We discuss what Protect/Ban and Specialist Draft mean for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 competitive scene.
Treyarch has always been on the frontfoot when it comes competitive scene in Call of Duty games. With the introduction of League Play in Call of Duty: Black Ops II and game modes such as Hardpoint, the studio changed the way competitive Call of Duty works.
Now with the release of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 at hand, Treyarch is bringing some welcome changes to Call of Duty eSports scene.
There has always been a tussle between competitive players who view some of the in-game items as being uncompetitive or unfair and developers who view their games as fairly balanced and believe that one must learn to play with or play against all in-game items in order to become a professional.
This continuous tug-of-war between pro-players and developers require a middle ground and this is exactly what Treyarch aims to achieve with Protect/Ban and Specialist Draft.
In case you are unfamiliar with Protect/Ban system; it basically allows each player from both teams to either ban a specific item – weapons, weapon attachments, perks, and scorestreaks – or secure it from being banned so as to complement their strategy.
And since we are talking about 4 versus 4 matches, each team can only ban a total of 4 items. Another thing to keep in mind is that both the teams take turns – the entire process is not simultaneous.
Those who have experienced competitive MOBA games such as League of Legends or Defense of the Ancient will know what I am talking about. Personally, I believe this is big step in improving Call of Duty eSports scene in which pro-players will not have to deal with in-game items they consider unfair.
Chances are slim, but you would not like to run into a guy sitting in a corner with a NoobTube, Hardline, Assassin, and Portable UAV in an Arena Match, would you?
Another thing that Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is bringing are Specialist who equipped with specialized weapons and abilities.
Since some Specialists are well-suited for certain game mode, it is important to balance them and that is exactly what Treyarch has done with the Specialist Draft. Similar to Protect/Ban, players can ban a Specialist Perk or a Specialist Weapon.
In addition to this, not more than a single player is allowed to equip a similar Specialist Weapon or a Specialist Perk.
For me, this is a huge step in improving competitive Call of Duty scene. Back in Modern Warfare 3 and Black Ops 2 days, we saw mutual agreement between teams to ban certain weapons, perks, scorestreaks; but we still saw plenty of ACR, AN-94 and MSMC – which are generally considered overpowered – action in both games.
But now, a pro-player must be good with almost every item in the game because the other team would try to ban a particular weapon it feels a certain player is good with.
Other than this, competitive game modes such as Hardpoint and Search & Destroy will return to Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and all future competitive matches will be played on Playstation 4 instead of Xbox One.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is scheduled to release on Nov. 6, 2015 for PC, Playstation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3.
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