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Call of Duty League returns to 4v4 for Black Ops Cold War and pro opinion is mixed

The Call of Duty League will return to 4v4 teams for next year’s season, although organisations and players are conflicted over the decision.
Call of Duty League returns to 4v4 for Black Ops Cold War and pro opinion is mixed
After growing speculation in recent months, Activision has confirmed the Call of Duty League will return to a 4v4 format for the next season. 

Following Dallas Empire becoming this year’s Call of Duty League champions, the official Twitter account posted a teaser confirming the 2021 season would return to the 4v4 format.

This will be the first time competitive Call of Duty has had four-man teams since Call of Duty WWII, having switched to 5v5 for the Black Ops 4 season. 

Clayster plays for Dallas Empire (Picture: CDL) 

The switch to 5v5 made Call of Duty matches, as you would expect, more frantic - making the viewer experience harder to follow as well in jumping between more player perspectives. 



Reverting back to 4v4 suggests Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War might be prioritising multiplayer with a stronger competitive edge, after Modern Warfare was heavily criticised by the pro community. 

The community however now have to face current rosters dropping players, which feels like cruel timing shortly after the first Call of Duty League wrapped. 

Dallas Empire player James “Clayster” Eubanks explained his grievances with the switch on Twitter, highlighting the bizarre timing considering they built new rosters only a year ago. 




While there is some concern, the Call of Duty community are largely welcoming the return of 4v4 - seeing it as a reason to be excited for Black Ops Cold War’s season. 




The Call of Duty League is expected to return in January 2021, although it remains to be seen whether it will revert to a LAN event following the switch to online.