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Black Ops Cold War leak reveals workaround to dropshotting nerf

Published: 27/Sep/2020 2:11 Updated: 27/Sep/2020 2:21

by Alan Bernal


A Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War leak has revealed a weapon attachment that could be Treyarch’s solution for the ‘drop-shot’ nerf that dates back to Black Ops 4.

The popular mechanic known as ‘drop-shotting’ lets players aim down sights (ADS) while dropping down to a prone position, which results in a stable, uninterrupted line of fire from the player while actively trying to dodge an opponent’s crosshair.

This would be used in almost every gunfight engagement that rewarded quick thinking and skilled play until Black Ops 4 came out, in which Treyarch essentially reduced the mechanic’s effectiveness by forcing players’ weapons to switch to hip-fire any time they tried it.

Now, with Black Ops Cold War next in line for the storied franchise, Treyarch have once again opted to go with that same untraditional drop-shot method, although this time, there’s a workaround.

How it looks to ADS while transitioning to a prone or getting up, which effectively ruins your shot.

During the recent Black Ops Cold War alpha, a glitch in the game revealed every weapon’s attachments, despite most of them being hidden, and one was the ‘Duster Handle’ for the XM4 rifle, which lets players “aim while going prone.”

At the expense of a Quickdraw or Impact Handle, among others, it looks like users will be able to drop-shot in some capacity if they have this attachment equipped.

Furthermore, based on the various videos of leaked attachments from the BOCW Alpha, it appears that this Duster Handle will be available for several, if not all, of the game’s regular weapons, like SMGs, Assault Rifles, LMGs, etc.

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The Dusty Handle attachment could mean that dropshotting in its purest form is back in BOCW.

In essence, Treyarch have tried to afford their player-base the best of both worlds: nerfing drop-shotting so that experienced players can’t abuse it against lesser-skilled opponents, while also giving them the chance to use the mechanic at the cost of an attachment slot on their guns.

Of course, such is the nature of glitches and leaks that we can’t 100% know if this is how the final build of the game will be – although we should get a good idea once the Black Ops Cold War beta rolls around in October.

Until then, drop-shotters better hope that this Duster Handle attachment doesn’t get scrapped by November 13, when BOCW is due to release.

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Black Ops Cold War already set new Call of Duty player record in the Beta

Published: 23/Oct/2020 6:20

by Brad Norton


The Call of Duty franchise is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon as Treyarch’s recent Black Ops Cold War Beta went above expectations and shattered records.

Ever since the release of the first CoD title in 2003, the franchise has only continued to grow. Year after year more players hop on board to see what the latest title has in store. Whether fans gravitate towards single-player campaigns, cooperative experiences, or classic multiplayer competition, there’s something for everyone.

2020 is shaping up to be no different as Treyarch is firing on all cylinders for the Black Ops Cold War release. Everything from Zombies to Warzone will be on offer and it’s already clear that the community is hungry for it all.

After an impressive Alpha test on the PlayStation 4 that became the biggest in franchise history, that record has once again been broken. This time, by the Black Ops Cold War Beta that followed just weeks later.

Having kicked off exclusively for PS4 users on October 8 before jumping to all platforms on October 15, the Black Ops Cold War Beta was played by a staggering number of people. In fact, it was “the most downloaded [Beta] in Call of Duty history,” the developers revealed on October 23.

No exact figures were revealed for the history Beta. Though it being publicly available across Xbox One, PS4, and PC over the final days was sure to have helped boost the figures.

Not only is this a hugely positive sign before the launch of Black Ops Cold War, but it continues a trend from previous iterations. 2019’s Modern Warfare also broke records with its early access Beta period. 

Last year’s records also didn’t come with any specific numbers, though Activision assured the Modern Warfare Beta attracted more players than ever before.

Also of note, those players logged more hours played than any Beta in franchise history. It’s now clear that Black Ops Cold War has been yet another step up in terms of early engagement.

Black Ops Cold War gameplay
The Black Ops Cold War Beta was live across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

It’s obviously too early to tell just how this might indicate sales for the release come November 13. However, to get into the Beta early, a majority of players needed to preorder on their platform of choice. So that’s certainly a good sign just weeks out from launch.

2019’s Modern Warfare topped over $600 million in sales across its first three days on the market. That instantly made it the highest-selling CoD of the generation. Though Black Ops Cold War could be on track to go even further this year.