Call of Duty League 2020: Format, Franchises, Ruleset, Game Modes And More On CDL 2020 For Modern Warfare Esports
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Call of Duty League 2020: Format, Franchises, Ruleset, Game Modes And More On CDL 2020 For Modern Warfare Esports

Jonno Nicholson
12 June 2020

Call of Duty esports enters a new era with Modern Warfare. This is everything we know about the new state of the Call of Duty League.

The Call of Duty League (CDL) has been dealt a significant blow due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but it has remained dedicated to Call of Duty esports and continues to support its franchise league.

The CDL 2020 league will now continue online and still feature 12 franchise teams, as well as five dedicated online amateur events for the Challenger Series.

Here's everything you need to know about the latest CDL 2020 events.

Make sure to bookmark this page and check back regularly for the latest information!

You can find out the latest by clicking the links below:

CDL 2020 Latest Results

CDL 2020 Tournament Structure

Online Home Series

Due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the CDL has had to restructure to an online format for the foreseeable future.

The new online system will take place over three day from Fridays at 4 p.m. ET, Saturdays at 1 p.m. ET, and Sundays at 4 p.m. ET.

The structure and format will remain the same with the CDL being focused on tournament-based play with a CDL Point system.

Teams will earn 10 CDL points for every match won with 8 teams competing in tournament bracket play.

They will be separated into two groups of four. Teams will compete against each other until four teams have won two matches (GSL group format).

These teams advance to a single-elimination bracket to determine the event winner, with teams earning 10 points for each win. The event winners will receive an extra 10 bonus points.

Points are distributed as follows:

  • 1st Place – 50 CDL Points
  • 2nd Place – 30 CDL Points
  • 3rd/4th Place – 20 CDL Points
  • 5th/6th Place – 10 CDL Points
  • 7th/8th Place – 0 CDL Points

Tiebreakers are determined by:

  1. Teams’ Head-to-Head Match Win Percentage
  2. Teams’ Head-to-Head Game Win Percentage
  3. Teams’ Overall Game Win Percentage
  4. The top 8 teams (determined by CDL points) will qualify for playoffs.

    Four wild card teams will also advance to playoffs - they will compete in a single-elimination bracket with two teams advancing.

    These two teams will advance from the wild card matches and face off against third and fourth overall seeds to start off double-elimination bracket play.

    The top two seeds will receive byes. The last two teams will compete for the Call of Duty League Championship.

     

    Events

    The next event is the Seattle Surge Home Series, taking place online.

    The event will take place on the 22nd-24th May.

    Schedule

    Below are the scheduled events for the year. You can find all of the information for each event by clicking the link below:

    1. CALL OF DUTY LEAGUE LAUNCH WEEKEND | MINNESOTA RØKKR - WEEK 1 (24th-26th January)
    2. LONDON ROYAL RAVENS - WEEK 2 (8th-9th February)
    3. ATLANTA FAZE - WEEK 3 (22nd-23rd February)
    4. PARIS LEGION - WEEK 4 (29th February-1st March)
    5. LOS ANGELES GUERRILLAS & OPTIC GAMING LA - WEEK 5 (6th-8th March)
    6. DALLAS EMPIRE - ONLINE (10th-12th April)
    7. CHICAGO HUNTSMEN - ONLINE (24th-26th April)
    8. FLORIDA MUTINEERS - ONLINE (8th-10th May)
    9. SEATTLE SURGE - ONLINE (22nd-24th May)
    10. MINNESOTA ROKKR - ONLINE (5th-7th June)
    11. PARIS LEGION - ONLINE (19th-21st June)
    12. NEW YORK SUBLINERS - ONLINE (10th-12th July)
    13. LONDON ROYAL RAVENS - ONLINE (17th-19th July)
    14. TORONTO ULTRA - ONLINE (24th-26th July)
    15. You can see the full list of events and where to buy tickets on the official CDL website.

      Game Modes And Ruleset

      The Call of Duty League has released the v1.10 competitive settings, which have been developed in coordination between League Administration and representatives of the COD League. The full rulebook can be found here.

      Here are the maps and modes list for Modern Warfare:

      Search & Destroy

      Maps

      • Arklov Peak
      • Gun Runner
      • Piccadilly
      • Rammaza
      • St. Petrograd

      Settings

      • Game Settings:
        • Round Time Limit: 1 M : 30 S
        • Round Win Limit: 6 Rounds
        • Win By Two Rule: Disabled
        • Win By Two Max Rounds: N/A
        • Round Switch: Every Round
        • Match Start Time: 15 Seconds
        • Round Start Time: 10 Seconds
        • Skip Infil: Enabled
        • Practice Round: Disabled
        • Codcaster: Enabled
      • Advanced Settings:
        • Bomb Timer: 45 Seconds
        • Plant Time: 5 Seconds
        • Defuse Time: 7.5 Seconds
        • Multi Bomb: Disabled
        • Silent Plant: Enabled 
        • Reset Plant/Defuse Progress: Enabled
      • Player Settings:
        • Number of Lives: 1 Life
        • Max Health: 100 (Normal)
        • Health Regeneration: Normal
        • Tactical Sprint: Enabled
        • Allow Revives: Disabled
        • Show Enemy Death Location: Disabled
        • Downed Health: N/A
        • Downed Revive Health: N/A
        • Downed Bleedout Timer: N/A
        • Downed Revive Time: N/A
        • Downed Give Up Time: N/A
        • Weapon Mounting: Disabled
      • Team:
        • Spectating: Team Only
        • 3rd Person Spectating: Disabled
        • Killcam: Enabled
        • Final Killcam: Final Kill
        • Enable Mini Map: Yes
        • Radar Always On: Disabled
        • Weapon Pings on Minimap: Enabled
        • Weapon Pings on Compass: Enabled
        • Enemy on Compass: Disabled
        • Respawn Delay: None
        • Wave Spawn Delay: None
        • Suicide Spawn Delay: None
        • Force Respawn: Enabled
        • Team Assignment: Enabled
        • Friendly Fire: Enabled
        • Team Kill Punish Limit: Disabled
      • Gameplay:
        • Spawn Camera: Disabled
        • Hardcore Mode: Disabled
        • Spawn Ammo Mags: 3 (Normal)
        • Realism Mode: Disabled
        • Headshots Only: Disabled
        • Health Steal: Disabled
        • Perks: Enabled
        • Killstreaks: Enabled
        • Round Retain Streaks: Enabled
        • Retain Streaks on Death: Enabled
        • Equipment Delay: Disabled
        • Equipment Protection: 7.5 seconds
        • Battle Chatter: Disabled
        • Announcer Dialogue: Enabled

      Domination

      Maps

      • Gun Runner
      • Hackney Yard
      • St. Petrograd

      Settings

      • Game Settings:
        • Round Limit: 2 Rounds
        • Round Switch: Every Round
        • Round Time Limit: 5 Minutes
        • Round Score Limit: Unlimited
        • Match Start Time: 15 Seconds
        • Round Start Time: 10 Seconds
        • Skip Infil: Enabled
        • Input Swap Allowed: Disabled
        • Codcaster: Enabled
      • Advanced Settings:
        • Points Per Kill: 0 Points
        • Points Per Death: 0 Points
        • Headshot Bonus Points: 0 Points
        • Killstreak Kill Bonus Points: 0 Points
        • Time to Capture Zone: 10 Seconds
        • Zones Required to Score: 1 Zone
        • Points Per Zone: 1 Point
        • Objective Scaler: x4
        • Flags Enable Kill Scoring: Disabled
        • Starting Flags Captured: Disabled
      • Player Settings:
        • Number of Lives: Unlimited
        • Max Health: 100 (Normal)
        • Health Regeneration: Normal
        • Tactical Sprint: Enabled
        • Allow Revives: Disabled
        • Show Enemy Death Location: Disabled
        • Downed Health: N/A
        • Downed Revive Health: N/A
        • Downed Bleedout Timer: N/A
        • Downed Revive Time: N/A
        • Downed Give Up Time: N/A
        • Weapon Mounting: Disabled
      • Team Settings:
        • Spectating: Team Only
        • 3rd Person Spectating: Disabled
        • Killcam: Enabled
        • Final Killcam: PotG
        • Enable Mini Map: Yes
        • Radar Always On: Disabled
        • Weapon Pings on Minimap: Enabled
        • Weapon Pings on Compass: Enabled
        • Enemy on Compass: Disabled
        • Respawn Delay: 5 Seconds
        • Wave Spawn Delay: None
        • Suicide Spawn Delay: None
        • Force Respawn: Enabled
        • Team Assignment: Enabled
        • Friendly Fire: Enabled
        • Team Kill Punish Limit: Disabled
      • Gameplay:
        • Spawn Camera: Disabled
        • Hardcore Mode: Disabled
        • Spawn Ammo Mags: 3 (Normal)
        • Realism Mode: Disabled
        • Headshots Only: Disabled
        • Health Steal: Disabled
        • Perks: Enabled
        • Killstreaks: Enabled
        • Round Retain Streaks: Enabled
        • Retain Streaks on Death: Enabled
        • Equipment Delay: Disabled
        • Equipment Protection: 7.5 seconds
        • Battle Chatter: Disabled
        • Announcer Dialogue: Enabled

       

      Hardpoint

      Maps

      • Azhir Cave
      • Gun Runner
      • Hackney Yard
      • Rammaza
      • St. Petrograd

      Settings

      • Game Settings
        • Time Limit: 5 Minutes
        • Score Limit: 250 Points
        • March Start Time: 15 Seconds
        • Skip Infil: Enabled
        • Skip Infil: Disabled
        • Codcaster: Enabled
      • Advanced Settings:
        • Points Per Kill: 0 Points
        • Points Per Death: 0 Points
        • Headshot Bonus Points: 0 Points
        • Killstreak Kill Bonus Points: 0 Points
        • Time to Capture Zone: Instant
        • Zone Lifetime: 1 Minute
        • Initial Activation Delay Time: 15 Seconds
        • Activation Delay Time: Disabled
        • Location Order: Linear
        • Scoring: Constant
        • Pause Time: Enabled
        • Capture Team Spawn Delay: Disabled
      • Player Settings:
        • Number of Lives: Unlimited
        • Max Health: 100 (Normal)
        • Health Regeneration: Normal
        • Tactical Sprint: Enabled
        • Allow Revives: Disabled
        • Show Enemy Death Location: Disabled
        • Downed Health: N/A
        • Downed Revive Health: N/A
        • Downed Bleedout Timer: N/A
        • Downed Revive Time: N/A
        • Downed Give Up Time: N/A
        • Weapon Mounting: Disabled
      • Team Settings:
        • Spectating: Team Only
        • 3rd Person Spectating: Disabled
        • Killcam: Enabled
        • Final Killcam: PotG
        • Enable Mini Map: Yes
        • Radar Always On: Disabled
        • Weapon Pings on Minimap: Enabled
        • Weapon Pings on Compass: Enabled
        • Respawn Delay: 2.5 Seconds
        • Wave Spawn Delay: None
        • Suicide Spawn Delay: None
        • Force Respawn: Enabled
        • Team Assignment: Enabled
        • Friendly Fire: Enabled
        • Team Kill Punish Limit: Disabled
      • Gameplay:
        • Spawn Camera: Disabled
        • Hardcore Mode: Disabled
        • Spawn Ammo Mags: 3 (Normal)
        • Realism Mode: Disabled
        • Headshots Only: Disabled
        • Health Steal: Disabled
        • Cranked Timer: Disabled
        • Perks: Enabled
        • Killstreaks: Enabled
        • Round Retain Streaks: Enabled
        • Retain Streaks on Death: Enabled
        • Equipment Delay: Disabled
        • Equipment Protection: 7.5 seconds
        • Battle Chatter: Disabled
        • Announcer Dialogue: Enabled

      Restricted Items

      Primary Weapons

      • FAL
      • SA87
      • M91
      • PKM
      • MG34
      • L86A2
      • Holger-26
      • Model 680
      • R9-0 Shotgun
      • 725 Origin
      • Origin 12 Shotgun
      • Riot Shield
      • EBR-14
      • MK2 Carbine
      • Kar98k
      • Crossbow
      • VLK Rogue
      • Bruen MK9
      • SKS

      Secondary Weapons

      • RPG-7
      • PILA
      • JOKR
      • Strela-P

      Attachments

      • M203 40mm Concussive (Underbarrel)
      • M203 40mm Smokescreen (Underbarrel)
      • M203 40mm Recon (Underbarrel)
      • M203 40mm High-Explosive (Underbarrel)
      • M203 40mm Flash (Underbarrel)
      • M203 40mm Incendiary (Underbarrel)
      • 12 Gauge Deputy (Underbarrel)
      • Frangible - Wounding (Perk)
      • Frangible - Disabling (Perk)
      • 1mW Laser
      • 5mW Laser
      • Tac Laser
      • .357 Snake Shot (Ammunition)
      • Muzzle - Suppressors (All)
      • Optic - Thermal Sights (All)
      • Underbarrel - Merc Foregrip

      Kill Streaks

      • Personal Radar
      • Shield Turret
      • Counter UAV
      • UAV
      • Care Package
      • Cluster Strike
      • Cruise Missile
      • Precision Airstrike
      • IAV
      • Sentry
      • Wheelson
      • Emergency Airdrop
      • VTOL Jet
      • White Phosphorous
      • Chopper Gunner
      • Support Helo
      • Advanced UAV
      • Gunship
      • Juggernaut

      Perks

      • Quick Fix
      • Overkill
      • High Alert
      • Kill Chain
      • Restock
      • Shrapnel
      • Tracker
      • Hardline

      Equipment

      • Claymore
      • C4
      • Molotov Cocktail
      • Throwing Knife
      • Proximity Mine
      • Thermite
      • Heartbeat Sensor
      • Gas Grenade
      • Snapshot Grenade
      • Stim
      • Decoy Grenade

      Field Upgrades

      • Recon Drone
      • Stopping Power
      • Weapon Drop
      • Tactical Insertion
      • Deployable Cover

      ]

      Teams

      The team names have been revealed shortly after the announcement of the CDL:

      • Seattle Surge
      • Chicago Huntsman
      • Atlanta FaZe
      • Minnesota Rokkr
      • Dallas Empire
      • Los Angeles Guerrillas
      • Paris Legion
      • London Royal Ravens
      • Los Angeles OpTic
      • Florida Mutineers
      • New York Subliners
      • Toronto Ultra

      Challenger Series And Open Bracket Events

      Champs Format Update

      • August 2020  
      • $4.2m prize pool

      UPDATE: APRIL 2020

      Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Challenger series has shifted to purely online play for the foreseeable future.

      Call of Duty Challengers events will now take place online in conjunction with teams’ Home Series weekends and will feature dedicated tournaments across North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region.

      The league will also produce five dedicated two-day Challengers events, each with US $50,000 in prizes, held across all three regions.

      While the Dallas Empire Challengers Open is still going ahead on the 12th April, the first event (of the dedicated five) will take place on the 18th-19th April 2020.

      You can read more here.

      Call of Duty Challengers 2020

      Call of Duty Challengers will include online ladders, online tournaments, and open tournament event competitions throughout the year beginning in November 2019, with a dedicated prize pool of over $1 million.

      Several Call of Duty League pro teams will also support amateur player pipeline development by hosting Call of Duty Challengers competitions in their markets. More details regarding amateur events can be found on CallofDutyLeague.com.

      Fans will also be able to compete on behalf of their cities, in a new, casual competition system called the Call of Duty League City Circuit™.

      In the City Circuit, fans can compete on behalf of their favourite pro team cities through online or LAN (local area network) tournaments held exclusively by the 12 Call of Duty League teams.

      This fan-focused competitive circuit – set to launch later in 2020 – will feature a duos-based format in the Call of Duty®: Modern Warfaremode “Gunfight.” Call of Duty League City Circuit carries its own prize pool and will culminate in a finals event at the Call of Duty League Championship Weekend.xzcxz\xz

      Online competition includes 24/7 Ladders and Weekly Prize tournaments. 24/7 Ladders provide players a total of 5 Challengers Points per win. The first win of the day provides a bonus 5 points, totalling 10 points (5 for the win + 5 bonus points). Ladders have a weekly cap of 100 Challengers Points.

       

      Call of Duty League preseason online tournaments in Call of Duty Challengers are worth 2,000 Challengers Points for the winning team. During the Call of Duty League regular season (beginning early 2020, on a date to be announced), online tournaments transition to competitions worth 1,000 Challengers Points.

      Challengers Points will be distributed to teams ranked 1st-64th in online tournaments.

      Offline or LAN (Local Area Network) competitions take place throughout the season, hosted by either the Call of Duty League or at Home Series events hosted by teams within the league.

      Each Home series will feature a 10k series, starting off with a 25k series for the launch weekend. It will host a 32-64 team bracket with $10,000 on the line.

      The following equipment will be provided for 2020 Challengers Open events. Competitors are responsible for bringing their own controller and headset.

      Challengers Equipment:

      • Monitors: ASUS VG245H
      • Console: PlayStation 4 Pro
      • USB Device: CronusMax CM00049

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