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All weapon buffs and nerfs ahead of Black Ops Cold War launch

Published: 12/Nov/2020 4:34

by Alex Tsiaoussidis


Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is almost ready to launch, but that hasn’t stopped Treyarch from spicing things up with a lengthy list of changes, which includes many weapon buffs and nerfs.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has enjoyed a successful beta, and the official version is set to launch on November 13. It’s an exciting time for console players in particular, as they’re ushered into a new generation with the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S.

But while players have been getting stuck into the game, Treyarch has been busy taking their feedback on board and taking notes on which weapons need to be changed and balanced.

The official patch notes boast many changes and improvements, and a lot of them have to do with weapons. In fact, every weapon class has been changed in some way, but while some have been buffed, others have been nerfed.

Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Weapon Buffs and Nerfs
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War features weapons in all shapes and sizes.

Weapon Nerfs and Buffs

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is about to have its meta turned upside down ahead of the official launch.

Treyarch has implemented many weapon changes to balance things out, including nerfs to assault rifles, pistols, snipers, and submachine guns, buffs to light-machine guns and launchers, and more.

Assault Rifles

  • General assault rifle performance has been tuned to be closer to Krig 6 and XM4 performance in the beta. This should make assault rifles more balanced in general.
  • AK-47 recoil has been increased.

Submachine Guns

  • SMGs have been made less effective at longer ranges to make them less dominant.

Light Machine Guns

  • LMG damage has been increased to make them more effective.
  • LMG ADS has been increased to prevent them from being too overpowered with the damage increase.

Sniper Rifles

  • Aim assist has been made to feel smoother and require more skill and precision.
  • Sniper rifle ADS times have been slightly increased.
  • Sniper scope glint has been changed to display more often.


  • Burst-fire pistol hip-fire accuracy has been decreased.
  • Burst-fire pistol max damage range has been reduced.


  • Semi-auto shotgun fire rate has been reduced.


  • The inner damage of launcher rockets has been slightly increased. This should allow for lethal damage when placed precisely.


  • Sprinting speed with the Knife equipped has been slightly reduced.
Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Weapon Buffs and Nerfs
The XM4 Assault Rifle has proven to be a popular weapon in the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War beta.

Attachments and Other Changes

It’s all well and good to balance out the weapons. However, everyone knows a weapon’s true potential lies in the attachments.

Fortunately, Treyarch hasn’t missed a beat. They’ve made some changes to attachments in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, as well as some other bits and pieces.

Additional Attachments

  • More attachments have been in the Gunsmith.

Attachment Balance

  • Balance for half of the attachments has been updated across all weapons to increase viability across the board.
  • Bonuses and penalties on Barrel attachments have been reworked to better reflect the relationship between ranges, muzzle velocities, and barrel length.
  • There are now Barrel attachments that offer shorter Barrel length for increased strafe speed movement, either when hip-firing or ADS-firing. This provides players with greater options for leaning into movement as a kit option.
  • Enemy reveal range when using the mounted light attachment has been increased.

Attachment Descriptions

  • Names, descriptions, and statistics categories for weapons have been updated to provide a clearer picture of functionality and authenticity.

Dual Wield

  • Added the ability to dual-wield pistols.

Weapon Levels

  • Increased primary weapon levels from 40 to 55.

Stationary Turrets

  • Increased use radius of stationary turrets.
Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Weapon Buffs and Nerfs
Weapon attachments are all the rage in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

Aim and Recoil Changes

Last but not least, Treyarch has changed some of the mechanics surrounding aim assist, aiming down the sights, and recoil and sight alignment.

Players will be thrilled to know that aiming down the sights has been made smoother and recoil should feel more natural.

Aim Assist Tuning

  • Aim assist parameters have been tweaked to provide a more expected feel across weapon classes.

Aiming Down Sights (ADS)

  • ADS transitions have been adjusted to make them smoother and more fluid.
  • ADS sway has been altered to provide a more dramatic feel while reducing weapon rotation.
  • Weapon pushback when firing in ADS has been changed to address cases where optic models could get too close to the player camera.

Recoil and Sight Alignment

  • Cleaned up issues with bullet direction and recoil to feel more intuitive and responsive.
  • In the Beta, the location of the player’s bullet was always based on the direction of their weapon, which could have a slight deviation to their eye-view perspective through the sights. These should now line up better across all iron sights and optics, providing more precision when ADS-firing.
Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Weapon Buffs and Nerfs
The latest Call of Duty: Black Ops patch tweaked ADS and Recoil.

As you can see, Treyarch wasn’t messing around in the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War beta. They’ve been keeping an eye on every little detail, and now we’re seeing them iron out flaws ahead of the launch.

Of course, it’s still only the beginning. You can count on more balance changes happening in the weeks to come. Still, it’s good to know that they’re on the ball, and doing their best to fine-tune the game.

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Best Warzone loot rotations to get more wins

Published: 24/Nov/2020 14:17

by Jacob Hale


Warzone has undoubtedly been a monster hit for Activision and the Call of Duty franchise, but even now players are still struggling to find the best loot rotations to maximize their chances of winning.

While Black Ops Cold War might be fresh on the shelves, Warzone is still super popular. Just as many players are dropping into Verdansk as ever before, and major changes Cold War will bring to the game are highly anticipated.

So, if you’re trying to figure out the best places to pick up loot and put yourself in the most advantageous positions for the long game, you’ve come to the right place, as we take into consideration potential zone pulls, best places to offer mobility and more.


Warzone hospital
Hospital is great if you want solid mobility — just make sure to grab that heli!

What you’ll find is that, most of the time, the circle pulls towards one of the four corners of the map, so there are several places for you to consider with this in mind, based on where you expect the zone to go.

Dropping at Hospital places you in the middle of the lower half of the map, with a whole bunch of loot available. The buildings surrounding the main hospital will often be busy due to the sheer amounts of loot available. But you can often find a lot of mobility as well, including a helicopter, when dropping here, setting you up for the long haul.


Warzone stadium open
The Stadium opening up completely changed the game.

Stadium was absolutely hectic when it first opened, but now it’s a much easier place to land, and as always, offers a lot of loot. The best part about Stadium is the chance of finding a keycard to open up the loot bunkers, which will get you more than sufficiently set up for the rest of the game.

Again, due to how central it is on the map, Stadium is great if the circle pulls anywhere towards the east side of the map, but it can also be used to loot up and push into Downtown, which is always a hotspot for players dropping in to the battle royale game.


Warzone prison
Prison is crammed with loot, but could be a game-winning drop if you don’t mind a slower game.

A Prison drop will rarely be the most exciting, except for the opening few minutes which will likely be hectic. That said, the loot on offer is often ideal, and many games see the circle finish around Prison too.

If you think the zone looks to be finishing in Prison, you can work your way through all the floors to amass serious amounts of loot, and if it finishes away from Prison you can easily float into the likes of Farmland and Port, which equally have good loot on offer.


warzone quarry back building
Quarry is popular, but is usually a fairly safe drop, which could be perfect if you want some peace while you loot up.

Quarry is always a busy spot, filled with contracts and, most importantly, loot. Offering good rotation opportunities, it’s easy enough to stock up on everything you need in Quarry before moving out to the likes of Military Base or even as far as Dam, depending on how the zone moves.

Similarly, you can move out to TV Station for a more central position, which in itself is also filled with loot, to maximize your chances of staying ahead of circle rotations.

Train Station

Warzone train station
Train Station has loot in abundance, and could definitely set you up well at the start of the game.

Finally, Train Station is arguably the best place to drop from a pure loot perspective. There’s unprecedented amounts of loot crates, and it feels like it naturally stretches out towards Downtown, Promenade, Boneyard and Hospital, making it easy to rotate out of when the zone moves.

Needless to say, if you drop at Train Station (and make it out alive), you should be more than prepared to take any gunfight and buy whatever you need from the Buy Station.

They’re our top picks for the best loot rotations in Warzone, but ultimately a lot of it comes down to personal preference. That said, these spots will guarantee you some solid loot and a decent amount of cash to use, so it’s worth practicing these drops and rotations.