Modern Warfare devs make big change to how Smokes & Thermal scopes work - Dexerto
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Modern Warfare devs make big change to how Smokes & Thermal scopes work

Published: 25/Oct/2019 18:29 Updated: 25/Oct/2019 18:37

by Albert Petrosyan


Call of Duty developers have confirmed that a fundamental change has been made to how Smoke Grenades and Thermal optics work in Modern Warfare.

Smokes have always maintained their significance in Call of Duty multiplayer, especially in competitive play, as they offer players a tactical advantage when used correctly.

Players often use them in combination with a Thermal scope on their weapon, first creating cover with the grenade then using the sight to see through it and shoot at unsuspecting enemies.

However, when it comes to the newly released Modern Warfare title, it appears that longtime concept will be thrown by the wayside, as Thermal sights can no longer be used to see through smokes.

Legendary Call of Duty pro Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow brought this change to everyone’s attention on Twitter by asking: “Can you not see people through smokes with Thermal, or did I just not see anyone?”

Call of Duty 2Smokes have been a part of Call of Duty for a very long time.

He was replied to by David Mickner, a multiplayer designer at Infinity Ward, who confirmed that it was intentionally done and not the result of a bug.

“This was an intentional change made by the team as a move towards a more realistic approach,” he replied. “This is not a bug.”

While this change does limit the offensive capabilities of Smokes, since they can’t be used to set up strategies involving the Thermal sight, it does reinforce the grenade’s defensive potential.

Now, players can rest more assured when throwing Smokes in and around objectives, knowing they can’t be sniped by someone who has a weapon that can see through the haze.

As for the Thermal scope, this really only has a negative effect on its viability, since really the optic’s most important purpose of usage has now been taken away. 

Call of Duty GhostsAlmost every CoD title up to Modern Warfare let players see through smokes with a thermal scope.

Predictably, this change has drawn the ire of some players, and they expressed their confusion and frustration on social media.

However, Infinity Warfare have been consistent with the philosophy, and have repeatedly emphasized that realism is a big aspect of what they had in mind when developing Modern Warfare.

For example, every single weapon in the game looks, feels, sounds, and fires the same way it would in real life, even down to the sound that the empty bullet casings make when they hit the floor.

That taken into account, it’s not really surprising that they’ve made some adjustments to regular gameplay features to make the overall experience feel more authentic. 

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Best Pellington 703 loadout for Black Ops Cold War: Attachments, Perks, Equipment

Published: 26/Nov/2020 12:31 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 12:48

by Alex Garton


The Pellington 703 is the perfect weapon for players looking to play aggressively with a sniper rifle in CoD Black Ops Cold War.

Black Ops Cold War has three different snipers and each of them suits a different playstyle. For players who prefer to push others and maneuver around the map, the Pellington 703 should be your weapon of choice.

It’s worth noting that Cold War has the longest ADS time for snipers out of any Call of Duty game. This has led to players struggling to quick scope consistently and writing off snipers as weak. Although there are certainly easier weapons to master in Cold War, nothing will beat landing multiple shots with a sniper in a single streak.

Despite Cold War’s long ADS times, there are a number of attachments that can mitigate this and give you a sniper loadout that’s lethal in online matches.

Cold War has the longest ADS time for snipers out of any Call of Duty title.

Best Pellington 703 loadout in Black Ops Cold War

Here’s how you need to kit out your Pellington 703 sniper for the most effective multiplayer loadout.

Pellington 703 loadout Attachments

  • Barrell: 26.5 Tiger Team
  • Body: Steady Aim Laser
  • Magazine: 7 RND
  • Handle: Serpent Wrap
  • Stock: Marathon Stock


  • Perk 1: Tactical Mask
  • Perk 2: Gear Head
  • Perk 3: Ghost

Wild Card

  • Law Breaker


  • Lethal: Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Stimshot
  • Field Upgrade: Field Mic

This loadout focuses on allowing you to play aggressively. In terms of attachments, the Tiger Team barrel increases the Pellington’s damage output by 20%. This means fewer hit markers and more one-shot kills.

The Steady Aim Laser improves the effectiveness of the weapon at close range using hip-fire. Finally, the Serpent Wrap reduces the Pellington’s ADS time by 10%, making it a perfect attachment for any of the snipers in Cold War.

The Pellington 703 has the fastest ADS time out of any sniper in Cold War.

Moving onto perks, Tactical Mask is always useful to have when running an aggressive loadout that is seeking gunfights. The combination of Gear Head and the Field Mic is a great pairing for multiplayer and allows you to spam your field upgrade on cooldown. Finally, Ghost gives you the peace of mind that the endless spy planes in the air can’t track your every move when you’re running around the map.

Equipment in this loadout is fairly standard but you should focus on using the Field Mic whenever it’s off cooldown to gain valuable information. The reduced cooldown from the Gear Head perk is incredibly useful and will allow you to track the location of the enemy team.

Now, all there’s to do is make this Pellington 703 loadout and try it out in Multiplayer for yourself.