GT Call Of Duty League Power Rankings: What We Think After The Pro-Am – GAMING TRENDS

GT Call Of Duty League Power Rankings: What We Think After The Pro-Am – GAMING TRENDS

It’s been a second since we talked about the Call Of Duty League, and as much as I wanted to cover the matchup in Columbus, 24 games in two days along with a wedding and Mother’s Day barely allowed me to watch anything. With that in mind, I’ve watched most of the VODs and have a few thoughts on the League after a crazy weekend. Let’s break down how I think the Call Of Duty League compares, along with some other takeaways from Columbus.

1. Texas Optician

Sure, they didn’t win the thing, but they have to be the most complete team playing right now. They’re doing exactly what they were created to be, being Faze killers, and they’re currently 4-0, their fourth with a substitute. The spotlight is definitely on Shottzy and Dashy, but don’t forget about King Scump and his resurgence in Vanguard. I could take them all the way.

2. Atlanta Phase

I’d be tempted to rate them lower, but they’ve been to both Grand Finals at both Majors. The problem is that this team has a downward trend, every time you think that they have discovered Vanguard, they are wrong and leave you wondering if they can be the most dominant team in the game. Don’t forget they only won a single Search and Destroy out of five attempts as well, with that only against an amateur team. They have some serious issues in that mode for a team that used to be so amazing in it.

3. Florida Rioters

I know people will yell at me considering Florida’s inconsistencies and New York’s Pro-Am win, but this team still had a fantastic group stage. They went 3-0 and beat the crap out of Optic, who showed up for the rest of the tournament even with General instead of iLLeY. Too often, people forget that two of the guys in this squad have won multiple tournaments in Modern Warfare, and they have great potential at every Major. Just give Vivid a few more SMG maps to play with.

4. New York Subliners

I’ll be honest, I think it’s probably too high for them, but this whole list after Optic and Faze feels like a jumble. That said, they did look great before Major II, and even though they were criticized, there was still a lot of drama for that team. At the Pro-Am they looked cool, played together and Kismet seems like the guy Hydra needs by her side. If PaulEhx can keep doing PaulEhx stuff and Crimsix is ​​still the big jerk that he is, look for them to keep this winning streak going.

5. Toronto Ultra

Well, here was a surprise. Did Ultra do well because they woke up or were people playing their B game at the event? Either way, they were much more like the team that won the Kickoff Classic, and if Toronto can get back to CleanX and Bance being annoying, Cammy attacking anything that moves, and Insight being the constant presence it usually is, CDL watch out. But they have to be consistent, and being back in the games that count is where that has to start.

6. Los Angeles Thieves

They probably don’t belong here, but they made it to the Grand Final. What bugs you about this is that they switched Kenny and Drazah into roles, and got destroyed by New York, then got away with a bunch of Ws. This team couldn’t win the last Major, and I don’t think a change of roles will fix all of that all of a sudden. But they made it work, so I have to give them credit for not panicking too much. That and Drazah seemed much more comfortable in that flexible role.

7. Boston Gap

This team should have had the least amount of fanfare for their games, and I don’t know exactly why. Maybe they weren’t on any of the main streams and therefore forgettable, but they (and the next team on this list) had an extremely smooth tournament. Obviously it doesn’t help when you lose, and they were eliminated in the first round. On top of that, losing to a Challengers team has to hurt, especially through a 1v3 in a Game 5.

8. Los Angeles Guerrillas

I’m pretty sure everyone has this team way higher on their list than I do, but do you remember what this team had done before Major II? They were 2-5 in Major I and 9-3 in Major II, with that number inflated by an incredible run of underdogs. I think this team is much better than being the 8th ranked CDL team, but going 0-3 in the Pro-Am? It makes you think that LAG took that crown through extraordinary momentum rather than sheer dominance.

9. Paris Legion

I’m going to be a bit of a stretch here and say that Paris is better than three other Call Of Duty teams. That’s not saying much considering who’s below them, but it seems like they’re becoming what they are, with the bottom three having identity crises. Not to mention, were you watching them at the Pro-Am? GRVTY is suddenly putting together, indicating that he’s starting to feel the part of him, Jimbo is playing well and Temp… well, he’s been playing at an All-Star level this year. They are much better than people think they are.

10. Royal Ravens of London

Again, how the mighty have fallen. This team is going to have better days, but take Gismo out for personal issues, bring Harry in, and then move Zero to the SMG? It makes you feel like they’re not sure of the direction of it, and if you don’t have that by the middle of the year, it might already be flagged. At least they beat the amateur team in their group…

11. Seattle Surge

…which is more than you can say about the Seattle Surge. They are so frustrating to rate. How do you beat the best teams in the game and then all of a sudden you’re up against everyone else? They were another to lose to a Challengers team, and that team had nothing to play for besides pride. Worse yet, they went 3-1 and never won a Hardpoint in all series. I just don’t have words.

12. Minnesota Rockkr

I really hate putting them last, because I like this team. However, they took the wrong step by dropping Majormaniak instead of Priestahh. I’m not saying Major should have stayed, but I’m saying Priestahh is not the answer. He’s been underperforming for a while, and with how many good ARs are out there, they should be looking. That Scrappy kid seemed pretty crazy at Toronto Academy NA. As for Havok, that’s his first event back from him, I’ll give him a pass while he learns how to work with the team.

Pro-Am Conclusions

  • This format has to stay. I don’t know all the numbers the CDL is looking for when it comes to viewership, but that format was a lot of fun to watch. I understand that in the franchise league a calendar generates more since then, but implementing it at least once or twice a year adds events to the calendar that you can sell tickets for.
  • The league needs at least 16 teams. More is usually better, and if the Call Of Duty League wants to grow, it needs to add 4 teams next year. There are so many good players languishing in Challengers due to no expansion and 12 spots being wiped out from the switch to 4v4 in Black Ops Cold War. Bring them back along with 4 more.
  • Challengers need more attention. What’s crazy is that not all the big name teams made it to this event. Texas Nation (although they had representation through Kismet and Havok), Minnesota Rokkr Academy, Stallions (probably for the better given the cheating scandal), all missing from this one. IHOLDSHIFT is doing an amazing job helping to organize things on their end, and the ClutchGG streams for Charlie and Delta were good. More integration is needed between the CDL and Challengers.

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David Burdette is a TN Gamer/Writer/Content Creator and Senior Editor for Gaming Trend. He loves Playstation, Star Wars, Marvel and many other fandoms. He also plays too much Call Of Duty. You can chat with him on Twitter @SplitEnd89.

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