Call of Duty has desperately needed League Play since the launch of the Call of Duty League (CDL). Treyarch has listened to the fans. Today, League Play has officially launched just before the start of the CDL on Feb. 11. With League Play comes a new ranking system and ruleset that mirrors the competitive stage of the CDL.

Players will circulate through three game modes in Cold War: Hardpoint, Search and Destroy, and Control. After playing five initial placement matches, players will be tossed into an official rank. From there, the goal is to rank up through the divisions by earning points through victories, with win streaks multiplying your points. However, losing matches will rip points away. There are 30 new ranks to push through along with rewards.

Beyond general League Play matches, players can participate in a variety of events. Black Ops Cold War’s League Play will contain two events per week. Weekly events will run Monday-Friday while Weekend events will run from Friday-Monday. By winning during an event, players will earn Gems to help bump them up into different rungs of the ladder.

In addition, each player will become defined by a Skill Rating and division that is relative to other players in the league. According to Treyarch, the ratings may shift depending on the active player population. As of right now, the Skill Ratings are:

Master – Top two percent of players

Elite – Top three to 10 percent of players

Expert – Top 11 to 15 percent of players

Advanced – Top 16 to 20 percent of players

Competitor – 50 percent of players

The maps and game types mirror the ones played in the CDL. Players will rotate through the list of maps below:

Hardpoint

  • Checkmate
  • Crossroads
  • Garrison
  • Moscow
  • Raid

Search and Destroy

  • Checkmate
  • Miami
  • Garrison
  • Moscow
  • Raid

Control

  • Checkmate
  • Garrison
  • Raid

The grind begins today! Are you working your way up the ranks in Black Ops Cold War? What are your thoughts?