Call of Duty has long been known for being the largest console esport on the market. It's also been known throughout the years for it's proven 4 vs 4 competitive format that has seen little change across each years new title. However, all that changes for the 2019 year.
Earlier today, Treyarch hosted a live reveal show where details surrounding the upcoming Call of Duty World League (CWL) were revealed. Soon after the start of the show, it was confirmed that this year will feature a 5 vs 5 competitive format for the first time in Call of Duty history. The idea of the scene switching to 5 vs 5 was first bounced around as a rumor at the end of the 2018 CWL year. This rumor sparked a lot of controversy between players and fans alike with each having different feelings towards it. Treyarch and MLG stayed quiet in regards to the rumor throughout the months that followed the 2018 CWL year. Players and organizations alike showed their frustrations with the lack of information as adding a new player to each team will completely change the dynamic of the scene, as well as cost more money for organizations.
Once the news hit that CWL is confirmed to be 5 vs 5, the change sparked some excitement throughout the community.
Red Reserve also wasted no time by announcing their addition of Bance to their roster.
Understandably, a 5 vs 5 format can be concerning. One of the reasons is because with teams now adding another member, that means players will get a smaller percentage of winnings. It also means organizations will now have to add another player to their payroll, increasing the cost of fielding a team. The one way to compensate for this is by adding more prize money to the 2019 events, and Treyarch certainly did. Mid-way through the reveal show, it was announced that the 2019 CWL season will boast $6,000,000 in combined prizing through the year. This is $1,800,000 more than the $4,200,000 that was offered in 2018.
While adding $1,800,000 certainly sounds like a lot, players were still concerned if it would be enough to match the individual winnings that players received at events in 2018. Especially after the announcement of a brand new "Amateur Circuit" that will offer amateur teams their own events, with prizing being drawn from the $6,000,000 total.
Treyarch supported their decision for switching to the 5 vs 5 format by stating it will "bridge the gap" between Call of Duty's casual and competitive player base. Treyarch and MLG employees stated on stream that they believe it can be "confusing" or "intimidating" at times for casual based players to watch a competitive Call of Duty event due to the difference in format, and that they want to limit this by creating something that was more relate-able for Call of Duty's average player.
Whether or not the 5 vs 5 format accomplishes this is only a matter of speculation until the CWL 2019 season officially starts. Whatever happens with the new changes, we can expect to see things we have never seen before in the Call of Duty scene and this years competitive season is to be like no other before it. Players and organizations have a couple months to prepare though as the first CWL event, CWL Las Vegas, begins on December 7th.
Below is the full list of details that were announced on Treyarch's reveal show. You can also stay up to date with Call of Duty action by following myself on Twitter at https://twitter.com/Osiris_T1 where I'll be covering all competitive related news.
Written & Edited by: Chandler J. McFall - https://twitter.com/Osiris_T1
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