Call of Duty

Black Ops Cold War players slam new League Play: “It’s a massive joke”

Published: 9/Feb/2021 6:44

by Brad Norton


Three months into the release of Black Ops Cold War and League Play has finally arrived, though players are already fuming at the state of the mode, slamming it for limited features, an underwhelming ranked system, and a “mediocre” attempt at representing the pro level.

In most esports, players are able to rise through the ranks and gain recognition in a competitive playlist. Reaching the upper echelons of ranked play is typically the first step prior to joining a legitimate pro team.

In Call of Duty, however, that’s never really been the case. If League Play isn’t outright missing for a year, it typically arrives late into a game’s lifecycle. With Black Ops Cold War, players had been holding out for months waiting for a truly competitive playlist.

Now that League Play has finally arrived in 2021, it’s safe to say it isn’t quite what the community had hoped for. 

League Play failing to represent pro play

Immediately upon jumping into the new playlist, a few things become apparent. All sorts of powerful equipment and killstreaks are still readily available. From the Lawbreaker Wildcard to the RC-XD killstreak, there are plenty of features League Play that you simply don’t see at the pro level.

As a result, many have argued that it simply isn’t representative of the competitive experience. “My opinion is that this is a massive joke and isn’t really good enough, Reddit user ‘Viking-Hamster’ said. “It’s just a mediocre attempt at best.”

The new playlist is similar to regular public matches, just with a few exclusions across a limited map and mode set. Unfortunately, the combination available today offers a worse experience than standard multiplayer, according to some players.

“Didn’t think it was possible to have less than the no fun I was having in pubs but here I am,” Reddit user ‘ohdeebo’ chimed in.

League Play’s messy ranking system.

Players even called out the actual ranked system itself. The labels provided in-game are a tad confusing as ‘Competitor’ seemingly represents the bottom 50% of the player base. However, there’s nothing in between the top 20% and the top 50%.

There’s obviously still time for Treyarch to turn League Play around. More exclusions would be a strong starting point, refining the list of banned equipment to be more in line with what we see in the Call of Duty League. 

Some would even prefer strict loadouts that all players are forced to use. While not ideal, it “would have been so much better than the current restrictions,” according to Reddit user ‘ollybest.’

Veteran CoD stars speak out.

Even CDL players are against the new form of League Play.

“First game of League Play I loaded in 3v4,” Sam ‘Octane’ Larew explained. Already down a player, one of his teammates “didn’t make classes,” and the other stood still in spawn while “AFK.”

Naturally, this led to a loss in Octane’s first game.

With no strict rules in place to enforce full teams, and only minor consequences for leaving matches, what was supposed to be the competitive alternative feels all too similar to regular public games.

“We’re not getting a good ranking system,” OpTic’s Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards said on February 8.

“It still has potential… let’s just hope there is some sort of longevity behind it.”

Things could certainly change for the better with a few key updates, but for a good chunk of the community, this version of League Play could be too little too late.

Call of Duty

Best LC10 Warzone loadout class: Attachments, setup, perks

Published: 25/Feb/2021 12:29

by James Busby


The LC10 is the latest SMG to join Call of Duty’s ever-growing weapon roster in Warzone Season 2. Here, we break down the strongest LC10  loadout you should be using to maximize your damage.

Warzone and Black Ops Cold War’s Season 2 update has not only introduced the new FARA assault rifle, but it also marks the debut for the LC10 SMG. This pint-sized gun may look relatively unimposing, but it is capable of dishing out some pretty decent damage. Whether the LC10 has what it takes to overthrow the ever-popular MAC-10 and MP5 loadouts that dominate Warzone lobbies remains to be seen. 

The LC10 features fantastic handling, great mobility, decent close-quarters damage, and a high fire rate. If that wasn’t enough, the Cold War SMG also has a little more range potential than most SMGs, which can make give it a little extra lethality outside of the usual close-range engagements. 

In order to help you get the most out of the LC10, we’ve put together a lethal loadout that you can use to gain a competitive edge. 

If you haven’t unlocked the LC10 yet and wish to add it to your collection, then check out our unlock guide right here.

Best Warzone FARA 83 loadout

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The LC10 has great mobility and accuracy.
  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 13.9” Task Force
  • Stock: Raider Stock
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Ammunition: STANAG 55 Rnd


  • Perk 1: EOD
  • Perk 2: Overkill
  • Perk 3: Amped


  • Lethal: Semtex
  • Tactical: Heartbeat Sensor

Close-quarter firefights are a given in both Verdansk and Rebirth Island, so having a SMG that you can rely on is incredibly important. Fortunately, the LC10 is more than capable of delivering some speedy close-quarter kills. Not only does this loadout bolster the LC10’s damage range, it also increases its mobility and control. 

First up is the Agency Suppressor. This noise-reducing attachment keeps your shots concealed and also helps with the gun’s vertical recoil control. While you’ll still be relying on your primary to take down targets at range, it doesn’t mean you can’t have an SMG that is smooth to handle. 

Activision / Treyarch
This loadout absolutely shreds in close-quarter firefights.

The 13.9” Task Force is a must-pick attachment as it increases the LC10’s effective damage range, bullet velocity, and strafe speed. Not only does this make shredding through your target’s armor an absolute breeze, it also enables you to run rings around them. After all, being highly mobile is one of the perks of the SMG class, so if you enjoy aggressively rushing your foes, then this attachment should be a priority pick. 

Due to the LC10’s clean ironsights, we’ve avoided using an Optic and adopted the Raider Stock instead. This lightweight stock enhances the ADS firing movement speed, aim walking movement speed, and sprint to fire time. SMGs are at their most potent when you can quickly react to any potential threats, which makes the Raider Stock a highly viable option. 

Next on the attachment list is the Field Agent Foregrip. Having an attachment that reduces both the LC10’s vertical and horizontal recoil is a must, especially if you wish to grab those satisfying headshot kills. 

Finally, the STANAG 55 Rnd offers enough ammunition to down multiple foes without having to constantly reload in between kills. Not only will it keep you competitive in those 1v1 and 1v2 clutch scenarios, the added rounds can also help alleviate any issues that arise when your aim is a little off. 

So, there you have it, all the attachments you should be using with the FARA 83 in Warzone Season 2. If you want to keep updated with all the latest Call of Duty news and updates, then follow us over on @DexertoIntel.