By Rob Briggs

The rise to the highest level of competitive play begins with the right equipment. Listed below are the top three classes established by the competitive gaming community as the most efficient for getting the kill and securing the victory in all MLG Game Types. From attachments to perks, we’ll give you everything you need to succeed in competitive play. Are you ready? Arm yourself.

1. FAMAS w/ Red Dot Sight
Secondary: Python w/ Speed Reloader
Lethal: Frag/ Semtex
Tactical: Concussion
Perk 1: Lightweight Pro
Perk 2: Sleight of Hand Pro
Perk 3: Ninja Pro

The FAMAS reigns as the staple weapon of choice for MLG competitive play, and for good reason. Fully automatic and sporting a firing speed of 937.5 RPM (Rounds per Minute) with little recoil, this weapon kills quickly and efficiently. Versatile in both long- and short-range situations, the FAMAS complements a range of playstyles, from aggressive to conservative. The Red Dot Sight enhances the FAMAS most effectively, allowing for better sight, accuracy, and recoil management when aiming down the sight. A handful of reticles can be used for the Red Dot Sight, including Dot, Lines with Dot, Arrows with Dot, and X. Dot and X are the more traditional marks in the center of the sight, whereas the remaining two offer a broader visual aid that is particularly useful when your shot isn’t at its best. Ultimately, the choice of reticle is down to your personal preference.

The Python with Speed Reloader offers you a secondary weapon that whips out quickly in a pinch, fires fast, and packs a punch. Furthermore, the Python is perhaps the only secondary weapon that can stand alone effectively if the FAMAS runs out of ammunition.

Frag and Semtex use is ultimately left up to you; each has its pros and cons. Frags have a five second fuse time, but can be tossed longer distances and banked off of surfaces; Semtex have no fuses and stick to surfaces, but cannot be tossed as far. Additionally, the action of priming a Semtex is audible on an enemy’s headset if he/she is close by.

Concussion grenades disorient an enemy’s vision and slow his/her mobility, which means they’re quite effective for stalling routes in all three Game Types. A hit marker appears when the concussion grenade affects an enemy player, alerting you to his/her location; this will prove crucial in the dire Search and Destroy Game Type.

With regards to the perk setup, both Lightweight Pro and Ninja Pro are staples across all MLG classes. Lightweight offers a little more player speed and no fall damage, allowing you to navigate the map with increased ease and agility. Ninja silences your footsteps, which is absolutely necessary in such a sound-dependent game. Sleight of Hand offers you a faster reload speed, which is necessary for the FAMAS considering its high firing rate, as well as faster ADS (Aim Down Sight), which allows you to react swiftly and pick up the kill.

2. AK-74u w/ Grip
Secondary: Python w/ Speed Reloader
Lethal: Frag/ Semtex
Tactical: Concussion
Perk 1: Lightweight Pro
Perk 2: Steady Aim Pro
Perk 3: Ninja Pro

Since the banning of the perk Rapid Fire from MLG play, the AK-74u has seen considerably reduced play in competition. However, despite this and several nerfs by developer Treyarch, the AK-74u still remains arguably the best submachine gun in Black Ops. With a firing speed of 750 RPM, slower than its FAMAS counterpart, this weapon relies on accuracy and close quarters for kills. The Grip attachment reduces the time the weapon takes to center, thereby reducing bullet spread. Steady Aim Pro is used in favor of Sleight of Hand Pro so ADS is not necessary, and more accurate hip-firing can counteract the versatility of the FAMAS. Even so, in most situations the FAMAS will outduel the AK-74u, so close quarters is recommended if you want to be successful with this class. That being said, this class caters most effectively to a more aggressive playstyle that is particularly adept at navigating the map quickly and unseen.

3. Spectre w/ Grip
Secondary: Python w/ Speed Reloader
Lethal: Frag/ Semtex
Tactical: Concussion
Perk 1: Lightweight Pro
Perk 2: Steady Aim Pro
Perk 3: Ninja Pro

Trying to fill the void left after the ban of Rapid Fire is the Spectre, another submachine gun new to Black Ops. Despite a decrease in power from its counterpart, the AK-74u, what makes the Spectre so appealing is its 937.5 RPM firing speed, which is equal to that of the FAMAS. However, as a submachine gun, its high firing speed can lead to occasional erratic recoil, so both the Grip and Steady Aim Pro are recommended. As before with the AK-74u, the Spectre is most effective in close quarters and caters most efficiently to an aggressive, mobile playstyle. So far it has seen rather limited use in competitive play and is almost exclusively used on Summit, but the Spectre may grow in popularity in the future as the metagame adapts and evolves.

Now that you are properly armed, head over to the MLG or GameBattles forums, find some pick-up scrims, and start fragging with the best of them! Check out MLG throughout the Season for more tips and tricks to step up your game.

 

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