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Nadeshot wants SBMM to change in Black Ops Cold War

Nadeshot went on a rant about why he hates SBMM while playing Black Ops Cold War on his stream.

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Skill-based matchmaking has divided the Call of Duty fanbase like nothing else. 100 Thieves CEO and Call Of Duty player Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag got particularly irritated by this system while playing Black Ops Cold War on his stream.

Call of Duty fans have had their fair share of problems with the franchise over the years, and one of the things that has divided the fanbase greatly is skill-based matchmaking. This is a system that is meant to pair players with similar skillsets against each other. This has lead to a lot of problems for players.

Now that Black Ops Cold War is out, many fans have been venting their frustrations about the multiplayer mode having SBMM. It makes the game so hectic that people find it impossible to play casual matches.

Streamers especially hate this as it makes the game less fun for them too. Matthew Haag, also known as Nadeshot, is a Call of Duty player and the 100 Thieves CEO. He took the opportunity to touch upon this issue during his stream on December 1 while playing Nuketown ’84.

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“It’s time to lower the skill-based matchmaking,” he said, “This is not fun. I know we want the kids that have never played Call of Duty to be in a safe space, but please stop alienating the people that have been playing your game for over a decade.”

He further elaborated that SBMM makes completing challenges unnecessarily tedious and difficult. The system actively works against players who want to improve their skills. He drew light on this when he said, “everyone’s got a scorestreak because it’s participation and not skill.”

Many other Call of Duty fans share this sentiment as well and you can see this in the twitch comments. While it’s admirable that Treyarch wants new players to progress through the game at their own pace, it comes at the cost of making the difficulty so hard that it stops being fun for high level players.

The system has also been known to cause problems for low level players in the past. Many newcomers to the franchise found themselves competing against players that were significantly higher ranked than them. This is why this one of the most frequently complained about aspects of the Call of Duty franchise.

Despite these complaints, Activision and Treyarch haven’t announced any plans to change or get rid of the SBMM system from the games. Hopefully they’ll find way to make it more balanced at the very least, otherwise discontent will continue to grow among the fanbase.

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How to make Custom Blueprints with Cold War & Warzone’s Gunsmith Customs

With Gunsmith Customs, Cold War and Warzone lets you mix and match Blueprint attachments, so here’s how to make your own custom Blueprint.

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The Gunsmith Customs system is available in both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone, so here’s how to create your own custom Blueprints with this fan-favorite feature.

Gunsmith Customs and custom Blueprints were added to Modern Warfare and Warzone in April 2020, much to fans’ appreciation. You can also do it in Cold War, and with Cold War’s weapons in Warzone. With this feature, you can mix and match all of the Blueprint attachments for a weapon type, creating a brand new weapon Blueprint that’s unique to you.

For example, if you want to build a custom Krig 6, you can combine the barrel from the Confrontation Blueprint with the magazine from the Samurai’s Creed and the stock from the Go Getter. You can then save it as a custom Blueprint, name it, and then you can find it amongst all of your other purchased Blueprints.

How to use Custom Blueprint Mods in Black Ops Cold War

Arriving in Cold War’s mid-Season 2 update, players can now create and save several of their own custom Blueprints. This not only allows you to quickly access your crazy Blueprint combinations but also makes it easier to access your favorite loadouts without having to build them every time.

Making and saving these custom Blueprints is quite simple, so here’s how to do it:

  1. Launch Black Ops Cold War
  2. Select the ‘Weapons’ tab
  3. Choose your weapon
  4. Hover over the attachment you wish to equip
  5. Select the Gunsmith icon beside the attachment
  6. Choose the attachment style from your owned Blueprints
  7. Save and rename your custom Blueprint

Now, when creating a weapon class, you’ll be able to equip your custom Blueprint like you would any other. When you go to select your weapon, the custom Blueprint will be there alongside all of the other Blueprints you own.

If you wish to keep the weapon’s tracer fire or Mastercraft effects, you’ll need to equip that Blueprint as the base before customizing. By doing this, you can keep the blue tracer fire, but use the attachment styles from a completely different weapon, making a gun that’s entirely personalized to your style.

How to use Custom Blueprint Mods in Cold War Zombies

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This also works in Black Ops Cold War Zombies. By building and saving a custom Blueprint, you can access it in rounds of Outbreak or regular Zombies such as Season 4’s Mauer Der Toten, so you can always have the attachments and look you desire.

For example, you spawn in with the M1911 for that classic Zombies experience. Then after you purchase a Gallo SA12 from the wall, you can apply either a regular Blueprint or Custom Mod to the weapon that applies all of your pre-selected attachments.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Load into a game of Cold War Zombies
  2. Either purchase your favorite weapon from the wall or get it from a Mystery Box
  3. Pause the game
  4. Select ‘Apply Blueprint’
  5. Navigate over to ‘Custom Mods’
  6. Choose the Custom Blueprint you wish to apply

This will give you not only the attachments of your choice but also the Mastery Camos you’ve grinded for.

How to use Custom Blueprint Mods in Warzone

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Battle royale fans were disappointed that you couldn’t create Custom Blueprints for Cold War weapons in Warzone when the game first integrated. Raven Software has now added that function, so you can now have several Custom Blueprints at the ready when building your favorite loadouts.

Here’s how to build and use Custom Blueprint Mods in Warzone:

  1. Launch Call of Duty: Warzone
  2. Go to the ‘Weapons’ tab and press ‘Edit Loadout’
  3. Build your ideal weapon loadout
  4. Click ‘Save a Custom Mod’ at the bottom of the screen
  5. Rename and save your Custom Blueprint!

And to then access that Custom Blueprint:

  1. Click ‘Edit Loadout’
  2. Hover over the weapon you wish to use
  3. Select ‘Armory’ beside the weapon
  4. Choose either a regular Blueprint or your own Custom Blueprint

With Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 5 arriving soon, there will be a ton more weapon Blueprints arriving in both the store and the new Battle Pass. So, you’ll get more and more weapon customization options as the seasons progress.

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When is the next Cold War & Warzone Double XP event?

We have the dates and times for the next CoD: Cold War and Warzone Season 4 Double XP event to help you rank up weapons and Battle Passes.

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With so many Prestige levels, different weapon levels, and Battle Pass levels in Cold War and Warzone in Season 4, it’s only natural to want more XP. Here’s when the next CoD Double XP event is going to be.

XP has been a vital component of Call of Duty’s multiplayer for many years. It’s the quintessential upgrade mechanic that allows you to increase your in-game level and provide you access to better gear and attachments.

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 4 has already offered a Double XP event since it started, allowing players to level up the various aspects of the game faster. It’s now time for another one where players will be able to level up all of the new content at a much faster pace.

How to get Double XP in CoD: Cold War & Warzone Season 4

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It’s been announced that Call of Duty’s next Double XP and Double Battle Pass XP promotional event will be for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone and will officially start on August 6 and conclude on August 9.

This event will help players earn plenty of extra XP to level up their accounts and weapons this weekend before the official launch of Season 5 for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.

What time does CoD: Cold War & Warzone Double XP start?

Here’s a full list of the Double XP event’s start time & dates in some of the key timezones:

  • EST – 1 PM
  • CST – 12 PM
  • PST – 10 AM
  • GMT – 5 PM

Double XP and Double Battle Pass XP will be available on Black Ops Cold War and Warzone playlists.

These special Double XP Events usually occur during a weekend, and this one is no different. It naturally gives players the most free time as it’s away from school hours and generally when people are off work.

This will be a great way to level up the new Season 4 weapons, the C58 Assault Rifle, and MG 82 LMG, and get them ready to use in all of your future Cold War and Warzone battles.

Also, check out all the details on Call of Duty: Vanguard, including its release date, gameplay, and more.

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Cold War players want unique Numbers Broadcast Scorestreak idea in Season 5

A Cold War player has come up with an inventive Scorestreak that would play on the Numbers theme of Black Ops Cold War Season 5.

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One player has come up with a clever Scorestreak idea that would turn friendly players hostile in Black Ops Cold War Season 5, playing on the Numbers theme to manipulate players.

Needless to say that Call of Duty Scorestreaks generally fall into one of a few different categories. You’ve got defensive ones like the Air Patrol, ground weapons like the Hand Cannon or Bow, and all-out aerial dominators like the VTOL, Chopper Gunner, and Gunship.

It’s rare that a new concept lights up streaks, but one player may have come up with an ingenious one. They have mentioned the possibility of using mind control to warp the enemy team and create chaos on the inside.

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The idea comes courtesy of the Black Ops Cold War subreddit and they name the Scorestreaks as “Numbers Broadcast.”

Here is the official description of what they think the Scorestreak would involve. “When activated, the sleeper agents will rise, thus some soldiers on the enemy team will have their friendlies show up as enemies in red on the map and friendly fire will be enabled.

“In a franchise this old and frequent, brand new streaks that work in new ways are rare to find, and this is the perfect opportunity to have one.”

It sounds like a unique idea, and one that might need to be one of the game’s pricier Scorestreaks, given how it could basically lock players out.

It could either mean you’d have to be temporarily wary of every player in the game, or the A.I could even take control of a select number of teammates on a team.

Either way, with Black Ops’ history of psychological manipulation, this might be a streak tailor-made for Call of Duty.

Also, check when does Black Ops Cold War Season 5 start.

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