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
How to set up Custom Games in Black Ops Cold War Season 4
Use our in-depth guide to learn how to set up your own Custom Games in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Season 4.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Season 4 has many weapons and modes for you to experiment with. Here’s how you can set up your own Custom Game.
For many players, the thought of stepping foot into CoD’s multiplayer is a terrifying prospect, and a quick warm-up against AI or friends is necessary. Or perhaps you want to test out a new weapon to see how it handles, but a competitive match won’t do it justice. Then a handy Custom Game is just the thing that you need.
The limitless freedom is what makes a Custom Game so handy. Black Ops Cold War has an ever-increasing roster of weapons and maps for players to dive into. Season 4 and its Reloaded update has really fleshed out the game with Mauer Der Toten vastly expanding the Zombies universe and new multiplayer maps to enjoy.
So let’s go over Custom Games and how you can set them up privately.
How to make a Custom Black Ops Cold War game
Here is how you can set up a Custom Game for yourself in Black Ops Cold War:
- Boot up Cold War
- Head to the Black Ops Cold War lobby screen
- Select ‘Custom Games’ from the bottom left
- Go down until you find ‘Edit Game Rules’
- Click on ‘Settings’
- Manipulate them until you are satisfied
You can alter the details of the match by changing the time limit, the number of times you can respawn, and how long it takes to do so. You can also change the round score and mess around with some of the more advanced settings. These advanced options will give you even more control over how the game goes.
Generally, you can choose to play against other players, but only those who you want to invite. You can also choose to play with bots so you have a bit of practice before initiating a private game. If you want to simply get a feel for the loadout, then turn the bot difficulty down.
When you’re in a Custom Game, you can take your time and go through various new guns like the C58 and MG 82 LMG, use their attachments, and see how they affect your ability to play. You won’t have to worry about being shot by other rowdy players who would ruin your concentration and keep you focused on your own survival the entire time.
How to make a Custom BOCW Zombies game
Setting up your own game of Zombies is generally very similar to the creation of a regular match.
Here is how you can set up a Custom Game for yourself:
- Open the Black Ops Cold War Zombies screen
- Press your right bumper or click on “Private” which is next to “Public”
- Create your own Custom Game
Where is the Custom Game button?
During one of the Black Ops Cold War updates, many people became concerned that Custom Games had been removed altogether. The reality is that Treyarch inadvertently moves it further down every now and again.
Due to the addition of so many different playlist options, Custom Games have been relegated to the bottom of the pile. Simply keep scrolling down through the modes, and you’ll see that it’s still there.
That should cover everything you need to know about setting up a Custom Game in Black Ops Cold War.
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Image Credit: Activision / Treyarch
How to get Warzone & Cold War Thrust Engine Blueprint
The Engine Thrust Blueprint has arrived in Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, find out how to acquire it with our quick and easy guide.
The Special Ops Pro Pack is a new bundle in Call of Duty: Warzone and Cold War Season 4. It comes with many cool items, including the new Thrust Engine Blueprint, and our guide will show you how to get it.
Special skins and weapon Blueprints help to prolong longevity in Call of Duty as players get drawn to these stunning new cosmetics. Whether it’s running around looking like Rambo and John McClane, or wielding a gun that is a literal dragon, items like this keep people coming back.
The July 22, 2021 update saw some new bundles be added to the CoD store, one of which includes the glorious new Thrust Engine Blueprint.
Check our quick guide to see how you can grab it yourself.
Warzone & Cold War Thrust Engine Blueprint Guide: How to buy & price
To claim the bundle for yourself, you’ll just need to do the following:
- Boot up either ‘Black Ops Cold War’ or ‘Warzone’
- Head on over to the ‘Store’ tab
- Search through the Bundles until you see the ‘Special Ops Pro Pack’
- Select it, and use COD Points to purchase the bundle
- Now equip any items from the bundle you desire!
If you’re looking to buy it, the Special Ops Pro Pack will set you back $19.99 / £16.79
What items do you get with the Special Ops Pro Pack Bundle?
The main Operator skin and weapon Blueprint aren’t the be-all and end-all for everyone, so it’s important to know everything that comes with the bundle.
Here’s what you get with the Special Ops Pro Pack Bundle:
- Hypersonic Operator Skin
- Sound Barrier SMG Blueprint
- Thrust Engine Assault Rifle Blueprint
- Ace Pilot Calling Card
- Challenge Coin Emblem
- 2,400 COD Points
The COD Points are a decent part of this bundle as it can pay for more Bundles, or even pay for the Season 5 Battle Pass.
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Image Credit: Activision / Treyarch / Raven Software
Black Ops Cold War players call for major change to Special weapons
The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War community is calling for Treyarch to make a major change to the Special weapons category.
Special weapons are some of the most unique and exciting items in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, but community members are calling for Treyarch Studios to make a major change to how they operate.
There are various categories of weapons that players can use to battle their enemies in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. The game has the standard Assualt Rifles, SMGs, LMGs, Pistols, and more.
However, it also has a category known as Special weapons, which consist of unconventional weapons that allow players to collect some highlight and adrenaline-fueled kills.
While these weapons can be extremely powerful, Black Ops Cold War players have begun to call for a major change in how the Special weapons can be used in the game.
Taking to the official Black Ops Cold War subreddit, community member -Lusty- started a thread stating that they wished that the Special weapons had attachments players could equip like all of the other weapon categories in Cold War.
Many other players agreed as they wish there were attachments available for the Black Ops Cold War Special weapons that would allow them to change the playstyle of the weapons or offer new ways to use these items.
An example was given by community member springsight, who commented that they would like to see things like smoke rounds for the M97 Grenade Launcher.
“I want something that makes the launcher actually viable. Give me smoke rounds, flash rounds, semtex rounds, I just want to make things go boom :(.”
There is no doubt that the addition of attachments to the M97 Grenade Launcher, Ballistic Knife, Nail Gun, and R1 Shadowhunter Crossbow would make for even more exciting moments for Black Ops Cold War players to experience.
For more Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, check out how to play Season 4 Reloaded Multiplayer and Zombies content for free, and stay tuned for future news and guides.
Image Credits: Activision / Treyarch Studios
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