Modern Warfare 2: All multiplayer maps & game modes

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Modern Warfare 2 has come a long way since its launch with Season 4 now underway. With the new season, there’s been some exciting new maps and modes introduced. Here are all the Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer maps and modes you can enjoy.

Modern Warfare 2 has continued to capture fans’ love through its multiple maps, modes, and Battle Pass, but it can be relatively overwhelming when trying to find that perfect game in the perfect location, especially when playing with friends.

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To add to the confusion new maps are constantly being added and can be tricky to keep track of. Plus some game modes are time sensitive and only available at specific times.

So to help you out we’ve compiled all the current Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer maps as well as every mode available in the game.


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Modern Warfare 2 has introduced a number of new maps and modes to the CoD franchise.

Every game mode in Modern Warfare 2

There are currently 21 different game modes to enjoy in Modern Warfare 2. We’ve detailed them all below.

Modern Warfare 2 game modes

Team Deathmatch

As always, the standard Team Deathmatch mode is back for another year in Modern Warfare 2. If you’re looking for the simplest mode of them all, where the only goal is to kill, this is the playlist for you.

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It wouldn’t be a CoD title without the old faithful Free-for-All. It’s every player for themselves, and the first to reach 30 eliminations ends the match, with the top three performers claiming victory.


Domination returns once again in Modern Warfare 2 as the three-flag mode has been a staple since 2007. Objectives are placed in three locations across a given map. Controlling them provides points over time, the more your team controls, the more points you earn.

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Search & Destroy

The classic round-based mode is confirmed for Modern Warfare 2 as Search & Destroy appears for another year. In this popular mode, teams take turns attacking and defending two bomb sites. With no respawns, playing your life in each round is crucial.


Making a return for the first time since Modern Warfare 2019, Headquarters, informally known as King of The Hill, returns to Modern Warfare 2. Teams capture a set point in the map to gain points. Fans gravitate towards this game mode as it offers experience per time that the Headquarters is held.

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Kill Confirmed

Kill Confirmed is essentially a Team Deathmatch, except, rather than earning points for a kill, you will only get that point if you collect the enemy dog tag. The other team can deny your kill by collecting the dog tag instead, meaning you won’t get any points.

The team with the most enemy dog tags at the end of the time wins.


First introduced in CoD Vanguard, Control pits two teams against each other, taking turns attacking and defending two objectives. Each team shares a pool of 30 lives; if the attacking team takes an objective, they gain more time to capture the second. The defense wins by letting the time run out or eliminating all 30 lives of the other team.

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Cyber Attack

Retrieve the EMP device and plant it near the enemy’s data center. This all-new game mode offers players who love one-life game modes the chance to fight over a single bombsite. Oh, and to spice things up you can revive fallen teammates.


Popular competitive game type Hardpoint is back in Modern Warfare 2. In this mode, teams fight for control over a single rotating objective. The first Hardpoint location often appears in the middle of a map before rotating through a number of preset positions at a regular interval.

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Prisoner Rescue

Among the new additions in Modern Warfare 2 is the Prisoner Rescue playlist. Taking heavy inspiration from the likes of Rainbow Six and CS:GO, this mode splits players across Attacking and Defending teams.

The goal of the Attackers is to either eliminate all Defenders, or escort two hostages to safety. For Defenders, it’s simply a matter of staying alive and keeping your prisoners locked down.

Knock Out

As the name implies, Knock Out is a unique mode in Modern Warfare 2 that gives teams just one life to prove themselves. Similar to Prisoner Rescue above, each player in Knock Out has just one life per round, but can be revived after going down.

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Rather than hostages though, the objective here is to either hold onto a package for a 60 seconds or wipe out the enemy team to win the round.

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Eliminate enemy players until the score limit is reached. The player with the most kills will be marked as a high value target (HVT). Other players who manage to take down the HVT will be rewarded extra points for doing so.


A classic party mode where an infected player has to hunt down other players to make them infected too. The survivors have to live out the timer whilst the hunters are challenged with infecting everyone to end the game.

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Drop Zone

Drop Zone is effectively what happens when you Hardpoint and make it so that the team holding the objective receives killstreaks. Fight over the Drop Zone to rake its powerful streaks and reign terror down on your enemies.

Gun Game

A classic party mode that sees players use a range of weapons in a set order as they race to the finish. The winner is the first player to work through all of the guns and score themselves a dramatic final throwing knife kill.

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Grind is a combination of Kill Confirmed and Capture the Flag. Instead of an enemy flag, you are instead tasked with getting kills, collecting their tags, and then banking them at one of two set locations.

10v10 Mosh Pit

MW2’s slower pacing won’t be for everyone and Shipment can get tiresome. For those looking for high-paced action on regular maps, 10v10 Mosh Pit offers a perfect compromise. It was once a limited time game mode but has since been added to the standard playlist.

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Third Person Moshpit

Making a return for the first time since Modern Warfare 3 in 2011, third-person modes are back in Modern Warfare 2. Though they don’t exactly come in their own distinct playlists, just one third-person Moshpit is present mixing a handful of modes together with players competing from a third-person POV.


Invasion is a 32v32 deathmatch played on Ground War maps with AI. The mode runs similarly to Team Deathmatch, as players earn team points by eliminating enemies. Vehicles are available in this game mode.

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The team with the most points at the end of the allotted time wins.

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Ground War

Ground War returns to Modern Warfare 2 after first appearing in Modern Warfare 2019. Akin to Battlefield, two teams of 32 players fight to capture objectives on a large map.


A classic twist on other core modes where players have lower health, no health regen, and limited HUD elements. This replaced the Tier 1 game mode at the start of Season 2.

Every map in Modern Warfare 2

There are currently 19 6v6 maps in Modern Warfare 2 and 11 Ground War maps to enjoy. When more are added we will be updating this article so be sure to check back.

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Every map in Modern Warfare 2


  • Breenbergh Hotel
  • El Asilo
  • Mercado Las Almas
  • Taraq
  • Crown Raceway
  • Al Barga Fortress
  • Zarqwa Hydroelectric
  • Santa Sena Border Crossing
  • Farm 18
  • Embassy
  • Shipment
  • Shoothouse
  • Dome
  • Himmelmatt Expo
  • Valderas Museum
  • Black Gold
  • Pelayo’s Lighthouse
  • Kunsternaar District
  • Showdown

Ground War:

  • Sa’id
  • Sariff Bay
  • Guijarro
  • Santa Sena
  • Taraq
  • Al Malik International
  • Zaya Observatory
  • Rohan Oil
  • Sattiq Cave Complex
  • Ahkdar Village
  • Mawizeh Marshlands

Modern Warfare 2 returning maps

Infinity Ward confirmed five classic CoD maps in Warzone 2. While they’re strictly for the Battle Royale at present, there’s a chance we could see a handful also separated into the multiplayer component as Core Maps in Modern Warfare 2.

Below is a quick look at the confirmed classic CoD maps on Al Mazrah.

  • Quarry – Modern Warfare 2
  • Highrise – Modern Warfare 2
  • Observatory – Modern Warfare 3
  • Showdown – CoD 4
  • Terminal – Modern Warfare 2

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Though most of these maps are new or were not a part of 2009’s Modern Warfare 2, like Firing Range, this could mean that Favela could potentially be returning to Modern Warfare 2 in 2022.

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Rest assured, we’ll keep you updated here as further details emerge on Modern Warfare 2’s set of maps and modes.

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