This weekend would be the final likelihood for a lot of the groups within the Name of Responsibility League to earn extra CDL factors to spice up their seeding going into the playoffs, aka Champs.
4 groups — Paris, New York, London and the Los Angeles Guerrillas — had their final likelihood this previous weekend on the London house collection. Of those groups, the Paris Legion definitely made essentially the most of their alternative, going all the way in which to the weekend match closing.
They could have misplaced 3-Zero to Dallas, however they picked up 30 CDL factors and sit eighth within the standings. That is essential as a result of the highest eight will begin Champs within the winners bracket, whereas the underside 4 could have no margin for error as they’re going to begin within the losers bracket. Whether or not OpTic Gaming Los Angeles and even the Toronto Extremely can cross the Legion this weekend might be one of many issues to observe.
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Additionally price watching would be the closing seedings for the highest 4 groups. Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago and Florida will all be competing this weekend and the highest two seeds are nonetheless up for grabs.
Beneath is how our workers voted to rank the 12 groups after this previous weekend’s house collection. Every collaborating workers member ranked the CDL groups from No. 1 to No. 12, and the outcomes had been aggregated to find out the listing under. All participant stats are courtesy of Atlanta FaZe stat analyst Austin O’Neil.
Earlier rankings: Jan. 28 | Feb. 12 | Feb. 26 | March 11 | April 14 | April 29 | Might 13 | Might 27 | June 17 | June 24 | July 15
1. Dallas Empire
Season report: 21-10 | Week 12 report: 4-0 | Change from final rating:2
The Dallas Empire could have yet one more likelihood to earn extra factors throughout the Toronto house collection, however even a subpar displaying will not damage them an excessive amount of after how dominant they had been this previous weekend. They went undefeated and dropped just one map en route to a different house collection victory and 50 CDL factors. With 240 factors on the season — simply 10 behind Atlanta and 20 forward of each Florida and Chicago — the Empire are sitting fairly. If they will win one other house collection they’d take the highest spot within the standings heading into Champs, however even when they continue to be in second they’re going to nonetheless get a two-round bye. They’ll possible assure that if they only make the semifinals this weekend.
All the squad was on level this previous weekend. No one had a Ok/D decrease than 1.15. Only for some perspective, a number of groups this weekend did not have anyone of their lineup with a Ok/D that top. The ultimate in opposition to Paris was no contest, however even within the semifinals in opposition to Florida, the Empire made fast work of the Mutineers. That win in all probability mentioned extra about the place Dallas is at given how good Florida has regarded currently. The best way James “Clayster” Eubanks was pumped up on the finish of that matchup lets you know the way good Dallas felt after that victory.
— Brian Bencomo
2. Atlanta FaZe
Season report: 23-6 | Week 12 report: DNP | Change from final rating:
As we discuss our theme this week, the final likelihood, we’ve two we have to focus on that pertain to the Atlanta FaZe.
First, that is their final likelihood earlier than the playoffs to cease their downward development in Search & Destroy (9-9 of their previous 18 maps on the mode, with 5 of these video games going to the 11th spherical).
Second, that is their final likelihood to safe a primary or second seed — an enormous boon as those that occupy these spots will get a two-round bye within the playoffs. The Mutineers, Huntsman and Empire are all competing within the Toronto house collection and inside placing distance of knocking the FaZe right down to a much less best third or fourth seed.
— Darin Kwilinski
3. Florida Mutineers
Season report: 19-10 | Week 12 report: 2-2 | Change from final rating:2
Florida had an opportunity to show it’s the finest workforce within the Name of Responsibility League solely to fall brief in opposition to the Dallas Empire within the London house collection.
The Mutineers will not be happy with making the knockout spherical on the again of two wins over OpTic Gaming Los Angeles after which being unceremoniously shut out by Dallas. A vibrant spot was Maurice “Fero” Henriquez scoring the second-highest Ok/D of the match with a 1.27, which is yet one more step up for the workforce’s No. 2 participant.
If Cesar “Skyz” Bueno returns to trying just like the front-runner for league MVP and Joseph “Owakening” Conley retains shouldering extra weight, there is a shot that the Mutineers are the ultimate workforce standing in a Toronto house collection area that features Atlanta, Dallas and Chicago.
— Sean Morrison
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4. Chicago Huntsmen
Season report: 20-7 | Week 12: DNP | Change from final rating:
The Toronto house collection will give Chicago yet one more likelihood to show it is higher than Atlanta, Florida, Dallas or any mixture of the three.
The Huntsmen have been in an odd spot for the previous month, with up-and-down play resulting in every thing from sweeps of the FaZe to losses to the Los Angeles Guerrillas. The development in Preston “Prestinni” Sanderson’s play throughout the New York occasion, mixed with an occasion break that gave Chicago extra VOD evaluations on Dallas and Florida, units the Huntsmen up for a powerful closing regular-season stand. Beginning off the Toronto house collection with a match in opposition to the Seattle Surge units Prestinni’s squad up for a straightforward path to the knockout stage.
5. London Royal Ravens
Season report: 12-14 | Week 12 report: 2-1 | Change from final rating:1
As quickly as I discovered our theme for the week was “final possibilities,” my abdomen dropped, realizing this actually was London’s. It was the Royal Ravens’ final shot at a regular-season win, and it was in their very own house collection nonetheless. They’re going to end the season with 120 factors, and until one thing loopy occurs, that ought to maintain them within the prime half of the leaderboard going into the postseason.
Regardless of the semifinal loss to the Legion, there have been loads of positives to the Royal Ravens’ house collection. They discovered Domination! They reverse-swept the No. 1-ranked Florida Mutineers! Trei “Zer0” Morris and brothers Matthew “Skrapz” and Bradley “wuskin” Marshall all completed with constructive Ok/Ds! I am giving Skrapz’s St. Petrograd Domination vs. Paris my vote for efficiency of the week. He was again on the MP5, racking up 33 kills and incomes a 3.00 Ok/D. If he brings that stage of play to the postseason, London’s proper again the place it needs to be.
— Elizabeth Baugh
6. New York Subliners
Season report: 13-17 | Week 12 report: 1-2 | Change from final rating:1
Final week was NYSL’s final likelihood to show — actually show — that it is within the dialogue for the CDL’s inaugural title as an alternative of being gatekeepers. Positive, a giant match win on the Subliners’ house collection was implausible, and it regarded like they had been going to maintain up that momentum on the London house collection with an early sweep of the Guerrillas. A sweep by the hands of the Empire was dangerous, however these items occur (and it was comparatively shut so far as sweeps go), however then NYSL acquired swept by the Legion and its common season ended with extra questions than solutions. The Subliners will hope to reply these questions within the postseason.
— Joe DeMartino
7. Minnesota RØKKR
Season report: 12-14 | Week 12 report: DNP | Change from final rating:1
Even when the RØKKR take first on the Toronto house collection they’d nonetheless handle solely a fifth-place seed. Sure, fifth could be higher than their assured, at worst, eighth-place seed, however what the RØKKR actually have here’s a final likelihood to solidify their potential to comply with by. After a couple of excessive factors close to the midseason when the RØKKR rattled off two house collection finals appearances in a row, issues have been largely quiet for Minnesota. If the RØKKR wish to make an announcement earlier than Champs, there isn’t any higher likelihood than a house collection that features the Empire, FaZe, Huntsmen and Mutineers.
8. Paris Legion
Season report: 10-16 | Week 12 report: 3-2 | Change from final rating:3
The Legion had one final likelihood to regain a few of their early-season mojo, they usually positively succeeded. They even made the finals of the Toronto house collection, the place they had been swept by the Empire. Weirdly sufficient, each member of the Legion ended the weekend with a destructive Ok/D, however that was as a result of the person gamers stepped as much as carry in numerous matches — Denholm “Denz” Taylor and Zach “Zed” Denyer in opposition to the Guerillas, and Matthew “KiSMET” Tinsley and Luke “Louqa” Rigas in opposition to NYSL, for instance. Paris could be a scary spoiler workforce within the playoffs.
9. Toronto Extremely
Season report: 7-13 | Week 12 report: DNP | Change from final rating:2
Look, it may not look like it in the event you’ve learn any of my blurbs on Toronto, however I just like the Extremely. I’ve preferred them since they revealed their “Extremely as f—” branding; it embodied the Name of Responsibility scene splendidly with out being too over-the-top.
I’ve harped on all of them season lengthy about dividing the workload, and whereas it took some time, one thing has lastly clicked with Tobias “CleanX” Juul Jønsson within the lineup. The very best guess for the Extremely to get into the fifth-eighth seeding for the playoffs is to take a top-two spot at this weekend’s match. Primarily based on tiebreaker standards they’d have a better match win proportion over Paris in the event that they took second (they’re 1-1 in opposition to Paris, with each groups taking 3-1 wins, which means we go to the third standards of total match win proportion), and in the event that they took first, they’d straight up surpass them in CDL factors.
To see rosters for the entire Name of Responsibility League groups, click on right here.
10. OpTic Gaming L.A.
Season report: 8-15 | Week 12 report: 1-2 | Change from final rating:1
This weekend would be the final likelihood for OpTic to get out of the underside 4 within the CDL standings and thus keep away from beginning Champs within the losers bracket. If they will attain the semifinals that may give them 20 factors and a tie with the Paris Legion (who do not play this weekend) for eighth place. On condition that OpTic might be in a gaggle that features Chicago, Toronto and Seattle, they’ve a authentic likelihood to advance out of their group.
Newcomers Zack “Drazah” Jordan and Darien “Hole” Chverchko did not essentially stand out with Ok/Ds of 0.91 and 0.9, respectively, however then once more neither did anyone else on the workforce aside from perhaps Austin “SlasheR” Liddicoat. They did play an in depth match in opposition to Florida, a 3-2 loss on Friday that included an 11-round Search & Destroy in Map 5. Possibly one other week collectively for this new OpTic lineup and all people begins to jell somewhat extra they usually make one other shock run to the ultimate at this weekend’s house collection. They’re going to face Toronto on Friday.
11. Seattle Surge
Season report: 5-16 | Week 12 report: 0-2 | Change from final rating:1
Because of the Toronto house collection, the Seattle Surge, and CDL, have one closing shot to interrupt Sam “Octane” Larew’s will and kills/deaths ratio earlier than we enter the playoffs.
The New York house collection may need been the final straw for Seattle’s MVP candidate. The weekend featured a little bit of every thing, from expletive-filled Twitter tirades in regards to the CDL selecting to not restart a match in opposition to London when a Surge participant disconnected to clap-backs and, ultimately, this:
For the love of God can I get by this yr I can’t deal with this stupidity any extra.
– Surge Octane (@OctaneSam) July 17, 2020
Effectively, the yr is not over. Not but. Octane has since apologized for the way in which he reacted following the loss to London after additionally releasing a video wherein he mentioned this weekend was a “boiling level” for him.
Regardless of all of it, Octane has remained the most effective AR gamers within the CDL; his worst occasion Ok/D of the season is 1.14, a profession day for about half the gamers on this league. If he is fortunate, he’ll be capable to make it out of this season with none extra “high quality me” moments and discover a higher use for his top-tier expertise in Yr 2.
12. Los Angeles Guerrillas
Season report: 5-17 | Week 12 report: 0-2 | Change from final rating:2
The Guerrillas had their final likelihood to earn extra CDL factors this previous weekend. With zero factors to indicate for it, they’re assured to stay in final place within the CDL standings and could have the 12th seed throughout the playoffs. Solely Rasim “Blazt” Ogresevic, who put up a Ok/D of 1.07, actually stood out this weekend. It was a disappointing end for a workforce that was beginning to present some promise only a few weeks in the past.
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