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Scump shares best AK-74u class for Black Ops Cold War Alpha

Published: 19/Sep/2020 14:09

by Joe Craven


Seth ‘Scump’ Abner, veteran pro for the Chicago Huntsmen, has shared his favorite AK-74u class setup, with the SMG top of many people’s lists in the Black Ops Cold War Alpha.

The life cycle of Black Ops Cold War is less than a weekend old, with the open Alpha taking Playstation players by surprise and launching on Friday, September 18.

The Alpha has largely received positive feedback from players, but certain weapons have already emerged as fan favorites. One of these is the AK-74u; the SMG many content creators said was too strong in the earlier build of the game they played.

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The AK74u looks set to be the most dominant weapon in the game.

While Treyarch have commented that the gun was nerfed in a later build, it remains incredibly powerful at close and medium ranges.

As people will expect, its viability as an SMG means it found its way into the hands of Scump – the man who is widely regarded as the best SMG player in Call of Duty history.

With Black Ops Cold War also adopting Modern Warfare’s Gunsmith system, there is a massive variety of attachments to pick from, even in the Alpha. Thankfully, while streaming on September 17, Scump shared the AK-74u loadout he is currently using.

Scump’s AK-74u loadout for Black Ops Cold War

  • Muzzle: Sound Suppressor
  • Barrel: 9.5″ Paratrooper
  • Underbarrel: Foregrip
  • Stock: Sprint Pad
  • Handle: Quickdraw Handle

As you can see, Scump’s AK-74u loadout is a mixture of stealth and speed. The suppressor will keep him off enemy radars, while the Sprint Pad and Quickdraw Handle massively improve ADS time.

Paired with the 9.5″ Paratrooper Barrel and Foregrip, he’s retaining its power at range and trusting himself to hit his shots. Unsurprising, given the things he’s accomplished in Call of Duty with an SMG in his hands.

Whether the AK-74u remains as viable as it is now in the full game remains to be seen, but we’ll have our best class setups for every weapon when it launches on November 13.

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When is Black Ops Cold War Season 1? Nuketown, Warzone content, Roadmap

Published: 17/Nov/2020 23:50 Updated: 18/Nov/2020 0:02

by Albert Petrosyan


Black Ops Cold War is all the talk right now in the world of Call of Duty, but there’s a whole lot more content waiting in Season 1! Here’s everything you need to know, including the release date, info about Warzone integration, and more.

Black Ops Cold War comes jam-packed with a lot of content for Campaign, Multiplayer, and Zombies, and a lot more is on its way once the game’s ‘preseason’ period wraps up.

After the first month is in the books, Treyarch will be rolling out a flurry of new experiences for CoD players to enjoy across all modes, including Warzone, which will finally debut its highly anticipated next chapter.

When does Black Ops Cold War Season 1 release?

Season 1 of BOCW, and everything that it’s set to include, is scheduled to launch worldwide on Thursday, December 10. It’ll likely come as part of a massive update that also makes changes to existing aspects of the game, such as the weapon balancing patch that’s already been teased.

When does Nuketown ’84 release in Black Ops Cold War?

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Nuketown ’84 is the fifth iteration of the iconic map in the Black Ops series.

It wouldn’t be a proper Black Ops game without Nuketown, so Treyarch will indeed be adding the fifth iteration of the iconic map to multiplayer. An added layer of good news is that Nuketown ’84 will be released before Season 1, on Tuesday, November 24, so the wait for it is not too long at all.

Currently, this map is the only piece of new content that has been announced for November 24, so don’t expect anything else to be added unless the devs have some surprises up their sleeves.

Black Ops Cold War Season 1 Roadmap & new content

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A lot of content is coming in the Black Ops Cold War Season 1 roadmap.

As mentioned above, there’s a lot of new goodies for players to keep busy with come December 10.

For multiplayer, there’s going to be new 6v6 maps and modes, new weapons, another Fireteam map, and the return of the 2v2 Gunfight mode that was first introduced in Modern Warfare and became quite a hit. It’s not yet confirmed whether or not the Gunfight maps will be brand new or remakes of the ones from MW.

With Zombies being a big focal point in BOCW, Treyarch’s got stuff coming for that as well. For now, that’s being described as “new Zombies modes,” so fans will have to wait a bit longer for more details.

Last but not least, there’s Warzone, but we’ll get into that in the following sections.

New Prestige levels, Prestige Master, & challenges

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Prestiging is about to get even crazier in Black Ops Cold War Season 1.

After a year’s absence, the Prestige ranking system is back in Call of Duty, but the BOCW version works a bit differently than in past titles. Following this ‘preseason’ period, in which players can Prestige up to three times, the launch of Season 1 will introduce a whole new depth to this system.

S1, and every season that follows, will have four additional Prestige ranks to achieve across the first 200 levels, with a new Weapon Blueprint that can be unlocked at level 50. Those who manage to hit level 200 and gain all four will also earn the rank of Prestige Master, which also unlocks Prestige icons from past CoD games.

It doesn’t end there, either; there’s actually going to be 1000 levels available in each season, so there’s going to be plenty to level up for even after you get Prestige Master.

Lastly, S1 will add in two sets of new challenges – 20 for multiplayer and 20 for Zombies – which will be unlocked a few at a time as you progress towards Level 200. If you manage to hit Level 200, unlock all the challenges, and complete them, you will earn an animated Season Master Calling Card as a reward.

BOCW x Warzone integration: weapons, progression, more

One of the more highly anticipated parts of Season 1 will be the integration of Black Ops Cold War in Warzone, which comes in two parts: weapon integration and unification of the progression systems.

Weapon integration

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Starting in Season 1, Warzone players can choose loadouts from both BOCW and MW.

Starting on December 10, every weapon that was in BOCW at launch or gets added in S1 will be made available in Warzone. Players will be able to choose between loadouts from BOCW and Modern Warfare, essentially doubling the battle royale’s weapon arsenal in a single update.

Progression unification

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Season 1 will unify the progression systems in Cold War, Modern Warfare, and Warzone.

S1 will combine the progression of BOCW, Warzone, and Modern Warfare into a singular system, meaning your level in one game will be the same for all three and any XP gained will apply across the board.

While this won’t change much in Cold War specifically, Warzone and MW players will see their ranks reset and start fresh on December 10, in order to match up with BOCW. Don’t worry though, anything you’ve already unlocked or completed in those games will not be deleted.

The next chapter of Warzone…

On top of all those changes, Season 1 is expected to kickstart the next phase of the popular battle royale’s story, which the official Roadmap referred to as a “classified Warzone experience.”

Currently, there’s no information or any concrete leaks out there about what this will include, but a mention of “Rebirth Island” has been spotted in the artwork, sparking speculation that the Black Ops 1 location could be the next Warzone map.

Expect more details to be revealed in the coming weeks.

There you have it – everything there is to know about the upcoming Season 1 of Black Ops Cold War, which will be free on all platforms. Anything specific that you’re excited about? Let us know on Twitter, @Dexertointel!