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Call of Duty: Leaked Modern Warfare ranking system explained

Published: 9/Oct/2019 23:08 Updated: 10/Oct/2019 0:11

by Brad Norton

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The traditional Call of Duty ranking formula appears to be getting a major revamp for the 2019 release of Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfareaccording to new leaks.

‘Prestiging’ has long been a typical function in the Call of Duty franchise. When a certain level is attained in the multiplayer component of the popular First Person Shooter, players are able to enter prestige and reset their rank entirely. 

That popular system appears to be getting overhauled in the upcoming release of Modern Warfare on October 25 however.

According to new leaks from TheGamingRevolution on YouTube, the traditional prestige system will not be present in the new entry whatsoever. “Instead, there is a new ranking up system,” the gaming personality explained. 

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    Seasonal ranks in Modern Warfare won’t be limitless, according to the leaks, the level cap should be “around 160, but that’s still being determined.”

    The real challenge for those that want to grind the game will supposedly come from ranking up individual weapons now, as“most weapons will have over 80 plus levels.”

    There is “no need for permanent unlock tokens anymore,” the leaker elaborated. With the removal of the prestige system entirely, there’s no longer any need to permanently unlock a weapon or a piece of equipment as items will never reset. Simply just your seasonal rank with the conclusion of each individual season.

    Respawn Entertainment - Apex LegendsAn example of a similar seasonal system in Apex Legends

    According to the leaks, the first five seasons are titled as follows:

    • Season 1: Broken Arrow
    • Season 2: Cyber Attack
    • Season 3: Bio Warfare
    • Season 4: Home Grown Terrorism 
    • Season 5: Climate War 

    Exactly how long each season will last remains unclear, however with the new weapon leveling system, it appears that Infinity Ward have implemented new ways to appease those looking for a real time-sink in Call of Duty.

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CDL Commissioner confirms Warzone is part of the league’s competitive plans

Published: 21/Jan/2021 0:59 Updated: 21/Jan/2021 2:34

by Theo Salaun

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The Call of Duty League’s commissioner, Johanna Faries, has confirmed that Warzone is part of the league’s competitive plans and will be featured in a more “structured” integration moving forward.

Activision’s unprecedented success in 2020 could not have been achieved without Warzone. While Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare, the Activision-Blizzard franchised CDL, and Treyarch’s Black Ops Cold War have all been their own successes — Warzone is more than a cherry on top.

Regularly near the heights of Twitch’s viewership, the CoD battle royale has amassed both a huge casual community and more dedicated fans committed to watching tournament play. As such, it’s unsurprising that the CDL wants to do more than the casual Warzone content it created in the inaugural season.

That content typically spanned getting pro players, coaches, and analysts involved in custom matches on Verdansk. While entertaining, Faries has revealed that the league has much more competitive plans in store for the battle royale.

In an interview with ScreenRant, Faries, who heads both the CDL and Overwatch League, expressed that Warzone will be getting more properly integrated into the CDL’s plans: “There are [plans to bring Warzone to Call of Duty League], and we’re excited to announce those plans in the coming weeks and months.”

The Head of Leagues continued, contrasting these new plans with the casual content of the inaugural season and confirming that future integration will be much more esports-focused: “We did bring in Warzone related content with our pros last season, but we’ve taken the off-season to think bigger about what a more structured investment could look like. There are really exciting things to come as early as this season.”

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The CDL kicked off to a boisterous start in its inaugural season.

As mentioned earlier, the CDL’s Warzone content in 2020 was primarily casual. Weekend custom lobbies created some fun clips and moments, but overall didn’t have quite the drawing power of Warzone’s more legitimate esport events.

We’ve seen former CDL bench players grow into massive Warzone careers, such as the London Royal Ravens’ Rhys ‘Rated’ Price as well as Charlie ‘MuTeX’ Saouma and Thomas ‘Tommey’ Trewren formerly of the Dallas Empire. 

The league obviously has the talent for appealing Warzone competition, so fans will be antsy to find out exactly what kind of “structured” integration may be coming in the future.