SnD BOP Knife only Guide
Knife Only PSN:OShadowBladeO
Knifing only provides a unique take on the CoD series. For games like Black Ops where orthodox gameplay can get tiresome, knifing only allows a fresh different perspective. In SnD , in particular, the rounds’ intensity can be amplified when one is only equipped with a blade and tomahawk. Winning feels just so much more satisfying. For this reason, this method is my favorite way to play Black Ops.
What type of knifer are you?
Will you use stun/flash grenades? (although, traditionally, the knifer did not use these, I guess they are viable options.) Personally, I get much more satisfaction out of limiting myself to smoke and being a pure knifer. Well, to each his own.
Great method of distraction, I suggest throwing the decoys directly at spots were people normally camp (on your side of the team). This way, the decoy will actually serve as a feasible distraction.
Amazing source of visual distraction: a fantastic way to get out of sticky situations direct enemy attention and conceal your movement.
You can be creative here.
Motion SensorThe motion sensor is beast. I recommend plopping it at very non obvious locations by buildings, not necessarily inside, but so you can sense who is in side. Keep in mind of hacker. . The motion sensor is an excellent way to preview areas before flanking. It’s also loads of help if you resort to camping during a clutch situation/friendly bomb plant.
Great if you are not running flak jacket. It is an awesome way to remove the threat of enemy equipment, especially those pesky claymores and motion sensors. I suggest using it before going to a building plausibly in ENEMY TERRITORY. I also recommend you retrieve it as you move forward. Make sure you understand the limit of its protection. DON’T FORGET THAT THE JAMMER CLOGS UP THE ENEMY RADAR AND CAN ALERT ENEMIES . Perhaps, wait a few seconds after taking out your jammer, to see if an alerted enemy emerges
Great if you are trying some sort of fancy tomahawk trickshot after you plant the bomb like shown youtube…otherwise a bit impractical. It takes over your HUD, and the motion sensor seems to fits almost all the same purposes and more.
*Lingering around any sort of equipment can be dangerous, however, as hacker users may track you down easily if they wish.*
Ballistic Knife Vs. PistolThe ballistic knife randomly has commando lunge range, but sometimes lunges to far resulting in imminent death. :O ) Shooting the ballistic SHOWS UP ON THE RADAR, but is another great addition to your arsenal.
The pistol knife sometimes is randomly ineffective. As it was nerfed considerably in an early patch More of accurate swipe is needed and your movement toward the player seems more necessary. Aiming down the sights softens your footsteps if you are not running ninja, this feature is unavailable with the ballistic knife. (Although this can also be accomplished when you crouch while you move slowly with both the ballistic and pistol.) Stylistically, I find the pistol more appealing, and if I play correctly, the lunge won’t mess me up. However, the ballistic knife is so much better (and more consistent) in those occasions where your life depends on the extra lunge or you need ran out of tomahawks and need to shoot the knife.
THE TOMAHAWKThe tomahawk can be difficult to master. Remember it travels in an arch, and you must adjust by aiming above targets at a distance. The best way I would say to become comfortable with the tomahawk is to go in a free for all (screw K/D) use scavenger and force yourself to only get tomahawk kills. Try to put your cross hairs lined up before even bringing out the tomahawk. This can help prepare you tremendously for quick reactions
Marathon vs. Ninja
One of the hardest decisions I’ve had to make. I’ve played plenty of games with both. Ninja is great for sound whoring and complete stealth, but marathon feels indispensable for a knifer especially in a game where the sound design is so so. Try them both out. I think because I started out with Ninja, I became much more skilled when I started rushing with marathon. Using Ninja helps you think on your toes and rely on your tomahawk, sometimes. With Ninja, you also don’t have to worry about quieting your footsteps and can sneak up on enemies with ease. Marathon takes allows you to take the enemy players more off guard and to pop in front of them (or, preferably, behind them) in the opening seconds of the match, coupled with lightweight, the enemies may become thoroughly overwhelmed and off guard.
Ghost Vs. Lightweight
I prefer Ghost for supreme stealth. LW is especially good if the players you are going against are doing very well land clearly aren’t racking up any killstreaks. The extra speed boost can do a lot. The no fall damage feature is nice, also, even though the game isn’t too vertical on most maps.
Awesome way to not worry about enemy explosives. However, keep in mind that triggering an enemy claymore/other explosive will STILL alert an enemy with a hitmarker. Using a jammer could eliminate this, but prevents you from using the Motion Sensor or Camera Spike, two very helpful equipment items and could also inadvertently notify an enmy that you are in the area..
- Kinda obvious, but get acquainted with the maps. Learn what routes are normally taken. Where will you encounter the enemies normally, at what time after the match starts.
-To repeat rush routes or not to repeat, that is the question? Use your brain. If an enemy seemed to have spotted you at a point during your rush in your prior round, or if you killed someone, expect that they may come back. Try an alternate route. Otherwise, if you are sure no one saw you in the initial rush, repeat it. It will almost always work again. Most people play search on a map the same way each round until it switches over.
-To Plant or not to plant?Planting the bomb is like awakening the dead from the confines of their grave. When you plant, in most cases, the campers, rushers, and even the AFK’s are startled. They are brought by an inexplicable force to approach the bomb site carefully if they have any brain whatsoever.
For planting with the knife, I recommend going prone in the most obscure location. Don’t be too near the bomb, but don’t go too far, as you are limited to close encounters and tomahawk kills. I recommend going to a choke position that the enemy is most definitely going to come by. In situations where your team has the advantage, you can play a little more aggressively in your defense, but understand that you should use the bomb plant to your advantage.
On defense, also keep in mind you don’t HAVE to play aggressively. If you find the bomb , feel free to camp it out in a safe location or to patrol the area cautiously.
Placement is key.
Gauge your sprint. (NECESSARY WHEN YOU ARE NOT USING MARATHON PRO) Time your attacks. Prepare for specific areas . Don’t always rush like an idiot. Many fall victim to this. Tactically survey the area before moving on unless you are confident you will be unseen. Even when I’m rushing, I look at key points, sometimes at the corner of my screen to check a window, a perch, or another rush route. Alertness is essential to be effective as a COD player in general, but is even more important in search to a knifer.
Take your time when using your Tomahawk if you can to ensure accuracy. When you don’t use marathon, you may have to revert to your tomahawk often. Focus on perfect accuracy unless the enemy has spotted you.
Modes of engagement.You are limited to close encounters. Although tomahawks can be effective at medium, their usage at extreme range is unreliable, in most cases, if an enemy is attempting to evade you while shooting. As a result, a good knifer must try indirect ways to confront enemies. They have to prioritize threats, and sometimes, even, let some enemies pass by in order to avoid making oneself vulnerable. Take the OUTSKIRTS of the map in order to avoid vulnerability, in the long run, direct routes will just surmount in many quick deaths. On the bigger maps where it takes extremely long to flank the enemies, taking the longer route may be the only way to avoid long range confrontations.
If you want to enter a building late in a round, I recommend taking the farthest entrance from your spawn, and the closest to enemies. By doing so, you may be much less likely to encounter claymores.
Be wary of entrances and rounding corners. Prepare yourself for confrontations. If you see an enemy in a long range engagement, run and hide before he can fire. Wait for him to run and catch you, then ambush him. Or, choose a flank route if your target is camping and/or if more than one enemy has spotted you. OR, finally, evade the enemy altogether and proceed to an easier , less dangerous target .
What constitutes enemy territory?Well, I consider myself a generally aware player. When there are only a few enemies left, I often find it pretty easy to mentally minimize the location possibilities and track them down. It’s a simple strategy, actually. Where your teammates are, the enemies aren’t. And, in most cases, the enemies are facing the opposite direction of their spawn and are still traveling in your direction. Use this to your advantage, as understanding traffic patterns is essential for discovering flanking routes as well as making smart, fast decisions in planting the bomb.
You can read and try to implement these tips into your play style, but, ultimately, practice makes perfect.