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CoD: CDL 2021 Power Rankings After Stage 2 Week 3

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Here’s our updated Power Rankings for the 2021 CDL Season.


Stage 2 Week 3 saw some shock results, with Atlanta faZe handed their first loss, and LA Thieves continuing to struggle. Here’s how that’s shaken up our Power Rankings.

12. London Royal Ravens (-4)

After flying high in Stage 2 Week 2, it seems the Ravens’ wings were clipped for Week 3. Back to Back 3-0 losses to Toronto Ultra and Atalanta FaZe were dominant, and London looked lost. They’ll need to return to their Week 2 form if they’re to challenge in the Major.

11. Paris Legion (+1)

After a 3-1 victory over the Florida Mutineers, Paris Legion move up one place in our Power Rankings. While they looked improved, Paris still need to work on their consistency, and possibly widen their map pool. However, taking on LA Thieves in Losers Round 1 may be the easiest game they’ll have all season.

10. LA Thieves (-3)

Austin “SlasheR” Liddicoat concentrates during a live game of Call of Duty

After their incredible 4-0 start, LA Thieves are 2-7, and 0-6 in maps against rivals LA Guerrillas. The Thieves are in a sorry state right now, with Kenny having to sit out the match due to medical reasons, they’ve been unlucky. However, we know how the Thieves can bounce back, so this could all change in the Major.

9. Florida Mutineers (-3)

Pro Call of Duty player from the Florida Mutineers Josiah "Slacked" Berry looks forward with a headset on.

Following defeat to Dallas Empire and Paris Legion, Florida Mutineers move down to 9th. While this roster has the quality, they’re inconsistent and something isn’t working. A roster change may be needed soon.

8. Toronto Ultra (+1)

The stage before Toronto Ultra enter the stadium showing their team name and logo on the big screens

After taking down the Royal Ravens 3-0, Toronto Ultra move up one place into 8th. They looked dominant against London when Cammy was playing at his very best. This is something that needs to happen more often for Toronto to challenge at the top.

7. Seattle Surge (+4)

Preston "Prestinni" Sanderson sits at the PC ready for a live game in the CDL

Seattle Surge have proved that they can be a consistently good team, and therefore move up to 7th. While they were Reverse Swept by Minnesota Rokkr, Seattle looked great and Prestinni was frying once again. Seeing Prestinni play at his very best is something that fans love to see, and Surge are benefiting.

6. Los Angeles Guerrillas (+4)

The roster of the Los Angeles Guerrillas stand facing the camera, their team logo, a hooded figure with glowing white eyes, appears behind them

The Los Angeles Guerrillas enter the top 6 after their victory over Atlanta FaZe, and 3-0 win against rivals LA Thieves. Silly has been a dominant force in the Guerrillas recent matches, and his dominance has been a major factor in their wins. LAG could be a dark horse team in Major 2.

5. OpTic Chicago (-)

Brandon "Dashy" Otell makes a call through the mic during a live game of the Call of Duty League

OpTic Chicago have bounced back with a 3-0 win over Seattle Surge and 3-2 win over Dallas Empire in Week 3. Dashy made a very big statement, dominating with the Krig, while Scump showed he’s still got it in some incredible clutches. OpTic have momentum now, and could be dangerous in the Major.

4. Minnesota Rokkr (-)

Pro Call of Duty player Eli "Standy" Bentz is pictured inside a purple box. Beside that is a black background encompassing the rest of the image with the Minnesota Rokkr logo in the corner and the text "Welcome Standy" on the bottom.

Following OpTic’s win over Dallas Empire, Minnesota Rokkr secure first seed for the Major as they look to win it with new signing Standy. He has been a major improvement to the squad, and sees Rokkr currently undefeated with him.

3. New York Subliners (-)

James "Clayster" Eubanks at the PC for the Subliners during a live game of Call of Duty

Their 3-1 win over Toronto Ultra keeps the Subliners in 3rd place. They have been exceptional so far in the 2021 season, and they’ll be looking to improve on their third place finish at the last Major.

2. Dallas Empire (-)

Ian "Crimsix" Porter looks toward a team mate during a live match of the Call of Duty League

While they suffered a 3-2 loss to OpTic Chicago, Dallas Empire are still one of the best teams in the league. Crimsix has been taking matters into his own hands recently, and proving that he is still one of the best. Dallas will need to improve going into the Major, but they look dangerous.

1. Atlanta FaZe (-)

The roster of the Atlanta Faze stand against a black background in their team jerseys

Atlanta FaZe remain at the top of our Power Rankings, even after their loss to the Guerrillas. While not undefeated anymore, FaZe are 12-1 and look more dominant than ever. Their performance against the Royal Ravens was unbelievable, and LAG may have caused the League a bigger problem than before.

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Sources: LEC teams won’t be required to have an academy team in 2022

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LEC teams recently voted against the rule that obligated them to have an academy team in the European Regional League (ERL) system, according to sources close to Dot Esports. This vote was made during an owners meeting and had nine votes in favor of removing the rule and only one against it.

This is something that the LEC teams have been asking about for a while now, but 2022 will be the year in which this mandatory rule will be applied. This change doesn’t mean that the academy leagues will disappear, though, since most professional European League of Legends teams are expected to continue to have an affiliate squad in the ERLs.

MAD Lions and Rogue are examples of organizations that won the European Masters with their academy teams in the past. | Photo via Riot Games

This isn’t the only change that the academy system will undergo, however. A limit of two LEC academy teams for each regional league has also been approved, sources say. This is something that would especially influence LEC teams looking to move their academy squad from one league to another since Spain, Nordics, Germany, and France already have the quota of two teams covered.

We still don’t know which franchises will keep their academy squads for next year since this decision was made less than a week ago. Each organization is in the process of evaluating its strategy for next January, which is when these changes will go into effect.


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LCS and Mobalytics partner to launch updated amateur ecosystem

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Personal gaming companion and analytics performance platform Mobalytics is launching an update as part of a collaboration with the League of Legends Championship Series for a new amateur ecosystem.

The new LCS format is a commitment from the league to develop more NA talent in the amateur scene by creating new ways for LCS teams, tournament organizers, sponsors, and more to support the growth of the scene. 

Mobalytics, in partnership with LCS, have created an esports ecosystem with the goal of closing the gap between solo queue players and the professionals, mirroring a similar structure to that of the NBA G League, the MLB’s farm system, or advanced college and even high school scouting. 

“I’m excited about the LCS’ commitment to the amateur scene, and working with so many passionate players, staff, teams, and organizations has been invigorating,” Matt Nausha, head of amateur and scholastic for LCS America, said. “As we move forward we’ll continue to assess how we can better our processes and further the league’s development.”

Along with the newly revamped tournament system that will be rolled out, Mobalytics is also launching an esports’ centric section for its platform. 

This esports expansion for Mobalytics will help team scouts, players, and fans follow amateur competitions more closely. It will actively provide statistics for players, updated rankings, match VODs, and other resources that will make keeping up with rising talent much easier.

Profiles for amateur players will be available to view, giving detailed insights into their strengths, weaknesses, Champion pools, career stats, and more. 

“We’re happy to partner with the LCS and bring esports to the next level,” CEO and co-founder of Mobalytics Bogdan Sychyk said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if in another few years, the path to pro may begin at high school or perhaps earlier, with teams beginning to scout at a much younger age as they do in traditional sports such as NBA.”

Mobalytics was previously the official data partner for Scouting Grounds 2019 and 2020. This new format is “reaching its pinnacle” at LCS Proving Grounds Spring 2021, which is currently underway. Games will run until April 25, with the top 16 teams from Academy League and amateur league are battling for their share of $100,000.

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How to fix CS:GO’s ‘VAC unable to verify’ error

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You load up CS:GO for the first time in weeks and boom, you see a big glaring message that that reads: “VAC unable to verify.” But what does it mean and how do you fix it?

Don’t panic. Unless you’ve been naughty and have been playing around with wallhacks and aimbots in your spare time, there’s nothing to worry about. 

When Valve patches CS:GO, this error message has been known to make an appearance. The reasons for it are currently unknown, but it’s thankfully easy to fix.

Screengrab via Steam

All you have to do is close CS:GO, head into your Steam library, right-click on Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and select properties at the bottom of the drop-down menu. 

Screengrab via Steam

Next, choose Local Files (the third tab to the right) and select Verify Integrity of Game Files. After a minute or two of loading, this should validate your files and kickstart your game. If all goes according to plan, “VAC unable to verify” should now be gone for good. 

But before you load up CS:GO again, make sure to restart Steam. If this doesn’t work and you’re still scratching your head and looking for answers, reinstalling CS:GO is your next best option. It’s tedious and it might take a while, but if validating your files didn’t work, reinstalling should. 

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To uninstall CS:GO, head to the library, and right-click on the CS:GO icon again. This time though, choose Manage, uninstall, and finally install again. 

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Source: https://dotesports.com/counter-strike/news/how-to-fix-csgo-vac-unable-to-verify-error

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AGO open to offers for mhL

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AGO announced on Thursday that they are looking for a new home for Miłosz “⁠mhL⁠” Knasiak. The 19-year-old sniper, who was featured in our ‘One for the future’ article series, has been on the bench since September, stepping down from the lineup to focus on his academic commitments.

“Miłosz has recently contacted us and declared his will to return to the game,” AGO said in a statement, explaining that they can’t fit the player in their own lineup at the moment, and don’t wish to hold him back. “We cannot allow mhL to spend this time on the bench, being ready, so we are looking for a team for our 19-year-old sniper, in which he could spread his wings after his maturity break.”

mhL is looking for a new team

The Polish organization explained that their CS:GO lineup follows a “six-month rule”, which entails a half-year period of stability within the roster. “Thanks to this, players are sure of their position in the team and can focus entirely on training and competition. After this period, it’s time to take stock.”

With the end of their current period two months away, AGO has decided against experimenting with mhL, putting him up for transfer. Additionally, the AWP position on AGO is currently occupied by Michał “⁠snatchie⁠” Rudzki who boasts a team-high 1.15 rating in the last three months, proving pivotal in their climb to No. 28 in the world ranking.

Since his benching in AGO seven months ago, mhL recorded 39 maps played with Polish mix teams Poland and StylDunow and continued to put up numbers, averaging a 1.20 rating. During his tenure in AGO from July 2019 to September 2020, the youngster averaged a 1.18 rating and went below-average at just one event – his final tournament with the squad, ESL Pro League Season 12 Europe.

Parties interested for mhL‘s services can contact the Polish organization directly or get in touch with the player’s agent.

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