What is Call of Duty?
Call of Duty is a franchise of first-person shooters developed by different companies under the publishing by Activision. The most recent title, that is played as an esports this year, is Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, released in October of 2018, for consoles and computers.
All the games feature a main singleplayer storyline, and a multiplayer mode, consisting of different game modes. As this year all the highest tier competitions are played on a Playstation 4 version of Black Ops 4, only 3 game modes were approved for the competitions. Those 3 game modes are: Hardpoint, where 2 5-player teams battle against each other to be the first to gain 250 points; Search & Destroy, a new look on a classic mode, where two teams are assigned to either defuse or detonate a bomb; Control, where a team needs to capture two marked zones of that map, or use up all of the opposite teams respawn points.
Call of Duty in Esports
Being one of the oldest franchises currently on the market, the esports scene started up pretty early in 2006 with their release of the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare.
Over the years their game offering expanded, as well as their esports scene, even though Call of Duty in esports never grew up to the same heights as different esports, as it never acquired the same following as other titles.
The biggest Call of Duty tournament was back in 2011 at a convention in Los Angeles, California. The biggest point of that event was the $1,000,000 tournament, where 32 teams battled for the grand prize of a $400,000.
In the beginning of 2016, Activision introduced a new league for professional players to compete in: Call of Duty World League, also knows as CWL, where over the course of its 2019 season, over $6,000,000 will be given out as cash prizes.
2019 CWL Pro League
The Pro League in 2019 is a single stage event, in which 16 teams from North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific regions are participating. The teams are divided into two divisions during the Regular Season, with the top teams qualifying for the CWL Finals.
To qualify for the Pro League, teams competed in various qualifiers hosted globally by Major League Gaming, with the Las Vegas Open being of the most importance, as the 4 top teams have automatically qualified for the Pro League stage.
During the Regular Season, every team will play twenty two matches, two Bo5 series against the teams in their division, and one Bo5 series against the teams in the other division. The top four teams from every division qualify for the Playoff Bracket, while the rest compete in the Play-In Bracket.
In the Play-In Bracket, Regular Season's bottom ranked teams play against each other in a single elimination bracket, and once only two teams remain, they are moved to the first round of the Playoff Bracket.
In the Playoff Bracket teams who ranked top 4 in their Divisions, compete against each other in a double elimination bracket. The teams who ranked 4th play against the winners of the Play-In Bracket.
Before you start betting
As with any Esports, before you start betting, you should first learn the ropes of how this game works, how the game modes are played, what is considered “meta” at the time, and what roles are played and what team strategies are applied for which game mode.
Like any other esports title, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 constantly introduces new patch notes and balance changes, to keep the game up to date, and to let the players adapt and come up with new playstyles and team strategies, thus to make the best betting predictions, you should always review your game knowledge, and be on the lookout of the patch changes.
Due to this, once you have decided which rteams to follow, you need to start learning as to which players prefer to play which roles, and learn the unique playstyles of every team. Luckily, you can find videos of most professional players online, and videos or reviews of previous tournaments, giving you an opportunity to expand your knowledge and give an edge while betting.
Main Betting markets
One of the most common markets, that came over from the traditional sports.
This is the market, where you simply bet on which team will win the match.
Due to not all the matchups played being a strict 50-50 in terms of team's strength, this market, which was created long before esports became popular, tries to even out the chances of both sides, by giving the weaker team a positive handicap (advantage), and the stronger team a negative handicap (disadvantage).
With this bet, in order to the win the positive handicap, the team must win the match or lose by less than the handicap's value. In turn, a bet on a side with the negative handicap can only be won if that side wins by more than the handicap's value.
These are the markets, where you bet on a certain event condition being over or under a certain amount, that is set by the bookmaker.
For Call of Duty, the most common markets offered are: total maps played, over or under the amount set by the bookmaker.
Betting on outrights, is similar to traditional sports betting, where you don't bet on a particular match, but on the outcome of the whole event.
This type of market is much more prone to team errors, as this market goes for a longer period of time, during which a team you've placed a bet on, could have a hiccup during a tournament but eventually come back and win the competition.