The start of the second season of Duty calls League is fast approaching, which means it’s time to take a look at the 12 franchises that go into professional Black Ops Cold War action.
I reached out to pro players and coaches over the weekend to get their rankings for each team before the start of the 2021 season. However, votes for a player or the coach’s own team were not included in these rankings.
With Duty calls The league will start playing on February 11, here is some insight into how all the teams feel that they have gathered so far during the preseason.
1) Dallas Empire
- Average rating: 1.6
- Roster: iLLY, Crimsix, Shotzzy and Huke
- Coaching team: Rambo
- Replacement: Felo
- Kickoff Classic Match: 3-0 victory over New York Subliners
There was no doubt that this team could move on to Cold War and continue to dominate. Huke, Shotzzy and iLLeY have each looked like they could be the best player on the team at some point. And with Crimsix leading the pack, this squad shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
2) Atlanta FaZe
- Average rating: 1.9
- Start list: Simp, Cellium, Arcitys and aBeZy
- Coaching team: Crowder, RJ and EasyMac
- Replacement: Sib
- Kickoff Classic Match: 3-2 tap vs. Florida Mutineers
From top to bottom, this entire list includes some of the most talented players in the league. Each player is able to drop huge numbers on any map at any time, and they also have the coaching talent of Crowder, RJ and EasyMac behind them. There is no way this team will ever be outside the top three this year.
3) OpTic Chicago
- Average rating: 2.5
- Roster: Scump, FormaL, Dashy and Envoy
- Coaching team: Sender
- Replacement: General
- Kickoff Classic Match: 3-0 win over Los Angeles Thieves
Most fans are probably not surprised by the top three teams so far. Although some may want to put OpTic a little higher, I think this is a fair conversation for now. Dashy and Envoy have both looked good on this game, and since moving to Texas, FormaL has been playing its best side Infinite warfare season.
4) Florida Mutineers
- Average rating: 4.4
- Roster: Skyz, Owakening, Slacked and Neptune
- Coaching team: Atura
- Replacement: Havok
- Kickoff Classic Match: 3-2 victory against Atlanta FaZe
The Mutineers started this season with Havok as a starter. But after three months of practice, the organization decided to bench him and add earlier Hello plays Neptune to the starting lineup. Neptune has stood out so far and looks like a frontrunner for this year’s rookie.
5) Los Angeles Thieves
- Average rating: 4.8
- Roster: SlasheR, TJHaLy, Kenny and Temp
- Coaching team: JKap and Novus
- Replacement: Drazah
- Kickoff Classic Match: 3-0 loss vs. OpTic Chicago
SlasheR, Kenny and TJHaLy started the offseason without knowing what their future might hold, but Nadeshot eventually answered the call and bought OpTic Gaming Los Angeles’ CDL spot. The team was then renamed the Los Angeles Thieves, and they secured Temp as their fourth. This line-up has at times looked rocky, but any team with SlasheR on tends to start slower than they should. Expect improvements from this list as the year goes on.
6) Minnesota RØKKR
- Average rating: 5.6
- Roster: Party, Accuracy, Priestahh and MajorManiak
- Coaching team: BrianSaintt and Reppin
- Replacement: BrianSaintt
- Kickoff Tournament Match: 3-2 win against Toronto Ultra
RØKKR cleared the entire list in the offseason and locked in four top players in Attach, Accuracy, Priestahh and MajorManiak. The team has looked solid so far and proved it with a 3-2 win against Toronto Ultra in the Kickoff Classic last month.
7) Toronto Ultra
- Average rating: 6.5
- Roster: Methodz, Cammy, CleanX and Bance
- Coaching team: MarkyB and RBOFLX
- Replacement: Insight
- Kickoff Tournament Match: 3-2 tap vs. Minnesota RØKKR
Toronto Ultra finished seventh in the regular season last year and continued to place in the top six in 2020 Duty calls Series Championship. Within this season, the organization decided to stick with four of its players, joining Dallas as the only other team in the league that did not add a new face to the starting lineup. But if this team struggles, Insight, who previously played for Team Singularity, is ready and waiting on the bench.
8) New York Subliners
- Average rating: 7.5
- Roster: Clayster, Asim, Mack and DiamondCon
- Coaching team: Revan and JP
- Substitutes: HyDra and ZooMaa
- Kickoff Classic Match: 3-0 loss vs. Dallas Empire
Four days before the Kickoff Classic, ZooMaa announced that it would take a step back from competitive Duty calls due to a prolonged hand injury. With HyDra stuck in France, the Subliners were left with few options for their list. Finally, the organization called up DiamondCon from the academy team. DiamondCon played well, but New York lost 3-0 to the defending world champions during the Kickoff Classic. With more practice, this layer should only be improved. If that fails, HyDra could make it to the country faster than you think.
9) Paris Legion
- Average rating: 8.2
- Roster: Skrapz, AquA, Classic and Fire
- Coaching team: Theory
- Replacement: Theory (unconfirmed)
- Kickoff Classic Match: 3-2 win over London Royal Ravens
Paris dropped their entire list in the offseason and almost scouted enough players to form their own league. But in the end, the legion locked in Skrapz, AquA, Classic and rookie player Fire. The four players individually may not be the most talented in the league, but they all have a point to prove this year. They are underdogs entering this season.
10) London Royal Ravens
- Average rating: 8.7
- Roster: Dylan, Seany, Alexx and Parasite
- Coaching team: Shane and dominates
- Substitutes: Zer0 and Afro
- Kickoff Classic Match: 3-2 tap vs. Paris Legion
Unfortunately for Zer0, he has not managed to secure his visa and will be stuck in the UK until further notice. Because of this, Parasite, who has not been in the pro league since Black Ops 4, has got its first real opportunity in the newly created Duty calls League. To be officially announced, Parasite will debut for London this weekend against the Seattle Surge.
11) Guerrillas in Los Angeles
- Average rating: 9.6
- Roster: Apathy, stupid, assault and living
- Coaching team: Bevils and Ricky
- Substitutes: Cheen and Mental
- Kickoff Classic Match: 3-2 win over Seattle Surge
Apathy appeared during the Guerrillas’ Kickoff Classic match, dropping a 1.22 K / D – the eighth highest K / D this weekend. The guerrillas hope to recreate Assault, Silly and Apathy’s success in 2018 where they won Duty calls World Championships in WWII. But they have a long way to go before they become a serious competitor in this league.
12) Seattle Surge
- Average rating: 10.8
- Roster: Octane, Gunless, Loony and the Priest
- Coaching team: Nubzy
- Replacement: Nubzy (unconfirmed)
- Kickoff Classic Match: 3-2 tap vs. Los Angeles Guerrillas
The talent is there, but once again, the Seattle Surge has struggled to enter the 2021 season. They still have a lot to work on before they can climb the rankings – and fortunately the season has not yet started. But they have to find out before it’s too late.
2021 season off Duty calls League officially begins February 11 at. 14:00 CT.