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Black Ops Cold War League Play: divisions, ranks, rewards, and more

Black Ops Cold War’s League Play is almost here, and we have everything you need to know about the format, maps, classes, and more.

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After months of clamoring from Black Ops Cold War fans, Treyarch have finally confirmed that League Play is officially in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

With Modern Warfare failing to feature any kind of ranked playlist for the first time since Call of Duty: Ghosts, fans were desperate for Treyarch to implement it in this year’s title, and thankfully, the devs have obliged.

Here’s everything we know about Black Ops Cold War League Play, and what you need to know to dive into the brand new mode.

What is League Play?

League Play is a competitive playlist with a skill-based matchmaking system designed to put players of similar skill levels together. Players will compete in game modes with restrictions to weapons, perks, and attachments in line with the official Call of Duty League ruleset, and be awarded a ranking based on how they perform.

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’s players and coaches. This is the ultimate mode to play like the pros.

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

How does Black Ops Cold War League Play work?

League Play in Black Ops 4 was by far our most-played ranked competitive mode in Black Ops series history, setting new records for the number of matches played and time invested by the community. Its accessible Ladder system kept players coming back for more, and its core design solved several fundamental problems with Black Ops II’s model by introducing a progressive rank system, running more frequent Events in shorter sprints, and ensuring faster and healthier matchmaking for participants.

We’re building on that foundation this year, implementing a total of 30 new Ranks to achieve, returning to the classic 4v4 format of the Black Ops II days, and providing players with more flexibility in gameplay rules, such as available Scorestreak selection, compared to the full official CDL 2021 ruleset.

League Play in Black Ops Cold War supports custom classes, including camo customization and Weapon Blueprint support for custom loadouts. Please note, any restricted attachments will be automatically removed from Blueprints in League Play to adhere to the CDL 2021 rules. Check out the full list of CDL 2021 restricted items here, and check back often as the rules and restricted items will change throughout the year.

For those looking to use official Call of Duty League pro loadouts, League Play’s default classes are made up of presets used by every team in the 2021 season. And if you want to play like the pros in private matches, we’ve also added the new CDL Pro mode to Custom Games for Hardpoint, Search & Destroy, and Control, which only offers preset Call of Duty League classes and more specific gameplay rules.

SKILL DIVISIONS AND LADDERS

After your first League Play Event starts, you will be placed in a Skill Division of up to 50 players around your same skill level to compete for the top position in your Division Ladder.

League Play utilizes skill ratings to determine how active players are bracketed into the five Skill Divisions: Competitor, Advanced, Expert, Elite, and Master. Your Skill Division placement is relative to all other active League Play players, and may increase or decrease as your skill rating or the active player population changes.

Here’s how the active League Play population breaks out across all five Divisions by skill:

  • Master: Top 2% of players
  • Elite: Top 3-10% of players
  • Expert: Top 11-15% of players
  • Advanced: Top 16-20% of players
  • Competitor: 50% of players

Wins will award Ladder Points that increase your position on the Ladder. Losses will decrease your Ladder Points and can drop your position on the Ladder. Winning consecutive matches will earn you a Win Streak Bonus, and you can earn a Daily Bonus by playing every day.

We take match integrity seriously, and poor sportsmanship isn’t tolerated. Any players who quit a League Play match will receive Ladder Point penalties and a match loss, and increased penalties will be applied for players who quit a match before anyone else on their team does.

LEAGUE PLAY RANKS AND REWARDS

Similar to our previous League Play system, you’ll earn Gems based on your final position in the Division Ladder at the end of each Event. Earn enough Gems, and you’ll advance your Rank.

Each milestone (earned at Rank 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30) has a unique League Play Calling Card reward to unlock. There are six distinct Calling Cards to earn across all 30 Ranks, each of which can be equipped in the Barracks to show off your skills to the rest of your lobby in League Play, Multiplayer, and Zombies.

Your progressive Rank will reflect if you’ve ever placed near the top of the Ladder or won a League Play Event. Finish in the Top 10, Top 5, or 1st to permanently upgrade your Rank from Bronze to Silver, Silver Gold, or Gold. Finish first six times, and you’ll permanently upgrade your Rank to Diamond.

Of course, you’ll also earn XP and Battle Pass progression as you compete in League Play Events, so you’ll always make progress toward your next Prestige Level and Battle Pass Tier whether you win or lose your next match.

Victory Flames also make their return in Black Ops Cold War’s League Play, showcasing the highest performance level for the best of the best. Finishing in first place will add the initial stage of Victory Flames to your Rank, and finishing in first in consecutive Events will advance your Flames to new stages. Your Victory Flames will last until the next League Play Event ends, and will degrade or disappear if you fail to place first in consecutive Events. Maintain your streak and keep those Flames burning bright!

What maps & modes will be in Black Ops Cold War League Play?

Black Ops Cold War’s League Play will feature the same maps and modes as the CDL, which means a rotation of Hardpoint, Control, and fan-favorite Search & Destroy.

There are currently six maps in the official Call of Duty League competitive settings, with Express expected to be added to the S&D pool in the near future. You can view the full maps and modes below.

Game ModeMaps
HardpointCheckmate, Crossroads, Garrison, Moscow, Raid
Search & DestroyCheckmate, Garrison, Miami, Moscow, Raid
ControlCheckmate, Garrison, Raid

Will Black Ops Cold War League Play have custom classes?

It’s currently unclear if Black Ops Cold War League Play will allow players to use their own classes, but it appears that this will likely not be the case.

With the newly added CDL Pro modes coming with pre-set classes that mimic what the pro players use, it’s likely that we’ll have to choose from their setups when we play this mode.

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How to earn CDL 2022 Champs viewership rewards for Vanguard & Warzone

Here’s how you earn Vanguard and Warzone Weapon Blueprints and a MW2 beta code by watching the CDL 2022 Championship weekend.

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Vanguard and Warzone players can unlock unique cosmetics just by watching the Call of Duty League 2022 Championship weekend, 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’ incredible run at Major 4, the final eight teams are locked in for the Championship weekend. Let’s go over how you can earn Champs rewards such as a Modern Warfare 2 beta code, Automaton Weapon Blueprint, Operator, Calling Cards, Emblems, and XP Tokens for watching CDL Champs 2022 matches.

How to earn CDL Champs 2022 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 2022 Champs weekend.

The Call of Duty League can either be watched on YouTube or the CDL website, 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 on the top right 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 Champs weekend through either YouTube or the CDL website, and you can earn all of the free rewards on offer.

CDL Champs 2022 viewership rewards for Warzone & Vanguard

CDL 2022 Season viewership 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, 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.

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

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CDL Champs 2022 rewards

Vanguard and Warzone players can also earn rewards such as Calling Cards, Emblems, and exclusive Blueprints for watching at least half an hour of August 4’s CDL Championship weekend hosted in LA’s Galen Center.

Perhaps even more exciting is the chance to earn a code for early access to Modern Warfare 2’s beta. There are 50,000 up for grabs in random drops, so make sure to keep an eye on the CDL website to see if you’ve been given one.

Here are the CDL 2022 Champs rewards and their watch time requirements:

  • Thursday, August 4
    • Camper Calling Card (30 Minutes)
    • S&D Star Emblem (1 Hour)
    • 1 Hour Double XP Token (1 Hour 30 Minutes)
    • Wall Banged Calling Card (2 Hours)
    • 1 Hour Double Weapon XP Token (2 Hours 30 Minutes)
  • Friday, August 5
    • First Blooded Calling Card (30 Minutes)
    • Round 11 Emblem (1 Hour)
    • 1 Hour Double XP Token (1 Hour 30 Minutes)
    • Spawn Trapped Calling Card (2 Hours)
    • 1 Hour Double Weapon XP Token (2 Hours 30 Minutes)
  • Saturday, August 6
    • Donut Weapon Charm (30 Minutes)
    • Sprinkles Volk Weapon Blueprint (1 Hour)
    • 1 Hour Double XP Token (1 Hour 30 Minutes)
    • COD Timing Watch (2 Hours)
    • EGO CHALL Calling Card (2 Hour 30 Minutes)
    • 1 Hour Double Weapon XP Token (3 Hours)
  • Sunday, August 7 – Championship Sunday
    • The Chip Emblem (15 Minutes)
    • Champs Automaton Weapon Blueprint (45 Minutes)
    • 1 Hour Double XP Token (1 Hour)
    • Down to the Wire Operator (1 Hour 30 Minutes)
    • 1 Hour Double Weapon XP Token (2 Hours)
    • Chance to earn Modern Warfare 2 beta code

For more, you can check out the leak claiming Modern Warfare 2’s Ranked Play arrives “shortly after” launch.

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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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