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Essential Competitive Class Setups & Tips for Black Ops 4 League Play



League Play released for PS4 last Thursday and arrives on Xbox later this week.

The mode is played competitively and draws in the fiercest competition you can face in-game. As such, it is important to come prepared with proper competitive minded classes. We’ve seen that some of you may need a helping hand in this department and we’ll gladly lend it (we’re looking at you, MX9 Suppressed with NVIR players…).

he mode is played competitively and draws in the fiercest competition you can face in-game. As such, it is important to come prepared with proper competitive minded classes. We’ve seen that some of you may need a helping hand in this department and we’ll gladly lend it (we’re looking at you, MX9 Suppressed with NVIR players…).

We’ll split the guide into sections based on playstyle and roles. An image of each class is shown with a brief description below.

Note on Dead Silence: While many pros players do not use Dead Silence in respawn modes, we recommend it in League Play. As communication may be minimal, you will have to “carry” many teammates through matches and maintaining a silent footstep will help you solo-carry.

Main AR

This is the most straight-forward long range AR class for use in competitive Black Ops 4. The class offers superior range and the most long range firepower apart from snipers (and perhaps the newly buffed Swordfish). The class does lack utility so be sure to slay out and keep spawn control to ensure you are contributing enough to your team.

Game modes: SnD, Control, Hardpoint

This class is essentially the Maddox version of the first class. Great for slaying out the enemy team inside and outside the objective. Fast ADS speeds with quick close to medium range kill times. The class is best used at medium range for maximum damage, but can contend with most SMGs.

Game modes: SnD, Control, Hardpoint

The Swordfish is a newcomer in a sense to the competitive weapon pool. The ADS strafe speed and ADS-in time of Quickdraw 2 were both buffed and have made it a threat. The Swordfish can take targets down to 10-15 health in a single burst and has very little recoil. The weapon is best used in SnD to hold sightlines, but can be used in respawn due to recent buffs.

Game modes: SnD, Control, Hardpoint


This Saug class is all about using the speed of the SMG to kill targets and get out fast. The Quickdraw gives you near instant ADS-in times and double Stocks give you strafe speed rivaling sprint speeds. The class does lack a perk 1, so you will have to be careful of explosives and stuns. Be sure to use your speed to your advantage and play close range. Be a nuisance.

Game modes: SnD, Control, Hardpoint

This Saug class is a little more objective-oriented. The double stuns give you utility and forces enemies to switch to Tac Mask, opening up opportunities for your Battery’s War Machine. The playstyle will be quite similar to the first Saug class, but remember to use your stuns whenever possible.

Game modes: Control, Hardpoint

Support AR

Competitive Black Ops 4 features a lot of stun grenades in addition to the common Cluster Grenades. This class should always be slotted and ready to go just in case the enemy is fond of stuns. While your team can rock Tac Mask, Trophy Systems offer objective-wide defenses against all incoming projectiles. Be sure to throw your trophies into hardpoints and control points to help with incoming enemy attacks.

Game modes: Control, Hardpoint

This class offers a mix of slaying power and utility due to the versatility of the Maddox. The stun will allow you to take on several targets at once and push out enemy locations to give your team some breathing room in objective gamemodes.

Game modes: Control, Hardpoint


Sometimes, a little extra firepower is called for. That’s where the Paladin comes in. If you are finding it hard to hold onto long sightlines in SnD, think about equipping this sniper class. The Stabilizer will allow for straight shots and the FMJ will wall-bang targets that attempt to flee when they see the sniper’s barrel pointed in their direction.

The Mozu gives you a clean secondary option for when the enemy gets in close range. The pistol is a three bullet kill at close/medium range, so don’t be afraid to challenge gun fights against ARs and SMGs.

Well, there you have it. We hope these classes will help you as you grind to be the number 1 player in your Ladder. Note that these classes may need tweaks depending your playstyle & meta swifts.


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Call of Duty League 2021 season platform will be PC with controller



The Call of Duty League has announced a massive change for the 2021 season and the future of the league itself.

The league announced on September 14 that the 2021 season will be played with controllers on PC.

All Pro players who are part of the CDL will be required to compete on PC platform using a league sanctioned controller. A list of allowed controllers will be announced in the near future.

The League is announcing it will move pro team competition to PC + Controller beginning with the 2021 season. This means that all pro matches will be played on PC and all pro players must use a League-approved controller of their choice.

As part of this transition, Call of Duty League competition will maintain exclusive use of controllers for the upcoming season. This change provides players with expanded choice of controller, allowing them to select the League-approved controller style that works best for their game. More details and rules pertaining to peripherals will be released at a future date.

This marks the first time Call of Duty esports will not be played on a console. Activision’s first real sponsored esports event was the 2011 Call of Duty XP, which was played on Xbox 360. Call of Duty esports went on to play on the Xbox console for through 2015.

Call of Duty transitioned to PlayStation as the premiere partner of esports in 2015 with Black Ops 3, and all league matches have been on PS4 since then.

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Activision has also announced a big change for the Call of Duty Challengers division.

Call of Duty Challengers will be switching to crossplay, which means players on PlayStation, Xbox, and PC can all compete in online Challenger events in the 2021 season.


For the first time in Call of Duty esports history, competitors will be able to compete online in Call of Duty Challengers on their platform of choice across console and PC. We will continue to test platform hardware and make restrictions if necessary.

Players are required to use controllers. Mouse and keyboard peripherals will not be allowed.

Any LAN Challengers event that takes place during the season will be played on PC. Competitors may plug in their League-approved controller of choice.

More information on the 2021 season schedule to come. Stay tuned.

SOURCE: Call of Duty League

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Call of Duty League won’t expand to new teams for 2021 season



The Call of Duty League does not plan to expand beyond the 12 teams for the 2021 season, according to ESPN Esports.

ESPN reports that sources tell them the Call of Duty League made the decision to hold expansion for now because they want to work on showcasing the power of bringing the league to LAN. The 2020 season was switched to online due to the pandemic.

The Call of Duty League Commissioner has stated that there’s a lot of interest from new city owners to join the league, but they don’t plan to expand for the 2021 season.

In a press conference, Johanna Farris, Commissioner, said:

We continue to see great demand for CDL coming in from a lot of different places which is always exciting to see,” Call of Duty League commissioner Johanna Faries said Friday. “Breaking the viewership records that we’ve had with our playoffs run shows what the possibilities are for us in this nascent stage. However, our heads are currently down and focused on our 12 teams that have been with us since the beginning. We were oversubscribed with demand when we settled on our 12, and will do right by that demand at the appropriate time.

ESPN reports that the league intends to expand to new cities and markets for the 2022 season with new team sales set to begin in summer 2021.

It’s not clear at this time which cities are interested in joining the league. So far, 11 cities are part of the league with 4 countries represented.

Activision Blizzard did not respond to request for a comment.


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Call of Duty League returns to 4v4 for 2021 season



The Call of Duty League has announced that the league will return to the 4v4 format for the 2021 season.

The news was announced in a teaser video posted to the CDL social channels titled “Season 2 Intel.”

The 2021 season going back to 4v4 marks a return to the traditional Call of Duty esports format. The format was changed to 5v5 with Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 in 2018. Treyarch wanted to blend casual with competitive, and matched the standard game experience to esports.

In a post on the CDL site, the company confirms this decision was made after consulting the teams, players, and management.

With a new season comes new announcements across many fronts. Today we shared that we will be transitioning to starting roster sizes of four players per team for Season 2, marking a kind of ‘return to our roots’. This decision was made in close collaboration with our teams and players, and it was not made lightly. We know that this transition also brings new implications for both pro and amateur players with rostermania season fast approaching. Over the course of the offseason, we will share more news regarding plans for the 2021 Season — including details on maps, modes, formats, schedule, and more.

More news on the 2021 season to come. Stay tuned.

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