This week, the world’s first official Call of Duty: Warzone tournament, hosted by Twitch Rivals, kicks off and it promises to be one of the biggest esports events of the year with some big money prizes on the line. The player pool is at 30 teams of three players per region from Europe, North America and Taiwan all taking part in the prestigious tournament with matches consisting of Battle Royale mode teams, as well as Solos.
Taking place on March 25th and 26th, each day will feature a 3.5 hour-long tournament per region, with some of the world’s most skilled Call of Duty streamers showcasing their skills in the event of the year. Brought to you by both Twitch Rivals and Activision, this is the real deal!
So to help get into the spirit of things, we’ve come up with our best Tips and Tricks which will hopefully give you a helping hand when dropping into Call of Duty: Warzone for yourself! Whether you’re a pro or fresh out of the Gulag, there’s definitely a way to sharpen your skills.
When dropping into the Verdansk map, as obvious as it sounds, choose your landing spot carefully! When you parachute in, try not to land in a location where everyone else is landing and try to get a high vantage point as soon as possible. It’s also vastly important to quickly learn all the areas where supply crates are most likely to spawn. Scoring an epic or legendary weapon early on will help to give you an advantage against your opponents.
When dropping in, you can pull your parachute early to travel further distances across the map. But be careful when cutting your parachute to hit your landing spot faster – your parachute won’t deploy automatically after you have cut it and you’ll find yourself as flat as a pancake on the ground if you don’t redeploy it in time.
Talk to Your Team
Communication is your strongest ally in this battle. Stay close to your team and only split when you really need to. If you do, don’t wander too far and be ready to assist your teammates quickly when sh*t hits the fan. Also make sure you let your team know where the enemy is either by vocal communication, pinging their location, or via a UAV. Get into the habit of checking your radar often for signs of enemy activity and use the compass coordinates at the top of your screen to help relay an enemy’s location.
Get a Second Chance in Gulag
If you die you will be thrown in the 1v1 Gulag standoff against another player. The winner of this 1v1 encounter will get one more chance at fighting alongside your teammates (or against everyone else in solo). But should you lose in the Gulag, your teammates can still revive you if they’ve found enough cash to buy you back via a Buy Station.
When you kill an enemy, they’ll drop a percentage of the cash they’re currently holding, which you can then loot off the ground next to them. You can also pick up cash dropped by your teammates, and there’s – of course – supply crates. Your best chance of pulling in the big bucks, however, is by completing in-game Contracts. Not only will these give you some hear-earned spends, but also XP for your account, battle pass and weapons.
Types of Contracts
There are three main types of Contracts to acquire. First is “Recon,” which requires you to move to a specific location and capture it within the designated ring, kind of like Capture the Flag. Some Contracts will even let you preview where the next safe zone location as the poisonous gas closes in on the map.
Next is “Bounty”: this premise is simple, find and eliminate the targeted player to earn the cash. However, if the bounty target escapes your clutches, they will receive the cash bonus instead of you.
The final Contract type is “Scavenger”: this requires you to open three selected supply crates across the designated area. Completing Scavenger missions will grant you and your teammates weapons, armor plates, and some always-important gas masks.
The more Contracts you do in a single match, the higher your contract bonus goes and the more cash and better loot you get from the next contract. The more you know, huh!
Don’t Rush In
Whether you’re playing solo or in a team, avoid rushing into battles, unless you have no other choice. A sudden rush of the blood can lead to firing inaccuracies or you could run straight into an ambush. However, if you down an enemy and you’re part of a team, co-ordinate and flank the downed enemy to cover your bases and finish them before they can revive. When you or an enemy is downed and then revived, a sound clip will be played, and knowing this sound can avoid you rushing into an enemy now-revived. Don’t forget – opponents could also be listening out for you too.
Be Careful When Reviving
If one of your teammates is downed, don’t rush in to save them, because a sniper may be watching. Check your surroundings first before making yourself an easy target. If your teammate is being scoped, it might be best to leave them behind and hope that they can win the 1v1 Gulag encounter, unless you have generated enough cash to bring them back. Speaking of snipers, as a general rule, you should never leave yourself out in the open for too long; otherwise you’ll be a sitting duck.
Ambush those Flares
Watch out for Flares! If you see a red flare shoot into the sky, it means that an enemy has been revived via a Buy Station, and a yellow flare will be activated if someone is attempting to capture a Recon point. If you pick your moment wisely, these flares can be used to ambush opposing players before they know what’s hit them.
Complete Recon Missions
Utilise Recon Missions to gain an added advantage. By completing Recon Missions, you will be given the location of the next safe zone, before the surrounding gas closes in. The sooner you complete the Recon Missions, the sooner you get the advantage and can fortify and prepare yourself in the best locations possible.
Importance of Buy Stations
While Buy Stations play a more prominent role in modes such as Plunder, they are also of the utmost importance in any of Call of Duty: Warzone’s modes. At the Buy Stations you can buy the ability to bring back a teammate if they lose the 1v1 Gulag encounter, revive a downed teammate prior to death, purchase a Gas Mask or Armour Plates, as well as Killstreaks and more. Below you can find what you can purchase at the Buy Stations and how much it will cost you:
- Redeployment : $4,500
- Loadout Drop Marker: $6,000
- Self-Revive Kit: $4,500
- UAV: $4,000
- Gas Mask: $3,000
- Precision Airstrike: $3,500
- Cluster Strike: $3,000
- Armour Plate Bundle: $1,500
- Munitions Box: $5,000
- Shield Turret: $2,000
Listen Out for Supply Crates
When trying to find a Crate, listen out for a humming noise, if you’re careful, this should lead you to its location. But be warned, the chances are that other players will be on the lookout too and are likely in the same area!
Stick to What You Know
For me, I always try to stick to what I know and that includes weaponry. While it’s great to try out a new gun, with each weapon comes a new learning curve and time is not always on your side in Warzone. So if you can, stick to the weapons you know best and try out new weapons in practice or tutorial modes.
Beware of Campers
This issue (or tactic depending on your perspective), is one as old as the Call of Duty series itself, beware of campers! While some consider it to be a fair practice, many others frown upon it. However, whichever way you look at it, camping can especially be considered a viable tactic as a Warzone match nears its end. So make sure when entering a building, check those corners and the bathrooms!
Don’t Gas Out
Last but certainly not least, it’s another obvious one, but be wary of the Gas closing in. Sometimes we can get a little engrossed, especially when we find a great sniping spot and before we know it, the Gas is on our ass! This could then result in your rushing to the nearest safe zone with other players, and if an opposing player has anticipated this herd of panic, you and other players will be easy pickings.
Well, there you have it; there are our Need to Know Tips & Tricks to win Call of Duty: Warzone.
To check out how the pros manage all the nuances of Call of Duty: Warzone, check out the Twitch Rivals Warzone tournament kicking off later this week.
You can follow all the action on Twitch starting March 25 at 16:00 GMT/17:00 CET/9:00am PDT. The tournament will then continue with its second day of streaming on March 26th starting at 16:00 GMT/17:00 CET/9:00am PDT. We hope to see you there!
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