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Top 5 tips to dominate Moscow in Black Ops Cold War

Become a Soviet superstar with these crucial, top 5 tips to allow you to dominate Moscow in Black Ops Cold War.

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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.

For tips and tricks to dominate your enemy on every Black Ops Cold War multiplayer map, you can check out our guides below.

Nuketown ’84 | Crossroads | Raid | The Pines | Moscow | Miami | Cartel | Satellite | Checkmate

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Cold War devs respond to claims ZRG 20mm Sniper Rifle isn’t powerful enough

A dev response has been issued to complaints that CoD: Cold War’s ZRG 20mm Sniper Rifle isn’t as strong as advertised.

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Season 2’s ZRG 20mm Sniper Rifle is finally in CoD: Cold War, but players are complaining that its description and damage are misleading. A Treyarch dev has addressed these reservations.

The LW3 Tundra, Pelington 703, and M82 already provide players with some solid options to cap enemies from a long distance, but the ZRG 20mm is here to take that crown. The one-hit, bolt-action Sniper Rifle aims to add an extra dimension to Black Ops Cold War matches moving forward.

However, its early days are being shrouded in controversy as players believe that the weapon isn’t as devastating as perhaps it should be. One of Treyarch’s devs has replied to the Reddit thread making these claims to explain why this isn’t the case.

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According to the ZRG 20mm’s Official description, it “Deals higher damage to vehicles.” Yet, with closer inspection, the Sniper Rifle’s own stats seem to contradict this.

Its Vehicle Damage states it does 440 per hit, whereas one of its nearest competitors, the M82, does 825 Vehicle Damage. This represents nearly a 100% increase over the ZRG 20mm and got people wondering.

But renowned Treyarch dev Josh “FoxhoundFPS” Torres stepped in to intervene saying,

“Hey there! Spoke with our Multiplayer Team and we have the following to share: The ZRG 20mm has built-in armor-piercing properties which aren’t accounted for in the Vehicle Damage values. We’re already discussing this with the UI team on how to make that more clear in the detailed stats. Thanks for the feedback!”

So in actual fact, the ZRG 20mm does do more Vehicle Damage as it states, and its extra damage is just currently hidden away.

So for anyone wanting to unlock the ZRG 20mm and use it for CoD: Black Ops Cold War’s bigger modes involving vehicles, it’s absolutely worth using.

It’s another positive example of devs responding quickly to an issue as well, a point we discussed in our 8 things we want to see in Call of Duty 2021 article.

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When does Warzone & Cold War Season 3 start? Season 2 end date

Warzone & Black Ops Cold War Season 2 has finally dropped, but when will they end, and when will Season 3 commence?

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We’re fast approaching the end of Warzone and Black Ops Cold War Season 2, so when does Season 3 begin and what does it have in store?

Ever since the integration of Black Ops Cold War into Warzone, we’ve seen a vast number of additions and changes to both games. The subsequent updates have allowed Verdansk to expand with Rebirth Island, and even incorporate Zombies into Warzone.

Warzone Season 2 has also introduced some other pretty hefty changes to the games including some pretty interesting map changes to freshen things up, and also two new weapons from Black Ops Cold War, the FARA 83 Assault Rifle and the LC10 SMG, that could shift the meta.

We’re already hearing mumblings and murmurs of potential new content for the future though, with Warzone Season 3 spying a huge revamp in April. So we begin to wonder, how long will Season 2 actually last for, and when can we expect CoD to drop Season 3 of both Black Ops Cold War & Warzone?

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Warzone & Cold War Season 3 start date

Previous seasons of Modern Warfare and Warzone, before its numbered season reboot, usually lasted around 10 weeks, and this has proven to be the case for Warzone & Black Ops Cold War.

Season One officially began on December 16, 2020, with the newest season beginning on February 25, 2021. This is approximately a 10-week gap between both which is in keeping with type.

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The current Battle Pass has presented a set date it’s expected to end, and a new season usually starts shortly after last season’s Battle Pass has expired. With the information we currently have, we can expect Season 3 to begin on April 22, 2021.

This lines up with the confirmed season end date of April 21, given in the first Warzone nuke event teaser. It says the event will go live at 12 PM, as Verdansk will be completely overtaken by the undead.

Cold War Season 3 weapons

Call of Duty leakers have discovered some upcoming weapons in Warzone’s game files. Since these files are usually only added when weapons are in the final stage before release, we might see them arrive in Season 3.

Among them was a fast-firing burst Assault Rifle that could potentially be a Tactical Rifle like the M16 and AUG. Another weapon in the files seemed to be an SMG described with ‘spray,’ which probably means that it boasts a high fire rate.

The classic Ballistic Knife from the original Black Ops will also be arriving in Warzone and Cold War in the upcoming season. This projectile melee weapon has become a staple of the Call of Duty franchise, so it’s an exciting addition.

The data miners also stated that a new full-auto pistol and a Baseball Bat melee weapon might be joining the game in the Season 3 Reloaded update or in Season 4.

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New Cold War Season 3 Trailer hints at Warzone Verdansk crossover

On April 15, Treyarch’s Official Twitter account posted an interesting new teaser trailer that suggested where Season 3 could be heading next.

Here is the full Tweet accompanied by the trailer.

After unsuccessfully extracting Adler from Laos, the team has now been able to track down his, and Stitch’s, whereabouts to Verdansk. Given that Verdansk is facing the possibility of being nuked, it remains to be seen how the two games could potentially crossover.

Warzone & Cold War mid-Season 2 update

While we waited for Black Ops Cold x Warzone Season 3, Activision released a mid-Season update with a ton of new content on March 29 at 9PM PT.

This brought three new maps to the game’s multiplayer, with Golova for Fireteam, Mansion for Gunfight, and Miami Strike for 6v6. Also, for the Zombies fans out there, Sanatorium will be joining the roster of Ural Mountains maps available in the Outbreak game mode.

The ZRG 20mm Sniper Rifle has also arrived, along with a load of weapon balancing in Cold War.

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1980s revamp leaked for Warzone Season 3

We got a first look at what the next evolution of Verdansk will be in a celebrity commercial that was posted to Twitter. It showed the map getting a 1980s makeover with a specific focus on a few key areas.

Stadium, Dam, Airport, and the surrounding forestry were the highlighted locations in the video, along with some changes in Downtown. Later, another possible teaser was discovered in Verdansk’s Superstore in the form of a poster for the 1980s Moscow Summer Olympics.

We expect more teasers for Season 3 to pop up around Verdansk and Cold War’s multiplayer, and the ones that have been found make Warzone’s 1980s overhaul seem all the more likely.

We’ve still a bit of time to go until Season 3 and Activision will be busy concentrating on making Season Two the best it can be. They have already rolled out large-scale ban waves to accounts that are found to be guilty of cheating.

Speculation will already be ongoing as to what we’ll see in Warzone Season 3, including a massive event that could change Warzone forever.

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Cold War April 15 patch notes: Custom Mods & new playlists

Custom Mods lets you save up to 10 Gunsmith Blueprints.

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Treyarch released the latest Game Settings Update for Black Ops Cold War on all platforms on April 15.

The update includes a refreshed playlist, access to Custom Mods with Gunsmith Blueprints, and a preview what’s coming this weekend with Triple Double XP weekend.

In addition, Season 3 officially begins next week – on April 22, so stay tuned for more updates to come as we get closer to the new season launch.

From Treyarch:

BLUEPRINT GUN GAME, APOCALYPSE 24/7 + MORE

Today’s update brings the all-new Blueprint Gun Game mode to Multiplayer, along with the return of Apocalypse 24/7 and Snipers Only Moshpit to close out the season!

Progress through an arsenal of Weapon Blueprints in this new version of the free-for-all Gun Game mode. Weapon progression can change from match to match with different Blueprints available per tier, so keep on your toes and stay on target. Come out on top as the first to progress through all 20 weapons to win the match.

CUSTOM MODS IN CREATE-A-CLASS

After some final touches behind the scenes, the Custom Mods menu is now available in Create-a-Class, allowing players to name and save custom Blueprint creations via Gunsmith Customs and take them into their next match. Dead Ops Arcade 3 also gets an update in Zombies today, with new XP award adjustments and bug fixes now live.

TRIPLE-DOUBLE WEEKEND STARTS TOMORROW

We’re bringing out the big guns at the end of the season with a new Triple-Double Weekend, featuring Double XP, Double Weapon XP, and Double Battle Pass XP starting at 10AM PT tomorrow through 10AM PT Monday, April 19th!

Now’s your chance to hit that final Prestige Level, max out the Battle Pass to Tier 100, add another Prestige Key or two to your collection, and complete every Season Challenge in Multiplayer and Zombies while you can. If you’ve already achieved the title of Prestige Master this season, congratulations: you’ve earned it. If you’ve still got some grinding to do, there’s never been a better time than now.

SEASON THREE INCOMING

With the final week of Season Two Reloaded drawing to a close, an all-new season of content is just around the corner… and Adler’s time is running out.

After falling for Naga’s diversion in Laos, Woods and his team have been thrown off the scent just long enough to allow Stitch to continue his master plan for Adler. All signs point to Verdansk.

Patch Notes

GLOBAL

Features

  • Custom Mods
    • Now available in Create-a-Class. Name and save up to 10 custom Blueprint creations per weapon via the Custom Mods menu.
    • Addressed an issue where attachments that had not been properly unlocked through weapon progression now correctly appear locked.

MULTIPLAYER

Modes

  • Blueprint Gun Game
    • All-new version of Gun Game now available in Multiplayer.
    • Progress through an arsenal of Weapon Blueprints from launch through Season Two Reloaded.
    • Weapon progression can change from match to match, with different Blueprints available per tier.
    • First player to progress through all 20 weapons wins the match.
  • Snipers Only Moshpit
    • Returned to Featured Playlists.
    • Addressed an issue that could cause non-sniper classes to be reset when entering a match of Snipers Only Moshpit.

Featured Playlists

  • Blueprint Gun Game [NEW]
  • Apocalypse 24/7
  • Snipers Only Moshpit
  • Gunfight Blueprints
  • Nuketown 24/7 (also available in Hardcore)
  • Prop Hunt
  • Face Off (also available in Hardcore)
  • Multi-Team Moshpit

ZOMBIES

Dead Ops Arcade 3

  • Gameplay
    • Added adjustments to XP awards.
  • UI
    • Addressed an issue that could display incorrect data in the After-Action Report when playing Solo Advanced Start mode.
  • Stability
    • Added a stability fix to Silverback Slideways bonus round.

Featured Playlists

  • Outbreak
  • Firebase Z
  • Die Maschine
  • Dead Ops Arcade: First Person
  • Dead Ops Arcade
  • Onslaught (PlayStation)
  • Onslaught Containment (PlayStation)
  • Onslaught Nuketown (PlayStation)
  • Onslaught Apocalypse (PlayStation)

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