Moscow follows the usual Call of Duty convention with its layout, but yet it has multiple shortcuts, routes, and boxed areas that make it hard to really know how to approach it. But we think we can help you out with these 5 best Moscow tips in Black Ops Cold War.
Moscow is another one of those maps that when you see it pop up in the voting selection, it can do a clean sweep. This doesn’t necessarily pertain to the quality of Moscow per se, maybe more the inadequacies of other maps, but it’s a contributing factor.
Certain maps just have set ways of approaching them and you have “your route” that you’ll fall back on 9 times out of 10. Moscow has several ways it can be played, and then sneaks in an extra lane to compound the indecision.
Further still, Treyarch has even embraced some of the criticism directed Moscow’s way by doing away with the dead space in the map. Season 2 of Black Ops Cold War has updated many things in the game, and even made Moscow tighter and changed the map.
So here are some of our top tips to play Treyarch’s Moscow map.
Best tips to dominate Moscow in Black Ops Cold War
1. Pick your poison – which way?
It doesn’t matter which end of Moscow you start as each area has multiple quick routes for you to choose and this makes for frantic and fresh beginnings to matches.
If you start on the Flag C side (in Domination), you can go left down the street to either sneak to the opposite side or for a long-range battle, you have the window that can branch off into a couple of routes, you’ve got the main route that leads to the key middle room, and you’ve got the right side with its multiple paths. The opposite spawn has similar properties too. Keep your approach fresh and make use of every avenue.
2. Hold down one of the boxed rooms
Each side of the map has a route that leads to a relatively boxed off room with one main window. From this window, you can see across the map to its opposite window and also to the long street and some of the map’s middle room.
The imperative is getting to either room first and solidifying your position ASAP. A proximity mine will guard the door, even if it doesn’t hurt someone, the triggering sound will be enough to alert you. If you have the room first, then anyone approaching the opposite window is usually going to be second-best, and it’s easy to pick off stragglers running across.
3. How to control the middle
Certain maps have one major zone that sees the majority of the action and Moscow has its own area that falls under this category. The large room containing an expensive-looking statue is quite distinctive and not just because of the big gold man sitting on a chair.
This room has multiple entry points and in objective-based modes, the action can become heated and crowded. The best spot is easily the slightly protected platform that you need to get up the stairs to get to. Capturing this is a priority, and even occupying one of the room’s corners will take enemies by surprise.
4. The secret path
Every map usually has a hidden nook or cranny that rarely gets exploited, and Moscow’s is extremely unvocal and is very accessible.
On the Flag A side, if you keep going down the left side you’ll see the normal left route that can take you through the other team’s spawn, or to the room with the entrance to the escalators. But on the very, very left is another area hidden behind a wall with a set of stairs. It’s a good little area to make the most of, especially if you know an enemy is close and you want to get the jump on them.
5. Avoid lingering on the escalators too long
Just to reiterate the point that the escalators are a supreme gamble, there is nowhere for you to escape if you encounter someone – which is highly likely.
This should only be used as a quick means to reach an objective in a hurry like a bomb or a Hardpoint. If you believe that the majority of the action is largely being concentrated in the room then fair enough, but chances are people will always be aware of a presence emerging from here. It’s also a great way to be flanked too.
That’s a whole host of free tips to maim Moscow and take a stronghold of the map. Get some kills, earn a win, and toast a vodka to it.
Image credits: Treyarch
Best controller settings for Black Ops Cold War Season 6
To improve your accuracy and movement in Black Ops Cold War, here are the best controller settings for Season 6.
Making sure your controller settings are perfect is an essential part of any first-person shooter, so we’ve put together the best aim assist, aim response curve type, target aim assist settings, and more for Black Ops Cold War Season 6.
We’re now in the final season of Black Ops Cold War, fine-tuning aim assist settings for shooting as accurately as possible is just as important as ever. With so many settings available, it’s hard to pick out the settings you should be running.
Over the past couple of seasons, Cold War players have reported that a glitch resets their settings. So whether you need to re-enter the best settings or are just looking to fine-tune your aim, here are all the best controller settings for Black Ops Cold War Season 6.
You can use the links below to navigate to each section.
- Best Black Ops Cold War controller settings
- Best Black Ops Cold War Aim Response Curve Type
- Best Black Ops Cold War Target Aim Assist Mode
- Best Aim Assist for sniping in Cold War
- How to turn off Aim Assist in Cold War
- Does FOV affect Aim Assist
- How to find the best Cold War controller settings
Best Black Ops Cold War controller settings
- Horizontal Stick Sensitivity: 6
- Vertical Stick Sensitivity: 6
- ADS Stick Sensitivity (Low Zoom): 1.00
- ADS Stick Sensitivity (High Zoom): 1.00
- Button Layout: Default
- Flip LT/RT with LB/RB: If you play with claw grip or want faster button press time, you should use Flipped
- Aim Response Curve Type: Standard
- Invert Vertical Look: Disabled
- Controller Vibration: Disabled
Sensitivity is all dependent on you, but 6 is one of the most common values. You should hop into a Custom Game, which we’ll explain further down, to find the best value for you.
- Target Aim Assist: Enabled
- Target Aim Assist Mode: Standard
- ADS Aim Assist: Enabled (Campaign and Zombies only)
- Airborne Mantle Behaviour: Manual
- Grounded Mantle Behavior: On Second Press
- Aim Down Sights Behavior: Hold
- Steady Aim Behavior: Hold
- Armor Behavior: Apply All
- Attack Vehicle Control Mode: Aim-Based
Mantle Behavior is an important setting to adjust. While trying to jump shot next to cover, your Operator will mantle onto the surface, rendering you defenseless mid-fight. If you set it to only Mantle on Second Press, you’ll be able to freely jump-shot and then double-tap jump when you want to mantle.
For more details on Aim Response Curve and Target Aim Assist Mode, we will detail these settings further in this guide.
- Stick Layout: Default
- Left Stick Min Input Threshold: 0 (then increase as required)
- Right Stick Min Input Threshold: 100
- Right Stick Min Input Threshold: 0 (then increase as required)
- Right Stick Max Input Threshold: 100
- Auto Move Forward: Disabled
- Auto Sprint: Enabled
- Sprint Cancels Reload: Disabled
- Parachute Auto Deploy: Enabled
- Equipment Behavior: Hold
- Interact/Reload Behavior: Tap to Reload
Auto Sprint Enabled will allow you to move around the map quicker, but you’ll need to get used to only slightly moving your stick when stealthy.
The Stick Input Thresholds, or deadzone, are all dependent on your controller. You want the minimum value to be as low as possible without your controller having stick drift.
Best Black Ops Cold War Aim Response Curve Type
In this guide, we’ll be going over all the aim assist settings so that you can find the one that works best for you in Treyarch’s Black Ops Cold War.
There are 3 different settings for Aim Response Curve, so let’s find you the best one:
- Standard: Standard curve from aim stick to aim rate. When you initially aim, there will be a slight delay in speed when the stick is pressed all the way in a specific direction.
- Linear: Removes initial speed delay when the stick is pressed all the way in a direction. More for aggressive, fast movements at the cost of precision.
- Dynamic: Hybrid system between linear and standard. Has a middle ground aim speed up when initially moving the stick.
Most players will be used to the Standard Aim Response Curve, as this has been the default setting in most Call of Duty games.
If you feel like you have solid stick control and can snap on targets with ease, it’s worth trying out Dynamic. It’s an excellent middle ground between Standard and Linear (which we wouldn’t recommend), and some pro players such as Scump have used it with great success.
Best Black Ops Cold War Target Aim Assist Mode
Target Aim Assist is used in gunfights or when aiming at an enemy player. It slows down your crosshair when hovering over enemy players.
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There are 4 different settings this time, so we’ll dig through each one:
- Standard: Traditional aim slowdown near the target. A wider area where your aim will slow around an opponent. Best for regular Call of Duty players who want some extra time to lock on the target.
- Legacy: Alternate aim slowdown near the target (a more narrow range). Same type as in Warzone. If you’re a regular Warzone player, you should try this.
- Precision: Strong aim assist slowdown that only kicks in when close to an enemy player. Only use this option if you’re a skilled and accurate player. The slowdown area is minimal and casual players will not like this.
- Focusing: Strong aim slowdown that kicks in when narrowly missing targets. If you’re new to Call of Duty, this is your best bet to improving on a controller.
If you primarily play Black Ops Cold War and Warzone isn’t your cup of tea, we recommend sticking to the Standard Target Aim Assist setting. This is what most CoD players are used to and will feel the most natural to most.
However, if you like to switch between Warzone, Modern Warfare, and Black Ops Cold War, it’s worth getting used to the Legacy aim assist setting. With these games on different engines, switching between them can be quite jarring, but the Legacy mode will make the transition much smoother.
Best Aim Assist for sniping in Cold War
Unlike many previous Treyarch Call of Duty games, Sniper Rifles in Black Ops Cold War have Aim Assist. When dragging your crosshairs past an enemy, you’ll be able to feel your aim slow down in a ‘bubble’ around the target.
This has advantages and disadvantages, so we’ve got the best Aim Assist settings for sniping in Cold War.
For Aim Response Curve, we’d recommend leaving it on what you’re used to. Standard and Dynamic both have their separate place, but when sniping, it’s best to leave it on the one that you prefer.
However, for Target Aim Assist Mode, we’d recommend Precision. With the Aim Assist bubble around targets, it can feel like your aim is getting stuck, or it will pull away from the target you’re aiming at. Precision significantly shrinks the bubble around opponents, allowing you to be more accurate and precise when sniping.
Some players prefer to turn off Aim Assist when sniping, as the bubble that catches players can throw your aim off. We’ll explain how to disable that further in the article.
How to turn off Aim Assist in Cold War
When Black Ops Cold War first launched, there was a little bit of confusion about Aim Assist. The ADS Aim Assist setting only works for campaign and Zombies, but the in-game description wasn’t specific for the first few weeks of launch.
If you don’t like the snappy aim-lock when fighting Zombies, or would rather have no multiplayer Aim Assist for classic sniping, here’s how to turn off Aim Assist in Cold War.
To have no aim assist when playing campaign and Zombies:
- Set ADS Aim Assist to Disabled.
To have no aim assist when playing multiplayer:
- Set Target Aim Assist to Disabled.
You won’t be nearly as accurate when using automatic weapons, but having no Aim Assist will allow you to have a more classic sniping experience.
Does FOV affect Aim Assist?
Unlike Modern Warfare and Warzone, Black Ops Cold War has a field of view slider on console. You’ll be able to increase how much you can see in front of you, taking in much more information than the default setting.
Cold War’s FOV slider goes all the way from 60-120, giving players a wide range of choices when finding the perfect FOV for their playstyle and hardware.
Cranking the FOV up to 120 will allow you to see an insane amount of what’s in front of you, but on the other hand, far-off player models will be much smaller and more challenging to see, never mind the hit to the game’s performance.
Having a FOV of 120 can severely throw off your aim, as you need to fine-tune your shots on these small targets and compensate for the Aim Assist bubble around them.
To stay accurate with a controller, we wouldn’t recommend putting your FOV above 110. But, if you’re confident with your aim, feel free to experiment with pushing it further.
How to find the best Cold War controller settings
With controller settings, there’s no setup that will work perfectly for everyone. It’s tempting to find your favorite pro player or content creator and copy their settings, but they might not be the best for you.
We’d recommend jumping into a custom game of Black Ops Cold War and testing out some different controller settings. To maximize your time while testing out the settings, here’s what we’d recommend:
- Map: Nuketown ’84
- Mode: Free for All
- Time limit: Unlimited
- Score limit: Unlimited
- Bots and players:
- Number of bots: 6
- Bot difficulty: Recruit
With these custom game settings, you’ll be able to practice shooting for as long as you like. Nuketown ’84 is small enough that you’ll be able to fight constantly, and the Recruit level bots will hardly shoot back at you.
Practice shooting bots at both long and close range with various settings and weapons, and keep on the setting you feel most accurate and comfortable with. Even if you’re a Call of Duty veteran, there’s always room to improve, so it’s worth trying out some different combinations.
While you’re in this private mode, you should also try getting your Minimum Input Thresholds as low as they’ll go. Start at 0, and move it up one until you no longer receive stick drift.
Try out these controller settings in Black Ops Cold War Season 6, and you’ll be shooting deadly accurate in no time.
For more Cold War guides, you can check out how to get Warzone and Cold War Prime Gaming rewards, including skins and Blueprints.
Image Credits: Treyarch / Microsoft / Sony
Cold War October 13 update patch notes: Vanguard Zombies reveal, Grav fix & zombies changes
Treyarch Studios has rolled out the Black Ops Cold War October 13 update, and we have all of the patch notes covered for you.
Season 6 is underway in the world of Black Ops Cold War, and Treyarch Studios has rolled out the October 13 update to provide some fixes and updates for players, and we have all of the patch notes covered for you.
It has been an exciting time in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, with Season 6 bringing various changes, including weapon buffs and nerfs and the new Forsaken Zombies map with its insanely powerful wonder weapon.
However, this has not stooped Treyarch Studios from improving Black Ops Cold War which was the focus of the Black Ops Cold War October 13 update patch notes, including a look at the upcoming Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies reveal.
You can find everything you need to know about the Black Ops Cold War October 13 update patch notes below:
Black Ops Cold War October 13 update patch notes
SEASON SIX CONTINUES
We’ve added new gameplay improvements and fixes to MP and Zombies this week, including a fix for Grav attachment unlock levels, full details on the latest Wonder Weapon upgrades in Zombies, “Forsaken” updates, and more. In the Store, “Fuze” has arrived as our latest playable Warsaw Pact Operator, introduced to the world in the Season Six Cinematic.
Players can also now unlock legacy Prestige Icons for Prestige 13-15 from Black Ops in the Prestige Shop, as well as Prestige 13-14 and Grand Master Prestige icons from Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare! If you’ve been looking to complete your collection, now’s the time.
TUNE IN TOMORROW FOR VANGUARD ZOMBIES
In tomorrow’s update, we’re bringing Amerika 24/7 and Gunfight Gluboko to this week’s Featured Playlists – and of course, the worldwide reveal of Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies kicks off at 8AM PT / 11AM ET, Oct. 14th!
Set a reminder for the premiere of tomorrow’s Zombies Reveal Trailer, and get ready for the full behind-the-scenes reveal later in the day. We can’t wait to share what the team’s been working on for this new chapter of the Dark Aether story.
Until then… here’s what’s new since our Oct. 7 update:
- Added Prestige Icons for Prestige 13-15 from Black Ops.
- Added Prestige Icons for Prestige 13-14 and Grand Master Prestige from Advanced Warfare.
- Addressed an issue related to Grav attachment unlock levels.
- Main Quest
- Crystals will now respawn during the escort section of the Main Quest to prevent a possible progression break.
- Addressed a rare issue that could cause the dragon to freeze during the Der Eisendrache pinball minigame.
- Enabled “Forsaken” in Local play.
- Base Versions
- D.I.E. now receives a percentage of its max ammo capacity when an enemy is absorbed, as opposed to a fixed amount. This makes higher ammo capacity versions more viable, such as the D.I.E. Electrobolt.
- D.I.E. melee damage increased from 145 to 160.
- D.I.E. Electrobolt
- D.I.E. Electrobolt increases movement speed while firing from 75% to 100% of base.
- D.I.E. Electrobolt now consumes more ammo for level 2 and 3 energy beams (increases the longer the trigger is held).
- Pack-a-Punched Version (D.E.A.D.)
- D.E.A.D. vacuums up to 3 enemies at a time at slightly increased damage (as a percentage of the enemy’s max health).
- D.E.A.D. Glacialator increases movement speed while firing to 90% of base (vs. 75% for the Cryo-Emitter).
- D.E.A.D. Joltsurge increases movement speed while firing to 125% of base (vs. 100% from the Electrobolt).
- Base Versions
- RAI K-84
- Vortex explosion damage increased by 100%.
- Addressed an issue that sometimes caused incorrect zombie pathing in the Main Street space.
- Added stability fixes related to the Abomination.
- Addressed an issue that allowed the Abomination to push players out of the playable area.
- Addressed an issue that caused the Abomination beam attack sound to be heard after the attack ended.
- Addressed a rare issue that could cause Tempests to follow players into the Observation Tower space.
- PhD Slider
- Addressed an issue that could cause the player to take explosive damage when fully cooking a grenade with PhD Slider Tier III or higher equipped.
- Plaguehounds have been capped to 15 per Surge. Chance to spawn has been lowered from 10% to 5%.
Source: Treyarch Studios
Image Credits: Treyarch Studios
How to get Warzone & Cold War Prime Gaming rewards
Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War players can now take advantage of Prime Gaming and earn some exciting rewards for their battles.
Prime Gaming is an exciting way developers reward players with various in-game items, with Call of Duty: warzone and Black Ops Cold War being the two latest games to join.
There are different ways that players can acquire these cosmetic items. One of the newest is through the popular Prime Gaming service, which allows Amazon Prime subscribers to get in-game rewards for free for their favorite games.
With this in mind, here is how you can get the Warzone and Cold War Prime Gaming rewards.
How to get Warzone and Cold War Prime Gaming rewards
Players interested in getting the Prime Gaming rewards will first need to make sure they are an Amazon Prime subscriber.
If you are not, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial to try out the service and redeem the Warzone & Cold War Prime Gaming rewards that are currently available.
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The full set of steps you need to take to add these new items to your collection for both Call of Duty games can be found below:
- Step 1: Navigate to the Call of Duty Offer Detail Page: https://gaming.amazon.com/loot/callofduty.
- Step 2: Click “Claim Now” on the active content drop.
- Step 3: Log in with your Prime-enabled account or sign up for Prime.
- Step 4: Click “Continue” to begin the account-linking process.
- Step 5: Click “Go to Activision” to be redirected to Activision’s account-linking page.
- Step 6: Log in with your Activision account and authorize Prime Gaming to fulfill content.
- Step 7: Click “Complete Claim.”
Once you complete these steps, the items you claimed will be available once you launch Warzone or Black Ops Cold War.
You can find all of the currently available Warzone and Cold War Prime Gaming rewards below:
Warzone and Cold War Prime Gaming Flight School Bundle
World Series of Warzone Fall 2021 Pack
Source: Call of Duty Blog
Image Credits: Activision / Amazon
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