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Clayster explains why PC players like shroud would “dominate” CoD esports

Published: 10/Nov/2019 13:30 Updated: 10/Nov/2019 13:53

by Joe Craven


Professional Call of Duty veteran James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks has explained why allowing mouse and keyboard players couldn’t work in competitive CoD, when compared with other esports such as Fortnite. 

The debate surrounding console vs PC is showing no signs of slowing down, and continues to permeate a number of esports. While certain esports, like Fortnite, see controller players come up against mouse and keyboard (MKB), Call of Duty has been exclusively console for its professional scene since it exploded in popularity during Black Ops 2. 

Clayster, two-time world champion and AR for Dallas Empire, has weighed in on the debate of controller and PC being combined, as they are in Fortnite, explaining why MKB players would possess an insurmountable advantage in Call of Duty.

Dallas EmpireThe Dallas Empire roster sees veterans mixed with exciting prospects.

Competitive Call of Duty was played exclusively on Xbox consoles, until Sony splashed out and obtained exclusive rights for PlayStation. This saw all competitive players transition to playing on PS4s, as they will continue to do in the inaugural CDL season.

On November 9, Reddit user TanaerSG asked the question: “Why is MKB not allowed to compete in CoD and why are MKB players shunned?”, pointing out that it works well in Fortnite.

Clayster himself responded, explaining that it is mainly down to the time to kill (TTK) differences in the various titles. 

“In Fortnite, you have a chance to build, have 200 HP, do any number of things to disengage and reset,” he said. “In CoD, with the TTK being so fast, M&KB players have a SIGNIFICANT advantage, not only with being able to react faster and more precise but in terms of FPS and FOV as well.”


Call of Duty TTKs are famously fast, fitting with the respawn, fast-paced nature of the games. Infinity Ward games in particular – as Modern Warfare is – have been known to have incredibly quick TTKs.

Clayster concluded: “You give Shroud and Skadoodle a month in a competitive CoD team with a M&KB and they’ll be pulling stuff off you’ve never seen any console player do, and they’d dominate, bad.”

ECSShroud started in esports as a professional CS:GO player.

Shroud is an ex-CS:GO professional, often dubbed “the human aimbot” thanks to his incredible accuracy on a wide variety of games. Clayster clearly thinks if he was a professional CoD player on MKB, he would have no trouble dominating the competitive scene.

The inaugural CDL season will kick off in January 2020, seeing the newly formed franchises go head to head in an unprecedented level of competition.

Despite a few years of struggle from Black Ops 3 to WWII, Black Ops 4 saw Clayster return to the very top of pro Call of Duty, winning a world championship on eUnited. He will be hoping to replicate this level of success on Dallas, alongside new teammates Crimsix, iLLeY, Huke and Shotzzy. 

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Envoy’s AK74u Black Ops Cold War loadout after MP5 nerf

Published: 24/Nov/2020 15:53

by Jacob Hale


OpTic Chicago star player Dylan ‘Envoy’ Hannon has unveiled his go-to AK74u class in Black Ops Cold War, as a potential replacement for the nerfed MP5.

When Cold War first dropped, the MP5 was perhaps the most popular weapon in the game, able to excel across most ranges with minimal recoil and damage drop-off.

That said, a nerf came in for the weapon that increased its recoil and made it less effective than before, leaving players to look for alternatives.

While he and other pros will likely be keeping MP5 loadouts for their close-quarters fights, Envoy has shown off his ideal AK74u loadout that he plans on using in-game when the opportunity arises.

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The AK74u could be the perfect MP5 alternative.

The 74u definitely seems to be second in line in terms of the game’s submachine guns, behind only the MP5, so if you feel like the nerf has thrown you off, you might want to give this loadout some consideration.

Here’s what Envoy stacks on his AK-74u to compete against the top pros:

  • Muzzle: Spetsnaz compensator
  • Barrel: 9.3” VDV Reinforced
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Speedgrip
  • Handle: Speed Tape
  • Stock: No Stock

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Of all his class setups, this is the only one Envoy has named, calling it “Speed” — so you know exactly what you’re getting from this one.

As with his other classes, and as required by his role on OpTic, Envoy carries a 1911 pistol in his back pocket, and for equipment, he takes a Trophy System, Semtex, and a Smoke Grenade, perfect for rushing objectives or holding off potential lanes from enemies.

If you like playing aggressively with an SMG, this might be what you want to go for, especially if you’re not loving the post-nerf MP5. And, given the past couple of years, Envoy is definitely somebody you want to listen to when it comes to SMG gameplay.