Call of Duty Esports

Everything you need to know about Call of Duty esports

Developed by Treyarch and published by Activision, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was released in October 2018 and was received with a great amount of praise from the Call of Duty fandom. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is a multiplayer first-person-shooter game and it is the first installment in the franchise that does not have any single-player game modes. The game was launched for PlayStation 4, Xbox and Microsoft Windows.

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Page updated on: 12th Aug 2020

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Call of Duty Competitive Scene

Because Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 only has multiplayer game modes; it is a very popular esports game. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was initiated in the esports lineup only two months after its initial release because of the Call of Duty World League (which was a series of Call of Duty esports tournaments that began in 2016). The competitions are held commonly on PlayStation 4 with the World League tournaments being one of the most popular tournaments.

The biggest Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 competitive tournaments include the EFSL Call of Duty Bo4 Core, the Gorilla Cup and Blackout Tourneys and Chill.

Call of Duty Competitive Seasons

Due to the popularity of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, the tournaments take place across a nine-month period, annually. The competitive seasons generally take place from December to August. There is a break in the season from September to November, in which minimal competitions take place. Currently, the competitive season is taking place and the peak of the season will be from May to July 2020.

The competitive seasons generally include a plethora of tournaments and competitions and because there is such a great amount of diversity, the game has risen to esports fame. The seasons feature duo tournaments, online and offline events and many other types of competitions.

Since the introduction of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 into the esports world, no major changes have been made to the competitive seasons and future changes have not been announced as of yet. The Call of Duty World League had a very busy competitive season last year as it was the first full season for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

Call of Duty Tournaments

The tournaments are where it is at. They are some of the most popular means for gamers to compete and they take place both online and offline. The tournaments are available during the competitive seasons and generally reach a peak during the summer when gamers have more time on their hands to compete after a few months of practice and planning. Tournaments take place constantly during the competitive season and there may be lulled periods, but generally, they take place consistently.

Some of the biggest prize pools to date have gone up to $2,400,000, which was for the CWL Pro League that took place from February to July 2019. This prize pool shows how popular Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 tournaments really are. Many players appreciate the fact that Call of Duty rose from the ashes with this particular installment.

Tournaments take place locally, regionally, globally and through LAN. This is because Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 esports is very popular and in high demand. Championships also take place on an annual basis and generally bring together a wide variety of players from all around the world.

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Call of Duty Basics

In Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, the multiplayer and Blackout modes feature an entire dramatic plot line involving an anonymous mercenary group out to kill those involved in Project Blackout. The other Zombie mode covers a much more basic storyline of a rising zombie apocalypse. As mentioned above, this is a first-person-shooter game and in such games, there is usually a single enemy or a group of enemies that require strategic takedown.

There are several different maps in the game, including Morocco, Seaside, Contraband, Payload, Summit, Slums, Frequency, Firing Range, etc. A lot of these maps have been carried on from the previous installments of the series, but many new maps have also been introduced.

In Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 esports, a pro-player can be easily differentiated from a mediocre player. A pro-player will have a clear-cut strategy and will know what their contribution to the team is. A pro player will also get the job done without hesitation and they will understand when attacking is feasible and when it’s better to remain covert. An average player will not have such an understanding and will go into the game guns blazing.

This game is the first installment in the Call of Duty series that has not included any single player game modes. It is also the first installment to introduce 4 new specialist characters.

COD Inventory System

The main in-game currency, available in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, is called COD points. This is microtransaction money that can be used to buy tires and Special Orders from the Black Market within the game. COD points also allow players to attain Nebulium Plasma, which can be used to unlock different items in Zombie mode. COD points can be obtained by buying them with real money.

Call of Duty Meta

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is a multiplayer game and because of this, the most effective tactics available in this game include the strategic selection of specialist characters for your team along with effective team planning and strategizing. Selecting the specialist characters for your team is significant towards making or breaking your entire strategy and it is best to choose specialists that your team is familiar with, otherwise, a lack of knowledge will mean your team members will be unable to follow through on the strategy created around the specialist characters. 

The strategies your team applies is another crucial factor because your strategies need to be based on the specialist characters your team and the opposing team have selected. Additionally, specialist characters should be picked based on the player’s skill and familiarity with a certain specialist, though certain strategies and situations may call for seemingly counterintuitive decisions.

Your game’s meta can be put at risk if there are new updates made to the game that you did not have the time to practice or if even a single player on your team is not aware of the strategies being applied or if they did not have enough time to practice.

Call of Duty Team Composition

Teams in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 generally consist of a selection of different specialists. The specialists are the heroes in the game and they are the characters that you play as. Different specialists have different strengths and weaknesses and in Black Ops 4, there are a total of 10 specialists (6 which have been carried from Black Ops 3 and 4’s new additions).

In a typical Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 esports team, there is generally a single player who has a vocal role and is the informal leader of the team. This player strategizes and guides their team towards victory and is responsible for telling teammates of the team’s current status and position in the game. The number of members in a team varies according to the respective tournament. Tournaments can be played in 2 v 2, 4 v 4 and 8 v 8 formats.

Call of Duty Game Modes

There are three different game modes available, including Multiplayer, Blackout and Zombie modes. Each mode has a different storyline and involves different characters; however, multiplayer and blackout mode both have a similar storyline. The most popular mode for competitive play is the multiplayer mode. The esports game modes are not seasonal and generally remain permanent throughout the competitive season. This is because the multiplayer mode is the most popular in esports. However, the Blackout mode is also played in different regional and local tournaments all over the globe.

Currently, no new game modes have been announced, but other updates are being made to the game as its popularity grows.

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