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Black Ops Cold War players call for changes to Prestige Master Icons

Players are calling for change after their purchased Prestige Icons are locked until they reach Prestige Master in Cold War Season 2.

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Players can’t use their purchased Prestige Icons in Black Ops Cold War Season 2 until they reach Prestige Master. This has left a sour taste in their mouths, forcing them to call for change.

Black Ops Cold War’s Prestige Shop is designed to combine the traditional Prestige system with the new seasonal progression. For every Prestige a player hits in a season, they will unlock a Prestige Key which they can spend on classic icons, emblems, and calling cards from previous Call of Duty games.

You can only purchase and use these icons once you hit ‘Prestige Master’ at level 200. Because progression has been reset for Black Ops Cold War Season 2, players have lost access to their purchased icons, and they’re not happy.

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A post by Reddit user dgadano called out Treyarch, asking: “so you are telling me that I leveled up 200 levels, got my custom prestige icons and now I can’t use them til I level up 200 levels again?”

As reaching level 200 takes a considerable amount of playtime, some players may not have reached the Prestige Master until the end of the Season. As a user in the comments explains: “I spent so long the last two weeks grinding from level 100 to 200 just to unlock my favourite black ops 2 prestige icon and now I can’t even use it?”

For those who have grinded to unlock the Legacy Icons, it’s a kick in the teeth for them to be taken away at the start of the new season.

Players in the comments have reported progression has been considerably slower this season than last, so leveling up and getting access to already-purchased items again may take even longer in Season 2.

As the Prestige Level has been raised this season, it’s likely that the intention was for Season 2’s Prestige Icons to be used until players have hit Prestige Master. However, players who have spent time and effort unlocking their favorite icons are understandably frustrated and would like it changed.

Image Credit: Treyarch