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Call of Duty pros livid about changes & bugs discovered in silent update

Published: 6/Jun/2020 0:42 Updated: 7/Jun/2020 13:56

by Theo Salaun


Call of Duty League players have discovered a set of secret changes to the game that were pushed through in a silent update and are now furious with developers for a lack of transparency.

After the CDL thrilled its players by granting them a 60hz GB integrated ladder to scrim on instead of the former 12hz servers, the league’s professionals are now bothered by concerns with a contrastingly unprofessional update that they didn’t know was coming. 

The NBA has never secretly changed the distance of the three-point line or the points allocated per free throw (partially because the players’ union would never allow it). But Infinity Ward’s spontaneous change to Call of Duty’s spawn locations and Trophy Systems is now being dubbed yet “another infamous silent spawn patch” by legendary veteran, the Dallas Empire’s Ian “Crimsix” Porter.


The spawn changes are infuriating for the game’s top players, as teams devise entire game-plans around what spawns they want to secure or force their opponents into. Changing these without telling anyone about it can be seen as a disservice to the hours these players have poured in.

This is evidenced by Trei “Zer0” Morris of the London Royal Ravens, who had a simple, yet emphatic response to the spawn changes: “Cannot believe my eyeballs on what we are dealing with this year.”

As for the changes that wholly impact everyone – not just professionals – there seems to be a bug caused by the latest unspoken update in which Trophy Systems now no longer do their job.

Dylan “MadCat” Daly of the Royal Ravens was one of the first to notice this, tweeting, “Now trophies don’t work, I’m laughing myself into tears here.” As evidenced by these reactions, players would much rather hear about prospective changes beforehand rather than discover them during games.

Nick Nolson, who plays with Daly’s Challengers team, was quick to provide evidence of the equipment bug, showing a clip in which a grenade thrown well within the traditional range of his deployed Trophy System manages to pass by unscathed and kill him.

While Crimsix has posited that the spawn changes and removal of Domination’s “last-second ticks” may only be on the CDL’s scrim servers, he remained dissatisfied and asked that changes be “relayed through the proper channels” in the same Twitter thread.

Changing the game is fine, even encouraged, as CoD pros are quick to settle on “Gentlemen’s Agreements” when developers are slow to enact changes—but the league’s players appear to prefer that adjustments happen transparently and following open dialogue. 

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Best Pellington 703 loadout for Black Ops Cold War: Attachments, Perks, Equipment

Published: 26/Nov/2020 12:31 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 12:48

by Alex Garton


The Pellington 703 is the perfect weapon for players looking to play aggressively with a sniper rifle in CoD Black Ops Cold War.

Black Ops Cold War has three different snipers and each of them suits a different playstyle. For players who prefer to push others and maneuver around the map, the Pellington 703 should be your weapon of choice.

It’s worth noting that Cold War has the longest ADS time for snipers out of any Call of Duty game. This has led to players struggling to quick scope consistently and writing off snipers as weak. Although there are certainly easier weapons to master in Cold War, nothing will beat landing multiple shots with a sniper in a single streak.

Despite Cold War’s long ADS times, there are a number of attachments that can mitigate this and give you a sniper loadout that’s lethal in online matches.

Cold War has the longest ADS time for snipers out of any Call of Duty title.

Best Pellington 703 loadout in Black Ops Cold War

Here’s how you need to kit out your Pellington 703 sniper for the most effective multiplayer loadout.

Pellington 703 loadout Attachments

  • Barrell: 26.5 Tiger Team
  • Body: Steady Aim Laser
  • Magazine: 7 RND
  • Handle: Serpent Wrap
  • Stock: Marathon Stock


  • Perk 1: Tactical Mask
  • Perk 2: Gear Head
  • Perk 3: Ghost

Wild Card

  • Law Breaker


  • Lethal: Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Stimshot
  • Field Upgrade: Field Mic

This loadout focuses on allowing you to play aggressively. In terms of attachments, the Tiger Team barrel increases the Pellington’s damage output by 20%. This means fewer hit markers and more one-shot kills.

The Steady Aim Laser improves the effectiveness of the weapon at close range using hip-fire. Finally, the Serpent Wrap reduces the Pellington’s ADS time by 10%, making it a perfect attachment for any of the snipers in Cold War.

The Pellington 703 has the fastest ADS time out of any sniper in Cold War.

Moving onto perks, Tactical Mask is always useful to have when running an aggressive loadout that is seeking gunfights. The combination of Gear Head and the Field Mic is a great pairing for multiplayer and allows you to spam your field upgrade on cooldown. Finally, Ghost gives you the peace of mind that the endless spy planes in the air can’t track your every move when you’re running around the map.

Equipment in this loadout is fairly standard but you should focus on using the Field Mic whenever it’s off cooldown to gain valuable information. The reduced cooldown from the Gear Head perk is incredibly useful and will allow you to track the location of the enemy team.

Now, all there’s to do is make this Pellington 703 loadout and try it out in Multiplayer for yourself.