For teams of competitive Call of Duty players, or lone rangers looking for some stiff competition, Black Ops 2‘s League Play is the ultimate battlefield, giving players the opportunity to duke it out with opponents of a relatively equal skill level and not just stomp on noobs in public matches. But how do Black Ops 2′s leagues, divisions, seasons and ladder points work? Here is an explanation:
What are Leagues?
League Play allows you to compete in monthly skill-based ladders. Compete solo or as a team to see how you match up with Call of Duty players around the world.
Your performance in a season’s placement matches will determine which division you or your team is placed in. There are a total of six divisions (listed below), with each division resetting at the start of each season. Each division is broken up into subdivisions of 250 players. These players in your subdivision will be whom you directly compete with.
- Masters: top 2% of the active population
- Platinum: next 18%.
- Gold: next 20%.
- Silver: next 20%.
- Bronze: next 20%.
- Iron: bottom 20%.
League Play is broken up into seasons, each lasting approximately thirty calendar days. At the end of a season, there will be a brief window of time before the next season starts. This period of time is known as preseason. During preseason Treyarch are finalizing results of the previous season as well adjusting the game rules and map rotations as necessary. You can play and practice during preseason, but these games won’t count for league ladders. The current season and how much time remains in it will be displayed to you in-game.
The first Black Ops 2 League Play season starts December 1st, 2012.
Your ranking is determined by Ladder Points that can be earned or lost by playing games. Your team will start at zero rank points at the season start. Wins will earn you points, whereas loses will lose you points. The points earned are determined by the predicted outcome of the game. For example, if you beat a team that is ranked higher than yours you will get more ladder points than if you beat a lower ranked team.