Black Ops 2 - League Play
Something that may of been missing from COD titles since the start has been some sort of matchmaking system. Being able to play against opposition of similar skill can certanly make the game more interesting as well as being obviously more balanced. How exactly this will work is currently unknown but it is widely accepted that the levels for the league will be seperate from the standard leveling and prestige ranks. The reason for this is that the way that COD games currently rank does not show skill, you can be a terrible player and play everyday and rank up quickly but the casual player who happens to be good will be at a lower rank simply for not playing as much, this does not make for a good system to match similar skilled players. Some games have now started to use there own ranking systems in order to get players playing at similar levels. FIFA seasons for eample has 10 leagues, win your games and move up a division, lose and get relegated. A simple but effective way of seperating the best from the average players and making the game fun. Hopefully the same will happen with the Black Ops 2 league play.
Problems that need to be overcome that have been brough up by the call of duty community are that it will be impossible to play with friends in a ranked matchup, its very unlikely that your team-mates will all be of similar rank to you. Solution - possibly a clan rank based on games won? but this of course would require another seperate playlist for clan play only.
Players leaving mid-game - If your playing a ranked match then it cant happen that people join half way through, thats fine but what if some of your team leave, that leaves you at a massive disadvantge and will affect your ranking, whether its based on score, wins or whatever its not going to be a good situation for your team. Solution - answers on a postcard please (or you could comment below )
Playlist not being used - This has been tried before, and if you were not aware of this fact, thats hardly surprising because it failed miserably. Noboday bothered with ranked play. It may be different this time of course because the COD community is much larger now than it ever was before and so has a much better chance at succeding. There are people talking about its failure already but i think we should give this time and it may well take off.
So will you be trying out league play, I think i will but whether i continue to play it will definately be based on if the system can truly balance out the skills of players accurately, otherwise its going to be just the same as any other mode. Hope it works but time will tell.
13 days till release
A little video that explains a little more about what we know about league play
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