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Activision has updated a recent blog post on CallofDuty.com/eSports today to reveal the final rule set for the upcoming Call of Duty World League Pro Division Qualifying Tournament, which takes place December 4-6.

Here are the rule sets that will be used for the event:

Restrictions

  • UAV
  • Care Package
  • H.A.T.R
  • XM-53

Game Settings

Competitive Settings – All Game Modes:

  • Ban/Protect Voting = Enabled
  • Ban/Protect Time = 30 Seconds
  • Create a Class Edit Time = 90 Seconds
  • Scorestreak Edit Time = 20 Seconds
  • Votes Per Player = 1 Vote
  • Specialist Draft = Enabled
  • Draft Time = 20 Seconds

Advanced Settings

  • Pre-Stage = 3 Seconds
  • In-Between = 3 Seconds
  • Post-Stage = 3 Seconds
  • Edit Create a Class = Always
  • Edit Scorestreaks = Always
  • Player Select Order = Random
  • Post-Stage Shuffle = None

Global Settings – All Game Modes:

  • Team Assignment = Host Select
  • Team Change In-Game = Disabled
  • CODcasting = Enabled
  • 3rd Person Spectating = Disabled
  • Dynamic Map Elements = Disabled
  • Revenge Voice = Disabled
  • Battle Chatter = Disabled
  • Announcer = Enabled

General Settings – All Game Modes:

  • Pre-Match Timer = 15 Seconds
  • Pre-Round Timer = 5 Seconds (3 Seconds for Search & Destroy)
  • Mini-map = Normal
  • Explosive Delay = Disabled
  • Killcam = Enabled
  • Scorestreak Delay = 15 Seconds
  • Score Multiplier = 1

Spawn Settings – All Game Modes:

  • Hardpoint Respawn Delay = Disabled
  • Uplink Respawn Delay = 5 Seconds
  • Search and Destroy Respawn Delay = Disabled
  • Capture the Flag Respawn Delay = 7.5
  • Incremental Spawn Delay = Disabled
  • Force Respawn = Enabled
  • Wave Spawn Delay = Disabled
  • Suicide Penalty = 3 seconds – (Hardpoint only)
  • Team Killed Penalty = Disabled

Health and Damage Settings – All Game Modes:

  • Health = 100%
  • Health Regeneration = Normal
  • Friendly Fire = Enabled
  • Teamkill Kick Limit = Disabled
  • Headshots Only = Disabled
  • Hit Indicator = Enabled

Hardpoint Settings:

  • Win Condition Settings
  • Time Limit = 5 Minutes
  • Score Limit = 250 Points

Hardpoint Advanced Settings

  • Lifetime = 1 Minute
  • Capture Time = Disabled
  • Activation Delay Time = Disabled
  • Locations = Linear Order
  • Scoring = Constant
  • Pause Time = Enabled

Search & Destroy Settings:

  • Win Condition Settings
  • Time Limit = 1.5 Minutes
  • Round Win Limit = 6 Rounds

Search & Destroy Advanced Settings

  • Bomb Timer = 45 Seconds
  • Plant Time = 5 Seconds
  • Defuse Time = 7.5 Seconds
  • Multi Bomb = Disabled
  • Switch Sides = Every Round
  • Silent Plant = Enabled
  • Dog Tags = Disabled
  • Number of Lives Per Player = 1 Life

Uplink Settings:

  • Win Condition Settings
  • Round Time Limit = 5 Minutes
  • Round Score Limit = Unlimited

Uplink Advanced Settings

  • Round Limit = 2 Rounds
  • Carrier Armor = Normal
  • Carry Score = 2 Points
  • Throw Score = 1 Point
  • Enemy Carrier = Delayed
  • Reset Time = 15 Seconds

Capture the Flag Settings:

[The game currently has a bug that will be fixed in a future patch. The CTF “Win Rule” setting is backwards. “Round Wins” is pointing to the “Total Flag Captures” string and description, and vice versa. To play with {Total Flag Captures} as the functioning Win condition, Go to [Setup Game] -> [Edit Game Rules] and set {Win Rule} to {Round Wins}. Make sure to also go to [Capture The Flag Advanced] and set {Capture Limit} to {Unlimited}.]

Win Condition Settings

  • Including above work arounds*:
  • Win Rule = Round Wins*
  • Time Limit =  5 minutes

Capture the Flag Advanced Settings

  • Capture Limit = Unlimited*
  • Round Limit = 2 rounds
  • Round Win Limit = 2 rounds
  • Enemy Carrier = Delayed
  • Auto Return Time = 30 Seconds
  • Capture Condition = Flag At Base
  • Pickup Time = Instant
  • Return Time = Instant

Maps/Modes

Hardpoint

  • Breach
  • Evac
  • Fringe
  • Stronghold

Uplink

  • Breach
  • Evac
  • Fringe
  • Infection

Search and Destroy

  • Breach
  • Evac
  • Fringe
  • Hunted
  • Infection
  • Redwood
  • Stronghold

CTF

  • Breach
  • Evac
  • Fringe
  • Stronghold

Stay tuned for the latest news on the Call of Duty World League.

SOURCE: Call of Duty eSports

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Warzone to join Call of Duty League confirms Activision Blizzard

Activision Blizzard’s Head of Leagues confirmed that competitive Warzone will be coming to the Call of Duty League.

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Activision Blizzard’s Johanna Faries has revealed there are plans to add Warzone to the Call of Duty League.

Call of Duty’s battle royale has been an instant hit since its launch in early 2020, so it’s no surprise that an esports scene has blossomed from the popularity. Unlike the official Call of Duty League, these events have been hosted by third parties, and often take the form of kill-races.

In these events, teams competing don’t actually battle each other on the same map. Instead, two duos drop into a quads game, and whichever team gets the most kills wins, or the top five matches over a three hour period count towards a final score.

It’s highly entertaining to watch, but the competitive integrity of these tournaments has been questioned. With players apparently abusing the skill-based matchmaking algorithm, as well as the possibility of cheaters and stream-snipers being in the lobby, they can never be absolutely fair.

With the success of these third-party tournaments, it seems that Activison have serious plans to bring these events under the Call of Duty League banner, according to an interview with the company’s Head of Leagues Johanna Faries from ScreenRant.

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Warzone coming to Call of Duty League

In the interview, Faries said: “There are [plans to bring Warzone to Call of Duty League], and we’re excited to announce those plans in the coming weeks and months. We’ve been closely monitoring the introduction and the wild popularity of Warzone since last spring.”

She continued: “We did bring in Warzone-related content with our pros last season, but we’ve taken the off-season to think bigger about what a more structured investment could look like. There are really exciting things to come as early as this season.”

Here, Fairies refers to the CDL Warzone Weekends which took place during the 2020 season. CDL pros and coaches all fought each other in Verdansk to find out who the best battle royale players are.

CDL teams have hosted Warzone kill race tournaments in the past, but it’s clear that Activision wants to vastly expand how competitive CoD battle royale is run.

players fighting in Warzone's gulag

We’re not sure what these official tournaments will look like, but it’s very likely that they will have a system similar to Fortnite or Apex Legends, where all competitors must fight each other. And who doesn’t want to see the world’s best players 1v1 in the Gulag?

After joining the CDL as the LA Thieves, Nadeshot’s 100 Thieves are already gearing themselves towards this, adding CoD veterans Tommey and Rated to their competitive Warzone team.

With Activision now officially taking an interest in battle royale tournaments, we can hope that they will further address the number of cheaters that plague both casual and competitive Warzone.

And with Black Ops Cold War getting League Play during Season 1, perhaps a ranked Warzone mode will be coming along with this announcement.

Image Credits: Activision

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H3CZ explains why Nadeshot’s LA Thieves aren’t OpTic’s biggest CDL rivals

OpTic CEO Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez explained in an interview, that the Los Angeles Thieves aren’t their biggest rivals.

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There is massive hype for the matchup of OpTic and the Los Angeles Thieves in the 2021 season, but CEO Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez disagrees with fans’ claims that the two are major rivals.

Now that it’s 2021, it’s time for a brand new CoD Season where we’ll see members of the Call of Duty League compete over the course of the year. Fans are excitedly waiting to see the Los Angeles Thieves face off against H3CZ’s OpTic in the CDL Kickoff Classic.

100 Thieves owner Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag is an ex-OpTic player and remains close friends with H3CZ, and they’re both extremely competitive, so it’s understandable why fans are so excited to see their first CDL showdown.

There is a lot of hype for the 2021 CDL regular season starting in February, and H3CZ gave an interview in which he disagreed with the claim that the Thieves are OpTic’s biggest rivals.

The CDL Kickoff Classic 2021 will take place from January 23 -24.

Why LA Thieves aren’t OpTic’s main CDL rival

Anthony ‘NAMELESS’ Wheeler interviewed H3CZ on January 19, and asked him “Do you think that’s going to be your team’s biggest rival this year?” This was met with a direct and blunt response: “No.”

“I get it. I get we’re trying to hype this thing up,” he admitted. H3CZ doesn’t feel like the Thieves should immediately be considered their top challenger due to their history outside of the game.

“I just don’t think Call of Duty needs the added extra,” H3CZ explained. “Storylines are going to develop from the beginning.” He made it clear that he would prefer to see rivalries develop “organically.”

He followed this by standing by a statement he made back in December: “Everyone that doesn’t say FaZe or Empire is their number one rivalry is just playing for the crowd.”

The discussion takes place at the 14:00 mark below.

OpTic is massively talented, and H3CZ wants the Chicago lineup to show how competitive they can be in 2021. “Everybody here is going after Empire, period. If you’re not gunning after the champions… I don’t know.”

H3CZ considers this supposed rivalry to be something the fans made up, and with no grounds in reality. He considers this kind of thinking to be “too WWE,” and then elaborates: “For people to be like ‘oh, it’s Nadeshot vs H3CZ,’ we’re not those dudes.”

The triumphant return of H3CZ’s OpTic to Call of Duty, along with their battle against Nadeshot’s LA Thieves, will take place on January 24. We’ll keep you informed about any new updates in the CDL Kickoff Classic 2021.

Image Credit: Activision Blizzard / LA Thieves

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Call of Duty pro player ZooMaa steps down from competing in the CDL

Professional player ZooMaa has stepped back from competing for the CDL, leaving a vacant slot on the New York Subliners Call of Duty roster.

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Call of Duty League professional player ZooMaa has stepped down from his position as a main roster player in the New York Subliners.

Just mere days before the CDL Season kickoff and weeks before the official CDL seeding on February 11, Call of Duty legend ZooMaa has stepped down competing in the league as a player for the New York Subliners.

In a Twitlonger posted to his Twitter account, ZooMaa cited issues regarding a past injury which led him to this decision. “Going through that process of getting healthy again was one of the hardest things I ever had to do both physically & mentally, which led to a lot of stress and anxiety. Unfortunately, the injury has returned making it really hard for me to compete at the highest level against some of the best players in the world.”

ZooMaa’s injury has been an on-going fight for him, dating back to his time as a player for FaZe from 2015-2019. During this time, he suffered with weakness in his thumb/wrist area, which led him to require surgery. Recovering from the surgery was no easy task, which caused him intense stress and anxiety. He eventually overcame this, but recently this injury has resurfaced.

In order to ensure his team’s success and his own, he believes that in his own words “it’s not fair to myself or to my team to go through all that again, potentially causing more damage to my hand.” He still may return back to competitive Call of Duty in the future, stating he loves the game too much to walk away completely.

ZooMaa’s departure leaves a spot vacant on the New York Subliners main roster, and without a confirmed substitute leaves New York in an awkward spot leading into the new season. There will most definitely be a replacement, but we’ll have to wait for additional information.

Image Credits: Activision/Gamefuel/NYSL

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