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Call of Duty League returning to 4v4 format for 2021 season

Published: 31/Aug/2020 18:59

by Tanner Pierce


Just a day after Dallas Empire won the $1.5 million during the CDL Championships, Activision has already revealed a major change coming to the 2021 season: 4v4 teams are back.

On August 29-30, the Call of Duty League Championships were held and Dallas Empire thoroughly beat Atlanta FaZe during the Grand Final. At the end of the day, the competition wasn’t even close, with the former beating the latter 5-1.

During the Final, Activision began teasing new aspects of the competition. First, the stream got “hacked” by an unknown person in order to tease a new easter egg for Black Ops Cold War on the Pawn Takes Pawn website. Then, players got a look at some new subway stations coming to Warzone. It seems like, however, the teases and announcements aren’t anywhere close to being done.

The Call of Duty League has officially confirmed that it will return to a 4-person team format during the 2021 season, in what’s been seen as a major shakeup to the competition.

Currently, teams consist of five players, so this news is going to completely change how teams are formed next year.

According to the League, the move was done in order to “return” to the competition’s “roots”. While it’s easy to see this move blindsiding the teams, Commissioner for CDL Johanna Faries wrote in a post that it was done “in close collaboration with the teams and players.”

“We know that this transition also brings new implications for both pro and amateur players with rostermania season fast approaching,” she said.

While there’s currently no details about a schedule, the 2021 CDL season is set to start on September 14th and will see the transition over to Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War. All in all, it’ll be interesting to see how the current teams are split up for the next season. With each team losing a player, who knows what will happen.

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Nadeshot clarifies SBMM argument in Black Ops Cold War rant

Published: 3/Dec/2020 2:10 Updated: 3/Dec/2020 2:15

by Jacob Hale


Update (December 2 – 6:00 PM PT): Nadeshot has since followed up on his Skill-Based Matchmaking rant, addressing how it’s easy to lose your temper while grinding for specific weapon camo challenges.

“SBMM is a topic of discussion that has a lot of nuances,” he said in a December 2 follow-up tweet. “What I really want to clarify once and for all… I don’t have a fear of playing players as good as me. I don’t disagree with the idea of playing against players as good as me. All I’m asking for is that people see the level of skill I’m playing at.”

Obviously, a ranked playlist of sorts has been requested to no end in the community. While the feature has been subtly confirmed, it’s still yet to enter the game. Therefore, the only form of matchmaking is standard public games, which happen to have SBMM cranked all the way up.

“If I’m going up against six starting players in the Call of Duty League, I want a rank to reflect that. I understand why SBMM is a necessity, I just don’t agree with the way it’s presented. Right now it’s ambiguous, you never really know who you’re up against and the level of skill they’re at.”

The original story is as follows.

Skill-based matchmaking has been a major complaint from top Call of Duty players for years now, and 100 Thieves CEO and former pro player Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag has finally snapped, going on a rant against SBMM in the new Black Ops Cold War.

Nadeshot has never made it a secret that he, alongside a huge number of Call of Duty players, is anti-SBMM.

Though the sentiment makes sense — pit players of equal skill against one another — in practice, many players aren’t happy with it and want to see it removed or at least tuned down.

Nadeshot clearly falls into that category, and let his opinion be known during a December 1 stream while playing on the latest edition of Nuketown, Nuketown ‘84.

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Black Ops Cold War has been welcomed with mixed reviews, but SBMM has been a major sticking point.

As you can tell immediately from the scoreline alone and the carnage unfolding around him, the match is an intense one, and he wasn’t impressed.

He said: “It’s time to lower the skill-based matchmaking. This is not fun. I know we want the kids that have never played Call of Duty to be in a safe space, but please stop alienating the people that have been playing your game for over a decade.”

That wasn’t all, though, as Haag continued to complain as he struggled to make much of an impact on the game. “This is not an enjoyable experience,” he said. “Especially trying to get the challenges done on these weapons… Everyone’s got a scorestreak because it’s participation and not skill.”

Both the SBMM and scorestreak complaints have been popular ones for Black Ops Cold War players, and the sentiment seems to be echoed from the top down.

Whether Activision or Treyarch make changes to either issue remains to be seen, but we might not see Nadeshot streaming Black Ops Cold War for too much longer at this rate.