With the start of the first season of the Call of Duty World League for Call of Duty®: Black Ops III just around the corner, eSportsNation will be releasing these power rankings for the teams participating in this league.
This preseason edition of the power rankings will serve as a reference point prior to the action beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 5 for the North American region. After every week of action, we will be releasing another power rankings article where the teams will either move up or down based on how they perform in their matches.
The point system for these power rankings will be calculated based on the rankings submitted by any of the eSportsNation staff members. These staff members were asked to rank the 12 teams in order from best to worst, with No. 1 being the best and No. 12 being the worst. Points will be rewarded to mirror a team’s ranking; for example, the first place team will receive 12 points, while the twelfth place team will receive one point.
Without further ado, here are your power rankings for this week.
NA Power Rankings – Preseason/Week 1 (Season 1)
1. OpTic Gaming
Receiving almost every single first-place vote from our staff, it should come as no surprise to see OpTic Gaming at the top of the preseason power rankings. Despite losing to Rise Nation in the finals of the Totino’s Invitational, the same roster that dominated throughout Call of Duty®: Advanced Warfare looks to continue their winning ways in Black Ops III.
2. Rise Nation
Coming in a close second behind OpTic was Rise Nation , rightfully earned by their performance at the Totino’s Invitational. As the only team to win a LAN event in this game, Rise will look to perform well online in this first season of the Call of Duty World League.
3. FaZe Clan
One of the best teams in Advanced Warfare, FaZe Clan has kept the same roster for this first season in Black Ops III. With the veteran leadership of Clayster, this team will look to make FaZe proud by taking back their title as the best team in game.
4. Team EnVy
The boys in blue of Team EnVyUs put on an impressive performance at the CWL LAN Qualifier. With the duo of ACHES and TeePee reunited yet again, fans everywhere will be rooting for these two players to dominate just as they did in the last Treyarch Studios’ game.
5. Team eLevate
The old Team Revenge from the 2015 Call of Duty Championships has reformed under Team eLevate . After a hard-fought victory at the CWL LAN Qualifier to earn their spot in the league, the majority of our staff is expecting this roster to continue to play well together and be in the top half of the league standings.
6. compLexity Gaming
These veteran players have come back to one another under one of the best organizations from Call of Duty®: Black Ops II in compLexity Gaming . These guys played well at the LAN Qualifier, and although there were some varying opinions from our staff about this team, the majority decided that coL will be a top contender in the league.
7. Apotheon eSports
One of the greatest stories thus far in Black Ops III comes from Apotheon eSports , a new organization that was doubted by many. As one of the best Search and Destroy teams and with the veteran leadership of FEARS and PHiZZURP, most of our staff felt confident in placing AES in the second-tier of teams for the first season of the CWL.
8. Team Kaliber
Team Kaliber has been around for a while now, and while they always seem to out-place expectations on LAN, this team’s biggest weakness has always been their play online. There was great disparity in where our staff ranked this team, but after adding the points, tK was still able to secure the eighth spot in our preseason power rankings.
9. Luminosity Gaming
The late addition of Saints just before the online qualifier really helped propel Luminosity Gaming into the position they are in today. After dominating Enigma6 Gold to qualify for the CWL, Luminosity arguably are the best team out of the four that qualified via the online qualifier.
10. Dream Team
Dream Team has always been a great online team, so it was somewhat surprising to see them ranked this low by our staff. Regardless, dT has shown great potential online, so it wouldn’t be too surprising if they quickly rose through our power rankings after the first week or two.
11. Counter Logic Gaming
Counter Logic Gaming played well at the CWL LAN Qualifier and just missed out on qualifying, but they were able to show that they can compete online when they earned their spot in the league through the online qualifier. The majority of our staff ranked them in the bottom three spots, but it would not be too shocking to see this team surprise fans with their online gameplay.
12. Question Mark
It’s rather ironic, but there is a big question mark surrounding this team. They narrowly qualified for the league after making an 0-2 comeback against a relatively-unknown EZG eSports , so it was not too surprising to see them voted in the bottom two spots by almost every member of our staff.
What do you think about our Power Rankings for this week? Are there any teams that you would rank higher or lower? Let us know by commenting below or tweeting us @eSportsNation .