Call of Duty League (CDL) has been in limbo for a few weeks now. After announcing that the CDL will be on hiatus while they figure out how to transition from in-person to online events, they have finally detailed the remainder of the season. Each team will still host a “Home Series,” but it will be completely online.
There are several things to consider with this announcement. Online tournaments introduce a host of complications such as latency, connection issues, and how to deal with disruptions. Prior to the start of the season, some of the teams on the lower end of the standings actually performed much better in online scrimmages.
Now that every team has attended the same amount of events and the CDL is back underway, it’s time to take another look at how the teams stack up against one another. Here are Clutch’s updated power rankings for CDL 2020.
1. Atlanta FaZe | 8 – 1
Atlanta continues to dominate the League with their lightning fast play style. Their SMG players fly around the map, pulling off incredible feats. Not many teams have been able to keep up with the tempo and pressure applied when facing FaZe.
FaZe is the only team left in the CDL in which all five of the starting players have a positive kill-to-death (K/D) ratio. They have dominated all game modes: Hardpoint, Search and Destroy, and Domination. Most teams simply haven’t yet figured out how to counter Atlanta’s strategies.
They boast one of the arguably greatest SMG duos in Call of Duty history, Simp and aBeZy. In fact, Simp is tied for second in overall K/D so far as a SMG player in a League where the top K/D spots are normally held by Flex and AR players. This is all without even getting into the rest of their All-Star roster.
One player who has really stepped up and shined is Cellium. Simp even called him the team’s MVP. Very high praise from the former World Champion.
Moving forward, expect Atlanta FaZe to continue to dominate the League. We shall see if teams can adapt over time and give Atlanta a run for their money.
2. Chicago Huntsmen | 8 – 1
The Huntsmen have become a fan favorite team behind their electric play style. They have been touted as the team to give Atlanta a tough time capturing that #1 spot in the standings, but unfortunately have yet to play Atlanta at any event. They had the chance to do so in the Atlanta Home Series, but fell short when getting reverse swept by Florida Mutineers.
The predictable standout players on the roster are Scump and Formal, two of the most star studded players in the League. However, it has been the rest of the roster that has really pushed Chicago to the next level.
Envoy has become a kind of shadow MVP, pulling off insane feats during key moments in match after match. He is going to be the difference maker on this roster against top teams like Atlanta and Minnesota. Gunless and Arcitys have been solid so far and have proven they belong on this team.
Chicago will remain at the top of the standings as the season progresses. The question will be in which spot will they end the season.
3. Minnesota RØKKR | 7 – 4
After a lot of consideration, Minnesota deserves our #3 spot over Dallas due to their performance against the top teams in the League. They are the only team that has put up any kind of fight against Atlanta. They have more map wins against FaZe than the rest of the League combined, and are the only team to have won a series against them.
Alexx and GodRx have stepped their game up to another level. Match after match, it has been the domination of this duo that has put the RØKKR above the rest. GodRx has proven he is one of the top snipers in the game, picking players off in Search and Destroy with ease. With Asim, SiLLY, and Assault rounding out this roster, the RØKKR will be a force to be reckoned with.
Minnesota has yet to win an event after dropping Game 5 to Dallas in the Los Angeles Home Series. It is inevitable that they eventually come out on top, it’s just a matter of when.
4. Dallas Empire | 7 – 5
Dallas are the most recent event winners, taking the Los Angeles Home Series in Game 5 against the Minnesota RØKKR. However, they have yet to win a single series against Chicago or Atlanta. They were regarded as the top contender against Atlanta at the start of the season, but have had struggles coming out of the gate.
The team is led by two veterans in C6 and and Clayster. C6 has the most tournament wins of any player in Call of Duty history, and continues to perform at a high level. Clayster doesn’t have the flashiest of stats, but watching Dallas perform you can immediately see his impact with his constant heads up plays that turn the game in favor of Empire.
Their early struggles have been due to the adjustment of newcomers iLLey and Shotzzy. Both players struggled during the first few events to find their rhythm. During the LA Home Series however, Shotzzy seemed like a totally different player putting forth solid numbers in their run through the finals.
Dallas has a solid roster and should continue to win against most teams in the League. However, they need to find a way to contend with the rest of the top teams if they want to move up the standings higher than they are now.
5. Paris Legion | 5 – 4
Paris has been very solid so far during Call of Duty League 2020. They have put up good games against some of the top tier teams such as Chicago and Minnesota, but have yet to find a way to win the series.
Denz and Shockz have been putting forth solid numbers every event, but need more output from the rest of the team. KiSMET has shown some big play potential, but has been inconsistent so far this season. Paris are well off against the majority of the League, but if they want to break into the Top 4 they will need all players to start showing up consistently.
6. London Royal Ravens | 4 – 4
London has shown some explosiveness so far this season. They were set to make it to the Finals in their own London Home Series, but lost a heartbreaking reverse sweep to Dallas in the Semifinals. They are the definition of a middle-of-the-pack team as it stands.
Wuskin has become one of the most exciting players at the start of this year. He boasts the highest overall K/D at 1.41, a pretty large lead over the next best players at 1.29. The problem is that Wuskin can’t carry the team series after series.
His twin brother Skrapz has had some stellar performances, but outside of that the rest of the team needs to step it up. Rated has been moved to the bench and the player to take his spot has not been set in stone just yet. It could be the change that the Royal Ravens need to propel themselves to the next level.
7. Florida Mutineers | 5 – 5
Florida have been very hit or miss so far this season. They stunned the League in the Atlanta Home Series when they reverse swept the Huntsmen to make it to the Finals, but ended up losing to FaZe. They have shown signs of top tier play, only to look like a completely different team the next series.
Prestinni and Havok have had some great showings, but haven’t remained consistent. The only player on the team who has shown consistent high level play is Skyz.
If Florida wants to move up in the standings, they need to make a change in some way. Whether that is in the form of role changes or substitutions, we will have to wait and see.
8. OpTic Gaming Los Angeles | 2 – 5
OpTic Gaming surprised a lot of people in the previous Los Angeles Home Series. They were widely regarded as the worst team in the League up until that point, having zero wins throughout any event. They reverse swept the LA Guerrillas, and went on to sweep Minnesota 3 – 0.
Slasher and Dashy had some big games against Minnesota, proving they still have what it takes to compete contrary to previous performances. Jkap, Kenny, and TJHaly showed up when Slasher or Dashy dipped, helping to bring the team their first two series wins of the season. If they can improve upon their performance in LA, OpTic can be a team to climb the rankings quickly.
9. Seattle Surge | 2 – 6
Seattle is one team that needs to make a major change if they want to compete in this League. They took a step in benching Enable and moving Pandur to the starting roster, but that might not be enough. Their only two wins so far this season are against the LA Guerrillas, arguably the worst team in the League.
The Surge boasts one of the best players in the game currently in Octane. He has consistently performed at the highest level, but the same cannot be said about the rest of his team. If Seattle doesn’t start performing consistently they will continue to be ranked toward the bottom of the standings.
10. Toronto Ultra | 1 – 5
There’s not too much to say about Toronto. They have some stellar players, and making the substitution of MeTTalZz could pay huge dividends. However, they have yet to beat even mid-tier teams.
The only consistent player has been Methodz. Some of their other stars, such as Classic, have had good games, but one player does not make a team. The switch to online may benefit the Ultra significantly as Classic has seen huge success on the online stage.
11. New York Subliners | 1 – 6
New York has an All-Star lineup, but have showed little success. They showed signs of life at the start of the season with a big win over Paris Legion, but have lost every single series since. They made a change during the LA Home Series in subbing in Happy, but were still very unsuccessful.
Every player on the team has a negative K/D ratio other than Attach who breaks even at 1.0. K/D isn’t everything, but if none of your players are slaying there isn’t much hope of winning. New York has great talent in theirs substitution players and need to try something new to breathe life into this team.
12. Los Angeles Guerrillas | 1 – 5
The Guerrillas are arguably the worst team in the League. Their one win comes against Florida during opening weekend, but have had zero success since. They need to find something that works, and find it soon if they want to move up the rankings.
In their defense, they are being the most active in making changes to their roster. From the London event to the LA event they substituted in three players to try and shake things up. Unfortunately, they lost all their matches with the new roster as well.
Time Will Tell
During the opening LAN events, a clear top 4 teams have emerged in Atlanta, Chicago, Minnesota, and Dallas. With the transition to an online format we may see things change with some of the other teams making a run up the rankings. It’s going to be exciting to see how things play out and how the Call of Duty League handles the new format.
The next events have been outlined with the Dallas Home Series taking place now, April 10 – 12. The Chicago Home Series will be taking place April 24 – 26. For a full list of the events visit the official Call of Duty League website.