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Black Ops Cold War League Play, Ranks, Rules, Maps, Game Modes

Black Ops Cold War League Play, Ranks, Rules, Maps, Game Modes

League Play has finally arrived in Black Ops Cold War. The mode looks confusing thanks to a range of ranks and divisions. We explain how it works and what it all means.

Black Ops Cold War League Play, Ranks, Rules, Maps, Game Modes

League Play is a dedicated playlist in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War that enables players to play matches complete with the competitive rules used in professional matches. 

Designed to place players of similar skill in the same matches, League Play provides a competitive twist on Call of Duty.

But how does it work?

Skill Divisions

Depending on your performance in five placement matches, you will be placed in one of five skill divisions.

It is possible to move up Skill Divisions in relation to how other League Play players are performing.

A complete breakdown of Skill Divisions can be found below.

  • Competitor: 50% of players
  • Advanced: Top 20% -16% of players
  • Expert: TOP 15% - 11% of players
  • Elite: Top 10% - 3% of players
  • Master: Top 2% of players


Once placed in a Skill Division and a ladder alongside 49 other players of a similar level, there are a total of 30 ranks that can be reached by earning Gems. 

Gems can be earned by placing well within the ladder. At the end of an event, your placement within the ladder will determine how many Gems are earned. The more Gems earned, you can permanently change your Rank icon from Bronze to Silver, Silver Gold, or Gold. If you manage to place first in your ladder six times, your icon will be upgraded to Diamond.

  • Top 25 - 2 Gems
  • Top 10 - 3 Gems
  • Top 5 - 4 Gems
  • 1st - 5 Gems


Maps and Modes

The game modes and maps are the same as the ones used in the Call of Duty League, meaning players will be required to play Control, Search & Destroy, and Hardpoint on the following maps:

  • Checkmate
  • Miami
  • Crossroads
  • Garrison
  • Moscow
  • Raid
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Class restrictions


  • Machine guns
  • Tactical rifles
  • Shotguns
  • Launchers
  • Special


  • SWAT 5mw Laser Sight
  • Ember Sighting Point
  • Dual Wield


  • Combat Bow
  • Spy Plane
  • Counter Spy Plane
  • Care Package
  • Sentry Turret
  • Air Patrol
  • H.A.R.P


  • C4
  • Tomahawk
  • Stimshot
  • Decoy
  • Proximity Mine
  • Field Mic
  • Gas Mine


  • Paranoia
  • Forward Intel
  • Tracker


  • Danger Close

How Is Rank Determined

It is currently unclear as to how the ranks and skill division placements are calculated. 

Some players believe that it is down to their individual performance within a match while others suggest that it is based on whether you secure a specific number of wins.

With it being a complex system to understand, many players have expressed their frustrations and disappointment as to why it's taken 3 months for Treyarch to develop a playlist that is a re-hash of Black Ops 4's disappointing attempt at a League Play system.

We shall see how it develops in the next few months.


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Jonno Nicholson
Jonno Nicholson

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