The third season of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is now underway, with a new battle pass, a new hero, and a new Quads mode for the free-to-play battle royale Warzone. As the name suggests, Quads groups players up in teams of four rather than three, which has been the norm so far. The new mode hasn't gone over very well with a lot of fans, though, because it's not being offered alongside three-player squads, it's replacing them entirely.
Season Three of Warzone brought in Quads, a twist on the game’s standard Battle Royale by way of adding an extra squadmate to each fireteam.
A fourth squad member may not seem like much, unless you consider that’s much more firepower being added to each and every team, and that a one-on-four situation is much scarier than a 1v3.
So, call up that friend to round out your trio out to quads, and dive into this Mode Recon on Quads:
In Quads, you and three other Squadmates drop into Verdansk with Battle Royale rules.
Your Quad members can either be your friends, or random players if you load into a Quad lobby without a full party and the Squad Fill option turned on. After the full squad – or should we say, Quad – readies up, participates in the pre-game lobby, and drops into Verdansk safely, your mission is to outlast all the other teams.
When one of your squadmates goes down, you have the opportunity to 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 redeploy that squadmate back into the match 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 squad standing – even if it is a single member of that squad – wins the game.
Because every squad has an additional Operator, being a team player becomes even more important for your squad’s survival. What does this look like?
Agreeing on a landing zone, pinging and calling out loot locations or enemy movements, ensuring everyone has a ride or an alternative means of transportation, and reviving each other are just some of the ways one can be a team player.
Having an additional Operator will also make certain Contracts easier, such as Scavenger Contracts, where your team can split up slightly to capture Resupply Boxes scattered around the map.
Collecting Loot, finding Supply Boxes, and completing Contracts will help you build a loadout, which will protect you against – or help you take down – enemy players. Cash found around Verdansk will allow you to use Buy Stations, which offers Killstreaks, Field Upgrades, Self-Revive Kits, and Loadout Drops, a way to get your own custom loadout in Verdansk, the ability to buy Squadmates back into the game, and more.
No matter how you and your quad get through Verdansk, it’s most important to learn from losses. Chances are, your quad may not win every single game, so when those losses do happen, brush yourselves off, take away lessons from your defeat, and ready up for the next one.
Top 5 Tips for Quads
5. Sharing is Caring. Do you have the maximum amount of sniper ammo while a squadmate that actually has a sniper has none? Is someone just $500 shy of purchasing a Loadout Drop? Share your loot with your squad – it doesn’t hurt to be a team player.
4. Operators for Hire. With four members on your squad, it may be a good idea to pursue some Contracts so that everyone can get a decent payday. Use the increase in squad size to capture those Recon objectives quicker, or loot Resupply Boxes within seconds.
3. Track Down the Lone Wolves. A single Operator is at a severe disadvantage going up against a full Quad. If you suspect that an Operator is flying solo, check the surrounding area for additional enemies and, once the coast is clear, go for the (hopefully easy) take down.
2. Never Walk Alone. Conversely, because each squad has four members on it, straying too far away from your pack may as well be a death sentence. Stick together with your squad, and you’ll have a better chance at survival.
1. Teamwork. Teamwork. Teamwork. Do you sense a theme from our strategies and tips? The Quads that will win this game mode are the ones that work together, communicate often, and help each other out with sharing loot and cleaning up downed enemies. Play together, win together – it’s that simple.
But the response on the CODWarzone subreddit has not been entirely enthusiastic. Multiple threads call for the return of Trios, and while some amount of hyperbole is inevitable—"this has to be the worst decision ever" is a little over the top—the discontent is widespread and real. The post currently at the top of the subreddit, asking why developers would add a new mode but then turn around and remove one of the existing ones, now has more than 10,000 upvotes.
Activision hasn't said whether Quads will be a permanent addition to Warzone, or a seasonal rotation, nor has it responded to calls for the addition of a Duos mode.
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