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eSports and Ghosts: How Infinity Ward is supporting competitive Call of Duty for 2014

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Treyarch pushed the boundaries on how a Call of Duty game should support and be part of eSports with Black Ops 2. Competitive Call of Duty went from a subtle notice with MW3, to be one of the biggest games in competitive scene with Black Ops 2. But how will Infinity Ward continue this success?

With Call of Duty: Ghosts, Infinity Ward and Activision have already committed to bringing the Call of Duty: Championship back in 2014. The Call of Duty: Championship 2013 was a huge success; it had the biggest viewership out of any competitive Call of Duty scene ever. They’ve also confirmed that Call of Duty: Ghosts will be the exclusive FPS for all MLG Pro Circuit events throughout 2014, starting with MLG Columbus in Nov 2013.

The support with events is confirmed, but what about the features in-game? In Black Ops 2, Treyarch added new features including in-game live streaming, CODCasting mode for casters, full support of LAN lobbies, and more.

Infinity Ward’s MW3 didn’t have any support for eSports. It took them over 5 months to add the basic feature of competitive LAN settings. By that time, MLG didn’t bother to add MW3 to the competitive scene.

For Ghosts, Infinity Ward appears to be on the right track. They’ve added a new ‘spectator mode’ (it’s different from CODCasting as CODCasting won’t return), which allows casters to see the game, change player views, see scoreboards, and more. Infinity Ward has removed the live streaming feature, but as the competitive scene will be played on Xbox One, that won’t be a big problem.

Infinity Ward has added a new playlist – which will replace League Play – called ‘Clan vs. Clan’ playlist. This playlist will allow you to play with other members of your clan against other clans. Mark Rubin said that they plan to use the leader boards of the Clan vs. Clan playlist to determine some, not all, of the qualifiers for the 2014 Championship.

Infinity Ward has also added new game modes, including Search & Rescue and Blitz, which should help increase viewership of the competitive Call of Duty scene by adding new gameplay and tactics from pro players.

It looks like Infinity Ward has chosen the right path with how to approach the eSports scene of Call of Duty. They’ve kept the features that are a must – competitive LAN, spectator mode – and added new modes to help diversify the competitive scene.

What do you think about Infinity Ward’s approach to Call of Duty eSports? Let us know in the comments below!

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How to earn CDL 2022 Major 3 viewership rewards for Vanguard & Warzone

Here’s how you earn Vanguard and Warzone Weapon Blueprints and more by watching the CDL Resurgence Rebirth Island tournament.

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Vanguard and Warzone players can unlock unique cosmetics just by watching the Call of Duty League 2022 Season, so here’s how to connect your account and unlock Weapon Camos, Calling Cards, XP, and more.

As is traditional, the Call of Duty League 2022 season provides Call of Duty Warzone and Vanguard players with the opportunity to earn some unique in-game rewards simply by watching the matches.

Following the New York Subliners’ shock win at the Pro-Am Classic, May 13 marks the start of Major 3. Let’s go over how you can earn Major 3 rewards such as a Cooper Carbine Weapon Blueprint, Calling Cards, Emblems, and XP Tokens for watching CDL 2022 matches.

How to earn CDL Major 3 viewership rewards

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If you want to earn CDL 2022 viewership rewards in Vanguard and Warzone then all you need to do is connect your Activision account to YouTube and watch the CDL Major 3 Qualifiers, bracket, and Champs weekend.

The Call of Duty League can either be watched on YouTube or the CoD Companion app, so here’s how to link your Activision account on PC and mobile:

  1. Open YouTube.com or the YouTube app
  2. Select your profile photo and hit Settings
  3. Click on Connected Apps
  4. Locate Activision and hit Connect
  5. Sign in to your Activision account

Then, simply watch the Call of Duty League 2022 season through either YouTube or the CoD Companion app, and you can earn all of the free rewards on offer.

CDL Major 3 viewership rewards for Vanguard & Warzone

CDL Major 3 Qualifiers & Bracket rewards

Vanguard double xp tokens

Players can earn a ton of Double XP and Double Weapon XP by watching live matches throughout the CDL 2022 season.

There will be sixteen 30 Minute Double XP tokens up for grabs in the Major 3 Qualifiers and Bracket, with a new level reached for every hour of watch time. Players will earn a regular XP and Double Weapon XP alternating for each hour watched.

  • Level 1: 30 Minute Double XP Token
  • Level 2: 30 Minute Double Weapon XP Token
  • Level 3: 30 Minute Double XP Token
  • Level 4: 30 Minute Double Weapon XP Token
  • Level 5: 30 Minute Double XP Token
  • Level 6: 30 Minute Double Weapon XP Token
  • Level 7: 30 Minute Double XP Token
  • Level 8: 30 Minute Double Weapon XP Token
  • Level 9: 30 Minute Double XP Token
  • Level 10: 30 Minute Double Weapon XP Token
  • Level 11: 30 Minute Double XP Token
  • Level 12: 30 Minute Double Weapon XP Token
  • Level 13: 30 Minute Double XP Token
  • Level 14: 30 Minute Double Weapon XP Token
  • Level 15: 30 Minute Double XP Token
  • Level 16: 30 Minute Double Weapon XP Token

With four hours of Double XP to be gained, you’ll find leveling up your weapons much easier across Vanguard and Warzone.

CDL Major 3 rewards

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Vanguard and Warzone players can also earn rewards such as Calling Cards, Emblems, and an exclusive Cooper Carbine Blueprint for watching at least half an hour of June 2’s Major 3 Champs weekend hosted by Toronto Ultra.

Here are the CDL 2022 Major 3 rewards and their requirements:

  • Thursday, June 2
    • Up North Emblem (1 Hour)
    • 1 Hour Double XP Token (1 Hour)
    • 1 Hour Double Weapon XP Token (2 Hours)
  • Friday, June 3
    • Moosehead Emblem (30 Minutes)
    • 1 Hour Double XP Token (1 Hour)
    • 1 Hour Double Weapon XP Token (2 Hours)
  • Saturday, June 4
    • True North Calling Card (30 Minutes)
    • 1 Hour Double XP Token (1 Hour)
    • Northern Lights Calling Card (1 Hour 30 Minutes)
    • 1 Hour Double Weapon XP Token (2 Hours)
  • Sunday, June 5
    • A-Boot Emblem (30 Minutes)
    • 1 Hour Double XP Token (45 Minutes)
    • Maple Blossom Cooper Carbine Blueprint (1 Hour)
    • Snowball Fight Calling Card (1 Hour 30 Minutes)
    • 1 Hour Double Weapon XP Token (2 Hours)

For more, you can check out the secret Automaton buff, as well as why the BAR is the most underrated AR in Warzone Season 3.

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How to register for Warzone $100k CDL Resurgence Rebirth Island open tournament

Here’s how to register for Warzone’s upcoming CDL Resurgence Rebirth Island tournament and compete against pro players for $100k.

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Warzone players have the chance to compete against Call of Duty League pro players by qualifying for the CDL Resurgence tournament, where $100k is on the line. Here’s how to register for the tournament taking place on Rebirth Island.

Just after the completely overhauled Rebirth Island Reinforced arrived in Warzone with the Season 2 Reloaded update, the Call of Duty League announced that players can compete against CoD pros in an open tournament.

The Call of Duty League Resurgence: Rebirth Island tournament gives eight teams of North American players the chance to make it to the finals, where they’ll be playing against 12 teams of Call of Duty pros with $100k on the line.

Here’s how to register for the CDL Resurgence open tournament, and compete against pro players for your share of $100k.

How to play in CDL Resurgence $100k Warzone tournament

The CDL Resurgence Warzone tournament is open to any player, as long as they’re over 18 years old, live in North America, and are free to stream their gameplay on YouTube, regardless of platform or input device.

Registration is done through GameBattles, so here’s everything you have to do:

  1. Log in to GameBattles, or create an account if you don’t have one.
  2. Register your squad on GameBattles by April 7, 2022, at 3PM PST.
  3. Play in the “Call of Duty League Resurgence” playlist on April 5-6.
  4. Be within the Top 40 teams to be invited to the qualifier stage
CDL Resurgence Warzone tournament schedule

CDL Resurgence $100k Warzone tournament schedule & format

Warzone players will need to drop into the Call of Duty League Resurgence playlist, where each player in the squad’s 10 best games will be scored. Then the top 40 teams will progress to two Qualification Stages, where the final eight teams will compete against the 12 Call of Duty League organizations.

You can check out each stage and their dates below:

  • In-Game Open Stage (April 5-6)
  • Qualifier Stage Round 1 (April 11-14)
  • Qualifier Stage Round 2 (April 15)
  • Main Stage (April 24)

The CDL Resurgence Warzone tournament will be based on players’ eliminations, with a multiplier in place for placements.

Here’s how the CDL Resurgence tournament will be scored:

  • 1 Elimination = 1 Point
  • Placement Multiplier
    • 1st = 2x Points
    • 2nd and 3rd = 1.5x Points
    • 4th – 10th = 1x Points

CDL Resurgence $100k Warzone tournament prizing

Out of the twenty teams that make it to the Main Stage, only the top 10 teams will be in the money  — including the Call of Duty League franchise teams.

Here’s a breakdown of how the CDL Resurgence’s $100k prize pool will be divvied up.

Placement$ Per Team $ Per Player
130,0007,500
220,0005,000
315,0003,750
410,0002,500
55,0001,250
64,0001,000
74,0001,000
84,0001,000
94,0001,000
104,0001,000

Although there isn’t $100k on the line, players can play like the pros in Vanguard’s Ranked Play and earn free rewards such as Blueprints and Operator skins.

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Scump reveals best Vanguard Ranked Play MP40 loadout

Here are Call of Duty pro OpTic Scump’s MP40 loadout, attachments, and Perks you can use to dominate Vanguard’s Ranked Play mode.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Ranked Play is here, allowing players to play like the pros, grind through the ranks, and earn unique rewards. You’ll need to best weapons to secure victory, so here’s OpTic Scump’s MP40 SMG loadout for Ranked Play.

Seth ‘Scump’ Abner is one of the most accomplished Call of Duty players of all time, being a member of the OpTic Dynasty and the fifth-highest earning player. After helping OpTic Texas secure a winners bracket slot in the CDL Major 1, Scump dominated Vanguard’s new Ranked Play mode.

As a sub player, Scump runs the MP40 in both the CDL and Ranked Play. If you’re looking to win more matches and raise your ELO, here’s Scump’s MP40 loadout including the Perks and Equipment he uses.

Scump’s Vanguard Ranked Play MP40 loadout

Scump's vanguard ranked play mp40 loadout
  • Muzzle: No. 3 Rifle Break
  • Barrel: Krausnick 317MM 04B
  • Optic:
  • Stock: Krausnick 33M Folding
  • Underbarrel: SMLE Pistol Grip
  • Magazine:
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Proficiency: Brace
  • Kit: Quick

Revealed in a February 21 stream, Scump’s MP40 is designed to help him quickly rotate around the map and break into hills. This is also his CDL loadout, so you’ll notice he’s opted for the No. 3 Rifle Break rather than the GA’d F8 Stabilizer which also boosts range.

He has also gone against the grain by not using the Krausnick ISO 1M iron sight, which many pros prefer, and using the default optic. The rest of the attachments are typical for a pro player MP40 build, improving accuracy and mobility.

Scump Vanguard Ranked Play Perks & Equipment

Scump's Ranked play perks and equipment
  • Perk 1: Survival Training / Ninja
  • Perk 2: Radar
  • Perk 3: Double Time
  • Lethal Equipment: Frag Grenade
  • Tactical Equipment: No 69 Stun Grenade
  • Field Upgrade: Dead Silence
  • Secondary weapon: Ratt

Scump usually runs Survival Training in respawn modes so that Stun Grenades have much less of an effect, but will sometimes switch to Ninja in Search and Destroy to be much more stealthy on the map.

Radar and Double Time are standard Perks for competitive CoD, allowing Scump to see enemies firing on the minimap and move around much quicker. He also uses Frag Grenades and No 69 Stun Grenades due to the others being banned.

And finally, he uses the Ratt pistol as his secondary to get around the map quicker and give him another weapon to use when the MP40 is empty.


If you want a more varied selection of the best weapons, Perks, and Equipment across all roles, you can check out the best Vanguard Ranked Play loadouts.

And for more on Vanguard’s Ranked Mode, you can check out how to fix the frustrating Dev Error 6144 and how the Skill Rating and Ladder systems work.

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