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Call of Duty League announces details on new tournament structure and new schedule

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The Call of Duty League has announced a new schedule and additional details for their 2020 season after announcing in later December a change in the league’s structure to return to a format legacy to Call of Duty esports.

The league has revealed that there will be less events overall in 2020 compared to the initial home stead season schedule, but the overall format will be familiar to the legacy of Call of Duty esports.

Here’s the details on the new format for the league, direct from the CDL team:

Beginning at Launch Weekend in Minneapolis on Jan 24-26, and throughout the entirety of the 2020 regular season, all teams will earn 10 CDL Points for every match won. League standings will be determined by the total amount of CDL Points accumulated. At Launch Weekend, all 12 teams in the league will play two matches over the course of the three-day event.

Beginning in London on February 8, Home Series Weekend events will feature eight teams competing in a tournament bracket. The eight teams competing will be separated into two groups of four (i.e., four teams in Group A and four teams in Group B). The first-round matchups for each group will be determined ahead of each event by the League Office. Over the course of each Home Series Weekend, the four teams that have won two matches in their respective groups will advance to compete in a single-elimination bracket to determine the Home Series Weekend event winner. Teams will earn 10 CDL Points for each win. The overall Home Series Weekend event winner will also earn 10 bonus CDL Points.

Each Home Series Weekend, CDL Points will be distributed in the following structure:

  • 1st Place – 50 CDL Points
  • 2nd Place – 30 CDL Points
  • 3rd/4th Place – 20 CDL Points
  • 5th/6th Place – 10 CDL Points
  • 7th/8th Place – 0 CDL Points

Tiebreakers will be determined based on the following criteria, as needed:

  1. Teams’ Head-to-Head Match Win Percentage
  2. Teams’ Head-to-Head Game Win Percentage
  3. Teams’ Overall Game Win Percentage

Regular season CDL Points will determine which eight teams qualify for the playoffs. As a reminder, at the end of the regular season, the top eight ranked teams, including four wild card spots, will advance to the playoffs. The four wild card teams will compete in a single-elimination bracket, with two teams advancing. The two teams that advance from wild card matches will face off against the third and fourth overall seeds to start off double-elimination bracket play. The top two overall seeds will receive first-round byes when double-elimination play commences. The final two teams will compete for the Call of Duty League Championship.

The new schedule is available on the Call of Duty League website HERE. There is a reduced number of events for the season compared to what was originally announced.

The 2020 Call of Duty League season begins January 24-26 with the Launch Weekend event hosted by Minnesota Rokkr team.

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When does League Play arrive in Black Ops Cold War?

Black Ops Cold War’s League Play mode is coming soon, as confirmed by the official Call of Duty Twitter account.

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League play is coming to Black Ops Cold War per an announcement from Treyarch. Here are the details.

League play has been a major request from the Call of Duty community and is coming to the game during Season 1. Confirmed via the official Call of Duty Twitter, we should now be seeing League Play in the coming weeks.

The mode is expected to drop before February 23, which is the last day of Season 1. A huge update is coming February 4, bringing a new Zombies map and remastered Multiplayer map, Express. Considering the large update is slated for release then, we could very well see League Play drop with it.

What is League Play?

League Play is a competitive playlist with an aggressive skill matching system. Players will compete in game modes with restrictions to weapons, perks, and attachments in line with the official Call of Duty League ruleset.

Game modes are also adjusted to custom rulesets, and maps are restricted to a custom map pool, voted on by the Call of Duty League professional players. This is the ultimate mode to play like the pros.

Official Call of Duty League skin set, Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.

What to expect

If Black Ops Cold War’s League Play is a traditional Call of Duty League Play, we should be expecting several rank tiers, with a seasonal reset system. Each season, players should have a variety of ranks to progress through by winning games.

If Black Ops Cold War follows the Black Ops 4 formula, you will progress through skill ranks by obtaining gems from game wins. As you collect gems, your skill rank will increase. Black Ops 4’s league play was heavily debated amongst players due to it having a gem cap each day. Hopefully, Black Ops Cold War will change this system a bit if they choose to use it.

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare's Ranked Play Division gear

In the best-case scenario, we could also receive exclusive rewards for progressing through the league play ranks. This could be in the form of tiered character skins, weapon camos, or calling cards. This may be wishful thinking, but it is worth noting that Advanced Warfare’s ranked playlist did have custom exo-suits for the skill divisions, so it could very well happen in another Call of Duty game.

For now, we’ll have to wait for official communication from Treyarch for more info. Stay tuned.

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Call of Duty League Opening Weekend & Kickoff Classic announced

Call of Duty League 2021’s opening events of the year have been confirmed, with the Kickoff Classic and Atlanta FaZe Home Series announced.

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The Call of Duty League has officially confirmed the start date for the competition’s second season, announcing the Kickoff Classic in late January, and the Opening Weekend Home Series in February.

A new year means a new competitive season in Call of Duty, and after weeks of speculation, Activision Blizzard have finally confirmed details for Black Ops Cold War’s first two competitive events.

Coming off the back of a successful first season for the franchised competition, the Call of Duty League will host a celebratory pre-season event to mark the one year anniversary of 2020’s Minnesota event, before heading into proper league action two weeks later.

Call of Duty League Kickoff Classic

The CDL’s 2021 season gets underway on January 23-24, with a special pre-season event titled the Kickoff Classic. The special broadcast will celebrate the one year anniversary of the competition’s Launch Weekend in Minnesota.

Fans will have a major say in the match-ups we see at the Kickoff Classic, as avid CDL viewers can vote and choose the opponents of the top-three regular season teams to determine who they’ll square off against.

There are some tasty possible match-ups, with Clayster given the chance to face his former team Dallas Empire, while OpTic Chicago’s first match could be against the L.A Thieves. You can view all the options below.

  • 2020 CDL Champions Dallas Empire: New York Subliners, Paris Legion, London Royal Ravens
  • Atlanta FaZe: Florida Mutineers, Los Angeles Guerrillas, Seattle Surge
  • OpTic Chicago (formerly Chicago Huntsmen): LA Thieves, Minnesota RØKKR, Toronto Ultra 

Teams who don’t win their poll will still compete at the Kickoff Classic, so even if your favorite team doesn’t finish first in their poll, you’ll still see them in action.

CDL Atlanta FaZe Home Series Opening Weekend

Just three weeks later, the 2021 Call of Duty League will officially kick-off, with Atlanta FaZe set to host the Opening Weekend Home Series from February 11-14. Like most Home Series in 2020, the first event of the 2021 season will take place online.

During the Kickoff Classic, the CDL will feature a “unique Group Selection Draw Show,” which see a “special snake draft format [that] will allow teams to select the team that will be placed in its next-ranked opponents group.”

This means Dallas Empire will be able to select Atlanta FaZe’s first Group B opponent and will continue down the order of teams based on their 2020 CDL positions.

More details about the draw format and the Atlanta FaZe Home Series will be made available in the near future, along with additional season format details, the full 2021 schedule, and information about prizing.

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Black Ops Cold War CDL rule set updated with Raid & tactical rifle bans

Treyarch has recently updated the CDL settings for Black Ops Cold War to reflect the most up to date ruleset.

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The CDL ruleset for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has been updated on January 7 with the latest bans including on tactical rifles and an update to the map pool

The new CDL ruleset, released on the Call of Duty League website, has been shared as the start of the new season gets closer.

The new update replaces existing maps in the rotation with Raid, the new fan favorite remake that arrived in Season One in December. And, the CDL team has banned all Tactical Rifles from use in the CDL.

Here’s the updates, made on January 7 to the rules:

  • Map & Modes List
    • Hardpoint: Added Raid and removed Cartel
    • Search & Destroy: Added Raid and removed Crossroads
    • Control: Added Raid and removed Moscow
  • Restricted Items
    • Added Tactical Rifles:
      • Type 63
      • M16
      • AUG
      • DMR 14

This update introduces the ban of all Tactical Rifles in the game (due to their high power and time to kill at range), while also adding Raid as a playable map to all gamemodes.

Since DLC maps in Black Ops Cold War are free, we may also see other remastered maps make it into the competitive ruleset. We’ll update you if there are any further changes.

Players interested in understanding the full rules in the Call of Duty League can see the competitive rule set on the CDL website.

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