These instructions come with personal experience from being a Major League Gamer and a competitor at Local Area Network events (LAN's). Soon you will be on your way on to developing the skills that professional Call of Duty players have.
Step 1: Make Sure You Have an Internet Service Provider
The first thing you want to do is make sure you have internet at your house or wherever you will be spending your time playing Xbox. It is highly recommended that you get Comcast because it is known in the gaming community to be one of the most reliable and fastest internet providers. An Internet Service Provider (ISP) is a company that provides you with access to the Internet, usually for a fee.
Step 2: Purchase an Xbox 360 or an Xbox One
1. Purchase an Xbox 360 or an Xbox One. The Xbox products can be purchased from any major retailer or straight from www.microsoft.com . The Xbox 360 can be purchased from this website for as low as $179 and the Xbox One can be purchased for $349.
2. Make sure to buy a prepaid Xbox live membership card so you can play online multi-player and have access to hundreds of features only available to Xbox live members.
Step 3: Buy a Call of Duty Game
The reason I did not mention a specific one is because these instructions are going to be relevant for any Call of Duty game that comes out because they all use the same format and concepts. Buy the most recent Call of Duty game that is out in the market the day you are reading this and if you cannot afford it, buy the edition that came before the newest one.
Step 4: Buy a Gaming Monitor, or Use a 18" to 24" TV
The professional gamer plays on a monitor that has a 24 inch screen, and this is because your eyes can follow the movement of the game at any point in time. You can purchase a professional monitor if you have the money from www.benq.com
Step 5: Set Up All Your Equipment Where You Will Be Playing Your Xbox
Make sure that everything is working properly and that your internet is connected to your Xbox and your Xbox is connected to your monitor.
Step 6: Watch Other Players
Watch other talented players play Call of Duty from youtube or a Livestream website. Trust me, watching others play is one of the most important things you can do. Use the weapons that these people use and try out their tactics so you can start getting a feel of the game.
Step 7: PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE
- Nothing is more important on the road to becoming a professional player without practicing. The average Major League gaming player practices around 6 hours a day.
- As you play, watch how the enemy plays and try to predict what their next move is so when you play another player like that, you can have the advantage.
- Use guns that the professional players are using. There are several guns that the creators put in the game so you can have fun but you are trying to become a professional so put down the kid toys and pick up the big assault rifles.
- Watch the KillCams, which are a replay of how the enemy killed you right after your death. After you get in a habit of watching these, you can learn new strategies as you watch your enemy kill you.
- Every chance you get to play, play. The more you play the more you will improve.
- Add friends that are either better than you, or of similar skill than you are and play with them. This will help you because you will surround yourself with people that have the same mindset as you and usually, they tend to give you advice.
Step 8: Sensitivity
Sensitivity in Call of Duty is how fast your player looks and aims around the screen when you move the analog stick. The typical Call of Duty has sensitivity settings that range from 1-10, 1 being the slowest and 10 being the fastest. Believe it or not, the majority of professional players play with a sensitivity under 5. You might think that having a faster sensitivity gives you a better chance of turning around and killing your enemy but with a lower sensitivity, your aim becomes way more accurate since your player wont be looking around so fast. This is one of the most important things that you can change to help you improve from a regular player to a striving professional player. Find a sensitivity that you are comfortable with, between 3-6.
Step 9: Buy a Scuf Controller
A Scuf controller is like a regular controller but the main changes to it is that you have two buttons under the left and right side of the control. These features allow you to jump and crouch without having to move your fingers from the analog stick to the ABXY buttons that Xbox Controllers have. Almost every single player that competes in professional events have a Scuf controller. Not only does it give you a major advantage, it is also comfortable because they come equipped with grips on the controller so your sweaty hands wont make the controller slip.
Step 10: Start Playing Competitively Once You Get a Hang of the Game
The minute you get the hang of the game a little bit, start playing competitively with other people. There are several ways you can get involved in competitive Call of Duty, one way is to sign up to www.gamebattles.com and find 1vs1 matches against other people who take the game seriously.
- Watch competitive gameplay from youtube
- Learn from your losses, there is a saying that goes, " I learn more by my losses because when I win, I don't know what to improve on".
- Learn the rules of competitive Call of Duty, usually referred to as MLG rules (major league gaming).
- GRIND competitive. Which means that strictly play this so you can get your mindset away from playing against regular players and start getting focused on playing against players that know the game inside out.
Step 11: Don't Give Up
- There will be times where you feel like giving up because you feel like you are not getting better or in some cases, you actually play worse than ever before. This is normal because once you play for several hours, your head can start hurting and can cause you to perform terribly.
- Do not listen to other people that say you are not good. Of course you are not the best but you are gonna get there. I wasn't always a good Call of Duty player, I started off a 12 year old kid who didn't know what an Xbox was.
- If your schedule gets busy and you can't play as much, dont give it up, just play whenever you get the chance because some practice is better than no practice.
Step 12: Watch Professional Players Perform at LAN Events
A LAN event is an event where players gather up in the same building and play through the same network so there won't be any internet connection issues; usually professional or semi professional players. LAN stand for Local Area Network and a local area network (LAN) is a computer network that interconnects computers within a limited area such as a home, school, computer laboratory, or office building, using network media. In LAN events there are several prizes that can be won and the biggest LAN event there ever was for Call of Duty was a $1 Million championship.
Step 13: Develop Your Own Playing Style and Know What You Are Good At.
- One of the best ways to learn the ways of a professional player is to watch them play and adapt to their playing style. Chances are, those players probably got their tactics off another player. Every player is different and has their own playing style, but one of the best strategies to use is to combine the playing style of many different players and create your own playing style.
- Determine what you are good at. By this I mean that you should be able to determine whether you are good playing on the offense or the defense. Find out if you perform better attacking the enemy and pushing to their base, or playing defensively and letting them come to you. Once you determine it, stick to that role and practice it over and over again until it becomes natural to you.
Step 14: Create a Team
- One of the most successful Call of Duty players of all time said that you have a higher chance of going pro in Call of Duty if you start off playing with your friends and building a team with them and building chemistry together.
- Build a team with your friends or online friends that have the same goal as you and play with them against other teams that are trying to go professional as well.
- Build chemistry with them, and no it is not science class. By building chemistry with your friends you are learning how to play with your teammates in a way that only you guys know. Teams that have amazing chemistry usually do not have to talk to play amazing because they know how each of their team members play.
- Compete in online tournaments so you can get a feel of how much improving you guys need to make. REMEMBER: even the best teams in the world still practice 6 or more hours a day.
Step 15: Never Underestimate Your Opponent
Always go in the game with the mindset that your opponent is really good and that you have to play your best in order to win. Never go easy against anyone to try and prove a point because the minute you do, you aren't improving you are only getting worse since you are not taking the game seriously.
Have fun while you play but don't be too cocky and have a " I am going to win" attitude, without saying it.
Step 16: Repeat Step 7!
The last and final step to become an expert at call of duty is to repeat step 7: PRACTICE
I cannot stress how important practice is, you cannot simply become a professional Call of Duty player without dedicating a good amount of time to the game.
When you practice (Play) always play every game like you are competing for money, your opponent might think you are stuck up but that is how you will improve, by playing your best every match.