CDL 2021 Power Rankings After Major 1

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CDL 2021 Power Rankings After Major 1

Here are our updated Power Rankings following the first Major of the season

12. London Royal Ravens (-)

Members of the London Royal Ravens walk off stage high-fiving fans after a game

The London Royal Ravens have been hit with a series of unfortunate events so far in the 2021 season. The latest comes with Alexx having to go home due to family reasons, and Zed stepping in for the Major. While they took Toronto to a game five, they went out in Losers Round 1 and are currently 0-6, therefore they stay bottom of our Power Rankings.

11. Seattle Surge (-)

Sam "Octane" Larew, Daniel ‘Loony’ Loza, Peirce ‘Gunless’ Hillman and Preston ‘Prestinni’ Sanderson side by side with the words "Seattle Surge 2021 Roster" below

Seattle Surge also crashed out in Losers Round 1 at the Major, leaving them 11th in our Power Rankings. Their defeat to the Florida Mutineers was dominant, and they looked completely off the pace. Seattle will need to make a big comeback in Stage 2.

10. Paris Legion (-3)

Pro Call of Duty League players Luis “Fire” Rivera, Ulysses “AquA” Silva,Matthew “Skrapz” Marshall and Nicholas “Classic” DiCostanzo stand together with the words "Paris Legion 2021 Roster" in white text below them and a CDL logo in the top corner

Paris Legion, unfortunately, fell 3-2 to Florida in Losers Round 2, however, they have looked promising. We can't expect much from this roster, though they have shown that they have the talent. Fire and Skrapz have been the main factors in this team, and they have taken over games at times. Paris looks like a dark horse for Stage 2.

9. Toronto Ultra (-)

Professional Call of Duty player from Toronto Ultra Cameron "Cammy" McKilligan walks out on stage with his hand up in the air and a bright purple light behind him.

Toronto Ultra cut it fine in the Major, with two 3-2 victories against London and Minnesota. While they eventually fell 3-0 to the LA Thieves, this was a strong run from Toronto and proves that they can challenge with the top teams. If they can refine their gameplay, they could be a top-six side by the end of Stage 2.

8. Florida Mutineers (+2)

Pro Call of Duty player from the Florida Mutineers Josiah "Slacked" Berry looks forward with a headset on.

The Florida Mutineers seemed to turn around their poor start to the year with two wins over Seattle Surge and Paris Legion. While they were reverse swept by New York in Losers Round 3, Florida has definitely improved and will be dangerous in Stage 2. One thing that Florida needs to work on is their SnD. Owakening constantly wins First Bloods, but the Mutineers can’t win their advantages, but if they improve this they'll be an all-around strong team.

7. Los Angeles Guerrillas (+1)

Bryan "Apathy" Zhelyazkov faces the camera in his gaming chair wearing a white hoodie

The Los Angeles Guerrillas surprised the whole of the competitive Call of Duty community with their 3-0 win over their local rivals, LA Thieves. The Guerrillas play fundamentally perfect Call of Duty, and this is how they win games. Their general gameplay is fantastic, even if they don't have as much talent as other rosters. With this, the Guerrillas could definitely cement themselves as a top eight roster, and get that spot for Champs at the end of the season.

6. Minnesota Rokkr (-)

The new line up for the Rokkr is looking strong

Minnesota Rokkr fell 3-2 to Toronto Ultra, but they still sit in the top six of our Power Rankings. This is because they are an extremely good SnD team, and just need to brush up on their Hardpoint. If Minnesota can improve in Hardpoint, they’ll challenge for top four.

5. LA Thieves (-)

Pro Call of Duty player for the LA Thieves Austin "Slasher" Liddicoat looks intently at a PC screen during a match.

The Los Angeles Thieves are a weird spot, the same as Minnesota. They’re on the cusp of top eight and top six. While they give the bottom half of the league a great challenge and sometimes dominate them. The top half still seems like a reach, and they can’t get past them. The Thieves will need to improve on their composure, as they nearly threw two 5-2 leads in Search and Destroy. This is their goal for Stage 2.

4. New York Subliners (-)

The roster for the New York Subliners stand in front of their team logo,

The New York Subliners look exceptional given the challenges they’ve had to overcome this season. Clayster has been dominating, and while he revealed how hard it has been to play well and be a leader for this young roster, he is doing an incredible job. They placed top-three at the Major, and this is a victory for the team. They look great all around, and there’s really nothing they need to improve on for Stage 2.

3. OpTic Chicago (-)

Pro Call of Duty player for OpTic Chicago Matthew "FormaL" Piper looks seriously at a PC monitor and talks to his team through a headset during a CDL match.

OpTic Chicago placed 4th at the Major following a 3-0 defeat to New York in Losers Semi-Finals. While this may have been due to the scheduling of the tournament, OpTic looked shaky, and couldn't handle the speed of the Subliners. However, OpTic look great in Control, and all around, so this may have just been a lapse of concentration for Chicago.

2. Dallas Empire (-)

Ian “Crimsix” Porter looks over towards a team mates screen during a live game in the Call of Duty League

Dallas Empire is yet again battling with Atlanta FaZe at the top of the League. They suffered a 3-0 and 5-2 defeat to FaZe, and while they look far ahead of the rest of the league, they look miles behind FaZe. Dallas didn’t make any errors, FaZe was just too good.

1. Atlanta FaZe (-)

Chris “Simp” Lehr stands in his team jersey with arms folded his K/D ratio appears alongside him. The words "Player of the Stage" appear at the top of the image in red

Atlanta FaZe sits top of the League and top of our Power Rankings. Following their dominant 5-2 victory in the Major, FaZe look a long way ahead of the rest of the League, especially in Search and Destroy. Their 11-1 SnD record is exceptional, and their incredible 8-0 run is mindblowing. FaZe will look to continue this in Stage 2 and to go back to back in Majors.

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Charlie "MiniTates" Cater has been an esports writer since May 2020, specialising in Call of Duty. He is also a University Student studying esports.