Best Overwatch tricks to dominate as the new buffed Soldier 76 - Dexerto

Best Overwatch tricks to dominate as the new buffed Soldier 76

Published: 6/Nov/2020 19:28

by Michael Gwilliam


Soldier 76 is one of Overwatch’s oldest heroes and he’s received some major attention from the devs lately with some major buffs. These buffs do change how to best utilize him, and there has been some confusion on how this affects certain matchups. Until now.

Overwatch YouTuber Nathan ‘KarQ’ Chan enlisted the help of former pro André ‘IDDQD’ Dahlström to show off the best tricks for players to succeed and rank up as the new and improved 76.

The first thing that IDDQD recommends is that players learn to control the new recoil in the practice range or special Workshop modes. Mastering the recoil will allow you to deal huge amounts of damage that otherwise would have been canceled out by the gun’s spread.

One important thing to keep in mind when dueling an Orisa is how fast Soldier can destroy her 600 HP barrier. With the help of a Helix Rocket and 26 bullets that deal 19 damage each, you alone can shred it in only three seconds.

Soldier 76 fires at foes
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Soldier 76’s buffs let him burn down enemies faster.

Considering her shield cooldown is 10 seconds, you can create a nice opening for you and your team to force Fortify or even eliminate her outright.

Against Roadhog, Soldier 76 can be a huge savior for his teammates. Right as Hog tries to land a hook, Soldier’s Helix Rocket can boop him out of position, causing the tank to miss the hook completely.

When fighting a Wrecking Ball, a unique trick is to use his own Piledriver ability to your own advantage. While some maps have areas that Soldier can’t rocket jump to, you can use it while in the air due to the Piledriver to boost yourself higher up.

If you’re dueling an Echo, be sure to use biotic field if you’re hit by her Sticky Bombs or she starts using Focusing Beam to negate the damage. Aside from that, being able to track her and adjust the recoil of your gun should result in easy kills.

For McCree and Reaper, IDDQD believes the main goal should be to keep your distance as Soldier should be able to win at mid-long range. However, if either can close the gap, the matchup swings in their favor. Be sure to keep the fights to areas that favor you.

A big way to deal with Sombra is to instinctively throw down Biotic Field right as you hear the unstealth voice or EMP activation.

Soldier 76 getting hit by Piledriver
Soldier 76 can use Hammond’s Piledriver against him.

In a fight against a Torbjorn, it’s best to take the Turret out first. Right as he throws it down, IDDQD recommends firing a Helix Rocket because the Turret starts off at low HP. Once it’s out of the picture, focus down the Torb.

Ana can be a difficult target if you’re fighting her head-to-head. Instead, if you can get an angle where you can hit her from the side as she’s scoped in. A Helix Rocket and some shots can make short work of the sniper healer.

Soldier 76 vs Torb
Save Helix Rocket for Torbjorn’s Turret.

Saving Helix Rocket against Baptiste’s Immortality Field is key in the match-up as it will make burning down the lamp much easier giving your team an important edge in the team fight.

Soldier 76 is one of the most popular heroes in the game, so be sure to practice these tricks, know your matchups and be prepared to climb in Competitive Season 25.

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Best Black Ops Cold War weapons to use in Warzone

Published: 26/Nov/2020 14:42

by James Busby


While Warzone currently shares its loadouts with Modern Warfare, it won’t be long until Black Ops Cold War’s guns are integrated into the game. Here are seven guns that you should be leveling up ahead of the cross-progression update. 

Black Ops Cold War features plenty of deadly weapons that will drastically shake up the Warzone meta, giving players even more choice when it comes to crafting the perfect loadout. Warzone will also share weapon progression with both Black Ops Cold War and Modern Warfare, so you’ll be able to level up your guns in either game. This integration will likely have a huge impact on Warzone’s current meta, especially when Treyarch adds new weapons to Black Ops Cold War.

While Modern Warfare’s ever-popular Kilo 141 and MP5 loadouts will still likely remain popular picks among players, there are a number of new and returning guns that could dethrone the current kings. As a result, we’ve put together a list of the seven best Black Ops Cold War guns you’ll want to use in Warzone. 


AK-47 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
Black Ops Cold War’s AK-47 will be a force to be reckoned with when it drops into Verdansk.

Best AK-47 loadout

While this Russian rifle struggled to compete in Modern Warfare’s, it has come back with a vengeance in Treyarch’s latest title. In fact, the AK-47 is the best gun in the entire game thanks to its high-damage and incredible versatility. Whether you prefer to run and gun your way to victory, or methodically pick off targets from afar, there is a loadout that caters to every kind of playstyle. 

This reliable rifle has proven so lethal that it has dominated the pro and casual CoD scene since launch. One of the most potent AK-47 builds literally has no recoil, so this could rival the new Kilo 141 when it drops. The difference between both Modern Warfare’s AK-47 and the current Black Ops Variant is night and day.

Krig 6

Krig 6
Activision / Treyarch
The Krig 6 is one of the most accurate AR’s in the game.

Best Krig 6 loadout

The Krig 6 has been making a name for itself thanks to its low recoil and methodical fire rate. While it doesn’t deal as much damage as the AK-47, it makes up for this with its fantastic precision. Warzone is dominated by assault rifles like the Kilo 141, Grau 5.56, and M13 as these weapons enable the user to beam opponents without the need to wrestle with any finicky recoil patterns.

After all, being able to effortlessly hit players from across all ranges is a huge bonus to any Warzone player looking to increase their kill count. The Krig 6 also boasts excellent weapon control and quick reloads, making it a great pick for those that prefer to seek out those all-important headshots. 


M16 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
Only time will tell whether this classic assault rifle has what it takes to wreak havoc across Verdansk.

Best M16 loadout

Modern Warfare’s FAMAS demonstrated just how bad burst rifles could be in Warzone, but the M16 could change this notion completely. Unlike the FAMAS, Black Ops Cold War’s M16 can dish out highly accurate rounds in a matter of seconds. In fact, the iconic burst rifle was recently nerfed as it was overperforming.

Despite Treyarch toning down its damage range and slightly increasing its delay between bursts, this AR still absolutely melts opponents. Any gun that can accurately drop an enemy in a couple of bursts is always going to pique the interest of Warzone players. As proven by gameplay in Fireteam: Dirty Bomb, the M16 can quickly down even the most well-armored of enemies. 


MP5 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
The MP5 still continues to dominate the SMG competition.

Best MP5 loadout

A lot of Call of Duty fans were left disappointed when they found that the MP5 still remained at the top of the SMG rankings. Multiplayer lobbies were dominated by this lightning-fast SMG during Black Ops Cold War’s launch week, and it’s not hard to see why. Despite the recent nerf, the MP5 still boasts high rates of fire, great mobility, and decent close-quarters damage.

Whether this variant will prove as lethal as the Warzone’s current MP5 remains to be seen, but we expect the new attachments will certainly allow it to rival its predecessor. 

Type 63

Type 63 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
The Type 63 is one Tactical Rifle that is worth adding to your arsenal.

Best Type 63 loadout

While the Type 63 shares a few similarities to Modern Warfare’s EBR-14, it is better in every single way. Not only does it have a significantly lower recoil pattern, it can also unleash some incredibly fast two shot kills. Equipping the 18.3” Strike Team barrel will not only speed up this semi-auto rifle’s fire rate, but it will also increase its damage. 

While most semi-auto rifles are often plagued by sluggish fire rates, high recoil, and lackluster magazine sizes, the Type 63 doesn’t fall victim to these negatives. Just like Warzone’s Marksman Rifles, the Type 63 offers sniper-like precision and damage with the added bonus of mobility. 


AUG Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
The AUG’s highly accurate burst fire makes it lethal across all ranges.

Best AUG loadout

Unlike Modern Warfare’s full-auto AUG SMG, Black Ops Cold War’s variant offers greater accuracy and range. This burst-fire tactical rifle is capable of dealing even more damage than the M16, especially when it’s equipped with the 19.6” Match Grade Barrel. This increases its effective damage range by 100%, making it hit even harder across mid to long-range distances. 

Burst fire weapons have obviously been lacking in Warzone, but Black Ops’ AUG could quickly change that. 

Stoner 63

Stoner 63 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
The Stoner 63 could rival the popular Bruen and PKM loadouts.

LMGs have been somewhat lacking in Black Ops Cold War due to their overall bulk and slower ADS times. However, this isn’t the case in Warzone. After all, the Bruen, PKM, and the FiNN are prime examples of how LMGs can dominate the competition. 

The Stoner 63 is arguably the best suited LMG for Warzone. This is partly down to a combination of speed and accuracy. While both the RPD and M60 offer better damage, their poor accuracy makes them difficult to recommend. Simply attach the SALVO 125 RND Fast Mag and the Airborne Elastic Wrap to begin getting those game-winning squad wipes. 

So there you have it, seven of the best Black Ops Cold War guns you should be using in Warzone. If you want to keep updated with all the latest Call of Duty news and updates, then follow us over on @DexertoIntel.