A Player’s Guide to Call of Duty for Beginners

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In this article, we’ll give you a brief guide to Call of Duty for beginners so you can get in the game and make the most of your experience. With enough practice and some help from Hotspawn, soon enough, you’ll be racking up scorestreaks with skills to compete in professional tournaments like May Melee! Also, remember to sign your email address up for the hotspawn.com newsletter for all of the latest esports, tech news, giveaways, and exclusive offers!

Getting Started With Call of Duty


Most people that play video games today, whether it’s on PlayStation, Xbox, or their personal computer, have played or watched Call of Duty at some point. However, that doesn’t mean we’re all experts yet!

When you’re starting your online Call of Duty career, the first thing to note is the various game modes. Call of Duty has offered numerous game modes to suit players of any style, from team deathmatch to free-for-all to search-and-destroy. Although, if you ever want to play professionally, you should familiarize yourself with the three game modes used in the Call of Duty League (CDL). These three modes include search-and-destroy, hardpoint, and domination.


Search-and-destroy is a game mode where players separate into two different teams with the goal of either defending a control point from a bomb or attempting to plant the bomb and destroy the control point. A special note about this game mode is that players do not respawn until the next round if they die.


Hardpoint is a game mode where players are separated into two teams fighting to control a moving control point. Each team receives points for maintaining control of the hardpoint until time runs out. Once time runs out, the team with the most points wins.


Similar to hardpoint, domination involves two teams fighting over three control points named “A,” “B,” and “C.” Each team earns points for controlling one or more control points, and the team with the most points at the end of the match wins.

Call of Duty Play Styles

Once you’ve familiarized yourself with the various game modes, you should try to find a play style that suits you. Many players concentrate on one specific area for all weapon builds, regardless of the map or game mode. For example, some players focus on speed, others focus on high damage, and others focus on accuracy.

With modern Call of Duty games, such as Warzone and Vanguard, you can customize each weapon class to suit your style using a broad range of attachments. For example, if you want to run a speed build, many in-game weapons have skeletal stocks or even have the option to remove the stock entirely to significantly increase your speed once you’ve leveled the weapon up to earn that option. In addition, practically every weapon in the game offers attachments to suit your play style so you can play comfortably while earning that coveted “Play of the Game” spotlight!

Tips and Tricks for Upping Your Game in Call of Duty


We have a few tips and tricks new players can use to up their game in Call of Duty, regardless of game modes or play styles. Check them out below:

  • Utilize your mini-map: Always keep an eye on your mini-map. However, don’t stare at it for too long, as the mayhem during a match never stops!
  • Check your corners: When you enter a room, alleyway, or any other structure with a corner suitable for camping, check it first. You’d be surprised how often you’ll find someone sitting there.
  • Only reload when necessary: We understand it’s tempting to hit that reload button and start with a new clip every time you fire your weapon. However, when you reload so often, you’re defenseless during a lot of the mayhem of a Call of Duty match.

Get Out There and Start Gaining XP in Call of Duty

With this beginner’s guide to Call of Duty, you should have all the information you need to start forging your way up the player ranks. So, get out there and start playing!

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