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Call of Duty Power Rankings after CDL Atlanta

Published: 5/Mar/2020 17:54 Updated: 15/Jul/2020 17:30

by Jacob Hale

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The Call of Duty League is well underway and the second home series of the season has been and gone, with Atlanta FaZe beating Florida Mutineers at their home event to claim the tournament victory.

With three events now out of the way, every team has played at CDL Launch Weekend and at least one home series tournament, meaning we’re beginning to get a better idea of the capabilities of each squad.

With these events now in the books, we take a look at the Call of Duty League power rankings after CDL Atlanta.

12. OpTic Gaming Los Angeles (-)

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OpTic is failing to live up to the standards set by the OpTic of years gone by.

OpTic Gaming are struggling more now than at any time in the organization’s history, following another disappointing performance at CDL Atlanta.

They won only one map in Atlanta, the opening hardpoint against eventual runners-up Florida Mutineers. Although it looked like they may finally be finding the form we expect of them, we were quickly proved wrong as they were dismantled for the rest of the event and sent back to LA to think about how they can move forward.

11. Toronto Ultra (-)

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Toronto’s 10-man roster doesn’t seem to have made too much of an impression on CDL teams so far.

Toronto’s 10-man roster was expected to be a huge benefit at the start of the season, with a depth no other franchise can possibly match. Instead, despite some glints of good competitive play, they simply aren’t getting the results.

A close 3-2 loss to Chicago Huntsmen and a 3-1 loss to Paris Legion shows that they’re capable of coming good – but until they start getting some more wins under their belt, they’re going to struggle moving up the rankings.

10. Los Angeles Guerrillas (-)

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The Guerrillas are looking better than their LA rivals, at least.

The Guerrillas missed out on CDL Atlanta, but still stay ahead of their Los Angeles rivals after they failed to get a result at FaZe’s Home Series.

The Aches-led team has struggled to find form in the opening weeks of the league, with just one match win out of a possible four, but will be expecting to pick up some more solid results over the next few weeks – especially at their own Home Series event.

9. Seattle Surge (-)

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Seattle’s next event will be with a new starting line-up.

Seattle Surge weren’t in attendance in Atlanta, giving them some more time to practice with Casey ‘Pandur’ Romano who is rumored to have replaced Ian ‘Enable’ Wyatt on the starting roster.

However, their performances had been lackluster at CDL Launch Weekend and London, which is what prompted the change in the first place. A team of proven winners, Seattle will be desperate to demonstrate that they’re much better than the other teams on the lower end of the table and return to championship form.

8. New York Subliners (-1)

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New York weren’t able to fight for a higher spot in Atlanta.

Another team not in attendance in Atlanta, the Subliners have been given some extra time to figure out their shortcomings and find out why they’re unable to consistently win matches.

After a decent showing in London, New York may have been disappointed to not be able to build momentum in Atlanta, and as such have had to move down the power rankings slightly. We’ll establish over the next couple of events whether they’re really good enough to push into the upper half of CDL teams.

7. London Royal Ravens (-1)

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London slip down after a top 6 showing in Atlanta.

After a top 4 placement at their Home Series and only facing a tight 3-2 loss to Dallas Empire, London could have shown they’re a team capable of fighting for championships, but a disappointing 5-6th place in Atlanta sees London fail to move upwards.

A 3-1 win over Florida starting out looking promising, but their subsequent losses to Atlanta and Florida meant London didn’t even make it to the championship bracket, setting them back a few steps in the process.

6. Paris Legion (-2)

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Paris turned a lot of heads with their great performances in Minnesota and London.

Paris are still one of the standout performers of this season so far – with expectations so low preseason, they have turned the head of every CoD esports fan with consistency in getting wins and putting up a challenge against some of the top teams in the league.

Placing 5-6th in Atlanta, Paris lost to Minnesota twice to be knocked out, with an aggregate scoreline of 3-6 against the side across their two series. Their only win of the weekend came against Toronto Ultra which, based on results over the last few weeks, isn’t a lot to brag about.

5. Minnesota RØKKR (-)

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Minnesota still have a lot to prove despite solid performances.

Having not attended the London Home Series, it wasn’t clear how Minnesota had developed since Launch Weekend in Minneapolis – but they still appear to be a top team, and were incredibly close to making the grand final of CDL Atlanta if not for slipping up and being reverse swept by the home side.

We were very close to having a Florida Mutineers vs. Minnesota Røkkr grand final which, at the very least, would have made for some serious conversations being had around power rankings. That said, Røkkr were reverse swept and finished top 4 – behind only the other teams ahead of them in our rankings.

4. Florida Mutineers (+4)

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Mutineers ran a tough gauntlet of teams to make it to the CDL Atlanta grand final.

Florida has been considered a dark horse team since the inception of the League – and they proved why with an incredible outing at CDL Atlanta, which saw them lose only to the home team themselves.

On their grand final run, they even took down Chicago Huntsmen in a reverse sweep, with Preston ‘Prestinni’ Sanderson handing his brother Alec ‘Arcitys’ Sanderson his first LAN loss since a Pro League match in July 2019. They kept it close with Atlanta in the grand final but were unable to overcome the home team so, while they have seen a huge upward shift in these rankings, they really could have cemented their status as a top team with a win in Atlanta.

3. Dallas Empire (-)

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Dallas Empire failed to get on the board in Minnesota, but made it to the grand final at CDL London.

Dallas still has a team that look like they should be improving, with the likes of Indervir ‘iLLeY’ Dhaliwal and Anthony ‘Shottzy’ Cuevas-Castro expected to come into their own and figure things out as the season progresses.

They made it to the grand final of CDL London but did not attend CDL Atlanta so, if they don’t get another good result at the next event, we may see them slipping down the pecking order. That said, the team still looks to be top-tier, but just aren’t quite reaching the heights Chicago and Atlanta are.

2. Chicago Huntsmen (-1)

Dallas Empire and Chicago Huntsmen at CDL London
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Huntsmen now sit 3-0 in series count over Dallas Empire.

After winning CDL London, every single CoD esports fan was anticipating and excited for Chicago to face off against Atlanta at the latter’s Home Series, with the two expected to meet in the grand final of the tournament.

To many, this would solidify who was number one right now – but Chicago didn’t even make it far enough to fight for their number one spot. They ended up losing to the Florida Mutineers in the semi-final in a 3-2 scoreline, barely missing out on the opportunity to claim a second consecutive championship.

For now, they miss out on the top spot – and the next event the two are both scheduled to compete in is Chicago’s Home Series April 4-5. Maybe, by then, both teams will be set to prove why they’re the best in the world.

1. Atlanta FaZe (+1)

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FaZe took the win at their Home Series, to almost nobody’s surprise.

After the win at their home series event, there can be no doubt that Atlanta is the best team in the game. With an MVP performance from Jovel ‘Cellium’ McArthur – who managed to complete the seemingly-impossible task of outshining the likes of Tyler ‘Abezy’ Pharris, Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr and Preston ‘Priestahh’ Griener – Atlanta got the home crowd roaring with the win everyone saw coming.

Proving that they’re better than Chicago, who got knocked out in the semi-final of the tournament, Atlanta will now be looking to show that their number one spot is not up for grabs.

Atlanta FaZe's Cellium.
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Cellium stole the show as Atlanta FaZe walked through Florida Mutineers in the Grand Final to secure their first CDL title of the season.

With two Home Series events now out of the way, teams look forward to the Los Angeles event over the weekend of March 7-8. It will be the first tournament thus far without Chicago Huntsmen, who will be watching on hoping to find holes in Atlanta’s play that they can take advantage of and move up the power rankings.

Meanwhile, Dallas will be looking to prove that they’re still a top team, while Florida will be hoping to prove that they weren’t simply a one-hit-wonder and really can compete with the best.

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Black Ops Cold War PlayStation-exclusive Zombies mode revealed

Published: 23/Oct/2020 18:41

by Tanner Pierce

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Just a few short weeks ahead of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s official launch, Activision and Sony have announced a brand new Zombies: Onslaught mode. It will be exclusive to PlayStation consoles, at least for a little while, before coming to other platforms.

According to PlayStation, a new Black Ops Cold War Zombies mode titled Onslaught will be exclusively available to PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 players for almost an entire year before coming to other platforms.

The mode itself is a simple variation of the classic Zombies experience: Two players will be dropped into maps from the game’s base multiplayer mode and will be forced to fight the undead in specific sections of the map, marked by a Dark Aether Orb. After taking out enough enemies, the section will move, forcing the player themselves to move as well.

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Onslaught players will be dropped into multiplayer maps and forced to fight the undead.

Like the normal Zombies mode in Black Ops Cold War, players will be able to use their custom classes in Onslaught, allowing you to fight the way that you want. This is certainly a welcome addition, although an expected one.

During the match itself, different enemies will spawn in, including a type called Elites. Taking out these zombies is apparently be what players should shoot for (no pun intended) when fighting through Onslaught matches, as they’ll directly affect your ranking when you finish.

Depending on the rank you achieve, you’ll be able to earn rewards for both Multiplayer and Zombies, further bridging the two modes. Currently, it’s unknown exactly what the rewards are, although it’ll more than likely be calling cards, emblems, and weapon blueprints.

While this news is certainly exciting for PlayStation players, fans on Xbox and PC are going to, once again, be left in the dark until November 1, 2021. Modern Warfare’s Survival mode was exclusive to PS4 in 2019 and, while it ended up not being received very well, it was still a bummer for players on other platforms as it was content that was simply locked out.

Black Ops Cold War is set to release on PS4, PS5, the Xbox family of consoles, and PC on November 13, 2020.