Call of Duty 4 has survived for years as the biggest competitive title in the Do Gaming League. It even outlived its would-be successors Modern Warfare 2 and 3. Black Ops 2 has however become the new FPS king of the league, begging the question: Should Call of Duty 4 be dropped from the competitive roster?
Call of Duty 4 was the game that got me into eSports back in 2009; it was the big title in the league. But entries for the DGL CoD4 league have rapidly declined in the last three years, and are now at an all time low.
But is it enough to drop the game from the roster? Yes and no. The number of entries for first-person-shooters is as follows:
- Battlefield 3: 46
- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive: 29
- Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare: 34
- Call of Duty: Black Ops 2: 84
Based on the numbers with CoD4 not being the title with the least entries, and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive being a much newer game, I’d say the amount of entries shouldn’t determine the drop.
CoD4 is however the title that’s been on the league roster the longest, and will eventually have to die out. I won’t pretend that I love everything about Black Ops 2, but it’s definitely the best Call of Duty title released for eSports after CoD4 and has no doubt become the favoured title with the highest number of entries of all the FPS titles in the league. Speaking strictly from a competitive point of view, even though it takes a while to get used to the maps, it has that competitive vibe CoD4 had.
The only thing that can better it at this stage is having dedicated servers. Don’t get me wrong, Steam is great, but all too often teams can’t get enough practise in for their league matches because of disconnects for both teams playing the clanny. At least with dedicated severs, teams are able to move to a different server and continue their practise matches.
I would imagine that Steam constantly disconnecting because of some random SEACOM issue could cause some real headaches during league matches too. Luckily, it doesn’t happen too often, but could be the difference between a win or a loss for a team.
Coming back to CoD4; Promod was an incredible competitive mode, but it might be time for the game to kick the bucket already.
Last Updated: June 19, 2013