2, the LC10 is unlocked at Tier 31 of the Battle Pass. While also a strong choice in Warzone, the LC10 has the potential to dominate the close-range engagements of Cold War’s multiplayer.

The fire rate is moderate compared to Season 1’s extremely popular MAC-10, so fans of the AK-74u and MP5 will feel more at home when using it. To maximize the LC10’s potential in Cold War’s multiplayer, we’ve compiled the best attachments and perks you can run with it.

Best Cold War LC10 class

  • Muzzle: Muzzle Break 9
  • Barrel: 13.9” Task Force
  • Laser: Steady Aim Laser
  • Stock: Raider Stock
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Ammunition: STANAG 55 Rnd
  • Rear Grip: Airborne Elastic Wrap

This LC10 is built for mobility and accuracy, allowing you to quickly navigate the map without being restricted to point-blank range engagements.

The Task Force Barrel will vastly improve the LC10’s damage and range but will negatively affect its accuracy. To combat this, we’ve added the Muzzle Break 9 and Field Agent Grip to greatly reduce the recoil. Even if the enemy is a little further out, you’ll be able to challenge them with the LC10. It’s also worth adding the Steady Aim Laser for extra accuracy at point-blank range.

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The Raider Stock and Airborne Elastic Wrap will make you significantly more mobile, allowing you to strafe shoot and ADS extremely fast. And to allow you to fight for longer without reloading, we’ve also added the STANAG 55 Round magazine.

This LC10 class has been built with the Gunfighter Wildcard equipped so you can use every attachment slot. If you’d rather use Greed for more perks, you should remove the Steady Aim Laser and Muzzle Break 9.

Best perks for Cold War’s LC10

Perk 1: Flak Jacket

When trying to hold a Hardpoint or capture a Domination flag in Black Ops Cold War, expect a bombardment of explosives to come your way. With Flak Jacket equipped, you’ll render the enemies’ explosives almost useless.

Perk 2: Scavenger

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There’s nothing worse than running out of ammo and scrambling to find a useable weapon on the ground. With Scavenger, you’ll be able to replenish your ammo from dead players, allowing that Scorestreak to keep going.

Perk 3: Ninja

As SMGs are best suited for close-quarters combat, you’ll be able to utilize audio cues to survive.

With the Ninja perk equipped, your footsteps will be quietened, so enemies won’t hear yours and you’ll be able to hear theirs even more clearly.


The LC10 is a well-balanced SMG in Black Ops Cold War’s multiplayer, so work towards unlocking these attachments and you’ll have no problem winning gunfights.

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