Treyarch is bringing big innovations to Call of Duty eSports with Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. The title features new Ban and Protect system as well as the Specialist Draft. These two features are exclusive to Arena and competitive matches.

Ban and Protect

With Ban and Protect, players on each team get to switch off taking turns in banning certain items and protecting certain items. Treyarch has clarified that the new bans and protect system will work on top of rules and guidelines that tournaments may set standard for all matches. Vonderhaar said on Twitter, “You can restrict items AND you can decide what is in ban/protect list AND you can set anything to only be bannable.”

Specialist Draft:

The Specialist Draft allows Black Ops 3 to remain balanced even with the new specialist abilities. With the draft, each players on each team can only be a certain specialist. There cannot be more than one specialist type on a team.

  • Kyle Soule


    • Xx_COLSEY_xX

      Damn! You bet me to Furst 🙁 GG 😉

      • Kyle Soule

        Maybe next time 🙂

  • Are they gonna tell/show us something else apart from esports

    • Kyle Soule


    • Siftblade of Rivia

      It’s the esports reveal, so no.

  • Thomas the TankSwag

    Is specialist draft mean that 1 team is a team of 4 outriders for example, or that there cant be more than 1 outrider?

    • Yankeephil

      There can only be one, and a draft would be one player pick a specialist, then the next player chooses from the available specialists and so on

      • CoDforever

        will that be in arena when your playing with randomns?

      • RdJokr

        Technically, players on the same team can pick the same specialist, but only 2 players can if one uses the weapon, while one uses the ability.

  • Xx_COLSEY_xX

    Has Treyarch confirmed on how many prestiges they are going to be? I’m really not keeping up-to-date with BO3 news as much.

    • Qwayze

      No they haven’t yet, prestige info and Badges usually get announced a week before the release unfortunately

      • Xx_COLSEY_xX

        Ok thanks man

    • Thatlazykid

      I have a feeling it will be the same as black ops 2 which is okay 🙂

      • Xx_COLSEY_xX

        Yeah same. 10 prestiges is acceptable to me

  • Stefan Lang

    No more seeing 2-4 of the same guns every game! Now everyone will have to adapt to many guns. Cant wait for League Play. The grind.

    • Kurama The Nine-Tailed Fox

      Exactly, this is why I can’t play AW, everyone and their grandma’s uses ASM1…

      • dryyourpuss

        Then step up and be a big boy and try to win anyway now we see you just are terrible at AW And u need a ban system to help u win games? Step your game up u don’t see the pros crying people use the asm1

        • Kurama The Nine-Tailed Fox

          It’s not fun when the game only has one gun that kill instantly. Why would put up with that and their pay to win supply drops when I just play BO2… all guns diamond because all guns are balanced and viable. More variety and balance the more fun the game is,

        • You sounds like a sad individual

          • youhateAWcuzyoustink

            I heard your just sad at COD oh that’s right I was in a lobby with you the other night and you were garbage

          • Seeing as how I haven’t played a match of CoD in over a month. You might be mentally handicapped and or delusional

      • Mario Rivera

        asm1 isnt even broken tho, sure its the best smg but smgs suck in AW

        • jooker-jr

          IMO its the opposite.

          • Mario Rivera

            Nah its exactly as i said if u look at it from a FACTUAL non salty perspective. For 12.5m the ASM1 sightly outclasses the ARs for the most part, after 12.5m the asm1 immediately goes from slightly advantaged to horribly disadvantaged. I know Advanced rifling and +range variants like the magnitude slightly extend its small 12.5m advantage but still. Normally a 3 to 6 shot smg would start off at a 3 shot kill, then move to 4, then move to 5 and finally become a 6 shot. The asm1 skips straight to 5 shot right after its short 3 shot range expires. For most ppl, they will find themselves having to land 1 to 3 more shots than the opponent way too often. Im not saying the gun is bad, im just saying that you have to work hard to get any sort of advantage out of the ASM1. Especially after the patch.

          • idi

            Your opinion is not factual thus making everything you typed irrelevant.

    • thatoneguy

      Only thing I’m worried about are those certain individuals that see their favorite gun/perk/attachment/scorestreak get banned, so therefor they dodge the game or quit, leaving your team or enemy team at a disadvantage. Treyarch should implement a system that once you’re in the game you can’t quit. If you do you’ll receive a time penalty, almost to how LoL ranked play works.

      • ^ This.

      • Raines

        People should be allowed to leave before a match starts. Even though Treyarch has completely f****d up competitive play here with their Arena system, they know that they’ll really piss people off if they don’t give them the ability to leave if they don’t like certain players or gay ass abilities before the match starts. Be prepared to wait a LONG time to get into an Arena match. I was going to play Arena only. But now, its just going to be my kid playing zombies. Treyarch has completely f****d up CoD for me.

      • DTUB

        im sure your one of the 95% that troll in league of legends. This system is way better and I am actually allowed to one v four unlike in league where the trolls stay because they cant start a new match. The only thing they should add is that if someone dodges/leaves alot they should be suspended/banned from arena. They still get the game they paid for and pro series is untainted. win/win.

    • Raines

      But if most people want to use a specific gun, they’ll vote to protect it. And its not going to be like the specialist abilities. You don’t have a gun restricted if someone else on your team has already gotten one. And its crap that you can’t pick your specialist ability if someone else already sucked it up. I think they need to allow to vote to ban specialist abilities altogether.

  • CoDforever


  • GodzXPro

    Love this feature, Treyarch outdid themselves again.

  • Axel Noir

    M8A1 confirmed in BO3. Now M8A7.

    • Yeah! It looks badass. every weapon looks badass and has a cool name though. This gunna be gooood 😀

  • PlasticSwordMan

    In one of the screenshots, you can see a player had to actually choose to ban the UAV. Does this mean we might ACTUALLY have to play with UAVs in Arena if no one bans it?

    • Mitch

      Nah, they’ll probably still ban things permanently in Arena like in all previous games.

    • Keshav Bhat

      No, everything was just in that system for today.

  • Parrylyse

    Congratualtions on turning CoD into a MOBA.
    Seriously though this is pretty good and will put a bit of flare into eSports.

  • Mario Rivera

    this is a system implemented just to make games take longer to start just to appease salty ppl. just make sure everything thats broken is banned from the start and u wont need this shyt.

    • Kobrah

      The whole point is to not ban heaps of shit

    • That’s not the point. The point is to ban a select number of things to keep the competitive and casual communities as similar as possible.

      • Christopher Loughrey

        it’s dumb and slows down the game and messes it up. It should not be implemented into standard casual multiplayer

  • WesupDude

    This is so good! Now correct me if I’m wrong, but my team could restrict an OP smg from a team for a round?

    • jooker-jr

      yup, if you play with your friends you can communicate with them and ban/protect the things that ruin/improve your gameplay

  • Ranes

    I think ALL specialist abilities should be banned from ranked play. As far as killstreaks,I don’t have a probem with any of them being in Arena. Certain items like claymores should be banned. Someone shouldn’t get to set a trippable device and get to go to another part of a map and get a kill for just setting something on the ground.
    Maybe they can have a hardcore Arena that only allows guns. That would be the one I’d play

  • Raines

    Ok, so if the Specialists are such a freaking great idea, why would they not allow one person to have an ability another person has? Answer, because the Specialist abilities ruin the game and the developers KNOW IT. Otherwise they wouldn’t limit a player to have the ability they want based on whether someone else already got first dibs on it.

    Arena was my only hope of a good BO3 experience and I was hoping Specialists were included in the list of things to ban during Arena play. Nope. So this game is now officially garbage to me.

  • Raines

    I think they need to have an Arena lobby for people who do not want Specialist abilities to be a part of competitive play.

  • Christopher Loughrey

    does this apply to standard online team deathmatch games?

  • Raines

    No, just ranked games, or as they call it now, Arena games

  • thenoblecock

    It wasn’t the asm1 in AW that was broken, the fact is no gun in AW was good or bad it was the different gun variants that made some guns more OP then others.

  • blunite

    So call of duty went from mitary fps to esport simulator. This is like war thunder turning into to world of tanks.