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5 things we need to see in Warzone’s Black Ops Cold War update

Published: 20/Nov/2020 16:47

by James Busby


Warzone continues to prove popular among FPS and battle royale fans alike, but the upcoming Black Ops Cold War integration could bring a lot of changes to the game. Here are five things we want to see added to in the upcoming update.

Modern Warfare’s Warzone meta shifts with every new update, but the Black Ops Cold War integration could see the biggest changes yet. Activision has stated that the update will include new weapons, a revamped progression system, and a “Classified Warzone experience”. While we don’t have any official details on what else will be added to Warzone, it hasn’t stopped many fans from speculating on what content could be coming to the game.

There’s certainly a lot of hype surrounding the upcoming update, especially now that Season 6 is coming to a close. With the Black Ops Cold War integration update on the horizon, we’ve chosen five things we’d love to see added to Warzone. 

Revamped map

Black Ops Cold War Warzone roadmap
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The new Black Ops Cold War roadmap has given us a look at what’s to come.

Arguably the most eagerly anticipated feature is the introduction of a new map. Whether Activision will introduce an entirely new battlefield or revamp Verdansk with fresh locations remains to be seen. However, according to the Black Ops Cold War Season 1 roadmap, the game will get a “Classified Warzone Experience.” The key art from this roadmap seems to point towards a new map called Rebirth Island.

Upon closer inspection of the image, we can see small lines of text. One line, in particular, is cut off, only revealing ‘eniya Island.’ Eagle-eyed CoD fans have speculated that the new map will take place on Vozrozhdeniya Island (Rebirth Island). Vozrozhdeniya Island was famously used by the Soviet Union back in 148 when they set up a secret bioweapons laboratory there. 

Black Ops gameplay
Rebirth Island appeared in 2010’s Black Ops.

The laboratory tested all kinds of lethal diseases, including anthrax, smallpox, plague, brucellosis, and tularemia. However, the testing site was named Aralsk-7 in 1954. The site remained operational until the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991. Those that played the original Black Ops will be familiar with this island as Russian scientists created the fictional Nova 6 agent. 

This official roadmap text also backs this claim up as it seems Nova 6 has been released on the island. “Effects are instantaneous. Violent coughing, vomiting,” and “[bleeding?] from the eyes,” are just some of the symptoms outlined. It certainly seems Rebirth Island is where Warzone is headed. 

New battlepass and operators

Warzone battlepass
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There will likely be a new Black Ops themed battlepass.

This one is certainly a given. Warzone has made and continues to make a lot of money, so it’s highly likely we’ll see a new battlepass added when the Black Ops Cold War integration hits live servers. Whether cosmetics for existing guns and operators will be introduced remains to be seen, but we’ll likely receive a lot more items tailored around Treyarch’s latest entry. 

Many fans will also be wanting to unlock and use new operators. After all, each of Warzone’s previous seasons added a host of new units that players could work towards. Having 80’s themed operators would not only give Warzone fans access to some iconic Call of Duty characters, it would also help mix up the current roster. 

Different killstreaks

Black Ops Cold War killstreaks
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Black Ops Cold War’s Artillery and Napalm Strike could be worthy choices for new killstreaks.

While the trusty UAV will always remain a staple pick in Warzone, it would be great to see the game’s Cluster Strike and Precision Airstrike switched out. Instead, these aerial killstreaks could be replaced with Black Ops Cold War’s own Napalm and Artillery. Both of these killstreaks would certainly shake things up when it comes to surprising your enemies.

Of course, the radius and duration of each streak would have to be tuned down. They would also only be obtainable through the game’s Buy Station. Watching a fiery inferno engulf a small area followed by an artillery barrage would certainly make for a terrifying spectacle. 

Better anti-cheat

Cheater in Warzone
Cheating continues to be a big problem in Warzone.

If you’ve played Warzone for any length of time, then it’s highly likely you’ve come across a cheater at some point. Not only do these pesky players ruin the fun for everyone else, they deny people the wins they deserve. While Activision has been clamping down on sites that sell illegal software, the game still has a huge hacking problem. 

From snappy aimbots to deadly wallhacks, there are plenty of unsavory ways players gain an unfair advantage. As of writing, Warzone’s current report system does little to dissuade cheaters from repeat offenses. 

In fact, banned players can simply make a new account and get up and running straight away. Many Warzone players are hoping that Activision will employ harsher penalties to counteract the game’s hacking problem. 

New cosmetics

Mara Warzone cosmetic
Activision / Infinity Ward
Cosmetics will always prove popular in Warzone.

Whether it’s unlockable gun camos, operator skins, or sprays – everyone likes to be rewarded for their in-game efforts. A lot of Warzone’s operator skins are locked behind a CoD Points paywall, but there are a number you can unlock for free via the battlepass. This is also true for the game’s gun camos and sprays. 

The new update will likely feature plenty of 80s themed cosmetics items that players can add to their inventory. After all, having new styles tailored around iconic Black Ops characters would certainly keep the game looking fresh. 

If you’re looking to find the best guns to try out in Black Ops Cold War and wish to give them a whirl in custom games, then be sure to check out our Black Ops Cold War weapon guides.

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Best Black Ops Cold War weapons to use in Warzone

Published: 26/Nov/2020 14:42

by James Busby


While Warzone currently shares its loadouts with Modern Warfare, it won’t be long until Black Ops Cold War’s guns are integrated into the game. Here are seven guns that you should be leveling up ahead of the cross-progression update. 

Black Ops Cold War features plenty of deadly weapons that will drastically shake up the Warzone meta, giving players even more choice when it comes to crafting the perfect loadout. Warzone will also share weapon progression with both Black Ops Cold War and Modern Warfare, so you’ll be able to level up your guns in either game. This integration will likely have a huge impact on Warzone’s current meta, especially when Treyarch adds new weapons to Black Ops Cold War.

While Modern Warfare’s ever-popular Kilo 141 and MP5 loadouts will still likely remain popular picks among players, there are a number of new and returning guns that could dethrone the current kings. As a result, we’ve put together a list of the seven best Black Ops Cold War guns you’ll want to use in Warzone. 


AK-47 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
Black Ops Cold War’s AK-47 will be a force to be reckoned with when it drops into Verdansk.

Best AK-47 loadout

While this Russian rifle struggled to compete in Modern Warfare’s, it has come back with a vengeance in Treyarch’s latest title. In fact, the AK-47 is the best gun in the entire game thanks to its high-damage and incredible versatility. Whether you prefer to run and gun your way to victory, or methodically pick off targets from afar, there is a loadout that caters to every kind of playstyle. 

This reliable rifle has proven so lethal that it has dominated the pro and casual CoD scene since launch. One of the most potent AK-47 builds literally has no recoil, so this could rival the new Kilo 141 when it drops. The difference between both Modern Warfare’s AK-47 and the current Black Ops Variant is night and day.

Krig 6

Krig 6
Activision / Treyarch
The Krig 6 is one of the most accurate AR’s in the game.

Best Krig 6 loadout

The Krig 6 has been making a name for itself thanks to its low recoil and methodical fire rate. While it doesn’t deal as much damage as the AK-47, it makes up for this with its fantastic precision. Warzone is dominated by assault rifles like the Kilo 141, Grau 5.56, and M13 as these weapons enable the user to beam opponents without the need to wrestle with any finicky recoil patterns.

After all, being able to effortlessly hit players from across all ranges is a huge bonus to any Warzone player looking to increase their kill count. The Krig 6 also boasts excellent weapon control and quick reloads, making it a great pick for those that prefer to seek out those all-important headshots. 


M16 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
Only time will tell whether this classic assault rifle has what it takes to wreak havoc across Verdansk.

Best M16 loadout

Modern Warfare’s FAMAS demonstrated just how bad burst rifles could be in Warzone, but the M16 could change this notion completely. Unlike the FAMAS, Black Ops Cold War’s M16 can dish out highly accurate rounds in a matter of seconds. In fact, the iconic burst rifle was recently nerfed as it was overperforming.

Despite Treyarch toning down its damage range and slightly increasing its delay between bursts, this AR still absolutely melts opponents. Any gun that can accurately drop an enemy in a couple of bursts is always going to pique the interest of Warzone players. As proven by gameplay in Fireteam: Dirty Bomb, the M16 can quickly down even the most well-armored of enemies. 


MP5 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
The MP5 still continues to dominate the SMG competition.

Best MP5 loadout

A lot of Call of Duty fans were left disappointed when they found that the MP5 still remained at the top of the SMG rankings. Multiplayer lobbies were dominated by this lightning-fast SMG during Black Ops Cold War’s launch week, and it’s not hard to see why. Despite the recent nerf, the MP5 still boasts high rates of fire, great mobility, and decent close-quarters damage.

Whether this variant will prove as lethal as the Warzone’s current MP5 remains to be seen, but we expect the new attachments will certainly allow it to rival its predecessor. 

Type 63

Type 63 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
The Type 63 is one Tactical Rifle that is worth adding to your arsenal.

Best Type 63 loadout

While the Type 63 shares a few similarities to Modern Warfare’s EBR-14, it is better in every single way. Not only does it have a significantly lower recoil pattern, it can also unleash some incredibly fast two shot kills. Equipping the 18.3” Strike Team barrel will not only speed up this semi-auto rifle’s fire rate, but it will also increase its damage. 

While most semi-auto rifles are often plagued by sluggish fire rates, high recoil, and lackluster magazine sizes, the Type 63 doesn’t fall victim to these negatives. Just like Warzone’s Marksman Rifles, the Type 63 offers sniper-like precision and damage with the added bonus of mobility. 


AUG Black Ops Cold War
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The AUG’s highly accurate burst fire makes it lethal across all ranges.

Best AUG loadout

Unlike Modern Warfare’s full-auto AUG SMG, Black Ops Cold War’s variant offers greater accuracy and range. This burst-fire tactical rifle is capable of dealing even more damage than the M16, especially when it’s equipped with the 19.6” Match Grade Barrel. This increases its effective damage range by 100%, making it hit even harder across mid to long-range distances. 

Burst fire weapons have obviously been lacking in Warzone, but Black Ops’ AUG could quickly change that. 

Stoner 63

Stoner 63 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
The Stoner 63 could rival the popular Bruen and PKM loadouts.

LMGs have been somewhat lacking in Black Ops Cold War due to their overall bulk and slower ADS times. However, this isn’t the case in Warzone. After all, the Bruen, PKM, and the FiNN are prime examples of how LMGs can dominate the competition. 

The Stoner 63 is arguably the best suited LMG for Warzone. This is partly down to a combination of speed and accuracy. While both the RPD and M60 offer better damage, their poor accuracy makes them difficult to recommend. Simply attach the SALVO 125 RND Fast Mag and the Airborne Elastic Wrap to begin getting those game-winning squad wipes. 

So there you have it, seven of the best Black Ops Cold War guns you should be using in Warzone. If you want to keep updated with all the latest Call of Duty news and updates, then follow us over on @DexertoIntel.