FPS Sports for Beginners - Roles
Welcome to another entry in your definitive guide to getting your feet wet in the whimsical and wonderful world of competitive first-person shooters. This time around, we're going to be focusing on roles.
Nearly all, if not all, FPS Esports titles are five on five, with Call of Duty recently adopting that model when it moved to a franchise league. With that many players to mess around with, it's only natural that there would be different roles and jobs for each to fit in to.
There are different roles based on position, job, weapon choice, and so on, and roles vary from game to game. Regardless, we're going to try and give you an overview of the roles you can expect to find, wherever you go.
IGL stands for an in-game leader, and this is the person calling all the shots once you're on a map. Things like timing, what rotations to take, and what sites to hit all fall on his or her lap. Most IGLs are assault rifle players and prefer to stay a little bit back from the action and value their life, whereas others prefer to be the entry fragger, killing and dying early so they can see and evaluate their teammate's positions easier from beyond the grave.
Your entry fragger is the guy that is the first one into the bomb site, the spearhead if you will. In games where it's applicable, this is usually a submachine gun player. Your entry fragger's job is to rush in and kill at least one enemy defender and die, opening up the floodgates for your team to push on through. Due to this, an entry fragger needs impeccable reaction speeds and good knowledge of site defensive positions.
Slayer / Lurker / Roamer:
Slayer is the title given to the teammate whose sole job is to focus on getting kills. In CS, this is a lurker, as it usually involves lurking at one side of the map, waiting for the enemy to try and flank. In CoD, it's a slayer, because often they can get upwards of 40 or 50 kills in a single game. In R6S, it's a roamer, because they're roaming around the map. This is the position that you give to your gun skill teammates. They need to have exceptional map knowledge, and good enemy reading abilities.
Your support player is usually the guy that is helping your entry fragger get his job done. This involves things like flashing them into the bomb site, laying down smokes, and other bits of utility. They are also usually there to get the entry fraggers trade once they go down.
This stands for objective and is the name given to the teammate that you burden with the responsibility of playing said objective. This is your bomb carrier, and the guy sitting in the hardpoint for the entire game. It's a thankless job, but the difference between victory and defeat. A good OBJ needs to have situational awareness and be able to effectively communicate with their teammates.
So, there you go. Five of the basic roles you can expect to see in most FPS titles. Of course, there are more for different games, but these are your foundations from which each specialization is built.