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This Warzone player escaped the Gulag with style and a bit of luck

Just because it looks like a soldier doesn’t mean it is a soldier

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two players in Call of Duty: Warzone rush toward a helicopter Image: Infinity Ward/Activision
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A unique Call of Duty: Warzone mechanic is the Gulag. In the first half of a match, players who die are instead captured and sent to a prison called the Gulag. There, pairs of dead players duel for the right to come back to life and continue the fight.

But Reddit user Mitchyboyyhd decided to add a bit of trickery to their duel — and it worked perfectly.

In the video, Mitchyboyyhd turns around once the Gulag round begins, and uses an in-game spray from Warzone’s Season 3 battle pass on the back wall. The spray depicts a soldier holding a gun, looking forward. Mitchyboyyhd sprays three times, putting three soldiers next to each other, and then stands in the shadows.

When the enemy player runs up to find Mitchyboyyhd, they start shooting at the decoys. In the meantime, Mitchyboyyhd sneaks around behind them and executes their opponent from behind.

Some players in the Reddit post claim that the Mitchyboyyhd staged this fight, as the enemy player behavior seems a bit too stupid to be true. But as Mitchyboyyhd points out, staging a Gulag match with a random player would be very difficult to do, as two players not in the same party would need to get into a game, die around the same time, and get paired in the Gulag in order to communicate such a goof.

However, Mitchyboyyhd may have spoken to the player ahead of time in the Gulag lobby. Responding to a comment saying that the opponent was “obviously playing along with it,” Mitchyboyyhd wrote, “Yeah because I spoke to him in the gulag lobby lol.” Regardless of whether there was indeed communication ahead of time, a random player still had to go along with the gag. Mitchyboyyhd posted a more plausible video as well (see above), although it’s not as funny.

If you find yourself questioning the validity of this goofy strat, keep in mind that results may vary depending on the day — it is 4/20, after all.

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