Call of Duty is popular first-person shooting game that started out 19 years ago. Today, it has grown from an action-packed game to a competitive esports game with regular tournaments such as the Call of Duty League (CDL).
Now, if you are just starting to play the Call of Duty franchise, then it is highly recommended that you use a controller especially if you are into close-quarter fights.
But what if you have no idea which controller to get? Well, you are in luck as we are here to guide you on what controllers COD Pros use. Why not learn from the professionals themselves right? Let’s get started.
What Controller Do COD Pros Use
Call of Duty professionals uses custom controllers. Most of the time, it is from Battle Beaver due to their consistency and reliability. Battle Beavers also customize a controller any way that you want to.
Moreover, some professional players who use the claw grip request Battle Beaver to disable their touchpad to avoid hitting it accidentally. Based on reports, Scuf Gaming does not go to that extent.
Scuf Gaming controllers are great too since they are the CDL sponsors.
Scuf Gaming and Battle Beaver produce customized controllers for professional gamers. These two companies are the two choices because of the quality of their work.
To add, Scuf Gaming has CDL-themed controllers available on their website. Show your support to your team by grabbing one of their custom controllers.
Another add-on that players use is Kontrol Freek thumbsticks. These performance thumbsticks increase comfort and improve accuracy which is needed to frag.
CDL Players And Their Controllers
Let us take a look at these Call of Duty League players and their controller of choice.
|Simp||Battle Beaver||Alpha on Right Stick|
|Prestinni||Battle Beaver with Smart Triggers||None|
|Zed||Scuf (one paddle)||None|
|Nero||Battle Beaver with Smart Triggers and Bumpers | Default PS4 sticks||None|
|Capsidal||Battle Beaver with XB1 sticks||None|
|Methodz||Scuf Impact with two paddles | Digital Tap Triggers | Scuf Sticks | Rumble Remove||None|
|TJHaLy||Battle Beaver||CQC on the Right Stick|
|Vivid||Battle Beaver||CQC Signature|
|MajorManiak||Scuf with Smart Triggers and Bumpers | No Paddles||Alpha on the Right Stick|
|Owakening||Scuf with default sticks||FPS Freek Edge on the Right Stick|
Los Angeles Guerillas
|Gunless||Battle Beaver with Smart Triggers | Default Bumpers | Back Buttons | Default Sticks||None|
Los Angeles Thieves
|Octane||Scuf 4PS with One Paddle||None|
London Royal Ravens
|Zer0||Scuf PS5||Right Stick (No model mentioned)|
|Priestahh||Battle Beaver with Smart Triggers | Default PS4 Thumbsticks | No Back Button||None|
New York Subliners
|Clayster||Scuf Infinity 4PS with Regular Scuf Sticks | No Rumbles||Classic on Right Stick|
|Crimsix||Battle Beaver with Smart Triggers and Bumpers with Back Button||None|
|Shotzzy||Battle Beaver with Smart Bumpers | Default Triggers and No Back Buttons||None|
|Scump||Scuf/Battle Beaver (He is sponsored by Scuf but was spotted with a Battle Beaver controller)||Unknown|
|GRVTY||Scuf||Alpha on the Right | Beaver Stick Cover on the Left|
|Sib||Battle Beaver||Modern Warfare|
|Pred||Battle Beaver with Smart Triggers and Bumpers with No Rumbles||None|
|Accuracy||Battle Beaver||CQC on Right Stick|
|Classic||Battle Beaver||Modern Warfare|
|CleanX||PS4 Default Controller||Alpha|
|Bance||Scuf 4PS with default PlayStation Sticks||On the Left Stick Only (Model Unknown)|
|Insight||Scuf Impact with Two Paddles||Alpha on Right Stick|
What Is The Best Call Of Duty Controller?
Technically, there is no best controller for Call of Duty because it all depends on personal preference. However, if the top players mentioned above are leaning towards Battle Beaver then they are doing something good to build their reputation in the esports community.
There is a notion that PS4 and PS5 controllers are faster compared to their Xbox counterparts when overclocked. Xbox controllers run at 125Hz while the Dual Shock 4 can go up to 1000Hz. The new PlayStation 5 controller can go up to 8000Hz.
Now does this minute detail greatly affect average players? Not at all. But these professionals have poured their time and effort into honing their craft. They will easily notice a difference between 125Hz and 1000Hz controllers.
Moreover, Xbox controllers have a polling rate lock that translates to around 5-8ms input delay. PlayStation controllers do not have that and for fast-paced esports like Call of Duty every millisecond matters.
Another factor to consider why the best COD players choose the PlayStation controller is muscle memory. These players have been accustomed to the dual shock layout and it is hard to switch to a new layout and readjust minute details.
Call of Duty Pros use customized controllers and it does not matter whether it is from Scuf or Battle Beaver. These controllers are tailored to their playstyle, reliable, and durable. They are quite pricey but if you are serious about playing Call of Duty then maybe it’s time for you to try them out.
Ultimately, choose the peripheral that works well with you. Do not be afraid to try equipment until your find your match. Better yet, check our gear guide for more gaming peripherals.
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