As part of Season 3 Reloaded for Black Ops Cold War, Treyarch has taken another trip down memory lane and has bought back one of the best maps to appear in any Call of Duty game. Standoff is the latest classic Black Ops map to arrive in Black Ops Cold War, much to the delight of casual and competitive players.
Known for its clear three-lane structure and numerous sightlines that can be utilised, Standoff is widely considered to be one of the very best Call of Duty maps thanks to its design which lends itself to every single style of play.
Standoff is the third classic map to arrive in Black Ops Cold War after Raid and Express were added to the game in previous seasons of post-launch content.
In this guide, find everything you need to know about Standoff, including the best ways to play, map hotspots, and the best weapons to use!
Standoff Cold War Map Overview
Set in a small settlement on the border between China and Kyrgyzstan, Standoff is the epitome of a three-lane map design.
The main street that runs through the middle of the map is the most open area with minimal cover, making it a haven for snipers to pick off any opponents attempting to make their way into the central house.
To give players a way to navigate the map without having to go near the street, there are a number of flanking routes that can be utilised to great effect.
The multi-storey house located in the centre of the map is always a hotbed for chaotic close-quarters action for players attempting to gain some kind of control.
The open garden at the front of the house is full of corners that can be used to set up an ambush against unsuspecting opponents while the first floor of the house features a window that provides an excellent view of the hay bales and the tank outside of the smaller house on the left.
If you're looking to keep control of this building, be sure to be aware of the rear entrance to avoid being taken out from behind and the ability to jump up from the garden and into the top window. A shotgun shell to the face can easily catch you out if you're not focused on any potential threats in close proximity!
At the opposite end of the map where the hay bales are located is the shop.
The bottom floor comes with two entrances from either side, enabling players to access the building from the warehouse on the north side of the map and the statue.
With the perfect vantage point from one end of the map to the other, the upper floor is the ideal place for snipers to make an impact. Players are often found taking part in long-range duels against those on the other side attempting to score those elusive Longshot medals.
Another key area of the map is the warehouse that is located behind the central house.
Featuring a window at the top of the staircase, this vantage point is ideal for long-range engagements against players attempting to cross into the shop from the statue and anyone attempting to advance out the back of the central house.
With an alleyway running around the perimeter of the building, it can be very easy for players to spring a surprise attack, so be sure to lay down some Proximity Mines in order to avoid an unexpected elimination.
The Best Ways To Play
Speed, Speed, Speed!
Thanks to the movement mechanics of Black Ops Cold War, it can be very easy to get the upper hand over an opponent by getting up close and personal using speed to your advantage.
Equip a powerful SMG such as the MAC-10 and just before entering a building, slide through it to catch an opponent off-guard, resulting in an easy elimination.
Slow And Steady
Fast and aggressive gameplay isn't everyone's favourite way to play and thanks to the variety of long-range sightlines, patiently picking off enemies with a powerful sniper rifle can be just as effective as sprinting around the map.
I recommend sitting in the upper floor of the shop for a crystal-clear view of the main street and the opposite building that often houses another sniper looking for kills.
The Best Weapons To Use
Based on the current meta, a variety of weapons will be effective during a match on Standoff.
Here are my recommendations:
- Krig 6
- Swiss K31