Since Call of Duty esports has exploded in popularity, the teams playing the game have become more valuable, skilled, and exciting to watch. Today, the platform is worth tens of millions of dollars, and some of the teams involved are global enterprises. But, with all that information in mind, which are the best Call of Duty teams in history?
To answer that question, we’re looking back over the last ten years of Call of Duty esports. We’ll look at the biggest and brightest dynasties from Call of Duty history, and outline the most cracked teams ever to grace the game. It doesn’t end there, though. We’ll also highlight some of the more recent teams to enter the scene, such as those competing in the Call of Duty League.
Let’s get started.
1. OpTic Gaming (2006 – present)
As the oldest and most prestigious gaming team in the Call of Duty space, OpTic Gaming seriously deserves the first spot on this list. It’s often said that OpTic Gaming, for a time, was the definitive dynasty in Call of Duty esports.
It was in 2006 that OpTic Gaming was founded, and in 2009 when the team officially entered the competitive scene. Like other teams on this list, OpTic Gaming started out as a sniping organisation, but quickly turned to competitive gaming.
OpTic Gaming is without a doubt one of the best Call of Duty teams in history. It’s a world champion organisation that once boasted the greatest roster known to Call of Duty. The ultimate dynasty of Crimsix, Karma, Scump, and FormaL was one of the most dominant sides in the industry. Together, they went on to win eighteen major championships.
To this day, no roster has boasted more collective wins than this one. These days OpTic Gaming has rebranded, and now competes under the name OpTic Chicago in the Call of Duty League.
2. compLexity (2012 – 2018)
There’s a common debate that occurs in the Call of Duty spaces as to which dynasty was greatest. The discussion ultimately boils down to two teams – OpTic Gaming and compLexity. However, the Call of Duty landscape is such that both of these dynasties featured relatively similar rosters.
Both Karma and Crimsix played within these two teams at the height of their competitive streaks. Furthermore, both teams are world champions, but only OpTic has gone on to compete in the Call of Duty League.
Over the years, compLexity had some prestigious players pass through its doors. It was a massive prolific organisation that peaked in 2014 with the Call of Duty Ghosts World Championship. The side of ACHES, TeePee, Crimsix, and Karma picked up a massive win to claim the team’s first and only world championship title.
3. Dallas Empire (2019 – present)
We arrive at the first ‘new’ Call of Duty League team on this list. Coincidentally, it’s also the third team on this list to have featured Crimsix, often considered the best Call of Duty player ever.
Dallas Empire was crowned the grand champion of the inaugural Call of Duty League season in 2020. It narrowly beat out Atlanta FaZe for the title, claiming an eye-watering $1.5 million in prize money. It was the most valuable win in Call of Duty history, and it was driven by some serious veteran might.
As the Call of Duty League entered its second season, Dallas Empire remained a strong contender for the championship. Also, according to Esports Charts, Dallas Empire is joint top with Atlanta FaZe for the highest peak viewership in Call of Duty history.
It might be a relatively young team, but there’s a serious wealth of potential for it to grow.
4. Evil Geniuses (2014 – 2019)
Evil Geniuses has a legacy that can be traced back to the late nineties, but the Call of Duty division kicked off in 2014. It quickly grew to become a world-class contender in the space, and some legendary players fleshed out its rosters.
Of course, in keeping with the trend of this article, Crimsix was one of those legendary players.
Although the history of the Evil Geniuses is a somewhat patchy one, there are some immense Call of Duty achievements to be found. In 2018, the Geniuses pulled off a huge win, securing the Call of Duty World League Championship, along with $600k in prize money.
Today, while the Evil Geniuses Call of Duty branch has disbanded, the organisation still pushes on in other titles.
5. Atlanta FaZe (2019 – present)
It was a hard decision whether we should include FaZe Clan or Atlanta FaZe on this list.
Of course, FaZe Clan is the historic organisation with roots that stretch back almost as far as OpTic Gaming’s do. Although, there are some who will argue that Atlanta FaZe has done more in a short time than FaZe Clan did in its entire lifetime.
Atlanta FaZe is the most dominant team in the Call of Duty League, without a shadow of a doubt. In 2020, the team won the regular season but lost out on the ultimate championship stage to Dallas Empire. However, that regular season run left Atlanta FaZe with a gleaming 26 – 7 win-loss record – a metric the team was looking to replicate in the 2021 season.
There’s no doubt this is one of the best teams in Call of Duty history, and there’s a bright future in store for all involved with Atlanta FaZe.
6. Team Kaliber (2013 – 2018)
Team Kaliber wasn’t ever a world champion Call of Duty side, but it was an extremely prolific and long-lived team. It was founded back in 2013, and up until its closure in 2018, some of Call of Duty’s finest players were rostered under its banner.
In 2018, a side featuring Accuracy, Kenny, Fero, and Enable took second place in the Call of Duty League World Championship. That same squad had also picked up first place in a CWL Pro League Playoff stage, picking up a huge $200k prize.
While Kaliber wasn’t the most popular team out there, it certainly remains one of the best Call of Duty teams in history.
7. eUnited (2016 – 2019)
eUnited was a huge Call of Duty team, starting out in the MLG scene back in 2016. Although it only lasted three years, eUnited built a foundation and a legacy that still ripples throughout Call of Duty today.
Back when it was active, eUnited essentially had its pick of the platform’s top-most talent. Throughout its short lifetime, players like Clayster, Simp, Arcitys, and JKap played under the eUnited banner with pride. In fact, it was the dramatically powerful side that featured those players (less JKap), as well as Prestinni and Clayster, that won the Call of Duty World League Championship in 2019.
It was a gargantuan $800k win, and it immediately followed a $500k CWL Pro League Playoff victory. It was easily one of the best Call of Duty teams in history, and one of the most dominating rosters overall.
8. Luminosity (2015 – 2019)
Although Luminosity was present for quite a while on the Call of Duty scene, it never picked up a world title. However, that wasn’t for lack of trying, as the outfit came equipped with some immense talent.
In the five years or so that Luminosity existed, it took on board the likes of FormaL, Skyz, Octane, and TeePee. There was no doubt that the team had a driving force behind it in terms of players, and the brand ended up becoming a fairly popular one.
Today, Luminosity still exists in other games, but the Call of Duty branch rebranded to become Seattle Surge.
9. Toronto Ultra (2019 – present)
Toronto Ultra was essentially formed following a rebranding of Splyce, and it became Canada’s entry into the Call of Duty League. While the team had a shaky start in the inaugural season of the Call of Duty League, it became an immense contender in the 2021 season.
Overnight, Ultra cleaned up, storming to win a $200k CDL Major after beating OpTic, Rokkr, Dallas Empire, and Atlanta FaZe… twice.
It also went totally unbeaten in stage three, and topped its group in stage four. As this is written, Ultra sits in fourth place and is a marked favourite for T3 at least.
Better days ahead.
10. 100 Thieves (2016 – present)
100 Thieves was founded as a Call of Duty team, by Call of Duty players – simple. It’s one of the most prolific and profitable brands in Call of Duty, and today, it fields the LA Thieves team in the Call of Duty League.
No team in Call of Duty history boasts the sponsorship portfolio that 100 Thieves does. Since it was founded in 2016, the team has been sponsored by NZXT, Elgato, Secretlab, OMEN, AT&T, Razer, and many more brands.
At the 2019 Call of Duty World League Championship, 100 Thieves picked up second place. Following that close grab at victory, the team secured back to back wins at CWL Anaheim and CWL London, netting a total prize fund of $250k.
One of the best Call of Duty teams in history? Absolutely.