If you are interested in playing Domination on Black Ops, there are correct ways of doing so. At the time of this writing, I have over 1000 captures, over 550 defends, and over 5000 kills in this game type. The following lists some tips regarding the best ways to play domination, scoring points, and racking up kills.
What Domination is on Black ops
The core game of Domination has gone unchanged since it was released into the Call of Duty franchise. There are 3 capture points on each map that must be taken and held during the game. Each point your team holds ticks towards the overall goal of 200 to win the game. Obviously, the goal here is for your team to hold two of the three points longer than the opposing team.
What Domination is NOT on Black Ops
Domination IS NOT Team Deathmatch. Far too often, people use this game type to simply run around and kill people, to the determent of their own team. If you wish to play deathmatch, simply do so. Many domination players I know submit player reviews of lacking skill on those who do not play the game correctly.
Tip 1: Capture your spawn point first.
Far too often, people run right past either the C or A point to get to B first. This may seem like the best solution, since there is a significant advantage to holding B, but more often than not this backfires. At least one or two of your six man team will break off for the original point, leaving the rest of your team on B without enough of a perimeter to hold off the other team. From my perspective, I can hit that point first, then run up to B with grenades in the air, and either take the other team off of B or at least flip it back to my side before the other team spawns back in and charges back. Furthermore, if your team neglected to grab that first flag, you will now have to go back and get it. Simply put, you are cheating yourself out of 150 easy points by skipping the C or A spawn from the game start.
Tip 2: Defending is the key to success and points.
Many domination players feel that flipping flag points as quickly as possible is what generates points. They are incorrect. If your team is winning, the best thing you can do is set up shop between the two points you are defending. Obviously, retaining these points will win you the game, but it also puts you into position to score defense medals and points, for killing players attempting to retake your positions.
Tip 3: Forget about your kill/death ratio.
This stat means squat in playing domination. A good player will constantly throw himself at a capture flag over and over until it is won, then hold that position at all costs. You do not help yourself or your team by setting up a claymore on some stairs and shooting out of a window. This having been said, if your team is holding two points, you have direct lines of sight to both points, AND you have easy access to both points, feel free to camp away.
Tip 4: Use equipment to your advantage.
Decoys and smoke are the two primary examples of this tip. Smoke is pretty self-explanatory; toss this before going into a point to capture to shield yourself from being seen. I personally use decoys, because they have a use if you are defending as well. In taking a position, I will often toss a decoy as far away from me as possible. Hopefully this will result in anyone coming to keep me from capturing taking a split second to investigate what they think is firing, only to allow me to cap that point and move into a defensive position. Additionally, when on defense, having a decoy will allow me to toss it away and focus on it, drawing opposing players into a killing field.
Tip 5: Don’t capture all three bases unless you need to for a win.
This results in not knowing the general direction in which your opposition will be coming from. It also creates a trickledown effect in which the resulting carnage will make you spawn in different locations as well. More often than not, the team who has all 3 points will lose all 3 within 15 seconds.
Tip 6: Play with friends.
Playing with friends is much less frustrating then being placed on a team with random players. Each person you do not know has his own agenda, and may simply camp with a sniper rifle all game. Meet new people in the game, get to know new players, and set up a team. You all don’t need to be professional players, but learning how each and every teammate plays will help you succeed.
By following these simple tips, you can become a better domination player. In becoming better, you will gain more COD points, experience, and levels per game. Far too many people do not know how to play the game type correctly… start taking advantage of them now and scoring higher for yourself.