The Call of Duty League’s Stage 2 Major is over, with Toronto Ultra shocking the CoD world with their grand final victory over Atlanta FaZe. Ian ‘Enable’ Wyatt, Jonathan ‘Pacman’ Tucker and Katie Bedford discuss their new CDL power rankings on Reverse Sweep.
Ben ‘Bance’ Bance and Tobias ‘CleanX’ Juul Jonnson have helped Toronto soar up the rankings with their Team of the Week performances, while poor outings from the LA Guerrillas and Paris Legion see them drop down.
While the CDL teams are making roster moves and getting themselves ready for a possible LAN return from Stage 3 onwards, here’s how our power rankings look after the Stage 2 Major.
12. Los Angeles Guerrillas (-2)
The Guerrillas had their moment in the spotlight with a shock victory over Atlanta FaZe during Stage 2. A straight 3-0 loss to the Florida Mutineers in round 1 of the Major, however, sees them drop right back to the bottom.
Enable: “They don’t win a map in the Major, they didn’t look good in Stage 2… And, once again, their ceiling is the lowest of any team in the CDL.”
11. Paris Legion (-3)
Paris Legion also got knocked out of the Major at the first hurdle, dropping in a 3-0 loss to a resurgent LA Thieves side. As a result, they’ve dropped Luis ‘Fire’ Rivera to the bench and brought in Thieves substitute Donovan ‘Temp’ Laroda for the remainder of the season.
Pacman: “At this point, I feel like it [a roster change] had to happen. I don’t think Fire has played up to par. He hasn’t shown he can compete with the top teams, and they need that guy.”
10. London Royal Ravens (+1)
London Royal Ravens looked dead-set on making a big stir after bringing Zach ‘Zed’ Denyer and Paul ‘PaulEhx’ Avila into the mix, but that honeymoon period looks over now. A 3-2 loss to LA Thieves saw them drop straight out of the Major, and their CDL Champs hopes are diminishing by the day.
Pacman: “They’ve shown some promise with this team. I think they need a bit more time. Thieves were just playing well. I feel like we should give the Royal Ravens a little bit of time.”
9. Florida Mutineers (-)
The Mutineers have had a rough go of things in recent weeks. While they beat LA Guerrillas in the first round of the Major, they were knocked out immediately after by Seattle Surge. They quietly benched veteran Josiah ‘Slacked’ Berry in the aftermath, so expect to see some movement in Stage 3.
Enable: “When you look at this team, they have two big superstar players in Owakening and Skyz… but as a team they’ve been underperforming. I think they can jump up the rankings a lot.”
8. Seattle Surge (-2)
Seattle Surge drop again in our power rankings, due largely to the incredible performances from LA Thieves and victors Toronto Ultra. They lost to OpTic Chicago, which isn’t anything to be ashamed of, but they’ll be hoping to worm their way back into the top half in Stage 3.
Enable: “Even though they dropped two places, it was just because there were two teams that had really big jumps. I don’t think this means that they’re not improving. They have a lot of potential, and they’re starting to put the pieces together.”
7. New York Subliners (-4)
New York Subliners had perhaps the most disappointing Major outing imaginable. A 0-6 map count against Dallas Empire and LA Thieves left them in the lurch, looking utterly lost on the map.
Roster rumors are abundant with the Subliners, so we’ll have to see what changes they make to improve on their Stage 2 Major position.
Pacman: “Bad weeks, bad days, they happen to everyone. But it can’t happen at this time. Though, they could turn it around and shoot right back up.”
6. Los Angeles Thieves (+6)
The Thieves looked a completely different team with Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat no longer steering the ship. Moving Kenneth ‘Kenny’ Williams to main AR and bringing in Zack ‘Drazah’ Jordan looks like a stroke of genius, and could put this franchise back where they belong.
Enable: “The vibes were high, I thought their pace was way better with Kenny on main and Drazah in there, and they looked like they were just having fun. I think 6 is the perfect spot for them.”
5. OpTic Chicago (-)
Humiliating 1v3 loss aside, OpTic Chicago have remained a solid team in the CDL, despite having some very clear shortcomings that they need to work on. They hold their 5th spot in our power rankings this week, due largely to New York Subliners’ huge downfall.
Pacman: “They played pretty well, but they only won one series. We all saw how they lost. I hope they stick together and go forward with some confidence, because I do feel like this team still has the potential to win championships.”
4. Minnesota ROKKR (-)
Minnesota ROKKR still look perfectly capable of challenging the very top teams, with a top four performance under their belt, a win over OpTic and a close 3-2 loss to Dallas Empire.
While other teams around them flounder, Minnesota are staying strong and steady, and had their match against Empire gone a little differently, we might be looking at a very different ranking.
Enable: “This was a good showing for Minnesota. They’re another team we’ve got to see more of with Standy. They’re definitely one of the best teams in the game.”
3. Dallas Empire (-1)
Dallas finished in 3rd place after a disappointing couple of weeks in their regular season matchups. Some inconsistencies saw them struggle against the top sides, and with their performances somewhat dwindling, they’ve finally been shifted out of the top two.
Pacman: “They just didn’t have that dominant feeling they had when you watched them last season. Now, when you watch Empire, it doesn’t feel the same.”
2. Toronto Ultra (+5)
How many people foresaw Toronto Ultra winning the Stage 2 Major? Besides maybe the team themselves, it seemed an impossibility, but here we are. They looked astounding and left Atlanta FaZe completely shell shocked in their series. It’s not enough to claim top spot, but it’s truly an impressive feat.
Pacman: “They looked phenomenal. They ran through the toughest bracket that you could ever go through in the CDL.”
Enable: “The wins were dominant, too. Those games were completely one-sided. People might say it’s a one-off, but I think they’ve found their stride.”
1. Atlanta FaZe (-)
Atlanta FaZe hold onto their top spot despite finally losing. Even at their worst, they still took three maps in the best-of-nine series, and proved it takes MVP-level, jaw-dropping performances to get the better of them.
Should this become a recurring theme, though, we might finally see FaZe lose their number one spot.
Pacman: “It would be disrespectful to remove FaZe from that top spot. They’ve been dominant this whole entire time.”
Enable: “I think this was the best thing for FaZe. They’ve realized that they are beatable, but even as bad as they played, it was still a rather close series.”
So, those are the Reverse Sweep CDL power rankings following the Stage 2 Major. There’s been a lot of movement and, with rostermania now firmly upon us, we might see even more throughout Stage 3.
Previous CDL Power Rankings
Power rankings throughout the 2021 CDL season so far.