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Black Ops Cold War makes major changes to create-a-class & scorestreaks

Published: 9/Sep/2020 18:15 Updated: 9/Sep/2020 18:42

by Calum Patterson


The loadout and Scorestreak system in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is undergoing a major revamp, with a mix of new and old systems creating something totally new.

Black Ops Cold War is Treyarch’s latest entry in the CoD franchise, and they have to follow up to Infinity Ward’s incredibly successful Modern Warfare.

Treyarch have often been praised for their innovation of game systems, pioneering the pick-10 class system which returns in the new game – sort of.

Cod Cold War campaign
Create-a-class has been revamped for Black Ops Cold War.

Create-a-class/Loadouts in Black Ops Cold War

This year, the create-a-class is a mix of the Pick 10 formula and the system from Modern Warfare. Players will be able to customize their classes in an entirely new way.

As always, you can choose a Primary, Secondary, 1x Tactical, 1x Lethal, 1x Field Upgrade, 3x Perks, and a Wild Card. Gunsmith also returns however, as popularized in Modern Warfare, giving complete customization options for weapons.

For each weapon, there are seven attachment slots. You will unlock attachments just like how it is done in MW – by ranking the progression level on that specific weapon. Of these seven slots, you can use five of them to apply attachments.


  • Optic
  • Muzzle 
  • Barrel 
  • Under-barrel 
  • Body 
  • Stock
  • Magazine
  • Handle 
Black Ops Cold War gunsmith
The Gunsmith returns in Black Ops Cold War

But, things get a bit more complicated when Wildcards are involved. So far, there are four Wildcards in the current build:


  • Danger Close – Equip extra lethal and tactical equipment, and start with max ammo 
  • Law Breaker – Equip any weapon in either slot and equip any perks 
  • Gunfighter – Unlocks 3 additional attachments slots of your primary weapon 
  • Perk Greed – Equip 3 extra perks 

As you can see, these are incredibly powerful bonuses to your loadout, and picking which one makes most sense for your class will be crucial.

Field Upgrades also return, which can be selected on classes – read more about them here in our full multiplayer breakdown.

Scorestreaks in Black Ops Cold War

Scorestreaks, rather than killstreaks, make their return in the new game, but, yet again, with a twist on the old formula. Here, Scorestreaks do not reset upon death. This has actually been seen before, in Modern Warfare 3 (if players used support streaks), but never in a Treyarch game.

“A dynamic and rewarding Scorestreak System means score is no longer lost on death, and you’ll earn score multipliers for stringing together multiple kills in the same life,” Treyarch explains.

Choppers in Black Ops Cold War
Scorestreaks won’t reset on death in Black Ops Cold War.

But, that doesn’t mean there is no consequence for dying. The more score you get during a single life, the faster you will earn streaks. Your ‘Chain Score’ is displayed on the HUD, which shows the bonus for getting multiple kills. As well as kills, objective work, assists and every other method of getting score will contribute.

Scorestreaks have a cooldown time, which should alleviate ‘spamming’ of too many streaks as players are able to earn them over a match. The cooldown length varies for every streak.

For everything else you need to know about multiplayer in Black Ops Cold War, check out our full breakdown here.

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“Broken” reticles you should avoid using in Black Ops Cold War

Published: 5/Dec/2020 17:50

by Julian Young


Since the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, players have been grinding to unlock their favorite weapons, skins, and customization options. Unlocking the best reticles for each gun is important, and a video by YouTuber ‘JGOD’ has exposed some huge issues with the game’s current reticle choices.

Since the game’s release on November 13, Black Ops Cold War players have been furiously grinding to unlock additional weapons and customization options in both Multiplayer and Zombies.

Some of the most important items for players to unlock are the various gun reticles across the two main game modes. Players want to make sure they are using the best reticle to help them stay on-target during the action.

In a video posted to his YouTube channel, content creator ‘JGOD’ has criticized the current offering of reticles in Cold War, along with confirming which are the best options with what’s available.

Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Loadout Screen
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Reticles are just one of the many customization options available to players in Cold War.

Broken reticles in Cold War

In the video, JGOD takes a deep dive into the issues with the reticles available in Multiplayer and Zombies. He breaks down exactly what is wrong with each of the reticles for the 1.25x and 1.37x scopes, which are some of the most popular options in Cold War.

JGOD starts off on Cartel with some basic red dot/triangle options for each scope, showing how they can be seen easily when looking at textures like walls. However, as soon as he moves his reticle up into the air, the red crosshairs completely disappear.

“Where did that red reticle go?” he asks while looking around. The YouTuber continues by showing how some reticles – even yellow and green options – are invisible when looking at other textures around the map. He seems shocked, saying: “I’ve never, ever, ever, ever had this issue in any other Call of Duty.”

The video continues with a breakdown of each reticle’s in-game appearance compared to their image in Cold War’s loadout menu. JGOD shows that almost every red, yellow, or green reticle is affected by different visual issues, and players should avoid those options until the problems are addressed.

Best reticle options for Black Ops Cold War

With all the issues JGOD pointed out in his video, players might be wondering what reticles are still worth using. Luckily, there are still a few good options available.

Similar to Modern Warfare, the blue reticle options appear to be the best choice for Cold War players at the moment. JGOD confirms that, saying: “When it comes to the reticles . . . you wanna pretty much go with the blue ones.” He winds down his video by saying he is “just bringing awareness to this type of issue, so that if the devs were unaware of how broken this is, they can get on it.”

While Treyarch has confirmed they are working on other reticles issues – like certain reticles appearing upside down – they have not addressed the concerns surrounding reticle visibility at the time of writing.