30 Essential Tips for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s Beta

By | October 10, 2020

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This page of IGNs Black Ops Cold War guide contains over 30 essential tips and tricks for surviving the Multiplayer Beta. The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Beta event is set to run over two weekends, with each weekend event running over the course of four days.

For more information on how to get in to the Beta and the weekend schedules, check out our detailed Beta Guide here to learn more.

Whether you’re a seasoned Call of Duty veteran or simply getting started, these essential tips and tricks will give you the upper advantage over most players and will help you dominate on the battlefield.

General Tips to Consider While Playing

  • Arguably the biggest tip we can give for the Black Ops Cold War Beta is to simply have fun! Try not to worry too much about your Kill to Deaths Ratio (KDR) as your stats will not transfer to the main game at launch.
  • With no stat transfer, use this time to perfect your settings and learn the ins and outs of the different maps and modes. Furthermore, try out some of the different weapons that the game has to offer as what you think may be terrible, could just end up being your favorite weapon!
  • Remember, reaching level 10 in the Beta will unlock the Mutual Animosity Weapon Blueprint at launch!
  • Not all items, maps and modes will be available during the first weekend as Treyarch has limited the level cap to just 25. While the level cap for the second Beta weekend has yet to be revealed, we would expect this to rise to approximately level 40.

Tweak these Settings to Enhance Your Gameplay

Let’s start off with adjusting your settings, as the slightest tweaks can really impact that the way that you play the Cold War Beta.
  • A Field of View (FOV) Slider has finally been introduced into the game! This is the first time in Call of Duty history that players can adjust their FOV on consoles. When adjusting the FOV slider, which you will find in the settings, keep in mind that the higher you set the bar, the more frames that you will lose. While it’s entirely personal preference, we found that setting the slider to 105 was a great balance.
  • If you’re looking to regain some of your loss frames, consider turning off your Horizontal Compass in the HUD Elements settings, as let’s be honest, nobody really uses it. With no need to constantly render anymore, you’ll earn yourself some extra frames. With even more customization options to be found in the HUD Elements, try playing around with the settings and find things that you don’t necessarily need such as the Ally Health Bars.
  • Next, be sure to turn off Motion Blur as it makes both your environment and weapon blurry when moving. Making it increasingly difficult to accurately fire your shots.
  • Being able to hear your enemies is crucial, so if you’re struggling to hear your enemies, consider turning your Audio Presets setting to High Boost. This will help make footsteps even louder.
  • While it may be personal preference, enabling the Slowdown and Strafing Aim Assist setting can drastically help make you more accurate and ultimately land more kills.
  • Don’t be fooled though, the game will not automatically aim for you, as you’ll still need to do the majority of the aiming yourself. We have noticed that the aim assist will only kick in once you have started aiming at your opponent for a few seconds. Additionally, having your opponent in the middle of your crosshairs before aiming down the sight has made a big difference, as the aim assistance feels more much more responsive.
  • Finally, there is no better time than the beta to test your preferred sensitivity, as you will be surprised at just how much a small tweak can make to your gameplay. As stated before, these settings are all personal preference, however most streamers and professional players will run their sensitivity somewhere between the range of 7 to 12.


Team Communication is Key

  • Communicating with your team is crucial in Call of Duty, especially as you face more challenging and experienced opponents. This is why the popular ping system has made its debut in all of Cold War’s multiplayer modes.
  • The locational Ping system will allow you to ping objectives, loot, locations, and enemies for your teammates. By default, Ping is mapped to the Left D-Pad on controllers and Z on keyboards. To ping an enemy locations or trap, double tap Ping to create a dedicated Danger Ping.

Essential Combat Tips and Tricks to Help You Dominate on the Battlefield

  • It’s important to stress that Black Ops Cold War does not play like Modern Warfare or Warzone, so don’t play like it is.
  • Much like other Treyarch games, the TTK (Time to Kill) is longer than usual. We’ve estimated that the TTK is approximately 1 extra shot when compared to the likes of Modern Warfare and Warzone. The new TTK will take a while to get use to, so in the mean time just remember to keep shooting until your enemies are dead.
  • As with the increased TTK, landing headshots are more important that ever. Be sure to utilize them as much as possible to help lower your TTK.
  • Scorestreaks will no longer reset on death! Don’t be fooled though, as deaths do still matter as they actually play a significant part in being able to earn points towards purchasing scorestreaks.
  • While scorestreak may not reset on death, your score multiplier will. With scorestreaks carrying heft prices, earning them has been made a little more difficult as you won’t start earning big points until over 4 kill streaks.
  • Those with high KDR’s will find that they will earn scorestreaks significantly faster than those that die more often.
  • When traversing the maps of Miami, Armada, and Satellite be sure to keep out eye out for Snipers! Snipers can usually be spotted when they’re aiming down the scope by looking for shiny glints.
  • Don’t be surprised to see more shotguns, as the changes to Create A Class has now placed them in the secondary weapon category. So keep your guard up and traverse those tight corridors of Moscow carefully.
  • Lasers will not give away your position in game! So, don’t be afraid to attach them to your weapons.
  • While it may take a few minutes to start up, the Field Mic is arguably one of the most powerful Field Upgrades available in the Beta. Acting essentially as a ground UAV, the Field Mic will highlight enemy sounds within a certain radius on your mini-map.
  • Movement has receive a massive update since the Alpha. With improved movement, Strafing has become even more effective. For those unaware, Strafing can be described as always being on the move when firing at enemies. The constant moving left and right, back and forwards will throw off your enemies shot, making them much more likely to miss.
  • Remember to always use your equipment! Hording your Grenades and Stuns while you wait for that perfect moment will provide no advantage, and in most cases you’ll likely died before you get that chance, wasting a potential opportunity.
  • Cold War has no weapon flinch, so when an enemy starts firing at you, your weapon and aim will not move.
  • You can now reload while aiming down the sights, as the much loved feature from Modern Warfare has made a return the Black Ops series.
  • Struggling the compete with your opponents during a match? You’ll be happy to know that you can now edit and customize your Loadouts on the go!
  • As annoying as the saying “Can anyone take out that Spy Plane” may be, you’ll want to be using your scorestreaks on the UAV at all times during the Beta. With this being your first time playing the maps, the UAV can help you gain a better understanding of popular routes and spawn locations.