Call of Duty Warzone has had a rough but popular existence since it launched in 2020, and while it’s been plagued with issues, ropey integrations with main series games, and some questionable metas, it is undoubtedly a fun, competitive battle royale. On the distant horizon is a sequel, which this time will be built from the ground up on an improved engine, and many players are already writing up their wish lists for what they want to see in Warzone 2.
That’s no different for the game’s best players and streamers, including top Warzone talent Liam ‘Jukeyz’ James. In an interview with The Loadout, the Red Bull athlete and Warzone tournament regular says that if he had one wish to add or change something for Warzone 2 it would be a more competitive battle royale map – specifically one with “more buildings”.
“I can load into a Rebirth Island public match and I could be the best player on Rebirth in EU if I wanted to be,” the Liverpudlian says. “That’s how good I am when it comes to playing in buildings – being able to finesse and just smoke teams inside the buildings, just like I did on Verdansk. [I miss] learning the jump spots to the right windows and catching people off guard and stuff, whereas you can’t do that on Caldera. So yeah, plenty more buildings is what I want to see in Warzone 2.”
Jukeyz firmly believes that, while recent updates have improved it, the current map is the biggest thing holding back the quality of competitive Warzone from a gameplay perspective – he says “it’s such a big map where anything can happen”, which has led to a lack of consistency in tournament results for established pro players.
But that’s just the gameplay. What else does Jukeyz believe needs to be addressed in order to elevate competitive Warzone to new heights?
“Leagues,” he says with certainty. “Leagues and LAN events. I’m getting on now as well, so it needs to be ASAP – I’m 25 now!”
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— Li (@Jukeyz) May 10, 2022
While he admits he doesn’t see that happening prior to the Warzone 2 release date, he envisions an official league with LANs hosted across America – where the majority of competitive Warzone talent is based – and internationally.
He also hopes that Activision “actually takes advantage” of the popularity spike that will inevitably come with the release of Warzone 2.
The Loadout’s full interview with Jukeyz, which discusses his recent See Me In NA series, why Season 3 is the season of the “Jukeyz meta”, and much more, will be dropping Friday, May 20.