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What are the best perks to use in Call of Duty: Warzone?

Published: 1/Apr/2020 17:40 Updated: 6/Nov/2020 10:48

by Andy Williams


In Call of Duty: Warzone, cash is king. But the best and most efficient use of perks is an essential ingredient in Verdansk.

Call of Duty: Warzone has revolutionized the battle royale genre with its fresh take on respawning, in-game economy system, and custom loadouts.

It is the latter that has proved integral to player’s success. People are racking up stacks of cash fast to purchase their desired loadout.

Players defending Custom Loadout in Warzone.
Custom loadouts can be purchased via Buy Stations, which are dotted all around the map.

Though weapon(s) of choice can be tweaked to suit your specific playstyle, perks provide an opportunity to get one step ahead of the competition.

Previously, players would invest $8,500 in a custom loadout, and their player with three perks. However, players now have to pay a higher premium of $10,000 whenever they create their own loadout — so why not make the most of each available perk? Here’s how each one weighs up against each other to help you decide which perk best suits your playstyle.

Perk 1 slot

6. Perk 1: Kill Chain

Kill Chain perk in Warzone.

While the regular use of Kill Chain doesn’t necessarily have a place in Verdansk, the Warzone-specific added bonus of increasing your chances of finding a killstreak could end up being the difference between life and death in the endgame.

Picture this… you’re in the endgame circle, and another team has a high ground advantage. You have no way of taking them down, but then you remember that you have a Cluster Strike you found in a Supply Box earlier.

Without spending having to spend a dime, you can use the airstrike to give your team the upper-hand — all thanks to that trusty Kill Chain perk. The only caveat here is you don’t know just how much your chances are increased by.

5. Perk 1: Scavenger

Scavenger perk in Warzone.

There’s nothing worse than going on the hunt for ammo when you’re all out. Sneaking around and avoiding gunfights is a near-impossible task when you’re in a 150 player lobby. If only you had the opportunity to eliminate an enemy and resupply your ammo reserve from their corpse, right?

Well, Scavenger allows you to do just that. Regardless of the ammunition that your foe was carrying, you can replenish your stocks just by running near the scene of the crime. If you find yourself constantly running low, this could be an essential perk for you.

4. Perk 1: Double Time

Double Time perk in Warzone.

Ideal for close-quarters engagements and getting out of tight situations, Double Time would best suit an SMG class. If you prefer to dive into Verdansk gung-ho, then the ability to use your Tactical Sprint for twice as long is invaluable.

Also, looking to sneak up on players who are dominating the high ground? Boosting the speed at which you can move almost silently (crouch walking) is handy, too.

3. Perk 1: Quick Fix

Quick Fix perk in Warzone.

One of Warzone’s unique aspects is the automatic health regeneration system which provides a seamless transition from a traditional Call of Duty experience into the Battle Royale mode.

While there are Medical Syringes littered around the map, they take your valuable Tactical Equipment slot. If you often find yourself having to take down an entire enemy squad, Quick Fix will help you avoid getting taken down by the second or third member of the enemy party, who only killed you because you were already weak.

2. Perk 1: Cold-Blooded

Cold-Blooded perk in Warzone.

Ever been targeted by an enemy Recon Drone? Or shot down from afar by a thermal scope? Cold-Blooded helps put a stop to that, protecting detection by AI targeting systems (although Recon Drones will see you, you won’t be marked).

If you’re sporting a stealthy loadout, this is a must. Especially since Warzone’s meta revolves around players using thermal optics and taking the high ground.

1. Perk 1: E.O.D

E.O.D perk in Warzone.

Utility is a big part of Warzone’s meta. Unless you have Spotter equipped in your Perk 3 slot, you’ll be opening every door blind to what is on the other side. So if an enemy squad has taken control over a building you’re trying to breach, chances are their utility is scattered at major choke points (i.e., Claymores behind doors).

Having E.O.D. will mitigate the effects of explosives such as Claymores, C4 and Proximity Mines (which are dotted all over Warzone’s vast map). If you’re the first member of your squad into sticky situations, this will definitely come in handy.

Perk 2 slot

6. Perk 2: Pointman

Pointman perk in Warzone.

An effective way to earn money in Warzone is through the in-game objectives known as ‘Contracts.’ Essentially, upon completing the set mission, they’ll reward XP, cash, and loot. For very little work – such as holding down a designated area or looting some nearby Supply Boxes – players can easily boost their bank.

Pointman will provide a handy little bonus in cash for each mission that you complete. As with Kill Chain, the amount it provides as a bonus is not specified. Regardless, if you find yourself completing Contracts on the regular, Pointman will make each one more worthwhile.

5. Perk 2: Restock

Restock perk in Warzone.

The correct use of Tactical Equipment will greatly enhance your chances of winning an engagement with an enemy squad. Whether it be a well-timed Stun or the use of Snapshot Grenades for some intel on enemy movement, Restock will replenish your stocks over a 50-second period after one is used.

For example, Throwing Knives will be replenished with one extra knife, while Decoy Grenades and Stims will recharge twice as fast. So, if you tend to stick one piece of equipment throughout the duration of a game, this perk could take up that second slot.

4. Perk 2: Hardline

Hardline perk in Warzone.

Ever gone to snag an item from a Buy Station, only to find you’re a couple of hundred dollars short? Well, Hardline gives you a permanent 25% off the going rate for Killstreaks, Field Upgrades, and Armor Plates.

With UAVs being essential during the endgame, this could be a deciding factor if you constantly find yourself strapped for cash. Failing that, you could always pool your cash together with your teammates.

3. Perk 2: High Alert

High Alert perk in Warzone.

With up to 149 other players in Verdansk at one time, Warzone is about gaining an advantage by any means necessary. Equipping High Alert will make your HUD pulse when enemies are looking at you, but aren’t directly in your line of sight.

In a mode where intel means everything, the ability to have what is essentially a ‘Spidey-sense’ could be the difference between carrying on or being eliminated. While High Alert may be on the radar for some, others prefer a different kind of advantage.

2. Perk 2: Overkill

Overkill perk in Warzone.

What better way to get a leg up on the competition than to have two Primary Weapons at your disposal? The ability to gun down an enemy squad at any range will prove invaluable on certain portions of the map.

That’s why some of Warzone’s elite (current world record holders for most squad kills in a single match) run Overkill as their go-to Perk 2. Heck, you can even equip a Riot Shield for the ultimate defense without having to sacrifice your Primary Weapon of choice.

1. Perk 2: Ghost

Ghost perk in Warzone.

As we covered earlier, you can’t put a price on intel in Warzone. If you’ve ever been ransacked by an enemy squad completely out of the blue, chances are they’ve spotted you on a UAV, Snapshot Grenade or Heartbeat Sensor – again, knowledge is everything – and you can avoid that entirely.

Most players will utilize a UAV and/or Heartbeat Sensor during the final circle, so they can pinpoint exactly where those without Ghost are. Equipping Ghost will render you undetectable by the above tools — meaning that you can fly under the enemies’ radar and use their lack of knowledge to your strength. Besides, you can always loot around for a second Primary Weapon.

Perk 3 slot

6. Perk 3: Amped

Amped perk in Warzone.

Amped gives players the ability to swap their weapons faster (excluding pistols and knives), which perfectly compliments Overkill when rocking two Primary Weapons. Also, most equipment can be used faster while your Operator is Amped.

While this perk sounds handy on paper, its practicality is limited in a Warzone, where the threats generally outweigh your ability to whip out your Sniper Rifle a little faster or place a Claymore down a fraction quicker…

5. Perk 3: Shrapnel

Shrapnel perk in Warzone.

If you love to use explosives, then this is the perk for you. With vehicles slowly becoming the new meta in Warzone, players need an easy way of taking them down. Well how about spawning with an extra lethal, just for good measure? Shrapnel does just that.

When taking an RPG into battle, you have an extra projectile to throw an enemy’s way. On the other hand, if you rock a Claymore to safeguard key chokepoints on your favorite spot, then you’ll have an extra one for good measure.

4. Perk 3: Battle Hardened

Battle Hardened perk in Warzone.

In regular multiplayer, Flash and Stun Grenades are tossed around the map left, right, and center.

But in Warzone, the story is pretty different. Stims and Heartbeat Sensors regarded as the essential pieces of Tactical Equipment. However, Flashes/Stuns are pushed down the list — meaning the chances of you being hit by them are significantly reduced compared with multiplayer.

If you often find yourself being flashed or stunned mid-gunfight, using Battle Hardened will significantly reduce the strength of those. This allows you to keep your wits about you for a split second longer. As an extra benefit, your Operator will be totally immune to Snapshot Grenades.

3. Perk 3: Spotter

Spotter perk in Warzone.

Lethal Equipment plays a big part in Warzone. Whether it be a well-placed Claymore or Proximity Mine (or even if it’s just an enemy Trophy System), the ability to scout out enemy equipment could give you the tactical advantage before engaging.

This perk can be shared among your squad too, highlighting enemy equipment for your teammates simply by aiming at them.

2. Perk 3: Tune Up

Tune Up perk in Warzone.

Often the last alive in your squad or are the designated medic? Tune Up is a must-have perk. Not great in a solos match, it’s almost essential to those who are constantly picking up squadmates.

Tune Up allows you to get your teammates back in the action 25% faster than the standard time. If you manage to make it past Gulag closure, Tune Up is the difference between taking on your enemies as a pack as opposed to being a lone wolf.

1. Perk 3: Tracker

Tracker perk in Warzone.

Arguably the most overpowered perk of them all, Tracker effectively gives you a permanent UAV. With this equipped, enemies will leave temporary footprint trails behind them which glow red. So if there are enemies nearby, you’ll know about it.

Tracker will conceal death markers of enemies that you kill, alongside revealing markers of recent enemy death locations. This will give the ultimate intel on your foes.

So there you have it, all of Warzone’s perks ranked in descending order. It’s important to understand that all of these perks will suit individual play styles in a different way.

Aggressive players might be more inclined to use E.O.D, Overkill and Tracker. Conservative playstyles might benefit most from Cold-Blooded, Ghost, and Spotter to prevent the enemies from getting the jump on you!

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Team Tommey wins $20K Totino’s Black Ops Brawl tourney: Final results

Published: 25/Nov/2020 1:25 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 1:36

by Jacob Hale


Totino’s was the latest to host a massive esports event with $20,000 on the line in one of the first proper  Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War tournaments, one that featured top pro players and some of the most popular streamers.

Over the years, we’ve seen the frozen pizza brand host tournaments in multiple games as well as form sponsorships with the likes of 100 Thieves, who recently entered the Call of Duty League with the LA Thieves.

Now, with Black Ops Cold War out and players starting to really get to grips with the game, they teamed up with a number of top names in Call of Duty, including the Minnesota RØKKR CDL team, to put on a show for fans. Here’s everything you need to catch up on the event.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl recap

With a single-elimination bracket, teams only had one life to prove themselves with. As a result, four teams were immediately knocked out from the first round with no chance at redemption. Nameless, Swagg, Hitch, and Symfuhny all crashed out of the competition early on with their teams taken down right away.

While Tommey’s team advanced through to the grand final, they met a dominant force in the last series of the day. TeeP and his stacked squad refused to drop a map throughout the day. They came away with 3-0 wins over Symfuhny and Crowder to land in the finals.

The opening Hardpoint on Moscow came down to the wire with TeeP’s team narrowly edging it out. However, the next SnD on Miami was the polar opposite. Tommey’s team struck back with an insane 6-0 performance to tie things up. From here on out, their team kept the momentum rolling and closed out the grand final victory.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl results

Black Ops Brawl event
The final bracket for Totino’s Black Ops Brawl.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl stream & schedule

The Totino’s Black Ops Brawl was a four-hour event that took place on Tuesday, November 24.

The show kicked off at 3pm ET (12pm PT/8pm GMT) live from Totino’s Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded here for you to easily rewatch.

It was hosted by Call of Duty League casters Joe ‘Merk’ Deluca and Clint ‘Maven’ Evans, with $20,000 on the line for competing teams.

Who played in the Black Ops Brawl event?

From the most accomplished pro players to the most popular streamers, plenty of big names got involved in this $20k competition. If you’ve been following Cold War events since launch, all of the familiar faces turned out for this one as well. Simp, Tommey, Shotzzy, and Symfuhny were just a handful of names that got involved. Below is a full overview of the captains for the Black Ops Brawl tournament.

  • Symfuhny
  • Swagg
  • Tommey
  • Censor
  • Crowder
  • Hitch
  • Nameless
  • TeePee
Totino's Black Ops Brawl casters Merk and Maven
Merk and Maven hosted the Black Ops Brawl.

Format and prize pool

Eight teams were lined up for the start of the event as the single-elimination bracket got underway. One series loss was all anyone could afford. In total, the winning team had to get through three consecutive best of three matchups against the top challengers.

As for the prize pool, there was $20,000 on the line, with $15,000 going directly to the winning team and the remaining $5,000 going to the team that finished in second place.