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Black Ops 4: How to dominate the Hacienda Multiplayer map – lines of sight, spawns, and hot zones

Published: 14/Jan/2019 23:34

by Albert Petrosyan

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’s Multiplayer features a variety of maps full of interesting and exquisitely designed locations, one of which is Hacienda.

Hacienda is one of the eleven new maps that have featured in the Multiplayer from the launch day of Black Ops 4, a total that has now climbed to thirteen after the addition of Madagascar and Elevation. 

According to its official in-game description, the map is based on a “a lavish vineyard estate situated on a quiet lake in the Spanish countryside, home to a high-ranking crime syndicate boss.”

In addition to being an oft-player map in public matches, Hacienda is also featured in the official map rotations for competitive Hardpoint and Search and Destroy, both in the Call of Duty World League and most other competitive rule-sets. 

To help players get better at playing Hacienda, and even dominating the map, YouTuber and CoD expert TheXclusiveAce has release a video breaking down the various aspects of the map, including its spawns, important lines of sight, and hot zones. 

According to the YouTuber, Hacienda features seven significant hot zones, or area where action is virtually always guaranteed because that’s where players generally like to position themselves. 

These areas are: the upstairs area on the C-side that has a large window overlooking the water, the two opposing head-glitches on the upstairs hallway towards the garden-side, the two opposing areas on the hallway towards the water-side, the stairs leading from that hallway to the rock sculpture patio, and the grand staircase connecting the A-side entrance room to the upstairs area. 

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TheXclusiveAce then points out some viable lines of sight players can use against opponents who might be unaware of these power positions. 

One such position is the ledge to the right of the SUV that is parked on the driveway leading from the A-side spawn to the garage. This position offers a line of sight over the parked sports car and to the head-glitch on the patio with the rock sculpture.

Similarly, jumping on top of the SUV will reveal another line of sight straight to the right of the rock sculpture where there is another head-glitch that players like to sit on. (Image 2 below).

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Another relatively unknown yet powerful spot to aim from is the flower vase that’s located under the archway where the C-side interior meets the fountain courtyard in the middle.

While most players will use the vase as a head-glitch, a better use of it is to crouch and look through the small space between the vase and the wall, which offers a direct line of sight to the opposing side’s upstairs windows.

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One final line of sight of note is located at the middle of the garden side of the map, where jumping one a specific flower pot that lines the wooden fence allows the player to hard-aim at the connecting archway while using the fence as a head-glitch. 

This is a powerful position since the archway is the only way from the A-side gardens to the middle gardens and this line of sight offers an easy way to control that choke-point. 

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As for spawns, the YouTuber provides a graphic that shows all of the points that players can spawn into the map, which can be very useful to learn for objective game modes.

The green dots shown on the graphic below are the primary spawns, and the red dots are for secondary spawns that generate if there is a lot of pressure being put on the primary ones. 

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For a full and in-depth breakdown of the map, including some aspects that were not detailed in this article, you can watch TheXclusiveAce’s full video below:

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New Warzone map reportedly coming in April following leaked Verdansk nuke event

Published: 26/Feb/2021 1:07

by Brad Norton

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Warzone could be moving away from Verdansk rather soon as a new report suggests a major update is set for April, bringing with it a Black Ops Cold War overhaul along with an entirely new map.

Since the release of Warzone on March 10, 2020, players have grown accustomed to there being just one map. While Rebirth Island was introduced in December, Verdansk has served as the only map for regular-sized competition since launch.

After months of teasers throughout Warzone’s ongoing narrative, it appears we’re finally set to break new ground. An in-game nuke event will allegedly be the catalyst for one of the biggest updates yet.

At the end of Season 2, nukes around Verdansk will finally be set in motion and serve as the transition to a new 1980’s themed map, according to a report from VideoGamesChronicle.

While the brand new Season has only just begun, at its climax, Verdansk appears to be in store for total destruction. We’ve known for quite some time that a major nuclear event has been building under the surface.

Now, VGC states that this event is coming sooner than later with the end of Season 2 kicking off a major revamp. With the new Battle Pass now available, we know that April 22 is the targeted date for Season 3.

This is reportedly when the new map will come into focus. Nuclear silos now open across Verdansk could be advancing through launch stages as the current season progresses. Once it all kicks off, Verdansk will reportedly be no more.

Players will allegedly be sent to a 1980’s themed battleground, with familiar Black Ops locations scattered throughout. While a number of key areas were featured throughout the earlier Blackout mode in Black Ops 4, this could pave the way for yet another nostalgia hit.

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Silos across Verdansk appear to be opening for a nuclear event to round out Season 2.

Zombies have just arrived in Verdansk thanks to the new Ship POI. A leading theory suggests that a zombie outbreak could leave no choice but to nuke the area.

As Season 2 unfolds, perhaps it’s only a matter of time until more locations are overrun by the undead. Be on the lookout for any subtle changes across Verdansk as we enter what could be our final weeks on the map.