Call of Duty Pro Gameplay: A Discussion

Published 08/08/2020, 10:43 AM EDT

Any gamer in the Call Of Duty community will definitely know about Call Of Duty K/D flexes. For those who are not aware, K/D refers to the kills versus death ratio of a player. It plainly means how many kills a player is getting per death in a multiplayer match. The higher the K/D, the better that player is considered to be. Nonetheless, K/D is different in different scenarios. Many are often left confused as to why pro players, who stream all day and have K/Ds upwards of 5 or 6, do not show the same figures in scrims or tournaments. If you’ve wondered that, I hope to answer it in this discussion.

Take, for example, Skyz from the Florida Mutineers. In the ongoing Call of Duty League, Skyz has the highest average K/D of 1.24. Why is this the best among the pros? Firstly, we need to understand the difference between the scenarios.


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A regular public match-up consists of players who are most likely not pros but rather casual gamers. In casual pub matches, people play to have fun. They play for kills and for nukes. Trickshots, darkscopes, and heaving down scorestreaks are what pubs are about. People play with randoms and aim to prove themselves as the MVP in one particular match. That is the general attitude of any player who has been playing Call of Duty for the longest time.

How else do you explain no players picking up the bomb as soon as the buy phase is over? Everybody just wants kills!

Call Of Duty Pro Gameplay and how it affects the K/D

Loadout division

The pro scene in Call of Duty is a whole another world. If, while playing a pub match, you get mad at “try-hards”, you wouldn’t survive here for a second. Tryhards are what gamers refer to other players who sweat too much to win a match, destroying the general fun. Ever been surprised by an occasional camper in Summit while planting the bomb at B? Yeah, now you know.

But the pro scene is a lot different. People here hit every shot. And that is not an overstatement. The teams divide amongst themselves the number of AR players and SMG players. The functionality of both types is highly different.

ARs hold down lanes and corners. They break enemy advances by engaging in long-range fights. SMGs, on the other hand, are close combat specialists. They clear out rooms and tight corners engaging in much more risky engagements.

Skyz is an AR player who uses his team’s spawns to determine enemy pushes and holds down the lanes accordingly. Now you know why he drops 40 bombs in League matches.

Call Of Duty League posted a video on YouTube discussing his performance, in comparison to different matches in the league. Have a look;


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Secondly, communications. Public matches have negligible to zero communication between the squad. In pro tournaments, the callouts by each player are very specific and very important. Ever heard a team commentary of a pro-match-up? They speak fast, and on point, giving away enemy positions and alerting teammates. The spawn flips are accurate, the flanks are reported, the intuition is perfect, and whichever team does it better tends to come through as the winner. Nobody ‘carries’ anybody in pro tourneys.

Playing the Objective


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Unlike pubs in tournaments, you cannot run freely throughout the map and just aim for kills. Every player has to play the objective and contribute. Be it capping flags in Domination or getting hill time on Hardpoint, the objective is the game. Yeah, you might see an occasional ninja defuse without clearing the room, but that is all intuition, at the moment. No team can win in tournaments without playing the objective and playing their life. If you die less, you’re helping both your team and your K/D.

Time and Synergy

Lastly, the time each player puts into the game plays a vital role. This is not just for CoD but for any other competitive game. To become a pro, you need to put in hours after hours into the game to get better. Some pros have gone north of 15 thousand hours into a game. All of this to be the best amongst the best.


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Synergy with teammates is another reason for success but that builds up more and more as a team plays together frequently.

So, if you ever had doubts as to why Call of Duty pros are celebrated regardless of your K/D and win ratio being better than theirs, well you are a lot wiser now. Now think before you challenge a pro streamer to a 1v1 match net time. Cheers!



Avhinandan Chakraborty

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Avhinandan Chakraborty is an eSports author at EssentiallySports since August 2020. He is currently pursuing his Master's degree in English Literature from Calcutta University, and has been professionally writing since 2020. Ever since he was a child, he has been extremely passionate about online gaming and eSports, having played titles like GTA Vice City, FIFA, and IGI, among many others.