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Black Ops Cold War SBMM test shows some harsh realities

YouTubers JGOD, Drift0r, TheXclusiveAce & S0ur have conducted a study on Black Ops Cold War’s skill based matchmaking system.

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A test on the Black Ops Cold War skill-based matchmaking system shows some grim data for skilled players.

In a test conducted by YouTubers JGOD, Drift0r, TheXclusiveAce, and S0ur, some alarming conclusions were found regarding the skill-based matchmaking system in Black Ops Cold War.

Using data points across multiple accounts with varying skill levels, the group was able to draw a few conclusions on the matchmaking algorithm. The results may surprise some.

What is skill-based matchmaking?

Skill-based matchmaking is the term coined for the matchmaking system in video games that strategically puts players of similar skill levels in the same game.

In most games, this system is only applied to ranked modes but sometimes are also included in the regular public matchmaking pool.

In Call of Duty specifically, there is more of a performance/engagement-based matchmaking, where the game will flex match by match, putting you in games of varying skill level depending on your past matches’ performance. This is most likely why players can feel like games get easier if they perform worse.

Skill Based Matchmaking test results

Three major conclusions were drawn for this test, which mostly impacts the highest percentile of players. If you’re the best of the best, these results will likely be something you come in contact with.

Firstly, the group found that connection is impacted by player skill, which is different from the previous Call of Duty titles.

Normally, the matchmaking algorithm puts player connection over every single parameter, but from the testing conducted, ping was raised by 50% in some cases just because the account used had a higher score per minute and K/D ratio. (Among other stats)

You can see the data in the graph below, where the rightmost bar on each graph is the main account of each respective content creator, compared to their test accounts of lower skill.

Secondly, it was found that higher skilled players in the top percentile are actually much more likely to match with players under their skill level due to the scarcity of players on the same level.

Unfortunately, due to the discrepancy caused in team averages due to the high-tier player, the matchmaking is likely to place the game’s worst players on the same team as the best player.

This means that in many instances, top-tier players will not taste victory unless they do some serious work for their team, which seems to be the stem of frustration for these specific players. Other than that specific percentile, though, the vast majority is most likely to play evenly matched games against their average skill level players.

Lastly, as stated by TheXclusiveAce, it was found that Black Ops Cold War’s “Skill based matchmaking system” is more-so an “engagement based matchmaking system” that adjusts based on player performance on a game to game basis, in an effort to keep players hooked for as long as possible.

It will give you easier games and harder games, depending on how you’ve been performing as a player.

If you’d like to watch the full study by all the content creators, we’ve included links to all of the videos made by JGOD, Drift0r, and TheXclusiveAce. S0ur has yet to make a video, and we will link it if he does.

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How to set up Custom Games in Black Ops Cold War Season 4

Use our in-depth guide to learn how to set up your own Custom Games in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Season 4.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Season 4 has many weapons and modes for you to experiment with. Here’s how you can set up your own Custom Game.

For many players, the thought of stepping foot into CoD’s multiplayer is a terrifying prospect, and a quick warm-up against AI or friends is necessary. Or perhaps you want to test out a new weapon to see how it handles, but a competitive match won’t do it justice. Then a handy Custom Game is just the thing that you need.

The limitless freedom is what makes a Custom Game so handy. Black Ops Cold War has an ever-increasing roster of weapons and maps for players to dive into. Season 4 and its Reloaded update has really fleshed out the game with Mauer Der Toten vastly expanding the Zombies universe and new multiplayer maps to enjoy.

So let’s go over Custom Games and how you can set them up privately.

How to make a Custom Black Ops Cold War game

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Here is how you can set up a Custom Game for yourself in Black Ops Cold War:

  1. Boot up Cold War
  2. Head to the Black Ops Cold War lobby screen
  3. Select ‘Custom Games’ from the bottom left
  4. Go down until you find ‘Edit Game Rules’
  5. Click on ‘Settings’
  6. Manipulate them until you are satisfied

You can alter the details of the match by changing the time limit, the number of times you can respawn, and how long it takes to do so. You can also change the round score and mess around with some of the more advanced settings. These advanced options will give you even more control over how the game goes.

Generally, you can choose to play against other players, but only those who you want to invite. You can also choose to play with bots so you have a bit of practice before initiating a private game. If you want to simply get a feel for the loadout, then turn the bot difficulty down.

When you’re in a Custom Game, you can take your time and go through various new guns like the C58 and MG 82 LMG, use their attachments, and see how they affect your ability to play. You won’t have to worry about being shot by other rowdy players who would ruin your concentration and keep you focused on your own survival the entire time.

How to make a Custom BOCW Zombies game

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Setting up your own game of Zombies is generally very similar to the creation of a regular match.

Here is how you can set up a Custom Game for yourself:

  1. Open the Black Ops Cold War Zombies screen
  2. Press your right bumper or click on “Private” which is next to “Public”
  3. Create your own Custom Game

That’s it. It’s that simple. Now you can enjoy localized versions of Dead Ops 3, Die Maschine, Firebase Z, Outbreak, and Mauer Der Toten.

Where is the Custom Game button?

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During one of the Black Ops Cold War updates, many people became concerned that Custom Games had been removed altogether. The reality is that Treyarch inadvertently moves it further down every now and again.

Due to the addition of so many different playlist options, Custom Games have been relegated to the bottom of the pile. Simply keep scrolling down through the modes, and you’ll see that it’s still there.

That should cover everything you need to know about setting up a Custom Game in Black Ops Cold War.

Also, check out the best Outbreak loadout for CoD: Black Ops Cold War.

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How to get Warzone & Cold War Thrust Engine Blueprint

The Engine Thrust Blueprint has arrived in Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, find out how to acquire it with our quick and easy guide.

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The Special Ops Pro Pack is a new bundle in Call of Duty: Warzone and Cold War Season 4. It comes with many cool items, including the new Thrust Engine Blueprint, and our guide will show you how to get it.

Special skins and weapon Blueprints help to prolong longevity in Call of Duty as players get drawn to these stunning new cosmetics. Whether it’s running around looking like Rambo and John McClane, or wielding a gun that is a literal dragon, items like this keep people coming back.

The July 22, 2021 update saw some new bundles be added to the CoD store, one of which includes the glorious new Thrust Engine Blueprint.

Check our quick guide to see how you can grab it yourself.

Warzone & Cold War Thrust Engine Blueprint Guide: How to buy & price

Special Ops Bundle in CoD

The Thurst Engine Blueprint is a special weapon skin for the FARA 83 Assault Rifle, and it gives it a secretive black coating to go with Portnova’s new Roze-like skin.

To claim the bundle for yourself, you’ll just need to do the following:

  1. Boot up either ‘Black Ops Cold War’ or ‘Warzone’
  2. Head on over to the ‘Store’ tab
  3. Search through the Bundles until you see the ‘Special Ops Pro Pack’
  4. Select it, and use COD Points to purchase the bundle
  5. Now equip any items from the bundle you desire!

If you’re looking to buy it, the Special Ops Pro Pack will set you back $19.99 / £16.79

What items do you get with the Special Ops Pro Pack Bundle?

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The main Operator skin and weapon Blueprint aren’t the be-all and end-all for everyone, so it’s important to know everything that comes with the bundle.

Here’s what you get with the Special Ops Pro Pack Bundle:

  • Hypersonic Operator Skin
  • Sound Barrier SMG Blueprint
  • Thrust Engine Assault Rifle Blueprint
  • Ace Pilot Calling Card
  • Challenge Coin Emblem
  • 2,400 COD Points

The COD Points are a decent part of this bundle as it can pay for more Bundles, or even pay for the Season 5 Battle Pass.

Also, check out the new CoD: Mobile Undead Siege Zombies game mode.

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Black Ops Cold War players call for major change to Special weapons

The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War community is calling for Treyarch to make a major change to the Special weapons category.

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Cold War Special Weapons

Special weapons are some of the most unique and exciting items in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, but community members are calling for Treyarch Studios to make a major change to how they operate.

There are various categories of weapons that players can use to battle their enemies in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. The game has the standard Assualt Rifles, SMGs, LMGs, Pistols, and more.

However, it also has a category known as Special weapons, which consist of unconventional weapons that allow players to collect some highlight and adrenaline-fueled kills.

While these weapons can be extremely powerful, Black Ops Cold War players have begun to call for a major change in how the Special weapons can be used in the game.

Black Ops Cold War Special Weapons

Taking to the official Black Ops Cold War subreddit, community member -Lusty- started a thread stating that they wished that the Special weapons had attachments players could equip like all of the other weapon categories in Cold War.

Many other players agreed as they wish there were attachments available for the Black Ops Cold War Special weapons that would allow them to change the playstyle of the weapons or offer new ways to use these items.

An example was given by community member springsight, who commented that they would like to see things like smoke rounds for the M97 Grenade Launcher.

“I want something that makes the launcher actually viable. Give me smoke rounds, flash rounds, semtex rounds, I just want to make things go boom :(.”

There is no doubt that the addition of attachments to the M97 Grenade Launcher, Ballistic Knife, Nail Gun, and R1 Shadowhunter Crossbow would make for even more exciting moments for Black Ops Cold War players to experience.

For more Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, check out how to play Season 4 Reloaded Multiplayer and Zombies content for free, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

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