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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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Best League Play loadouts for Cold War Season 4

Here’s the best League Play loadouts to use in Black Ops Cold War Season 4 including weapons, equipment, perks, and Field Upgrades.

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Black Ops Cold War’s League Play is the best place to play like the pros and test your skill in Season 4, so we’ve got the best loadouts you need to dominate competitive Call of Duty.

League Play is the ultimate way to play like the pros in Call of Duty without needing a full squad of friends to team up with on websites such as Gamebattles. This mode simulates the Call of Duty League, using the same maps and modes as you’ll see on the CDL stream.

You can now earn in-game rewards for playing League Play, such as exclusive weapon charms, Calling Cards, and even Weapon Blueprints later in Season 4.

League Play has only got more competitive, so you’ll need the best weapons, perks, Field Upgrades, and more to win. Here’s everything you need to dominate Black Ops Cold War’s League Play.

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Best League Play primary weapons

Your primary weapon is the be-all and end-all of your class. You won’t be able to use the Law Breaker Wildcard to equip two primaries, so what you pick is what you’ll need to use.

No matter your role, here are the best primary weapons you can use in Cold War Season 4’s League Play.

Krig-6 Assault Rifle League Play class

Black ops cold war Krig 6
  • Optic: Millstop Reflex
  • Barrel: 19.7″ Ranger Barrel
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Grip: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: Raider Stock

The Krig-6 is a great choice for any player looking to lock down spawns or hold an objective. We decided to use Atlanta FaZe’s Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr’s loadout for the Krig, due to the versatility of the loadout combined with the great strafe speed and barrel choice. Its headshot multiplier even received a buff in Season 3, so make sure to aim high.

XM4 League Play class

black ops cold war xm4

For this XM4 loadout, we went with OpTic’s Seth ‘Scump‘ Abner’s mobile and fast-paced XM4 class. To use these attachments, you’ll need the Gunfighter wildcard for additional attachments. Since League Play does not have restrictions on laser sights, you can feel free to equip the Steady Aim Laser.

  • Optic: Microflex LED
  • Muzzle: Infantry Compensator
  • Barrel: 13.7″ Ranger
  • Body: Steady Aim Laser
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Magazine: 40 Round
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: Raider Pad

AK-74u League Play class

Black Ops Cold War Ak-74u
  • Muzzle: Spetsnaz Compensator
  • Barrel: 9.3″ Extended
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Speed Grip
  • Handle: GRU Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: Raider Stock

The AK-74u is one of Cold War’s strongest SMGs. It has great range for a submachine gun, high mobility, and easy to control recoil. It’s great to rush objectives with, but you don’t need to be directly in an enemy’s face for it to be effective.

LW3 Tundra League Play class

Black ops cold war LW3 Tundra
  • Muzzle: Stabilizer .308
  • Barrel: 28.2″ Tiger Team
  • Underbarrel: Infiltrator Grip
  • Grip: SASR Jungle Grip
  • Stock: Raider Pad

The Tundra is especially helpful in Search & Destroy, taking down enemies with ease. We went with Simp’s loadout due to the mobility of his loadout.

Although flinch was added in the Cold War Season 3 Reloaded update, snipers are still extremely effective in Season 4 of League Play, and you’ll play a pivotal role in your team.


Best League Play Secondary Weapons

Launchers and shotguns have been removed as secondary weapons for League Play, so you’ll need to make do with pistols and melee weapons.

1911 League Play class

black ops cold war 1911
  • Muzzle: Muzzle Break .45 APC
  • Barrel: 6.53″ Task Force
  • Body: Steady Aim Laser
  • Magazine: 12 Rnd Speed Mag
  • Handle: Speed Tape

Accurate and hard-hitting, the 1911 will be of great help while in a pinch. If your primary weapon runs out of ammo, quickly switch to this classic pistol for a quick kill.

Diamatti League Play class

Black Ops Cold War diamatti
  • Muzzle: Muzzle Break 9
  • Barrel: 7.8″ Extended
  • Body: Steady Aim Laser
  • Magazine: 24 Rnd
  • Handle: Speed Tape

Although you can’t use dual wield in League Play, a single Diamatti will still be extremely helpful in League Play.

The three-round burst will rapidly delete enemies’ health and you’ll also be able to navigate the map quickly while carrying it.


Best League Play Lethals and Tacticals

While stims will likely be your best friend in regular Black Ops Cold War multiplayer, they won’t be available in League Play.

Semtex

black ops cold war semtex

For a Lethal grenade, there’s no better option than Semtex. They’re extremely easy to use and will explode shortly after impact.

Get an enemy weak and lob a Semtex at them, or throw it in front of you to dissuade enemies from pushing while you’re one-shot. Plus, if you manage to stick the enemy, it’s an instant kill.

Stun Grenades

Stun Grenades make clearing out rooms much easier. If you know an enemy is in there, throw a Stun Grenade in and push while their hands are thrown in the air.

Even if they have the Tactical Mask equipped, getting a tag with the Stun Grenade will provide vital information.

Smoke Grenades

Pro players have a Gentleman’s Agreement not to use smokes in the CDL but you can still use them with great effect in League Play. With how powerful Snipers are, you can cover your SnD push with easy by putting a smoke down in front of you.

Plus, while in your own smoke, you get much more information than the enemies outside of it do.


Best League Play perks

The best weapons need the best perks to complete the loadout. League Play offers a wide variety of perks to choose from, so we’ve picked out the most useful.

Tactical Mask

black ops cold war tactical mask perk

With Stims not being allowed in League Play, Stun and Flast Grenades will be a lot more common. Getting hit by these Tactical Grenades will put a stop to even the best-executed plans, and Tactical Mask will greatly decrease their effects.

Flak Jacket

Flak Jacket reduces the damage taken from grenades. If you’re not running Perk Greed, you’ll have to make the call between this and Tactical Mask. We recommend Tactical Mask, as you’ll be hit much more with stun grenades.

However, if your team aren’t using Trophy Systems, you may opt to use this perk instead.

Gearhead

black ops cold war gearhead perk

With how important Field Upgrades are to winning matches of League Play, Gearhead is the perfect perk.

It will allow your Field Upgrades to recharge faster, and you’ll also be allowed to hold two. Getting onto a Hardpoint and chucking down two Trophy Systems in quick succession will make the hill extremely hard to push.

Ninja

Pulling of flanks is one of the most important strategies in League Play, and Ninja will make this a while lot easier.

Getting behind the opposing team and pushing out their spawns will be huge in winning respawn matches. And when you’re the last man alive in SnD, having quiet footsteps will keep the enemies guessing where you are.


Best League Play Field Upgrade

Trophy System

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Trophy Systems are extremely powerful in the close-range fights of 4v4. While holding a Hardpoint, this Field Upgrade will hold off an onslaught of explosives coming your way.

As an added bonus, if you lose the hill with your Trophy Still on it, it will destroy enemy Field Upgrades as they put them down, and the damage could even kill them.

Best League Play Wildcards

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There are only two Wildcards to choose from in League Play, and you should choose depending on your weapons and role in your team. If you’re playing the anchor role with an Assault Rifle, you may benefit most from the Gunfighter Wildcard, as it allows you to equip more attachments to your weapon.

However, if you play with a submachine gun, Lawbreaker will likely be the best Wildcard for you. It doesn’t let you carry two primary weapons like multiplayer, but you can still equip multiple perks from one category. This way, you can equip both Tactical Mask and Flak Jacket for maximum resistance to enemy equipment.


Take these weapons, perks, and more into League Play with you to dominate the competition and climb the ranks.

And if you’re looking for the best weapons multiplayer and Zombies has to offer, you can check out our tier list of every Cold War weapon and the best weapons to use in Outbreak.

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NYSL WarzoneMania Warzone Tournament: Standings leaderboard, bracket, teams, stream, more

Call of Duty League’s New York Subliners are hosting the WarzoneMania tournament in June, and here’s how you can watch it.

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The top Warzone players will compete in the Call of Duty League’s New York Subliners WarzoneMania tournament for a massive $100,000 prize. We have the NYSL Warzone Tournament standings leaderboard, stream, teams, and more covered for you.

The Call of Duty League’s New York Subliners are hosting a new Warzone tournament in June. WarzoneMania will have a prize pool of $100,000, and many of the most popular streamers will battle it out with each other.

Sixteen teams consisting of four players are battling it out against one another, but only one will be declared the winner.

Here’s everything you need to know about catching the WarzoneMania tournament when it goes live.

NYSL Warzone Tournament bracket

There will be no bracket for this competition, as the teams will not be competing against each other at different times to advance further in a bracket. All of the teams will be competing against each other at the same time in a kill-race format that will end after a period of five hours on day one and four hours on day 2.

NYSL Warzone Tournament standings leaderboard

We will update this article with the latest set of standings for the competition when they are officially made available.

Day 2

NYSL Warzone Tournament standings

Team EMZ was able to continue their exceptional play on Day 2 by securing a score of 644 points to secure the top spot in the final standings and grab the NYSL WarzonMania tournament championship.

Destroy’s team was close behind Team EMZ all day and was able to secure second place with 621 points, while Team ANGELIKA was able to grab the final spot of the final standings that was guaranteed a share of the $100,000 prize pool.

Day 1

NYSL Warzone Tournament standings

Team EMZ was able to secure the top spot during Day 1 of the competition with an impressive score of 603 points.

Only the top eight teams from Day 1 will have a chance to compete for a share of the $100,000 prize pool on Day 2, which means that Teams Renay, Teep, Zlaner, Huskerrs, and SuperDuperKyle will not be competing on June 8.

NYSL WarzoneMania Warzone Tournament stream

You’ll be able to catch the NYSL WarzoneMania tournament on the Subliners Twitch channel. With the CDL’s own Lottie Van-Praag hosting the event, StuDyy, JGOD, and IHOLDSHIFT will be behind the caster desk.

Team captains include HusKerrs, EmZ, ZLaner, and Jukeyz, along with various other top Warzone content creators and pro players. You can check out the official stream below.

WarzoneMania format

WarzoneMania is a two-day event, with the first day featuring all 16 teams competing against each other in a kill race for five hours. The top eight will then qualify for the second day. The schedule is as follows:

  • Day 1: June 7, 4-9 p.m. ET
  • Day 2: June 8, 4-9 p.m. ET

The first prize of $50,000 will be going to the winner. Second place will take home $30,000, and third place will get $20,000. 

WarzoneMania teams

Hosted by Chris Puckett and JGOD, on June 2, the NYSL WarzoneMania team captains picked their team members in draft form. In turns, the 12 team captains chose their squad mates from a selection of top Warzone players and streamers.

All 16 teams were then drafted by captains in a live snake draft. As per the tournament’s co-ed rules, the draft format ensured that each team will have both male and female players.

Here’s the complete list of WarzoneMania teams and players that will be competing for the top spot in the NYSL Warzone Tournament standings below:

  • Team IceManIsaac
    • IceManIsaac
    • QueenShadows
    • Bbreadman
    • Exzachtt
  • Team Destroy
    • Destroy
    • AngelAT
    • clutchbelk
    • DougisRaw
  • Team EmZ
    • EmZ
    • Fifakill
    • Smitty
    • WarsZ
  • Team Kalei Renay
    • Kalei Renay
    • Pieman
    • UnRationaL
    • BobbyPoff
  • Team Angelika
    • Angelika
    • Tommey
    • Stukawaki
    • Frozone
  • Team Swagg
    • Swagg
    • SeniseiSwishem
    • Booya
    • Rallied
  • Team Huskerrs
    • Huskerrs
    • P90Princess
    • JoeWo
    • YKTDeleo
  • Team Aydan
    • Aydan
    • Dani
    • Scumnn
    • Karma
  • Team Jukeyz
    • Jukeyz
    • FiveByFive
    • Mutex
    • Metaphor
  • Team TeeP
    • TeeP
    • HollyyLive
    • Blazt
    • Vikkstar
  • Team ZLaner
    • ZLaner
    • BrittneyRaines
    • SuperEvan
    • ShadedStep
  • Team Smixie
    • Smixie
    • Almond
    • Newbz
    • LEGIQN
NYSL Warzone Tournament bracket

Seeing these popular streamers battle it out in Verdansk ’84 to be at the top of the final NYSL Warzone Tournament standings will be quite the spectacle. Be sure to also tune in for Day 2 to see which lucky team will be taking home the first prize of $50,000.

Also, check out how to watch the new JGOD $100K Warzone Tournament, in which the top players face off against each other in a 2v2 format.

Image Credit: Activision / NYSL

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JGOD ranks the top 10 players in Call of Duty: Warzone

Popular streamer and statistics expert JGOD has revealed his list of the top ten players competing in the WarzoneMania event.

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Warzone statistics master JGOD has revealed his list of the top ten competitors that will be battling it out in the NYSL’s $100K WarzoneMania tournament.

Warzone’s playerbase consists of various skilled and experienced individuals, so it’s difficult to pick a favorite player. Everyone will have a different list, so fans are often eager to hear what popular streamers have to say.

JGOD is a popular content creator that has earned the title of statistics master due to his in-depth breakdown of the Call of Duty series. Now, he’s revealed the top ten players in the NYSL $100K WarzoneMania tournament.

This new Warzone tournament is hosted by the Call of Duty League’s New York Subliners and has a prize pool of $100,000. Many popular players will compete, and the winner will go away with $50,000.

JGOD released a new video in which he revealed his list of the best players in this tournament. While many of his picks are fairly obvious to competitive Warzone fans, others might surprise you.

Here’s his list of the top ten competitors in the WarzoneMania event:

  1. Aydan
  2. HusKerrs
  3. SuperEvan
  4. Tommey
  5. ZLaner
  6. Jukeyz
  7. JoeWo
  8. MuTeX
  9. TeeP
  10. Metaphor

NYSL has sixteen teens competing, and each of them consists of extremely skilled individuals. For this reason, picking ten players and figuring out where to rank them wasn’t an easy task for JGOD.

Some of these, like Aydan, were easy picks, but many great players like DiazBiffle and Rated didn’t make his list. While this may irk some fans, it’s still an interesting list, and he probably has a good idea of their skillset.

It will be interesting to see how the players on JGOD’s list perform in the event according to their ranks and see how accurate his rankings were once the dust has settled on Verdansk ’84 following the two-day tournament.

Be sure to check out the new JGOD $100K Warzone Tournament, in which the top players face off against each other in a 2v2 format.

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