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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.



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 BOCW.

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 see, 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. So here are some of our top tips to play Treyarch’s Moscow map.

Best tips to dominate Moscow in BOCW

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.

Head to our Black Ops Cold War map guides hub for tips on every map!

Image credits: Treyarch

Call of Duty League

Call of Duty League 2021 Stage 1 groups & fixtures revealed

The groups for Stage 1 of 2021’s Call of Duty League have officially been announced, alongside the fixtures for the coming weeks.



Call of Duty League 2021 Stage 1 begins on February 11, and at the CDL Kickoff Classic, the groups and fixtures for this first stage were officially announced.

While it was fun seeing the new 4v4 rosters facing off against each other in the Kickoff Classic event, perhaps the most important part of the weekend was seeing Stage 1’s group selection take place.

Before the highly-anticipated OpTic Chicago v LA Thieves show match, we saw members and owners of each CDL team choose who would be playing in opposing groups, officially revealing the Stage 1 groups.

Here are the groups going into CDL 2021 Stage 1, how they were chosen, and what this first stage will look like.

CDL 2021 Stage 1 groups

Group AGroup B
Dallas EmpireAtlanta FaZe
LA ThievesOpTic Chicago
Minnesota RØKKRFlorida Mutineers
London Royal RavesToronto Ultra
New York SublinersLA Guerrillas
Seattle SurgeParis Legion

How the CDL Stage 1 groups were chosen

In a slightly confusing format described as a ‘reverse snake draft,’ teams chose who would play in the opposing group.

As the top two teams from CDL 2020, Dallas Empire and Atlanta FaZe were placed into different groups, A and B. Teams then picked who would be competing in the opposing group, beginning with Dallas Empire.

Dallas Empire, last year’s champs, chose first, and then FaZe chose after. The selection process went like this:

  1. Dallas Empire chose OpTic Chicago for Group B
  2. FaZe chose LA Thieves for Group A
  3. OpTic Chicago chose Minnesota RØKKR for group A
  4. LA Thieves chose Florida Mutineers for Group B

Teams continued to choose teams turn about until each group had been decided.

Atlanta FaZe Home Series

Each stage consists of three Home Series weekends, with Atlanta FaZe hosting the opening weekend on February 11. Group A will be playing on Thursday and Saturday, with Group B playing on Friday and Sunday.

Atlanta FaZe Home Series schedule

It kicks off with newcomers LA Thieves going against Minnesota RØKKR, and champs Dallas Empire taking on Seattle Surge.

After getting knocked out by Atlanta FaZe in the 2020 semi-finals, OpTic Chicago (formerly Chicago Huntsmen), will be looking to settle the score on Sunday. To add further rivalry, FaZe’s Arcitys played for the Huntsmen in last year’s league.

You can check out the fixtures for the entirety of Stage 1 on

The top two teams from Stage 1 will have first pick in Stage 2, which is set to begin on March 18.

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Black Ops Cold War Zombies Firebase Z: release date, setting, new perk, more

Black Ops Cold War Zombies’ second map, Firebase Z, will launch during Season 1. Here’s everything we know about the new map.



Black Ops Cold War season 1 brings a new Zombies map, Firebase Z. Here’s everything we know about Cold War Zombies’ second map.

Firebase Z, also called Outpost 25, is the brand new Zombies map coming to Black Ops Cold War during Season 1.

Set in the jungle of Vietnam, Firebase Z continues the storyline that started in Die Maschine. As described in Activision’s blog, “with the destruction of the WWII-era “Projekt Endstation” site after investigating the otherworldly Dark Aether anomaly in Poland, Requiem now sets its focus on the latest Dark Aether outbreak site: Outpost 25, known by the code name “Firebase Z.”

black ops cold war zombies firebase z map

A picture uploaded by Treyarch in their 115 Day blog post gives us a grainy, aerial view of the map. However, like any Zombies map, expect many more areas to be discovered when Firebase Z drops.

When does Cold War Zombies Firebase Z map release?

The new Black Ops Cold War Zombies map, Firebase Z, is set to launch on February 4 and will be free for all players.

It comes during Season 1, as part of teased new Zombies maps and modes that were announced in the roadmap. In the weeks leading up to its launch, a reveal trailer and more information surrounding the zombie-infested firebase will be revealed.

Tombstone perk coming to BOCW Zombies

black ops cold war zombies tombstone perk

Along with the launch of Firebase Z comes the return of an old perk: Tombstone.

If you don’t know already, when downed, Tombstone will allow you to “become a shadow in the Dark Aether armed with your weapons that can revive you.” Be careful though, “if your shadow loses all its health, you die.”

New to Black Ops Cold War Zombies, perks can be upgraded. Spending Aetherium Crystals will grant Tombstone the following upgrades:

  • Tier I – Shadow form can regenerate health.
  • Tier II – Increase downed duration to 60 seconds.
  • Tier III – On death, drop a Tombstone stash that saves your weapons, equipment, and resources.

Tombstone will be available through its perk machine in Firebase Z on February 4, and can also be purchased through the Der Wunderfizz machine in Die Maschine.

Can you still play Die Maschine?

Die Maschine will still be available to play in Black Ops Cold War Zombies.

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We know this through the confirmation that the Tombstone perk will be available to purchase through the Der Wunderfizz machine on Die Maschine on February 4.

Treyarch provided a friendly reminder that if you haven’t discovered all of the in-game intel hidden on Die Maschine and Onslaught yet, you should try to find it all before the story moves on. It will be crucial to understanding the overarching Zombies story.

Keep an eye on this article, as we’ll update it with every new piece of information we learn about the upcoming Black Ops Cold War Zombies map, Firebase Z.

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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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