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Black Ops Cold War & Warzone Season One Reloaded: Express, League Play, more

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Activision, Treyarch, and Raven Software have announced new content is coming to Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War & Warzone as part of Season One Reloaded.

In a new blog post on the Call of Duty site, the company has revealed all new content as Season One continues in Black Ops Cold War.

The first of the updates is the mid-Season update for Black Ops Cold War, which includes a new Fireteam map, new MP modes, and more across the game.

And, then new content is planned to arrive starting February 4 with the release of Express MP map and the next Zombies map, Firebase Z.

Get a deep dive into what’s new from Activision:

And the action won’t stop there. On February 4, prepare to witness the harrowing next chapter of the Dark Aether storyline in Zombies and return to a competitive fan-favorite Black Ops II map in Multiplayer, in addition to fresh bundles rolling out in the beginning of the month to celebrate the holidays of the season.

Need a visual on your target? We got you covered and then some.

New Weaponry

Wakizashi (Available Now)

A personal defense weapon and companion sword to the samurai’s katana, this traditionally forged blade uses two types of steel in its construction and is lightweight, resilient to force, and durable to wear.

Compared to the standard Knife, the Wakizashi offers a slightly better reach in exchange for speed, which opens up new strategies for those who swear on bringing knives to a gunfight.

Like the Streetsweeper shotgun, the Wakizashi can be unlocked via in-game challenge, where it can then be levelled up for camos and XP. A Blueprint from the same weapon family is also available today in the all-new “Disavowed Assassin” Bundle.

Operator Zeyna Joins the Fight on January 21

NATO gains another badass Operator for their ranks, as Zeyna Ossou, last seen alongside Bulldozer and Russel Adler at The Pines mall to take down Stitch, will be available for deployment next week.

This Senegal-born DGSE Mobility and Heavy Weapons specialist has been a motorhead for as long as she can remember. Growing up around the garages of her rally driver father, she jokes that she has gasoline in her veins. Although she is a risk-taker and a bit of a wild card during infiltrations, Zeyna’s colleagues know her to be the one you want at the tip of the spear.

Obtain Zeyna for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone as part of a Store Bundle during Season One.

Two Multiplayer Maps

Sanatorium (Live Now)

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.

Express (6v6) (February 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.

Multiplayer Modes

Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer receives even more new game modes throughout Season One, as well as the continuation of the fast-paced 3v3 experience, Face Off.

Dropkick (Live Now)

This frantic game of nuclear hot potato features two teams each vying for control of an extremely important briefcase. The round begins with each team racing to the location of the nuclear briefcase and attempting to pick it up. Anyone grabbing the briefcase is automatically equipped with a powerful pistol, but it’s ideally up to the rest of the team to keep the briefcase carrier safe. The team with the case gains access to launch codes, as well as an ever-increasing score for their team.

If you die while your team controls the briefcase, you will not respawn until your carrier has been eliminated and the briefcase has been dropped. If your team isn’t carrying the case, it must be flushed out and retrieved before it’s too late. Once one team reaches the score limit by controlling and owning the briefcase, orders to execute a nuclear strike are confirmed, and the round is won… in a highly explosive manner! The first team to 200 score wins.

Snipers Only Moshpit (In Season)

Get ready, snipers. Later in Season One, Treyarch is bringing the new Snipers Only Moshpit mode to Black Ops Cold War, where two teams of six will throw down in Team Deathmatch and Domination with all weapons restricted except sniper rifles. Lethal and tactical equipment, as well as Scorestreak weapons (such as the War Machine), will also be restricted for a pure snipers-only experience.

Endurance Mode (In Season)

Following this season’s tactical Duos variation, Black Ops Cold War’s biggest game mode is about to take the 10-team experience to a whole new level.

In the upcoming Endurance variant, 10 squads of four will drop into Alpine, Ruka, and Sanatorium to collect uranium and arm bombs throughout the match. However, after one bomb detonates, a new one will now come online to take its place, ensuring that there will always be five bombs available instead of an initial set of five that gets reduced to a single bomb. This introduces a new layer of strategy and non-stop action to these already intense 40-player battlegrounds.

The score limit will also be doubled from 500 to 1,000 in Endurance mode, making this perfect for completing MP challenges. Jump in with your squad and experience the game’s most elaborate maps in an entirely new way.

3v3 Face Off Continues

This fast-paced, small-team mode is here to stay in Season One, and it’s ready for your trio to claim dominance in respawn modes across four frenetic maps in Black Ops Cold War.

If you haven’t experienced Face Off yet, this playlist features 3v3 Team Deathmatch, Kill Confirmed, and Domination game modes on the latest Gunfight maps: Game Show, ICBM, U-Bahn, and KGB.

Great for racking up weapon camo challenges or a quick warm-up before diving into larger modes, Face Off will be featured throughout the continuation of Season One beyond this week.

Zombies Updates

As Season One shifts into February, the Dark Aether storyline continues with an all-new Black Ops Cold War Zombies map, sooner than you might have expected.

But before that arrives, expect to fight for your life in Cranked, survive the Onslaught on Raid (PlayStation exclusive*), and welcome in new Zombies community members during Zombies Free Access Week.

New Mode: Cranked (Live Now)

Today, “Die Maschine” gets its newest limited-time mode – both literally and figuratively.

In Cranked, you’ll have to keep one eye on the countdown timer, and the other on your zombie-killing: spend too long without an undead takedown and you’ll explode! There’s no time to lose as your survival depends on frantic, terror-filled takedowns where the only respite is the Cranked Timer power-up, granting a brief breather before the carnage continues.

New Onslaught Maps (PlayStation Exclusive*): Raid (Live Now) and Express (Feb. 4)

PlayStation members of Requiem will face a new challenge on the legendary Multiplayer map Raid, starting today. And on Feb. 4, Express will also join the map list when it makes its Onslaught debut.

Go for Gold as you keep up with the Dark Aether Orb, which will shift to different areas of Raid’s swank Los Angeles mansion as the zombie horde becomes more fearsome. Earn Bronze, Silver, and Gold rankings by destroying enough Elites, and you’ll unlock some exclusive* rewards. You might even discover some new Dark Aether intel along the way…

Free Access Week Live Through January 21

Want to experience the white-knuckle action of Zombies, but don’t own Black Ops Cold War yet? For the first time in Call of Duty history, Treyarch’s legendary Zombies mode will be available for free through the Zombies Free Access Week, which starts today through January 21.

Read more about it in our Free Access Week blog here.

New Zombies Map: Firebase Z (February 4)

With the site of “Projekt Endstation” destroyed after investigating the Dark Aether anomaly in Poland, the Requiem response team led by Grigori Weaver now turns its attention to the latest outbreak site, codenamed “Firebase Z.”

The next chapter in Black Ops Cold War Zombies begins on February 4 as Season One continues. Watch for more intel from Treyarch in their 115 Day celebration blog today and tomorrow!

More in Store

Along with the introduction of Zeyna and a Zombies-themed crimson skin for Bulldozer, the Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Store will receive new themed bundles to commemorate the February holidays.

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with Legendary Weapon Blueprints with tracer rounds as part of the “Tracer Pack: Year of the Ox” bundle, send shots to the heart of your enemies with the “Top Secret Admirer” bundle, and bring a bit of Mardi Gras to battle with the “Carnival Captain” bundle, featuring an epic “Breaker” skin for NATO’S Baker.

SOURCE: Call of Duty

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Black Ops Cold War players want to see an Olympics-inspired weapon

Black Ops Cold War players have suggested Treyarch add a brand-new Olympics-themed weapon to celebrate the worldwide competition.

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Cold War Stone Operator with Olympics logo

With the Olympics in full swing, Black Ops Cold War players have suggested Treyarch add some in-game items to celebrate the competition, namely a brand-new weapon.

After being postponed, Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics has finally begun. Call of Duty often releases items and hosts events to tie in with worldwide competitions and celebrations, such as 2020’s Games of Summer event and the soccer skins for the Euros.

A Black Ops Cold War fan has suggested that a new Olympics-inspired weapon would be the perfect fit for Call of Duty, and players are loving the idea.

Nail Gun in Black Ops Cold War Season 4

Alongside the gritty-realistic firearms that make up Call of Duty’s arsenal, there are also some weird and wacky additions. For example, Cold War and Warzone Season 4 added a Nail Gun to take down your opponents with.

Reddit user bobbobaran suggested that the Biathlon Rifle should be added to the game to celebrate the Olympics. Although not the military-grade tool that CoD fans are used to, it’s no stranger than a Nail Gun.

The Biathlon Rifle is an ultra-lightweight bolt action rifle that’s used for target shooting in both the Summer and Winter Olympics. It fires .22LR rounds which are extremely common and used in a wide variety of weapons. While not as powerful as the ZRG 20mm, for example, Treyarch can adjust the stats to make it competitive.

Olympian Tina Bachmann using Biathlon Rifle

Players were unsure what category this Olympics weapon could fall into – Special Weapon, Tactical Rifle, or Sniper Rifle? This would all depend on how it would be balanced. It could work as both a fast-firing quickscoping machine or a highly accurate long-range sniper.

Will we ever see the Biathlon Rifle in Call of Duty? It’s impossible to say. But at the very least, it could become a Blueprint for one of the existing Sniper Rifles.

For more Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, check out everything we know about the upcoming Season 5 update.

Image Credit: Activision / ZZDD & Norway World via Wikimedia Commons

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Best QBZ-83 loadout for Black Ops Cold War Season 4

Lightweight and compact, the QBZ 83 is one of Cold War Season 4’s most understated weapons with the right loadout & attachments.

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Player using the QBZ 83 in Cold War

Season 4 of Black Ops Cold War has seen a number of weapons come to the forefront, and with the right attachments and perks, the QBZ-83 Assault Rifle can potentially hold its own.

Throughout the lifespan of Cold War, incredible weapons like the XM4, MP5, and AK-74u have dominated the meta, with many opting to use them over any other gun in the game.

Other guns have come into the fold to further broaden horizons with the outrageously powerful LC10 making a strong case for being the meta gun. With the right loadout and class setup, the QBZ can be the perfect gun for players looking to take on enemies at range, without sacrificing the ability to move around the map at speed.

Here’s everything you need to turn the QBZ-83 into a devasting weapon in your arsenal.

Best Cold War Season 4 QBZ-83 attachments

QBZ 83 in Black Ops Cold War gunsmith
  • Muzzle: Muzzle Brake 5.56
  • Barrel: 13.7″ Cavalry Lancer
  • Underbarrel: Foregrip
  • Handle: Quickdraw Handle
  • Stock: Tactical Stock

Pairing the Muzzle Brake 5.56 with the Foregrip is important for control, as this will reduce both the horizontal and vertical recoil and make it much easier to hit your shots.

With the QBZ-83 acting as a mobile AR, the Quickdraw Handle will be the perfect accessory to help you aim down sights quickly while you’re rotating around the map.

Finally, once you’ve found your target and started to fire, you’ll want to be able to keep your crosshairs on your enemy while you shoot. This is where the Tactical Stock comes in, as it improves the stability of the weapon.

Best perks to use with Cold War Season 4’s QBZ-83

Tactical Mask perk
  • Perk 1: Tactical Mask
  • Perk 2: Scavenger
  • Perk 3: Ghost

Tactical Mask is a must in Black Ops Cold War, and with the QBZ-83 allowing you to move around the map faster than other Assault Rifle players, you’ll likely find yourself in the middle of stuns and flashes fairly regularly.

Scavenger is useful to keep your ammo replenished as the QBZ-83 has one of the faster rates of fire in its class, while Ghost will keep you hidden from enemies’ pesky UAVs.

How to unlock the QBZ-83 in Cold War Season 4

qbz-83 being held up in the air

If you want to have a go with the QBZ-83, then you’ll simply need to reach Level 31, and it will become yours to equip.

Once you’ve done that, then you can go about unlocking every single attachment for it to equip the right ones for the job.

Best alternatives to Cold War’s QBZ-83 SMG

qbz-83 gunsmith options

If you’ve experimented and feel like the QBZ-83 isn’t for you after all, then there are perfectly acceptable replacements should you need them.

The Swiss K31 is fun for quickscoping, the KSP 45 is a weapon reborn in Cold War, and the Krig 6 remains a veritable destroyer of CoD lobbies.


That’s the QBZ-83 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 rank them all, and if you enjoy battle royale, then check out our ranking of every Warzone weapon.

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JGOD explains which Warzone barrels you should be using for Cold War Assault Rifles

Call of Duty YouTuber JGOD has delved into the different Warzone barrel options for Cold War ARs and explains which ones you should be using.

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jgod in warzone with cold war ARs

Each weapon in Call of Duty: Warzone has many different barrels to apply, and CoD guru JGOD has specifically targeted the Cold War Assault Rifles and explained which barrels are better suited.

Creating a loadout and picking the right attachments for your weapon can sometimes be an arduous chore. You immediately doubt your selections, second-guess the choices you’ve made, and it creates a negative bubble for each match of Warzone you use it and don’t win your 1v1s.

Barrels are probably the most selected attachment for every weapon as their effects are significant. Cold War‘s Assault Rifles have had a big bearing on the way Warzone plays and its meta, and JGOD has picked the best barrels and explained which ones work best.

krig 6 assault rifle

Going through the different barrels, JGOD believes that two barrels are head and shoulders above the rest – the 18.7″ Ranger and the 18.5″ Task Force.

He refers to the Ranger as “barrel 4” and the Task Force as “barrel 6.” He says: “Essentially, the choice, almost always, for weapons that are long-range comes down to whether or not you want to use the fourth barrel or the sixth barrel.”

To fully demonstrate the different effects of each, JGOD set foot into Warzone’s currently broken Plunder mode to test them all.

He used the good ol’ garage doors to show side-by-side examples of barrel 4 and barrel 6 on each gun. Through methodical testing, we saw the difference between the barrels on the Krig, QBZ, XM4, AK-47, FFAR, Groza, FARA, and C58.

JGOD comparing AR barrels in Warzone

These were JGOD’s favored barrels for each gun:

  • Krig 6: Barrel 4
  • QBZ-83: Barrel 6
  • XM4: Barrel 6
  • AK-47: Either
  • FFAR-1: Either
  • Groza: Barrel 6
  • FARA 83: Barrel 6
  • C58: Either

It’s quite obvious that the 18.5″ Task Force is the preferred barrel for these weapons, and for any where it’s too close to call, you might be better off conducting your own tests to see which feels better.

With Warzone Season 4 very much giving players a healthy amount of balanced Assault Rifles to choose from, it might be well worth trying out some of the above barrels.

Also, check out when the next Double XP Event is in Warzone and Cold War.

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