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Full format for Black Ops 4 2019 CWL Season and Pro League – pool play, qualification and roster rules

Published: 19/Sep/2018 18:25 Updated: 19/Sep/2018 19:51

by Calum Patterson


The format for the 2019 CWL season, including open events, online tournaments and the CWL Pro League has been unveiled at the season reveal livestream.

With the change to 5v5 already confirmed, details on qualification for pool play at the first event, region locked rosters, Pro League qualification and more, all needed adjusting.

The Pro League format itself has also drastically changed, as well as an increased prize pool to $6 million. Full details on everything you need to know for the 2019 CWL Season can be found below.

CWL Vegas Pool Play

Pool play for the first event of the season, CWL Vegas on December 7-9, will be determined by pro points standings from last season. Crucially, teams will have to retain three players from their stage two roster to qualify. 

  • Any top-12 team that does not retain the majority of its roster will be replaced by teams with the highest amount of combined CWL Pro Points from the 2018 season.

The top 12 teams from the last year’s CWL Pro League Stage 2 are guaranteed a pool play spot. The remaining four spots in pool play will be competed for by the next top eight teams in pro point standings, again, from the WWII season.

This means that players will no longer have to grind pro point matches on GameBattles from the day of release, which will be a big relief to many.

2019 CWL Pro League


Qualification for the CWL Pro League has also been changed. Every team that finishes top 32 at CWL Vegas will have an opportunity to qualify, while the top four teams automatically get a Pro League spot.

The remaining 28 teams will play a LAN qualifier, to fight for the remaining 12 spots. This qualification event will take place at the MLG Arena in Columbus in January.


The two division format will be retained for the 2019 season, however there will be inter-divisional play, but there will no longer be two stages. Instead only one 12-week stage.

Throughout the season, there will be more opportunities for roster changes, and it was also announced that win bonuses will be in effect for Pro League matches, so each match will equate to a portion of prize money.

Pro League Finals

The CWL says they are “elevating the CWL Pro League Playoffs to its own dedicated event, featuring the best teams in the world competing for a prize pool and trophy.”

This event will be called the Pro League ‘Finals’, and feature alongside the amateur circuit’s playoffs, which will act as a qualifier to the 2019 CWL World Championship.

Region Lock

The change to 5v5 wasn’t the only major rule change as far as rosters are concerned. The region lock rule, introduced with the inception of the CWL, will no longer be in place.

This means that players from North America, Europe and APAC can all join rosters together, making international squads.

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NICKMERCS creates deadly RAM-7 Warzone loadout for all ranges

Published: 24/Jan/2021 16:28

by Connor Bennett


Twitch and YouTube star Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff has shown off his pretty interesting Ram-7 loadout for Warzone as players have started experimenting with different weapons. 

Ever since Warzone released, players have constantly fiddled around with their loadouts to try and get something that works for their playstyle but also keeps up with the ever-changing meta. 

With the switch to Black Ops Cold War, the meta has somewhat shifted away from the original weapons in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, but some players have been going back to them – especially in terms of the assault rifles. 

We’ve seen new classes for the M4, the Kilo 141, as well as Amax CR-56, but now NICKMERCS has been trying out the Ram-7 again, and he’s got a pretty spicy class. 

Warzone RAM-7 Gunsmith screen
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The RAM-7 can be tough to control without the right attachments.

As Nick notes, the Ram-7 was, at one point, the strongest assault rifle in Warzone but updates saw it displaced by others. Yet, it’s still pretty nice in terms of the damage it deals and not being incredibly slow to carry. 

“It’s a very, very strong assault rifle, but it’s kind of hard to control the recoil at distance,” Nick said. “I’ll be honest man, I had never used the Ram-7 ironsight in Warzone… this things slaps.”

With his setup, Nick has boosted the accuracy, range, and control somewhat, but the mobility does take a hit.

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: FSS Ranger
  • Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip
  • Ammo: 50-round mags
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip Tape

Now, whether or not the weapon will displace some others and cement its place in the meta is anyone guess. However, it’s still not as quick as weapons like the FFAR and Mac-10, so it might take another round of nerfs and buffs to really get the Ram-7 up there. 

Yet, Nick’s setup is a pretty nice close to mid-range setup, and worth messing around with if you’re looking for something new.