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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 quickscoping loadout for CoD: Cold War Season 3

Quickscoping is one of the most fun ways to play CoD, so here’s everything you need to quickscope in Black Ops Cold War Season 3.

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To master the art of quickscoping in CoD: Black Ops Cold War Season 3, equip our best Swiss K31 loadout with attachments and perks.

There’s no better way to flex your skill in a final killcam than hitting a nasty three-piece with a Sniper Rifle. Quickscoping montages are how some of Call of Duty’s biggest brands such as OpTic and FaZe had their start, after all.

Quickscoping has remained viable, difficult, and fun to this day, but you’ll need the best class to do it. Black Ops Cold War Season 3 has plenty of maps and opportunities for snipers to dominate, so here is the best weapon, attachments, and perks to quickscope in Black Ops Cold War.

Best Swiss K31 quickscoping attachments

Stitch quickscoping Cold War Season 3
  • Barrel: 24.9″ Tiger Team
  • Body: Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Magazine: 8 Rnd Mags
  • Handle: Serpent Wrap
  • Stock: Raider Pad

When quickscoping in Black Ops Cold War, you want to run Season 3’s new Swiss K31 as the weapon is almost designed for quickscoping.

This Swiss K31 is built exclusively for speed, allowing you to take out multiple targets in quick succession. Aim for the chest while quickscoping with this loadout as it’s an easier target to hit, and it will guarantee you a one-shot kill at almost any range.

The 24.9″ Tiger Team vastly improves in the Swiss K31 in almost every way. Before you unlock this barrel, you’ll land a lot of hit markers but after equipping it, you’ll have no problem getting One Shot, One Kill medals. You’ll find your K31 does more damage, fires faster, reloads quicker, and is more accurate.

BOCW Swiss K31

You need your reaction time to be at a maximum while quickscoping, so you can’t take the second to decide if you really did see the enemy. The Tiger Team Spotlight will mark enemies for you, putting your reaction time at a maximum.

To hit multiple shots in quick succession, you want to go for a bigger magazine. The 8 Rnd Mag is perfect, as you have more than enough shots to take out the other team in 6v6 game modes without any major downsides. However, you should bear in mind that the Tiger Team barrel will reduce the mag size to six shots.

To further increase the Swiss K31’s speed, you want to add the Serpent Wrap and Raider Pad. Together, these attachments will vastly increase your ADS and sprint to fire time, hitting your shots before the enemy can take you out.

With the Lawbreaker Wildcard equipped, pair this K31 with the new PPSH-41 and you’ll be hard to beat, or you can have fun with the Ballistic Knife.

Best perks for quickscoping in BOCW

Black Ops Cold War Tactical Mask perk
  • Perk 1: Tactical Mask
  • Perk 2: Scavenger
  • Perk 3: Gung-Ho

The one weapon class that suffers from stun grenades and other equipment with disorientating effects is Sniper Rifles. So the Tactical Mask will help make immune to their effects.

You don’t get that much ammo with a Sniper Rifle, so Scavenger will help you to stock up, whilst Gung-Ho will allow you to reload while sprinting, as well as change weapons faster.

How to unlock the Swiss K31 in Cold War

Black Ops Cold War Swiss K31

The Swiss K31 requires little effort to unlock with budding Marksmen able to get their hands on it at Tier 31 of the Season 3 Battle Pass. Play games of Cold War and take look at our Battle Pass leveling guide, and you’ll be quickscoping with this rifle in no time.

Best alternatives to the Swiss K31 in Cold War

If you haven’t unlocked the Swiss K31 yet, or it isn’t working out for you, then you can try some of CoD: Cold War’s best Sniper Rifles instead. The Pelington 703 is the next best thing, or you can choose the very popular LW3 Tundra for extra damage.


If you want to see what the best Black Ops Cold War guns are, and find your new favorite, you can check out our ranking and tier of every Cold War weapon.

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Best Swiss K31 loadout for CoD: Cold War Season 3

Black Ops Cold War Season 3’s new Swiss K31 Sniper Rifle is fast and powerful, so here are the best attachments and perks to run with it.

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Cold War Swiss K31 Sniper Rifle

The Swiss K31 is Black Ops Cold War’s new, fast Sniper Rifle. It’s ideal for quickscoping, so here are the best attachments and perks to run with it in Season 3.

As with all new seasons of Call of Duty, there are new weapons for players to level up and use across Black Ops Cold War and Warzone. For Season 3, we’ve been treated to the Ballistic Knife, the classic PPSH-41, and the all-new Swiss K31 Sniper Rifle.

The Swiss K31 is designed to be fast. It has a rapid ADS time, as well as quick bolt time, and plenty of bullets in the mag to boot.

We’ve put together the best attachments and perks to run with the Swiss K31, which will make it perfect for quickscoping.

Best Swiss K31 loadout in Cold War Season 3

Black Ops Cold War Swiss K31
  • Barrel: 24.9″ Tiger Team
  • Body: Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Stock: Raider Stock
  • Magazine: 8 Rnd Mag
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap

This Swiss K31 is built for quickscoping on Cold War’s smaller maps, but it also packs enough punch to hit some nice longshots.

To start, the 24.9″ Tiger Team barrel completely transforms the Swiss K31. It deals much more damage, so you’ll be able to kill full-health players in only one shot to the chest. To spot enemies at further ranges and in dark corners, the Tiger Team Spotlight will increase your Reveal Distance.

To vastly speed up your sprint to fire time and ADS speed, you should run the Raider Stock and Airborne Elastic Wrap. You’ll be able to scope in before the enemies can react, allowing for rapid quickscope kills.

And to give you a few more shots, you should run the 8 Rnd Mag. However, the Tiger Team barrel will reduce this mag size to six, which is still the perfect amount.

Best perks to run with the Swiss K31 in Cold War Season 3

Flak Jacket Perk Cold War

We recommend running the Perk Greed Wildcard with the Swiss K31, as you’ll get to equip two perks in each slot.

  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket & Tactical Mask
  • Perk 2: Scavenger & Assassin
  • Perk 3: Gung-Ho & Ghost

Lethal and Tactical Equipment will often be the death of you, so Flak Jacket and Tactical Mask will keep you alive no matter what the enemy throws at you.

There’s nothing worse than running out of ammo, so Scavenger will allow you to resupply ammo from dead bodies. And then, you can use the Assassin perk for some extra score when killing enemies on Scorestreaks.

And finally, Gung-Ho will increase your mobility further, letting you reload on the fly, as well as swap weapons faster. To pull off effective flanks, Ghost will keep you hidden from UAVs too.

How to unlock the Swiss K31 in Cold War Season 3

Swiss K31 in Cold War

The Swiss K31 is simple to unlock – you simply need to hit Tier 31 in the Season 3 Battle Pass.

It’s also completely free. So play games of either multiplayer, Zombies, or Warzone, and follow our guide on ranking up the pass quickly.

Best alternatives to the Swiss K31 in Cold War

The Swiss K31 excels at quickscoping at close-medium range. If you haven’t unlocked it yet, Cold War provides some other snipers that will be well worth running in Season 3.

The ZRG 20mm is the polar opposite, being slow but dealing an incredible amount of damage. And for something in the middle ground, you can never go wrong with the LW3 Tundra.


If battle royale is more your cup of tea, you can check out the best Swiss K31 loadout for Warzone.

If you’re looking for your next favorite Black Ops Cold War weapon, no matter the class, you can check out our full tier list of every Cold War gun.

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Best PPSH-41 loadout for CoD: Cold War Season 3

CoD’s electrifying new PPSH-41 SMG is here, and we’ve put together a complete loadout to help it excel in Cold War Season 3.

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The meta in Black Ops Cold War has changed massively thanks to the introduction of the PPSH-41 SMG. Season 3’s devastating new gun has the potential to be the best gun in Cold War, so let’s make it so with the best attachments and perks.

The base version of the PPSH-41 is already a ferocious entity that can rip through a whole team in seconds. Once you start slapping on some awesome attachments and equipping the right perks, then your performance really will boil down to your skill.

Season 3 has already switched up the meta significantly by nerfing some of the game’s biggest assets such as the Streetsweeper, FFAR, M16, and AUG all being nerfed. This has paved the way for some new heroes.

Unlocking the PPSH-41 is easy enough, but use this loadout to truly master it.

Best PPSH-41 attachments for Cold War Season 3

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It goes without saying that to replicate this loadout, you will need the Gunfighter Wildcard equipped to allow for 8 attachments.

  • Optic: Microflex LED
  • Muzzle: KGB Eliminator
  • Barrel: 14.9″ Rifled
  • Body: KGB Target Designator
  • Underbarrel: Spetznaz Grip
  • Mag: Fast Mag
  • Handle: Speed Grip
  • Stock: Raider Stock

For a clean sight, we want the Microflex LED optic, and we want an even bigger reduction in recoil with the KGB Eliminator.

We get a big range boost from the 14.9″ Rifled barrel at little cost to anything else, and the KGB Target Designator is keeping up the KGB theme because we like its Reveal Distance abilities.

The Spetsnaz Grip aids the transformation of the PPSH into a laser, whereas we’ve applied a Fast Mag because we feel the clip size is already generous.

We’ve gone for the trusty Speed Grip to boost ADS time and the Raider Stock to allow us more freedom to run around and still instantly snap onto an enemy.

Best perks to run with the PPSH-41 in Cold War Season 3

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  • Perk 1: Tactical Mask
  • Perk 2: Assassin
  • Perk 3: Gung-Ho

Lots of this class will involve running, so chances are you’re going to run into a pesky Gas Mine (or nine) so the Tactical Mask will make you immune to its irritating effects.

Regardless of your ability, you’re going to be scoring a few kills with this loadout, so Assassin will earn you some valuable points – make sure you have the right Scorestreaks equipped.

Gung-Ho allows for lots of running, reloading on the move, quick weapon switching, and is a necessity.

How to unlock the PPSH-41 in Cold War Season 3

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To get your hands on the PPSH in Cold War Season 2, you just need to reach Tier 15 of the Season 3 Battle Pass.

It’s a free Tier, so play a few games and use the fastest ways to complete the Season 3 Battle Pass.

Best alternatives to Cold War’s PPSH-41

If you want an extra weapon to sit alongside the PPSH or if you are in need of a change, then we would recommend either the Krig 6 for more Assault Rifle firepower or the Gallo SA12 for a quick weapon to swap to and finish the enemy off.


That’s the PPSH sorted for Black Ops Cold War’s multiplayer. But it also packs a serious punch in Warzone, so you can always check out our best PPSH-41 Warzone Season 3 loadout too.

See our tier list of every weapon in Black Ops Cold War to see where we rank them all.

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