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.
Stop, drop, and fire away.
Although its effectiveness is diminished compared with past 'Call of Duty' titles, the Dropshot remains a powerful way to thwart enemy attacks. Wyatt recommends jumping into the control settings menu and switching your button layout to "Tactical," which swaps the functionality of the B button, and then clicking the right analog stick. This allows you to go into a prone position without taking your thumb off the analog stick. "This can drastically throw off the enemy's aim and ability to target you, [especially] during one-on-one encounters," says Wyatt. "It takes some time getting used to changing your controller layout, but trust me, it's worth the time invested to become acclimated with your new layout. Try doing this with Dual Kap-40s – works like a charm."