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Top 5 tips to dominate The Pines in Black Ops Cold War

Make sure you’re shopping for kills as expertly as possible with our top 5 tips to dominate The Pines in Black Ops Cold War.

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The Pines is a masterful 6 vs 6 map with plenty of depth and a multitude of wonderful, winding options. So here are 5 tips that should assist you and help you to master the mall.

It’s hard to describe how much fun The Pines actually is. It already has that magical feeling of a map that will be replicated and reused for years to come.

Virtually every aspect of it has plenty of flanking opportunities, accessible and open routes, and great spots you can use to outwit the opposition. It’s well organized, has an easy to remember structure, looks fantastic, and Treyarch does their best to pay homage to a classic film.

1. Have an SMG or Shotgun for the shops

There are a few areas of The Pines that all connect together, in confined shops, like a little labyrinth. You can either spray and pray with your AR of choice, or you can head into one of these sections pre-prepared.

We always find it helpful to be packing an upgraded Gallo in the back pocket to pull out and put an end to someone’s terrific run. An MP5 or Mac-10 will serve you just as well.

gallo shotgun in cod bocw

2. Don’t be afraid to go around the outside of the map

The fountain and its adjacent surroundings are predominantly the hub of all the map’s conflict. But The Pines is so much more.

It’s imperative you’re running around the outskirts of the map, flying through the stockrooms and less populated shops on the map. It’s a great way to turn the tables on your opponents and you’re sure to earn a few kills in the process.

3. Avoid the fountain

Even though there is lots of fleeting cover in the form of a few walls and pillars, you’re just so desperately exposed down here. If your K/D is more important than oxygen then we would definitely not recommend this bullet-seeking hotspot.

The main problem with the fountain is that you can easily be spotted from the balcony above, or because you’re so excluded from being behind walls it makes it easy for someone to come round from one of many corners and destroy you. Failing that, a cheeky grenade will make for a big splash.

the fountain in the pines map in cod bocw

4. No aerial scorestreaks

Sometimes a solid indoor map also comes at the cost of some of the game’s most productive scorestreaks. Cruise Missiles are a cinch for several easy kills, but not on The Pines.

Just like Checkmate, the majority of the map takes place indoors under a reinforced roof. So you’re better off quickly selecting some other makeshift rewards such as the Sentry Turret or the War Machine.

5. The best spot on the map

This nice little spot overlooking the main part of the map is by far the best spot to utilize on this map. It provides some decent cover with the wall you’re peering over, and it can reveal enemies below you, moving between the shops to the right, near the fountain, and coming from the opposite side of the map.

A final overlooked benefit is that if the spawns get swapped around, you’re in a nicely concealed spot around the wall, and you can hear the enemy’s footsteps coming. So it’s very easy to pop off a kill or two before jumping down, and making your way back up, encountering and killing enemies on the way that are still looking for you.

You are very welcome. One of CoD: Black Ops Cold War’s best maps just become even more profitable for you.

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

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Best AUG loadout to use in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

The AUG is one of the strongest weapons in Black Ops Cold War, so use these attachments and perks to maximize its potential.

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The AUG is arguably one of the meta weapons in Black Ops Cold War, so here are the best attachments and perks to maximize its potential in multiplayer.

The AUG appeared as an Assault Rifle in the original Black Ops and as an SMG in Modern Warfare. In Black Ops Cold War, it comes as a burst-fire Tactical Rifle. With a fast fire-rate and high damage, it’s capable of killing a player in one burst at almost any range.

With the Gunfighter Wildcard equipped, the AUG can carry eight attachments, maximizing its potential for all situations. Here are the best attachments and perks to run with it.

Best Black Ops Cold War AUG loadout

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  • Optic: Millstop Reflex
  • Muzzle: SOCOM Eliminator
  • Barrel: 18″ Rapid Fire
  • Body: Ember Sighting Point
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Foregrip
  • Magazine: 45 Rnd Drum
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: Marathon Stock

This AUG loadout takes full advantage of its one-burst potential with increased fire rate and accuracy.

For optics, it’s mostly up to you. We’ve had the most success with the versatility of the Red Dot Sights but if you want to be stronger at range, consider using a higher optic. To ensure you can take down multiple enemies without reloading, you should add the 45 Rnd Drum magazine.

To reduce recoil and keep your burst shots accurate, you should run the SOCOM Eliminator muzzle attachment and Field Agent Foregrip. These attachments combined will give a huge reduction to vertical recoil. This is vital to ensuring that all shots in a burst hit the target, increasing the one-burst potential.

black ops cold war AUG in-game

Due to this weapon being so powerful as is, the only barrel you need is the 18″ Rapid Fire. This gives a 13% increase to the fire rate, allowing you to either quickly finish the target with a second burst or take out multiple enemies in quick succession. There are no negative attributes to using this barrel, making it the best choice.

The Ember Sighting Point torch gives the AUG a boost to both its long and close-range potential. The torch reveals enemies, which makes it especially effective when players blend into the environment. It also increases hip-fire accuracy by 30%, helping you out in a tight spot.

To counter the weight of these attachments and speed it up, you should add the Airborne Elastic Wrap and Marathon Stock. These increase both your ADS and sprint-to-fire time. When moving around the map or quickly snapping onto a sniper glint at range, weapon speed is vital.

Best perks for Black Ops Cold War AUG

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Flak Jacket

With the power of explosives in Black Ops Cold War, Flak Jacket is vital. When attacking a point, there are only so many places you can be, so expect a barrage of explosives coming at you.

One Semtex or Grenade could be enough to bring you down, and you especially don’t want a random grenade ending your scorestreak.

Scavenger

There’s nothing worse than running out of bullets mid-fight, and the Scavenger perk will allow you to keep supplying as the match progresses. With Scavenger equipped, you can keep hold of your AUG all match without having to swap it out for a weapon with more ammo.

Ninja

When running around the map with the AUG, being silent will give you an extreme advantage. Whether flanking an objective or clearing out a building, having the enemies not being able to hear you will give you an easy multi-kill.

And as a bonus, having quiet footsteps means its unlikely the enemies will hear you.

The AUG is currently one of the strongest weapons in Black Ops Cold War, so try it out with these attachments and perks for yourself.

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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.

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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 CallofDutyLeague.com.

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.

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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.

Black ops cold war zombies die maschine

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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