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Bug blocks players from leveling up in Black Ops Cold War League Play

A bug in Black Ops Cold War’s League Play is showing players negative gems when viewing their ranks.

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A new bug in the League Play mode for Black Ops Cold War isn’t allowing players to level up their ranks with gems.

Black Ops Cold War’s League Play mode has had a shaky start, to say the least. For a mode that was supposed to emulate pro play, it was poorly received at launch by players due to its ranking system and ruleset, even referred to as a “joke” by some players.

Since its original release on February 8, 2021, League Play has slowly improved with ruleset updates from Treyarch. Unfortunately, these updates have not addressed the issue with the ranking system, and players are now discovering that the gems they earn in-game are seemingly meaningless.

In a Reddit post by user lxrcombe, they noted that once receiving their gems for their League Play placement, the game actually showed the user having negative gems, which meant that progression to the next rank would be impossible.

As you can see in the picture above, the Reddit user has -6 gems, a far shot from the required 3 to progress to the next rank.

Fortunately, it seems like this bug is merely a visual glitch for the player, as Treyarch community manager, Josh Torres or @FoxHoundFPS, states on Twitter, “We’re aware of this visual issue. Everything is right on the backend, and we should be releasing a fix for this in a future game settings update.”

Hopefully, a proper fix will be released in the coming weeks so players are no longer confused about their League Play ranks. Rest assured, our League Play ranks are accurate on the back-end and the visual bug will be fixed soon.

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Black Ops Cold War Feb 26 patch notes: 2XP, Prop Hunt, and more

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Treyarch has released a new Game Settings Update for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on all platforms.

The Game Settings update follows this week’s release of Season 2 in Black Ops Cold War on all platforms, which brought a variety of new content across MP & Zombies.

This game settings update address some performance issues on all platforms since the Season 2 launch, alongside makes a few adjustments to MP, League Play, and Zombies.

Catch up on what’s new in the game settings update with the patch notes below.

GLOBAL

Events

  • 2XP + 2WXP Weekend
    • Double XP and Double Weapon XP now live in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone through 10AM PT Monday, March 1st.

Performance

  • Addressed framerate performance issues on all platforms since Season Two launch.

MULTIPLAYER

Maps

  • Raid
    • Addressed an issue that allowed players to stand outside of the intended play space outside of the basketball court.
  • Checkmate
    • Addressed an issue that allowed players to capture the P3 Hardpoint zone outside of the boundary.

Modes

  • Prop Hunt
    • Added Prop Hunt to Featured Playlists (Feb. 25).
    • Added Apocalypse to Prop Hunt map pool.

After Action Report

  • Addressed an issue where both teams would display the same score in the After Action Report.

LEAGUE PLAY

Menus/Lobby

  • Added the Outbreak Event tab to League Play.
  • Added the Challenges tab to League Play.
  • Re-enabled the Calling Cards tab in the Player Identity list in League Play.
  • Addressed an issue where Tokens could not be redeemed from the League Play lobby.

UI

  • Addressed an issue with the Rank 1 emblem being present in multiple locations before a player had completed Placement Matches.

ZOMBIES

Outbreak

  • Stability
    • Addressed stability issues related to Objectives, Hellhounds, Plaguehounds, Trials Machine, and Dragon Relic.
    • Added various crash fixes.
  • Progresssion
    • Addressed an issue that was resulting in lower-than-intended Outbreak Match bonus XP totals.
  • Gameplay
    • Addressed various enemy pathing issues.
    • Addressed an issue that caused a loss of functionality for the parachute after going down from a fall.
  • Field Upgrades
    • Addressed an issue where the Aether Shroud Field Upgrade could lose its initial full charge during the Retrieve Objective.
  • Support
    • Closed an exploit that allowed the Death Machine to be used indefinitely.
  • UI
    • Addressed a UI error that would appear when pinging the Trials Computer.

Weapons

  • Ray Gun
    • Added a cap to the amount of splash damage the Ray Gun and other weapons can inflict on the player.

SOURCE: Treyarch

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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 FARA 83 Loadout for Black Ops Cold War Season 2

The FARA 83 is an extemely powerful Assault Rifle in Cold War Season 2, so here are the best attachments and perks to run with it.

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The FARA 83, or Galil, has arrived along with Black Ops Cold War Season 2, so here are the best attachments and perks to maximize its potential.

As part of the Season 2 update, the FARA 83 is the newest Assault Rifle to arrive in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone, and can be unlocked at level 14 of Battle Pass.

This real-life weapon is modeled after the Israeli Galil, which some Call of Duty fans will be familiar with. The FARA 83 is a nice throwback to the original Black Ops’ Galil, while also offering something new.

With a fast fire rate and manageable recoil, this new Assault Rifle is a solid choice no matter your playstyle. We’ve put together the best attachments and perks you can run with the FARA 83 in Cold War’s multiplayer.

Best Cold War FARA 83 class

black ops cold war FARA 83 attachment
  • Optic: Microflex LED
  • Muzzle:  Muzzle Break 5.56
  • Barrel: 18.1″ Takedown
  • Laser: Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Ammunition: VDV 50 Rnd Fast Mag
  • Rear Grip: GRU Elastic Wrap

This FARA 83 is built for accuracy and damage at range, with some attachments to increase also increase its mobility. With this FARA 83, you’ll be able to provide excellent AR support for your team but also get up-close if the need arises.

The FARA 83’s iron sights are quite obtrusive, so we’ve added the Microflex LED for easier target acquisition. Also, to allow you to spot enemies from further away, especially in the darkness of Miami, you should add the Tiger Team Spotlight which reveals enemies from further away.

As this weapon is built for range, the 18.1″ Takedown barrel is a solid choice. You’ll receive 150% extra damage at range, meaning you’ll be able to take out far-off enemies with only a few shots. To make hitting these far-off shots easier, we’ve added the Spetsnaz Grip and Muzzle Break 5.56 for extra horizontal and vertical recoil control.

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However, these attachments will make the weapon slow and heavy so to improve mobility, you should run the KGB Skeletal Stock and GRU Elastic Wrap. Together, these will buff your ADS time, sprint to fire speed, and movement while aiming.

And finally, to stop yourself from having to reload mid-fight, you should use the VDV 50 Rnd Fast Mag. You’ll have more bullets at your disposal and an increased reload speed to boot.

You can use all eight of these attachments with the Gunfighter Wildcard equipped. If you’d rather use another Wildcard, you should remove the Barrel, Laser, and Stock attachments.

Best perks for Cold War’s FARA 83

Perk 1: Tactical Mask

While holding down lines of sight with ARs, a well-placed Stun or Flash grenade will leave you defenseless. With Tactical Mask equipped, the tactical grenades will have no real effect on you.

black ops cold war Tactical Mask perk

Perk 2: Scavenger

As the FARA 83 has a fast fire rate, you’ll find yourself quickly running out of ammo if on a killstreak. To keep using your weapon without trading it out, Scavenger will allow you to resupply from fallen players.

Perk 3: Ghost

While playing Black Ops Cold War, you want to be constantly unpredictable and on the move to keep the enemies guessing.

If the opposite team pops a Spy Plane, however, any hope of taking the enemies by surprise is gone. The Ghost perk will hide you from Spy Planes while moving, using an SnD bomb, or operating a Scorestreak.


The FARA 83 is a powerful Assault Rifle no matter your playstyle, and these attachments and perks will maximize its potential in Cold War’s multiplayer.

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