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CoD pro Octane gives 3 crucial tips for using ARs in Modern Warfare

Published: 3/Jun/2020 11:42

by Jacob Hale


Professional Call of Duty player Sam ‘Octane’ Larew has revealed three main tips for assault rifle users to consider to up their game in Modern Warfare.

Assault rifles will always be one of the most popular weapon classes to use in any Call of Duty game, be it in the heights of the Call of Duty League down to a regular Team Deathmatch public match.

But if you’re aiming to get the most out of your assault rifle classes – whether you’re looking for high kill games, trying to get a nuke or just simply want to get better – there’s few better to look to than Octane.

Octane has won multiple championships across the last four or five seasons.

Octane has been one of the best AR players over the past few years, winning multiple championships and often absolutely outshining his opponents in every regard.

Now on Seattle Surge, he has been one of the best ARs once again and, although he has made the switch to using a submachine gun going forward, he still clearly knows a thing or two about dominating with an assault rifle.

So what are his key tips? Let’s take a look

Spawn knowledge in Modern Warfare

Spawn knowledge is the first thing Octane points out, saying that it’s vital to predict where your enemies are spawning and react accordingly.

Although, he says, it is a bit difficult in Modern Warfare, especially as there “hasn’t been a competitive update one time,” the ability to cut off lanes and know when to flood objectives is vital if you’re using an assault rifle.

Octane says that spawn knowledge and positioning are paramount in Modern Warfare.

Positioning in Modern Warfare

As Octane notes, a main AR’s role is basically to get to a ‘headglitch’ or “power spot” and just “kill everything you see.”

Positioning, he says, is so important as a main AR because if your opponent has bad positioning, you’re “always going to have the upper hand on them.” He essentially defines this as “being able to control parts of the map in certain areas.”

Pacing in Modern Warfare

Octane’s third and final key point is pacing, which he clearly believes might be a somewhat divisive point to make among other assault rifle players. He says that you need to know when to be moving around the map, and although it’s a “slow role,” every decision has to be well-informed and you can’t give up positions too early, nor hold them for too long.

Octane went on to show exactly what he means with specific examples in a Hackney Yard Hardpoint match, commentating over the match to explain why he is doing certain things. He finished the match with an impressive 51-18 KDR, which isn’t exactly an easy task in the CDL playlist.

While Octane and other CoD pros typically use the M4A1 assault rifle in Modern Warfare, you might have another preference, but the points remain the same, so this should help you dominate with any AR in the game.

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Best Milano 821 loadout for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Published: 18/Nov/2020 5:58

by Brad Norton


If you’re always pushing the pace and playing aggressively in Call of Duty, SMGs should be your go-to in Black Ops Cold War and we’ve got an overview of the fastest Milano 821 loadout possible.

While Assault Rifles are there to help you in mid to long-range gunfights, SMGs are always about up-close engagements. You should be trying to blitz your way through the map and towards the next kill.

As a result, you’re going to want to fine-tune your weapon of choice to fit that playstyle. Rather than equipping attachments to improve your aim or your reveal distance, for example, speed should be the top priority.

Thankfully, the Milano 821 is an early unlock in the SMG category and it’s one of the fastest guns in the game. Here’s how you can get the most out of it.

Best Milano 821 loadout for Black Ops Cold War

Milano loadout Black Ops Cold War
Reach new speeds with this ridiculous Milano loadout.
  • Optic: Microflex LED
  • Muzzle: Infantry Compensator
  • Barrel: 10.6 Task Force
  • Body: SWAT 5mw Laser Sight
  • Underbarrel: SFOD Speedgrip
  • Magazine: Vandal Speed Loader
  • Handle: Speed Tape
  • Stock: Marathon Stock

We recommend picking the Infantry Compensator Muzzle over the Socom Eliminator. While the latter provides even more vertical recoil control, it comes at the expense of movement speed. Your goal is to be as quick as possible, so hindering speed is a big deal-breaker for this loadout.

The 10.6 Task Force Barrel might be the strongest attachment in Cold War. Not only does it boost your overall weapon damage, but also the range of the SMG along with its bullet velocity. There is no better way to bump the lethality of the gun but obviously, it comes with some steep tradeoffs.

You’re giving up on the notion of fine aim in favor of an outright beastly weapon. This thing will shred with the right Barrel, but it won’t be easy to control. So you’re going to want to play from a closer range and always be pushing the pace.

With the 5mw Laser Sight, there isn’t much of a need to actually aim down sights. Your recoil is going to be tough to handle to begin with, so firing from the hip will often be the easier choice.

Black Ops gameplay
You’ll be zooming through the map in no time with this setup.

No need to reduce flinch with this particular weapon since you’ll rarely be aiming down sights. Instead, opting for the simple Speed Tape Handle is the way to go. This will give a slight buff to your ADS speed without any downsides.

Make sure you’re running Gung-Ho in the third perk slot as well. This is a complete game-changer for SMG classes as you’ll always be on the move, running and gunning with every fight. This will help keep you ahead of the competition with seamless movement.

If you’re trying to mix things up and swap out from the fast-paced SMG action, be sure to check out our other weapon guides to set up the best classes in Cold War.