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Cold War devs add Double Agent: Melee mode to address community concerns

Black Ops Cold War has revamped its Among Us-like game mode by introducing Double Agent: Melee to address community concerns.

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The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Double Agent mode has been revamped to make it more enjoyable for players. Introducing, Double Agent: Melee.

At the start of Black Ops Cold War Season 5, Treyarch released the Double Agent game mode. This was CoD’s attempt at implementing the Among Us style gameplay into a first-person shooter.

However, the mode quickly devolved into a shoot-out, with rounds rarely lasting longer than a minute. Various players complained about the mode’s inclusion of guns and allowing players to kill each other freely.

Luckily, the game’s latest update included a revamped version called Double Agent: Melee. This removes guns and forces players to be more tactical.

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Cold War gets Double Agent: Melee mode

The main issue with the Double Agent mode was the lack of cooperation among players. Once players got their hands on weapons, the game would devolve into a free-for-all. Where Among Us requires critical thinking, Double Agent required a quick trigger finger.

With the August 26 Cold War patch, Treyarch introduced the Double Agent: Melee mode. This is the exact same as Double Agent, but without firearms. Players can only use melee weapons and assassinations.

But not all ranged weapons are removed. Investigators can still earn the Hand Cannon, and Double Agents can still earn the Combat Bow. However, players won’t be able to kill each other all willy nilly in Double Agent: Melee.

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For those who enjoy the chaos, the original Double Agent mode can still be played. All players need to do is set the Loot Weapons option to the Guns setting in Custom Games. Playing with guns can be a lot of fun, but not in lobbies with randoms.

Hopefully, players will find more enjoyment in the revamped Double Agent: Melee game mode.

For more Black Ops Cold War, check out how to get free charms and calling cards, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

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Best LC10 loadout for CoD: Cold War Season 5

The LC10 SMG is an incredibly strong choice in Cold War Season 5, so here are the best attachment and Perks to run with it.

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The LC10 is one of Cold War’s most incredible guns, and here are the best attachments and Perks to make a laser-accurate LC10 SMG loadout in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Season 5.

Until Cold War Season 5, the LC10 was simply a joke because of how good it was. The SMG has gone from strength to strength and featured consistently in tons of Cold War loadouts.

Treyarch has opted to tone it down a notch with the Season 5 weapon patch notes, but it’s still phenomenal to use. The LC10 can be used across any game mode and with a few alterations can suit any situation.

It’s not the most aesthetically pleasing gun in the world, but with the right Perks, attachments, and know-how, the LC10 becomes one of Cold War’s best weapons to use.

Best LC10 attachments for Cold War Season 5

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  • Optic: Microflex LED
  • Barrel: 13.2″ Rifled
  • Muzzle: SOCOM Eliminator
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap

Some people like using a weapon’s traditional Iron Sight, and some like a clean, easy-to-use optic, which is why we’ve gone for our bread and butter – the Microflex LED.

The 13.2″ Rifled barrel is standard when it comes to making an SMG more viable over longer distances, and the SOCOM Eliminator gives us a huge boost to that all-important vertical recoil.

To make the LC10 even more of a melt machine, we’ve attached the Field Agent Grip to give a ridiculous reduction to both vertical and horizontal recoil. And to finish things off we have gone for the Airborne Elastic Wrap for a massive ADS boost – meaning you should be first to the punch every time.

Best perks to run with the LC10 in Cold War Season 5

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  • Perk 1: Tactical Mask / Flak Jacket
  • Perk 2: Assassin / Gearhead
  • Perk 3: Ghost / Ninja

The LC10 is so strong in Black Ops Cold War that we’ve only picked out five key attachments you’ll need, so we would recommend you select Perk Greed as a Wildcard.

With Perk Greed you have six options to choose from. We recommend for a more active and aggressive playstyle you go with the Tactical Mask and Flak Jacket. Proximity Mines, Gas Mines, and Stun Grenades are prominent in Cold War, so the immunity to these is invaluable.

Assassin is always a superb way to earn extra points, and Gearhead will allow you to hold more Gas Mines and recharge them quicker.

Perk 3 should belong to Ghost as we value being irrelevant to the minimap, and also to Ninja as it enables lots of sprinting with your footsteps making nary a sound.

Most recent LC10 buffs and nerfs in Cold War

The LC10 has been nerfed slightly for Black Ops Cold War Season 5, and you can see the exact adjustments made below.

Here is the extent of the LC10 changes:

  • Reduced medium damage range from 50.8m to 45.72m.
  • Increased recoil on the first and 12th bullets.

How to unlock the LC10 in Cold War Season 5

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The LC10 was a free unlock in the Cold War and Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass, but with that now expired, you’ll have to go about acquiring it a different way.

You can either:

  • Multiplayer / Warzone: Using SMGs, get 3 kills without dying in 15 different matches
  • Zombies: Using SMGs, kill 250 enemies that are on fire

Best alternatives to Cold War’s LC10 SMG

If you feel the recoil or firing speed is too much for the LC10, then the Krig 6 is still a top dog in Call of Duty, so check out our Cold War loadout and Warzone loadout for it.

Plus, the Swiss K31 is a monster for quickscoping chaos on any map – here’s how to unlock it too.


That’s the LC10 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.

Also, keep up-to-date with all the latest news and guides for Call of Duty: Vanguard.

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10 best guns in Black Ops Cold War: Ranked List

Treyarch’s CoD: Black Ops Cold War has a big arsenal of weapons, and we’ve picked our top 10 best guns and ranked them too.

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There are so many different quality guns for Call of Duty players to master in Black Ops Cold War. So we’ve decided to pick out the 10 best guns in Season 5 Reloaded and rank them to find the absolute best.

Black Ops Cold War has a pretty extensive catalog of guns for players to test out and see what works best for them. Since the game’s inception, we’ve been treated to the Streetsweeper, Groza, and MAC-10 in Season 1. The FARA 83, ZRG 20mm, and AMP63 in Seasons 2 and 3, the MG 82 LMG and C58 Assault Rifle in Season 4, and the EM2, and TEC-9 is in Season 5.

As well as worrying about the best FPS settings to use and best aim assist settings to use, there’s also the doubt that the gun you’re using is even right for you and your playstyle.

With all these additions there is now almost an overflow of Assault Rifles, SMGs, Tactical Rifles, Shotguns, LMGs, and Pistols to pick from. So we’ve taken it upon ourselves to sift through the expansive array of guns and rank the top 10 weapons in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Season 5.

We’ve also ranked the 10 best guns in CoD Warzone too.

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Best guns in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War ranked list

Before we delve into a deep look at the elite guns that Treyarch has to offer, we’re first going to do a rundown of every weapon in the game and rank them. Let’s be fair, some of Cold War’s weapons are must-have and must-use, whereas some are simply not worth your time.

Here’s every main weapon in Black Ops Cold War ranked:

  1. Krig 6
  2. LC10
  3. EM2
  4. TEC-9
  5. AK-47
  6. XM4
  7. KSP 45
  8. Streetsweeper
  9. AMP 63
  10. Swiss K31
  11. Milano 821
  12. Stoner 63
  13. AK-74u
  14. QBZ-83
  15. FARA 83
  16. OTs 9
  17. PPSH-41
  18. Diamatti
  19. Bullfrog
  20. Groza
  21. C58
  22. Gallo SA12
  23. MP5
  24. Marshal
  25. CARV.2
  26. MG 82
  27. FFAR 1
  28. ZRG 20mm
  29. DMR 14
  30. Hauer 77
  31. MAC-10
  32. M16
  33. AUG
  34. RPD
  35. LW3 Tundra
  36. Nail Gun
  37. M1911
  38. Type 63
  39. Pelington 703
  40. M82
  41. M60
  42. Magnum
  43. RPG-7
  44. Cigma 2

CoD: Black Ops Cold War best guns in Season 5

10. Swiss K31 – Best Sniper Rifle in Black Ops Cold War

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At first, it was the LW3 Tundra, then it was dethroned by the ZRG 20mm, now the Swiss K31 rules all Sniper Rifles.

It possesses the usual damage and range that comes with a dominant Sniper Rifle, but with the added bonus that its ADS time is very short in comparison to other Sniper Rifles. Not only is it perfect for a quickscoping loadout in Cold War Season 5, but it’s effective for any sniping opportunity. The Swiss is phenomenal.

Here’s a quick guide on how to unlock the Swiss K31.

9. AMP63 – Best Pistol in Black Ops Cold War

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Although probably the least-used weapon on this list due to its unlock parameters, the AMP63 is a great little weapon to use.

Its automatic fire nature allows it to barrel its way through ammo and give you a big advantage if you’re accurate. Its only minor setback is that its range suffers in comparison to ARs and SMGs, but if you’re in a small-to-medium-sized map, then give the AMP63 a whirl.

8. Streetsweeper – Best Shotgun in Black Ops Cold War

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The weapon is an absolute, indisputable beast. For a weapon that smacks like a hammer, it has very little recoil to show for it. The unbelievable fire rate makes it comparable to any automatic weapon, and if you have a group of enemies in close proximity of you and each other, then they’ve already accepted their fate.

The complete downside to the Streetsweeper is that its reload time is nothing short of vile. Given the furious nature of a game of Call of Duty, you just don’t have time to reload it. If it wasn’t for this, it would be much higher up.

7. KSP 45

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Practically reborn in Season 2 of Cold War, the KSP 45 went from being an afterthought to the most powerful burst weapon in the game.

Realizing that it wasn’t being used, Treyarch did the right thing and buffed all aspects of the KSP 45. With nerfs to the M16 and AUG, the quick, powerful barrages from the KSP 45 make it far more deadly than it once was. If you enjoy the feeling of successive bursts of bullets with accuracy, then the KSP 45 might just be for you.

6. XM4

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The XM4 has not only had a big improvement to its Iron Sight, but the Cold War Season 5 buffs have increased its overall performance even more.

It’s always been a calm, cool, and consistent killer, it’s just only now that people are starting to realize how good it actually is. Also, don’t forget to check out its exclusive, secret attachment that Treyarch provided with the Season 5 update.

5. AK-47

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No one has ever questioned the AK-47’s overwhelming power as each bullet can rip a hole through space and time itself. For all its power, it can be a handful to control thanks to its haphazard recoil.

Nevertheless, it still retains its aura of destruction and skilled players can effortlessly make it look like one of the best weapons in all of Black Ops Cold War. If that wasn’t enough, the AK-47 received yet another buff in the Cold War Season 5.

4. TEC-9

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One of the most interesting, if not the most interesting, guns in our top 10 list. The TEC-9 is classified as an SMG, yet it’s completely semi-auto.

However, with some different attachments, the firing nature of the weapon can actually change, even becoming a burst-fire SMG like the KSP 45. Even in its semi-auto form, the TEC-9 is ridiculously effective and efficient. Couple that with a decent-sized mag, and the TEC-9 is a terrific addition to Season 5.

Here is how to unlock the TEC-9 in Black Ops Cold War.

3. EM2

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The race for the top meta weapon in Black Ops Cold War Season 5 is a close one. The EM2 just falls short, but you could easily roll with the EM2 in your main loadout and drop stupidly-high kill games.

It’s another relentless, pinpoint-accurate weapon that if you fire first with, then you’ll surely come out on top, at any range. It doesn’t take long to unlock either as you only need to reach the free Tier 15 of the Battle Pass to own it. It will be interesting to see if Treyarch makes any significant changes to the EM2.

Here is how to unlock the EM2 in Black Ops Cold War.

2. LC10 – Best SMG in Black Ops Cold War

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The LC10 has usurped many guns to become one of the most-used weapons in the game and dominate in Black Ops Cold War.

After repeated calls for it to be nerfed, the LC10 was finally brought down a notch at the beginning of Season 5. But it’s still a fearsome weapon that can outperform virtually every other gun in the game – that’s how insane it is.

Its piercing shots are matched by relatively high accuracy, and it’s a gun with few drawbacks. After being nerfed a bit, the gun fell out of contention for a while, but now it’s back and as destructive as ever.

Here is how to unlock the LC10 in Black Ops Cold War.

1. Krig 6 – Best Assault Rifle in Black Ops Cold War

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If you know your CoD: Black Ops Cold War, then you probably knew what was coming. That’s right, the Krig 6 takes the top spot because it’s a weapon without any flaws. It’s one of those rare firearms that feels absolutely unbeatable.

Once you’ve progressed the weapon’s level and reduced its vertical and horizontal recoil, then you have your own ridiculous laser. It’s insanely efficient, very strong, stupidly accurate, and is quite simply the best weapon in Black Ops Cold War Season 5.


Make sure to take a look at our best Black Ops Cold War loadouts too!

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Best MP5 loadout for CoD: Cold War Season 5

Here are the best attachments and perks to make the classic MP5 SMG a formidable weapon in Black Ops Cold War Season 5.

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The MP5 is a staple SMG in Black Ops Cold War, mixing accuracy with mobility for stunning results. Despite a nerf early on, this SMG can still dominate, and we’ve got all the attachments and perks you need to create the perfect loadout.

If you think about sub-machine guns in Call of Duty, the MP5 is likely one of the first to jump into your mind. From Call of Duty 4 to Modern Warfare, this gun is synonymous with the FPS franchise, and it’s no surprise that it remains a fan favorite even in 2021.

One of the best SMGs in both Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, the MP5 is incredibly versatile in Season 5 Reloaded, and with the right attachments, you can take down any opponents.

Best Black Ops Cold War MP5 class

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  • Optic: Microflex LED
  • Muzzle: Muzzle Break 9
  • Barrel: 9.5″ Reinforced Heavy
  • Body: Steady Aim Laser
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Magazine: 40 Rnd Speed Mag
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: Raider Stock

This MP5 is built to combine speed and accuracy, dominating all close-range engagements in Black Ops Cold War.

It’s up to you if you enjoy the MP5 iron sight, if not, slap the trusty Microflex LED optic on it for a clearer view. For extra power at all ranges, the 9.5″ Reinforced Heavy barrel will almost transform the MP5. Your damage and bullet velocity will get a massive boost, allowing you to kill targets faster and easier track them at range.

So you can take out more targets without having to reload, the 40 Rnd Speed Mag will be a big help. With the chaos of smaller maps, minimizing the need to reload will keep you moving and make sure you’re always ready for combat.

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SMGs are extremely strong up close but the damage falls off at range. To keep yourself accurate at range and control recoil, the Field Agent Grip and Muzzle Break 9 will be necessary additions to the MP5. Together, these will significantly reduce both vertical and horizontal recoil.

The Airborne Elastic Wrap and Raider Stock boost the MP5’s speed. When running around the map, this will allow you to snap onto targets and quickly strafe shoot. And for extra hip-fire accuracy, the Steady Aim Laser will help in a pinch.

This MP5 is built with the Gunfighter Wildcard equipped, but if you’d like to run more perks with Perk Greed, you should remove the Muzzle, Laser, and Stock attachments.

Black Ops Cold War MP5 Weapon Stats

Damage44 / 31 / 31 / 27Reload Time2.48s
Shots to kill3-5 / 4-7 / 5-10 / 6-13ADS Time200ms
RPM (Rounds-per-minute)854Movement speed percentage99%
Magazine Size30

Best perks to run with Cold War MP5

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  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket
  • Perk 2: Scavenger
  • Perk 3: Ninja

While pushing Hardpoints and Domination flags, expect a bombardment of explosives to come your way. With Flak Jacket equipped, you’ll be able to tank an onslaught of explosives, allowing you to get that valuable time for your team.

Running out of ammo in Cold War’s multiplayer is often a death sentence. Rather than scrambling on the ground for another viable weapon to use, Scavenger gives you the ability to resupply ammo from fallen players.

And finally, while running around and getting in other players’ faces with the MP5, the element of surprise will be your biggest ally. Ninja will almost silence your footsteps, allowing you to hear enemies’ steps louder, and take them by surprise.

How to unlock the MP5 in Cold War Season 5

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You’ll unlock the MP5 at Level 4, so by the time you’re ready to start building your own custom classes, the MP5 will be there waiting for you.

To level it up quickly, just focus on racking up Scorestreaks and play the objective and you’ll unlock every attachment you need in no time.

Best alternatives to the MP5 in Season 5

The MP5 excels at close range, so if you’re looking for alternatives, there are several weapons in the SMG category that will perform similarly. The LC10 is perhaps the best SMG in Cold War and the AK-74u remains one of the best options for fighting up close.

Or, you can opt for an Assault Rifle with solid mobility such as the Groza or XM4.


Try this classic Call of Duty SMG in Black Ops Cold War, and you’ll find yourself running one of the game’s most dominant weapons.

Want to see where the MP5 stacks up against the rest of Cold War’s weapons? Check out our tier list of every weapon in Black Ops Cold War Season 5.

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