Call of Duty League 2022 | Thieves Won Champs!

Here's everything you to keep up with the CDL: Current standings, match schedule, map pool, competitive rules and GAs, and so much more.

Call of Duty League
Everything you need to know about the CDL. | © Activision Blizzard

The Call of Duty League is your chance to watch the game played at the absolute highest level. In this article you can find everything you need to know about when to watch, what the current team standings are, and what the current rule set is for competitive play. You can expect matches almost every weekend between now and the release of Modern Warfare 2, so check back in to stay up to date through the highs and lows of the 2022 season.

How Does The Call of Duty League Work In 2022?

The best 48 players in the world, across twelve teams, will battle it out across four Majors and one Championship final to be named the CDL Champions of the 2022 Season. Teams play each other across three weekends prior to each Majors to qualify for these LAN events. And over the span of the four Majors, the teams gain points in the overall standings to qualify for the Championship LAN event at the end of the year. If they win that, then they're crowned the Champions, and we move on to the next Season and the next title.


If this is your first year getting into Call of Duty esports, then you might be surprised at how differently the game is played when compared to normal public matches. In short, you'll be watching teams of 4 play Hardpoint, Search and Destory, and Control, across a select few Vanguard maps and with a heavily reduced arsenal of weapons and equipment. But we go into the detail on the full competitive settings further down in the article.

Where Can You Watch CDL Matches In 2022?

Every single game is streamed directly to their YouTube channel live. It's that simple, thankfully. But, if you prefer more of a streaming vibe, then a lot of ex-pros and content creators hold watch parties during LAN events. Personally, we would advise Zoomaa, host of the Flank podcast, as one of the best ex-pros who watches and analyses current competitive CoD.

CDL Champs Bracket

NYSL completed their miracle run, and secured the last sport for the champs 2022 However, they got quickly eliminated by Optic. After some close matches on Friday and Thursday, the games on Saturday were no longer quite that close. Except one match, we only got 3-1s and even two 3-0s. This is what the bracket looks like for the final:

CDL Championship weekend
FaZe and Thieves made it to the finals. | © CDL

Championship Weekend Standings & Schedule?

Champs (Thursday August 4-7)

DayTime PTTime ETTime GMTTime CETScoreTeams
Thursday12:0015:0020:0021:003-2SEATTLE SURGE VS LONDON ROYAL RAVENS
Thursday13:3016:3021:3022:302-3BOSTON BREACH VS LOS ANGELES THIEVES
Thursday15:0018:0023:0000:00 (Friday)2-3TORONTO ULTRA VS OPTIC TEXAS
Thursday16:3019:30

00:30 (Friday)

01:30 (Friday)2-3NEW YORK SUBLINERS VS ATLANTA FAZE
Friday12:0015:0020:0021:003-2NEW YORK SUBLINERS VS LONDON ROYAL RAVENS
Friday13:3016:3021:3022:301-3BOSTON BREACH VS TORONTO ULTRA
Friday15:0018:0023:0000:00 (Saturday)

2-3

SEATTLE SURGE VS ATLANTA FAZE
Friday16:3019:3000:30 (Saturday)01:30 (Saturday)3-0LOS ANGELES THIEVES VS OPTIC TEXAS
Saturday10:3013:3018:3019:303-1

SEATTLE SURGE VS TORONTO ULTRA

Saturday12:0015:0020:0021:003-0OPTIC TEXAS VS NEW YORK SUBLINERS
Saturday13:3016:3021:3022:301-3ATLANTA FAZE VS LOS ANGELES THIEVES
Saturday15:0018:0023:0000:00 (Sunday)1-3OPTIC TEXAS VS SEATTLE SURGE
Saturday16:3019:3000:30 (Sunday)01:30 (Sunday)3-1

ATLANTA FAZE VS SEATTLE SURGE

Sunday12:0015:00

20:00

21:005-3LOS ANGELES THIEVES VS ATLANTA FAZE

What Were The Final Standings For The 2022 Season?

RankTeamCDL PointsMatches WonMatches LostMatch Win %
1Atlanta Faze

330

28

13

68.3%
2OpTic Texas265

24

12

66.7%
3Los Angeles Thieves

215

18

17

51.4%
4London Royal Ravens

190

17

14

54.8%
5Seattle Surge185

15

15

50%
6Boston Breach

180

16

16

50%
7Toronto Ultra

180

16

18

47.1%
8New York Subliners

160

14

15

48.3%

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9Florida Mutineers

160

13

18

41.9%

10

Los Angeles Guerrillas

155

15

17

46.9%
11Minnesota Røkkr140

14

14

50%
12Paris Legion20

2

23

8%

What's The Current Map Pool?

The current map pool is abysmally small, granted there aren't a ton of competitive maps in Vanguard, but we'll definitely need more variety for the rest of the season. Here is the current map pool by game mode:

HardpointSearch and Destroy Control
TuscanTuscanTuscan
BocageBerlinGavutu
BerlinBocageBerlin
GavutuDesert Siege

There are so few maps that teams can't really avoid playing any one of them, but there is still a veto system.

The Map Veto System

Higher seeded teams choose whether they will be Team A or Team B. For evenly seeded teams, they're re divided into Team A or Team B based on a coin flip, then they follow this system for each mode.

Hardpoint

  1. Team A bans one map from pool
  2. Team B bans one remaining map from pool
  3. Team A picks Map 1 of the remaining maps
  4. Team B picks side on Map 1
  5. The remaining map is played for Map 4
  6. Team A picks side on Map 4

Search and Destroy

  1. Team B bans one map from pool
  2. Team A bans one remaining map from pool
  3. Team B picks Map 2 of the remaining maps
  4. Team A chooses side on Map 2
  5. The remaining map is played for Map 5
  6. Team B chooses side on Map 5

Control

  1. Team A bans one map
  2. The Remaining Map is played for Map 3
  3. Team B chooses side on Map 3

As we said up top, we really want to see more maps. Just imagine if Upheaval was remastered for SnD...

What Are The Current Competitive Rules?

In competitive Call of Duty, a great many loadout items are prohibited. Some of them are officially banned, and others are banned by the players themselves through GA (Gentleman's Agreement).

Berlin Control & Trophy Systems Update (April 22)

In Vanguard Season 3 Trophy systems are returning to the game, at the same time teams have been scrimming Berlin Control. Both Berlin Control and Trophy systems could therefore make it into the official ruleset. In all honesty, we expect the Trophy to be GA'd because certain holds will be so hard to break (looking at you Gavutu P4). But Berlin Control really could happen, Asim mentioned on The Flank that it plays really well, although it will favor AR-dominant teams. We'll keep you posted as soon as we hear anything official.

Minor Rules Update (March 4)

On March 4 the following tweaks were announced:

  • Control round 5 tiebreakers will be based off ticks, not kills.
  • Bocage A-Bomb site is being moved from inside the building, to outside.
  • Fixing smokes is on Sledgehammers radar.
  • Casablanca is being tested, still too early to tell if it’s viable.

Official CDL Rules

Everything listed beneath is officially banned by the CDL in the 2022 season.

Primary Weapons

  • All shotguns
  • All LMGs
  • Combat Shield

Secondary Weapons

  • All launchers

Attachments

MuzzleMX Silencer
Mercury Silencer
M1929 Silencer
Recoil Booster
OpticM19 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
UnderbarrelGF-59 Flashlight
Bayonet
Magazine.30 Russian Short Mags & Drums (All Round Sizes)
.30-06 Mags (All Round Sizes)
.45 ACP Mags (All Round Sizes)
.50 BMG Mags (All Round Sizes)
6.5 Sakura 15 Round Mags
7.62X54MMR 30 Round Mags
8MM Klauser Rifle Mags & Drums (All Round Sizes)
8MM Kurz Mags & Drums (All Round Sizes)
Ammo TypeFrangible
Armor Piercing
Hollow Point
Subsonic
Incendiary
ProficiencyAkimbo
Vital
Frenzy
Trigger ActionRapid Action

Perks

Perk 1Dauntless
Ghost
Perk 2Tracker
High Alert
Forward Intel
Piercing Vision
Perk 3Overkill
Tactician

Lethal

  • Incendiary Grenade
  • Throwing Knife
  • Thermite
  • Demolition Charge
  • Molotov Cocktail

Tactical

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

Killstreaks

  • Everything except Glide Bombs and Bombing Runs.

Field Upgrades

  • Goliath
  • Jammer
  • Deployable Cover
  • Armor Plates
  • Field Mic
  • Tactical Insertion
  • Dead Drop

Current GA List v1.4 (Updated April 26)

Everything listed beneath is banned by GA, even if it's allowed by the CDL.

Primary Weapons

  • Volk
  • Sniper Rifles
    • Search & Destroy: One Sniper Rifle allowed per team.
    • Respawn: Restricted.

Attachments

BarrelVDD 189mm Short (MP-40)
MuzzleF8 Stabilizer (MP-40)
MagazineAll magazine attachments are restricted.
ProficiencyShrouded (Sniper Rifles)

Lethal

  • Gammon Bomb

Tactical

  • Smoke Grenades

Killstreaks

  • Bombing Run.
  • Strafe Run.

Other

  • Auto Tactical Sprint restricted.
  • MP-40 “Space Issue” Blueprint restricted

What Viewer Rewards Do You Get For Tuning In?

To promote viewership of the CDL, you actually get rewards in-game for tuning into the different events. Here are the current rewards and a quick rundown on how to link your account.

Current Viewership Rewards

You get 30 minute double XP tokens for every hour of the qualifiers you watch, and for watching the majors events on these days you win individual cosmetics.

How To Get Viewership Rewards

  1. Link your YouTube and Activision accounts via this link.
  2. Watch the CDL on your YouTube account and the rewards will be automatically redeemed to your account.

It's really that simple, so tune in and enjoy.

And that, finally, is it. Absolutely everything you need to know about the CDL. If you haven't checked it out yet, here was how the Kickoff Classic, a very promising start to the 2022 season.