Playing 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 2' is a good time, but winning is even better. To help you get the edge against the online hordes, we spoke to some folks that train the pros – professional gamers, that is, digital athletes who can make millions of dollars a year playing video games.
To help improve the skills of even the most uncoordinated among us, we turned to Mike "Hastr0" Rufail and Ryan "Fwiz" Wyatt, the official play-by-play announcers for Major League Gaming (MLG). Rufail, a retired pro player himself, is now the eSports advisor for 'Call of Duty' creators Activision and Treyarch. Wyatt, for his part, launched the eSports coverage at Machinima, a premier online destination for game videos.
We caught up with the two as they prepped for the MLG Winter Championship, taking place this weekend in Dallas, Texas (and viewable live on the MLG website). The event kicks off the 10th annual MLG Pro Circuit season, where nearly 200 teams will compete for placement in the championship bracket (and their share of a $1 million tournament purse). Here's what they told us about improving your 'Call of Duty' game.
Perfect your jump shot.
Professional players use this one all the time. "When in a gun fight or moving out of doorways and corners, making yourself hard to kill will always go a long way," says Wyatt, citing jumping while instantaneously shooting as a good way to avoid getting shot. "[It] can be wildly beneficial." Your aim will almost certainly suffer at first – you are, after all, jumping and shooting at the same time – but practice makes perfect. You'll win far more one-on-one engagements, which will make all the difference between hitting your Scorestreak or losing it. Just remember, this isn't 'Mario Bros.': Jumping repeatedly will not only make you look the fool, it'll also get you killed. Jump once, with vigilance, then try something else (it's all about variety).