Call of Duty: War Zone The latest map is Fortune’s Keep, provided by Activision developer High Moon Studios. This is a complex and compact map with plenty of variety across its many regions, giving players of all skill levels something to love. Given how densely packed a map of this size is, it can be hard to know how to consistently survive against other teams.
Fortunately, we’ve spent quite a bit of time on Fortune’s Keep, and here, we’ll break down all the tips and tricks you’ll need to know to be on top.
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Fortune’s Keep Overview
Fortune’s Keep is an amazing map with tons of different locations designed for many different playing styles. Those who like to play less aggressive may have a good time sitting in a sniper tower to capture enemies from afar – while more aggressive players can easily master the art of tapping their enemies. This is a resurgence map, which means that players can reappear as long as at least one teammate is alive. Plus, the map is full of cover and buildings, which means you won’t usually find yourself running in wide open fields. It’s a smaller map, although it’s larger than Rebirth Island, meaning matches will be played over 15-20 minutes.
Below, we’ll go over some tips and tricks to help you survive in Fortune’s Keep.
Start with the right foot
As we covered on our site Dedicated landing guide, there are several best practices to consider at the start of a match. With that in mind, your priority is for your team to raise $7,500 for gear as quickly as possible. This means that you have to land near the buying station and possibly hold so you can earn cash quickly. Depending on your playstyle and skill level, you may choose to land in a safer area such as the area east of Overlook.
Once you have your gear, you must reposition to higher ground to prepare for the next gas circuit. Grab a drone to see where your opponents are, and push towards the teams you think you can eliminate. This, of course, is easier said than done, but if you grab the high ground, you’ll be in great shape.
Don’t play aggressively if you were last alive
During rebirth modes in Fortune’s Keep and Rebirth Island, players have the ability to reappear as long as at least one teammate is alive. However, you must wait 39 seconds for up before you can rejoin the action, which can feel like an eternity on the battlefield. The thing is – if you lock in elimination, it reduces the timing of your dead teammates, making it tempting to play aggressively.
But this, more often than not, will simply kill you, especially if you are the last member of the team alive. Instead, hide somewhere and wait for the timer to expire instead of pushing the team yourself. This way, your teammates will have a better chance of actually reposting.
Find out how to navigate the caves below
While Fortune’s Keep is relatively easy to navigate in the upper region, the caves below can give you some trouble at first. There are several ways to get to the caves, and you’ll want to be aware of most, if not all, of those entrances. This is because guys often hang out at the bottom, and unless you have a proper angle with them, it can be hard to actually get them out. Likewise, if you’re in the caves, it’s easy to book in if you’re facing a team with main covered entrances.
There are plenty of drills along the sides of the caves to get to the top, but you should also be aware of the stairs that can be used to navigate up and down. There are a few stairs throughout the cave area and even the cemetery, so do your best to explore and discover all the ways to reach the caves. Make sure not to get trapped during the later parts of the match, as gas can leave you in a horrible place if you’re unlucky.
Positioning is the key
Even if you are an expert sniper, being in the wrong place can cause you and your team to be eliminated prematurely. It’s best to have a plan and get to higher ground, which will give you a clear field of view for your opponents. It is not always important to get to higher ground, but the basic idea is to get to a position where your enemies must come to you. This means you can carry them while jogging, which can come in handy, especially if they don’t have a cover to hide behind. Likewise, you shouldn’t crash into the zone aimlessly without a plan. Try to maneuver around your enemies and catch them as they move from one cover to another. And never run out in the open unless you absolutely have to.
…that’s the movement
Movement is one of the most difficult aspects to master war zone. There is a lot of flexibility in this regard, which has a lot to do with your settings, but is also very skill dependent. There are two key components to mastering the art of movement: how you move and your actual position relative to the cover. These two factors must work in tandem to be successful as you maneuver your opponents.
When disassembling the clip above, the main thing to pay attention to is how we immediately fall behind the cover after we get damaged. We didn’t stop to finish off an opponent who had fallen – instead, we ran behind us and ran back across the building while also noticing a nearby enemy (by their footsteps) and positioned ourselves to take them out. Engaging an enemy without the use of armor plates was risky, but we used our best judgment and considered the engagement because we knew that one of our teammates would fight on our side. It paid off.
There’s a lot to consider in such a short clip, but overall, the main thing is to practice getting in and out of cover while using your wits to outsmart your opponents.
Save these portable repost balloons to the end
One of the more recent field upgrades is the portable repost balloon, and these items are game-changing if you know how to use them properly. It’s best to save them for the final stages of the match so you can use them to reposition or get yourself out of a bad place. Oftentimes, you can be left in a terrible situation depending on how the gas is formed, which is unavoidable depending on how certain battles unfold. With the portable repost balloon, you can return to the sky to get a better position to take out your enemies.
It’s important to note that you are a duck that is temporarily seated while interacting with the portable repost balloon, so you’ll want to do your best to use it behind cover so it doesn’t get thrown out quickly. As you fly through the air, make sure to look for enemies below you and ping them for your teammates.