August 4, 2021


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Call of Duty League bans tactical rifles 2021

Call of Duty League

In anticipation of the upcoming Call of Duty League season, the CDL have adjusted their gun bans and map pools by banning tactical rifles and adding Raid to numerous modes.

Call of Duty League

Competitive Call of Duty fans were eagerly awaiting news about the forthcoming CDL season after months of off-season uncertainty. With the finality of the rosters approaching and the league scheduled to start sometime in early 2021, the competitive collection of rules seems to be getting out of hand.

CDL Competitive Settings Changes – Call of Duty League

By updating the Competitive Settings V1.1 on January 7th, the league replaced three maps around Hardpoint, Search & Destroy and Control. Separately, they wanted to restrict all four BOCW tactical rifles from competing with Type 63, M16, AUG and DMR 14.

These adjustments should get the game closer to the level of competition that fans and pros have been waiting for. The two strong changes are to deactivate what many consider to be overpowered tactical rifles (such as the M16 in particular) while replacing maps with the newly added Raid.

As explained in the Competitive Settings section of the CDL website, Raid is finally officially added to Hardpoint, SND and Control. This is a delightful news for the competitors and their fans, as the iconic map released in Black Ops II became an instant favorite after its Cold War debut on 16 December 2020.

As far as weapons are concerned, pros are now limited to assault rifles, submachine guns and sniper rifles for their primary weapons—following the footsteps of the Modern Warfare inaugural season.

When BOCW officially launched on 13 November, fans and players on the competitive scene were immediately concerned with the strength of the M16 and the scale of the maps. For weeks now, there have been no tactical rifles and minimal playtime on the two largest maps: Miami and Moscow.

With these updates, Miami appears to be confined exclusively to SND, and Moscow is now only present in two modes: Hardpoint and SND. Instead, the inclusion of Raid on all three modes indicates that there will be a balanced, medium-sized map that pros are already familiar with.