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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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CoD: Cold War devs respond to glitch making ping tracker disappear

Players are no longer able to track their ping during a game of CoD: Cold War and Treyarch have responded to this apparent glitch.

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Since online gaming began, ping has been the standard for measuring a player’s internal connection during a game. Black Ops Cold War’s players currently can’t see theirs, and a Treyarch dev has explained why.

Bigger is certainly not better when it comes to ping during Call of Duty’s online multiplayer. A low, steady, consistent ping is the key to a more stable connection to a game, reducing your chances of dying.

There’s nothing more frustrating than thinking you’ve seen and eliminated an enemy long before you’ve seen them, for the opposite to have actually happened.

So it’s always healthy to check out your ping and ensure your internet connection isn’t costing you several deaths per game. CoD: Cold War normally allows players to monitor their ping during games, but this isn’t the case at the moment heading into Season 3.

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Treyarch’s Community Manager Josh “FoxhoundFPS” Torres had to respond to the alleged glitch in Cold War that prevented ping from tracking.

The complaint was posted as a Reddit thread titled “Can’t see your ping anymore,” and the statement was paired with a picture to highlight the issue.

Under Black Ops Cold War’s usual Settings menu, the option to track your ping was missing from the screen, prompting the question.

But Josh noticed the bug query and weighed in with an official response saying, “We’ve temporarily removed these while we investigate some visual issues. This is currently noted in our patch notes, which will be live tomorrow morning Pacific Time, and we do plan on returning the functionality.”

He continued, “PC players should be able to enable/keep their Server Latency and Packet Loss widgets under Account and Network in their settings.”

This ping issue will no doubt be sorted very soon as it’s a vital statistic that players generally need. Just like recent dev action concerning Cold War PS5 controller issues and broken Zombies attachments, the matter will be noted and attended to ASAP.

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Slide canceling receives major nerf in Cold War Season 3 update

Black Ops Cold War has removed one of CoD’s most controversial and powerful movement techniques, slide canceling, in the Season 3 update.

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Call of Duty’s most common movement technique, slide canceling, has received a significant nerf in Black Ops Cold War’s Season 3 update, essentially removing the mechanic.

Although slide canceling arrived with Black Ops 4, it became especially prominent in Modern Warfare and Warzone, and continued into Cold War. As it says on the tin, this is a method of canceling the slide animation before it finishes to speed up gameplay and get the advantage on opponents.

By canceling the slide mid-way through, you could continue moving at full speed afterward, allowing you to move faster than usual. Players have long used this mechanic to maneuver the map quicker, precisely slide behind cover, and offensively push players using erratic and unpredictable movement.

However, Treyarch has essentially removed this mechanic in Cold War’s Season 3 update.

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It has been clear that Treyarch never intended slide canceling to be as powerful as it was, as devs addressed slide mechanics in Cold War’s day one patch notes. “Sliding is intended as an escape mechanic or quick entrance into crouch or cover,” they explained. “It’s not intended to be over-used during engagements, or to be too advantageous in close quarters.”

Although they have made adjustments to sliding in the past, the Season 3 update has essentially eliminated slide canceling altogether. Instead of canceling the slide mid-way through and quickly returning to a standing position, Cold War will now force you to finish the slide, causing a significant delay before you can stand up.

For players who have been using this mechanic, it will be especially difficult to adjust to the new movement system. As it was a somewhat advanced movement technique, it was especially common in League Play and the CDL, so expect a different style of play in the upcoming Stage 3.

Alongside this update comes adjustments to all Shotguns and LMGs, as well as quality of life updates for Zombies. Once Season 3 officially goes live on April 22, new weapons, maps, and Operators will also arrive in the game.

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Cold War devs confirm weapon unlock challenges coming to Zombies

CoD: Cold War fans who love Zombies and dislike multiplayer can rejoice as specific weapon challenges are coming to its Zombies modes.

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For a long time, Call of Duty fans that love Zombies have had to delve into Cold War’s multiplayer to unlock new weapons. But the devs have now confirmed that Zombies-specific challenges will now be available moving forward in Season 3.

Given that Zombies started out as a side attraction in Call of Duty: World at War, the mode has come a long way. Each year it’s grown, getting bigger and better, with improved stories and maps. Its popularity is now so huge that Treyarch went as far as to create an open-world Zombie experience called Outbreak.

That being said, there has been a hint of resentment from fans who believe that they are short-changed when it comes to unlocking new weapons for CoD’s Zombies. Treyarch has confirmed that this gripe will be fixed in Season 3, with new weapon challenges.

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Since Black Ops Cold War launched, Seasons 1, 2, and 3 have offered a lot in the way of new weapons and gear.

Destructive Streetsweeper shotguns, insane LC-10s, and pinpoint R1 Shadowhunter Crossbows have all become a part of CoD: Cold War lobbies. However, their appearance in games of Die Maschine, Firebase Z, and Outbreak are far more infrequent.

Usually, Zombies players would have to hop into the online portion of Cold War and fulfill the standard unlock requirements to use new weapons in Zombies.

Thankfully for Zombies fans, this is no longer the case. An Official Tweet from the Treyarch Twitter account informed fans of the good news.

There’s no word yet just yet on what the various challenges will entail, but the guarantee is that they will all be specific to Zombies.

All should become clear when Season 3 of Black Ops Cold War and Warzone launches on April 22.

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