The new Warzone map Rebirth Island has finally arrived, so here are the best landing spots to secure a win on the new game mode Resurgence.
Rebirth Island is considerably smaller than Warzone and currently only holds around 40 players. It’s a remodel of Black Ops 4: Blackout’s Alcatraz Island, with some familiar locations and some brand new.
The best landing spots in Rebirth Island are located in the highest areas at the center of the map. Elevation plays a key role here, as it’s easy to get stuck in an uphill battle.
Here are our favorite landing spots in Warzone Season 1’s Rebirth Island.
The Prison Block is in the dead center of the Island and serves as its main attraction. There are several floors to explore and a roof with plenty of loot. You can also go down to the basement where there’s loot and an escape route out to the cliffs.
This area is often contested, but once you have cleared out the enemy teams that landed with you, you’ll be able to control the whole map. Sniper and long-range Assault Rifles will be key to keeping enemies at bay and stopping them from climbing the hill to push you.
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Be mindful of players using the cliffside escape route against you, though.
Rebirth Island’s Living Quarters is located to the South of the island above the Security Area. There are plenty of buildings to loot, which will gear your squad up for the fight ahead. There’s also a Buy Station in this area, allowing you to grab a loadout drop quickly.
The best aspect of Living Quarters is that it has excellent high ground over the Security Area. Plenty of players land there as it’s in a secluded area at the edge of the map. There’s also a helicopter spawn down there, which a lot of players contest.
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Pick up one of the Pelingtons or Kar98ks from the ground, and you’ll be able to hold the players down there effectively. Just be careful of snipers at the Headquarters above you, but they are easy to avoid once you know they’re there.
Chemical Engineering Office
Loot is the most valuable item in Warzone’s Resurgence mode, and the Chemical Engineering Office is full of it. Located to the North-East of the map, this area has everything you need for your round of Resurgence.
It’s quite a complex area, but the high-tier loot is worth it. Many players use the elevated center of the map to snipe from, but there’s plenty of cover to allow you to loot. If you go up onto the roof, you’ll have a great view of the Docks and Bioweapons labs.
Be prepared to fight your way into the high ground at the center of the map, but if you successfully loot the Chemical Engineering Office, you’ll have everything you need.
These are our favorite landing spots on Rebirth Island, but you can check out our list of every location on the new Warzone map.
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Best PKM loadout for CoD Warzone Season 1
The PKM is one of Warzone’s strongest LMGs, and with these attachments and perks, you’ll be wiping squads in seconds.
The PKM is one of the strongest LMGs in Warzone, excelling at range with a high damage potential and large magazine size.
There is no distinct meta in Warzone Season 1 following the DMR’s nerf, and the PKM can keep up with the best Kilo 141 and CR-56 AMAX builds. It’s especially effective against snipers as its ammunition belt allows for heavy suppressive fire.
The PKM is a great addition to any Warzone squad but also holds its own in BR solos. Here are the best builds to maximize its potential across Verdansk and Rebirth Island.
Best Warzone PKM loadout
- Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
- Barrel: 26.9″ Extended Barrel
- Laser: Tac Laser
- Optic: VLK 3.0x Optic
- Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip
This PKM build is much slower than Assault Rifles in the primary category, so make sure you have a strong close-range weapon as your secondary such as the MP5.
Stick to the outdoors or hold down buildings with this loadout and you’ll find squads running for cover as you reign a relentless hundred rounds down on them.
As this PKM is built for range, the Monolithic Suppressor and 26.9″ Extended Barrel are necessary for maximizing its damage potential. The VLK 3.0x Optic also helps with range with its magnification and hidden buff to recoil control. In most circumstances, 100 rounds will be enough but be careful of using the PKM out in the open as it has a slow reload time.
To help keep the PKM under control we’re adding a Commando Foregrip. This weapon will still kick somewhat so you’ll need to pull down your analog stick or mouse to control it. Finding a surface to mount on will make this already powerful weapon devastating.
All these attachments which maximize range slow the weapon down. Adding a Tac Laser to the weapon counters these heavy attachments, vastly increasing its ADS time. If you get caught in an ambush or spot a sniper glint, you’ll still have time to react and get shots downrange.
Best perks to use with Warzone PKM
A Warzone loadout is nothing without its perks, so you want to run upgrades that will help you to survive in any situation.
Explosives are incredibly lethal in Warzone, which is why so many players run semtex as their lethal equipment. If you have any hope of surviving a barrage of explosives, you need to run E.O.D. As long as you have any armor, you’ll be able to tank explosions.
Overkill then Ghost
When carrying an LMG, you’ll need something for CQB in your pocket. An SMG or shotgun will be crucial to winning close-range fights, and Overkill allows you to receive two primary weapons from one loadout drop.
You’ll also want the Ghost perk to keep you hidden from UAVs and Heartbeat Sensors, so have an identical PKM class with Ghost equipped, and from your second loadout, you’ll get everything you need for the game ahead.
As the PKM is a light machine gun, it’s extremely heavy. Swapping weapons while carrying an LMG is a tedious task, and will probably get you killed while in a pinch. Amped vastly increases your weapon swap speed, meaning you can pull out an SMG almost instantly.
Use this attachments and perks with your PKM in Warzone, and you’ll be able to put an insane amount of damage downrange.
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How to watch Code Red’s $25k Warzone tournament: Stream, bracket, format
The Code Red Warzone tournament begins on January 28, so here’s how to watch, and everything else you need to know.
On Thursday, January 28, the biggest names in Warzone will be competing in BoomTV’s Code Red 2v2 tournament.
- Code Red Warzone tournament will take place on January 28 at 12 PM PT / 3 PM ET / 8 PM GMT
- 2v2 kill-race format
- Teams include Aydan, HusKerrs, and Tommey
- $25,000 prize pool up for grabs – winner takes home $15,000
How to watch Code Red Warzone tournament
You can watch the stream through BoomTV’s Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded below.
Alternatively, if you have a favorite to win, you can watch individual competitors play through their Twitch or YouTube channels. Read on for the full list of competitors.
Code Red Warzone tournament bracket
There are 16 teams containing 32 of the biggest names in competitive Warzone, with Aydan, HusKerrs, and Twitch Rivals winner unRationaL will all be competing for their share of $25,000 USD.
BoomTV have released the bracket, which you can check out below.
|Aydan & Rated||vs.||GalvaniseCOD & Sasquxtch|
|SuperEvan & ZLaner||vs.||IceManIsaac & exzachtt|
|Swagg & GD_Booya||vs.||Jukeys & YKTDeleo|
|Tommey & AlmxndTV||vs.||itswarsz & vxpulear|
|HusKerrs & Destroy||vs.||Dirty & Metaphor|
|BobbyPoffGaming & Mayappo||vs.||Bloo & Flxnked|
|jaredfps & ClutchBelk||vs.||Newbz & Intechs|
|TeePee & DougisRaw||vs.||unRationaL & StayFinessen|
Winners of these bouts will carry on in the winners bracket, with the losing team dropping down to the losers bracket.
To watch the full bracket as the tournament progresses, head to boom.tv.
Code Red Warzone tournament format
The Code Red Warzone tournament will have two duos dropping into a game of squads together. The teams will race to get the most kills over two games, with the winners continuing to play in the winners bracket.
Those who lose will drop down into the losers bracket, where they need to win “best of one” games to stay in the tournament, and then win a “best of two” in the losers finals.
The winners of each bracket will then compete in the grand final, with the $25,000 prize pool split between the top three teams.
- 1st: $15,000
- 2nd: $7,000
- 3rd: $3,000
Code Red Warzone tournament anti-cheat
In order to combat cheaters, BoomTV has set strict rules players must meet before starting the tournament.
PC players are required to stream, must have VODS (past broadcasts) enabled, and should begin their stream 10-15 minutes before the tournament starts.
Before launching Warzone, they must scroll through task manager so that Boom TV staff can see what they have running. Then they must launch Warzone with task manager still running, and scroll through it again.
And to stop players from ‘smurfing’ by using a lower skilled account to avoid skill-based matchmaking, competitors must play on their main account.
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Bizarre parachute glitch ruins Warzone players landing
A bizarre glitch has appeared in Call of Duty: Warzone for a player, which results in a hilarious animation while parachuting.
A bizarre, yet hilarious glitch has appeared in Call of Duty: Warzone and it is extremely disruptive when trying to parachute onto the map.
Call of Duty: Warzone has quite the history of game-breaking glitches, causing varying degrees of issues for players. These glitches include the very disruptive stim glitch, and the frustrating wall breach bugs.
Newest to the show is the introduction of a parachute glitch that leaves players in a state where they descend slowly to the ground, unable to do anything but watch. While annoying, the glitch is also hilarious, putting the character in a warped animation state that resembles the thriller dance.
You can watch footage of the bug below, posted by a Redditor. The bug itself seems to be based on the parachute getting forced in an odd direction, resulting in the character appearing tangled in the strings.
While this bug would be frustrating for any players stuck in it, it is worth noting this is the first we’ve seen of this particular issue. It also doesn’t help that the clip has minimal context, so it very well could be the result of a connection issue with the original poster.
Considering the game doesn’t appear to be lagging at all, it may be safe to assume this is a legitimate bug in Warzone. We think its highly unlikely you’ll run into this yourself, but if you do, don’t hesitate to tweet us some footage @CharlieIntel.
Best case scenario, the laughs end here and Raven Software patches this in the next update. We’ll be sure to report if more players begin to run into this bug.
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