Black Ops Cold War won't be bringing back Prestige levels - Dexerto
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Black Ops Cold War reportedly isn’t bringing back Prestige Mode

Published: 4/Sep/2020 3:16 Updated: 4/Sep/2020 7:47

by Isaac McIntyre


Bad news Call of Duty grinders… it’s looking “very doubtful” Black Ops Cold War will bring back the popular Call of Duty prestige system last seen in Treyarch’s Black Ops 4 title in 2018, despite community backlash on its removal.

Call of Duty’s prestige system has become synonymous with the multi-billion dollar series since its introduction in the franchise’s fourth installment, Modern Warfare, all the way back in 2007.

Infinity Ward made the bold move to dump the system heading into the release of their 2019 title, however, and it looks like Treyarch will ⁠— for better or for worse, depending on who you ask ⁠— be following their lead in Black Ops Cold War.

According to Call of Duty insider TheMW2Ghost, sources are suggesting the prestige system is “likely not returning” for the 2019-20 release. Apparently, many of the ‘Blops 5’ devs are “in favour” of Modern Warfare’s season rankings instead.

This was backed up by Modern Warfare leaker ModernWarzone. He revealed it was looking “very doubtful” Cold War would bring back Prestige Mode in any capacity. He did add, however, that “plans change,” and things could still be swapped.

Call of Duty’s Prestige Mode had become a staple of the franchise from 2007 until 2018; it has appeared in 12 mainline titles, as well as Modern Warfare’s remastered version in 2016.

The leveling system offered players the opportunity to reset your character progression once you hit max rank. This would reset all weapon and equipment unlocks, but hand the max-level player rare emblems and cosmetics.

Modern Warfare did away with this feature. Instead, the 2019 title saw players hit level 155 as ‘max cap,’ and reset players to level 55 during every season launch.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is due for release on Nov. 13, though it won’t have a Prestige Mode when it launches.

The Prestige system being removed has gone down like a lead balloon in much of the Call of Duty fandom. One fan, NerosCinema, said ⁠— albeit a little hyperbolically ⁠— they “literally don’t know a single person who prefers seasonal ranks over the proper prestige system.”

Another wrote Modern Warfare’s leveling was “way too low”.  They added “rewards for hitting max rank suck” in the battle pass system Infinity Ward had implemented.

Only time will tell if Treyarch sticks to their guns on the decision, however. Black Ops Cold War will host its full multiplayer reveal on September 9. Expect to hear more about the future of Prestige Mode, or lack thereof, during that major unveiling.

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Best Fennec loadouts for Warzone and Modern Warfare

Published: 27/Oct/2020 16:15 Updated: 27/Oct/2020 16:31

by James Busby


The Fennec has now been out for a few months, but you’ll still need to equip the right attachments if you truly wish to master this lightening fast SMG. Here, we break down two of the strongest Fennec loadouts you can use.

The Vector, now known as the Fennec, has been a popular SMG ever since it first graced our screens back in Modern Warfare 2. Packed with a buttery smooth recoil pattern, excellent hip-fire, lightweight, and insanely fast rate of fire –  the Fennec is an absolute beast of a gun. In fact, this deadly machine gun is so lethal that it can tear through multiple enemies in just a blink of an eye. 

This zippy SMG hasn’t taken the crown away from the MP5, but the Fennec is still a popular choice. For many, this weapon is still a go-to, particularly in close-quarters where hyper-aggressive play is rewarded. In order to help you get the most out of the Fennec, we’ve put together two loadouts that you can use to dominate the competition in both Modern Warfare and Warzone. 

Best Fennec loadout for Warzone

Infinity Ward/DexertoBoost the Fennec’s damage range with this deadly loadout.
  • ZLR18” Deadfall 
  • Merc Foregrip
  • Stippled Grip Tape
  • Sleight of Hand
  • 40 Round Drum Mags

While Warzone’s large scale map may favor long to medium range engagements, you’ll still want to equip a weapon that can give you the edge in those close-quarter firefights. This loadout increases the Fennec’s hip fire, while also giving it a little extra range for when you need that added distance. 

First up is the ZLR18” Deadfall. This attachment not only drastically increases your effective damage range, it also ups your recoil control and bullet velocity, helping with the precision it needs when going for those all-important body shots and headshots. While this attachment increases your ADS speed, we think this loss is worth it, especially when you consider how woeful the Fennec’s mid-range damage is. 

The next two attachments are the Merc Foregrip and Stippled Grip Tape, along with the Sleight of Hand perk. Not only will these additions keep the Fennec stable while aiming and hip firing, they will also increase the ADS & sprint to fire speed, improving your reload speed and giving you even greater control when you need to react quickly.

Taking down fully armored players in Warzone can often prove frustrating, but the 40 Round Drum Mags will give you more than enough bullets to shred through many an armored enemy. This attachment is a must for those that want to secure those game-winning squad wipes.

Best Fennec loadout for Modern Warfare multiplayer

Infinity Ward/DexertoThis loadout absolutely obliterates players in close-quarter firefights.
  • ZLR 18″ Deadfall
  • Tac Laser
  • No Stock
  • Merc Foregrip
  • 40 Round Drum Mags

This build is all about melting your opponents in close-quarters combat. The Tac Laser drastically lowers the Fennec’s ADS speed and increases overall stability, while also allowing you to maintain a steady walk while aiming. 

Being able to quickly take care of enemy threats without needing to ADS is a godsend, particularly on smaller maps like Shipment and Rust, where you’ll constantly find yourself running into enemy players. 

Lastly, the Merc Foregrip will also increase your recoil control and hip-fire accuracy, allowing you to quickly fire off the Fennec’s blisteringly fast rounds with deadly precision. Foregoing the stock for this build will give you a slight boost in movement speed for quicker reaction to get away from players, while The ZLR 18” Deadfall and 40 Round Drum Mags should always be a top priority for any Fennec players looking to increase their kill potential, so always try to build your loadout around these core attachments. 

If you want to try out some different weapons in Warzone or even Multiplayer, check out our full list of best loadouts for every gun.