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LIVE: Call of Duty League off-season rostermania hub: all roster changes

by Jacob Hale

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With the inaugural season of the Call of Duty League out of the way, and some major changes coming for the league’s second season in 2021, we take a look at the major roster moves that are occurring across the league.

It’s no secret that there was a pretty big disparity between the best and worst teams in the CDL’s opening season. Teams like Dallas Empire and Atlanta FaZe were constantly seeing success, while others, such as Seattle Surge and Los Angeles Guerrillas, will need to make big changes going forward.

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Significantly, CDL is moving back to the 4v4 format, guaranteeing at least one change from each team at a minimum. This means a huge roster shuffle involving every team is inbound. Here’s everything you need to know about the CDL 2020 offseason and free agency window, as well as every major team change that occurs during rostermania.

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Confirmed roster changes

Dallas Empire Clayster and Illey
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Rostermania claimed it's first major victim after Clayster left the Dallas Empire squad — mere days after their world championship win.

Barely 48 hours after the conclusion of the CDL 2020 season, players started sharing their new status as free agents. Here’s everything that’s been officially announced so far.

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F/A = Free Agent. F/A (r) = Restricted Free Agent

September 23

September 18

September 15

September 14

September 9

  • Frosty: Florida Mutineers → F/A
  • Maux: Florida Mutineers → F/A

September 8

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

September 7

  • Alexx: Minnesota ROKKR → F/A
  • Asim: Minnesota ROKKR → F/A
  • Exceed: Minnesota ROKKR → F/A
  • Assault: Minnesota ROKKR → F/A
  • SiLLY: Minnesota ROKKR → F/A
  • GodRx: Minnesota ROKKR → F/A
  • TTinyy: Minnesota ROKKR → F/A
  • KiSMET: Paris Legion → F/A

September 6

  • Blazt: Los Angeles Guerrillas → F/A
  • Decemate: Los Angeles Guerrillas → F/A
  • Spart: Los Angeles Guerrillas → F/A
  • Aqua: Los Angeles Guerrillas → F/A
  • Saints: Los Angeles Guerrillas → F/A
  • Gunless: Chicago Huntsmen → F/A

September 4

  • Brack: Toronto Ultra → F/A
  • Classic: Toronto Ultra → F/A
  • Loony: Toronto Ultra → F/A (r)
  • Lucky: Toronto Ultra → F/A (r)
  • Mayhem: Toronto Ultra → F/A (r)
  • MettalZ: Toronto Ultra → F/A
  • Wuskin: London Royal Ravens → F/A (r)
  • Temp: New York Subliners → F/A (r)
  • Apathy: Seattle Surge → F/A
  • Pandur: Seattle Surge → F/A (r)
  • Proto: Seattle Surge → F/A (r)
  • Enable: Seattle Surge → F/A
  • Slacked: Seattle Surge → F/A
  • TeddyRecKs: Seattle Surge → F/A (r)
  • Joshh (coach): Paris Legion → F/A

September 2

September 1

  • Clayster: Dallas Empire → F/A (r)
  • Jurd: London Royal Ravens → F/A

Rumored changes

Wuskin London Royal Ravens CDL
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The London twins have already hinted at the possibility of being split up during rostermania.

We'll keep you updated on rumored roster changes here, before they're officially confirmed.

Twins Skrapz and Wuskin have laid out the possibility of being dropped from London Royal Ravens. Reports suggest that Arcitys will be headed to Atlanta, replacing OpTic-bound Priestahh. The same report says Dashy could be Arcitys' replacement on the Huntsmen.

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Rumors suggest that New York Subliners are interested in Clayster, while Attach may join Temp on the free agency list.

CDL 2021 team rosters

Going into the CDL 2021 season, this is how each team’s starting roster currently looks. It’s worth noting that some teams still have five players on their starting roster, but these numbers will reduce with the change to 4v4.

Players in bold are confirmed to be part of that team's 2021 starting lineup.

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Dallas Empire Crimsix Shotzzy Huke iLLeY -
Atlanta FaZe Simp aBeZy Cellium Arcitys -
Chicago Huntsmen Scump FormaL Envoy Dashy -
Florida Mutineers Skyz Fero Havok Owakening -
New York Subliners ZooMaa Mack Clayster - -
London Royal Ravens - - - - -
Toronto Ultra Bance Methodz Cammy CleanX -
Minnesota RØKKR Priestahh Attach Accuracy MajorManiak -
OpTic Gaming Los Angeles Slasher Kenny Drazah TJHaly -
Paris Legion - - - - -
Seattle Surge Octane Gunless Loony Prestinni -
Los Angeles Guerrillas Vivid - - - -

New 4v4 format

For the first time in two years, Call of Duty esports will be returning to a 4v4 format, essentially meaning that one player from each team will be dropped.

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The last time Call of Duty was played 4v4 was during the 2018 season, prior to franchising.

This could mean a major shake-up of some of our favorite rosters, with underperforming players having to start shopping around for options to stay in the Call of Duty League.

While many fans and players have much preferred 4v4 in the past, the loss of roster spots has made some players start to worry about their own prospects going forward, and this does mean we’re guaranteed to see some big names swapping jerseys by the time the Black Ops Cold War season kicks off.

Free Agency and transfer window

While it’s likely that players in the CDL have already started working out their next move, whether it be to stick with their current team or find new players to play with, free agency isn’t yet open.

The CDL’s free agency window officially opens on September 13, which is when you can expect teams to start signing contracts and, potentially, even making announcements on who they’re acquiring for the forthcoming season.

Priestahh Atlanta FaZe
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Every player in the CDL will be looking to re-negotiate their contract with their current team, or move on elsewhere.

According to the CDL’s official roster construction rules, at 11.59pm PT on September 13, any player whose contract hasn’t been extended with their current team officially becomes a free agent, but teams can officially file for contract extensions by September 6 at 11.59pm PT.

As the rules state, no agreement can be made between a player and a team they did not represent in CDL 2020 prior to 12.00am PT on September 14, though discussions may obviously take place in the lead-up to that date.

Be sure to check back on this page throughout the off-season to keep up to date with every roster change that occurs ahead of the 2021 CDL season.