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Atlanta FaZe CoD team announces star roster featuring Champs MVP Simp

Published: 26/Oct/2019 19:17 Updated: 26/Oct/2019 20:02

by Scott Robertson

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The Atlanta FaZe have announced their roster for the upcoming 2020 Call of Duty League, led by reigning World Championship MVP Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr.

The legacy of FaZe Clan is alive and well as they announced their roster for the first season of the Call of Duty League.

The Atlanta Call of Duty organization also officially revealed their branding and team name, Atlanta FaZe.

ATLANTA FAZE CALL OF DUTY ROSTER:

  • Chris ‘Simp’ Lehr
  • Tyler ‘aBeZy’ Pharris
  • McArthur ‘Cellium’ Jovel
  • Michael ‘MajorManiak’ Szymaniak
  • Preston ‘Priestahh’ Greiner

FaZe Clan are building around young star in Simp. Simp joined eUnited in March of 2019, replacing former World Champion and veteran Jordan ‘JKap’ Kaplan. Simp was instrumental for eUnited, as his SMG play paved the way to a top finish in the CWL Pro League, and MVP honors during eUnited’s championship run.

Simp is joined by eUnited teammate and fellow World Champion ABeZy, who flourished after Simp joined the team and revitalized the roster. Joining them is a familiar face in McArthur ‘Cellium’ Jovel, a young talent who will remain with FaZe and has over year’s experience playing alongside Simp when they were on the eUnited Cadets together.

MLGSimp holding his MVP trophy after CWL Finals

Rounding out the young core is some veteran presence in Michael ‘MajorManiak’ Szymaniak, and another familiar sight for FaZe fans, Preston ‘Priestahh’ Greiner. Priestahh spent two years in FaZe and played well overall during the World War II days. 

After struggling initially in Black Ops 4, he proved to be instrumental to 100 Thieves when he was loaned out to them, and helped them win CWL Anaheim, win CWL London, and make a grand finals run at World Champs before they fell to Simp and aBeZy and eUnited. 

MajorManiak was pivotal to the success of Gen.G as well. During the 2019 campaign he helped the team appear in the grand finals of CWL Anaheim and the Pro League playoffs. In both instances, he ended up losing to future teammates, falling to Priestahh and Faze in Anaheim, and Simp/aBeZy and eUnited in the Playoffs.


Keep up with all of the offseason roster changes and player announcements via our dedicated Call of Duty League RosterMania hub.

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CDL Kickoff Classic 2021 – Mutineers make surprise comeback against FaZe

Published: 24/Jan/2021 0:30 Updated: 24/Jan/2021 2:10

by Albert Petrosyan

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The Call of Duty League’s 2021 campaign is just around the corner, but before the Black Ops Cold War professional season starts, the preseason has kicked off with the Kickoff Classic – where fans finally get to see the league’s best compete.


  • Skyz and Mutineers come back from 2-1 to beat FaZe 3-2
  • Guerrillas outlast Surge in year’s first Map 5
  • iLLeY’s clutch plays ruin Clayster’s grudge match in 3-0 win vs. Subliners

CDL Kickoff Classic: Stream

CDL Kickoff Classic: Schedule & scores

Sunday, January 24

Match PST EST GMT (UK) AEDT (AUS)
London Royal Ravens vs Paris Legion 12:00 PM 3:00 PM 8:00 PM 7:00 AM (Jan 25)
Toronto Ultra vs Minnesota ROKKR 1:30 PM 4:30 PM 9:30 PM 8:30 AM (Jan 25)
OpTic Chicago vs LA Thieves 3:00 PM 6:00 PM 11:00 PM 10:00 AM (Jan 25)

Saturday, January 23

Match PST EST GMT (UK) AEDT (AUS)
Dallas Empire 3-0 New York Subliners 12:00 PM 3:00 PM 8:00 PM 7:00 AM (Jan 24)
LA Guerrillas 3-2 Seattle Surge 1:30 PM 4:30 PM 9:30 PM 8:30 AM (Jan 24)
Atlanta FaZe 2-3 Florida Mutineers 3:00 PM 6:00 PM 11:00 PM 10:00 AM (Jan 24)

Empire continue championship form, FaZe (and Surge) falter

The Dallas Empire were the best Call of Duty team in 2020 and that form has lasted into 2021. The day started with 2020 MVP Anthony ‘Shotzzy’ Cuevas-Castro racking up 35 kills and just 17 deaths with almost two minutes of hill time on Map 1, but then it became the Indervir ‘iLLeY’ Dhaliwal show as the upsurging player hit star form with some huge clutches.

With Empire cleaning up their former teammate James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks’ New York Subliners, the day moved on with two tight Map 5’s. First, Bryan ‘Apathy’ Zhelyazkov and the Los Angeles Guerrillas outdueled a revamped Seattle Surge 3-2 and then, in a twist few saw coming, the Florida Mutineers came back against the Atlanta FaZe.

As Cesar ‘Skyz’ Bueno returned to the form that earned him MVP candidacy in 2020, the Mutineers flew back from a 2-1 deficit and eventually clinched the 3-2 victory against a FaZe team who stood near the top of most standings for this season.

Sunday, January 24

CDL Kickoff Classic: Teams & players

With this being the first official CDL matches in Black Ops Cold War, a lot of eyes are watching how the new rosters perform. All 12 teams had to make at least one change due to the switch to a 4v4 format, with some opting to completely revamp their squads.

Former Huntsman, Arcitys, will make his debut for Atlanta FaZe against the new-look Florida Mutineers, one of the top teams from the 2020 season, while Toronto Ultra and Minnesota ROKKR will add another installment to their “Battle of the North” rivalry.

Team Players
Atlanta FaZe Simp, aBeZy, Cellium, Arcitys
Dallas Empire Crimsix, Shotzzy, Huke, iLLeY
Florida Mutineers Skyz, Havok, Owakening, Slacked
London Royal Ravens Seany, Alexx, Dylan, Zer0
Los Angeles Guerrillas SiLLY, Assault, Vivid, Apathy
Los Angeles Thieves SlasheR, Kenny, TJHaLy, Temp
Minnesota ROKKR Attach, Accuracy, Priestahh, MajorManiak
New York Subliners ZooMaa, Clayster, Mack, HyDra
OpTic Chicago Scump, FormaL, Envoy, Dashy
Paris Legion Skrapz, Classic, AquA, Fire
Seattle Surge Octane, Gunless, Prestinni, Loony
Toronto Ultra Methodz, Bance, CleanX, Cammy