Call of Duty Warzone meets Euro 2020: How football can help you destroy the opposition

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Call of Duty Warzone fans are counting down to the mid-season update.

The mid-season update brings a whole host of free content to Warzone, including new operators, game modes, vehicles, and weapons.

But before we get to the mid-season update on July 15, there’s an even bigger event happening in the world of football. On Sunday, July 11, England host Italy in the final of the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship.

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It’s the England football team’s first final at a major tournament since they beat West Germany in 1966, so it’s fair to say that tensions are high.

If you’re nervous about the final and are looking for a way to relax, then now is the perfect time to fire up Call of Duty Warzone and drop into Verdansk. 

As football has been described as “a universal language”, larger than life character Big Zuu – an expert in both football and Warzone – has put together a set of tactics and tips to celebrate both beautiful games.

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It’s the perfect coaching manual that marries footballing philosophies with a gaming behemoth and can turn your squad of “nearly-men” to a “slick, well drilled” team of victors in Verdansk.

Communication is key

Vital for any side, be it at the highest international level or Sunday league, is good communication. The accusation that can be levelled that “we’ve gone quiet” is damning and can be equally damaging on Warzone. Like a veteran centre back partnered with a fresh-faced youth prospect – it’s important to talk your way through the match.

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Even the most basic shout of “man on” can be critical in Warzone and can be the difference between a teammate surviving the harsh environment of the Warzone circle or an early trip to the Gulag. Tagging enemies always helps and serves as a nice way of communicating their position within the game.

Hunt in packs

A common lightning-rod for withering criticism from pundits is the “non-existent” press. Often attributed to teams “wilting” in the warmer temperatures of a mid-afternoon kick-off, it’s usually described a “too easy” if only one of your team goes to apply pressure on the opposition.

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Like the most successful iteration of La Furia Roja from 2008-2012, with a press honed by Guardiola’s Barcelona principles, attack as a team and defend as a team and success will follow. This policy can be attributed to Warzone too, as contracts can be completed quicker if you work together whilst it gives enemies less options to escape if you work as a unit. Having a teammate close-by can also mean that they are in a good spot if you need to be revived.

Set yourself before you shoot

Like all great players, it seems like they have all the time in the world before they take a shot – and Warzone is no different. Dutch striker Dennis Bergkamp was known as the Iceman due to his clinical finishing and calm temperament and this is exactly what’s required when faced with the enemy in Verdansk.

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If you shoot too early, you might give you and your teammates away but setting yourself before taking the shot can give you the advantage required. In Warzone, you are given the option of shooting down the barrel or even placing your gun to provide more stability when you shoot.

So next time you are faced with an enemy, don’t panic and spray your shots in an erratic fashion – channel your inner Lineker of the 80s and you’ll become what many refer to as “a natural finisher.”

Scouting before you drop

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Still an often under-appreciated factor in a successful side, your scouting can provide those crucial “marginal gains” in Warzone too.

For Season 4, Several Satellites have crash-landed in Verdansk, leaving you and your squad the opportunity to investigate their rubble. These offer new opportunities for cover, and the satellites themselves can also be secured secure helpful items to use during the match, such as powerful Killstreaks, vehicles, and Field Upgrades.

Finding these new points of interest can be the same as unearthing a hidden gem in the international academy ranks – giving you and your team a great chance at choosing the right set-up and positioning for the rest of the game as the circle closes.

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“Just go out there and enjoy it”

A rallying cry that is not out of place in the dressing room of a small nation making it into the knockout stages, it can also be used for microphones across the lands for Call of Duty squads.

Like a friendly arm round the shoulder from the manager, sometimes it’s exactly what a player needs and can really let you play “with a smile on your face.”

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As legendary Italian coach Arrigo Sacchi once called football “the most important of the unimportant things in life”, Warzone comes in a close second. With over 100 million players, the game offers you a chance to pit your wits against a hugely diverse range of players and a chance to socialise with your mates.

Free to play and with a whole range of updates for the new season, the game gives you the perfect excuse to say the well-used football phrase “we go again”.

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