Treyarch has decided to add a new playlist to Call of Duty: Black Ops, one that they hope will help cut down on the problems that people are experiencing with the game. It is known as the “Competition” playlist, located in the Barebones section of game types. The playlist bans many of the various weapons and gear used in the normal game types. The list of banned items include…
Weapons – M72 Law, RPG , Strela-3, China Lake
Perks – Flak Jacket, Warlord , Second Chance
Attachments - Rapid Fire, Grenade Launcher, Flamethrower
Tactical Grenades – Nova Gas, Decoy
If you decide to use a class with any of the banned items from above in the “Competition” playlist, it will simply disable them, replacing your perks with “None” and taking away the banned equipment, weapons, or attachments. It will have 4 vs. 4 matches, and it appears that it will work much like Mosh Pit, where it is a mix of the many game types available in the game. Because it is part of the Barebones section, there is already a restriction on Killstreaks, and because there are no Killstreaks, Hardline and Ghost become (almost) useless.
If there is anything that you could point to and say “Treyarch is listening,” it’s this. If you read my article in March on the future of Call of Duty, I had issues with many of these problems, in particular Second Chance and grenade launchers, so this is an excellent addition to the game for those who were on my end of the argument.