Everything You Need to Know About the Call of Duty League 2023 Season

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Everything You Need to Know About the Call of Duty League 2023 Season

The Call of Duty League 2023 season begins tomorrow. Here’s everything you need to know.

Call of Duty League action returns to our screens tomorrow, Friday, December 2nd, as the 2023 Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 season kicks off! With new maps to learn, new weapons to master and a whole bunch of new players, here’s everything you need to know about the 2023 Call of Duty League season.

Call of Duty League 2023 Schedule

The Call of Duty League season begins on Friday, December 2nd, with the first round of Major 1 Qualifiers. These will run until December 11th, before we head to Raleigh, North Carolina, for Major 1 on December 15th. Major 1 looks a little different from the rest of the Majors, as there will be 16 teams taking part. This is due to the addition of a Pro-Am aspect of this event. This will see the top four amateur teams join the 12 pro teams and battle it out for their chance at the $500,000 prize pool.

Major I – (CDL Hosted, Raleigh)

  • December 2 – 11: Online Qualifiers
  • December 15 – 18: LAN Tournament

Major II – Boston Breach

  • January 13 – 29: Online Qualifiers
  • February 2 – 5: LAN Tournament
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Major III – OpTic Texas

  • February 17 – March 5: Online Qualifiers
  • March 9 – 12: LAN Tournament

Major IV – New York Subliners

  • March 24 – April 9: Online Qualifiers
  • April 13 – 16: LAN Tournament

Major V – Toronto Ultra

  • May 5 – 21: Online Qualifiers
  • May 25 – 28: LAN Tournament

Call of Duty League Championship Weekend dates are yet to be revealed. The Championship Weekend generally takes place in the first week of August. However, with the league starting earlier this year, we may see this pushed forward to July or even June.

Maps and Modes

Three modes that are known and loved by the competitive Call of Duty community return for the 2023 Modern Warfare 2 season. Teams will compete in the best-of-five series consisting of Hardpoint, Search and Destroy and Control. The map pool is as follows.

  • Hardpoint: Al Bagra Fortress, Breenburgh Hotel, Embassy, Mercado Las Almas, Zarqwa Hydroelectric
  • Search and Destroy: Al Bagra Fortress, Breenburgh Hotel, El Asilo, Embassy, Mercado Las Almas
  • Control: Al Bagra Fortress, Breenburgh Hotel, El Asilo

Banned Items / Gentlemen's Agreements

If you’re part of the competitive Call of Duty community, you will definitely have heard the phrase Gentlemen's Agreement. A Gentleman's Agreement (GA) is an unofficial banning of a weapon or item as agreed upon by all or a majority of the 12 teams in the Call of Duty League. This means that while it is not restricted by the League, the pro players believe the game will play better without it, so they all agree to not use it.

We saw a GA happen in the first week of Modern Warfare 2’s release, with the Kastov-74u quickly being seen as the best weapon in the game, and thus was the first name on the GA list. Shortly after, the STB 556 and Fennec 45 joined the Kastov-74u, along with Flash and Smoke Grenades.

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As for some other GA’s, Trophy Systems are limited to two per team, Sniper Rifles are limited to one per team in Search and Destroy only, and there is a long list of attachments that have also been GA’s by the players.

The rest of the banning has been dealt with by the Call of Duty League themselves, completely restricting many items within the game. This includes almost every Perk, Field Upgrade, Scorestreak, Lethal and Tactical, along with many classes of weapons.


12 teams return to the Call of Duty League this year, with just one major change with Paris Legion relocating to Las Vegas. The starting rosters for all 12 teams can be seen below.

Atlanta FaZe

  • aBeZy
  • Cellium
  • Simp
  • SlasheR

Boston Breach

  • Methodz
  • Nero
  • Vivid
  • Owakening

Florida Mutineers

  • MajorManiak
  • Havok
  • Brack
  • Vikul

Las Vegas Legion

  • Clayster
  • Temp
  • Prolute
  • TJHaly

London Royal Ravens

  • Zer0
  • Nastie
  • PaulEhx
  • Asim

Los Angeles Guerrillas

  • Arcitys
  • Huke
  • Neptune
  • Spart

Los Angeles Thieves

  • Kenny
  • Drazah
  • Octane
  • Envoy

Minnesota ROKKR

  • Attach
  • Bance
  • Cammy
  • Afro

New York Subliners

  • Kismet
  • Hydra
  • Skyz
  • Priestahh

OpTic Texas

  • Scump
  • Dashy
  • Shotzzy
  • iLLeY

Seattle Surge

  • Accuracy
  • Sib
  • Pred
  • Mack

Toronto Ultra

  • Insight
  • CleanX
  • Scrappy
  • Standy

There you have it. That’s everything you need to know before the 2023 Call of Duty League season begins on Friday, December 2nd. The first match of the day kicks off at 3pm ET when Atlanta FaZe take on Boston Breach.

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Charlie Cater
Charlie "MiniTates" Cater has been an esports writer since May 2020, specialising in Call of Duty. He is also a University Student studying esports.