Underutilized Gorenko Sniper Gear Dominates World Series of Warzone

The World Series of Warzone is well underway, with over 200 players in both Europe and North America competing for their share of the $600k up for grabs. On the EU side of the tournaments, a surprising sniper rifle became a dominant force in Caldera: the Gorenko.

The World Series of Warzone was dominated by Italian pro BBlade, who won both the Trios and Solo tournaments, taking home over $116k.

That in itself was a shock, but what surprised many more viewers was how popular the Gorenko anti-tank sniper rifle proved to be one of the best players in Europe.

According to Activision Senior Community Manager Shaun Akerman, the off-meta sniper saw up to nearly 20% use in the opening game of the Trios 5-card tournament.

This 15-20% pass rate is in stark contrast to the normal pass rate in casual play, which WZRanked has of just 0.74, behind five other snipers or sniper rifles.

Equipment World Series of Warzone Gorenko

While everyone built their Gorenko gear for the tournament a little differently, this is roughly what most players have done:

  • End of a loop: MX damper
  • Walk: 420mm Empress
  • Optics: SVT PU scope 3-6x
  • Stock: Fortified stock
  • Underflow: bipod
  • Type of ammunition: FMJ rounds
  • Magazine: 13mm AM 10 round stomachs
  • Rear handle: dotted grip
  • advantage 1: Throw away
  • advantage 2: at hand

Obviously these are the best players in the game and have found a good way to use the Gorenko so time will tell if this catches on more widely.

With Warzone 2 around the corner, could we see the return of the sniper meta to wrap up Season 5?

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