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What is the quickest way that you have found to level up in MW2?

EDIT: I've been playing a lot of Hardcore CTF lately with friends... this has been getting me a lot of XP... we would just hold the flag and play for a draw the first 2 rounds and cap in the 3rd round if possible...

i'd say 8k up to 25k xp per round..

CTF XP

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I would say avoid big games especially Ground War. It seems it's easier to get kills because there's more people but in fact it's a lot harder to get high kill streak because of bigger chance of getting killed.

Do learn the maps as fast as you can so you can easily pick good spots and avoid those from where you can get killed from easily. Watch killcams for that (as was suggested in the answer to another question).

Unlock challenges for the same gun to get optimal performance out of it. Almost every gun (at least from assault rifles) can be configured to be effective.

Lastly, try to play stealth to avoid many deaths and therefore build higher streaks. Use silencer, Ninja and Cold Blooded for that.

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    Worth mentioning that if you're having a hard time playing on any given day, it's prudent to equip low killstreak rewards, rather than the higher ones which tend to make you even more frustrated. – happy_soil Jul 8 '10 at 9:21
  • Also note the cold blooded bug: if you shoot down a pavelow or any other kill streak that starts spiraling after it dies, every bullet you put into it after that counts as a cold blooded 'kill'. Its an easy way to get cold blooded pro and a bunch of experience. Also, if you really want a speed run, try to complete as many achievements as possible (unless you are the kinda person who can use one and only one gun in which case stick with your favorite gun) – Ritwik Bose Jul 15 '10 at 1:58
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I actually recommend playing Ground War, especially Domination. You can rack up some serious points will capturing the flag point and kills. A good strategy would be to spawn trap the opposing team. You can accomplish this by letting them hold one flag and they will spawn around that point. The AC-130 is great for spawn trapping.

Headquarters Pro is also another game type where you can rack up experience points. You get +10 for every 5 seconds you hold the HQ, but you do not respawn if you die during the time. You will have to wait until the other team destorys the HQ.

The last game type you can play is Search and Destory. You get serious experience points for kills and destorying the target. I personally do not like this game mode, I find it boring.

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    Also, maximize your playing time during double xp weekends. – DarkShiva Jul 13 '10 at 4:02
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A decent way to get easy points is setting up a SAM turret in Ground War. Just set it up somewhere and wait for it to shoot things down.

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I found that I got the most experience per minute played in Demolition.

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I hear that Headquarters Pro is supposed to be good for earning XP quickly.

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Headquarters Pro is great since it's fast to gain points by capping or defending, and since enemies will always target the area you're defending. I'd avoid any type of deathmatch or free-for-all since the only way to get points is to call in killstreaks or kill players.

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Definitely Search and Destroy. You get 500 XP per kill and 1000 for planting/defusing the bomb.

  • You do however respawn only once. Therefore, if you aren't a pro then you'll have a hard time scoring at all. – Dmitry Selitskiy Jun 21 '11 at 1:20
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In Black Ops you could check your Score Per Minute by game type statistics page. It would give you some clues about what works best for your play style.

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In Black Ops (on the PC at least), I've found it's pretty easy to grind on one of the many available 24/7 Nuketown servers. Throw 18 people onto a tiny map like that and, well...

Points. They happen.

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