Activision has shared on the Call of Duty competitive Reddit new details, including information about rosters, contracts, and open tournaments for the 2020 Call of Duty esports season.
The 2020 season will be played on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and will once again be 5v5. It will be played on console, presumably PS4, but that was not mentioned.
Here’s the details from Activision, shared to Reddit:
This weekend, the Call of Duty World League season wrapped another stellar season with eUnited capturing the ultimate prize: The Call of Duty World League Championship. Congratulations to all competitors and thank you to the teams, players, and staff members from all over the world who helped make this past season so special.
Looking ahead, Call of Duty professional esports will begin to transform into a city-based franchised league with teams around the world. Today, we outline below some of the roster construction parameters set forth for all teams in the new city-based league as they begin to develop their pro player rosters. This information was also shared in person with pro CWL players last month.
PRO TEAM ROSTER CONSTRUCTION IN 2020
The process set forth below is designed to foster competitive balance within the league; to provide players with the opportunity to compete regularly during the season and to promote player development at all levels of competitive Call of Duty; to provide the best Call of Duty players in the world with the opportunity to compete in the new city-based league if they so choose; to provide players with the flexibility to sign with any team in the new league on fair terms; to incentivize investment by team owners in player development in competitive Call of Duty outside of the new city-based league system; and to incentivize team investment in the Call of Duty Path to Pro amateur program and player pipeline development generally; and to provide team owners with fair compensation for their investment in player development.
Below is a summary of key roster construction points for aspiring Call of Duty esports players, as teams in the new league begin to build their rosters in the coming weeks and months:
- The next season of Call of Duty esports for Pro Players will begin in 2020.
- Pro match play will be 5v5 Multiplayer team versus team competition, played on console. The rules may include midseries substitutions.
- The minimum pro roster size per team is 7; the maximum pro roster size per team is 10.
- An Open Signing Window for all pro players begins September 3, 2019. This means that any player may negotiate and sign a new contract with any team in the league at this time. For the avoidance of doubt, players who are currently under contract with an existing organization remain subject to the terms of that contract while they negotiate new league contracts.
- Existing Call of Duty World League organizations who are transitioning into the new league as a city-based team will have the ability to sign players who are currently on their 2019 CWL rosters to new contracts 8 days earlier than any other organization beginning August 26.
- All players will be required to sign a new form contract in order to be eligible to compete in the upcoming league.
- Contract negotiation is between a player and teams. The League Office will not advise players or teams in contract negotiations.
- All pro players in the league will receive a minimum base salary of $50,000 USD per year, health care benefits, and retirement benefits. Teams are required to distribute at least 50% of their prize pool earnings to players directly.
- All pro player contracts will be guaranteed contracts; thus, any team that drops a player from their roster without cause is required to pay out that player’s remaining salary.
- All teams may offer their players housing in the form of a suitable place to live or cash stipend but are not required to do so. If a team does not offer housing, it must submit a plan to the League Office detailing how it will assist its players in finding housing during the season. The League does not require that players live in the cities they represent.
- Teams are responsible for coordinating and acquiring any visa paperwork required for players to compete around the world. The League Office will support teams and players in this process as needed.
- Teams may send up to 2 pro players from their roster to compete in the Path to Pro events held throughout the season. Teams may contract up to 4 total pro players to have 2-way contracts at a given time.
For current Call of Duty esports players who are under existing contracts that extend through January 2020:
- Existing Call of Duty World League teams that are transitioning into the new league will have the right to match a competing offer made to a player on their current roster from another team in the new league. The matching period will be limited to a maximum of 7 days from the date of the initial contract submission to the league.
- All Call of Duty World League teams will have the ability to negotiate a contract buyout fee to be paid by the team in the new league. Buyout fees carry no set minimum and are capped at 100 percent of the player’s salary in the new league plus any applicable guaranteed bonuses.
- The right to match and buyout fees are subject to any contractual limitations on such fees that the player has negotiated in the player contract with the Call of Duty World League team.
- Player trades among teams in the pro league may take place through majority of the 2020 season.
PATH TO PRO: ONLINE & OPEN BRACKET TOURNAMENT COMPETITION RETURNS IN 2020
We recognize the importance of a thriving Path to Pro competitive scene in Call of Duty esports, which has continued to garner strong participation and prizing each year. Going forward, we will support and administer extensive amateur competitions, both online and via open bracket tournaments in cities around the world, with dedicated prize pools. More details about the path to pro system and upcoming open bracket tournament events will be shared in the coming months.
The future of Call of Duty Esports is bright and builds on a strong legacy of competitive excellence. We are committed to supporting our incredible player community, teams, fans, and partners in its next chapter.
The company today announced two more spots for the 2020 league, including a second LA spot and a Florida team spot. There’s 9 teams currently in the league, but reports says Activision wants 12 for the first season.
We’ll keep you updated on all things esports as we get into this new phase.
Best League Play loadouts for Cold War Season 4
Here’s the best League Play loadouts to use in Black Ops Cold War Season 4 including weapons, equipment, perks, and Field Upgrades.
Black Ops Cold War’s League Play is the best place to play like the pros and test your skill in Season 4, so we’ve got the best loadouts you need to dominate competitive Call of Duty.
League Play is the ultimate way to play like the pros in Call of Duty without needing a full squad of friends to team up with on websites such as Gamebattles. This mode simulates the Call of Duty League, using the same maps and modes as you’ll see on the CDL stream.
League Play has only got more competitive, so you’ll need the best weapons, perks, Field Upgrades, and more to win. Here’s everything you need to dominate Black Ops Cold War’s League Play.
- Best League Play primary weapons
- Best League Play secondary weapons
- Best League Play Tacticals and Lethals
- Best League Play perks
- Best League Play Field Upgrade
- Best League Play Wildcards
Best League Play primary weapons
Your primary weapon is the be-all and end-all of your class. You won’t be able to use the Law Breaker Wildcard to equip two primaries, so what you pick is what you’ll need to use.
No matter your role, here are the best primary weapons you can use in Cold War Season 4’s League Play.
Krig-6 Assault Rifle League Play class
- Optic: Millstop Reflex
- Barrel: 19.7″ Ranger Barrel
- Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
- Grip: Airborne Elastic Wrap
- Stock: Raider Stock
The Krig-6 is a great choice for any player looking to lock down spawns or hold an objective. We decided to use Atlanta FaZe’s Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr’s loadout for the Krig, due to the versatility of the loadout combined with the great strafe speed and barrel choice. Its headshot multiplier even received a buff in Season 3, so make sure to aim high.
XM4 League Play class
For this XM4 loadout, we went with OpTic’s Seth ‘Scump‘ Abner’s mobile and fast-paced XM4 class. To use these attachments, you’ll need the Gunfighter wildcard for additional attachments. Since League Play does not have restrictions on laser sights, you can feel free to equip the Steady Aim Laser.
- Optic: Microflex LED
- Muzzle: Infantry Compensator
- Barrel: 13.7″ Ranger
- Body: Steady Aim Laser
- Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
- Magazine: 40 Round
- Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
- Stock: Raider Pad
AK-74u League Play class
- Muzzle: Spetsnaz Compensator
- Barrel: 9.3″ Extended
- Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Speed Grip
- Handle: GRU Elastic Wrap
- Stock: Raider Stock
The AK-74u is one of Cold War’s strongest SMGs. It has great range for a submachine gun, high mobility, and easy to control recoil. It’s great to rush objectives with, but you don’t need to be directly in an enemy’s face for it to be effective.
LW3 Tundra League Play class
- Muzzle: Stabilizer .308
- Barrel: 28.2″ Tiger Team
- Underbarrel: Infiltrator Grip
- Grip: SASR Jungle Grip
- Stock: Raider Pad
The Tundra is especially helpful in Search & Destroy, taking down enemies with ease. We went with Simp’s loadout due to the mobility of his loadout.
Although flinch was added in the Cold War Season 3 Reloaded update, snipers are still extremely effective in Season 4 of League Play, and you’ll play a pivotal role in your team.
Best League Play Secondary Weapons
Launchers and shotguns have been removed as secondary weapons for League Play, so you’ll need to make do with pistols and melee weapons.
1911 League Play class
- Muzzle: Muzzle Break .45 APC
- Barrel: 6.53″ Task Force
- Body: Steady Aim Laser
- Magazine: 12 Rnd Speed Mag
- Handle: Speed Tape
Accurate and hard-hitting, the 1911 will be of great help while in a pinch. If your primary weapon runs out of ammo, quickly switch to this classic pistol for a quick kill.
Diamatti League Play class
- Muzzle: Muzzle Break 9
- Barrel: 7.8″ Extended
- Body: Steady Aim Laser
- Magazine: 24 Rnd
- Handle: Speed Tape
Although you can’t use dual wield in League Play, a single Diamatti will still be extremely helpful in League Play.
The three-round burst will rapidly delete enemies’ health and you’ll also be able to navigate the map quickly while carrying it.
Best League Play Lethals and Tacticals
While stims will likely be your best friend in regular Black Ops Cold War multiplayer, they won’t be available in League Play.
For a Lethal grenade, there’s no better option than Semtex. They’re extremely easy to use and will explode shortly after impact.
Get an enemy weak and lob a Semtex at them, or throw it in front of you to dissuade enemies from pushing while you’re one-shot. Plus, if you manage to stick the enemy, it’s an instant kill.
Stun Grenades make clearing out rooms much easier. If you know an enemy is in there, throw a Stun Grenade in and push while their hands are thrown in the air.
Even if they have the Tactical Mask equipped, getting a tag with the Stun Grenade will provide vital information.
Pro players have a Gentleman’s Agreement not to use smokes in the CDL but you can still use them with great effect in League Play. With how powerful Snipers are, you can cover your SnD push with easy by putting a smoke down in front of you.
Plus, while in your own smoke, you get much more information than the enemies outside of it do.
Best League Play perks
The best weapons need the best perks to complete the loadout. League Play offers a wide variety of perks to choose from, so we’ve picked out the most useful.
With Stims not being allowed in League Play, Stun and Flast Grenades will be a lot more common. Getting hit by these Tactical Grenades will put a stop to even the best-executed plans, and Tactical Mask will greatly decrease their effects.
Flak Jacket reduces the damage taken from grenades. If you’re not running Perk Greed, you’ll have to make the call between this and Tactical Mask. We recommend Tactical Mask, as you’ll be hit much more with stun grenades.
However, if your team aren’t using Trophy Systems, you may opt to use this perk instead.
With how important Field Upgrades are to winning matches of League Play, Gearhead is the perfect perk.
It will allow your Field Upgrades to recharge faster, and you’ll also be allowed to hold two. Getting onto a Hardpoint and chucking down two Trophy Systems in quick succession will make the hill extremely hard to push.
Pulling of flanks is one of the most important strategies in League Play, and Ninja will make this a while lot easier.
Getting behind the opposing team and pushing out their spawns will be huge in winning respawn matches. And when you’re the last man alive in SnD, having quiet footsteps will keep the enemies guessing where you are.
Best League Play Field Upgrade
Trophy Systems are extremely powerful in the close-range fights of 4v4. While holding a Hardpoint, this Field Upgrade will hold off an onslaught of explosives coming your way.
As an added bonus, if you lose the hill with your Trophy Still on it, it will destroy enemy Field Upgrades as they put them down, and the damage could even kill them.
Best League Play Wildcards
There are only two Wildcards to choose from in League Play, and you should choose depending on your weapons and role in your team. If you’re playing the anchor role with an Assault Rifle, you may benefit most from the Gunfighter Wildcard, as it allows you to equip more attachments to your weapon.
However, if you play with a submachine gun, Lawbreaker will likely be the best Wildcard for you. It doesn’t let you carry two primary weapons like multiplayer, but you can still equip multiple perks from one category. This way, you can equip both Tactical Mask and Flak Jacket for maximum resistance to enemy equipment.
Take these weapons, perks, and more into League Play with you to dominate the competition and climb the ranks.
Image Credit: Activision
NYSL WarzoneMania Warzone Tournament: Standings leaderboard, bracket, teams, stream, more
Call of Duty League’s New York Subliners are hosting the WarzoneMania tournament in June, and here’s how you can watch it.
The top Warzone players will compete in the Call of Duty League’s New York Subliners WarzoneMania tournament for a massive $100,000 prize. We have the NYSL Warzone Tournament standings leaderboard, stream, teams, and more covered for you.
The Call of Duty League’s New York Subliners are hosting a new Warzone tournament in June. WarzoneMania will have a prize pool of $100,000, and many of the most popular streamers will battle it out with each other.
Sixteen teams consisting of four players are battling it out against one another, but only one will be declared the winner.
Here’s everything you need to know about catching the WarzoneMania tournament when it goes live.
NYSL Warzone Tournament bracket
There will be no bracket for this competition, as the teams will not be competing against each other at different times to advance further in a bracket. All of the teams will be competing against each other at the same time in a kill-race format that will end after a period of five hours on day one and four hours on day 2.
NYSL Warzone Tournament standings leaderboard
We will update this article with the latest set of standings for the competition when they are officially made available.
Team EMZ was able to continue their exceptional play on Day 2 by securing a score of 644 points to secure the top spot in the final standings and grab the NYSL WarzonMania tournament championship.
Destroy’s team was close behind Team EMZ all day and was able to secure second place with 621 points, while Team ANGELIKA was able to grab the final spot of the final standings that was guaranteed a share of the $100,000 prize pool.
Team EMZ was able to secure the top spot during Day 1 of the competition with an impressive score of 603 points.
Only the top eight teams from Day 1 will have a chance to compete for a share of the $100,000 prize pool on Day 2, which means that Teams Renay, Teep, Zlaner, Huskerrs, and SuperDuperKyle will not be competing on June 8.
NYSL WarzoneMania Warzone Tournament stream
You’ll be able to catch the NYSL WarzoneMania tournament on the Subliners Twitch channel. With the CDL’s own Lottie Van-Praag hosting the event, StuDyy, JGOD, and IHOLDSHIFT will be behind the caster desk.
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Team captains include HusKerrs, EmZ, ZLaner, and Jukeyz, along with various other top Warzone content creators and pro players. You can check out the official stream below.
WarzoneMania is a two-day event, with the first day featuring all 16 teams competing against each other in a kill race for five hours. The top eight will then qualify for the second day. The schedule is as follows:
- Day 1: June 7, 4-9 p.m. ET
- Day 2: June 8, 4-9 p.m. ET
The first prize of $50,000 will be going to the winner. Second place will take home $30,000, and third place will get $20,000.
Hosted by Chris Puckett and JGOD, on June 2, the NYSL WarzoneMania team captains picked their team members in draft form. In turns, the 12 team captains chose their squad mates from a selection of top Warzone players and streamers.
All 16 teams were then drafted by captains in a live snake draft. As per the tournament’s co-ed rules, the draft format ensured that each team will have both male and female players.
Here’s the complete list of WarzoneMania teams and players that will be competing for the top spot in the NYSL Warzone Tournament standings below:
- Team IceManIsaac
- Team Destroy
- Team EmZ
- Team Kalei Renay
- Kalei Renay
- Team Angelika
- Team Swagg
- Team Huskerrs
- Team Aydan
- Team Jukeyz
- Team TeeP
- Team ZLaner
- Team Smixie
Seeing these popular streamers battle it out in Verdansk ’84 to be at the top of the final NYSL Warzone Tournament standings will be quite the spectacle. Be sure to also tune in for Day 2 to see which lucky team will be taking home the first prize of $50,000.
Also, check out how to watch the new JGOD $100K Warzone Tournament, in which the top players face off against each other in a 2v2 format.
Image Credit: Activision / NYSL
JGOD ranks the top 10 players in Call of Duty: Warzone
Popular streamer and statistics expert JGOD has revealed his list of the top ten players competing in the WarzoneMania event.
Warzone statistics master JGOD has revealed his list of the top ten competitors that will be battling it out in the NYSL’s $100K WarzoneMania tournament.
Warzone’s playerbase consists of various skilled and experienced individuals, so it’s difficult to pick a favorite player. Everyone will have a different list, so fans are often eager to hear what popular streamers have to say.
JGOD is a popular content creator that has earned the title of statistics master due to his in-depth breakdown of the Call of Duty series. Now, he’s revealed the top ten players in the NYSL $100K WarzoneMania tournament.
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JGOD released a new video in which he revealed his list of the best players in this tournament. While many of his picks are fairly obvious to competitive Warzone fans, others might surprise you.
Here’s his list of the top ten competitors in the WarzoneMania event:
NYSL has sixteen teens competing, and each of them consists of extremely skilled individuals. For this reason, picking ten players and figuring out where to rank them wasn’t an easy task for JGOD.
Some of these, like Aydan, were easy picks, but many great players like DiazBiffle and Rated didn’t make his list. While this may irk some fans, it’s still an interesting list, and he probably has a good idea of their skillset.
It will be interesting to see how the players on JGOD’s list perform in the event according to their ranks and see how accurate his rankings were once the dust has settled on Verdansk ’84 following the two-day tournament.
Be sure to check out the new JGOD $100K Warzone Tournament, in which the top players face off against each other in a 2v2 format.
Image credits: Activision / JGOD
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