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Best way to use the Cluster Strike & Precision Airstrike in Warzone

Published: 25/Sep/2020 15:20

by Jacob Hale


Call of Duty Warzone YouTuber JGOD has explained how and when you should be using streaks in Warzone, with specific uses for both the Cluster Strike and Precision Airstrike that could change your game.

Airstrikes aren’t the most popular things you’ll buy from the Buy Stations in Verdansk. Most commonly, you’ll be looking to pick up a Loadout Drop, Armor Plates or a UAV.

That said, if you’ve got the money to spare, the streaks on offer — namely the Precision Airstrike and the Cluster Strike — can come in particularly handy.

But how do you know which one you should pick, or the best time to use them?

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These tips could greatly help your decision-making when it comes to using streaks in Warzone.

It may seem simple at first glance: you pick up your streak and aim it at a rooftop to take out those annoying campers, or at a team you’ve seen out in the distance.

But, you might not have considered the strategy behind your decision, and considered that there’s way more to it than simply attempting to take out an enemy, as Call of Duty YouTuber JGOD explains in a video comparing the two streaks, trying to figure out which is best.

After showing how the two strikes work, with the Cluster seeming much more random than the Precision (which makes a lot of sense, given the name), and JGOD explained when you should be choosing to use the Cluster Strike over the Precision.

“If you need to rotate from one location to another, then maybe you put a Cluster on there because look also at how long it lasts.”

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JGOD goes on to explain that the Precision Airstrike would be preferred if you’re trying to target a rooftop or finishing a down, such as if you’ve sniped someone over a long distance and can’t get the angle on them to finish the job.

Obviously, a lot of it comes down to personal preference, but it’s well worth being aware of the circle and where you’re likely to rotate to next time you’re deciding which streak to buy at the Buy Station. If you think you might face some trouble getting into the new circle, the Cluster Strike might be best, but if you want to take over a building roof, then the Precision is the most viable option.

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Warzone boosts Activision microtransactions to over $1 billion in 3 months

Published: 30/Oct/2020 0:54

by Isaac McIntyre


Activision Blizzard has confirmed Warzone is indeed the mammoth money-maker everyone was always expecting it to be; the ever-growing Modern Warfare battle royale boosted the Call of Duty publisher’s total Q3 2020 earnings to $1.77 billion, including $1.2 billion in microtransactions.

Activision Blizzard, the overseers in charge of Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch, shattered expectations when they unveiled their Q3 2020 earnings on Oct. 29. The publisher made $1.77 billion over the past three months.

Much of that, Dexerto can confirm the publishers revealed in an investors call on Thursday, was due to the popularity of Warzone. The new Modern Warfare battle royale has gone from strength to strength since its mega-sized release on March 10 earlier this year.

According to Activision in the call, Warzone alone was responsible for bringing in a $773m slice of the total $1.7b sum. Modern Warfare sales also added to the haul.

Activision’s Blizzard arm also raked in a hefty chunk of the Q3 profits. Hearthstone and World of Warcraft ⁠— which is just four weeks from its next expansion ⁠— made $411m. Finally, King’s mobile juggernaut ‘Candy Crush’ dominated with $536m.

Warzone’s dominance in the past eight months comes as no surprise. Recently, the Call of Duty battle royale overtook genre leader Fortnite as the most popular free-to-play title on the market for teen gamers, according to Yahoo Finance.

This has translated directly into Activision’s financial success. 

The publishers reported close to two-thirds of Warzone players either owned the full Modern Warfare title, or purchased the 2019 game’s multiplayer and campaign after playing.

“What we’ve seen with Call of Duty is an amazing transformation,” Bobby Kotick, chief executive officer of Activision Blizzard, said. “The phenomenon we had with Warzone is so many people are buying the premium Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.”

Call of Duty microtransactions were also four times higher thanks to Warzone.

Warzone fired Activision's Q3 2020 earnings to nearly $2 billion.
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Warzone fired Activision’s huge Q3 2020 earnings to nearly $2 billion.

In raw numbers, this has led to a huge 38% increase in revenue year on year, or a $490 million spike between Q3 2019 and the new Q3 2020 earnings.

“Warzone has really become an incredible addition to the franchise. It’s a central place where we can connect the entire Call of Duty community,” Kotick continued.

“I think maintaining that tight connection to the game is really important, especially for players who want to check out everything Call of Duty has to offer. You saw that with Modern Warfare. We plan to continue that into the future.”

Activision is banking on Warzone's momentum continuing into Black Ops Cold War.
Activision is banking on Warzone’s momentum continuing into Black Ops Cold War.

Call of Duty has always been a juggernaut seller in the gaming community. It is now expected to continue its momentum into Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War early next month.

Black Ops Cold War will launch on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC on Nov. 13 with all three connected via crossplay. World of Warcraft’s next expansion, Shadowlands, is also finally set to drop soon after, on Monday, Nov. 23.