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Cold War players call for even more nerfs to “dominant” Sniper Rifles

After reports that Sniper Rifles still dominate Cold War despite their nerfs, some of the community feel they need nerfed further.

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Even though Sniper Rifles received a considerable nerf in the Black Ops Cold War Season 3 Reloaded update, they’re reportedly still dominating Search and Destroy and the debate over their balance rages on.

Quickscoping has always been a major part of Call of Duty. Some of the biggest brands in gaming had their start as sniping teams, and sniper 1v1 battles have become ingrained in the CoD culture.

Cold War players felt that having zero flinch on Sniper Rifles made them severely overpowered. Call of Duty pros have a Gentleman’s Agreement not to use Sniper Rifles in the CDL, mainly because of how difficult it is to counter them. With no flinch, it’s easy for a sniper to line up a shot before the Assault Rifle or SMG player can land enough bullets to kill them.

After months of calls for flinch to be added, Treyarch agreed with the feedback and added custom flinch to Sniper Rifles in the Season 3 Reloaded update. However, some Cold War players feel that this nerf wasn’t enough, especially in the Search and Destroy game mode.

Swiss K31 in Cold War

By equipping flinch-reducing attachments, the nerfs can largely be countered, leading to much of the same problems players originally complained about. The lack of flinch is amplified in SnD, where the gameplay is less chaotic and fights are often decided in a 1v1.

Reddit user bvckspaced posted a thread asking fellow players, “Can we address snipers dominating SnD?” This led to discussion in the comments, with players debating whether Sniper Rifles are balanced or not.

bvckspaced described how although they’re “pretty sweaty” in pubs, they “stand absolutely no chance of gunning snipers with an AR.” They said that adding flinch wasn’t enough, as they could still get quickscoped even when dumping bullets into their opponent.

Describing how “snipers are able to play hyper-aggressive with next to no counterplay against them,” they said they’re “truly not exaggerating” when they say that 90% of their SnD games includes a sniper dominating the round.

While many agreed that Sniper Rifles could use more nerfs, others argued that any more nerfs would make them useless.

The Sniper Rifle nerfs are still fresh, so perhaps the dust needs to settle to see exactly how it’s affected the meta. But for now, the community hasn’t reached an agreement on whether they should be nerfed further.

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Warzone & Cold War Season 4 Ground Fall event: Release date, challenges, rewards

Here’s everything you need to know about Warzone and Cold War Season 4’s Ground Fall event, allowing players to earn various unique rewards.

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With the satellites crash-landing in Verdansk in Season 4, Warzone and Cold War will include the Ground Fall event, offering players various unique cosmetic rewards.

As teased in the Season 4 reveal trailer, satellites have crash-landed in Verdansk ’84. Similar to Adler’s capture kicking off Season 3’s Hunt for Adler event, these satellites’ arrival will kickstart the ‘Ground Fall’ event.

As with all Cold War and Warzone limited time events, there will be a series of challenges to complete, allowing you to earn cosmetic items such as weapon Blueprints, Operator skins, calling cards, and more.

Here’s everything we know about Warzone and Cold War Season 4’s Ground Fall event.

Warzone & Cold War Ground Fall event release date

Warzone Cold War Season 4 Jackal Operator

Activision have confirmed that the Ground Fall event will kick-off Season 4, so will begin on June 17.

Devs also confirmed that when the new season begins, the Ground Fall event tab will appear on the menus so you can begin completing the challenges and immediately start earning the rewards.

This event is limited time, so you’ll need to complete all of the Black Ops Cold War and Warzone challenges before 10 AM PT on June 24 to earn every reward.

Warzone & Cold War Ground Fall challenges

Warzone Season 4 satellite

Similar to the 80s Action Heroes and Hunt For Adler events, there will be separate challenges for Warzone and Black Ops Cold War.

While the full list of challenges hasn’t been revealed yet, devs have given us a taste of what they’ll entail. They said that Cold War’s will be relating to Season 4’s “new modes, maps, and weaponry,” Warzone’s will pertain to the new POIs, such as finding and securing SAT-Links.

Once the Ground Fall event officially goes live at the start of Season 4, we’ll update this article with every challenge for Warzone and Cold War.

Warzone & Cold War Ground Fall rewards

Jackal Black Ops Cold War Season 4

As with previous events, there will be a variety of cosmetic items to earn in the Ground Fall event. As you complete both Cold War and Warzone’s challenges, you’ll earn Ground Fall-themed cosmetics, and for completing every challenge, you’ll get an “out of this world” Epic Secondary Weapon Blueprint.

Here’s every Ground Fall reward confirmed so far:

  • Emblems
  • Calling Cards
  • Satellite Weapon Charm
  • XP
  • Epic Secondary Weapon Blueprint

Stay tuned to Charlie INTEL for all of the Season 4 content still to be revealed, such as the Ground Fall event rewards and Warzone patch notes.

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Cold War Season 4 weapon buffs & nerfs: AK-47, XM4, Krig 6

Black Ops Cold War Season 4 sees Treyarch make sweeping balancing changes to a number of Assault Rifles, including the XM4 and AK-47.

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Cold War Season 4 character shooting an Assault Rifle

Black Ops Cold War’s Season 4 update is here, and as always, Treyarch have been tinkering with the game’s weapon balance, with buffs and nerfs for a number of guns.

Weapon balancing is a huge part of keeping any game fresh, giving developers the opportunity to tweak the meta to make overpowered weapons more manageable, or to give guns that aren’t being used often a much-needed boost.

The launch of the Season 4 patch gives Treyarch the perfect opportunity to buff and nerf a number of weapons in an attempt to shake things up, and the developers have focused on a single class of guns this time around.

Season 3: Reloaded saw Treyarch work on SMGs, Sniper Rifles, and a number of attachments, but with Season 4, the focus is clearly on Assault Rifles. Here’s a breakdown of the big changes coming with the new patch.

Rambo using AR in Cold War

Assault Rifle changes in Cold War Season 4

Assault Rifles are going to feel very different in Season 4. All seven guns in the class have been adjusted in some manner, mostly focusing on the attachments that players use with them.

Suppressors will definitely become more widespread thanks to Treyarch‘s decision to reduce the range penalties on most ARs, although it has been slightly increased by 2% on the ultra-powerful AK-47. The QBZ-83 and Groza have also had their penalties increased slightly to bring them in line with the class average.

The biggest change comes for the XM4 though, which sees a huge 11% drop in range penalty, making the already strong gun even more useful.

Black Ops Cold War AK-47 loadout

While other weapon classes haven’t been changed in this patch, there is a good chance they will be addressed in future patches, with Treyarch always working on balancing. You can view the full list of changes below.

  • Assault Rifles
    • XM4
      • Reduced range penalty on Suppressor muzzle attachment from 15% to 11%.
      • Reduced range penalty on Agency Suppressor muzzle attachment from 33% to 22%.
    • AK-47
      • Reduced range penalty on Suppressor muzzle attachment from 15% to 13%.
      • Increased range penalty on GRU Suppressor muzzle attachment from 25% to 27%.
    • QBZ-83
      • Increased range penalty on Suppressor muzzle attachment from 15% to 17%.
    • FFAR 1
      • Reduced range penalty on Suppressor muzzle attachment from 15% to 10%.
      • Reduced range penalty on Agency Suppressor muzzle attachment from 33% to 20%.
    • Krig 6
      • Reduced range penalty on Agency Suppressor muzzle attachment from 30% to 25%.
    • Groza
      • Increased range penalty on Suppressor muzzle attachment from 15% to 17%.
    • FARA 83
      • Reduced range penalty on GRU Suppressor muzzle attachment from 33% to 32%.
      • Increased range penalty on Suppressor muzzle attachment from 15% to 20%.

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How to unlock Iridescent Jackal skin in Warzone & Cold War Season 4

Warzone and Cold War is receiving its first ever Ultra-rarity Operator skin in Season 4, so here’s how to unlock Jackal’s Iridescent skin.

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How to unlock Iridescent Jackal Skin

Warzone and Black Ops Cold War’s first Ultra-rarity Operator skin is arriving in Season 4, so here’s how to unlock new Operator Jackal’s Iridescent skin.

Alongside the brand new weapons and maps for Warzone and Cold War Season 4, the game will be introducing its first Ultra-rarity Operator skin. New Operator Jackal will receive a unique color-changing outfit, something Verdansk has never seen before.

This new skin “allows Jackal to come alive with a mesmerizing light pattern across his entire jumpsuit and mask,” making it a highly sought-after item in Season 4.

Here’s how to unlock Season 4 Operator Jackal and his Ultra-rarity Iridescent skin in Season 4.

How to unlock Jackal and Iridescent Operator skin

Jackal Iridescent skin in Cold War and Warzone

South African mercenary Jackal is Season 4’s featured Operator, who you’ll unlock as soon as you purchase the premium Battle Pass. This costs 1000 CoD Points and you can now either buy the pass yourself or receive it through Call of Duty’s new gifting system.

The Iridescent Jackal Skin will be unlocked at Tier 100 of the premium Season 4 Battle Pass. Reaching Tier 100 will take some time, but you can speed up the process by buying the Battle Pass Bundle for 2400 CoD Points, which includes 20 discounted Tier Skips, or you can take advantage of Double XP events.

Jackal Operator Mission challenges

Iridescent jackal skin Cold War Season 4

Once you’ve unlocked Jackal’s Iridescent skin, there will be Operator Missions available to unlock extra styles and “additional cosmetic items.” For completing these missions, you’ll get the silver ‘Manta Ray’ style and the ‘Copperite’ skin, which gives him a “copper shine.”

We’ll need to wait until Season 4 arrives to see the Operator Mission challenges.

Once Season 4 officially goes live, we’ll update this article with Jackal’s Operator Mission challenges and rewards.

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