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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

DMR Warzone

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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