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Call of Duty League Power Rankings after CDL Toronto

Published: 28/Jul/2020 17:35

by Jacob Hale


The inaugural Call of Duty League regular season has now been played out in its entirety, with Toronto Ultra taking the win in their own Home Series, the last of the season before CDL Playoffs and Champs.

The final of the tournament saw Toronto Ultra beat Atlanta FaZe 3-2 in a five-game thriller, earning themselves a Winner’s Bracket seed for Champs and proving that they’re a serious contender when the big one rolls around.

But right now, they’ve still got some work to do to prove they’re the best team in the game — here are our Call of Duty League Power Rankings after CDL Toronto.

12. Seattle Surge

Octane Seattle Surge CDL
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Octane has been the star of the show for Seattle — but that doesn’t mean much in the long run.

There’s not a lot that can be said about Seattle Surge that hasn’t been already. Hero performances from Octane are to be expected, but the team as a whole just hasn’t managed to string results together and they find themselves joint-last in the standings.

They managed to nab a map win in their 3-1 loss to Chicago Huntsmen at CDL Toronto, but a 3-0 sweep at the hands of OpTic Gaming knocked them swiftly out of the tournament. In the last four tournaments they played, Seattle avoided last place just once.

11. Los Angeles Guerrillas

Decemate Los Angeles Guerrillas CDL
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The Guerrillas have had some positive performances this season — but not enough wins.

The Guerrillas have been in close competition with Seattle Surge for last place in the CDL standings for some time now, and take the bottom spot thanks to their worse map win percentage.

There was a slight uptick in Guerrillas performances towards the latter end of the season — including a big 3-4th placement at CDL Minnesota, in which they beat Chicago Huntsmen and took Atlanta to a game five — but it wasn’t really enough to push them up our power rankings or the CDL standings.

10. Minnesota RØKKR

Minnesota ROKKR CDL team
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The RØKKR have slowly fallen out of favor as the season has progressed.

Minnesota have slowly fallen down the rankings during the CDL season. Having started as championship contenders, they’ve failed to pull off anything significant in several months, placing dead last at their last three Home Series events.

The talent is clearly there on this team, but they’ve slowly fallen behind their opposition, and now they find themselves facing an uphill battle to catch up.

9. OpTic Gaming Los Angeles

Kenny Kuavo OpTic Gaming Los Angeles CDL
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OpTic have had a turbulent season in many regards, but haven’t managed to establish themselves as a top team despite some good results.

Sometimes OpTic look great, sometimes they just don’t, and at CDL Toronto we saw a bit of both.

A convincing 3-1 win to knock Chicago Huntsmen out of the tournament showed what the team is capable of, but they really haven’t had the consistency to move up any more than one spot in the final power rankings of the regular season.

8. Paris Legion

Zed Paris Legion CDL
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Paris Legion saw their form drop after the switch to online play, but seem to have found their stride once again of late.

There are very few teams that can truly say they’ve experienced the highs and lows of the Call of Duty League like Paris Legion. They started strong with a flawless performance at launch weekend but slowly fell off, especially with the switch to online play.

More recently, though, they ended their losing streak and even made it to the grand final of CDL London, where viewers really got to see how good this team can be. If they had done that once or twice more, their Champs seed and power rankings spot would be looking much nicer right now.

7. London Royal Ravens

Skrapz CDL London Royal Ravens
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The Ravens have failed to make any real impact on the league this season. Despite being a good team, they’ve never quite been able to break into the top echelon of teams.

London have been a consistent middle of the pack team throughout the inaugural season of the CDL, never abysmal but never a top side, either.

They came 3-4th at CDL London, beaten out by Paris, but overall they’ve looked stronger than their European rivals of late — even their loss wasn’t exactly a convincing one.

6. New York Subliners

New York Subliners ZooMaa CDL
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New York Subliners won their own Home Series in the latter stages of the season but haven’t matched the consistency of teams such as Dallas and Atlanta.

New York Subliners’ win at their own CDL Home Series was somewhat of a shock, but they had shown marked improvements in the prior weeks and was well deserved. They’re perhaps not a top-tier team in the same vein as Dallas Empire or Atlanta FaZe but they’re good for an upset.

They finish the regular season at 6th in our power rankings, having let themselves down slightly at CDL London with straight 3-0 losses to Dallas Empire and Paris Legion. They didn’t play at CDL Toronto and saw themselves slip slightly as a result.

5. Toronto Ultra

CDL Toronto Ultra Cammy
Cammy was the star of the show at his side’s own Home Series win.

Arguably one of the bigger surprises of the CDL season is Toronto Ultra managing to snag a win against a resurgent Atlanta FaZe side at the final Home Series.

Similar to New York, they’ve shown much improvement in recent weeks, and the win was well-deserved after weeks of figuring out their shortcomings, but are they good enough to push above the top four in our power rankings? We weren’t convinced.

4. Chicago Huntsmen

Chicago Huntsmen Scump CDL
Chicago Huntsmen have been the best team in the world at teams, but have failed to keep that kind of form up.

Chicago’s consistency issues are well-storied at this point, at times looking like a mid-table squad but with the potential to be absolutely dominant.

They were beaten convincingly in the grand final of CDL New York by the hosts themselves, and followed that up with a poor performance at CDL Toronto, placing 5-6th following losses to Toronto Ultra and OGLA. They’ve lost their grip on the top spots, and had the season gone on any longer, we might have seen them slip even further down the rankings.

3. Florida Mutineers

Skyz and Havok Florida Mutineers CDL
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Florida have won three Home Series this season, tied only with Dallas Empire.

Florida Mutineers have arguably been the standout team of this CDL season. The acquisition of Owakening changed this team’s fortunes drastically, and prior to their 5-6th placement at CDL Toronto — with two losses to Dallas Empire — they had placed 1st, 1st and 3-4th at Minnesota, London and Paris respectively.

They’re still one of the best teams in the game, but a couple of minor slip-ups see them outside of the top two.

2. Dallas Empire

Shotzzy Dallas Empire CDL
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Dallas Empire have been one of this season’s biggest success stories, and rookie Shotzzy is on the ballot for league MVP too.

Dallas Empire were tantalizingly close to earning the top spot in our power rankings, having worked their way back to the top with a win at CDL London, but their 3-4th placement at CDL Toronto, following a 3-0 sweep at the hands of Atlanta FaZe, forced our hand and pushed them into second.

Without a doubt, Dallas look like one of the best teams in the game, and the number one spot is really only between two teams for now, but we might have to wait until Champs to truly crown the number one team in the game.

1. Atlanta FaZe

Atlanta FaZe Simp CDL
Simp has maintained his status as one of the best in the world and helped guide Atlanta FaZe to the best record in the CDL.

Atlanta FaZe are one of only two teams to have made the playoffs of every CDL Home Series so far, but have failed to win one since CDL Florida in May.

Since then, they’ve placed 2nd three times — including at CDL Toronto — and 3-4th once, but a lot of their success has relied on clutch game 5 wins. For that reason, the battle for top spot between Atlanta and Dallas was excruciatingly close — but Atlanta’s frequent recent grand final appearances edged it for them.

CDL 2020 Playoffs Champs bracket
The bracket for Champs is looking to make for a good couple of weekends of CoD.

So, that’s it: the final power rankings of the CDL 2020 regular season. While teams like Dallas and Atlanta have managed to hold their high spots throughout the entire season, they’ve been shown up plenty of times throughout. In the end, though, none of these losses mattered, as they find themselves at 1st and 2nd once again.

Now, all eyes look ahead to the biggest tournament on the Call of Duty calendar: CDL Playoffs and CDL Champs, which take place from August 19-23 and August 29-30 respectively.

For all the information you could possibly ask for on CDL Champs, check out our full guide to the event, including the prize pool, seeding and how the final bracket looks.

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Best way to use zombie abilities in Warzone’s Zombie Royale

Published: 23/Oct/2020 15:51

by James Busby


Surviving as one of  Warzone’s fleshy undead can be a little tricky in the new Zombie Royale mode, but these tips should have you ripping and tearing your way to victory in no time. 

Warzone’s Halloween festivities are well underway and players have been busy unleashing their inner beast when playing the terrifyingly good LTM, Zombie Royale. The frozen fields of Verdansk have been cloaked in darkness and squads will need to work together if they wish to survive the horrors that await them. In this mode, dead operators skip the Gulag and instead come back as nightmarish zombies. While in this new undead form, players drop all their current equipment and perks.

If you wish to ever see your human form again, you’ll need to use your unique abilities to kill any players that dare to walk amongst the undead. While Zombie Royale’s reanimated corpses may have access to some incredibly potent attacks, they can be killed incredibly easily if you’re not careful. In order to help you get to grips with your newfound zombie form, we’ve put together a handy survival guide that should help you secure more kills.

Zombie abilities

Warzone Zombie
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Warzone’s Zombies have access to some incredibly powerful abilities.

Passive abilities

Warzone’s zombies aren’t your standard shambling corpses – in fact, they have incredible agility. Their passive ability gives every undead player faster movement speed and stronger melee attacks, allowing you to quickly chase down your fleeing victims. Once you’ve tracked them down, swipe at them with your deadly strikes to snuff their life out for good. 

Zombies also have superior vision and can easily see nearby operators. Enemy players are highlighted and their footprints can be tracked, giving you plenty of opportunities to pounce on your newfound target. If that wasn’t enough, zombies are also immune to the gas circle and gas grenades. This allows you to set up some frightfully sneaky plays. 

Charged Jump

Arguably the most fun Zombie ability is the Charged Jump. This highly mobile move allows you to effortlessly leap onto rooftops, scale cliffs, evade enemy fire and initiate fights. You can adjust both the distance and height by holding down the Charged Jump button, so be sure to experiment with this before leaping towards your enemy. 

EMP Blast 

This ability works exactly the same as Modern Warefare’s EMP Drone in that it destroys enemy electronics, equipment, vehicles, and disables digital optics. Your enemy’s HUD will also be disabled if they get caught within the blast’s radius. 

Gas Grenade

Gas Grenades are incredibly potent in Warzone since they disorient your enemies and slow down their movements. Combine this with the high mobility from Zombie Royale’s undead and you have a lethal combination. 

Zombie ability tips

Warzone zombie fight
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You’ll need to learn how to use these zombie abilities if you wish to increase your survivability.

Before you go chasing the nearest player, it’s often best to scan your surroundings for any enemy players that are alone. Not only will this stop your fleshy body from being riddled with bullets, it will also increase your chances of securing a successful kill. While it can be tempting to rush into the fray with your Charged Jump, it does give away your position thanks to the ability’s glow effect. 

Instead, it’s often best to use the cover of darkness to sneak up on them. Once you’ve successfully got within a few meters, it’s time to unleash your EMP Blast. This will instantly destroy any Proximity Mines and Claymore’s, allowing you to safely enter even the most fortified defenses. To make matters even better, the initial blast also reduces visibility and will cause most players to panic — giving you the moment to strike.

Once you have disabled any equipment and digital optics, it’s time to throw in your Gas Grenade. When the grenade has filled the room with deadly toxins, instantly run in and begin clawing away at your hapless victim. The slowing effect and overall disorientation from both abilities should make any escape futile.

Even if your enemy does manage to make a break for it, simply activate your Charged Jump to catch up to them. Just be aware that doing this will make you highly visible to nearby squads, so only use this ability when you have to. 

If you use these tips, you’ll be able to secure more kills as a zombie in Warzone’s Zombie Royale mode.