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Black Ops Cold War’s Cartel map received major changes in Season 2

Cartel, one of Black Ops Cold War’s most controversial maps, has received a new makeover as part of the game’s Season 2 launch.

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As well as adding new maps and content to Black Ops Cold War, Treyarch has also changed up some of the game’s existing maps – namely Cartel – in Season 2.

The subtle alteration of an original map can transform it from being one of the game’s older maps to feeling completely fresh and revitalized. Treyarch had already announced that the much-maligned Miami map would be getting a more eye-pleasing version of itself later in Season 2.

In the meantime, as well as the new Apocalypse map, we also get a more updated version of one of the game’s founding maps – Cartel.

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Whereas maps like Moscow and Crossroads have flourished and become popular fan-favorites in Black Ops Cold War, Cartel has suffered a more muted reception.

It’s not a bad map, but it gained negative reception, as early as its Beta testing, due to the large bushes that obscure crucial portions of the map.

These obtrusive hedges have finally been acknowledged by Treyarch who finally heard the Black Ops Cold War crowd, and duly chopped them down.

The Official Treyarch blog posted pictures showing the before and after saying:

“On Cartel, we brought in the hedge trimmers and made several requested cover adjustments throughout the map, reducing the height of the bushes in certain locations to make engagements more predictable.”

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There’s definitely a big improvement in the map as your line of sight is a lot more clear, and it allows you to see more clearly from one side of the map to the other.

Whereas engagements had an element of unpredictability about them before, they are now more full-on, allowing for greater comfort moving around the map.

With all the changes that Season 2 has made thus far, such as new Operator bundles and the exhilarating new Outbreak mode, it’s good to see Treyarch updating older content too.

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Best AK-47 loadout for CoD: Cold War Season 5

The AK-47 Assault Rifle is extremely powerful in Cold War Season 5, and these are the attachments and Perks to make the perfect loadout.

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As with every Call of Duty game, the AK-47 is a tank of an Assault Rifle with some exciting but manageable recoil. Here is how you can make the best Cold War AK-47 loadout in Season 5.

In a game primarily defined by the strength of its SMGs such as the TEC-9 and LC10, Cold War does boast some quality Assault Rifles with a quick time-to-kill. You’ll need some awesome firepower in Season 5.

The firepower of the AK-47 has never been in question, and it has become even more powerful as the season progress. Following Season 5 Reloaded, the AK remains one of the best choices available, and our AK-47 loadout will see to the choppy recoil and make the gun a great addition to your loadout.

Best AK-47 loadout attachments for Cold War Season 5

  • Muzzle: Suppressor
  • Barrel: 20″ Liberator
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Magazine: 40 Rnd
  • Handle: GRU Elastic Wrap

Given how potent the AK-47 is on its own in Black Ops Cold War, we think you’ll only need five attachments, so we would recommend selecting Perk Greed as a Wildcard.

The AK-47 has pretty clean iron sights, so you’re safe to leave the irons and add a barrel attachment instead. We recommend the 20″ Liberator for an all-important boost to its bullet velocity. Buffs in Cold War Season 5 also reduced the Suppressors bullet velocity penalty, so it’s well worth using on your AK-47.

One of the biggest things we’re trying to secure for the AK is its accuracy and recoil, and the Spetsnaz Grip is one of the most significant ways to lock it down. The GRU Elastic Wrap offers a healthy boost to ADS to improve its speed and mobility, and the 40 Rnd mag allows us some spare shots.

Best Perks to run with the AK-47 in Cold War Season 5

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

With Perk Greed, you have six options to choose. The AK-47 is strong at all distances, especially with the extra bullet velocity the barrel provides.

Tactical Mask will prevent non-lethal equipment from disrupting you, and Flak Jacket provides the usual immunity to explosives – a regular occurrence in Cold War.

Assassin is fantastic for extra points, and Quartermaster lets you use more equipment to stop people sneaking up on you.

Ghost is a universally loved perk that hides you from radar, and Gung-Ho is useful for extra mobility and a quick weapon switching if your ammo runs dry.

Most recent AK-47 buffs & nerfs in Cold War

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The AK-47 was last directly buffed back in Season 4 when its Suppressor attachments’ behavior was changed.

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  • Reduced range penalty on Suppressor muzzle attachment from 15% to 13%.
  • Increased range penalty on GRU Suppressor muzzle attachment from 25% to 27%

How to unlock the AK-47 in Cold War

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The AK-47 hasn’t been added mid-game like the FARA or the monstrous Streetsweeper, so the unlock requirements are easy.

Reach Level 7, and you’ll be using be brandishing this classic weapon in no time at all.

Best alternatives to Cold War’s AK-47

If you feel that the AK-47 isn’t for you, give our LC10 loadout a try to see if mobility and an exhilarating rate of fire are for you. Or, you could use the ever-powerful Krig 6 to dominate enemies over range.

You can check out where the AK-47 ranks amongst the other guns in our Black Ops Cold War Season 5 weapons tier list.

For tips and tricks to dominate your enemy on every Black Ops Cold War multiplayer map, you can check out our guides below.

Nuketown ’84 | Crossroads | Raid | The Pines | Moscow | Miami | Cartel | Satellite | Checkmate

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Hardcore Cold War Outbreaks Zombie mode: No health regen or minimap

The Numbers Event has welcomed a new twist on Black Ops Cold War’s Outbreak game mode, find out all the changes here.

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Black Ops Cold War Outbreak fans have been given a new challenge by Treyarch as the new hardcore variation has arrived in Season 5. The limited-time mode has interesting twists on the regular format, and we have them all here for you.

Treyarch’s support for Outbreak Zombies doesn’t seem to be stopping anytime soon. The game mode has been a huge success, and new areas, objectives, and Easter Eggs are a testament to this.

The Numbers Event has finally landed in Cold War and Warzone, and along with new challenges and content, it’s also surprisingly added a new Outbreak Zombies game mode to test players.

Here’s everything we know about the new hardcore Outbreak Survival mode in Black Ops Cold War Season 5.

What is Outbreak Zombies hardcore mode in Cold War?

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As with normal hardcore variations of standard Call of Duty game modes, the new hardcore Outbreak mode takes away useful resources from the player.

An informative Tweet from the official Treyarch Twitter account revealed all the differences between normal Outbreak and the hardcore variation.

Here are the key points concerning Cold War’s hardcore Outbreak mode:

  • Health regen disabled
  • Scavenge for food to survive
  • Start with a 1911 pistol
  • No mini-map, overhead map, or Blueprints
  • Survive as long as you can!

The biggest factors now are the lack of any health regeneration and no maps to guide you around the mission areas.

How long is hardcore Outbreak Zombies in Black Ops Cold War for?

It seems like players will need to cram as many games in as they can in the next month as the presence of the hardcore mode won’t last that long.

It’s expected that once The Numbers Event concludes, so will the Outbreak LTM. Meaning, hardcore Outbreak will be leaving on Tuesday, October 5.


Hopefully, you can get as many games in as possible before the game mode leaves Cold War as we approach the game’s, presumably, sixth and final season.

Also, stay caught up on all the latest news and guides for Call of Duty: Vanguard.

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How to unlock the Sai in Warzone & Black Ops Cold War

Here’s how to unlock the Sai melee weapon in Call of Duty: Warzone and Cold War during The Numbers Event in Season 5 Reloaded.

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A new melee weapon called the Sai is now available for players to earn in Warzone and Cold War as a part of Season 5 Reloaded’s The Numbers event.

Season 5 Reloaded brought a ton of free content to Cold War Multiplayer and Zombies and Warzone. This included new maps and multiplayer modes and also a new Zombie region.

Players can also enjoy events in Outbreak, Black Ops Cold War, and Warzone. The Warzone & Black Ops Cold War The Numbers event allows players to unlock a new melee weapon.

The Numbers Event is currently taking place in Cold War and Warzone. It started on September 21 at 10 AM PT. This event will reward players with exclusive cosmetic items as well as XP. But the limited-time challenges hold the best reward, which is the Sai.

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How to unlock the Sai in Warzone and Cold War

To unlock the Sai in Warzone and Cold War, players will have to complete a full set of The Numbers challenges in either game. There are 9 challenges in both games, with 18 challenges total.

However, players can only unlock the Sai in Warzone and Cold War by completing a full set of challenges. You cannot unlock the Sai by completing 9 challenges from both games.

The Sai in Warzone and Cold War is a dual-wield melee weapon and the first-ever event reward weapon. It is one of 19 rewards players can earn during the event. Other rewards include stickers, charms, calling cards, and XP.

The Numbers Event in Warzone and Black Ops Cold War

All 9 challenges require players to interact with Mobile Broadcast Stations dotted around the map. These trucks have been placed by Perseus in different parts of Verdansk. Investigating unique Mobile Broadcast Stations will complete the nine challenges and allow you to unlock the Sai in Warzone and Cold War.

You can find all of the Warzone and Cold War The Numbers event challenges below:

Warzone

  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station northwest of the Military Base
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station south of the Port
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station north of the Airport
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station west of the Train Station
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station between the Boneyard and Superstore
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station east of the Salt Mine
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station at the Farmland
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station at the Hills
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station southwest of the TV Station

Black Ops Cold War

  • Complete 3 Multiplayer matches on Zoo or earn Objective Milestones in Outbreak Survival
  • Win a Multiplayer Demolition match or earn 2 or more Zombies Round or Objective Milestones and Exfil successfully
  • Get a total of 50 Eliminations in Multiplayer or Slaughter Medals in Zombies (killed 5 enemies rapidly)
  • Get 10 kills with Lethal Equipment in Multiplayer or earn Lethal Equipment multi kill medals in Zombies
  • Earn 25000 total Multiplayer Score or Zombies Essence
  • Get 3 Multiplayer kills without dying or recover 500 health with food items in a region of Outbreak Survival 3 times
  • Get 5 kills with Scorestreaks in Multiplayer or earn Support multi kill medals in Zombies
  • Get 5 kills with or assisted by your Field Upgrades in Multiplayer or earn Field Upgrade multi kill Medals in Zombies
  • Earn 3 multi kills in Multiplayer or Eliminate Elite enemies in Zombies

How to get Warzone and Cold War Spectral Sai bundle Tri Chroma blueprint

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Players can also unlock the Sai in Warzone and Cold War by purchasing the Spectral Sai bundle in the Call of Duty store, which will automatically unlock the Tri Chroma blueprint for the melee weapon.

A blog post on the Call of Duty website claims, “The Sai’s lightweight design allows for improved agility and fast attacks, which is great for taking out zombies or the competition in Multiplayer and Warzone.

For more Call of Duty: Warzone, check out how to open the secret yellow door on Rebirth Island, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

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