Hello! I’m Curtis Huff, an (ex) Competitive Call of Duty player and new writer at BentoByte. As a former competitive player of Call of Duty, I’ve gotten a fair amount of questions about what I do to practice and prep for the game. Like with anything you want to learn to do, you have to start focusing on the basics. So I want to start with simple three point guide to give the most untried players a slight edge in their game play and strategies.

As Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is the newest entry in the series at the time of writing, we’re going to use it as the basis for this article. But I believe these basics are applicable to almost any title in the series and could help those new to the franchise build a solid base skill set that would be useful in any arcade shooter.

Let’s start with the most basic but probably the biggest decision you’re going to make in a Call of Duty: Blacks Ops 3 (or any game in the series): choosing your weapon. Finding a gun to fit you and your individual play style is extremely vital to your performance. A good player working with their worst gun may well lose to a sub-par player with their best gun. So be sure to try out different guns and don’t be afraid to get outside of your comfort zone.

Lastly, I personally don’t use attachments until I find I’m doing well with the base weapon. I find it helps you understand the core strengths and weaknesses of the weapon and allows you decide if you need to use attachments to compensate or if you’ll be able to make it work and save yourself the slots.Naturally, once you’ve done all that, it’s time to play with the attachments.

Attachments are like the icing on the cake on what is to be your masterpiece of a weapon. Supply too much and it’ll be too sweet and won’t balance. Don’t add enough and it may be balanced, but it won’t shape up to other cakes. A basic recommendation I have for attachments would be a fore-grip quick draw and ELO sight. The match type you will play definitely affects the gear you should carry with you. That being said, I recommend you play on the game mode you will play the most when you attempt to find what guns you’re good with as some combinations are far more effective in some modes than they are in others  

Black Ops 3 Combine Layout

The last major point I want to touch on is learning the maps. Most maps in Call of Duty: Blacks Ops 3 have a simple three path design. Left lane. Right lane. Middle lane. Of course not all the maps are the same. But it’s a basic universal path pattern useful on many maps. I also recommend you practice the maps in private with bots or an acquaintance to be as ready as you can be for live multiplayer if you’re concerned about maintaining solid stats.

A side point to learning the maps is learning the map call outs. Each map has specific designated calls outs. Figure them out or make your own with your team or friends. To get an idea of what I mean, check out this link to see the maps and their call outs.

My exercise of a map generally consists of a five minute Team Death Match on each and every map once a day for a week. So for an approximation of practicing on ten maps five minutes apiece. Just under an hour a day for one week.

It never hurts to combat AI bots on Veteran. I would play in a full lobby of Free for All with all Veteran level bots to set a measurement point. Don’t worry about your score. This is just boot camp. After that, go back to online multiplayer. A week later, give the veteran bots another go. Did you do better worse same? It’s always good to set a starting point for yourself so that you can measure your growth.

Once you’ve got your guns and the map designs down, what you do next rests on what kind of player you are. If you are a casual Multiplayer and just want a combat advantage, you’re going to be pretty set down a straightforward path at this point. Just keep playing and be sure to have fun!

Lastly, if you are a competitive Call of Duty player I know that this guide was of little use to you. However, I’m planning to write a competitive Call of Duty guide sometime in the future. For those that are new or found the guide useful, I hope this guide brings you some good insight and fortune into your Call of Duty matches.

I would love to hear your feedback. Say hello to me on twitter @BB_ScareBear.

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Hi, I'm a Writer here at BentoByte, who has had a lot of fun writing in the past, and has a great passion for it. I dabble in other subjects for example: psychology and competitive gaming. However, writing is my main career path. Overall I'm a very creative, charismatic person, and I believe that shows in my work.

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