Call of Duty

Black Ops 4: Top 10 important tips for beginners or those just trying to improve in Multiplayer

Published: 28/Dec/2018 2:36 Updated: 28/Dec/2018 2:37

by Albert Petrosyan


With each annual release of a new Call of Duty title, more and more people worldwide jump on the hype train and try their hand at the popular first person shooter series, especially during the holiday season.

While CoD has its share of experienced and veteran players who can single-handedly dominate a public match lobby, there are also many beginner level players, such as “Christmas noobs,” who are just getting used to the mechanics, weapons, maps, and nuances of the game.

Keeping that in mind, CoD expert YouTuber ‘TheXclusiveAce‘ has released 10 important tips that players have to keep in mind when playing Black Ops 4.

While his 10 pieces of advice will certainly help beginners drastically improve over a short period of time, they can also be of use to the vast majority of the player-base who aren’t top level elite players and always have room for improvement. 

The tips he provides are rudimentary and not advanced or complex, and they are not in any particular order as each has its own importance and value.


  • Buddy Up – Always keep a teammate nearby because the time to kill in Black Ops 4 is considerably longer than in previous CoD titles, so having someone to help out in gunfights can make a difference, especially since there is no “kill stealing” as kills and assists are combined into EKIA.
  • Try not to use Body Armor – Body Armor is a strong Gear but it can only help a player out once per life., while other Gear like Stim Shot and Acoustic Sensor can be used more than once and be more effective. 
  • Attachments > Perks – Attachments are a lot more powerful than perks in Black Ops 4, so it’s usually better to use class points for attachments and keeping perks to a just the necessary ones. 
  • Use Gung-Ho – Speaking of perks, Gung-Ho is a powerful tier-2 perk that offers a lot value, including the ability to fire your weapon while sprinting, recover from spring faster, and move at full speed when reloading.
  • Don’t use Ghost – Unlike previous CoD games, Ghost in Black Ops 4 is pretty much useless because it only activates when you are in full sprint. This means that any time you stop sprinting to reload or heal, the enemy’s UAV will track you.
  • Don’t forget to heal – This may seem like a very basic tip, because it is. However, many who are playing Black Ops 4 for the first time may forget to manually heal since they are so used to the auto-regen featured in every CoD title previous.
  • Use cover – An important tip for any FPS game, especially CoD, is to use objects and structures on the map for cover from enemy fire. You should always use cover when engaging in a gunfight, moving from one area or another, or standing stationary. 
  • Find your perfect sensitivity – Sensitivity is a very important setting in every CoD game, and BO4 introduced two new options called ADS and High Zoom, so playing around with those to find the perfect sensitivity will help you win a lot more gunfights. For help in finding your best sens for vertical, horizontal, ADS, and High Zoom, visit our sens tutorial article HERE.
  • Use a launcher (if possible) – Launchers can play a big role during the course of a public match, so equipping one on at least a few of your classes can help your help yourself and your team by shooting down lethal and recon scorestreaks. 
  • Learn from mistakes – Whenever you make a poor decision in Black Ops 4 that results in a death, think about what you did wrong make sure to learn from it so that you can come out on top when similar scenarios take place in the future. 

You can view TheXclusiveAce’s full video about the ten important tips in Black Ops 4 below:

Call of Duty

Best League Play loadouts in Black Ops Cold War

Published: 20/Jan/2021 13:46

by Jacob Hale


League Play is right around the corner in Black Ops Cold War, and with CDL competition preparing to heat up, these loadouts will help you in your attempt to keep pace with the pros.

It feels like competitive players have been waiting forever for a ranked system to arrive in Black Ops Cold War, and it has finally been confirmed that League Play will be coming prior to the end of Season 1, which is due to finish on or around February 24.

While the pros and devs are still working together to make sure the ruleset is perfected by the time the league rolls around, we’ve got a pretty clear idea of the main weapons pros are using to maximize their slaying abilities in competitive play.

With options for every type of player, including the main AR and SMG loadouts, here’s what you should be practicing with to get ahead of the game.

AK74u League Play loadout

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The AK74u is the best-in-class SMG.
  • Muzzle: Muzzle Brake 5.45
  • Barrel: 9.3” Extended
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Speedgrip
  • Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock
  • Handle: GRU Elastic Wrap

The AK74u is probably already a weapon you’re familiar with if you’ve been grinding Black Ops Cold War, as the leading weapon in the SMG class.

This loadout, straight from OpTic Chicago’s Envoy, will always keep you ready to take on a fight, maximizing speed while refusing to sacrifice accuracy, which is going to be incredibly important when breaking hills and in sudden gunfights.

Krig 6 League Play loadout

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The Krig 6 has become the main assault rifle in pro play.
  • Optic: Millstop Reflex
  • Barrel: 19.7″ Ranger
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: Raider Pad

The Krig 6 is going to become your best friend if you’re a main AR player, able to mow down enemies over longer distances and keep objectives clear for your teammates to push in and win games.

The optic on this is optional, but most will run the Millstop Reflex or Microflex LED, and we would advise finding which of these is your preferred. Otherwise, this loadout is perfectly built to maintain accuracy across long distances and play the AR role perfectly.

XM4 League Play loadout

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The XM4 is becoming an increasingly popular flex gun.
  • Optic: Microflex LED
  • Muzzle: Infantry Compensator
  • Barrel: 13.7″ Extended
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Magazine: 40 Rnd
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: Raider Pad

The XM4 seems to be finding its way into the pro meta, especially for flex players looking to engage in gunfights across all ranges and support their team as much as possible. As such, using Gunfighter to stick more attachments on it is vital for getting the most out of this weapon.

As the first assault rifle you unlock, you should have a decent amount of experience with this one, so expect to see it pop up a lot, be it in League Play or the Call of Duty League itself.

AK47 League Play loadout

ak47 black ops cold war
Pros have GA’s the AK47, but if it remains in League Play, it will likely become your go-to weapon.
  • Optic: Microflex LED
  • Barrel: 20″ Liberator
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Handle: GRU Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock

While the AK47 isn’t being used among pros through a Gentleman’s Agreement not to run one, we don’t expect the same rules will be applied to League Play.

This AK loadout operates similar to the XM4, though offers a little more accuracy at range, perfect for smaller maps that might not need a permanent Krig on the map.

Those are our main suggestions for League Play loadouts in Black Ops Cold War, taken from watching the top pros and seeing what they run.

There have been rumors that pros will be playing on pre-set classes, determined by themselves and the devs, when the CDL kicks off, but we have not yet been able to verify this.

If this is the case, it will be interesting to see whether the same pre-set classes are applied to League Play, or if players are given more freedom and creativity in their choices. Either way, these loadouts are what the pros are running and will likely continue using once the CDL kicks off.