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Top 5 tips to dominate Checkmate in Black Ops Cold War

A classically designed Call of Duty map with many ways to win, here are our top 5 tips to dominate Checkmate in Black Ops Cold War.



When you want a simple map that is easy to learn, easy to remember, but a bit difficult to master, then Checkmate might fall into that category. Improve your performance with these top 5 tips for Checkmate in Black Ops Cold War.

The beauty of this map is its simplicity. It’s basically a giant warehouse with its noteworthy feature being the plane situated in the middle of it. Other than that, plenty of cover and training facilities populate the rest of the map.

It’s expertly designed by Treyarch to make the most of tight corners and breed furious bouts of stand-offs and compelling gameplay. Plus it has channels capable of long-range styles too, meaning it’s fit for all purposes.

1. Avoid the plane unless it’s an objective

The temptation to board the plane and command it for your purpose is understandable, but not advisable. There is so little room to maneuver that the plane essentially becomes one massive choke point where you can be jumped from every angle.

Even being on the wing you’ve got to contend with a full channel the length of the map, so it’s better to leave any potential conflict until you have to fight for an objective. Although if you’re going inside of it, you can hop onto the seats near the middle section’s doors and even have a great line of sight to a side channel for easy points.

2. Opt for less aerial scorestreaks

In the same way a prisoner scribes the years they’ve spent in prison, we’ve reluctantly done the same thing with the number of cruise missiles that have made for nice roof fodder.

There are obviously holes in the warehouse’s roof to allow for such a thing, but perhaps sentry turrets, RC-XDs, and war machines might be better suited to Checkmate.

rc-xd in bocw

3. Two great spots

Down the long, spacious channel is a point of interest at each end. On one end you’ve got a small set of stairs that takes you onto the tail of a plane. This provides just enough room to operate and give you an awesome sneaky view of the entire channel – whilst remaining quite hidden.

On the flip side, the other end has an even better peeping spot as you can hop onto a box and peer over a wooden wall. Given that we’ve faced people behind both of these spots at range, we can assure you that these are gold mines for kills, more so in Hardcore when your presence is even more cloaked.

4. The containers

Down the opposite side of Checkmate, you have the more secluded part of the map shrouded in darkness, containers, and limited space. If you’re accurate and quick on the trigger, then this can be a popular spot for farming kills. Proximity mines and grenades are a great way to surround already trapped targets.

Try and be flexible about your position too as if you stay in the same spot too long, then it’ll be you being peppered with grenades and facing death instead.

5. Under the plane

Dominating the plane itself is very dependent on the game mode and caliber of player you’re locking horns with, but under the plane is your best bet to take control. I think the general consensus is that it is hard to dominate the primary area of the plane, but its base is easier. It’s a common spot and very accessible too.

You can easily switch channels using it and it provides plenty of cover. Due to it being darker as well underneath, visibility is decreased, meaning your chances of being spotted are shorter. This is a great play for modes like Team Deathmatch and can also benefit objective modes as you can capitalize on enemies trying to access the plane’s stairs.

Checkmate dispenses with complexities and thoroughly shines in its attempts to make an open map which is equally just as closed-off. It’s far from one dimensional, and hopefully our top 5 tips should help you up your game with Checkmate in Black Ops Cold War.

Head to our Black Ops Cold War map guides hub for tips on every map!

Image credits: Treyarch

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Crazy Black Ops Cold War glitch turns Raid into Rainbow Road

One confused BOCW player encountered a very bright bug that turned a section of Raid into a great copy of Mario Kart’s Rainbow Road.



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One CoD player could have easily been mistaken into thinking he was playing Mario Kart instead of Black Ops Cold War. A bizarre texture glitch effectively turned Raid into the legendary Rainbow Road track.

Have you ever been so bored that you stopped to wonder what a Call of Duty and Mario crossover would look like? Well, now you don’t have to as a colorful glitch has made this somewhat of reality on BOCW’s Raid map.

The footage was captured and shared on the official Black Ops Cold War subreddit, allowing a wider audience to see something that needs to be believed.

cod bocw mario kart rainbow road glitch

The trippy video starts off pretty innocuously, but eagle-eyed viewers will already notice that something is amiss with the map’s trees in the first couple of seconds of the match starting.

After darting off with a Sniper Rifle in his hand, the Reddit user quickly turned to his left to scope out the kitchen, when his eyes were met by a dazzling array of colors and shapes. “Do you guys see this?” he asked, hoping that one of his teammates could see the bizarre scene that was taking place on his screen. “Do I have a texture glitch right now? I’m in like a disco right now!”

Of course, with Black Ops Cold War taking place during the 1980s, a disco feels like a logical next step, although when the lights are hitting you during a tense match, it’s probably not ideal.

The notoriously difficult Rainbow Road course would be proud of this as the colors glow and bounce off of everything, including the Sniper Rifle itself.

We can only imagine how distracting this was for the player, and we would love to know if the issue persisted throughout the whole match.

It also makes us wonder if we need full-on Rainbow matches in Call of Duty, and if CoD should somehow do a weird crossover with Mario Kart.

Image credits: Treyarch, Nintendo

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How to get Call of Duty League Stage 1 rewards

Call of Duty League Stage 1 kicks off on February 11, and by watching you can get in-game rewards such as calling cards and double XP.



CDL Stage 1 rewards

Call of Duty League 2021 kicks off on February 11 and offers viewers a ton of free in-game items to earn, so here’s how to unlock the CDL Stage 1 viewership rewards.

Following the CDL Kickoff Classic, the Call of Duty League will officially kick off on February 11 with the Opening Weekend hosted by Atlanta FaZe.

With Dallas Empire looking to defend their title, the return of H3CZ’s OpTic, and newcomers LA Thieves looking to prove themselves, it’s shaping up to be a great year for competitive Call of Duty fans.

While watching the narratives of the year unfold, you can also earn free in-game rewards such as calling cards and double XP just for watching. Here’s how to get the CDL Stage 1 rewards.

How to earn CDL Stage 1 rewards

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To earn the free in-game rewards for the CDL launch weekend, you must have an Activision account. If you don’t have one already, you can create one on by heading to ‘register’ in the right-hand corner.

Link CoD account to YouTube

Rewards are earned by watching CDL Stage 1 through a YouTube account linked to Call of Duty.

To link your account on PC and mobile:

  1. Open or the YouTube app
  2. Select your profile photo and hit ‘settings’
  3. Click on ‘Connected Apps’
  4. Locate ‘Activision’ and hit ‘connect’
  5. Sign in to your Activision account

While signed in with your linked YouTube account, watch CDL matches on YouTube,, or the COD companion app to earn the rewards.

Account linking begins on Wednesday, January 27, so make sure to link accounts between then and February 11.

CDL Stage 1 in-game rewards

CDL viewership rewards

For watching at least 60 minutes of the CDL opening weekend on February 11-14, you will earn the ‘cash stack’ weapon charm to hang on your weapons in multiplayer and battle royale.

And as you watch matches throughout Stage 1, you’ll earn Double XP and Double Weapon XP tokens to redeem for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.

For watching at least three hours of the Stage 1 Major in the first week of March, you can earn three competitive CoD themed calling cards and an emblem. With these, you can channel your inner Cellium by rocking the ‘Snaked’ calling card and taunt your opponents with the ‘salty’ emblem.

With League Play confirmed to be arriving in Black Ops Cold War in the coming weeks, the calling cards and emblem will be perfect additions to complement your grind.

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NICKMERCS shows powerful DMR Warzone Season 1 loadout

Streamer NICKMERCS gave us a close look at his preferred loadout for the DMR in Call of Duty: Warzone in his latest video.



NICKMERC's DMR loadout

Call of Duty content creator Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff showed off his loadout for the DMR in Warzone, which gives the gun a major buff, while making up for the recent nerf that it received.

The DMR has received various nerfs throughout its history in Call of Duty: Warzone, but it remains one of the fastest killing guns in the game. While it’s not as powerful as it used to be, it’s still a great weapon choice in Season 1. 

It comes with an impressive firing, high damage, and almost precise accuracy. NICKMERCS is well aware of the DMR’s capabilities in combat, and he posted a YouTube video in which he recommended a specific loadout for the weapon.

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NICKMERCS’ DMR Warzone loadout

Nick’s new DMR loadout is quite different post-nerf It’s designed to compensate for the weapon’s recent changes, and to give some major boosts to the damage that it can dish out in combat.

He makes use of the following attachments:

  • Muzzle: Infantry Compensator
  • Barrel: 16.3” Titanium 
  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Foregrip 
  • Ammunition: 30 Rnd Speed Mag 

The Infantry Compensator and 16.3” Titanium barrel, are the newest additions to his loadout. The former minimizes the DMR’s vertical recoil so that you don’t have to worry about aiming problems when firing continuously.

Meanwhile, the 16.3” Titanium barrel and Field Agent Foregrip will further improve the gun’s already impressive rate of fire. This will complement the improved recoil control so that you’re able to fire a lot longer.

The Axial Arms 3x is one of the most useful Black Ops Cold War sights in the game, so you’ll be able to use this optic to engage your foes in different types of combat. This will make the DMR ideal for long, medium, and short-range battles.

He capped off the loadout with the 30-round Speed Mag, which will reduce the DMR’s reload time while providing you with enough ammo to continuously dish out pain to your opponents.

NICKMERCS was able to score 20 kills in a single game with this loadout equipped, so it’s definitely worth trying out. It’s clear why the DMR is still one of the most widely picked weapons in Warzone, even after the nerfs it received.

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