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Call of Duty League Playoffs move online with “new integrity measures”

Published: 5/Jul/2020 18:27 Updated: 5/Jul/2020 19:04

by Theo Salaun

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The Call of Duty League’s 2020 season playoffs and championship weekend will officially be held online, but with the introduction of additional competitive integrity enhancements.

Many have hoped for CoD’s return to a LAN environment, as the online phase has brought connectivity issues as well as a lack of player and gear visibility for officials to oversee. In light of continued safety precautions, the CDL has confirmed Champs is going to be online and that they will have some security measures to enhance the experience.

As it stands, one measure enables more player and gear visibility, another creates better server options for teams to choose from, and a third simply enlists more support staff to help manage the events. All three of these should, in theory, help produce a more consistent online experience than the fanbase and players have become used to.

Universal camera setup

One major benefit of LAN is that league officials can monitor players and their setups, but this has been inconsistent online given the different (or sometimes nonexistent) camera options players have. To compensate for this, the CDL is providing every single player with a “universal camera setup” that should help provide more transparency.

Improved server control

While players like the Seattle Surge’s Sam ‘Octane’ Larew aren’t thrilled with the announcement, this measure should help make life slightly easier for players. While teams can currently choose to veto three of the CDL’s nine available servers for matches, that number is being upped to five for the Playoffs and Championship Weekend.

This should hopefully improve connectivity for each match, as teams will have been able to whittle servers down to a few options that work best for them.

More support staff

The third measure is a simple one: more staff. The league is confirming that they will be reinforcing their “production, technical, and officiating staffing teams.” Although this doesn’t fix the roots of the issues with online play, it should at least provide some safety blankets in case any issues do arise.

It’s the biggest Call of Duty prize pool ever, at $3 million, so players, casters, and fans will most certainly be disappointed that a bubble format solution (like the NBA is currently working towards) couldn’t be reached. But as noted by the Dallas Empire’s James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks, this was likely a necessary decision.

Given current conditions, the league is obviously reluctant to put and player or staff member at risk. Adding on, a team like the Toronto Ultra may not physically be able to reach the United States for Champs given the possibility that travel bans continue heightening. 

While this may be a disappointing announcement, at least it comes with some efforts to improve the online experience. The CDL has also expressed that it will be sharing more updates in the coming weeks.

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When will Warzone solos return?

Published: 18/Jan/2021 11:53

by Connor Bennett

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The normal BR Solos are not available in Warzone, with Buy Back Solos and Mini Royale Solos taking its place. When will the normal solo mode come back? Well, here’s what we know.

Ever since Warzone released back in March, a number of different modes have been added alongside the normal quads, trios, and duos modes.

You’ve had things like Juggernaut Royale, Buy Back Quads, and even Zombies Royale to celebrate the spooky Halloween period. However, some players just want the normal battle royale mode that they know and love to be available.

Currently, if you just want to play the normal BR mode – where you hop in, loot, use the gulag if you die, and try to be the last player standing – you can only do so in quads, trios, and duos. It’s not available for solos, and players are asking when it’ll be coming back.

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Warzone is full of different modes, not just the normal BR formula.

When will BR Solos return to Warzone?

Well, the answer to that question is… it’s up to Raven Software and Activision. They make the call on when the playlists get updated and when things are rotated in and out.

Currently, solo players can only play Buy Back solos – which takes place in Verdansk – and Mini Royale Solos – which takes place on Rebirth Island. The latter of which was rumored to only be lasting until early January, but we’ve blown past that now.

The next big update that looks to be coming to Black Ops Cold War will drop on February 4 – bringing a new Zombies map with it. That could also see major changes come to Warzone, too. However, if enough players kick up a stink about BR solos still being missing, that could push the devs to change whatever plans they’ve got and bring it back sooner rather than later.

Warzone character running away from an explosion
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Warzone’s solo mode has become incredibly popular since it was added.

Are Warzone solos gone for good?

Whenever something exits the playlist, some fans immediately ask if it’s been scrapped altogether. And no, that’s rarely ever the case.

While modes like Buy Back and Mini Royale add a nice change of pace, sometimes, you just have to stick with the classic battle royale formula. So, don’t worry too much about it possibly being removed forever. That’s really unlikely to be the case.


So, everything points to us seeing normal solos mode return in the near future, it’s just a matter of when Raven and Activision decide to flip the switch and bring it back.

If anything changes, we’ll keep this post updated so you’ll know when you’ll be getting your fix of normal Warzone solos next.