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CDL announce new Modern Warfare weapon and attachment bans

Published: 12/Jun/2020 11:24

by Jacob Hale

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The Call of Duty League have updated the CDL ruleset in Modern Warfare, banning a bunch of weapons and attachments from competitive play both at professional level and in the CDL playlist.

This update to the CDL rules is the first since a small change on April 16 in which restrictions on CDL team skins were lifted, and removes certain weapons as well as taking some highly-used attachments out of competitive play.

This update might not make a huge difference to the pro level of play, in which much of these items had already been ‘GA’d’ (a Gentleman’s Agreement not to use them), but will certainly change the outlook of the CDL playlist for budding competitors.

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The Call of Duty League sees the highest level of competitive play in CoD.

In total, three weapons have been restricted in the ruleset, while nine attachments in total are henceforth disabled in CDL rules.

Here’s a rundown of everything that’s been removed.

In terms of weapons, three have been taken out, but they were to be expected after their addition to Modern Warfare due to the weapon classes they belong to. They are:

  • VLK Rogue (Shotgun)
  • Bruen MK9 (LMG)
  • SKS (Marksman Rifle)

As for the restricted attachments, the list is a little longer:

  • All Suppressors
    • Tactical Suppressor
    • Lightweight Suppressor
    • Monolithic Suppressor
  • All Thermal Optics
    • Solozero NVG Enhanced
    • Merc Thermal Optic
    • Thermal Hybrid
    • Thermal Sniper Scope
    • Thermal Dual Power Scope
  • Merc Foregrip (Underbarrel)
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You won’t be able to use a thermal optic on your sniper rifle anymore.

The Merc Foregrip has become somewhat of a staple for the MP5 in particular, allowing for greater hipfire accuracy and recoil control. As for the thermals, this will be a bit of a blow for snipers who like to utilize one to counter smoke grenades, particularly in CDL Search & Destroy.

The restriction of suppressors might be the most significant though, with the Monolithic Suppressor in particular being highly-used for those looking to play a stealthy role and stay off the minimap.

Overall, this is perhaps the biggest update to the CDL ruleset in several months, so it will likely cause some interesting changes in the lower levels of play but, as mentioned previously, this is unlikely to impact the professional game much at all.

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First look at leaked Black Ops Cold War Season 1 maps & Operators

Published: 1/Dec/2020 23:56 Updated: 2/Dec/2020 0:13

by Brad Norton

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Everything from new maps to incoming Operators and plenty more has all spilled out early, with new Black Ops Cold War leaks revealing a bunch of content coming with the Season 1 update.

We’re still a few days out from the arrival of Season 1, though new Black Ops Cold War leaks are coming through almost every day. From classic modes making a return, to unique in-game events on the horizon, we’ve already got a decent idea of what to expect.

However, things haven’t stopped there. The latest set of datamined content has uncovered our first-look at Season 1 maps, Operators, and more. While the names of incoming maps may have been revealed a while back, we now have a proper look at all four additions coming soon.

Additionally, there’s also a unique Season 1 Starter pack that comes boasting some exclusive rewards. Here’s a rundown on everything we now know thanks to the latest leaks.

First look at Black Ops Cold War Season 1 maps

Up first, we’ve got a quick look at four new locations coming in Season 1. They’re bite-sized pictures that simply reveal the theme of each new map. The first appears to be some kind of game show set as camera equipment and bright signs can be spotted throughout.

Next up looks to be a darker map, perhaps something underground or even a subway system given the briefcases nearby. It may have been an evacuation site. Only time will tell for this one.

The third map pictured seems to be a wide-open locale with some kind of rocket in the center. Maybe a testing facility or a fully-fledged launch site somewhere in the United States.

Last but not least, we have a simple map that looks to feature some amount of office space, shelving, and a patriotic statue of sorts. If earlier intel holds up, one of these new locations will be a fresh Zombies experience. The first appears to be confirmed for Gunfight only, meaning a close-quarters design for 2v2 combat. While the remaining two maps are for core multiplayer game modes.

It’s worth noting that not all of these are confirmed to be launching on day one. While the major update is set to introduce a ton of this new content, some of these maps could be drip-fed throughout the season to keep players coming back. 

First look at Black Ops Cold War Season 1 Operator Skins

What would a new Season in Call of Duty be without some fresh cosmetics? A few of your favorite Operators appear to be getting some new outfits in Season 1. First up is Woods with a new winter look, rocking some snow goggles, thick gloves, a beanie, and a coat.

Next is Sims who has a more casual look this time around. Rather than dressing the part for a mission, he’s wearing a simple top with some cool shades and a hat.

Last but not least is some love for the Warsaw Pact. Portnova has a new skin this Season with a vibrant red top and a matching beret.

Also part of the leaks is an entirely new skin that could be the level 100 unlock in the Season 1 Battle Pass.

This Operator comes equipped for battle with multiple grenades and ammunition pouches on his upper body. Not to mention an imposing mask to cover his presumably scarred face.

Another new Operator wears a gas mask, only has one eye, and could not be more intimidating in an all-black outfit. 

These come alongside a previously leaked Operator skin for Adler. There’s no way of telling how to unlock these items; some might be tied to the Battle Pass, while others could be acquired through challenges like their current variants.