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Crimsix explains why Warzone’s Grau needs to be nerfed

Published: 8/Jun/2020 11:14

by Andy Williams

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Call of Duty veteran Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter has taken sides on the ongoing M4A1 vs Grau debate — and there’s a clear winner, with the Grau needing a nerf according to the Dallas Empire pro.

There’s no doubting that Crimsix knows a thing or two about Call of Duty. As the most winningest player to ever touch the franchise, it’s fair to say that the two-time world champion is well-acquainted with the game’s meta.

Although, in a recent Tweet, Crimsix has attempted to settle a debate that will be one for the ages… M4A1 versus Grau. Which one takes the biscuit? Well according to Crimsix, there’s only one clear winner.

Grau loadout in Warzone.
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Ever since it’s addition in Season 2, the Grau 5.56 has changed the meta in Modern Warfare.z

While the M4A1 has been balanced to the high-heavens, the Grau still remains relatively overpowered — there’s a reason it’s most people’s go-to weapon in their Custom Loadouts!

In a bid to judge whether the Season 2 AR needs to be nerfed, Crim decided to compare Call of Duty League caster and Warzone aficionado, Clint ‘Maven’ Evans, with Seattle Surge hotshot, Sam ‘Octane’ Larew.

By eyeballing the pair, Porter arrived at the conclusion that they’re both about equal. “Result: Toss up. Both can shoot it equally as well…This gun is skill-less and doesn’t feel rewarding at all.”

While Maven boasts an extensive Warzone portfolio, there are few (if any) who can compete with Octane’s pinpoint accuracy. This seems to provide Crimsix all the proof he needs that the Grau should be nerfed.

Surge’s Main AR agreed with Crim’s point, while also jesting that Maven would have his number 90% of the time if the pair were to lock horns.

The big advantage of the Grau in comparison to its M4 counterpart is that players can get away with rocking the iron sight — opening up an extra attachment slot to bolster the weapon’s stats.

But given how little there is statistically between the two assault rifles (detailed in our extensive comparison), it remains unlikely that Infinity Ward will be looking to nerf the Grau anytime soon.

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Ranking all of Black Ops Cold War’s multiplayer maps

Published: 29/Nov/2020 17:44

by Joe Craven

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Maps in Call of Duty are as important as ever – a sure fire way to ensure the game’s multiplayer remains fresh and enjoyable. Much has been said about the Black Ops Cold War maps in the weeks since launch so, ahead of Season One on December 1o, we’re ranking them all based on flow, design, and replay-ability. 

Looking back at the best Call of Duty titles – Modern Warfare (2007), Modern Warfare 2, Black Ops II – the common thread amongst all of them is some stellar multiplayer maps. From Shipment to Highrise to Raid, the best Call of Duty games feature some truly memorable maps.

General opinion suggests BOCW’s maps are solid if unspectacular; an improvement on last year’s Modern Warfare but not necessarily matching the high standards we know Treyarch can reach. Maps like Fringe, Raid, and Firing Range are the pinnacle of CoD maps, and we can hope to see some of them later in the year.

We’ve not stuck the large-team maps in our list, focusing instead on the nine in standard 6v6 multiplayer. That means all eight base maps and Nuketown ’84, which was added on November 24. The maps will be ranked down from nine to one and we’ll update this list in the future as more maps are added.

Finally, this list is of course subjective. Different players will enjoy different maps, but we’ve tried to gauge opinion and collaborated our views to produce this overall list.

9. Miami

Miami from CoD: Black Ops Cold War
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Miami is bottom of the pack for Black Ops Cold War maps.

Bottom of the list is Miami. This overly-large, overly-dark map is incredibly frustrating to play whenever it comes up in the rotation. It’s a struggle to pick enemies out in the murky environment, and there’s also huge variety in different areas of the map.

Go through one of the buildings and you’ll probably be gunned by a camping shotgunner, go through the beach or mid-map and you’ll probably be gunned by an unseen opponent in the darkness. This is the exception to the comment that Black Ops Cold War’s maps are solid, and should be taken to the map abattoir as new ones are added.

8. Armada

Armada Control Room in Black Ops Cold War
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Armada is set on a boat in the North Atlantic Ocean.

Just one spot above Miami is Armada, a boat map that features a bizarre hole in the middle. It’s bizarre and, to be frank, we’re not quite sure why it’s there.

Sure, rappelling around the map is fun enough, but the ridiculous number of levels and angles lends itself to seriously uneven gameplay. The only reason it’s above Miami is because it’s bright enough to actually see your enemies.

7. Satellite

satellite map in cod black ops cold war
Treyarch
Satellite featured in the game’s beta, and received mixed responses.

Next up on our list is Satellite. The best part about this map is its generally fast pace. It’s not the biggest map, so you shouldn’t have any issues finding enemies to shoot at (or to shoot at you).

With that being said, one half of this map is sand dunes, and it’s a nightmare. The dunes don’t provide nearly enough cover to make many parts of the map feel safe, so expect to be eliminated by a distant head-glitching sniper at least a few times per game.

6. Cartel

Cartel map from Black Ops Cold War
Treyarch
Cartel is set in Nicaragua on a drug plantation.

There’s a sizeable leap in class from Satellite to Cartel. For the most part, this map flows really nicely and has a variety of sight-lines and lanes that lend themselves to different play-styles in a way that feels balanced.

The issues with this map almost all revolve around its center. The elevated hut gives campers way too much protection, and the array of bushes do nothing but allow players to vanish in and out of the shrubbery. Trying to capture Flag B is a stressful chore, and CoD should never feel like that.

5. Garrison

Garrison from Black Ops Cold War
Treyarch
Garrison comes in the middle of our list.

Set in Hannover, Germany, Garrison is about as middle of the road as CoD maps can get. It’s fine, and there are no real issues with it. It’s not a stellar map, but it also doesn’t have any major weaknesses. There’s probably a right angle too many, but it has a nice flow and is small enough to stay fast-paced. In a word, solid.

4. Checkmate

Checkmate from BOCW
Treyarch
Checkmate is set in Berlin, Germany.

In terms of aesthetics, BOCW’s Checkmate is deeply reminiscent of the original Modern Warfare’s Killhouse. It’s set in a large warehouse and caters to a nice variety of gameplay.

The plane lends itself to some close-quarters action, while the longer lines of sight down the left mean snipers can prosper too. While this kind of thing was an issue on Satellite, it works nicely on Checkmate and feels consistently fun, regardless of your weapon of choice.

3. Moscow

Moscow from BOCW
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Moscow is, unsurprisingly, set in Moscow, Russia.

Taking the bronze medal in our rankings is Moscow, another BOCW map that featured in the game’s beta. This is the epitome of a vibrant, three lane map, the likes of which have cemented Treyarch as the best CoD map designers.

It flows very nicely but always remains consistent, meaning good players prosper and campers are punished. Mobility too, is key on Moscow, with plenty of walls and windows to mantle to ensure you dip in and out of the action as you want. It’s very good, but lacks the organized chaos of our top two maps.

2. Nuketown ’84

Nuketown '84 from BOCW's multiplayer
Treyarch
Nuketown ’84 is the fifth reincarnation of the famous Black Ops map.

As you’d expect, we’re big fans of the fifth iteration of Nuketown. It’s a colorful, vibrant take on an absolute CoD classic. Barring some issues with ‘out of the map’ glitches, it’s as solid, fast-paced, and downright enjoyable as its always been. Organized chaos has long been a fan favorite, and that’s exactly what Nuketown ’84 has brought to Treyarch’s 2020 title.

1. Crossroads

Crossroads from Black Ops Cold War
Treyarch
Crossroads is set in the snowy Soviet Union.

A simple process of elimination means you’ve probably figured out that Crossroads is, at the time of writing, the best map in Black Ops Cold War multiplayer.

It’s small and really fast-paced, but well-designed enough to ensure it never dissolves into the kind of anarchy that frustrates players. The three lanes have the perfect amount of crossover, encouraging creative movement, and rewarding smart play-styles.

It’s also a great map to look at, with the snowy scenery making the perfect backdrop for some Cold War skirmishing. We’d put it on a par with Nuketown but, given the fact that Nuketown is a re-skin of an old favorite, we’re giving this one top spot for now.


That rounds off our ranking of BOCW’s multiplayer maps! Be sure to check back to this page as more maps are added and be sure to tweets us @DexertoIntel to let us know your thoughts.