CDL releases first competitive ruleset for Modern Warfare 2
CDL ruleset for Modern Warfare 2
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CDL releases first competitive ruleset for Modern Warfare 2

The first ruleset is out

We are just under one month away from the start of the competitive season for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and the Call of Duty League.

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The first event’s qualifiers will take place from Dec. 2-11 and then Major I begins on Dec. 15 in Raleigh, North Carolina. With the season starting so quickly this year, the CDL had to release the first official ruleset much earlier than usual. The league did just that today, revealing the v1.0 version of the competitive ruleset for Modern Warfare 2.

League executive Spencer Patterson stated that this ruleset will be “ever-changing,” but it seems the league has had to work around some major issues with the first installment of the ruleset. According to pros, two multiplayer maps — Crown Raceway and Breenbergh Hotel — are not able to be played due to legal reasons. As such, the map pool for the ruleset has been shrunk down quite significantly. Still, some of the maps that were chosen in the ruleset will likely be changed if professional players have anything to say about it.

You can view the full ruleset on the CDL’s website, and look at the summarized version below.

Official CDL ruleset for Modern Warfare 2

The ruleset is broken up into the maps played for all three game modes, Hardpoint, Search and Destroy, Control, the restricted items, and then the in-game settings. We’ll be showcasing the first two parts of the ruleset, as the in-game settings are fairly standard. Although, there is no option to turn on red dots on the mini-map.

Maps and Modes


  • Al Bagra Fortress
  • Embassy
  • Mercado
  • Hydroelectric
  • Hotel

Search & Destroy:

  • El Asilo
  • Embassy
  • Hotel
  • Mercado
  • Al Bagra Fortress


  • Al Bagra Fortress
  • El Asilo
  • Hotel

Restricted Items

Battle Rifles (All)

  • LACHMANN-762
  • SO-14
  • TAQ-V

Shotguns (All)

  • LOCKWOOD 300
  • BRYSON 800
  • BRYSON 890

Light Machine Guns (All)

  • SAKIN MG38
  • HCR 56
  • 556 ICARUS
  • RPK
  • RAPP H

Marksman Rifles

  • EBR-14
  • SP-R 208
  • LM-S
  • SA-B 50
  • TAQ-M


  • Riot Shield

Launchers (All)

  • PILA
  • JOKR
  • RPG-7


  • Silencers (All)
  • Lasers (All)


  • Shock Stick
  • Decoy Grenade
  • Spotter Scope
  • Stim
  • Heartbeat Sensor
  • Snapshot Grenade
  • Tear Gas


  • Proximity Mine
  • Drill Charge
  • Molotov Cocktail
  • C4
  • Claymore
  • Thermite
  • Throwing Knife


  • Overkill
  • Scavenger
  • Tracker
  • Strong Arm
  • Extra Tactical
  • Resupply
  • Spotter
  • All Ultimate Perks

Field Upgrades 

  • Tactical Camera
  • Inflatable Decoy
  • DDOS
  • Deployable Cover
  • Munitions Box
  • Loadout Drop
  • Portable Radar
  • Tactical Insertion
  • Battle Rage
  • Recon Drone
  • Smoke Airdrop
  • Suppression Mine
  • Anti-Armor Rounds


  • UAV
  • Bomb Drone
  • Counter UAV
  • Care Package
  • Cluster Mine
  • Mortar Strike
  • Sentry Gun
  • VTOL Jet
  • Overwatch Helo
  • Wheelson-HS
  • Stealth Bomber
  • Chopper Gunner
  • Emergency Airdrop
  • Gunship
  • Advanced UAV
  • Juggernaut

And that does it for the v1.0 version of the competitive ruleset. The maps will likely change either before Major I or shortly after. DLC maps could also make their way into the mix, similar to how Raid and Express were added in Cold War. For now, though, this is what we have.

UPDATE: This article has been changed to reflect new changes in the mapset that were made shortly after the initial announcement.

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