Organizers, fans, and players are all hoping the Call of Duty League 2021 will be as equally exciting as that of 2020.
With the inclusion of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War in the upcoming 2021 league, and a few more changes coming, it certainly seems as though it will be.
Here’s how the Call of Duty League 2021 landscape looks so far.
◾ Which team is looking strong
◾ Which unsigned player are you looking to see picked up? pic.twitter.com/3TD5tXsy4n
— Call of Duty League (@CODLeague) September 28, 2020
The Upcoming Changes for the Call of Duty 2021 League
Potential Changes to Event Locations
Where the league matches take place will be one of the main aspects of concern. The Call of Duty League was expecting to make high revenue returns in 2020, as there were scheduled events in 12 major cities worldwide. Events were able to take place in LA, London, Minneapolis and Atlanta, then the events scheduled after were all switched to online. Everyone involved with the league will be hoping CDL 2021 will take place in different cities across the world, generating income for the event and giving fans the opportunity to experience the league's atmosphere.
Switch in Gameplay
The format of the Call of Duty 2021 is going to be a 4v4 competition, changing from the 5v5 format that was used for the 2020 league. The 4v4 format was the standard used for CoD competitions up until Black Ops 4, and the decision has been made to revert back to it. 4v4 makes for an easier viewing experience for the audience, however, some of the pro players are unhappy with the decision as it means one player is going to be cut from each team.
The Teams Competing
The reigning champions Dallas Empire will be returning for the 2021 league along with the rest of the teams that competed in the 2020 league. Teams have not finished completing their rosters yet, and it will be interesting to see which team will be offered the best odds on esports. Despite the same teams entering, there has already been changes to team rosters, such as Clayster joining the New York Sublimers.
Coming this... fall.
— NYSL (@Subliners) September 18, 2020
Switch of Platform
It has also been decided that the Call of Duty 2021 league will switch platforms to PC. The official CDL 2021 organizers announced the switch from PS4 to PC, and also announced that the Challengers division will be crossplay. Despite the changes, players and challengers will be required to use a controller regardless of whether they are playing from a PC or a console.
The announcements and changes already made for the Call of Duty 2021 League are exciting, and there is more to come as teams look to build their final rosters. There is still some way to go before the CDL 2021 commences, and everybody is hoping to experience the excitement live.