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This unlucky Call of Duty: Modern Warfare player was killed four times in a single Play of the Game


The Play of the Game feature is meant to showcase a single player's skill in a single round of a competitive multiplayer match. Usually you see the player downing three or four foes without dying. And usually, each foe is a different player.

But in this Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Play of the Game clip, the same player is killed four times.

Redditor Crossfingers uploaded a remarkable video to the Modern Warfare subreddit yesterday that showed how they were killed four times in a single Play of the Game. The video has proved incredibly popular, with over 35,000 upvotes.

I was killed 4 times in a single play of the game... from r/modernwarfare

So, what's happening here? The match took place on the Shipment map using the Domination game mode. Shipment is a very small square map that squeezes 10 players together for fast-paced carnage. The Domination game mode is all about capturing control points, which focuses players in certain areas of the map.

Shipment is chaos, but it's good chaos! It's so small you can end up getting much higher kills than you'd normally get on other maps simply because of the instant respawns and close proximity of other players. Conversely, you can end up dying a hell of a lot, too. Sometimes you'll spawn in front of an enemy, or even in their line of fire. Dying quickly and respawning instantly is part of the fun of Shipment, and it's proving popular among players at the moment. It helps that it's great for levelling up weapons, too.

Shipment - Domination.

Still, it's incredibly unusual to star in a Shipment Play of the Game on the receiving end of the killcam four times. I've certainly never seen that happen - and I've played Shipment a lot lately. In this case, the attacker is using the R9-0 shotgun, which pretty much guarantees a kill at point blank range (you get a lot of point blank kills on Shipment). But the spawns betray Crossfingers, who's using the Ghost operator skin. Their second death followed a spawn next to the attacker, while their fourth death was the result of a spawn right in the firing line. There was simply no time to react.

"Get gud bruh," wrote Perpetvated on Crossfingers' reddit thread.

"You right my bad lol," replied Crossfingers.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare has been heavily criticised for its spawn system (the spawn locations on Piccadilly were particularly infuriating at launch). While developer Infinity Ward has improved matters, problems remain on certain maps.

The spawns on Shipment, though, don't bother me at all, even when I respawn and die in the same breath to the player who first killed me. After all, all Shipment players are in the same boat.