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Everything New In CDL 2021

Charlie Cater

A lot has changed in the Call of Duty League since last year. So before the Kickoff Classic begins, here’s everything different you can expect to see in the 2021 season.

Team Sizes

First of all, the Call of Duty league has moved from 5v5 competitive play, back to 4v4 for the 2021 season. This means that the action will be less hectic, and easier for the viewer to understand. This also means that we will see more strategy in team play, rather than everyone rushing the hill after spawning up. One major factor that 4v4 play brings is the need to play as a team. In 5v5, players could go rogue, however in 4v4 if one player doesn't rotate to the next hill, it could be game over.

Roster Changes

The Call of Duty League has seen over 20 players move teams or become free agents. This means that not only may your favourite team look slightly different this year, there may be some new faces you’ve never seen before.

New Teams

After months of speculation, the Chicago Hunstmen finally rebranded as OpTic Chicago. While the team remains the same, the brand is different for the 2021 season. Along with this, the LA Thieves have joined the league. Taking the spot of OpTic Gaming Los Angeles, former professional player Nadeshot has returned to competitive COD with the LA Thieves.

New Look to the Broadcast

With each new game comes a new style. This means that the broadcast for the CDL will look slightly different this year. With a new cod-caster overlay, weapons, maps and art style, fans will have to get used to this new design throughout the season.


Our friends over at CodBets keep up to date with all the latest news surrounding the CDL. So if you're looking for all the latest news on changes, roster moves or even event previews and recaps, make sure to check them out.

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