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CALL OF DUTY®: WARZONE MODE RECON: BATTLE ROYALE DUOS

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Bring your partner into Verdansk and outlast dozens of other squad pairs in the latest game mode for Battle Royale: Duos, now available in Warzone.

by James Mattone on May 29, 2020

Duos is here for Warzone’s Battle Royale!

It’s you and your duo against the world, as you gather loot, complete Contracts, and slay the competition while you avoid the circle collapse that is about to engulf Verdansk.

Ready to fight? Grab your partner and prepare to drop into Battle Royale Duos in Warzone.

Duos Overview

In Duos, you and your partner drop into Verdansk with Battle Royale rules. If you are unfamiliar with Battle Royale, read our Mode Recon on it here.

You can either bring a buddy into the Warzone, or squad up with a random player. Once your duo readies up, participates in the pre-game lobby, and drops into Verdansk safely, your mission is to outlast all the other rival pairs of Operators.

If your duo goes down, you can revive them before they bleed out and lose their loadout. Doing so will save them a trip to the Gulag, where they will fight in a 1v1 to earn their right back into the game.

If they die in the Gulag, or perish when they return from it, you can still buy them back at a Buy Station.

While you loot and hunt around Verdansk, the circle collapse will limit the playable area, forcing squads to fight until only one remains. The last duo standing – even if only one of that squad is alive – wins the game.

Duos Strategies

Duos is quite possibly the ultimate test of friendship and teamwork; with only one other teammate to rely on, you’ll have to coordinate your strategies, make good callouts, and most importantly, hit your shots if your fellow Operator’s life is at stake.

One of the easiest strategies to implement in Duos is to work as a pair near each other. The term “watch my six” should become a standard part of your plans, as two Operators can easily cover 360 degrees of space by staying close and watching each other’s backs.

Having only two Operators per squad also creates a potential meta shift, as you may need to consolidate multiple roles onto one Operator using the Overkill perk. Assault rifle-sniper builds are great, but if neither of you has an answer for vehicles or a close-range battle with a shotgun, you may be in trouble.

Need more intel on some recommended Loadout archetypes? Check out the Warzone Strategy Guide here.

Speaking of trouble, it’s best to avoid entering – and losing – in the Gulag at all costs, given that if one squad member goes down, the lone survivor will most likely have to fight in multiple 2v1 scenarios in Verdansk. However, this situation isn’t impossible to get out of; sometimes, playing patiently and taking out full rival duos one enemy at a time can help you get a squad wipe as the underdog.

Finally, like all other Battle Royale modes, communication is a major key to victory. Agreeing on a landing zone, pinging and calling out loot locations or enemy movements, and reviving each other are all qualities of a good duo member.

Dysfunctional Duos are usually the first to die in Battle Royale, so don’t be a bad teammate, or you might just lose that BFF rather quickly… in Warzone only, we hope.

Top 5 Tips for Duos

5. Two Heads are Better than One. Communicate vocally – or with pings – and collaborate often with your duo to come up with winning strategies during your Duo games. If you’re lucky enough to have one, twin telepathy will come in handy here.

4. Consolidate Your Loadouts. Two players per squad means an Operator may have to fill multiple roles. The Overkill Perk can help you bring two Primary Weapons into combat through a Loadout Drop, but don’t underestimate the power of a Sidearm or Launcher.

3. Breach and Clear. Working in tandem to clear rooms – either of loot, of enemies, or both – is an effective strategy when heading into building-heavy areas of Verdansk, such as Downtown or the Zordaya Prison Complex. Just don’t get lost, lest your teammate discover your corpse with their killer waiting in the shadows as if it were a horror film.

2. 2v1? No Sweat. Although playing down an Operator isn’t ideal, it’s easy to turn the tide of a 2v1 scenario when you’re outside the Gulag. Try picking off one player, and when the other goes for the revive, finish the job and take them down too for the squad wipe.

1. Only as Strong as the Weakest Link. Winning a Duos match requires a bit more individual skill from each squad member than a Trios or Quads game. Practice your gunskill in Solos or in Modern Warfare® Multiplayer, and if your Duo isn’t pulling weight, you may have to sub them out… Just remember: it’s nothing personal.

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