Valorant

Valorant Escalation guide: tips & tricks for new TDM game mode

Published: 19/Feb/2021 0:03

by Andrew Amos

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Escalation is Valorant’s take on a Team Deathmatch (TDM) mode, but for CS:GO players, it’d be reminiscent of Arms Race. With that in mind, read on to learn how to win more games in Escalation with a range of tips and tricks to stomp your foes.

Escalation is now the fourth major Valorant game mode. The TDM-style mode draws on elements of CS:GO to bring a whole lot of chaos and fun to the game.

If you want to jump into the action, we’ve got all the info you need to make sure your first game ⁠— and many others after it ⁠— are all wins. Well, that’s if you’ve got the aim at least.

How does Escalation work in Valorant?

If you ever played Gun Game or Arms Race in CS:GO, you’d get the gist of Escalation. It’s slightly different from those game modes, but the primary objective is the same: get kills, and swap guns when you do.

Instead of it being based around individuals, Escalation is a team game. You need to hit a set amount of kills with a certain weapon as a team. Then, you’ll progress onto a new weapon. Typically, the weapons will range from most deadly to least deadly, before ending with a final knife round.

It’s not just weapons too. It’s Agent abilities ⁠— so you could have to watch out for a million Shock Darts or Showstoppers flying your way too. Whoever gets to the final knife round and gets seven kills first wins.

Phoenix and Viper in Valorant Escalation
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Stick to your guns: Play as a team, and play positions that suit your weapons.

Play as a team

It’s called Team Deathmatch for a reason, and in Escalation, you’ll win a lot more games if you play as a team. If you group up and attack as a ball, against most weapons that’ll serve you well. Just be mindful if Raze’s Showstopper or shotguns are in play, and adapt if needed.

If you play together, running around the map as a unit, you’ll win most of your fights at a five versus one or two enemies. It’s simple math.

Find areas of the map that work for your guns

Where you can really gain an advantage in Escalation is playing in the right parts of the maps for your gun. You don’t want to be using shotguns in Mid on Icebox ⁠— look towards holding down A Site.

If you position correctly around the map, you’ll give yourself the best chance of winning duels, and those small fights can ultimately win you the game.

Valorant Escalation final level
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The final level will typically be a knife round, but sometimes other guns will be involved.

Remember to utilize health packs

Just like Deathmatch, enemies will drop health packs when they die. If you take damage in a fight, you can use it to top up. However, these health packs can also be the perfect bait. You can hold them, catching unsuspecting enemies looking for a heal.

If you take these three things into account, you’ll give yourself the best chance of winning a game. Obviously, having great aim and other core mechanics is even better, but the small one-percenters do add up.

Be sure to jump into Escalation as it’s only around for a limited time, but could be making a return permanently down the line!

Call of Duty

Warzone & Black Ops Cold War Season 2 Battle Pass: All tiers & rewards

Published: 25/Feb/2021 5:38

by Albert Petrosyan

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With Season 2 of both Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone now live, we’ve got the complete rundown on every single item in the new Battle Pass.

The Battle Pass has become a key part of every new season in Call of Duty over the past year-plus, and Season 2 of Cold War and Warzone is no exception.

Once again, players have 100 Tiers to level up through to unlock all the fresh new content, including Operator skins, weapon blueprints, charms, watches, XP tokens, CoD Points, and more.

As usual, the S2 Battle Pass has both a paid and free version; the former gives players access to every single reward while the latter allows fans to still unlock some of the items without paying a dime, such as the two new guns. Everything you need to know about the BP can be found below.

Cold War & Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass: Price & bundle

There are two options for the premium (paid) version of the Battle Pass. The first is to just buy the barebones version, which costs 1,000 CoD Points and unlocks only the items available at Tier 0.

However, for those who want a nice head start, there is also a Battle Pass Bundle that can be purchased for 2,400 CP, and it includes 20 instant Tier Skips, unlocking everything between Tier 0-20.

It’s also always worth pointing out that completing the full BP grants you a total return of 1,300 CP, which means you get all your Points back plus an extra 300. This technically means you can buy a BP once and always get enough CP back to buy future Passes as well.

Cold War & Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass: New guns

FARA 83 in Season 2
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The FARA 83 assault rifle can be unlocked by reaching Tier 15 of the Season 2 Battle Pass.

There are two new weapons released at the launch of Season 2: the FARA 83 assault rifle and LC-10 SMG. As usual, both of these are completely free for players to unlock; all you have to do is reach the necessary Tiers in the BP by grinding the game.

The FARA is available at Tier 15, while the LC-10 gets unlocked by reaching Tier 31.

LC-10 SMG in Season 2
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The brand new LC-10 SMG is available at Tier 31 of the Season 2 Battle Pass.

Cold War & Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass: Free items

In addition to the FARA 83 and LC10, there are a few other rewards that can be obtained through the S2 BP without having to purchase it:

  • FARA 83 Assault Rifle: Tier 15
  • LC-10 SMG: Tier 31
  • Three War Track Packs
    • Black Ops 2 Mixtape: Tier 44
    • Rock Pack II: Tier 72
    • Pop Rock: Tier 94
  • Glade Ripper LMG Blueprint: Tier 21
  • Dragon Idol SMG: Tier 55
  • 300 CoD Points
  • And more

Cold War & Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass: Tier 100

Tier 100 is usually reserved for the most prestigious cosmetic items in the entire Battle Pass and S2 follows that trend as well. Reaching the final Tier unlocks two high-end cosmetics:

  • Warlord Naga Operator Skin: Naga is the new Operator in Season 2, and this skin features him wearing a ceremonial mask and a gold-trimmed leather jacket to show off his warlord status. Tier 100 also unlocks two Operator Missions for Naga.
  • Poison Dart Legendary LC-10 Blueprint: With the brand new LC-10 being one of two featured weapons in the BP, the final tier unlocks a special camo for it that has a green-and-black amphibian design to it.
Tier 100 in Season 2 Battle Pass
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Unlock this Naga skin & LC-10 Blueprint by reaching Tier 100 of the Season 2 Battle Pass.

Cold War & Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass: Reactive Blueprints

A brand new type of cosmetic is introduced in Season 2: the ultra-rarity Reactive Weapon Blueprints. These function the same as regular blueprints, in the sense that they’re for a specific weapon and have pre-set attachments, but they feature a “reactive” design that changes with the more kills you get.

The Battle Pass contains one such item, the Vulture Exo, which has a “pulsating green energy across the skeleton of a bird that wraps around the entire weapon.” As you get kills with the gun, the color of the energy goes from green to blue to orange and finally, red. Vulture Exo gets unlocked at Tier 95 of the paid BP.

While this is the only Reactive Blueprint in the Battle Pass, Activision has confirmed that one for the AK-74u, called the “Z-74u,” will be available as part of the Maxis Operator Bundle, which will go on sale during the second week of Season 2.

In addition to the Z-74u, the bundle also contains the new Samantha Maxis Operator, a finishing move, and several other cosmetic items.

Maxis Operator Bundle in Season 2
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A Reactive Blueprint for the AK-74u is available in the Maxis Operator Bundle.

Below is a full rundown on all 100 Tiers in the Season 2 Battle Pass.

Black Ops Cold War Season 2 Battle Pass: all tiers & rewards

Free Rewards, Tiers 1-5

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass
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Free Rewards and Tiers 1-5.

Tiers 1-9

 

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass
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Tiers 1-9.

Tiers 10-18

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass
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Tiers 10-18.

Tiers 19-27

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass
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Tiers 19-27.

Tiers 28-36

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass
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Tiers 28-36.

Tiers 37-45

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass
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Tiers 37-45.

Tiers 48-54

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass
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Tiers 48-54.

Tiers 55-63

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass
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Tiers 55-63.

Tiers 64-72

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass
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Tiers 64-72.

Tiers 73-81

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass
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Tiers 73-81.

Tiers 82-90

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass
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Tiers 82-90.

Tiers 91-99

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass
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Tiers 91-99.

Tiers 95-100

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 2 Battle Pass
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Tiers 95-100.