Call of Duty: Vanguard community speaks out against in-game CDL skins
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Over the weekend, Sledgehammer Games released the new Call of Duty League skins in Call of Duty: Vanguard. Black Ops Cold War receiving something eerily similar one year ago. There’s a home and away skin for every base Operator in Vanguard, with the total bundle costing $9.99. However, even with this relatively low price point, players don’t seem too happy with the skins they receive with the bundle.

The CDL skins in Vanguard look almost identical to how they appeared in Cold War. While this isn’t a negative trait, in theory, players could likely get behind the bundle if the skins had a bit more creativity to them. Instead, the skins feature a basic jacket with two colors and the CDL logo. As soon as these skins hit the in-game store, the comparisons to competitive skins in other esport titles began to surface.

Vanguard players unhappy with the CDL skins

Professional players seem to be the most disappointed with the CDL bundle. Reigning league MVP Chris “Simp” Lehr sarcastically commented on the skins, “Can’t wait to use my banned CDL AR blueprint.”

The CDL bundle in Vanguard comes with a weapon blueprint for the Automaton, which is a nice addition. The problem with the blueprint is that players can’t use blueprints in the CDL settings of private matches. This is where pros spend most of their time scrimmaging against other teams. So, professionals that buy the bundle can’t even use the blueprint that comes with it in their scrimmages.

Other fans in the community complained about the simple design of the skins themselves. The comparisons to Halo Infinite were also present, as that title launched with fully-fledged skins for each of the professional teams. While the CDL will likely release skins for all 12 of the franchised league teams, this wouldn’t be until 2022 at the earliest.

Players can hope the team CDL skins are a bit more creative than the basic ones that were released in Vanguard over the weekend.

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.