Call of Duty: Warzone has brought a very unique mechanic to the Battle Royale (BR) genre. In past BR’s, if a player was eliminated the only option would be to spectate their teammates until the game is over. Apex Legends brought a revive mechanic to the genre in which teammates could revive their fallen teammates at certain points throughout the map.
Warzone takes this mechanic a step further with the introduction of the Gulag: a prison like arena in which eliminated players face off against each other in a 1v1 showdown. The winner instantly drops back into the match near their teammates. This increases players’ survivability within the match, allowing for more opportunities to get back into the game and get the win.
Winning your Gulag match eases pressure on your teammates by not requiring them to spend money to bring you back. Each player only gets one opportunity at the Gulag per match.
To help maximize your potential respawns, Clutch has put together some tips and tricks to help you clutch your Gulag match and get back into the fight.
Use the Enemy Outline
When you get into your Gulag match, much like the multiplayer mode Gunfight you can see an outline of your opponent on the other side of the arena. This can be to your advantage. Inexperienced players will telegraph their intent by facing the direction they intend to go, allowing you to get the drop on them.
However, experienced players can use this to their advantage by bluffing their intentions and then doing the opposite. To keep the other player guessing, ensure to face directly at their outline. This ensures that they have to guess which way you intend to move at the start.
If you’re not the run-and-gun type, take your time. Find a good spot on either side of the middle of the arena to post up and watch for the player to cross. Once you have their location you can make numerous decisions from there as how to proceed.
You can try to cross yourself and attack them from behind, challenge them with the advantage of knowing where they will be, or use your tactical grenade to either stun, flash, or smoke them out. Use whatever strategy works best for you.
If the timer runs out and neither player has been eliminated, a flag will spawn in the middle of the arena. Capturing the flag wins the round, so positioning yourself here early can potentially see you capturing the flag before the enemy player can even reach you.
Tacticals Are Key
There are three tactical grenades you can spawn with in the Gulag: stun grenade, flash grenade, and smoke grenade. Each can be used to your advantage, but the most powerful of the three is the stun grenade by far. Players who are hit with a stun grenade find their movement and turn speed drastically reduced.
If you can land a stun grenade on your target it is very easy to maneuver behind or to the side of them before the duration of the effect ends for an easy kill. They will be watching helplessly as they try to turn their character to engage, but cannot. If you have a flash grenade you can use it similarly, but a more direct approach can work since they cannot see (although their movement is not hindered in any way from a flash grenade).
There are two ways in which to employ the stun and flash grenades: offensively or to gain information. If you know where the enemy is you can toss the tactical grenade directly at them, more than likely scoring a hit. If you do not know where the enemy is you can employ your tactical grenade to where you think they may be and if you get a hit marker you now know the area that they are located.
Callouts Can Save Lives
If you and a teammate die around the same time, you may be transported to the same Gulag instance. That means one of you will be watching the other’s match from the catwalk surrounding the arena. This can help the fighting player come out on top.
The observer can use callouts to help their teammate in locating the enemy player. Common phrases are left spawn, middle spawn, right spawn (referring to the enemy’s spawn), as well as left middle, middle, or right middle (in reference to the middle of the arena). Be sure to be clear and concise however, as too much information can confuse your teammate and wind up losing them the match.
Know the Weapons
There are two types of weapons that you can spawn with: shotguns and pistols. There are multiple weapons in these two categories you could find yourself wielding, so pay attention to your loadout.
- 752 – The 752 shotgun is a very powerful shotgun with decent range, but only carries 2 rounds in the chamber.
- Origin 12 – The Origin 12 is a semi-automatic shotgun with low range. However, it boasts a magazine that can be reloaded fairly quickly.
- R9-0 – The R9-0 is a double barrel shotgun that fires in quick succession when the trigger is held. Its high mag capacity allows for multiple bursts before reloading.
- .357 – This revolver is very powerful, but has a painfully slow fire rate. Make sure you line up your shots before pulling the trigger.
- 1911 – A fairly powerful pistol with a small 7 round magazine. Do not spam shots or you’ll be taken out while reloading.
- M19 – Less powerful than the previous two, the 17 round mag allows for a higher rate of fire without worrying about running out of ammo.
- .50 GS – A variant of the Desert Eagle, this gun is similar to the .357, but has a much more forgiving rate of fire and reload time.
With practice your strategy for the Gulag will start to come naturally over time. Try different tactics and see which one works best for you. Apply these tips and see your success skyrocket.
If you’re looking for some more pointers to up your Warzone game, check out Clutch’s Warzone Tips and Tricks for the Battle Royale.
For more information on Call of Duty: Warzone, check out the official website.