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Black Ops Cold War Season 1 weapon balance changes revealed

YouTuber JGOD has revealed the weapon changes for Black Ops Cold War Season 1, ahead of the official patch notes releasing December 15.

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Black Ops Cold War received an update late on December 14, which finalized the prep for Season 1 launching December 15. The patch notes won’t be released until around 11PM PT, but YouTuber JGOD has revealed the new weapon changes.

Treyarch confirmed huge weapon changes would be coming in Black Ops Cold War Season 1, and that update last night. The patch notes won’t be released until the season officially begins at 11PM PT, so players don’t yet know exactly what was changed.

Before the update, certain weapons were clearly overperforming, while others were underperforming. The FFAR Assault Rifle dominated launch week and was then nerfed into the ground with a massive increase to recoil and a reduction to its effective damage range.

The Tactical Rifles, specifically the AUG and M16, are regarded as two of the most powerful weapons in the game. They are capable of one-bursting players at most ranges with minimal recoil, leading to many players calling for them to be nerfed.

The M16 in Black Ops Cold War

Treyarch revealed they are tuning the Tactical Rifles, but we don’t know exactly what has changed.

This is where content creators such as JGOD come in. He has investigated all of the weapon changes and revealed what’s changed on his Twitter.

Cold War Season 1 weapon changes

JGOD has detailed what weapons have been nerfed and buffed following the final Black Ops Cold War season 1 preparation update. Check out his handy chart below, which gives exact values for what has changed, and reveals if an overall buff or nerf has been applied.

The FFAR has seen the most dramatic change. It’s range and horizontal recoil have both been improved, so it should be a more viable weapon after this update.

Surprisingly, the M16 didn’t get touched. In the last weapon tuning patch, the M16 wasn’t nerfed as hard as the AUG, so it was expected it would get a proper rebalance this time round.

Black Ops Cold War Season 1

The AUG’s damage has been reduced from 54 to 51. Testing will be required to see how this impacts gameplay, but it’s possible this slight nerf has reduced the AUG’s one-burst potential. Still, it appears the AUG will remain one of the strongest weapons in the game.

JGOD put a disclaimer, saying all SMGs now have the same sprint-to-fire time, but the in-game stats aren’t accurate so more testing will be required.

Stay tuned to CharlieINTEL, as we’ll break down the Season 1 patch notes once they drop.

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How to get Call of Duty League Stage 1 rewards

Call of Duty League Stage 1 kicks off on February 11, and by watching you can get in-game rewards such as calling cards and double XP.

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CDL Stage 1 rewards

Call of Duty League 2021 kicks off on February 11 and offers viewers a ton of free in-game items to earn, so here’s how to unlock the CDL Stage 1 viewership rewards.

Following the CDL Kickoff Classic, the Call of Duty League will officially kick off on February 11 with the Opening Weekend hosted by Atlanta FaZe.

With Dallas Empire looking to defend their title, the return of H3CZ’s OpTic, and newcomers LA Thieves looking to prove themselves, it’s shaping up to be a great year for competitive Call of Duty fans.

While watching the narratives of the year unfold, you can also earn free in-game rewards such as calling cards and double XP just for watching. Here’s how to get the CDL Stage 1 rewards.

How to earn CDL Stage 1 rewards

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To earn the free in-game rewards for the CDL launch weekend, you must have an Activision account. If you don’t have one already, you can create one on Activision.com by heading to ‘register’ in the right-hand corner.

Link CoD account to YouTube

Rewards are earned by watching CDL Stage 1 through a YouTube account linked to Call of Duty.

To link your account on PC and mobile:

  1. Open YouTube.com or the YouTube app
  2. Select your profile photo and hit ‘settings’
  3. Click on ‘Connected Apps’
  4. Locate ‘Activision’ and hit ‘connect’
  5. Sign in to your Activision account

While signed in with your linked YouTube account, watch CDL matches on YouTube, CallofDutyLeague.com, or the COD companion app to earn the rewards.

Account linking begins on Wednesday, January 27, so make sure to link accounts between then and February 11.

CDL Stage 1 in-game rewards

CDL viewership rewards

For watching at least 60 minutes of the CDL opening weekend on February 11-14, you will earn the ‘cash stack’ weapon charm to hang on your weapons in multiplayer and battle royale.

And as you watch matches throughout Stage 1, you’ll earn Double XP and Double Weapon XP tokens to redeem for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.

For watching at least three hours of the Stage 1 Major in the first week of March, you can earn three competitive CoD themed calling cards and an emblem. With these, you can channel your inner Cellium by rocking the ‘Snaked’ calling card and taunt your opponents with the ‘salty’ emblem.

With League Play confirmed to be arriving in Black Ops Cold War in the coming weeks, the calling cards and emblem will be perfect additions to complement your grind.

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NICKMERCS shows powerful DMR Warzone Season 1 loadout

Streamer NICKMERCS gave us a close look at his preferred loadout for the DMR in Call of Duty: Warzone in his latest video.

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NICKMERC's DMR loadout

Call of Duty content creator Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff showed off his loadout for the DMR in Warzone, which gives the gun a major buff, while making up for the recent nerf that it received.

The DMR has received various nerfs throughout its history in Call of Duty: Warzone, but it remains one of the fastest killing guns in the game. While it’s not as powerful as it used to be, it’s still a great weapon choice in Season 1. 

It comes with an impressive firing, high damage, and almost precise accuracy. NICKMERCS is well aware of the DMR’s capabilities in combat, and he posted a YouTube video in which he recommended a specific loadout for the weapon.

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NICKMERCS’ DMR Warzone loadout

Nick’s new DMR loadout is quite different post-nerf It’s designed to compensate for the weapon’s recent changes, and to give some major boosts to the damage that it can dish out in combat.

He makes use of the following attachments:

  • Muzzle: Infantry Compensator
  • Barrel: 16.3” Titanium 
  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Foregrip 
  • Ammunition: 30 Rnd Speed Mag 

The Infantry Compensator and 16.3” Titanium barrel, are the newest additions to his loadout. The former minimizes the DMR’s vertical recoil so that you don’t have to worry about aiming problems when firing continuously.

Meanwhile, the 16.3” Titanium barrel and Field Agent Foregrip will further improve the gun’s already impressive rate of fire. This will complement the improved recoil control so that you’re able to fire a lot longer.

The Axial Arms 3x is one of the most useful Black Ops Cold War sights in the game, so you’ll be able to use this optic to engage your foes in different types of combat. This will make the DMR ideal for long, medium, and short-range battles.

He capped off the loadout with the 30-round Speed Mag, which will reduce the DMR’s reload time while providing you with enough ammo to continuously dish out pain to your opponents.

NICKMERCS was able to score 20 kills in a single game with this loadout equipped, so it’s definitely worth trying out. It’s clear why the DMR is still one of the most widely picked weapons in Warzone, even after the nerfs it received.

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Hilarious video explains why the Call of Duty Raid map makes no sense

A funny, player-made video has explained, with evidence, as to why one of CoD’s most popular maps ever actually makes zero sense.

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The nature of Call of Duty maps is often overlooked and Raid may actually be the worst offender out of any. The Replay Mode YouTube channel has created a satirical video that explains the map’s peculiarities.

Raid came into our lives in 2012 with Treyarch’s CoD: Black Ops II. The exquisitely designed map takes place on the grounds of a multi-million dollar property, featuring an expensive sports car, a stylish sculpture, a massive pool, and many other lavish features.

Until now, it’s always been regarded as one of Call of Duty’s greatest multiplayer maps, but a new perspective has revealed that it’s actually quite a bizarre creation.

cod bocw front of raid house map

A YouTube channel by the name of Replay Mode has posted many satirical videos that clearly parody many elements of Black Ops Cold War. Some of these videos include compilations of amusing player IDs, showcasing CoD glitches, and most notably tours of the game’s maps.

One of the videos is the “Accurate Tour of Raid” and it points out many key details that people have perhaps been unaware of due to the all-encompassing nature of the map’s combat.

The narration systematically dissects all the blinding obvious faults with this piece of ill-conceived estate, and you quickly wonder why you’ve never realized these details before.

For instance, the Master Bedroom provides a sumptuous view of the pool but doesn’t connect to anything else. The Kitchen is isolated, meaning you have to take your food outside to get to a more relaxing area of the house.

But the icing on the cake has to be Raid’s Panic Room. A type of room that’s designed to be so tightly secured that no one can get in. Yet the room has a gaping window that anyone could access.

The video is made in jest of course and is just a light-hearted interpretation of the map’s more irrational aspects. You should definitely check out the full video.

Just remember, the next time you’re in the middle of a heated game of Raid, someone’s pizza is getting rained on.

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