Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War League Play Is Live

Posted on February 8, 2021 - Last Updated on February 12, 2021

We’re just days from the opening weekend of the highly anticipated Call of Duty League 2021 season, but that’s not the only offering from the CoD competitive scene. Treyarch is set to finally release the coveted League Play mode on its latest offering, Black Ops Cold War.

Cold War launched in November 2020 but it was without the popular and exhilarating World League Hub that was present in Black Ops 4, the previous iteration in the franchise. It left fans without the inbuilt ability to flex their competitive prowess, and instead, they’ve been forced to simply scrim through platforms like GameBattles.

Treyarch recently posted an article on its official blog that highlighted the roadmap for season one, which, among other things, included information on the long-awaited League Play mode. Here’s an extract from that blog post:

“As the CDL 2021 season gets closer to kickoff, we’re putting the finishing touches on our newest iteration of League Play, scheduled to launch on Monday, Feb. 8th. Built on the foundations of Black Ops 4’s popular ladder system, Black Ops Cold War’s League Play will offer even more Ranks for competitive fans to climb during intense League Play Events.”

The long-awaited return

Unfortunately, Call of Duty fans were left out in the cold following the launch of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare in October 2019, with Infinity Ward deciding to not include any ranked play modes. It was considered a bizarre decision by many, as there was a massive gap to be filled following the introduction of the inaugural Call of Duty League season just months later.

Therefore, fans the world over are rejoicing at the return to form for Call of Duty’s competitive side, and they’re eager to embrace the League Play mode in Cold War. While the mode is in effect, skilled players will have the opportunity to ascend through thirty ranks of Cold War’s League Play ladder.

The League is built around Call of Duty’s skill-based matchmaking system, which has been designed to match up players against competitors of a similar skillset. As you might expect, the League is riddled with regulations, and there are restrictions in place that limit the number and type of weapons, attachments, and perks a player can use.

With the Call of Duty League set to enter full swing in a matter of days, it makes sense that the League Play mode would offer a similar environment. To that end, League Play will feature the same game modes and maps as the CDL, which includes Hardpoint, Control, and Search and Destroy.

Ultimately, the introduction of League Play to the Cold War roster will undoubtedly make the already-popular title all that more compelling, particularly for the more competitive players.

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