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Call of Duty League announces new competitive ruleset for 2020 season

Published: 15/Jan/2020 0:18 Updated: 16/Jan/2020 15:32

by Brad Norton


The inaugural Call of Duty League season is set to kick off on January 24 in Minnesota, and Activision has released an updated ruleset that changes the playing field just one week out from the first slate of matches.

Professional players have been hard at work practicing in Modern Warfare ahead of the first CDL matchups in Minnesota, yet just a few days out from taking to the stage, a new competitive ruleset has been revealed.

From the removal of certain maps across a number of competitive game modes to the restriction of various weapons and perks, a wide array of changes have been introduced on short notice.

The latest ruleset changes will apply to both CDL franchise matchups and amateur Open Bracket tournaments.

The first iteration of the Call of Duty League ruleset was revealed on October 29, 2019 and outlined exactly which maps, modes, weapons, and equipment were to be included in competitive play. A number of updates have been released since then, with version 1.5 of the competitive settings being outlined in a January 14 post.

Most notably, a number of maps have been pulled from certain game types. Rammaza has been taken out of Hardpoint, Azhir Cave and Hackney Yard have been pulled from Search & Destroy, while St. Petrograd has been removed from Domination.

Additionally, a number of loadouts have been impacted by the update as certain weapons, attachments, perks, and equipment have been restricted by the latest ruleset update. For instance, the FAL and MK2 Carbine have been outright removed from competitive play, while the Hardline perk has also been restricted.

The full list of changes are as follows:

Map Pool

  • Hardpoint
    • REMOVING: Arklov Peak
    • Map Pool: Rammaza, Azhir Cave, Gun Runner, Hackney Yard, St. Petrograd
  • Search & Destroy
    • REMOVING: Azhir Cave, Hackney Yard
    • Map Pool: Arklov Peak, Gun Runner, Piccadilly, Rammaza, St. Petrograd
  • Domination
    • REMOVING: Rammaza
    • Map Pool: Gun Runner, Hackney Yard, St. Petrograd

New Restricted Items

  • Primary Weapons
    • Assault Rifles
      • FAL
    • Marksman Rifles (All)
      • EBR-14
      • MK2 Carbine
      • Kar98k
  • Attachments
    • Laser (All)
      • 1mW Laser
      • 5mW Laser
      • Tac Laser
    • Perks
      • Frangible – Disabling
  • Perks
    • Perk 1
      • Quick Fix
    • Perk 2
      • Hardline
  • Equipment
    • Tactical
      • Decoy Grenades

All Modes

  • Player Settings
    • Weapon Mounting set to DISABLED
  • Gameplay Settings
    • Battle Chatter set to DISABLED
    • Announcer Dialogue set to ENABLED


  • Team Setting “Weapon Ping on Compass” set to ENABLED

Are these updates locked in place?

While the latest ruleset comes directly from the CDL website, Optic Gaming Los Angeles coach Jonathan ‘Pacman’ Tucker has disputed the most recent changes.

In a thread featuring a number of veteran players, Seattle Surge’s Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow expressed concern, and stated the updated ruleset “has to be wrong.”

“It is,” Pacman responded, indicating that the latest set of changes might not be set in stone and that further updates could be on the way ahead of the Call of Duty League’s historic first matchups on January 24.

Update: The original January 14 Call of Duty League blog post featured incorrect changes to the map pool. It is unclear whether all mistakes have no been remedied or if another change is set to be released in the near future. The latest version of the ruleset has been outlined above to reflect the most recent adjustments.

Just days ago, a major development altered the format of competition and shifted to a new points-based system for the 2020 season, so it certainly seems as though much of the league will remain a work in progress.

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CoD 2021 leaks: Release date, next Call of Duty developer, rumors

Published: 15/Jan/2021 17:11

by James Busby


From credible rumors to speculated release dates, find out everything you need to know about Call of Duty 2021. 

The ever-popular Call of Duty series has remained a staple pick for those looking to show off their quick reflexes and eagle-eyed aim. Whether you enjoy futuristic firefights or prefer the boots on the ground approach, Call of Duty has delivered numerous experiences over the years.

From the brutal battlefields of WWII to present-day conflicts, the series has continually visited and revisited numerous theatres of war with each new entry. 

With the next title on the horizon, let’s run through everything we know about CoD 2021. 

CoD 2021 release date

Black Ops Cold War screenshot
Activision / Treyarch
Black Ops Cold War is the latest title to be released.

As of writing, we don’t have an official release date set for Call of Duty 2021. However, that hasn’t stopped us from making an educated guess. By following similar CoD release title trends, it’s fair to speculate that the game will release in early to mid-November. 

After all, the previous Call of Duty games all had November releases. Here’s a brief timeline of previous CoD release dates: 

  • Call of Duty 3: November 7, 2006
  • Modern Warfare: November 7, 2007
  • World at War: November 11, 2008
  • Modern Warfare 2: November 10, 2009
  • Black Ops: November 9, 2010
  • Modern Warfare 3: November 8, 2011
  • Black Ops II: November 13, 2012
  • Ghosts: November 5, 2013
  • Advanced Warfare: November 4, 2014
  • Black Ops III: November 6, 2015
  • Infinite Warfare: November 4, 2016
  • WWII: November 3, 2017
  • Black Ops 4: October 12, 2018
  • Black Ops Cold War: November 13, 2020

While Infinity Ward changed things up with the release of Modern Warfare on October 25, 2019, it is more than likely that CoD 2021 will keep to the usual November schedule. 

Call of Duty 2021 developer

Call of Duty WWII screenshot
Activision / Sledgehammer Games
Sledgehammer’s last release was Call of Duty WWII.

So, now that we have an idea of when Call of Duty 2021 could release, who exactly is in charge of developing it? Well, if we take a look at the development cycle of the franchise, we might just get a few clues. 

Firstly, the three main studios developing the core Call of Duty games are Infinity Ward, Treyarch, and Sledgehammer Games. Raven Software could be given the reigns, but this is unlikely, especially given they mainly focus on assisting each studio. 

The last four CoD games were developed by the following studios: 

  • Black Ops 4: Treyarch (2018)
  • Modern Warfare: Infinity Ward (2019)
  • Warzone: Infinity Ward / Raven Software (2020)
  • Black Ops Cold War: Treyarch / Raven Software (2020)

Judging from the timeline above, the most obvious candidate for Call of Duty 2021 is Sledgehammer Games. The developers behind CoD WWII have been missing from action since 2017, which would indicate that they have been busy working on the next big release. 

Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software were tasked with releasing the next CoD game in 2020, but disagreements between the two arose, leading Treyarch to take the lead role. Sledgehammer’s title was then developed into Black Ops Cold War.

Quite how much of the project was reworked into Cold War remains to be seen, but it does seem likely that Sledgehammer Games would use this time to begin working on another title. If this wasn’t evident enough, last year, Sledgehammer reportedly hired 150 new staff and stated that they were actively working on multiple projects

Combine this with the fact that Infinity Ward has only just wrapped up development on Modern Warfare and Treyarch is still busy working on content for Black Ops Cold War – and you have a pretty strong case. 

Call of Duty 2021 rumors

Advanced Warfare screenshot
Activision / Sledgehammer Games
Could a prequel to Advanced Warfare be in the works?

There have been a lot of rumors surrounding Call of Duty 2021, with many fans speculating that the Sledgehammer could be making another entry in the Advanced Warfare series. However, renowned Call of Duty leaker, Tom Henderson believes that if that is the case, the game will be a prequel. 

“Warzone is going to have a Sledgehammer Games integration,” says Henderson. The whole purpose of Warzone is to convert free-to-play players into paid players by purchasing whichever title is integrated at the time. I just can’t see an EM1 laser rifle being in Warzone, it just doesn’t make sense to me.”

This would be a jarring experience, particularly given Warzone’s arsenal currently utilizes real-world weaponry. Having highly futuristic guns could also upset the current balance of the game as well, an area Activision is constantly aiming to control. 

“Maybe we could see a Call of Duty WWII title, possibly like WWII but maybe a prequel or sequel. It would make a lot more sense for the weapons to be integrated into Warzone. It could be a modern or even a future title, but not set too far into the future where it wouldn’t make sense for the Warzone integration.”

While Henderson’s leaks have been correct in the past, these are just rumors and should be treated lightly. 

Call of Duty 2021 leaks

As for Call of Duty 2021 leaks, there has been no footage, screenshots, or box art showcasing the new title. Of course, you can expect to see the usual photoshopped images, blurry box art, fake emails, and rickrolls that come with every new Call of Duty release. 

Once we have any credible information, we’ll update this section further. 

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