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Top 5 tips to dominate Cartel in Black Ops Cold War

Learn how to master the bushes and conquer the land with our 5 top tips and best spots to dominate Cartel in Black Ops Cold War.

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Hidden away in lush jungles, Cartel is a big plot of land with lots of unique elements for you to learn. To speed up your understanding of it, here are our 5 top tips and best spots to dominate Cartel in Black Ops Cold War.

The map garnered some early notoriety for the field of bushes that are plonked in the middle of the map. Treyarch obviously did this to provide some kind of obstacle so that there isn’t a large space in the middle that will go unattended.

But Cartel is much more than just its bushes, it’s a sprawling map with hidden crevices that add to the map’s subtle nuances. There’s a lot to like about Cartel, and here’s how you can enjoy it more.

1. Bush camping

Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. We’ve had several games in which one player has found the right spot amongst the foliage and racked up a ton of kills. Even though the bushes are so dense, they still provide enough gaps to see the slightest pixel move.

2. Use the huts

It’s taking a turn towards the campy side of things, but sometimes you just need to stay put. The wide coverage that the huts provide is invaluable, and given that people are generally scanning every direction – due to Cartel’s size – it’s easy to miss a head poking out.

Also, regardless of which one you’re in, many people will come out of the big hangar and from spawn points near the huts. There are plenty of opportunities to get a few kills before you should wisely move on.

a hut in cartel in bocw

3. The river is perfect for gaining ground

As with lots of maps, it’s very easy to become trapped and isolated by another team. We find that people tend to favor the hangar for advancing when the river is a better play. It has multiple rocks and lots of space for you to go prone and catch people unawares.

You can easily bolt down the river, sneak behind your opponents and gain a brief advantage. Plus, there are big ledges that you can use to get back to the center quickly, but it’s also sneaky to hide under them and pop off some stealth kills when going for flags and Hardpoints.

the river in cartel in bocw

4. The hangar do’s and don’ts

Do

  • Make use of the platform that requires a small ladder to get on top of. Few people actually use it and end up running past it. It can get you easy kills and has a great vantage point.
  • If you’re outside the hangar, make sure to cook a grenade (or something similar) through the stairs door in case anyone’s in the room.
  • If you’re inside the hangar, keep checking down the stairs as that leads to a common spawn point, plus check the opposite side as this leads to a standard Hardpoint too.

Don’t

  • Don’t slowly go up the stairs to enter the small room leading to the hangar, it’s a mini-choke point and can cost you.
  • Don’t linger near the hangar’s entrance, you’re way too exposed.
  • Try not to go through the middle of it. You’ve got so many different entrances/exit points that chances are one person will emerge and zap you.
the hangar in cartel in bocw

5. The truck

A double-header here, but both points are crucial. We don’t advise you ascend the lookout spot near the bushes as it’s far too exposed. Everyone knows to be wary of it and it’s not high enough to really become desirable – ignore it.

You should definitely venture into the truck located near one of the huts, however. Even though it’s close to one of our other spots, it’s probably used even less, and people are more inclined to air on the side of caution with the hut.

The truck overlooks a large portion of Cartel’s open-space. It’s fabulous for Domination – especially as you can see the area around the B flag. Naturally, you need to watch your flanks, especially the left side.

With our 5 top tips and best spots to dominate Cartel in BOCW, you should be able to journey through the jungle and own it!

Image credits: Treyarch

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Cold War July 29 update patch notes: Mauer der Toten fixes, Season 5 teaser & more

A new update for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War went live on July 29, and we have all of the exciting patch notes covered for you.

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Season 4 has been an exciting time for the world of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, but the latest update for the popular game on July 29 is setting the stage for Season 5, and we have all of the patch notes covered for you.

Black Ops Cold War has undergone plenty of changes during Season 4 with the arrival of the new Mauer der Toten Zombies map, a new wonder weapon, and more.

However, this has not stopped Treyarch Studios from providing updates to the first-person shooter, with the latest Cold War update rolling out on July 29.

This Cold War July 29 update has plenty of exciting things for players to witness, and we have all of the patch notes covered for you so that you do not miss anything.

Black Ops Cold War July 29 update patch notes

Black Ops Cold War July 29 update patch notes

NEW GUNFIGHT TOURNAMENT, COLLATERAL 24/7 + MORE

A new Gunfight Tournament arrives this week with all-new, exclusive rewards to earn by fighting your way through all four rounds of the tournament with your duo partner. Remember, if you haven’t unlocked the rewards from previous Gunfight Tournaments, you can still jump in and earn previous rewards by winning your way through multiple brackets.

We’re delivering Collateral Combined Arms 24/7 this week for everyone to jump into a mix of massive, vehicle-fueled battles on our latest 12v12 map. 3v3 Gunfight Snipers Only12v12 Moshpit, Face Off 6v6, and more also continue in this week’s Featured Playlists, and we’ve also added Sat-Link to the Multi-Team Moshpit playlist for even more variety for 40-player fans.

In Zombies, today’s update also brings a new collection of stability fixes and gameplay improvements, including fixes for issues with the Main Quest and Klaus in “Mauer der Toten,” unresponsive Mimics in “Firebase Z,” various stability issues, and more. And for Campaign players, we’ve fixed a rare crash that could occur when reaching checkpoints in the single-player story.

SEASON FIVE APPROACHES…

Having broken cover with Jackal’s all-out assault on a US ground station and the subsequent destruction of the Jumpseat satellite constellation, Perseus continues to press their advantage. Using a dead drop, the critical data stolen by Wraith and Knight is passed to an Operator with the unique skills required to execute Stitch’s endgame.

Watch the official Season Four Outro Cinematic and get ready for what’s coming next. Things are about to heat up in Black Ops Cold War and across Verdansk…

DOUBLE WEAPON XP WEEKEND

Get ready to level up your entire arsenal all weekend long as Double Weapon XP Weekend begins in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone. Jump in and get on the grind, starting at 10AM PT Friday, July 30th through August 2nd.

Here’s what’s new in today’s update:

ZOMBIES

“Mauer der Toten”

  • Main Quest
    • Addressed an issue that prevented a quest item from dropping when the Megaton was killed by the Ghost Train.
  • Klaus
    • Addressed an issue that caused Klaus to become unresponsive until he recharged after he used melee on a zombie while he completed a quest step.
    • Addressed an issue that caused Klaus to deploy for a shorter duration than expected after previously activating a side quest while he was deployed.
  • Enemies
    • Addressed a rare issue that caused the Krasny Soldat to stop chasing players between buildings.

“Firebase Z”

  • Enemies
    • Addressed a rare issue that caused the Mimic to become unresponsive.

Onslaught (PlayStation®)

  • Addressed an issue that could often cause enemies to stop spawning during an Onslaught Accelerated match.

Stability

  • Fixed rare stability issues related to Klaus, the RAI-K 84, and the “Mauer der Toten” Main Quest.

Apply Blueprints  

  • Addressed an issue that caused loss of functionality when using the Apply Blueprint feature in conjunction with ziplines.

UI

  • Added distance tracking info to several in-world waypoints icons.

Featured Playlists

  • Mauer der Toten
  • Outbreak
  • Firebase Z
  • Die Maschine
  • Dead Ops Arcade: First Person
  • Dead Ops Arcade
  • Onslaught (PlayStation)
  • Onslaught Accelerated (PlayStation)
  • Onslaught Containment (PlayStation)
  • Onslaught Rush (PlayStation)

MULTIPLAYER

Modes

  • Added Sat-Link to the Multi-Team Moshpit playlist.

Featured Playlists

  • Gunfight Tournament [NEW]
  • Collateral Combined Arms 24/7
  • NukeJacked 24/7
  • 3v3 Gunfight Snipers Only
  • Face Off 6v6
  • 12v12 Moshpit
  • Cranked Moshpit
  • Party Games
  • Multi-Team

CAMPAIGN

Stability

  • Fixed a rare crash when reaching checkpoints.

Source: Treyarch Studios

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Cold War players want classic Black Ops 1 map to return

Cold War has featured many different Black Ops II remakes, but fans are eager for a Black Ops I map to appear in Treyarch’s latest CoD game.

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Quite a few Black Ops Cold War players have made their feelings known in wanting Treyarch to put aside the Black Ops II love, and remake Black Ops I’s Havana map.

As well as creating new environments such as Yamantau, The Pines, Diesel amongst other maps, Treyarch has also brought back quite a few maps from previous titles. Eagle-eyed players will notice that the maps have all been remakes of Black Ops II maps – with only Nuketown from the first game.

However, Cold War fans would love to see this approach change in a future update by remaking a classic Black Ops I map – Havana.

cold war express map gameplay

In our own personal list of maps we wanted to see return in Black Ops Cold War, we singled out Havana as a strong, potential candidate.

It seems that other players have agreed with Reddit user DogeJonkins also laying claim to Cold War needing the map.

“I really want this map to be remade,” they said, with the main menu picture of the map attached to the post.

One user alluded to the fact that Treyarch has concentrated on remaking maps from one game: “If we have to have remakes instead of original content, at least have it not be BO2 (Black Ops II).”

With Season 4’s Reloaded update starting to age, it’s getting close to the point where we can start speculating on potential content for Cold War Season 5. Treyarch will surely have a surprise or two left up their sleeves as we close in on Call of Duty: Vanguard 2021.

Also, check out how to get 3 free weapon Blueprints in Black Ops Cold War Season 4.

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How to get 3 free weapon Blueprints in Black Ops Cold War Season 4

Black Ops Cold War offers a few free weapon skins for players to claim in Season 4, and here’s how you can do it.

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Unbeknownst to many players, Call of Duty does have several free skins for some of its many guns. Our quick guide will help to acquire them in Black Ops Cold War Season 4.

The CoD store has tons of Operators, Bundles, and various other cosmetics for players to purchase and use to customize their loadouts and characters. There are even additional goodies that are locked behind the Season’s respective Season Pass too.

But every now and again the store does contain a bundle or skin that Cold War players can claim free of charge. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Season 4 does have some of these right now, and this is how you get can them for yourself.

Unlock free weapons Blueprints in Cold War Season 4

lw3 tundra sniper in cold war

In Season 4, it’s possible for players to redeem a free skin for the M1911 Pistol, Type 63 Tactical Rifle, and the LW3 Tundra Sniper Rifle.

Claiming them isn’t particularly taxing, and you should have no problem owning them very quickly to use.

To unlock these free weapon skins in Cold War Season 4, simply:

  1. Start Black Ops Cold War
  2. Go to the main menu
  3. Head to ‘Create a Class’
  4. Select each weapon
  5. Choose the ‘Shop’ option
  6. Scroll through them until you find the skins marked ‘Free’
weaver fighting on rush map

They will be added to your library of cosmetics for that weapon, and you can manually apply these skins to the respective guns. They may not be as obviously flashy as the Thrust Engine Blueprint for instance, but skins are a nice change of pace from conventional unlockable camos.

If any more free skins do become available to purchase, then we’ll be sure to update this guide to let you know.

Also, check out the big Cold War Standoff map change debate.

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