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.
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.
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.
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Warzone & Cold War Season 5 Operator officially revealed in key art
Key art for Warzone and Cold War Season 5 has reportedly been leaked, revealing the upcoming Operator and a brand-new weapon.
Call of Duty: Warzone and Cold War’s Season 5 Operator and theme have been officially revealed in artwork for the new season.
Warzone and Cold War Season 4 brought a ton of new content to both games, but we’re fast approaching Season 5. There are no official details on what the new season will entail, but one of the biggest expectations is that WW2 Vanguard will be revealed inside Warzone.
However, the Season 5 artwork was reportedly leaked, giving us a look at the brand-new Operator and weapon coming with this new Season before the artwork was officially confirmed by the Call of Duty franchise.
Call of Duty leaker and data miner Nanikos posted a ton of information about Warzone and Cold War Season 5 to the GamingLeaksAndRumours subreddit. Here, they shared an Imgur link to the leaked Season 5 artwork.
In this image, we can see the supposed Season 5 Operator ‘Kitsune’ wielding what appears to be akimbo TEC-9 Pistols. She’s also surrounded by the numbers associated with Black Ops and Warzone’s Red Doors, so the season will likely continue this ongoing story.
This leak was then officially confirmed on August 3, 2021, when the official Call of Duty Twitter account posted the previously leaked artwork while confirming that Season 5 for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone will start on August 12.
Providing more information, Nanikos said that the season is “Japanese themed” and will feature the TEC-9 Pistol that can be spotted in the artwork.
Nanikos also said that we’ll “probably see” the classic Summit map in a new Outbreak region as well as a standalone Summit for 6v6 multiplayer. While there’s no confirmation that they will come in Season 5, the leaker said they “know they’re coming” and will be in Season 6 if not. This follows the recent leak that Cold War will receive 12 more maps.
Nanikos continued that “there is also still PHD and Double Tap for zombies and the lightning links field upgrade” still to come.
Besides the Season 5 artwork that has been officially revealed, all of the other leaks should be taken with the standard pinch of salt. Season 5 is set to launch on August 12, and we’ll know the concrete details when Treyarch and Raven Software releases the official roadmap ahead of this date.
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How to unlock the Mace in Warzone & Cold War Season 4
The Mace is the next destructive melee weapon to make its way into Black Ops Cold War and Warzone, so here is how you can unlock this item.
Season 4 will be expanding the weapon locker of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone with some exciting new weapons for players to unlock and use in their battles, and we have everything you need to know to unlock the new Mace in Cold War and Warzone.
There have been plenty of new weapons added to Black Ops Cold War and Warzone over the past few months. Season 4 will be no different as players will have the ability to acquire a variety of new ones to use in their fights, such as the C58 Assault Rifle, MG 82 LMG, Nail Gun, and OTs 9 SMG.
One of these new weapons will be expanding the melee arsenal of both games in the form of the Mace, which will undoubtedly pack a punch whenever a player hits an enemy with it.
With this in mind, here is how you can unlock the Mace in both Cold War and Warzone.
How to unlock Mace in Cold War and Warzone
The Call of Duty community will find two different ways they will be able to unlock the Mace in Cold War and Warzone.
One of these ways is to complete a challenge that will unlock the base weapon for players to smash their enemies in either game.
You can find the unlock challenge for this new melee weapon below:
- Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer/Warzone: Using a Melee weapon, get a kill while sliding in 15 different completed matches.
- Black Ops Cold War Zombies: Using a Melee weapon, kill 50 Special or Elite enemies that are taunted by your Frenzied Guard
Players will also be able to unlock the Mace in Cold War and Warzone by purchasing a bundle from the in-game store for both games, which will grant you access to a blueprint that will allow you to use the weapon immediately.
How to get Mystic’s Scepter bundle Spellcaster Mace blueprint
Players can also automatically unlock the new melee weapon by acquiring the Spellcaster blueprint when they purchase the Mystic’s Scepter bundle in the store for Warzone and Black Ops Cold War for 1,300 COD points.
According to the official description of this melee weapon, it is “a weapon ill fit for the weak. Mace can inflict critical damage on command — no dice rolls needed on whether it can bludgeon your rivals in a single blow within Multiplayer.”
There is no doubt plenty of players will be doing their best to score some highlight moments with this melee weapon when it officially arrives in Season 4.
For more on Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, check out what JGOD believes is the most underrated loadout or what fan-favorite Black Ops map might be in the new Mauer der Toten Zombies map.
6 reasons why Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is much better than people think
Black Ops Cold War has divided players since its release, but here are 6 reasons why Treyarch’s shooter is better than it’s given credit for.
A lack of maps and guns are a couple of reasons why Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War hasn’t been seen in a positive light. But we’ve compiled 6 reasons why players should reconsider these sentiments and appreciate what a good game Treyarch has made.
Call of Duty 4, Modern Warfare 2, Black Ops I – these are arguably the best Call of Duty games ever made. Any subsequent CoD title is measured against these games as they are considered standard-bearers in not only the franchise but FPS gaming in general.
Black Ops Cold War was admonished in the first few weeks of its release, but fast-forward to August 2020, and Treyarch’s 80s shooter deserves more praise than it gets.
The way in which video game content is presented has changed in the industry, and Cold War has been a shining example of this change. We’ve highlighted 6 reasons why Treyarch has taken advantage of this with Black Ops Cold War.
6. Black Ops Cold War has an incredible number of maps and counting
If you’re not keeping count, that’s an astonishing 37 different maps that Treyarch has created for Black Ops Cold War!
Not only that, but several of the 6v6 maps also have bigger versions of themselves for Combined Arms, and there are plenty more on the way.
Heading into Season 5, it’s reported that at least 12 more maps are still to come in the game, despite the fact we’re coming to the end of its year in the sun – with Call of Duty Vanguard 2021 on the way.
A leak has also suggested that Black Ops Cold War will go on to receive post-launch content, and will become the “most supported CoD title” ever.
Its initial content may have felt paltry to some, but thanks to the ability to add updates, players aren’t having to pay for map packs anymore, and are drip-fed new content to ensure extreme longevity in their purchase.
5. Cold War has a balanced meta with lots of guns to use
Even weapons that were underused in the earlier stages of the game’s life have become more potent such as the KSP 45, Milano, and Sniper Rifles in general. Whenever a weapon starts to feel too imbalanced like the FFAR or MP5 was, the devs are always quick on the case.
4. So many different ways to play Black Ops Cold War
Treyarch has tried to be meticulous about its content drops as dropping everything at once would lead to certain modes becoming obsolete rather quickly.
By spacing out the introduction of big game modes such as Gunfight and Gun Game, it has allowed each of them their time to shine in the sun.
New game modes are being added all the time with Capture The Flag being the newest one, and Die Hardpoint being a terrific example of Treyarch keeping up the creativity and chaos of Call of Duty!
Players certainly cannot complain about the wealth of game modes on offer in Cold War, meaning it should be very hard to get bored of the game’s multiplayer.
3. Outbreak & Zombies in General
As covered previously with the map packs, there was a time when extra Zombies maps were paid content that players would gravitate to in droves.
Die Maschine, Firebase Z, Mauer Der Toten, and Dead Ops 3 aside, the real success story of Black Ops Cold War’s Zombies experience has been Outbreak. Whilst the concept of Zombies has remained largely the same for over 10 years and isn’t particularly fading, Outbreak offered a welcome shock to the system.
By making it more open-world and freeing, Outbreak has taken on a completely different structure. Its different objectives, side missions, and areas make it the most diverse Zombies experience in the game’s history – and it’s free.
2. Its campaign has gone unsung
There was a time when online multiplayer wasn’t really a thing, and the campaign was the predominant way of judging an FPS, console shooter.
Times have most certainly changed, and whilst other games are opting to leave out campaigns altogether, Call of Duty, with the exception of Black Ops IIII, is persistent in its goal to deliver compelling narratives.
Russell Adler is already one of the more interesting and memorable new characters that a Call of Duty campaign has produced in years. Cold War’s story may have retread some familiar ground with the original Black Ops games, but its twisty-turny developments made it engaging enough to be considered a solid campaign.
It had set-pieces, tense missions, cool puzzles, and culminated with a couple of pivotal moments that shaped how your story ended. Not only this, but Treyarch rewarded attentive fans by continuing this story into the game’s multiplayer and expanding upon it further.
1. Black Ops Cold War isn’t perfect, but no game is
Since the dawn of video games, they’ve had a bug or a glitch in them that has impacted the gameplay experience for the user.
Modern gaming is the most susceptible the industry has ever been to complacency and rash development. With most gamers having internet connections nowadays, it’s all too easy to release a game, and then add updates to it as the game goes on.
This has been standard practice since the PS3 and Xbox 360 were launched. Even some of the highest-rated games of all time use this method, and they remain successful.
Furthermore, Black Ops Cold War was arguably the most difficult release in the Call of Duty franchise, ever. Its development coincided with a worldwide pandemic that naturally would’ve affected the game’s planning and production.
Given that Call of Duty is a yearly release, Treyarch was always going to be lagging behind in terms of content, game testing, and overall completeness. In the end, they have been able to catch up and have a game containing an obscene amount of content, whilst still listening to fans to try and fix the game.
Between Cold War’s campaign still being updated, round-based Zombies, Dead Ops, Outbreak, League Play, general online multiplayer, Treyarch has had to juggle a lot on their plate.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will probably not go down in the annals of the series’ storied history as a top 5 great. But the amount of hate and criticism the game has received hasn’t all been just and warranted.
The game is shaping up to be the most loaded CoD title ever and has to compete with the rip-roaring success of Call of Duty: Warzone. At the end of the day, we think Cold War could’ve been a far worse game given the circumstances, and it’s bounced back to become a solid game.
Image Credit: Activison / Treyarch
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