CDL 2021 Power Rankings after Stage 3 Week 1

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CDL 2021 Power Rankings after Stage 3 Week 1

Here’s our updated Power Rankings for the 2021 CDL Season.

Stage 3 of the Call of Duty League got underway this week. With some dominant performances and surprise upsets, our Power Rankings have shaken up a little. Here’s our new and updated Power Rankings following Stage 3 Week 1.

12. Paris Legion (-)

Half of Donovan “Temp” Laroda's face appears next to the words "Welcome Temp" with a Paris Legion logo below.
After suffering back-to-back losses this week, Paris Legion stay bottom of our Power Rankings. The addition of Temp may take some time to make an impact for the Legion, but from what we saw this week, they don't look improved at all.

11. London Royal Ravens (-)

Pro CoD player Alex “Zaptius” Bonilla stands with graffiti behind him and the words "Welcome Zapitus" next to him.

The London Royal Ravens also suffered back-to-back losses, however they showed some promise. Zaptius performed well in his debut matches, and the Ravens looked improved in their slaying. With more practice, this team could be dangerous.

10. Los Angeles Guerrillas (-)

A silhoutted CoD player has a purple arrow pointing at them with the words "LA Guerillas Roster Update" next to it.
While they 3-0’d Paris Legion, the Los Angeles Guerrillas stay in 10th. Why? Well, we’re not quite convinced by them just yet. Paris Legion allowed Moscow Hardpoint to creep into the mapset, and this is a great map for good ARs, something that the Guerrillas definitely don't lack. So the vetoes favored them massively in that match. We need to see more wins from the Guerrillas before they move up our rankings.

9. Seattle Surge (-1)

A close up shot of Sam “Octane” Larew during a live CDL match
Seattle Surge started their week being reverse swept by the LA Thieves. While this was a frustrating match full of disconnects and restarts, it was the Thieves who held their nerve, and came out on top. Seattle however, do look like a good squad, Prestinni is still dominating, but they just can't win series. We think it may be time for a change.

8. Florida Mutineers (+1)

Pro Call of Duty League player Colt “Havok” McLendon sits at a PC with a Florida Mutineers logo behind him.
From 8th to 1st in our Power Rankings, it's all to play for. These top 8 teams are extremely close, but the Mutineers sit at the bottom. They need to be more consistent. Their 3-1 win over Minnesota ROKKR was great, but in their previous game against Toronto, they looked completely lost. More consistency is needed from the Mutineers.

7. LA Thieves (-)

Pro Call of Duty players for 100 Thieves Drazah and TJHaly stand together with Thives shirts on. Their names appear next to them in red with the word "Welcome" above them in faded grey letters.
Consistency is something that the LA Thieves have mastered in recent weeks, and they’ve had a great start at Stage 3. Wins over Seattle Surge and London Royal Ravens see them dominate the easier side of their group, however, they now need to prove themselves against the big boys.

6. Minnesota ROKKR (-1)

Pro Call of Duty player Eli "Standy" Bentz is pictured inside a purple box. Beside that is a black background encompassing the rest of the image with the Minnesota Rokkr logo in the corner and the text "Welcome Standy" on the bottom.
ROKKR took a 3-1 loss to the Mutineers in their only match of Week 1, but this is nothing to worry about. Minnesota have a great roster, and one that knows how to bounce back after a loss. However, their match against Paris Legion next week is a must win if they want to seed well for the Major.

5. Dallas Empire (-2)

After dropping Huke, we can't see things getting any better for Dallas Empire. They were dominated 3-0’d by Toronto Ultra in a match that required some top tier plays to clutch up, something that Huke regularly does. While FeLo performed well, the teamwork wasn't there, we’re not sure what's next for the Empire.

4. OpTic Chicago (-)

Matthew "Formal" Piper makes a call to his team mates through the headset during a live game
OpTic have recovered excellently from their disappointing end to the Stage 2 Major, The squad look more focused than ever, and they’ve only dropped one map in their two games this week. An OpTic with momentum is dangerous, and they’re starting to gather it.

3. New York Subliners (+3)

The name Paco "Hydra" Rusiwiez appears on a greyed out picture of NY City with yellow paint strokes

The addition of Hydra sees the Subliners defeat Atlanta FaZe in a Game Five Round 11. Hydra had the whole European CDL community behind him on social media, and the young gun dominated, going toe to toe with Simp throughout the series. New York looked great in respawn specifically, and they could be contenders for this Major.

2. Atlanta FaZe (-)

Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr concetrates on the game during a live match

While their two recent losses come back to back, FaZe have still only lost three games this season. They have the most raw talent in the league, and they can easily dominate if they return to form. We’re not sure what's going wrong for them, but we will certainly see them at the top sometime soon.

1. Toronto Ultra (-)

Ben "Bance" Bance sits behind his monitor during a live game

Yet to drop a map in Stage 3, Toronto Ultra dominated with back-to-back 3-0’s this week. Their teamwork and communication seems to be on a level above the rest of the league, and the Europeans are running through the competition. Ultra look great, and it’s going to take something special to stop them.

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