| 21. December 2020

Big Call of Duty League Changes Coming in 2021

With 2021 quickly approaching, it’s time to go over the latest Call of Duty League format changes! A new year means a new game, and a new game means there’s a new set of rules everyone will have to abide by. Plus, after such a successful inaugural season, the bar has been set high — especially so if you’re a staunch CoD fan!

Before we delve any deeper, make sure to watch the official CDL announcement video: 

Call of Duty League | 2021 Format Changes

We’re all aware of the effect the COVID-19 pandemic had on esports (and the world) as a whole. Unfortunately, developers and tournament organizers will have to continue adapting to an ever-changing set of circumstances. This, of course, includes the CDL as well. So, in 2021, tournaments will be back in fashion as “high stakes Majors” that will feature all 12 teams competing in the oh-so-alluring double elimination format. Tournament seeing will be determined by head-to-head group play over the course of three “Home Series” weeks that’ll lead up to each Major.

The season itself will consist of five stages, with each stage culminating in a Major Tournament. Simple stuff, but also quite effective. Finally, all teams will compete in “five group play matches” throughout each stage to determine their Major seeding. Much like in 2020, teams will rack up CDL points for each match win, with additional points distributed based on their performance at Majors. Each team’s final point tally will be crucial as it’ll determine their standing in the 2021 Call of Duty League playoffs.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War brings forth Best of 5 matches in 4 vs. 4 battles played on PC using specific, “League-approved” game controllers. With the 2021 season being right around the corner, you can expect a lot more information over the coming weeks. In the meantime, make sure to follow CDL’s YouTube channel.

Closing Remarks

Even if you’re not the biggest fan of the CDL, it’s still somewhat hard not to be excited for what’s to come. The League itself is thriving in the harshest of conditions, and it deserves a ton of praise for the fact. Plus, with new challengers entering the fray, things will only get better and better. In any case, 2021 can’t come soon enough! That’s for sure.