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CDL 2021 Power Rankings after Stage 4 Week 1

Here’s our updated Call of Duty League Power Rankings. Stage 4 of the 2021 Call of Duty League season got…

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Here’s our updated Call of Duty League Power Rankings.

Stage 4 of the 2021 Call of Duty League season got off to a bang with some incredible matches. Shock results see some teams move up the rankings, while some of the big teams fall down. Here’s our updated Power Rankings following Stage 4 Week 1.

12. Seattle Surge (-1)

Nicholas “Classic” DiCostanzo appears next to the words "Welcome Classic" and a Seattle Surge logo.

Seattle Surge changed up their roster heading into Stage 4, bringing in Classic to replace Decemate. While theory tooko the LA Thieves to a game five, the mapset played into their hands, and the Thieves didn’t look completely there just yet. Because of this, Surge find themselves rock bottom of our Rankings.

11. LA Guerrillas (-1)

Bryan "Apathy" Zhelyazkov faces the camera in his gaming chair wearing a white hoodie

The LA Guerrillas suffered a 3-1 defeat to the New York Subliners this week, something that was completely expected. Yet again, the Guerrillas won the Search and Destroy, the only game mode that seems to give them a fighting chance in any series. They need to improve their respawns quick, or they could get left behind.

10. Paris Legion (+1)

A half face shot of Alex "Zaptius" Bonilla appears with the words "Welcome Zaptius" accompanied by the Paris Legion logos.

While they suffered back-to-back 3-1 losses this week, Paris Legion looked better than ever. Their Search and Destroy was great, and if it wasn’t for mistakes of their own, they would have beaten Minnesota ROKKR 3-1. Paris just needs to brush up on their small errors, and then they could be a dark horse.

9. London Royal Ravens (-1)

Alex "Alexx" Carpenter appears in front of a PC with the words "Dialed In Alex Behind the Controller" with a red white and blue PlayStation below.

Taking Dallas Empire to a map five seemed like a great start to Stage 4 for the Ravens, however a swift 3-0 defeat to the hands of the Florida Mutineers came right after. The first week with the new squad was difficult for Lnodn, but they showed talent, and with time they could become a top 6 team. The only issue is… they don’t have much time.

8. Minnesota ROKKR (+1)

Dillon "Attach" Price points to a team mate during a live series in the CDL

MajorManiak has made a great return to the squad this week. While they lost 3-0 to OpTic, their 3-1 win over Paris showed their talent in respawns. This was a win that Minnesota needed, and they have to take this momentum into next week’s matches.

7. Dallas Empire (-)

Pro Call of Duty League player Reece “Vivid” Drost stands in front of a Dallas Empire crown logo on a blue background.

Dallas Empire recently made the move to bring in Vivid to the squad, and this was a week to forget for him. Vivid struggled in his debut with the squad as he put up a 0.67 overall K/D. In their defeat against Toronto, it didn’t look any better, with a 0.58. This is just his first week, and in time he will find his rhythm. If he does, Dallas could be a title contender once again.

6. LA Thieves (-1)

Thomas "TJHaLy" Haly watches his screen during a live match

The LA Thieves returned to their previous roster this week, and it wasn’t a smooth start. While they took a 3-2 win over Seattle Surge, they would’ve expected this to be slightly more dominant, and they’ll need to stop the mistakes for Week 2. However, TJHaly looked good on his return, and Thieves fans can look forward to the future.

5. OpTic Chicago (-1)

Matthew "Formal" Piper makes a call to his team mates through the headset during a live game

OpTic Chicago started the week strong, bringing their momentum from the Stage 3 Major and dominantly taking a 3-0 win over Minnesota ROKKR. This was a great start for OpTic, however FaZe didn’t let the celebrations last long, as they took a 3-0 win of their own, and left Formal with the lowest overall K/D in CDL history at 0.46. OpTic can’t seem to get past FaZe, and this is an issue if they want to win championships.

4. Florida Mutineers (+2)

Cesar "Skyz" Bueno walks on stage in his Florida Mutineers jersey

The Florida Mutineers find themselves in the Top 4 of our Power Rankings for the first time this season after a 3-2 win over Toronto Ultra, and 3-0 over the London Royal Ravens. Florida’s inconsistency has been a problem this year, but they;re finally starting to find form, and it’s sticking. With Skyz and Owakening shooting like they are, the Mutineers look dangerous in Stage 4.

3. New York Subliners (-)

Obaid "Asim" Asim stands against a black background under low lighting during his time playing for the Minnesota Rokkr

The Subliners looked excellent once again in their 3-1 win over the LA Guerrillas. In this match, it was Mack who really took centre stage, as his 1.50 overall K/D saw New York completely dominate the respawns. New York are a dangerous team, and one to watch in Stage 4.

2. Toronto Ultra (-)

Cameron "Cammy" McKilligan waves as he enters the stage in his Toronto Ultra hoodie

The Top 3 remains the same, with Toronto Ultra sitting in second place. Their loss to Florida was a shock, however the team bounced back with a 3-0 win over Dallas Empire as they looked back to their best. This bounce back is great to see, and shows that the loss to Florida was more of an off day, than a real issue.

1. Atlanta FaZe (-)

Tyler “aBeZy” Pharris on stage after one of FaZe's 2020 victories

Atlanta FaZe look like the Stage 1 and Stage 3 team we saw out of them. Completely dominant, and almost impossible to beat. Arcitys continues his run of form as he tore through OpTic, and FaZe look to take back to back championships in Stage 4.



Shiba Inu’s days in the sun may be over; here’s why



In a market full of investment-worthy coins, there are a few meme-coins such as Shiba Inu that do not offer much value, be it in terms of use-case or a strong network. Thanks to its strong community though, SHIB managed to surprise the entire crypto space.

However, it seems the community is not what it used to be anymore.

Shiba Inu sees a dump

On September 16, SHIB got listed on Coinbase pro, and people went into a frenzy. The meme-coin witnessed a 28.87% growth in 1 day.

This is the highest single-day growth since May and even then, SHIB could not breach its long-established resistance level of 0.00001010. SHIB has been stuck under it since May.

Shiba Inu’s price rose by 28.8% 48 hours ago | Source: TradingView – AMBCrypto

But that did not stop the SHIB supporters from reacting strongly. Within 48 hours, over 6.04 trillion SHIB was bought out of the market, figures that were last seen on July 26. This further led to the supply on exchanges falling to a 4-month low.

Shiba Inu’s supply on exchanges at a 4-month low | Source: Santiment – AMBCrypto

Why you should stay away from SHIB?

This kind of behavior is the exact reason why SHIB is an untrustworthy asset because it is literally treated like a pump and dump asset. The instances observed yesterday are similar to what we saw at the beginning of the July rally.

Its own community does not take it seriously and only appears during a price rise to cash out as much as possible. Active addresses and transaction volumes remain dormant and pretty low, regularly, and rise only when there is a price rise.

Shiba Inu’s transactions volumes | Source: Santiment – AMBCrypto

In fact, long-term holders cash out at the first sign of profits, too. Yesterday over 3.3 quadrillion coin days were destroyed, levels similar to which were earlier noticed, in July, showing the movement of old coins. If they had kept their holdings instead, the price would have remained stable.

Shiba Inu’s coin days destroyed | Source: Santiment – AMBCrypto

Adding to the pump and dump narrative, is the fact that in less than 24 hours, MVRV fell. Down from the strength of 2.0 into the negative zone at press time.

Shiba Inu’s MVRV in the negative zone | Source: Santiment – AMBCrypto

Simply put, there is no real value coming into the coin from the very loyal SHIB community as of now. However, due to its fanbase and hyped DOGE, it will keep blipping on the crypto radar every now and then.

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Making sense of Solana’s ‘extremely rapid’ growth



When Solana experienced a crash right after hitting a new all time high on 9 September, traders and experts tried to make sense of the event. On “The Best Business Show,” investment expert Anthony Pompliano interviewed Kyle Samani, co-founder and managing partner at Multicoin Capital, to discuss the rising star-turned-meteor, that Solana has turned out to be.

From 4 cents to over $200

Pompliano began by discussing Multicoin Capital’s investment in Solana. He calculated that the initial investment had gone up roughly 3750 times since the initial round, when one SOL had been at $0.04.

For his part, Samani said,

“Solana today is growing at an extremely rapid pace. Users being on-boarded, assets being issued, stablecoins going into it – all of these things. Look at the last nine days: it’s just a vertical line from, call it a billion in assets to like 10 billion.”

While listing out possible factors for Solana’s success, Samani cited Solana’s speed and network, its NFT platform Metaplex, the rise in SOL’s price, and the stablecoins issued.

Network > Price

Inevitably, Pompliano brought up Solana’s crash – though he admitted calling it so was “hilarious,” in the context of the alt coin’s growth. However, Samani’s answer was a surprising one. He claimed that he tried to ignore prices and didn’t refer to Coin Gecko or Coin Market Cap. Rather, he preferred to focus on Solana’s network and its growth. He further explained,

“Our time horizon is measured in years, not weeks or months. So the question we will always ask ourselves, is you know, is this network compounding at a sufficiently fast rate? And if you really go dig into developer activity, user on-boarding, dollar flow in the system. . .all of those things right now are compounding at an astounding rate and I don’t think that’s going to slow down.”

Furthermore, the following infographic presents data on Solana transfers.

Could Solana kill Ethereum?

Samani spoke about Metaplex and how the NFT platform came during the NFT Boom of summer 2021. He noted Ethereum’s high gas fees and how many users saw Solana as a faster alternative. Even so, Samani admitted that he thought it was “improbable” for Solana to displace Ethereum. Instead he suggested the two would likely co-exist.

Samani also addressed a common criticism aimed at Solana, regarding the its centralized nature, due to the number of validators and the expensive hardware required to run it.

Samani called the criticism “valid” but “irrelevant,” pointing out that the trade-off meant better performance for users, reiterating the network’s rapid growth.

At press time, there were between 974 and 1000 validators on the Solana mainnet. Samani’s assessment of the alt coin was simple but memorable. He said,

“I don’t think there’s going to be another Solana.”

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Will Bitcoin make a pitstop at $85,000, before racing to $100,000



Even though Bitcoin has been making no major moves of late, the market’s bullishness on the coin continued making headlines, and all for the right reasons. After all, the king coin surprised the market before, with massive its moves that rendered skeptics silent. 

Bitcoin to $100K, by the end of the year is a much-anticipated move by the market. As we enter the last quarter of this year, Bitcoin is expected to push towards that major psychological barrier. However, even though Bitcoin presented a solid recovery from the May crash, at the time of writing, the effects of the September 7 flash crash hadn’t completely worn out. 

Nonetheless, as BTC presented around 3% daily gains and traded at the $48.5 level at press time, the market once again eyed BTC for some major moves. But before Bitcoin actually makes a move towards the $100K, its last stop would be the $85K mark which will confirm an upward move to $100K. 

The above observation was part of a market report by trading platform Decentrader ,which presented bullish signals in the near term, for BTC. It presented how we it could be setting up for a major run that first reaches $85,000 before breaking through the psychological barrier of $100,000, thereby making for an explosive Q4 2021. 

BTC looking hyper bullish 

In spite of BTC trading below $50K throughout the week, on-chain metrics have led analysts to stay bullish on Bitcoin price action. A report stated that the constantly decreasing supply of BTC on exchanges put upwards pressure on price in the medium term. With demand increasing as supply reduces, the price would go up. 

Further, another factor that contributed to Bitcoin’s bullish mid-term trajectory was its SOPR which presented a similar trend to the months that followed the March covid crash. After the summer crash where SOPR was heavily printing green candles, some minor selling at a loss was observed on this pullback from $50,000 too. Thus, SOPR flashed a sort of buy-the-dip opportunity as final sellers get flushed out before it moves higher, as was observed in Q4 2020. 

Additionally, Active Address Sentiment Indicator had reset with price change lower than active address change. With a pullback in prices alongside constant network growth, the market will look to catch up with network growth by noting price gains. 

Thus, the report presented a hyper-bullish possibility of Bitcoin reaching $85K by the end of Q4. However, Bitcoin’s options market didn’t look too big on gains at the moment with funding rate flashing negative signs. Further BTC’s global open interest by expiry indicated year-end expectations of around $65K which is almost $20K less than the target of $85K. 

So, is $100K too far?

Well, not really. The reason being that, from the July local low of around $30K Bitcoin registered almost 75% gain to reach the multi-month price high of over $52K. Notably from the current consolidating prices, another 75% price gain would land Bitcoin to $85K. So a rally like that over the next three months won’t be a big surprise. 

Thus, while BTC was consolidating, a squeeze upward should characterize the remainder of this year, similar to events from 2020. 

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