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Fastest ways to level up weapons in Black Ops Cold War

Published: 16/Nov/2020 0:19 Updated: 16/Nov/2020 14:47

by Marco Rizzo

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The new Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War title has surprised players with the time it takes to level up weapons. Unlocking new attachments and camos has become a little more difficult but these tips should make life easier. 

One of the biggest complaints players have with Black Ops Cold War is how slow the progression system is, whether in regards to overall level or weapons specifically.

Without Double Weapon XP, it can be a bit of a drag trying to level up your guns in order to unlock specific attachments that you may want, especially with how much impact some can have when equipped.

We’ve put together some pointers for how to upgrade your weapons faster that will hopefully help speed things up for you in multiplayer.

Play the right game modes: Hardcore, objective, large-scale

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Getting kills around the objective could be the easiest way to level up

While the game modes you choose to play themselves might not impact how fast you level up guns, the fact that matches in objective or larger format playlists last longer gives you more opportunities to get kills and chain eliminations together for better XP yield.

Playing modes like Combined Arms (this year’s version of Ground War) and Fireteam: Dirty Bomb could be a much more efficient use of your time, in terms of gaining weapon XP.

And if you’re not a fan of these large-scale modes, then you can probably achieve the same concept in Domination, Hardpoint, and Control, as opposed to Team Deathmatch, Search & Destroy, and Kill Confirmed.

Then, of course, there’s Hardcore, which lowers everyone’s health and thus drastically increases your chances of getting headshots and chaining kills together, both of which boost up your weapon XP. Not to mention, you can really get a lot of your camos done way faster in Hardcore, especially the ones that have specific kill requirements.

PlayStation Party Boost

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The PlayStation “Party Boost” for XP can be seen below your party on the right side of the screen.

As part of Sony’s ongoing agreement with Activision, BOCW is the latest CoD to feature PlayStation Party Boost, which grants 25% bonus weapon XP to all users playing together in a party.

Unfortunately, this method is exclusive to PlayStation players, but the good news is that not everyone in the party has to be on a PS4 or PS5; the Party Boost works in cross-platform parties as well, although only the PS player gets the extra XP.

Zombies!

One of the new things that BOCW has introduced in the world of CoD is that XP and weapon XP is shared between all game modes, which means that playing Zombies would allow you to level up guns just the same as in multiplayer.

While the difference may not be obvious, it could be a simpler way to gain experience points in a much more casual setting, not having to worry about playing an objective, your K/D ratio, or over-eager players on the enemy team.

But all that aside, there’s reportedly a major exploit in Zombies that enables “god mode,” which appears to yield tremendous amounts of weapon XP and, needless to say drastically increases your leveling rate.

Not that we would ever recommend exploiting these sorts of glitches… but you can see a demonstration of it in the video below, courtesy of Grrae’s Guides.

Look out for Double Weapon XP promos

This may seem like an obvious one, which it is, but if you plan on leveling up guns as quickly as possible, you certainly don’t want to miss 2X Weapon XP promotions, whenever Treyarch and Activision release them.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter, @Dexertointel, as we will always be tweeting out and letting you know when such promos are active in Black Ops Cold War.

Until then, make sure to keeps all of the above tips in mind next time you load into the game to maximize your weapon XP!

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Top 20 highest earning Call of Duty: Warzone players

Published: 24/Feb/2021 20:00 Updated: 24/Feb/2021 20:32

by Theo Salaun

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Although hackers and stream snipers seem to have broken spirits across Call of Duty: Warzone, the battle royale remains a premier title in the field. As of February, 2021 — here are the 20 highest-earning competitors in terms of total tournament winnings. 

It may not feel as legitimized as esports like Apex Legends and Fortnite, but competitive Warzone continues to overcome cheater drama and the absence of a transparent SBMM system (or ranked league) to stay on top of Twitch’s viewership every week. With numerous high-paying tournaments every month since the game’s March 2020 debut, some players have stood out from the pack and made an impressive salary’s worth of prize winnings. We’ve seen incredible new world records set, a host of celebrities get involved, and a variety of high-stakes, big-bucks tournaments.

Using data from esportsearnings.com, we take a look at the top 20 Warzone players in terms of tournament winnings. We’ll take a more in-depth look at the top 3, and then provide a full list of the top 20.

3. Rhys ‘Rated’ Price – $100,658

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Winning tournament after tournament since partnering with Aydan, Rated has become the third competitor to crack $100,000 in Warzone earnings and simultaneously supplanted SuperEvan as No. 3 on the earnings list. With event wins during the $25K Code Red 2v2 and $25K Dallas Empire Challenge 2v2, Rated and Aydan continue to fly toward the top earnings spot.

A former London Royal Raven, Rated’s accurate mechanics and game sense have seamlessly transitioned to the battle royale. Given his individual talent and the unparalleled comms between he and Aydan, it’s hard to imagine the duo not taking the Nos. 1 and 2 earnings spots within a few months.

2. Aydan ‘Aydan’ Conrad – $135,721

Aydan Warzone

Based on his tweets and streams, it feels like the only thing that Aydan cares about right now is overtaking HusKerrs and becoming the highest earner in Verdansk. And, down by just around $1,000, he’s making serious progress toward that goal.

From Fortnite to Warzone, Aydan has been a longstanding figure in the battle royale sphere. But, for those unfamiliar with Epic Games’ third-person shooter, the charming beatboxer has truly made his mark on Verdansk by proving that his head is worth appreciating for more than its infamous dent. An absolute demon, Aydan has comfortably shifted from duos with MuTeX and Zlaner to winning every single 2v2 tournament with Rated.

Sitting atop our Warzone power rankings for consecutive months, it should not be long before Aydan overtakes Big Husk.

1. Jordan ‘HusKerrs’ Thomas – $136,150

Jordan ‘HusKerrs’ Thomas is a battle royale star who has also held a number of Warzone world records. He previously made a name for himself in both Black Ops 4’s Blackout and Apex Legends, but has since transitioned over to Warzone. And that transition has proved immensely profitable, as the calm, collected gamer has become the first Warzone player to collect over $100,000 in tournament winnings.

As the most decorated player on Verdansk, HusKerrs shoots straight, rotates with vehicles, and practically never loses his head amid pressure. That mentality complements his skill, resulting in numerous Warzone titles.

Now, Aydan is gunning for his spot and HusKerrs seems to have taken some offense to the hopeful usurper’s lack of confidence in the reigning top earner. Eager to maintain his place, HusKerrs has begun grinding wagers with a new duo, Zlaner, and is quickly regaining top-dog form.

Top 20 Warzone players: highest earnings (as of February 24 2021)

The full top 20 highest earning Warzone players are listed below. In total, across all 20, over $1 million has been earned through Warzone tournaments. And those numbers are sure to increase, as prize pools continue to get larger and larger.

Since this is just a list of the highest earners cumulatively, it doesn’t include averages earned per event, otherwise, some players like Jukeyz and Biffle (whose invitations are limited by region and school, respectively) would likely be higher on the list.

 No.  Player Earnings
1 HusKerrs $136,150.01
2 Aydan $135,720.83
3 Rated $100,658.33
4 SuperEvan $98,370.83
5 Tommey $87,154.46
6 Symfuhny $81,683.33
7 Biffle $73,741.67
8 ZLaner $72,666.66
9 WarsZ $69,888.07
10 Vikkstar123 $60,650.00
11 Frozone $59,454.16
12 MuTeX $58,087.49
13 Jukeyz $57,495.66
14 Swagg $53,233.34
15 TeePee $52,516.67
16 Almxnd $51,721.13
17 UnRationaL $46,100.00
18 DougIsRaw $42,566.00
19 BobbyPoff $40,525.00
20 GaGOD $38,066.67

While Warzone’s tourneys and prize pools dropped for a period of time as attention shifted to Black Ops Cold War and the Call of Duty League, the game is regaining momentum as Season 2 launches. Already, numerous huge tourneys have been announced and the landscape for top earners is on the precipice of shifting.

We will continue to update this article’s figures as the competitive Warzone landscape develops.