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Escalation is a map from Gears of War, and later added in the Fenix Rising Add-on for Gears of War 3.

This map is even narrower than the other maps. There are four places that spawn Bolo Grenades, and there are two Longshot Sniper Rifles at the bottom of the map where one team spawns. Actually, this map has more weapons than shown here, making it by far the map with the most weapons. This map has a disadvantage to a team as most of the weapons are directed towards one side and the last frag grenade spawn is in the center. The team without the weapons are higher, however.

Strategies[edit | edit source]

This map is balanced quite differently from the usual offering of Gears of War maps. All the power weapons can be found near the bottom spawn, while the opposing team spawns with an extreme height advantage at the top of the hill near the mansion. If you're on the higher end, be sure to watch your flank, as enemies can sneak around and surprise you. The team with the Longshots can have two people with the rifles ready at the stairways, which are useful in covering teammates who run towards open areas with grenades. The opposing team, however, will most certainly be watching, as patience is usually the best strategy when defending from the top.

Gears of War 3[edit | edit source]

Escalation appears again in Gears of War 3 as part of the Fenix Rising DLC for 800 Microsoft Points, or for free if you have the Season Pass.

Escalation Overhead Map (click to enlarge)

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