CDL Coaches Poll: Post-Major 3 Power Ranking

Welcome back to the CDL Coaches Poll brought to you by Breaking Point for the Modern Warfare 2 season! We have again reached out to all 12 CDL coaching staffs around the league to get their thoughts on the current team Power Rankings after the Toronto Ultra’s victory at Major III. Each coach ranks the opposing teams 1st through 11th, without putting their own team into the rankings. After collecting the rankings from all 12 franchises, each team would be given points for each vote, as seen below:

1st – 11 points
2nd – 10 points
3rd – 9 points
4th – 8 points
5th – 7 points
6th – 6 points
7th – 5 points
8th – 4 points
9th – 3 points
10th – 2 points
11th – 1 points

The CDL Coaches Power Ranking

1st: Atlanta FaZe

Total Points Received – 116

Atlanta just hang on to the top spot in the Post Major III Power Rankings, edging out Toronto by just 1 point. Atlanta has been very consistent this season, finishing in the top 3 at each of the three Majors this season. The team recently set the CDL record for SnD map wins at 15 in a row, making their season record in the mode 30-9. While they are the best SnD team, their respawn needs to be a priority to improve during the break. Hardpoint is the clear weakness, having a 22-24 record this season against pro teams. Without improvement, the team will be putting a lot of pressure on their SnD form to stay at a high level.

2nd: Toronto Ultra

Total Points Received – 115

Toronto Ultra caught a lot of flack after their Major II exit, with many fans beginning to think they performed better online. They set out to prove that isn’t the case, and proved that they can win on LAN. After another successful qualifier, the Ultra came in hot to Texas. The team ran the gauntlet, taking down multiple top teams in their run. They include New York Subliners (3-1), Boston Breach (3-2), Atlanta FaZe (3-1), and then OpTic Texas in the Finals (4-2). This run proved they can no longer be called “Bell Fiber Merchants”, and showed their respawn strength. For the season, the Ultra are now 20-8 in Control with a 18-6 combined record on El Asilo & Hotel. They will continue to be in contention to win Championships this season.

3rd: OpTic Texas

Total Points Received – 95

OpTic Texas found their resurgence in form at their own Major, making a Lower Bracket run from Round 1 all the way to the Grand Finals. While they might have run out of steam against the Ultra, OpTic showed their high potential. The Major III run showcased the strength of OpTic, their Hardpoint play. For the season, OpTic are now 28-19 in the game mode after they went 14-6 at the Major. On Fortress & Mercado combined they went 9-0 during Stage 3 as a whole. This gives the Greenwall much confidence that this squad can compete for Championships the rest of the season.

4th: Los Angeles Thieves 

Total Points Received – 84

After a very strong Lower Bracket run to finish 2nd at Major II it looked like the Thieves were back in form. This wouldn’t be the case, as the team would fall to FaZe 3-0 and then Las Vegas in the Lower Bracket 3-1. The loss to the Legion stung the most, as Clayster & Co came back from a very large deficit in the game 4. There is still much to be positive about for the team and their fans. For the Modern Warfare II season, the Thieves are 28-20 in Hardpoint and 19-11 in Control. They are even or have a winning record in every single respawn map as well. This team is balanced in respawn across the board, and are one of the most fundamental teams in the CDL. When they catch their form in SnD, this team will be scary to play against.

5th: Boston Breach

Total Points Received – 83

After bringing in Ben “Beans” McMellon for Anthony “Methodz” Zinni, many had high expectations for the squad. Their ceiling would be arguably higher but until the team could build up chemistry their flood could also be lower. After a strong qualifier in which they finished 4-1, the team went into the Major facing off against the home team OpTic. Boston would pull off the upset, knocking OpTic into the Lower bracket. Even though the Breach would end up falling to both Toronto Ultra & OpTic Texas later in the tournament, Boston proved to be a top team and a contender to be a Sunday regular team in the future.

6th: Seattle Surge

Total Points Received – 79

One of the hottest teams in Stage 3 was the Seattle Surge. The Surge bounced back from the disappointing Major II, going 4-1 in the Major III qualifiers and having a great map count in all three modes. Amer “Pred” Zulbeari was putting in MVP numbers for the squad, helping them have one of the best map records going into the major. They wouldn’t net the result they had wished for, after a heartbreaking map 5 loss to the FaZe and 3-1 loss to OpTic Texas. While they only finished Top 6, the Surge look like a team that can win championships. If they can continue this form into Stage 4, fan could expect another deep run at Major IV. 

7th: New York Subliners 

Total Points Received – 59

The Major I champions haven’t been able to replicate the success they had early on. They finished Top 8 at Major II and then Top 12 at Major III. Thanks to solid qualifier performances, the Subliners are still at 4th in the CDL points standings with 155 points. They also still have good map records in all three modes including 17-10 in Control. There are a lot of reasons to be positive for New York fans, but they should still be concerned with the 1-3 loss to the Mutineers to get knock out of the Major. If they can fix the same issues with their map pool, the Subliners will be able to get back in form and be a Sunday contender.

8th: Las Vegas Legion

Total Points Received – 50

The biggest surprise of Stage 3 were the Las Vegas Legion. They started the qualifiers with a big 3-1 victory over the LA Thieves to earn vital points on the CDL points standings. While they would fall to both Atlanta and Toronto 3-1, both times the Legion fought hard and were not easy victories. After starting in the Lower Bracket thanks to a loss to the LA Guerrillas in the final match of the qualifiers, the Legion surprised everyone. The team took down the LA Guerrillas in Round 1 to start off Friday evening, but that wouldn’t be it. In a rematch against the LA Thieves, the Legion came back from a 63-206 deficit in the map 1 and took the round 11 map 2 SnD. They would finish the series off during map 4, winning the Hardpoint to take the series 3-1. If this is the Legion for the rest of the season, they are still very much in the running for the 8th seed.

9th: London Royal Ravens

Total Points Received – 36

London Royal Ravens may be last in the CDL points standings with just 50, but they are starting to turn their season around. Their result during Major III is very deceiving, as the squad only lost to very good teams the entirety of Stage 3. They took down the Major III champions online, winning 3-2. They brought Boston Breach to a map 5 online, and then took OpTic Texas to a map 5 at the Major. This was thanks to a career high in form out of Byron “Nastie” Plumridge and being strong on key maps in both Hardpoint and SnD. With another roster change in the cards, London will be a key team to watch to see if they can turn their season around during Stage 4.

10th: Minnesota RØKKR 

Total Points Received – 30

Another surprise during Stage 3 was the Minnesota Rokkr, sadly it was a bad surprise. The Rokkr made a deep run at Major II, making it to Sunday and upsetting both OpTic and the Subliners. It was expected that Rokkr would continue this form, even getting better going into Stage 3. The exact opposite occurred, with the Rokkr going 0-5 in the qualifiers and losing 0-3 to the Thieves at the Major. Even with an 0-6 stage, the Rokkr hold the 8th seed in the CDL points standings with a 20 point lead over the Legion. They will have to improve their SnD (10-20 record this year) if they hope to recapture their Major II form. If they can do that, the Rokkr will be able to bounce back from this slump.

11th: Florida Mutineers

Total Points Received – 26

After revamping their roster during the break, fans didn’t know how good the Mutineers could be. The team couldn’t contest in Hardpoint during Stage 2, and that was their major downfall. During Stage 3, their form in the game mode improved and they finished with a 5-7 record but they lost all of their form in SnD. If they can’t compete in SnD, then the Mutineers will struggle to knock off teams higher on this list. For the season, Florida is 10-29 in Hardpoint and 10-12 in Control. Now in Stage 3, they went 2-6 in SnD which was their strong point over the course of the season (13-7 outside Stage 3). With two other bottom four teams improving greatly, the Mutineers will have to come with a lit fire during Stage 4 to save their season.

12th: Los Angeles Guerrillas

Total Points Received – 19

Rounding out the Coaches Poll is the LA Guerrillas for the 2nd time. The Guerrillas have seemed to lost all of their form in respawn modes Hardpoint while being great in Control. Over Stage 3, the Guerrillas have a 2-11 record in Hardpoint with map wins on just Embassy and Fortress. In that same time period they are 6-5 in SnD and 5-2 in Control. If they can find some of their Stage 2 form (they went 8-2 during the Major II qualifiers), then this team will have some upset potential with how good their Control is. Even with the team in the last position in the Power Ranking, they are only 40 CDL points behind the 8th place Minnesota Rokkr. 

Author: EasyMac

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