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How to win more League Play games in Black Ops Cold War

Black Ops Cold War’s League Play has finally released and players are out grinding ranks. Here’s how to win more games so you can rank up.

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Black Ops Cold War’s League Play has released, and players are grinding hard to reach the very top rank. Here’s how you can maximize your game time to result in a higher win percentage.

League Play is a competitive space made to imitate the same competitive environment as Call of Duty League professional players. While we may not have as many banned items or pre-set loadouts in the mode, we still have a highly competitive mode with player skill ranks.

Here are a few tips to get you working at your very best in League Play.

#1 – Party Up

Don’t want issues dealing with random players? Simple fix. Party-up with players who communicate and are similar in skill to yourself.

You won’t be able to take down a well-coordinated team unless you have one of your own. Trust us, you and your rank will thank you.

#2 – Play the Objective

Some may find this point stupidly obvious, however, we can’t emphasize this enough. The competitive playlist in Call of Duty isn’t Team Deathmatch. You can’t ignore objectives and only go for kills. You may think you’re that good, but you’re going to flip around spawns and ruin the game for your teammates who actually care about the win.

Next time you play Hardpoint, think before you flank the enemy and flip the spawns. Think ahead and try to get spawns for the next hardpoint, but don’t do that until after your team has had time to push the current one.

Playing Control? Don’t cost your team valuable respawns by doing the same push over and over again. For Search & Destroy, don’t push solo. A man down off-spawn makes it much more difficult for your team to win.

#3 – Use appropriate Loadouts

If you aren’t familiar with the word “meta,” you’ll quickly become familiar with it after seeing the same weapons used over and over again in League Play. Currently, the most popular weapons are the AK-74u, KRIG-6, and XM4.

You can read an entire article dedicated to the best meta loadouts to run in Black Ops Cold War’s League Play here.

#4 – Practice and improve

Not at the rank you think you deserve? Give the game a few more days to better place you in the proper skill division. If you’re still placed fairly low after a few weeks, it may be time for a reality check. We’re not saying you may be bad, we’re saying you might think you’re a bit better than you actually are.

Don’t fret! Try new loadouts, play differently, and above all – improve. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing progress.

Now squad up, learn the meta, and above all – play the objective. You’ll see your progress as a player as you continue your grind to be the best in the game.

Good luck out there!

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Warzone & Cold War The Numbers event: Challenges & rewards

Warzone and Cold War’s plot will thicken with Season 5 Reloaded’s The Numbers event, so here’s how to earn the exclusive rewards.

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The Numbers event in Cold War and Warzone

Following Warzone and Cold War Season 5 Reloaded, ‘The Numbers’ event will arrive, which is expected to continue the mystery of the Red Doors and Numbers Program. Here’s everything we know about the event, including its start date, challenges, and rewards.

Mysterious Red Doors appeared in Verdansk at the launch of Season 4, teleporting players to rooms filled with high-tier loot and Killstreaks. These doors started behaving more erratically in Season 5, bringing players to a mysterious corridor, dropping them from the sky, and even disappearing.

The new season also added mysterious mobile broadcast stations around Verdansk, and now with the Warzone and Cold War The Numbers event live, the community may get some answers regarding the Red Doors and mobile broadcast stations during Season 5 Reloaded.

Here’s when the event will begin, its challenges, and the exclusive rewards you can earn.

What is Warzone Season 5’s The Numbers event?

Warzone player entering Red Door

Warzone Season 5 brought Mobile Broadcast Stations to Verdansk. These were relatively inactive at the start of the season but “seem to be stirring.” They’ll soon begin “amplifying the ‘Dragovich Program’ tapes – A.K.A. the Numbers broadcasts – across the region.”

For this event, players will need to investigate these Broadcast Stations and will earn a pile of rewards for doing so.

Warzone Season 5 The Numbers event start and end date

Warzone Season 5 Reloaded Roadmap

As part of the Season 5 Reloaded announcement, Call of Duty devs revealed that the event kicked off on September 21 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST and will end on October 5 at 9 PM PST/ 11 PM CST/ 12 PM EST / 5 AM BST (October 6) in Black Ops Cold War.

The Numbers event will conclude in Warzone on October 6 at 9 PM PST/ 11 PM CST/ 12 PM EST / 5 AM BST (October 7)

This event arrived a little under two weeks after the Season 5 Reloaded updates that brought a new Warzone game mode and a ton of Zombies content to Cold War.

Warzone and Cold War The Numbers event challenges

Kitsune fighting at Warzone Season 5 mobile broadcast station

This is a seasonal event. There are nine challenges to complete in both Warzone and Cold War to earn exclusive rewards. Devs revealed that in Warzone, you must activate the Mobile Broadcast Stations, and the more you activate, the more rewards you’ll earn.

Also, as an in-game incentive to visit these Stations, you’ll get “An instant $5,000 Cash bonus in the current match” that you can spend on Loadouts, Killstreaks, or anything else to help you secure the win.

You can find all of the Warzone and Cold War The Numbers event challenges below:

Warzone

  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station northwest of the Military Base
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station south of the Port
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station north of the Airport
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station west of the Train Station
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station between the Boneyard and Superstore
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station east of the Salt Mine
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station at the Farmland
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station at the Hills
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station southwest of the TV Station
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Black Ops Cold War

  • Complete 3 Multiplayer matches on Zoo or earn Objective Milestones in Outbreak Survival
  • Win a Multiplayer Demolition match or earn 2 or more Zombies Round or Objective Milestones and Exfil successfully
  • Get a total of 50 Eliminations in Multiplayer or Slaughter Medals in Zombies (killed 5 enemies rapidly)
  • Get 10 kills with Lethal Equipment in Multiplayer or earn Lethal Equipment multi kill medals in Zombies
  • Earn 25000 total Multiplayer Score or Zombies Essence
  • Get 3 Multiplayer kills without dying or recover 500 health with food items in a region of Outbreak Survival 3 times
  • Get 5 kills with Scorestreaks in Multiplayer or earn Support multi kill medals in Zombies
  • Get 5 kills with or assisted by your Field Upgrades in Multiplayer or earn Field Upgrade multi kill Medals in Zombies
  • Earn 3 multi kills in Multiplayer or Eliminate Elite enemies in Zombies

Warzone and Cold War The Numbers event rewards

You can find all of the Warzone and Cold War The Numbers event rewards that are now available for players to earn by completing the challenges above below:

Warzone

Warzone The Numbers Event Rewards

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Black Ops Cold War The Numbers Event Rewards

And for completing all nine The Numbers challenges in either Warzone or Cold War, you’ll unlock the Sai melee weapon. This is a dual-wield weapon that “allows for improved agility and fast attacks.”

That’s all we know about Warzone Season 5’s The Numbers event, but stay tuned to Charlie INTEL for all updates.

Also, check out all of the game-changing weapon buffs and nerfs in Warzone Season 5 Reloaded.

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Best quickscoping loadout for CoD: Cold War Season 5

Quickscoping is one of the most fun ways to play CoD, so here’s everything you need to know to quickscope in Black Ops Cold War Season 5.

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Cold War quickscoping class

To master the art of quickscoping in CoD: Black Ops Cold War Season 5, equip our best Swiss K31 loadout with attachments, Perks, and equipment.

There’s no better way to flex your CoD skill in a final killcam than hitting a nasty three-piece with a Sniper Rifle. Quickscoping montages are how some of Call of Duty’s biggest brands such as OpTic and FaZe had their start, after all.

Sniper flinch was added with the Season 3 update, but even in Season 5 of Black Ops Cold War, players are still convinced it’s not nerfed it enough. Sniping, in particular, quickscoping is perfectly viable and players love to do it.

Black Ops Cold War Season 5 has plenty of maps and opportunities for snipers to dominate, so here are the best weapon, attachments, and Perks to quickscope in Black Ops Cold War.

Best Swiss K31 Cold War quickscoping attachments

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  • Barrel: 24.9″ Tiger Team
  • Body: Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Magazine: 8 Rnd Mag
  • Handle: Serpent Wrap
  • Stock: Raider Pad

When quickscoping in Black Ops Cold War, you want to run the Swiss K31 as the weapon is practically handcrafted for quickscoping.

This Swiss K31 is built exclusively for speed, allowing you to take out multiple targets in quick succession. Aim for the chest while quickscoping with this loadout as it’s an easier target to hit, and it will guarantee you a one-shot kill at almost any range.

The 24.9″ Tiger Team vastly improves in the Swiss K31 in almost every way. Before you unlock this barrel, you’ll land a lot of hit markers, but after equipping it you’ll have no problem getting One Shot, One Kill medals. You’ll find your K31 does more damage, fires faster, reloads quicker, and is more accurate.

BOCW Swiss K31

You need your reaction time to be at a maximum while quickscoping, so you can’t take the second to decide if you really did see the enemy. The Tiger Team Spotlight will mark enemies for you, increasing your awareness and reactions in the process.

To hit multiple shots in quick succession, you want to go for a bigger magazine. The 8 Rnd Mag is perfect as you have more than enough shots to take out the other team in 6v6 game modes without any major downsides. However, you should bear in mind that the Tiger Team barrel will reduce the mag size to six shots.

To further increase the Swiss K31’s speed, you want to add the Serpent Wrap and Raider Pad. Together, these attachments will vastly increase your ADS and sprint to fire time, hitting your shots before the enemy can take you out.

Best Perks & Equipment for quickscoping in Cold War Season 5

Black Ops Cold War Tactical Mask perk

Best Perks

  • Perk 1: Tactical Mask / Flak Jacket
  • Perk 2: Scavenger / Assassin
  • Perk 3: Gung-Ho / Ghost

The one weapon class that suffers from Stun Grenades and other equipment with disorientating effects is Sniper Rifles. So the Tactical Mask will help make you immune to their effects. Also, you still might try to hold down the odd location or two, which means you’ll be peppered with explosives – so equip Flak Jacket to sort that out.

You don’t get that much ammo with a Sniper Rifle, so Scavenger will help you to stock up, and then you can use it to kill Assassin targets to increase your potential points accumulation.

Gung-Ho will allow you to reload while sprinting, as well as change weapons faster, in case you run out of ammo for the Swiss. Whereas Ghost is a tried and tested Perk that will keep your position on the map a bit more secure.

Best Equipment

players fighting in zoo map in cold war
  • Lethal: Tomahawk
  • Tactical: Stimshot
  • Field Upgrade: Field Mic

Quickscoping in Call of Duty is all about taking down your opponents in style, and there’s nothing more stylish than closing out the Best Play killcam than an awesome Tomahawk throw.

For your Tactical, the Stimshot is always a solid choice, allowing you to quickly get back your health to re-peek for a second quickscope shot. And finally, to get the most information possible, the Field Mic will reveal the position of all nearby enemies, giving you plenty of time to prepare for the shot.

How to unlock the Swiss K31 in Black Ops Cold War

Black Ops Cold War quickscoping Swiss K31

The Swiss K31 can no longer be unlocked through the Battle Pass as that was tied to the Season 3 Battle Pass.

However, if you haven’t acquired it yet, then you will need to meet the following requirements to unlock it now:

  • Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer/Warzone: Using Sniper Rifles, get 2 Headshot kills in 15 different completed matches.
  • Black Ops Cold War Zombies: Using Sniper Rifles, kill 5 or more enemies with Critical Kills rapidly 100 times.

Best alternatives to the Swiss K31 in Cold War

If you haven’t unlocked the Swiss K31 yet, or it isn’t working out for you, then you can try some of CoD: Cold War’s other best Sniper Rifles instead. The Pelington 703 is the next best thing, or you can choose the very popular LW3 Tundra for extra damage.


If you want to see what the best Black Ops Cold War guns are, and find your new favorite, you can check out our ranking and tier of every Cold War weapon.

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

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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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