The Call of Duty League is considering eliminating the Gentleman's Agreement with Pre-Set classes.
After nearly 170 days without competitive Call of Duty, the league is poised to return with the Kickoff Classic on January 23, and the hype has never been as intense.
Diving in the deep end with the James "Clayster" Eubanks derby between Dallas Empire and New York Subliners, the Kickoff Classic will also host the first-ever match between Hector "Hecz" Rodriguez's OpTic Chicago and his prodigy Matthew "Nadeshot" Haag's LA Thieves.
However, with the anticipation rife, there looms an air of uncertainty around which weapons will be available and viable through what is known as the Gentleman's Agreement. The GA is a collective ruleset decided upon by the pros themselves to ban certain scorestreaks, weapons, and attachments to make for a truly great competitive experience. With just three days until the pre-season warm-up event begins, the GA has yet to be finalised and could be scrapped entirely in favour of pre-set classes.
According to reports, the league is set to make 10+ pre-made classes for pros to choose from, differing between game modes.
Your initial reaction may be negative but this removes the confusion around GAs, makes it easier for new viewers to understand what's happening and makes it easier for people to participate in competitive.
This would eliminate the need to ban certain weapons that are buffed during the year and can be chosen by the pros with the help of the developers. The pre-made classes will then be the only weapons available and could potentially be updated should any weapons be implemented that offer competitively viable gameplay.
So far, we have learnt that no tactical rifles will be allowed in the CDL 2021 season, as well as a range of secondaries including all launchers, shotguns, and the Riot Shield.
The downside to this may be that slightly different loadouts will not be made available, such as we saw the young gunner and MVP Anthony "Shotzzy" Cuevas-Castro do during the Modern Warfare World Championships. Pulling out the Grau 5.56 in specifically to hold down one lane of sight on Azhir Cave around the fifth hill, Shotzzy opted for a Warzone meta class that hadn't been used in competitive play yet, meaning this variety will not be available should we have pre-set classes.
This has also yet to be confirmed, although the wait is not long until we see how each side will set up.
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