Black Ops Cold War League Play: Release Date, Ranks, Ruleset, Features And Everything We Know About Ranked

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League play is coming to Black Ops Cold War!

It has often been a hot topic of discussion within the Call of Duty community.

When Modern Warfare released in time for the inaugural season of the Call of Duty League (CDL), many players thought that Infinity Ward would implement a ranked playlist but were left disappointed as no playlist ever materialised.

Now Treyarch is back in charge, and with the post-launch content for Black Ops Cold War in full swing, fans are craving some form of news surrounding the competitive playlist arriving in the game.

Here’s what we know about ranked play in Black Ops Cold War.

Release Date

League play is arriving on the 8th February 2021, as part of Season 1.


Blog Post

League Play is now LIVE in Black Ops Cold War!

Check out the official blog post from Treyarch detailing all you need to know about the new game mode.

League Play in Black Ops Cold War supports custom classes, including camo customization and Weapon Blueprint support for custom loadouts. Please note, any restricted attachments will be automatically removed from Blueprints in League Play to adhere to the CDL 2021 rules. Check out the full list of CDL 2021 restricted items here, and check back often as the rules and restricted items will change throughout the year.

For those looking to use official Call of Duty League pro loadouts, League Play’s default classes are made up of presets used by every team in the 2021 season. And if you want to play like the pros in private matches, we’ve also added the new CDL Pro mode to Custom Games for Hardpoint, Search & Destroy, and Control, which only offers preset Call of Duty League classes and more specific gameplay rules.



Here are the rank banners for League Play:


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Per the new Treyarch blogpost detailing League Play, here is how the divisions will work: 

  • Master: Top 2% of players
  • Elite: Top 3-10% of players
  • Expert: Top 11-15% of players
  • Advanced: Top 16-20% of players
  • Competitor: 50% of players

Wins will award Ladder Points that increase your position on the Ladder. Losses will decrease your Ladder Points and can drop your position on the Ladder. Winning consecutive matches will earn you a Win Streak Bonus, and you can earn a Daily Bonus by playing every day.



Players will be able to earn rewards based on how they perform over the course of a season.

Similar to our previous League Play system, you’ll earn Gems based on your final position in the Division Ladder at the end of each Event. Earn enough Gems, and you'll advance your Rank.

Each milestone (earned at Rank 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30) has a unique League Play Calling Card reward to unlock. There are six distinct Calling Cards to earn across all 30 Ranks, each of which can be equipped in the Barracks to show off your skills to the rest of your lobby in League Play, Multiplayer, and Zombies.

Your progressive Rank will reflect if you’ve ever placed near the top of the Ladder or won a League Play Event. Finish in the Top 10, Top 5, or 1st to permanently upgrade your Rank from Bronze to Silver, Silver Gold, or Gold. Finish first six times, and you’ll permanently upgrade your Rank to Diamond.

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While most of the CDL rules are within League Play.

Treyarch has noted the following new restrictions have just been implemented within League Play: 

• All Suppressors• Task Force Barrel• Spetsnaz RPK Barrel• CMV MIL-Spec Barrel• Tiger Team Barrel• Mounted Flashlight• Target Designator• Tiger Team Spotlight• Armor• War Machine• Jammer• Molotov• Gung-Ho• Ghost


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