Black Ops Cold War x Warzone Season 1 is here, and with it comes the new Warzone map Rebirth Island. This smaller battle royale map holds 40 players, and in its Resurgence game mode, players can continuously respawn as long as a teammate is still alive.
Season 1 marks the beginning of the integration between Cold War, Modern Warfare, and Warzone. All weapons from Cold War have been added to Warzone, and progression is tied across all three titles.
Although the integration has occurred, Rebirth Island is launched from the Warzone menus, not Black Ops Cold War. It is also still tied to Modern Warfare, but you can uninstall Modern Warfare’s multiplayer, Spec Ops, and Campaign to only have Warzone installed.
- Read more: All of Rebirth Island’s locations
If you haven’t installed Warzone, you can follow our guide on how to download Warzone on Xbox, PlayStation, and PC.
How to play Rebirth Island Warzone map
Here’s how to play Resurgence on Rebirth Island:
- Launch Black Ops Cold War or Modern Warfare.
- Select Warzone from the start menu.
- Select Resurgence Trios from the Warzone menu.
- Enjoy the new map!
There is also a set of challenges to complete in Resurgence, the final reward being a new Blueprint for the Krig 6. You can also earn a Blueprint for the RPD along the way. The challenges are simple for the most part – killing enemies and placing in the top 30%, for example.
The Rebirth Event is set to end on January 4, so be sure to complete the challenges over the festive period.
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Best Warzone AS VAL loadout: Attachments & perks
How to maximize the AS VAL’s potential in both Warzone and Multiplayer.
The AS VAL has one of the fastest time-to-kills in Warzone, so it’s well worth running as your secondary weapon. Here are the best attachments and perks to maximize the AS VAL’s potential in Warzone season 1.
There are plenty of viable weapons in Warzone Season 1, especially with every weapon from Black Ops Cold War being added to the game. The AS VAL is a surprising pick but can be extremely effective in the right situations.
Most Warzone players run a ‘main’ weapon such as a long-range Assault Rifle or Sniper, and carry another weapon in their ‘pocket’ for up close. Although being an Assault Rifle, the AS VAL packs a real punch in CQB, so is well worth running in your pocket.
Here are the best AS VAL loadouts for both Warzone’s Verdansk and Rebirth Island.
Best Warzone AS VAL loadout
- Barrel: VLK 200mm Osa
- Laser: Tac Laser
- Underbarrel: Merc Foregrip
- Ammunition: 30 Round Mags
- Rear Grip: Rubberized Grip Tape
This AS VAL is built to dominate at close-medium range. Its strong recoil makes it difficult to control but its fast fire rate makes it one of the strongest at close-medium. Built-up areas of Verdansk such as Quarry, Hospital, and the clusters of houses around the map are where this weapon will excel. You can also pair it with a sniper rifle so you have a weapon for all situations.
The VLK 200mm Osa barrel comes with an internal Monolithic Suppressor, vastly increasing its range and bullet velocity. The iron sights on the VAL are unobtrusive, so you’re better off using them and taking advantage of the free attachment slot.
The Merc Foregrip is most commonly used on SMGs for its increase to hip-fire accuracy and mobility. It’s a perfect addition to the AS VAL as it reduces vertical recoil but will also help in those close range engagements. The Rubberized Grip Tape gives a further boost to recoil control but increases weapon sway. As this is a close-medium range weapon, don’t expect to be aiming down the sights for a lengthy amount of time.
With this weapon’s incredibly fast fire rate, the 30 round mag is necessary. You’ll find yourself only being able to down one opponent before reloading, so this weapon is especially effective in BR Solos.
Best perks to use with Warzone AS VAL
To get the most out of your AS VAL, you need to have the best perks to match. These perks set you up for the match ahead, helping you survive in almost any Warzone situation.
Perk 1 – E.O.D
With how prevalent explosives are in Warzone, you need the perk to survive that. If an enemy gets you weak, expect Semtex’s and C4 to come flying at you. With E.O.D, as long as you have armor equipped, you’ll be able to tank an insane amount of explosive damage.
Perk 2 – Overkill then Ghost
Having weapons for all situations is incredibly important in Warzone, and Overkill grants you two weapons from any category.
Once you have Overkill from your first loadout, simply take a similar class with the Ghost perk, pick up both of your weapons, and you’ll have everything you need to win.
Perk 3 – Amped
With the AS VAL being best suited for close-medium range situations, you will need to swap between weapons in a hurry. Amped makes weapon swaps almost instant, so no matter what weapon you have in your hands, swapping them won’t be an issue.
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Best Stoner 63 loadout for Warzone Season 1
Want to break out of the meta? Here’s the best loadout you can use for the Stoner 63 in Call of Duty: Warzone Season One.
Here’s the best Stoner 63 loadout to use in Season 1 of Warzone.
Season 1 of Warzone post-Black Ops Cold War integration has been an interesting journey for the overall game meta.
Weapons like the DMR, Diamatti & Mac-10 dominated the game for weeks following the addition of 30+ new weapons. Since Raven has fixed those weapons, Warzone players are regularly discovering new, viable weapons for use.
Today, we’ll be focusing on the Stoner 63; one of the Light Machine Guns from Black Ops Cold War. This weapon has a very high fire rate and packs a huge punch at medium ranges. Here’s the loadout:
- Muzzle – Agency Suppressor: A must-use for Warzone. Stats are identical to the Monolithic Suppressor, so you’ll have the extra range and your position masked on the radar when firing.
- Optic – Axial Arms 3x: Decent zoom for the Stoner 63, optimal at medium ranges, where the Stoner really shines.
- Underbarrel – Field Agent Grip: Extra recoil control for longer sprays.
- Ammunition – 120 Round Speed Mag: More ammunition with faster reload speeds between gunfights.
- Rear Grip – GRU Elastic Wrap: Aim down sights faster and flinch less when shot at.
Tips for the field
- Medium-range destruction: We can’t emphasize this enough. The Stoner is amazing at medium ranges. Take down full squads with ease.
- Mount for easy longshots: Mounting ensures little to no recoil while firing the stoner. If you see enemies far out, quickly mount on the cover for easy suppression.
- Think ahead: The stoner isn’t the weapon you want at close range. Pair this up with your favorite shotgun or submachine gun to win close-quarters combat.
- No barrel, no problem: The stock barrel for the stoner is great in Warzone as-is. If you really want some extra power, we recommend swapping the underbarrel with the Cavalry Lancer barrel, per advice from YouTuber JGOD.
Now get out there and wipe some squads!
Clever Precision Airstrike trick takes out tower campers in Warzone
Here’s a clever Precision Airstrike trick you can pull off in Warzone to rid Verdansk’s Airport ATC tower of pesky campers.
There’s nothing more frustrating than a camper sitting on a high tower in Call of Duty: Warzone, but this clever trick will make the Precision Airstrike all the more lethal.
By their very nature, battle royale games are campy. Players will happily sit in a room aiming at the door all game if it means securing the win. Warzone’s Verdansk map has plenty places for these players to go, with high buildings often being the most common. The Downtown area is rife with rooftop campers, but a Precision Airstrike or Cluster will usually clear them out.
However, these high-ground campers are safe in the ATC tower above the Airport runway. The area around the tower is extremely open, and the players above can get on a nasty head glitch.
With the only way up being by a zipline or a helicopter, they are almost impossible to push. To make matters worse, they are completely safe from Airstrikes and Clusters. At least, until now.
A clever Reddit user by the name of Rxelik_ discovered a cool trick to hit these campers with a Precision Airstrike.
How to airstrike Warzone ATC tower campers
As any ‘good’ Airport ATC tower camper knows, a Precision Airstrike won’t be able to hit you when you’re inside, it will most likely batter off the roof instead.
What Rxelic_ discovered was that if you aim the airstrike at about half way up the tower, the missiles will land exactly inside the control room.
As our player does here, knocking someone with a sniper rifle is a great way to start the airstrike. Expecting the rockets to hit the roof as usual, the players inside will most likely stick the revive.
- Read more: Best perks to use in Call of Duty: Warzone
If you plan with a teammate, you can wait at the bottom of the tower and once the airstrike has knocked the enemies inside, you can take the zip up to them for an easy squad wipe.
Seeing these pesky players get taken out through a clever trick is extremely satisfying, and if more players learn this trick, perhaps the Verdansk Airport runway will be safe to cross. That’s unlikely, though.
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