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Cold War August 19 update patch notes: Tec-9 & EM2 banned in League Play

Treyarch has released a new update for Cold War on August 19, and we have all of the patch notes covered for you which include League Play bans for the Tec-9 and EM2.

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The Black Ops Cold War August 19 update has brought some major changes to the popular game in its patch notes including the banning of the Tec-9 and EM2 in League Play.

Season 5 is underway in the world of Black Ops Cold War, and it has already brought various pieces of new content for the community to enjoy, such as the Tec-9 SMG, EM2 Assault Rifle, Cane melee weapon, Marshal Shotgun Pistol, and Double Agent game mode.

However, Treyarch Studios is still working on adding new things for players to experience and making adjustments to the game, which was the focus of the Cold War August 19 update patch notes that saw the biggest change being the banning of the Tec-9 and EM2 from League Play.

Here is everything you need to know about the Cold War August 19 update patch notes:

Black Ops Cold War August 19 update patch notes

Cold War August 19 update patch notes

SLUMS 24/7 IS HERE!

In today’s upcoming Featured Playlist update, we’re bringing Slums 24/7Face Off Showroom 24/7Gunfight 3v3 Snipers Only, and more to Multiplayer, along with our next Gunfight Tournament loaded with new rewards to earn.

Nuketown 24/7 also replaces NukeJacked this week, and Double Agent continues as Season Five’s newest game mode. Remember… turn on those mics and communicate with your fellow players, and if you’re a Double Agent, remember to switch between public and private chat with d-pad down or left alt on your keyboard!

We’re also adding 12v12 Moshpit back to Featured Playlists this week for players who love the chaos of 24 players on 6v6 maps – and remember, you can jump into 12v12 Moshpit anytime from the Quick Play menu when it’s not listed in Featured.

In League Play, we’re restricting the new EM2 and TEC-9 weapons in our CDL modes in today’s update, and we’re also including some additional fixes for Dead Ops Arcade 3 and Onslaught in Zombies. Check out the patch notes below for details.

2XP + 2WXP WEEKEND BEGINS TOMORROW

Cold War August 19 update patch notes

Whether you’re dropping into Slums 24/7 or reliving the Battle of Verdansk in Warzone, get ready for Double XP and Double Weapon XP all weekend long. Between the EM2 and TEC-9 dropping at the start of the season and the new Marshal break-action pistol live this week, you’ve got plenty of attachments and camos to chase already… get to it!

In the meantime, here’s what’s coming in today’s update:

MULTIPLAYER

Game Modes

  • Double Agent
    • Addressed an issue that caused Calling Cards and Emblems to overlap in the Killcam.

Featured Playlists

  • Slums 24/7 [NEW] (Also available in Hardcore)
  • Double Agent
  • Face Off Showroom 24/7 [NEW] (Also available in Hardcore)
  • Gunfight Tournament [NEW]
  • Nuketown 24/7 (Also available in Hardcore)
  • Gunfight 3v3 Snipers Only [NEW]
  • Face Off 6v6(Also available in Hardcore)
  • 12v12 Moshpit(Also available in Hardcore)
  • Party Games
  • Multi-Team

LEAGUE PLAY

Weapons

  • Restricted the EM2 assault rifle and TEC-9 SMG in League Play.

ZOMBIES

Dead Ops Arcade 3

  • Gameplay
    • Closed multiple exploits.
  • Stability
    • Fixed various stability issues.

Onslaught (PlayStation)

  • Addressed an issue that could prevent the player from acquiring all Perks.

Featured Playlists

  • Outbreak (Endless and 3 Region)
  • Mauer der Toten
  • Firebase Z
  • Die Maschine
  • Dead Ops Arcade 3
  • Dead Ops Arcade 3: First Person
  • Onslaught (PlayStation)
  • Onslaught Accelerated (PlayStation)
  • Onslaught Containment (PlayStation)
  • Onslaught Echelon (PlayStation)

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How to Prestige in Black Ops Cold War: Prestige Keys, Rewards, more

Prestige Keys are rewards in the Black Ops Cold War progression system for leveling up. Here is how to Prestige, unlock Keys, and use them.

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The Prestige system in Black Ops Cold War rewards players with Prestige Keys for leveling up to unlock exclusive blueprints in Season 5. This guide will show you how to Prestige and earn keys.

Treyarch took a different approach to Call of Duty this year with its Prestige system. Usually, once you reach the max Military Rank, you earn your first CoD Prestige. In previous games, this would result in your entire loadout and level being reset, whereas this is not quite the case in Black Ops Cold War.

Cold War Season 5 brings more Prestige milestones, challenges, and rewards. One reward is for reaching a new Prestige rank is a shiny Prestige Key to unlock new icons.

Here is everything that you need to know about using how to unlock Prestige Keys and use them in Black Ops Cold War. Also, check out the fastest ways to level up too!

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How to Prestige in Black Ops Cold War

Prestiging is the most notable way of informing the player that they are progressing in the game. It means you’re ascending through the levels, which means you’re unlocking items in the Battle Pass, obtaining new blueprints, attachments, perks, equipment, and presumably acquiring Prestige Keys.

The only way to earn these rewards is to play through Treyarch‘s Black Ops Cold War and Prestige. To do so, you must reach level 55 and then Prestige. This will earn you a Prestige Key, and you can now go through and reach Season Ranks, with every 50 earning you a new Prestige Key.

Every time you reach a new Prestige Rank, the game will give you a new sticker, emblem, and a Prestige Key. You get these as rewards after passing through every 50 Season Levels. Other rewards include exclusive weapon blueprints and Battle Pass Tier Skips for the Battle Pass.

For a more detailed look at how the Prestige System works, you can look here.

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How to Use Prestige Keys

Once you’ve got a Prestige Key in your hands, you may be wondering how you can use it. Its purpose is to unlock Legacy Prestige Icons when you use them at the Prestige Shop. These icons will be from the previous Call Of Duty games, and you can add them when you reach Prestige Master.

Thanks to a new update, Treyarch has graciously included every single Prestige Emblem from all previous Call of Duty games. Going all the way back to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, to 2019’s Modern Warfare reboot.

Whether it’s the classic Gold Cross, 10th Prestige Icon from Call of Duty 4, or Black Ops IIII’s glowing-eyed Samurais, there is now a wealth of possibilities for you to pick from.

You can keep earning XP up to level 1000 and then get milestone rewards after crossing 50 levels. This means you can get 20 milestones when the season resets.

Prestige Shop rewards

In addition to the usual calling cards and emblems available in the Prestige Shop since it was first released, the Season 5 Reloaded for Black Ops Cold War has also added a new batch of content for players to purchase with their keys, including exclusive weapon blueprints.

There are four Prestige Blueprints in Cold War Season 5:

  • Hidden Terror – ZRG 20mm
  • Dream Crasher – Magnum
  • Dark Horse – MP5
  • Confrontation – Krig 6
Hidden Terror Blueprint in Cold War

There’s still plenty of time for players to level up and acquire new Prestige Keys before Season 5 makes its inevitable transition into Season 6.

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When does Black Ops Cold War Season 6 start? Date, time, new maps, new guns, new Zombies map

Black Ops Cold War is gearing up for a Season 6 to bring to players. Here’s what we know about its start date, maps, guns, and more.

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Treyarch has confirmed that Black Ops Cold War is set to enter a sixth season, and this is everything we know so far including its date, maps, guns, and more.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has had quite the journey since its November 13, 2020 release date. After only launching with eight 6v6 maps, one round-based Zombies mode, and a handful of Fireteam maps, the game has evolved superbly.

With the Cold War Season 5 Reloaded update, the game added its 23rd 6v6 map in Zoo, more content for Outbreak, and other cool stuff. Treyarch has endeavored to make Cold War a memorable game, and no one can argue that it’s lacking content.

Despite this, Call of Duty: Vanguard is now swiftly closing in, and even though Cold War is set to be the most content-rich CoD game after a new release, the community might need to accept that Season 6 could be the last full update.

Black Ops Cold War Season 6 release date & time

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If there’s one thing that Treyarch has proven to be excellent at, it’s keeping time. Each new update is pretty much advertised to coincide with the end of the Battle Pass.

The pass is due to expire on October 6, so unless another weird delay intervenes, then we’d expect Black Ops Cold War Season 6 to commence on October 7. It’s expected the Season 6 update would drop at 9PM PT / 11PM CT / 5AM BST.

Black Ops Cold War Season 6 artwork potentially leaked

The Season reveal image is always a big telltale sign of what is to come in the next step of the game’s story and shows off the main Operator for the Season too.

Thanks to PlayStation Game Size, we may have been given an early glimpse at the new Operator and an idea of what they’ll be doing.

The Cold War Season 5 cinematic outro video hinted that someone could be brought in to try and help Adler after his exposure to the Numbers program.

It appears like Black Ops favorite Alex Mason is the answer. Alex had starring roles in Black Ops I and Black Ops II and is sure to be the character of choice for many if this leak turns out to be accurate.

Black Ops Cold War Season 6 new maps

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Treyarch has done well to maintain a consistent stream of content across all of Cold War’s major game modes.

We would expect a late flourish of two or three new maps, both 6v6, and Gunfight, to go with the Season 5 additions of Slums, Drive-In, and Zoo.

Black Ops Cold War Season 6 new guns

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With the odd exception of the Krig 6, LC10, and TEC-9, few weapons have properly dominated the game for long periods of time.

The meta has been quite reasonable, and there will almost certainly be one or two main guns to come to add to the likes of the EM2, and maybe a new melee weapon as well.

Black Ops Cold War Season 6 new round-based Zombies map

Die Maschine, Firebase Z, Mauer der Toten, Outbreak, and Dead Ops 3 have all offered a fabulous array of content to Zombies fans.

Treyarch has confirmed “the finale of the Black Ops Cold War saga in next season’s round-based map.” So as we get closer to the end of Season 5 we expect to have one or two cheeky details revealed to give us an idea of the send-off Zombies map for Cold War.

The Zombies story is also set to continue into Call of Duty: Vanguard too as Treyarch will be exclusively working on the game’s Zombies content, and it will progress the Aether story.

Black Ops Cold War Season 6 new game modes & more

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One thing that has made Black Ops Cold War so engaging to play has been the huge array of fresh playlist options on offer.

Season 5 has debuted Double Agent mode, and even the Reloaded update has brought back the classic Call of Duty game mode – Demolition. We wouldn’t be surprised to see one more cheeky surprise up Treyarch’s sleeves. There’s always a cool game mode variant to be enjoyed – as Vanguard has proven with its new Patrol mode.


It’s still quite soon after the launch of Black Ops Cold War Season 5 Reloaded, so there isn’t too much known or rumored about Season 6 just yet. When details start to creep through, we’ll be the first to let you know!

In the meantime, keep up to date with all the latest happenings with Black Ops Cold War here, and check out the latest news about Call of Duty: Vanguard too.

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How to get Arthur Kingsley Operator in Warzone & Cold War

Call of Duty has released a new Arthur Kingsley Operator for Warzone and Black Ops Cold War to give players a taste of Vanguard before its release.

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Players can now get a brand new operator called Arthur Kingsley for Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, who is straight out of Call of Duty: Vanguard.

Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War are now in Season 5 Reloaded, giving players an abundance of Operators to choose from.

With speculation around the Season 6 Operator floating around after the recent Season 5 outro cinematic, there is an Arthur Kingsley Operator players can get their hands on before that.

Arthur Kingsley Operator in Call of Duty: Vanguard

Call of Duty: Vanguard will be released on November 5. Now that players have finally had a chance to experience some gameplay with the Open Beta that was recently held, excitement is building.

As we edge closer to release, players are starting to question how Vanguard will integrate into Warzone and how it will carry on the seasonal story Black Ops Cold War has created throughout its integration with the battle royale.

The developers have decided to offer players a new Operator from Vanguard to obtain in both Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, giving players a taste for what’s to come.

How to get Arthur Kingsley Operator in Warzone & Cold War

Operator Arthur Kingsley in Warzone and Black Ops Cold War

In order to get Arthur Kingsley in Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, players must have Call of Duty: Vanguard pre-ordered.

The pre-order must be digital, so don’t be surprised if you have already pre-ordered a physical copy but are not eligible for the Operator.

Here are the further details on the Arthur Kingsley Operator from the Call of Duty blog:

“The incredible value of Call of Duty: Vanguard pre-order rewards just got more legendary.

Starting today, those who digitally pre-order any edition of Call of Duty: Vanguard, or who have already pre-ordered the game already, will be able to play as Arthur Kingsley in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.*

It’s one of two rewards you get immediately for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone from pre-ordering Vanguard before its November 5th release, alongside the “Night Raid” Mastercraft submachine gun.”

So, there you have it, that’s how you can get the new Arthur Kingsley Operator in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.

For more Call of Duty, check out our article on the upcoming Halloween event for Warzone.

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