Professional gaming requires perfecting certain skills to be able to perform on the required level. Since pro-gaming is extremely competitive, these skills only better a player’s chances of fighting others in line for the spot. One of those important skills is playing on claw controls. Call Of Duty requires excellent instincts and reflexes. The faster a player is moving their fingers the better chance he has at surviving. Further to that, thumb gaming is considered extremely slow for the pro scene.
Firstly let us understand the huge difference between the two styles.
Thumb control refers to holding the controller with both hands but using only the thumbs for majority of actions.
Except maybe for the paddles or L1,L2 and R1,R2, all other major front panel interfacing is carried out by the thumbs in this hold. As it suggests, this hold is extremely slow. It uses only two fingers which contributes to slower reaction times.
Claw control on controller is considered the professional hold. Claw control uses upto five of six fingers while playing. There are different types of claw hold that gamers use according to their comfort and requirement. The five and six finger claw holds are the most common ones.
Basically, what claw control does is, it does not take the player’s thumb off the movement stick. This allows the player to move while doing other actions. Such as shooting and crouching, jumping and sliding, sliding and shooting, etc. These combo movements help a player to actively incorporate with enemy strategies and tactics. For example an SMG player running in straight into a captured Hardpoint and stopping to shoot is an easy kill. Therefore that player needs to be fast, smoke the entry, slide in and shoot his enemies. A claw player will perform every action without stopping for a second.
In a recent video by Call Of Duty League on YouTube, Atlanta FaZe’s Priestahh revealed his controller settings. Priestahh plays on default controls. Therefore his XAYB buttons perform jump, crouch, switch weapons and reload.
He never takes his thumb of the movement sticks which lets him move and aim at the same time.
His vertical and horizontal stick sensitivity is six. ADS sensitivity multiplier for low and high zoom fluctuates between 1.00 and 1.10.
Watch the video below to hear from the 22-year-old why he plays in claw control and its benefits in the pro scene.