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Los Angeles Guerillas confirm their 2021 CDL roster

Call of Duty League franchise, Los Angeles Guerillas, have revealed their starting roster and academy team for the new season.

The organisation made the announcement via social media on October 12 with an impressive reveal video.

Guerillas will hope to bounce back after an extremely disappointing season last year which saw them finish dead last in the CDL rankings.

All four starting players have been named alongside an academy team featuring former Halo star, MentaL.

The confirmed starters include Justin “SiLLY” Fargo-Palmer, Bryan “Apathy” Zhelyazkov, Adam “Assault” Garcia and Reece “Vivid” Drost.

Here is a closer look at the starting four players:

Justin “SiLLY” Fargo-Palmer

SiLLY is one of few Call of Duty pros who have competed for around a decade. The 25-year-old found his glory during the Infinite Warfare season under eUnited where he won his first major.

Fast-forward one year and SiLLY took home the CWL Championship with Evil Geniuses. His raw skill, experience and ability to win make him one of the most valuable players on the roster.

It will be interesting to see what he can do this season.

Bryan “Apathy” Zhelyazkov

Apathy is another player who has nearly a decade’s worth experience in competitive CoD. He was alongside SiLLY in their CWL Championship win in 2018.

The veteran will fit in perfectly to this squad that already has so much history and in-game chemistry.

Adam “Assault” Garcia

Assault began his competitive career back in 2013. His big break came in 2016 where he was part of the squad which famously sent home OpTic Gaming from the Call of Duty World Championship.

He then went on to win his first championship ring with SiLLy and Apathy on Evil Geniuses. The three of them reuniting will be great to see in the new season’s matches.

Reece “Vivid” Drost

Vivid is relatively new to competitive Call of Duty. At 20 years old, he is one of the younger players in the league.

Despite not having much success beforehand, Vivid was picked up by LA Guerillas in February 2020. He impressed many last season and broke the record for the most kills in a single 5v5 S&D match at a major championship with 20 kills.

It will be interesting to see how the young-gun performs this season amongst the best.

Players Chino and MentaL are also currently signed as substitutes for the 2021 season with the option to bring up Exceed and Nero if necessary.

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CDL Rostermania 2020: All confirmed roster changes so far

Rostermania is in full swing as multiple franchises are choosing to release players from their squad. With some entire rosters being dropped, this has become the most interesting rostermania to date.

Players and fans alike were on a high after the Call of Duty League season came to a fitting end. However, it was merely a couple of days before reality kicked in.

The recent announcement of a revert to 4v4 rosters shocked the community. When CDL 2020 champions Dallas Empire dropped Clayster, it marked the beginning of the biggest reshuffling in Call of Duty history.

Franchises have been ruthless in their decision making and more players seem to be getting dropped every day.

From entire CDL rosters to world champions, let’s take a look at all of the official changes that have happened so far.

Clayster and Jurd are the first to go

On September 1, Empire’s Clayster and Royal Ravens’ Jurd were both made free agents.

Clayster, just days before, had won the CDL Championship and the news of his release annoyed not only the fans but of course Clayster himself.

It seems that Clayster’s luck with rosters continues to haunt him as he often draws the short straw. However, with a stock as high as his he should have no trouble finding a new home.

Seattle and Toronto make big moves

Seattle Surge dropped six players from their roster on September 4. Toronto Ultra then followed suit and dropped six of their own. It will be interesting to see who they pick up for next season.

Guerillas and Rokkr release more players

Los Angeles Guerillas released six players on September 6. Minnesota Rokkr then release all seven of their players from the franchise.

This came as a shock to many and made the community question the reasoning behind all of these drastic changes.

Rostermania hits its peak on September 8

A huge total of 24 players were dropped from their franchises on September 8. The exciting announcements kept rolling in but these players were sadly left out of a job.

Here is a full list of all 24 players that were released on Wednesday:

  • Accuracy: New York Subliners
  • Censor: New York Subliners
  • Happy: New York Subliners
  • Thomas ‘Tommey’ Trewren: Dallas Empire
  • Dashy: LA OpTic
  • Goonjar: LA OpTic
  • Chino: LA OpTic
  • Hollow: LA OpTic
  • Arcitys: Chicago Huntsmen
  • Prestinni: Chicago Huntsmen
  • Skrapz: London Royal Ravens
  • Zer0: London Royal Ravens
  • Dylan: London Royal Ravens
  • Rated: London Royal Ravens
  • wuskin: London Royal Ravens
  • Nastie: London Royal Ravens
  • MadCat: London Royal Ravens
  • Denz: Paris Legion
  • Louqa: Paris Legion
  • Shockz: Paris Legion
  • Zed: Paris Legion
  • Breszy: Paris Legion
  • Phantoms: Paris Legion
  • 2Pac_ThuGLorD: Chicago Huntsmen (Analyst)

The free agency window opens on Septmeber 13 so expect some big announcements coming soon.

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Call of Duty League announces a shock return to 4v4

Only one day after the first CDL champions were crowned, the league has revealed a huge change for next year. Roster sizes will be changed from five players a team back to the traditional four and it has caused mixed reactions.

The Call of Duty League posted a tweet with the caption “Season 2 Intel”. It begins with the new CoD title ‘Black Ops: Cold War’ and goes on to reveal the new roster sizes for next year.

This information was also shared on the CDL’s website with an explanation on how the change came about.

The league’s comissioner, Johanna Faries, said: “With a new season comes new announcements across many fronts.

“Today we shared that we will be transitioning to starting roster sizes of four players per team for Season 2, marking a kind of ‘return to our roots’. This decision was made in close collaboration with our teams and players, and it was not made lightly. “

Call of Duty professionals and other personalities had a lot to say about the new change.

Now three-time world champion, Clayster, was positive about the change but feels that the changes before the first season began.

Other pros took a slightly less analytical approach and just simply let their excitement out. Seattle Surge’s Slacked has “never been so excited”.

Former pro player, Legal, couldn’t help but “feel bad” for the teams that will have to make the tough decision of dropping a teammate.

This change to 4v4 will see great rosters like champions Dallas Empire, Atlanta FaZe and Chicago Huntsmen all have to split up. Rostermania will be one of the most exciting ones yet heading into the new season.

With all the new free agents that will become available, it is only sensible to believe that the CDL will be expanding next year with potentially more teams.

Despite the season coming to a close, it is not yet finished. The CDL All Star Weekend will take place on 12-13th September.

September 14th will mark the official beginning of the 2021 Call of Duty League season.

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