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Top 5 tips to dominate Crossroads in Black Ops Cold War

Maximize your potential XP and kills in one of BOCW’s best maps with our top 5 tips to dominate Crossroads in Black Ops Cold War.



Arguably one of the best maps in Black Ops Cold War this year is the snowy battlefield of Crossroads. A classic CoD-style map with many different avenues to explore. Absorb these top tips and become a cold, calculated killer in it.

Some of Call of Duty’s best maps are usually the simplest and have reoccurring themes. The prototypical typical three-lane system, a decent feature that makes it stand-out, and when it appears in the lobby – you are overcome with pure joy and adulation.

Crossroads is absolutely one of those maps and it’s a perfectly serviceable piece of land that is more than adequate for all game modes too.

1. Be very wary of the channel with high ground

Visibility is a huge issue here. It’s so easy to be caught in a Groundhog Day of your own as you’ll reach it, get shot from nowhere, die, and repeat. It’s a great way of advancing up the map, but know that it’s a calculated gamble – not one we take often.

If you’re down below, make sure you’re hidden behind a container/barrel before approaching. If you’re up high then use one of the metal sheets. As long as you’re in control of the situation and obscured, you can definitely get some kills here.

crossroads map spot in bocw

2. The ultimate camping spot

We all know which one it is, it’s a weirdly open part of the map, but the risk/reward option is tempting. Essentially, one room across the bridge has a gaping wall that can basically spy a common spawn area.

To truly take advantage of this, laser a few enemies – maybe 2 or 3? – then retreat around the corner and let proximity mines and a shotgun take care of a few more. Then either regain the element of surprise by either popping out again or moving down one floor into the room with the vehicle in the middle.

A steady rotation and balanced attack strategy can be hugely beneficial. Spawn camping obviously sucks if you’re on the receiving end, but Treyarch intentionally made the map this way. The huge downside is being overwhelmed or being battered with grenades from angry spawners.

3. Use this lane to own objective-based modes

This channel simultaneously connects all three lanes essentially, but don’t let that put you off. As long as you don’t rack up a parking ticket being here, then you’re sure to earn points and turn the tide of your game.

The area near the tank is flag B in Domination and a regular Hardpoint. It’s so easy to spawn from the opposite end of the area, make your way up, and you can get a kill from someone running across the bridge, running out of the factory, and trying to attack that objective.

middle in crossroads in bocw

4. Shotgun as a secondary weapon is a must

We mentioned this in point 2 but Crossroads has so many different examples of close-quarters fighting that a Shotgun is a must. A powerful AR or SMG should probably be accompanied by a shotgun as a secondary anyway.

But with two adjoining buildings each linked by a variety of connected rooms, there’s so much potential for one-hit shotgun blasts.

gallo sa12 in bocw

5. Do not dawdle on choke point bridge

The temptation to cross this bridge is undoubtedly unreal. To get here, you get some protection from either building that you go through first, so that’s tempting enough. But the bridge will basically take you to the enemy and offer a chance to clean house. But the bridge is make or break.

Under no circumstances should you do anything but RUN across this bridge. Anyone approaching the opening to the bridge will usually get there quickly, already have their gun fixated on you, and probably kill you.

A good strategy is to launch a grenade through to the other side first, just to cleanse your mind of doubt. Once done, sprint, have the shotgun ready, earn a Chopper Gunner.

Take these tops tips and go and destroy the opposition in Crossroads. This is one of those maps that can generate a high body count, so make sure you are doing so.

Image credits: Treyarch

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Best KSP 45 loadout for CoD: Cold War Season 5

Buffs have made the KSP 45 a fearsome Cold War SMG, so here’s the best loadout with perks and attachments to complement it.



Best Cold War KSP 45 Loadout Class

The KSP 45 has become of CoD: Black Ops Cold War’s best weapons. Treyarch did buff it, and this SMG has been a must-use gun since then. Here is the best Cold War KSP 45 loadout in Season 5, including attachments and Perks.

At the beginning of Cold War, the likes of the MP5, Krig 6, and the FFAR were tearing up lobbies, so guns like the KSP 45 never had a chance.

A burst-fire SMG is a weird hybrid to begin with, but weak stats didn’t help it. But now, it has increased viability as a lobby-owning laser beam.

To ensure that players get the most out of it, we’ve gone through and kitted it out with the best attachments and Perks to discover its best self in Black Ops Cold War Season 5.

Best Cold War KSP 45 loadout

cod cold war ksp 45 loadout

Best Cold War KSP 45 loadout class attachments

To ensure you get the most of Cold War’s KSP 45, ensure you have the Gunfighter wildcard equipped to increase your maximum attachments.

  • Optic: Visiontech 2x
  • Muzzle: Muzzle Brake .45 APC
  • Barrel: 10.2″ Rifled
  • Body: Steady Aim Laser
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Foregrip
  • Magazine: 45 Rnd Drum
  • Handle: Serpent Wrap
  • Stock: Wire Stock

The improved effectiveness of the best Cold War KSP 45 loadout means we want to use this at different distances, so the Visiontech 2x will cover that. The gun’s accuracy is now a big factor in its efficiency, so instead of favoring one or the other, we’ve applied the Muzzle Brake .45 APC to give its vertical recoil a tiny boost.

The 10.2″ Rifled barrel makes the best Cold War KSP 45 loadout even more deadly at range, and the Steady Aim Laser makes it equally deadly at close range. The trusty Field Agent Foregrip bolsters vertical and horizontal recoil whilst the Fast Mag offers super-quick mag changing.

We’re going to give the KSP much faster ADS time thanks to the Serpent Wrap, and the Wire Stock lets us more around more freely with less penalty to sprinting.

Best Perks to use with Cold War KSP 45 class

assassin perk cold war
  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket
  • Perk 2: Assassin
  • Perk 3: Ghost

Staying alive is the name of the game with the KSP 45, as its power can help you to achieve some insane scores. So Flak Jacket provides immunity to the litany of explosive devices that Cold War has in store for players.

Assassin supports this idea by rewarding you with more points for killing enemies on a Scorestreak, and Ghost makes you invisible to tracking devices.

Most recent AK-47 buffs & nerfs in Cold War

Black Ops Cold War AK-47 loadout

Treyarch has tinkered with the KSP 45 in Cold War Season 5, just giving it a couple of minors adjustments for players to consider.

Here are the most recent changes to the KSP 45:

  • Reduced Effective Damage Range from 25.4m to 22.86m
  • Slowed burst fire delay from 0.066 to 0.083

How to unlock the KSP 45

cod cold war ksp 45 gun

The KSP 45’s newfound power can only be utilized once you reach Level 37.

Doing so allows you to create the best Cold War KSP 45 loadout class, and you can also access it in Warzone Season 5 as well.

Best alternatives

The Milano 821 is another weapon that has become more popular in Black Ops Cold War, making it a fun alternative, especially after it also received recent buffs.

If you need something a bit meatier, then the Krig 6 or Stoner 63 could do wonders as well.

Image Credit: Treyarch / Activision

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Warzone & Cold War Season 6 cinematic teases Mason’s return

Warzone and Black Ops Cold War have a new Season 5 outro cinematic hinting at Mason’s importance in the story for Season 6 of the Call of Duty games.



Woods and Hudson talking

The latest cinematic for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 5 has been released, and players are excited about the reference towards Mason returning.

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone have had a successful season so far, keeping players entertained with the ongoing story, new weapons, and new modes like the Iron Trials for Warzone Season 5 Reloaded.

As we enter the final season for Black Ops Cold War before Vanguard‘s release, which will inevitably integrate with Warzone, players have been given a hint towards Mason’s return in a brand new cinematic.

Woods and Mason meeting in an alleyway to discuss Adler going Rogue

Treyarch released a new Season 5 outro cinematic on their YouTube channel on September 23, carrying on the ongoing story that has spanned the last five seasons.

For those still keeping up to date with the details, this outro cinematic plays a pivotal role in setting up the final season for Black Ops Cold War.

Black Ops Cold War will enter its final season soon, and players are desperate to find out who the last operator will be. It seems the last operator could be a fan-favorite character from the Black Ops series, Mason.

Although the cinematic is only a minute long, players can gain some critical information from it. Hudson and Woods are having a conversation about Adler’s disappearance, discussing what they should do next.

Ultimately, they decide that Woods should go after Adler, who is in Verdansk, while also mentioning the return of Mason, whose experience with the numbers could give them the edge.

You can find the official description of the new Warzone and Black Ops Cold War cinematic below:

“The news is flooding in: more Operators have abandoned their missions. Mounting evidence suggests that Adler has gone rogue. Disturbed, Hudson sends Woods to find Adler and bring him in… along with the one person whose Numbers Program intel could provide the edge they need.

The showdown begins in Season Six.”

We’ll have to wait for Season 6 to see where the story will go, but it’s set up to be an exciting end to what’s been a great seasonal story.

Image Credits: Activision / Treyarch / Raven Software

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New Cold War Sai weapon exploit lets Zombies players skip doors

Black Ops Cold War players have discovered an exploit with the Sai melee weapon that lets them skip doors in Zombies mode.



Kitsune Operator using the Sai in Black Ops Cold war zombies mode

A new exploit has been discovered with Black Ops Cold War’s new Sai melee weapon which lets players skip through the first door in the Firebase Z map in Zombies.

Black Ops Cold War Zombies received some new content in the Season 5 Reloaded update, including a new Black Chest World Event in Outbreak, a Rampage Inducer for round-based maps, and a brand-new weapon.

A new melee weapon called the Sai became available for players as part of The Numbers event. Now, players have discovered that this weapon actually lets them skip through doors in Zombies mode.

Sai in Black Ops Cold war

Various players reported being able to go through the first door at Firebase Z while they had the Sai equipped. This led to a response from lead developer Mark Maestas, who was well aware of the situation.

Surprisingly, the developer talked about this exploit with enthusiasm. “Dear Zombies players, yes you can skip the first door in Firebase Z,” tweeted Maestas. “Zombies can come and greet you too. GLHF!”

While these kinds of things are often addressed in update patches, Mark’s response makes it seem like the developers aren’t currently planning on doing anything to fix this exploit.

With this exploit, players will be able to access greater levels of Zombies much quicker than before, and the undead will be able to come to them as well.

It’s possible that the developers are going to avoid fixing this one exploit so that they can focus on fixing the Zombies’ pathfinding instead, ensuring that the exploit doesn’t ruin the game.

For more on Black Ops Cold War, stay tuned to Charlie INTEL, and check out our guide on the new Hardcore Cold War Outbreaks Zombie mode.

Image credits: Treyarch

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