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Best AK74u loadout for Black Ops Cold War alpha

Published: 18/Sep/2020 15:12 Updated: 18/Sep/2020 17:16

by Jacob Hale


The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War alpha is officially kicking off for PS4 players worldwide, and all we’ve heard from pros and streamers with early access is that the AK74u submachine gun is deadly. So, here’s the loadout you need to be running on your AK74u.

It became immediately obvious when gameplay for Black Ops Cold War first started to be published that one gun was dominating the meta: the AK74u. We saw just about every top pro and streamer using it, and it can really melt your opponents by the looks of things.

So, how should you build out your AK74u to dominate the competition? Let’s take a look.

Best AK74u loadout in Black Ops Cold War

Black Ops Cold War AK74u
The AK74u looks set to be the most dominant weapon in the game.
  • Primary Weapon
    • Ak74u
  • Attachments
    • Sound Suppressor
    • Foregrip
    • Tactical Stock
    • Fast Mag
    • Quick Draw Handle
    • 9.1″ Cavalry Lancer
  • Secondary Weapon
    • Gallo SA12
  • Tactical Equipment
    • Stun Grenade
  • Lethal Equipment
    • Frag Grenade
  • Perks
    • Perk 1: Flak Jacket
    • Perk 2: Scavenger
    • Perk 3: Ninja
  • Wildcard
    • Gunfighter

Obviously, this ideal loadout is likely to change throughout the course of the alpha and further down the line, but for now it’s able to mow down your opponents.

Of course, with everything unlocked during the alpha test, you will be able to try out any number of weapon and attachment combinations. The addition of Gunfighter lets us have up to eight attachments on our gun, rather than the standard five, offering more functionality and options.

If you prefer to use the Law Breaker wildcard, allowing you to use two primary weapons or alternate your perks, that could come in extremely handy too, especially if you would like to run an SMG/Sniper combo or similar.

If you opted for the Danger Close wildcard instead, you’ll get extra equipment, so you could easily lose one of the above attachments and go with that instead.

Black Ops Cold War XM4 in planeThe AK74u, alongside the likes of the XM4 AR an LW3 – Tundra sniper, will be pretty common throughout the alpha.

There are a few weapons that seem to be most common in the Cold War meta at the moment, including the MP5 submachine gun, the XM4 assault rifle and the sniper, LW3 Tundra.

The AK slips in nicely here, and the fact it packs more than a punch often leaves it somewhere between MP5 and XM4 territory — but with the added bonus of being more functional than both.

So, stop waiting and sort out this AK74u loadout so you can dominate the enemy!

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2021 CDL Challengers info announced: Scouting & Elite Series

Published: 30/Oct/2020 17:42 Updated: 30/Oct/2020 18:35

by Bill Cooney


The Call of Duty League has announced all-new details for upcoming 2021 Challengers events, and there will be even more ways for up and coming players to show their stuff.

Call of Duty Challengers is the official “path to pro” circuit for amateur CoD esports players around the world, and there are two brand new events being added to the circuit in 2021 – the Scouting Series and Challengers Elite.

The 2019 season wrapped up in August with the $500k finals crowning the top teams in North America, Europe and Asia. Once again, players looking for their big break are eagerly awaiting the next opportunity.

They won’t have to be patient for very long either, with the first new Challengers event kicking off just a couple of weeks at the time of writing, in early December with the Scouting Series.

This Series will bring together CDL coaches to draft their own squads from one big pool of all the players that secure an invite. These teams will be split up into EU and NA competitions and will play against teams from their region over the course of the four-day tournament.

Elite is the second new event, and will put the top amateur teams from Challengers into an exclusive bracket to battle it out, sometime “over the course of the 2021 Season.”

Challengers Cups were first introduced in 2019 and will be returning in 2021 as well. These will be standalone tournaments  players across North America, Europe, and the Asia Pacific region. Through the Cups and the competitive Ladder, players can earn Challengers points which are used to qualify and seed teams for various events throughout the season.

Call of Duty Challengers players at LAN event
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Challengers brings together the best amateur CoD players from around the world to compete.

Specific dates for the upcoming 2021 season events are still unknown, but we’ll keep you posted on them as information becomes available.

If you’re interested in seeing if you and your team have what it takes, you can get more information on how to sign up and get going right here. There’s no guarantee you’ll be the next player on the Dallas Empire or anything like that, but if you’re confident in your ability to frag out, it can’t hurt to give it a shot.