Call of Duty World League Stage 2 Begins April 19th
Across all regions, four teams will make their debut in the Call of Duty World League in Stage 2. The full list of teams participating is found below:
Optic Gaming, Rise Nation, Team eLevate, Faze Clan, Team EnVyUs, compLexity, Luminosity, Team SoloMid, H2k, Dream Team, Cloud 9 (new), King Papey (new)
Millenium, Splyce, Epsilon, Infused, TCM Gaming, exceL, Vitality, LDLC, Giants, Exertus (new)
Mindfreak, Plantronics.Tainted Minds, Team Orbit, Team Immunity, Chiefs, Plantronics.Nv, Apotheon eSports, Incept eSports (new)
A few rule changes are expected to be implemented in Stage 2. According to a tweet by David Vonderhaar, a special subreddit has been created for pro players to speak to CWL staff about possible rule changes.
Pro Players - Hop on that Reddit CWL Season 2 Modes thread for me and pay extra attention as we lock in Season 2 stuff. RT to save a life.
— David Vonderhaar (@DavidVonderhaar) April 13, 2016
Many players have asked for 'base bans' throughout Stage 1 after the majority of items in the game were still available for use in competitive play, even though they were always taken out of the ruleset in previous games. Concerns voiced at the beginning of the game got things like UAV banned from competitive play, but equipment such as Trip Mines, C4, Shock Charges, and other 'non-competitive' items were still open for use. The fact that Vonderhaar and others involved in the CWL are open to discussion with pro players is a positive sign that changes will be made.
Another issue players had this year was the format of BO7 series. Under the current format, there are 4 game modes (Hardpoint, Search and Destroy, Uplink, and Capture the Flag), but Search and Destroy is played 3 times (games 2, 5, and 7). Vonderhaar suggested that one of the SnDs would be replaced by Uplink instead.
@OpTic_Crimsix Friday. TL:DR. 2 Uplinks instead of 3 SDs.
— David Vonderhaar (@DavidVonderhaar) April 14, 2016
Another change to Stage 2? More events, according to Sharp in his new video. Players and fans alike complained about the lack of events in Stage 1 of the CWL, but Stage 2 has the opportunity to turn that around.
Tune in at twitch.tv/callofduty on April 19th for the start of Stage 2!