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CoD: Black Ops Cold War’s Competitive Mode Launches, Quickly Bans a Bunch of Items

Treyarch has banned a number of items from Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s League Play, just a day after the competitive mode launched.

League Play was introduced on Monday this week, and the developer issued a patch a day later restricting a number of items, responding to player feedback about the mode.

You can check the full patch notes here on the Treyarch website. Molotovs and Suppressors have been banned, alongside the Armor and War Machine Scorestreaks, the Jammer Field Upgrade and the Gung-Ho perk.

A series of specific attachments have also been restricted as of the February 9 patch. “We’ve been monitoring feedback and known issues since yesterday’s launch, and today’s update introduces a handful of new fixes and restrictions that go beyond the current CDL 2021 ruleset,” the blog post reads.

“We’ll continue to monitor feedback and game data to ensure a fun and competitive experience with regard to rules and content restrictions in League Play. Our ultimate goal is to deliver a more varied experience for players by offering certain variations on the rules while providing an experience similar to what the pros are playing in the CDL (Call of Duty League).”

League Play is a new mode for Cold War that lets players engage with the same rules, modes and maps that the Call of Duty League esports professionals play on. It’s a skill-based matchmaking system that has players competing against those within their Skill Division, rising through 30 in-game ranks.

Players will need to complete five placement matches before they will be placed into a ladder and a division based on their in-game performance. League Play Events will also occur biweekly where competitive players will get a chance to climb the Division Ladder and place highly to improve their chances of a promotion in the rankings.

In other Call of Duty news, Activision recently confirmed that a new Call of Duty game is coming this year, during Activision Blizzard’s Q4 2020 earnings call.

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