Call of Duty has become a yearly tradition, in case you’re somehow unaware. It’s become a cultural force unto itself, with actors, athletes and comedians helping the marketing campaigns along. And, of course, there’s the ever-vocal army of nay-sayers that readies its rusted arsenal and takes to the internet. Death, taxes and Call of Duty hatred. Is it warranted in 2016? We don’t think so, if you’d like to take a look at our review, and apparently neither do some big names in esports.
Even if you don’t follow esports, you’ve probably seen the EG tag somewhere, at some point. Evil Geniuses is one of the biggest teams in the esports world, and they’re looking to make their (hopefully) triumphant return to the Call of Duty scene with the latest iteration of the game. EG will already be represented at two events before the end of the year: the Call of Duty World League Invitational at PSX in Anaheim on December 3rd and 4th, and, of course, MLG Las Vegas from the 16th to the 18th.
Echo Fox is also revamping their CoD lineup for Infinite Warfare as they prepare for their endeavors in the near future.
Sure, these teams need their names out there and their corresponding moves should probably be taken with a grain of salt in regards to the overall quality of any game. However, one could also argue that they could have just beefed up their training and recruiting for other games. My point is that Infinite Warfare (and its re-released counterpart, Modern Warfare Remastered) is solid, and it has all the necessary parts to offer an acceptable competitive experience to most gamers. So love it or hate it, Call of Duty is still taking the majority of its strides in the right direction.
Being that Call of Duty is typically a holiday release, many young fans are gifted a copy of the popular shooter around the new year (often to the dismay of our ears and sensibilities -sorry, kiddos). With a lot of young talent going pro at a very early age, many others will no doubt try to train and catch the eye of an esports team. I spoke to Matthew “skrapzg” Marshall (@skrapzg), a professional Call of Duty player, and he had this to say regarding what one should do to get started with serious competition:
“Personally I think getting the right team together and combining together as a 4 makes the best teams, each player filling out certain rolls. Also communication is a major key in this game the small talk etc. But a lot of personal skill also comes in to it and helps a lot.”
But maybe that sort of competition isn’t for you. Maybe it’s more about style, and getting some sick kills. Sniping and trickshot clans have been around since as long as Call of Duty has been an esport, according to Hail Sensor (@Sensorrr), Lead of HailChapters sniping clan. Right now, they’re building up a following on social media and producing some YouTube videos for exposure, but they may be getting into more traditional competition in the future.
My opinion is that if you want to be good at something in gaming, you can do it. Don’t focus on “going pro”, but just have fun and practice the fundamentals. Find people that have similar ambitions as you, and then polish your team approach. This isn’t just true for the game itself, but maybe you’re into commentating, writing or making high-production videos. If you’ve got the skill and determination, you’ll create your own opportunities for success. Check back with Gamer Pantheon for PSX, MLG and OGN updates in the near future, and until next time, enjoy this “Teamtage” by HailChapters.