Call of Duty League releases V1.0 version of competitive ruleset
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On Friday, the Call of Duty League released the first official competitive ruleset for the 2022 season. This was long-awaited by professional players, as they weren’t sure what maps and restrictions would be in place for the upcoming season. Now that the ruleset is out in the open, though, the reception has been universally negative.

The ruleset doesn’t seem to make much sense from a competitive standpoint. There are certain restrictions in place that cause the loadout system in Call of Duty: Vanguard to fall apart. Also, some of the maps in both Search and Destroy are questionable, to say the least. Still, the first CDL Challengers Cup is a couple of weeks away, which is the first event for the 2022 season. Perhaps the CDL can update the ruleset by then based on professional feedback.

Until then, fans can look at the V1.0 version of the competitive ruleset for the 2022 CDL below.

Call of Duty League 2022 ruleset

The ruleset features the maps and modes currently playable as well as mode settings and restricted items. Below, fans can see all of the pertinent information within the ruleset but can visit the CDL’s website for a full look at it.

Maps and Mods list

Search and Destroy 

  • Tuscan
  • Bocage
  • Berlin
  • Demyansk
  • Desert Siege

Hardpoint

  • Tuscan
  • Bocage
  • Gavutu
  • Berlin
  • Desert Siege

Restricted Items

Primary Weapons

  • Shotguns (All)
  • Light Machine Guns (All)
  • Combat Shield

Secondary Weapons 

  • Handguns
    • Ratt
    • Top Break
    • 1911
    • Klauser
    • Machine Pistol
  • Launchers (All)
  • Melee
    • FS Fighting Knife

Attachments

  • Muzzle
    • Mx Silencer
    • Mercury Silencer
    • M1929 Silencer
  • Optic
    • M19 4.0X Flip
    • 1913 Variable 4-8X
    • ZF4 3.5X Rifle Scope
    • 1229/Slate 3.25X Custom
    • SVT-40 PU Scope 3-6X
    • MK. 12 Night Vision
  • Underbarrel
    • GF-59 Flashlight
    • Bayonet
  • Ammo Type (All)
  • Trigger Action
    • Rapid Action

Perks

  • Dauntless
  • Ghost
  • Tracker
  • High Alert
  • Forward Intel
  • Piercing Vision
  • Overkill
  • Tactician

Lethal

  • Throwing Knife
  • Thermite
  • Demolition Charge
  • Molotov Cocktail

Tactical 

  • Stim
  • MK V Gas
  • S-Mine 44
  • Decoy Grenade

Killstreaks

  • Intel
  • Care Package
  • Spy Plane
  • Counter Spy Plane
  • Mortar Barrage
  • Warmachine
  • Guard Dog
  • Deathmachine
  • Emergency Airdrop
  • Flamenaut
  • Attack Dogs
  • Firebombing Run
  • Local Informants

Field Upgrades

  • All except Dead Silence and Supply Box

There are some strange restrictions in the ruleset. The most glaring of these is with the secondaries. As of right now, players cannot use any secondary weapon of any kind. This includes the knife as well as pistols. It’s unclear why this decision was made, but professional players seem disgruntled by it. The absence of a restriction to damage magazines and the Vital Proficiency is puzzling as well.

There’s also confusion as to why certain maps were chosen for the ruleset. Demyansk Search and Destroy is one of the more questionable calls, as it doesn’t play particularly well. With how much backlash the ruleset is currently receiving on social media, even prompting one player to retire and switch to Halo, it seems likely the CDL will have some discussion on the matter. Whether the league decides to update the ruleset in due time remains to be seen.

Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.
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