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Cold War: Playlist Update Today (March 18) - Patch Notes And Changes Explained

Here's what's new in the Cold War Playlist Update!

March 18, 2021

Update: Treyarch has released the patch notes for the update. We have updated the article to reflect the same.

There’s a new playlist update set to go live in Black Ops Cold War at some point today (March 18), we’ve got everything you need to know about what’s coming in today’s playlist update. Last week’s update saw the inclusion of St. Patrick’s Stockpile to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17. So, what’s new this week?

Season Two of Cold War and Warzone went live on February 25, and there was a lot of new content in both games. Not only were zombies introduced to Verdansk, but there was also a new Battle Pass for players to level up, and much more. If you haven’t jumped into Season Two yet, DualShockers has all the content you need surround the new season to get you ready for battle.

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New League Play Maps

With the start of Stage 2 of the Call of Duty League 2021, Treyarch has added two new maps into the rotation,  Apocalypse and Express. The inclusion of these new maps will only be for certain game modes, Apocalypse will be Hardpoint only, while Express will be Search and Destroy only.

With two new maps being rotated in, two maps must also be rotated out. Crossroads will be removed, along with Garrison.

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E-Tool Melee Weapon Changes

The E-Tool is a melee weapon that has only recently been introduced to Cold War, but fans weren’t happy with how un-fulfilling the weapon was in terms of power. Unlike most of the melee weapons in Call of Duty games, the E-Tool is a two-hit kill, but that looks like it’s about to change.

After fans repeatedly begged Treyarch to change the E-tool to a one-hit kill, Treyarch responded to a fan on Twitter hinting towards that change taking place in today’s playlist update.

Treyarch has also stated that there’s a full weapon tuning pass coming in the next major update. The date for that update is yet to be confirmed.

Cold War March 18 Update Patch Notes

Treyarch has confirmed that Knife Fight will be part of the March 18 Playlist Update, and will bring blueprint melee weapons to 3v3 Gunfight. The official Twitter account for Treyarch explained the new mode, “Go head-to-head with Blueprint versions of the Machete, Wakizashi, Sledgehammer, E-Tool, and Knife on our most intense maps for a limited time”.

Here are the complete patch notes of the update.



  • E-Tool
    • Changed from 2-hit to 1-hit kill.
    • Reduced melee swipe time.
    • Slightly increased movement speed boost.


  • Stockpile
    • Eliminate enemies to pick up dog tags and deposit your stash at the objective to earn points for your team.
    • First team to reach the score limit wins.
  • Knife Fight 3v3
    • 3v3 Gunfight with rotating randomized loadouts featuring Blueprint versions of the Machete, Wakizashi, Sledgehammer, E-Tool, and Knife.
    • First team to win six rounds wins the match.
  • Combined Arms Moshpit
    • New Quick Play playlist featuring Combined Arms: Hardpoint, Combined Arms: Domination, and Combined Arms: Assault.

Featured Playlists

  • Stockpile [NEW]
  • Knife Fight 3v3 [NEW]
  • Throwback Moshpit (also available in Hardcore)
  • Gun Game
  • Nuketown 24/7
  • Gunfight
  • Face Off (also available in Hardcore)



  • CDL Hardpoint
    • Added Apocalypse to CDL Hardpoint map rotation.
    • Removed Crossroads Strike from CDL Hardpoint map rotation.
  • CDL Search and Destroy
    • Added Express to CDL Search and Destroy map rotation.
    • Removed Garrison from CDL Search and Destroy map rotation.


Featured Playlists

  • Outbreak
  • Firebase Z
  • Die Maschine
  • Dead Ops Arcade: First Person
  • Dead Ops Arcade
  • Onslaught (PS4/PS5)
  • Onslaught Apocalypse (PS4/PS5)
  • Onslaught Nuketown (PS4/PS5)
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