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MLG announces new rules and details for MLG COD League Season 3



MLG today announced new rules and details for MLG COD League Season 3. These rules are about how Free Agencies and player transfer will start working between teams. As many know, roster changes are a big thing in the CODeSports community after a major event. MLG Anaheim concluded this weekend, and roster changes have already began. To help govern this, MLG has announced an unified system for free agency.

MLG COD League Season 3 will begin on July 14th, 2014.

After careful consideration and extensive conversations with team owners, today we are releasing the details and refined rules for Season 3 of the MLG Call of Duty: Ghosts Pro League. The Season 3 draft will take place on Thursday, July 10th and highlights will be broadcast via Season 3 gameplay will take place starting Monday, July 14th with matches streamed on Broadcast details and additional information will be released in the coming weeks.

The free agency rules were created with the aim of defining a set of qualified professional players and qualified professional teams. Anaheim saw 12 teams and 48 players qualify into Season 3. The 12 qualifying teams must complete a 4 player roster from within those 48 players, and the free agency rules will govern all transactions.

Any player that does not wish to join one of the 12 available teams or is not picked up by one of the 12 teams can declare for the draft or decide to sit out Season 3. Any team that is unable to submit a roster of 4 players will be given conditional draft picks to be used at the conclusion of round 4.

With these rules and these parameters of qualified players and qualified teams we feel that both parties, players and teams, are given protection within the new free agency system.

Here’s the full rules and overview of what’s happening directly from MLG:
Key Dates:

Player Movement Periods – All player movement periods begin at 5:01 EDT and all player movement periods end at 5 PM EDT.

  • Free = June 25th to July 2nd
    • Players may declare themselves to be a Free Agent
    • Teams may release 1 Player
    • Teams may add Players
  • Add = July 2nd to July 7th: Teams may add Players
  • Join = July 7th to July 9th: Players may join Teams
  • Draft = July 10th: Teams must add Players to complete their 8-Player Roster

Season 3: Begins on Monday, July 14th


During the Free Player Movement period:

  • When a Player’s Free Agency request is approved, the Player has left the Team and may be added by any Team, including their original Team.
  • When a Team’s Release request is approved, the Player has been removed from the Team and may be added by any Team, including their original Team.
  • A Team’s request to Add a Player must be accompanied by a Player’s request to be added to the Team. When such requests are approved, the Player is added to the Team and may not leave or be removed from the Team until after the end of Season 3.

During the Add Player Movement period:

  • A Team’s request to Add a Player must be accompanied by a Player’s request to be added to the Team. When such requests are approved, the Player is added to the Team and may not leave or be removed from the Team until after the end of Season 3.

During the Join Player Movement Period:

  • Anyone who was a Player on an Initial Season 3 Roster and is currently a Free Agent, may join a Team that has fewer than 4 Players. When a Join request is approved, the Player is added to the Team and may not leave or be removed from the Team until after the end of Season 3. If such Players are still Free Agents at the end of the Join Player Movement Period, they can choose to be added to the pool of Draft Eligible Players or choose not to participate in Season 3.

During the Draft:

  • Teams must use all of their Draft picks in order to fill their Roster to 8 Players.
  • Players must have at least 3000 Ghosts Pro Points in order to be Draft Eligible.

Draft order for all 4 Rounds:

  1. JusTus
  2. eLevate
  3. Rise Nation
  4. OpTic Nation
  5. Denial eSports
  6. FaZe Red
  7. Team Kaliber
  8. FaZe Black
  9. Team EnVyUs
  10. Curse Black
  11. OpTic Gaming
  12. Evil Geniuses

Additional Rules:

  • A Team’s spot in Season 3 is held by the Team Owner, even if all Players from the Initial Season 3 Roster become Free Agents or are released.
  • Season 3 Rosters may not exceed 4 Players during the Free, Add, or Join Player Movement Periods.
  • Teams with fewer than 4 Players at the end of the Join Player Movement Period will be awarded a conditional draft pick(s) at the end of the 4th Round.
  • Teams must divide their Season 3 Rosters into a list of 4 Starters and a list of 4 Substitutes by 9 AM EDT on Monday, July 14th.
  • After the Join Player Movement Period has ended, the only Roster changes that will be allowed are the addition of Players through the Draft and changing a Player’s designation (Starter/Substitute).
  • Players may not compete from outside of North America.
  • Ownership & Team Names must be approved by MLG.
  • All Player Movement requests must be approved by MLG.



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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.

Call of Duty Challengers

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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