Call of Duty

How to dominate Black Ops 4’s new game mode Safeguard

Published: 29/Nov/2018 1:00 Updated: 29/Nov/2018 1:27

by Alan Bernal


Black Ops 4’s latest game mode, Safeguard, can be quite the mess without knowing the basic concepts of the mode, as it differs from the typical modes fans have come to know and love.

In Safeguard, teams are put onto offense or defense, with one team escorting a bot down the field and the other doing its best to stop it from happening.

While it might be a bit confusing at first, CoD YouTuber ‘TheXclusiveAce’ has put together a primer for newer players going over everything you need to know to dominate in the game mode.

On offense, TheXclusiveAce stresses the importance of staying on the robot, as it’s a team effort that will take much coordination.

He says that the robot will advance at the same pace regardless of how many people stay on it.

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Since the robot will advance at the same pace no matter how many players are on it, though, committing more than one person to stay on the bot isn’t a good idea since it gives up map control and makes your team an easy target.

As such, TheXclusiveAce recommends keeping either a Seraph or a Torque on the robot to create what he calls “buffer zones” to easily guide the robot to its destination.

Having a Torque on your team could be huge in Safeguard.

For defense, he again refers to Torque for his barricades and razor wires that will impede the escorting team to run around the map and create beneficial chokepoints.

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In addition to the chokepoints that Torque can carve out, TheXclusiveAce recommends using the map’s natural chokepoints to stall the robot, while of course remembering to stall the robot further by attacking it. Every stall halts the push for 15 seconds.

Head over to TheXclusiveAce’s video for a full breakdown on damage and key specialists to use on both offense or defense.

Call of Duty

3 tips to help you survive Black Ops Cold War’s new Zombies Cranked mode

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:40

by Tanner Pierce


With the release of Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch has added Cranked into the game’s Zombies mode – and it’s pretty different from the standard version, requiring some completely separate strategies. 

While Cranked in Call of Duty games is nothing new, having debuted all the way back in 2013’s Ghosts, what is different is a Zombies version of the mode, which was just added to Black Ops Cold War during the game’s midseason update.

The concept is simple: You’re given a timer, and when that timer reaches 0, you explode and die. With each kill, however, your timer resets, giving you more time to keep on grinding. It’s an incredibly fast-paced mode in normal multiplayer, and the Zombies version is even more hectic – but there are some tips you can utilize to help you survive longer.

Pace out your kills

Pacing out your kills in Cranked is important due to the fact that you only need one kill to reset your timer.

In standard Cranked, players are usually scrambling to get kills. In a 5v5 or 6v6, it makes sense, considering there’s only a limited amount of potential targets, and if you can’t find anyone, you’ll die easily due to the timer running out.

With BOCW Zombies Cranked, the opposite is true. There’s always an abundance of enemies and, while it’s not impossible to run out of targets, generally speaking, they’ll keep on spawning (there’s not even a break in-between rounds).

Because of this, there’s no need to be mowing down Zombies as one does in the normal mode. Instead, if you’re feeling overwhelmed (or if you want to get something done like Pack-A-Punching your weapon), try running away from the enemies for a while to get your bearings.

Remember, all it takes is one kill to reset your timer. If you find it running out, just look behind you at the horde you’ve surely amounted, kill one Zombie, and then move along with your business. Wasting your time mowing down each and every zombie can cost you your game.

With all that being said, don’t think you can run away from the Zombies with no problem; if you get too far away, you’ll find yourself struggling for kills, so it’s best if you stay nearby.

Use fast-reloading weapons and attachments

You’ll want to use weapons that can be reloaded quickly in Cranked.

In normal Zombies, using a LMG is sort of required during late-game conflicts, as it allows you to mow down Zombies with greater power. In Cranked, speed is king, so it might be better to use something smaller like an SMG.

Reloading fast is essential in Cranked, as you can easily become overrun. Even though it does have a lot of power, you don’t want to waste your time on the horrendously slow reload time found on LMGs. If you want an even faster reload time, you could even throw a fast-mag onto your SMG, and get it done even quicker.

In addition, SMGs have the added benefit of allowing you to run faster, meaning you’ll be able to evade Zombies even better than you would before.

Always go for the Timer Freeze power up

Remembering these tips can be the difference between surviving or dying early on.

Treyarch has implemented a brand new power-up that’s exclusive to the Cranked game mode: Timer Freeze. With this, players will be able to stop their countdown timer for around 15 seconds or so, giving them a breather.

While this might seem obvious to point out, you’ll want to go for those as much as possible. Getting one at the start of your game is not too important, but it’s especially critical when you get into the late game.

As the mode goes on, your timer will get shorter and shorter, meaning every break you get becomes more and more important. Having that 15 second breather seems like an eternity once you get it, so missing out on one can hurt you a lot – sometimes costing you your life.

While Cranked is incredibly fast-paced, it’s really not that bad if you know what you’re doing. If you remember these tips, you shouldn’t have as much of a problem.