There are times when I think that the equipment section in Black Ops’ multiplayer should be renamed ‘Campers Delight’. You want to set up a camera to watch the back entrance while you camp at the front one? Or how about a claymore to announce any visitors to you? Maybe you’d like a motion sensor that points out any enemies in the vicinity?
The positive side to campers using equipment is that they are basically making themselves a target if you have Hacker on, and most people do. Personally, if I’m playing and I see someone place a tiny little red motion sensor-shaped object or claymore down at the opposite side of the map just after the game has begun I thank the idiot for letting me know in advance. A large amount of campers rely on equipment and if you have the Hacker perk on you’re probably not going to get caught out by campers too easily.
Lot’s of non-campers use equipment too, but when they place a claymore down they are usually trying to either warn themselves of any incoming enemies from a certain direction or get an easy kill by placing it somewhere so sneaky (or blatantly obvious) that someone will run past it without realizing it.
Using claymores as a warning to yourself is a good tactic to have – when a claymore you have placed is set off you will hear it no matter how far away you are. A lot of people will assume that whoever set the claymore is nearby so if you come from an unexpected direction you can easily catch them off-guard.
Setting C4 down on an objective is a kinda sneaky but effective tactic. If you’re playing Domination and you hear A is being lost all you need to do is detonate your claymore and you’ve not just defended the objective but gotten a very satisfying kill or two. Don’t just throw a C4 down anywhere, especially near an objective, try make it inconspicuous if possible.
I haven’t come across that many players using the Radar Jammer – for one it gives your position away very easily if you don’t place it right. It works best in building with more than one floor so enemies can’t tell where it’s coming from exactly. The Jammer does have a pretty good perk though as a lot of players rely heavily on their radar, many good teams will descend into chaos when it’s gone. So if a player than depends on radar finds it being jammed they will often make have very poor judgement of where their target is, leaving you to surprise them. Better yet use it in an area with a few team mates, they never expect there to be more than one. The Jammer can also be used as a lure, as it is an indication that an enemy is using it for cover so most players will try find the source. You can twist this into a camping technique or you can be a real player and just revisit and hastily patrol and area for takers. It’s your call.
Using a camera spike is usually the biggest indication of camping. I have seen a lone sniper use it to watch his back, which does technically count as camping but in theory snipers have to be lone-wolves and need someone or something to watch their close-quarters while they are busy. Placing a camera spike near an objective can be very helpful, especially if you are communicating with your team as you can just let them know when enemies are near the objective. Unless an enemy has Hacker on they will rarely destroy the camera before you see them if you have it placed right. If they do manage to destroy it you still know where they are in general on the map.
Tactical insertions are not used a lot in Black Ops, and with good reason. They couldn’t be more obvious if they tried. Place it in a dark area – it lights it up, use it in broad daylight, now it’s a shining beacon for you enemies to gather to like moths to a flame. Most players aren’t going to just destroy it either. If you’ve just found someone’s exact spawn location you don’t destroy it you wait for them to spawn for a nice easy kill. I honestly don’t think I’ve found a good area for a Tactical Insertion on any of the Black Ops Maps yet, but by all means let me know if you have.