100 Thieves player Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat and CEO Matt 'Nadeshot' Haag have differing opinions on the use of sniper rifles in Call of Duty esports.
In a tweet sent out by 100 Thieves’ newest acquisition, SlasheR asked his fans if Call of Duty would be better off removing snipers from competitive Search and Destroy.
He said: “Am I the only one who thinks competitive SnD would be 100x better without snipers? Or if they aimed in slower?”
Nadeshot replied, saying that while he understood SlasheR’s idea was meant to improve the competitiveness of the game, he felt that it would lessen the entertainment value of the esport.
“You can’t forget that entertainment is absolutely necessary and there’s nothing better than seeing huge snipes in S&D,” he argued.
“From a viewer perspective, you are right,” responded the assault rifler. “I just dislike the fact that you are not risking anything pulling out a sniper class. For example, in CounterStrike you are risking $5k of your economy to use it.”
I know from a viewer perspective you are right. I just dislike the fact that you are not risking anything pulling out a sniper class. For example in cs you are risking 5k of your Economy to use it. Cod it’s free every round
— 100T SlasheR (@SlasheR_AL) October 3, 2018
SlasheR feels the benefits of pulling out a sniper rifle in Search and Destroy heavily outweigh the potential negatives. With sniper rifles generally killing enemies in one shot, Liddicoat believes that there needs to be a heavier penalty for bringing it out and not being successful with it.
With Call of Duty switching to 5v5, it’s currently unclear how teams will set up during competitive gameplay. It will be interesting to see how many snipers we see on the map when action begins in the first Call of Duty event of the year in Las Vegas on December 7.