Even though the recent Black Ops Cold War update introduced weapon balance changes, players still think the Tec-9 needs further nerfs.
Black Ops Cold War received an update on September 2 that nerfed both the Tec-9 and EM2 and addressed community concerns regarding these Season 5 weapons.
Players had been complaining about these weapons being too powerful since their release, so this update would have been a relief for those frustrated with the game’s weapon balancing.
However, with Season 5 Reloaded on the way, players feel that the Tec-9 nerf wasn’t enough and are calling for it to be nerfed even further.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Season 5 Reloaded is on the way, bringing new Multiplayer content like the Zoo map and Demolition game mode.
Although the new content will keep the game fresh and enjoyable for players, one of the new weapons introduced for Season 5 is still causing controversy despite its recent nerf.
- Read more: Black Ops Cold War Season 5 Reloaded Zombies
In the September 2 update, the developers nerfed the Tec-9: “If you’ve been getting lit up by the full-auto version of the TEC-9 a little too often lately, no worries – we’ve reduced the damage for the Full-Auto Repeater Muzzle attachment by 18%, from 50 to 41 per shot,” which seemed like a noticeable nerf.
However, some players are still not happy with the weapon’s strength, claiming that it’s “still the best SMG/AR/LMG in the game and desperately needs another nerf.”
Reddit user naz2348 posted their frustration with the weapon balancing with their post entitled: “The TEC-9 is still the best SMG/AR/LMG in the game and desperately needs another nerf, I’m one of few that actually really enjoy Cold War and have been playing it all year, and it’s ruining my experience.”
The player feels as if even after the nerf, the Tec-9 remains the most dominant weapon, which is ultimately running their experience as “you’re basically forced to use the TEC-9 if you want any chance at competing.”
At the end of the post, the player calls for the devs to give the weapon another nerf, and it seems they aren’t the only ones who feel this way.
Another Reddit user by the name Mattykos also posted their frustrations with the Tec-9, claiming “the only difference I saw after today’s nerfs was people using more guns than just tec9/em2 but still tec9 feels like the best smg to choose and I keep getting dominated by people using it.”
It remains to be seen if Treyarch will apply another nerf to the Tec-9 in the future. Still, with the first one being a result of community feedback, it would not be surprising to see the Cold War developers take the latest round of criticism into account and work on applying a second Tec-9 nerf sometime in the future.
For more on Black Ops Cold War, check out our article on how to rank weapons up fast in Zombies.
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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.
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!
- How to prestige in Black Ops Cold War
- How to use Prestige Keys in Black Ops Cold War
- Prestige Shop rewards
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.
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
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.
Image credits: Treyarch Studios
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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!
Image Credit: Activision / Treyarch
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.
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.
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.
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
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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