The Perks and Quirks for Dominating ‘Black Ops Cold War’

The more Call of Duty changes, the more it stays the same. There are a few truisms that will always apply when you head online to conquer the scoreboard, and each annual edition adds a few things to keep in mind.

In terms of deliberate changes, Cold War continues the franchise’s path to introducing features of more “serious” esports FPS games. But there are also some unintended quirks that have a big impact on the game. Make sure you’re up to date with our tips below.

Knowing When & Where to Move

Call of duty advice as old as the first modern war, and more useful every year. The sprint in Call of Duty feels good. But if you’re rounding a corner, it’s worth slowing down and raising your weapon to be ready for what’s on the other side. Look at your mini-map-aren’t you surrounded by your teammates? If this is the case, there will probably be enemies around, in which case you shouldn’t run at all.

Being aware of these changing spawns can help you win the broader battle for positioning, especially if you’re facing players who are targeted and have no brains. Connect the holes you see on the minimap. If your allies are looking forward and to the left, look to the right so that no one is surrounded. It sucks that you basically can’t rely on them to do the same thing (unless you’re on an organized team), but this type of positional awareness often wins games.

Enemies will appear in the space opened by your team. If your team covers all the target points or expands, the spawns will become random. If your team works together, it can manipulate enemy spawns by leaving open space, making sure everyone is in the right direction. It might even be worth leaving the flag open in Domination to maintain this control.

If some allies have died and reappear far away, you are probably surrounded by enemies, in which case it’s time to take evasive maneuvers…

The Jump Meta

Despite Call of Duty’s attempts to become a more serious, esports-ready FPS by adding features such as static recoil patterns, the current movement mechanics allow for significantly more Quake-like gameplay. If you don’t jump, you should be.

Irishka went out. Jump and slide. You can actually queue up for the slide command while in the air, which ensures it’s harder to hit when you land, and similarly you can jump off the slide. Try double-clicking the slider button for a faster movement that may even change direction.

Despite Call of Duty’s attempts to become a more serious, esports-ready FPS by adding features such as static recoil patterns, the current movement mechanics allow for significantly more Quake-like gameplay. If you don’t jump, you should be.

Irishka went out. Jump and slide. You can actually queue up for the slide command while in the air, which ensures it’s harder to hit when you land, and similarly you can jump off the slide. Try double-clicking the slider button for a faster movement that may even change direction.

Perks and Gear

Speaking of recoil patterns, it’s important to know which weapon mods add horizontal recoil. The vertical recoil is more manageable, it just pulls it down, but the horizontal bullet spray is a hell of a drug.

There are some pros and items that fall into the “must-have”category. The combination of ninja (make less noise) with ghost (can’t be seen by spy planes while driving) and paranoia (be alerted when someone points at you) is a great formula for killstreaks when you’re surrounded by overly confident enemies.

Stimshot is an obvious advantage in helping with healing, and you’ll want to wear a field microphone to get notified every time someone else makes noise (unless you’re using the above sneaky benefits).

As for the actual benefits and hardware, you’ll want to play around with your field of view (FOV), and if you’re playing on a console, there are also some great joystick sensitivity settings. Play with how sensitive you want the stick to be for small moves and full movies. The rest of the Cold War scene swears by increasing your FOV as much as possible, but that won’t magically make you a better player-just go with what feels good.

Jumping around corners and shooting from the hip with a full bunch of ninja perks is a very specific type of game, but it seems to be the most powerful at the moment. The jump mechanics may be fixed at some point, but until then, players will follow the path of least resistance to victory. Love or hate-that’s how to win the Cold War. Good luck, soldier.

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