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

Published: 31/Dec/2020 16:16 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 17:17

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 all the 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.

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.

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

January 22

  • Asim: F/A → New York Subliners

January 21

  • Diamondcon: Subliners Academy → New York Subliners

January 19

  • ZooMaa: New York Subliners → Retired
  • FeLo: F/A → Dalla Empire (substitute)

January 10

  • Neptune: F/A → Florida Mutineers (substitute)

December 31

  • Skrapz: F/A → Paris Legion
  • Classic: F/A → Paris Legion
  • Fire: F/A → Paris Legion
  • Aqua: F/A → Paris Legion

December 11

  • Temp: F/A → LA Thieves

December 7

November 11

November 6

  • OpTic Gaming LA rebranded as LA Thieves
    • Kuavo: OpTic Gaming LA → LA Thieves
    • SlasheR: OpTic Gaming LA → LA Thieves
    • TJHaLy: OpTic Gaming LA → LA Thieves
    • Drazah: OpTic Gaming LA → LA Thieves (sub)
    • Muddawg: OpTic Gaming LA → LA Thieves (general manager)
  • Sibilants: Atlanta FaZe Academy → Atlanta FaZe (sub)

October 29

  • Alexx: F/A → London Royal Ravens
  • Zer0: F/A → London Royal Ravens (Re-signed)
  • Dylan: F/A → London Royal Ravens (Re-signed)

October 22

  • JurNii: Atlanta FaZe (sub) → F/A

October 17

  • Insight: Singularity → Toronto Ultra (sub)

October 16

  • Tisch: Dallas Empire (sub) → F/A

October 13

October 9

  • Hydra: F/A → New York Subliners

October 7

  • GRVTY: Atlanta FaZe (sub) → F/A

October 2

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

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 roster

Team Starters
Substitute(s) Coach(es)
Dallas Empire Crimsix Shotzzy Huke iLLeY FeLo Rambo
Atlanta FaZe Simp aBeZy Cellium Arcitys Sibilants Crowder, RJ, Easy Mac
OpTic Chicago Scump FormaL Envoy Dashy General Sender
Florida Mutineers Skyz Havok Owakening Slacked Neptune Atura
New York Subliners Mack Clayster Asim Diamondcon HyDra Revan
London Royal Ravens Seany Alexx Dylan Zer0 Dominate ShAnE
Toronto Ultra Bance Methodz Cammy CleanX Insight MarkyB
Minnesota RØKKR Priestahh Attach Accuracy MajorManiak Saintt
Los Angeles Thieves Slasher Kenny TJHaly Temp Drazah
Paris Legion Skrapz Classic Aqua Fire Theory
Seattle Surge Octane Gunless Loony Prestinni Nubzy
Los Angeles Guerrillas Vivid Assault SiLLY Apathy MentaL, Chino Bevils, Ricky, Doug Liebe

Changes by team

Here are all the CDL changes so far, broken down by each team’s offseason transactions:

Atlanta FaZe

  • Arrived: Arcitys, Sibilants (from FaZe Academy team)
  • Departed: Priestahh, MajorManiak, GRVTY, JurNii

Dallas Empire

  • Arrived: FeLo (sub)
  • Departed: Clayster, Tommey, Tisch

Florida Mutineers

  • Arrived: Slacked, Neptune
  • Departed: Maux, Frosty, Fero

London Royal Ravens

  • Arrived: Alexx, Dominate
  • Departed: Skrapz, Wuskin, Rated, Nastiee, MadCat

Los Angeles Guerrillas

  • Arrived: Apathy, SiLLY, Assault, MentaL, Chino
  • Departed: ACHES, Saints, Lacefield, Blazt, Decemate, Spart, AquA

Los Angeles Thieves (formerly OpTic Gaming LA)

  • Arrived: SlasheR, TJHaLy, Kenny, Temp, Drazah
  • Departed: Dashy, Hollow, Chino, Goonjar, JKap

Minnesota ROKKR

  • Arrived: Attach, MajorManiak, Accuracy, Priestahh
  • Departed: Asim, Exceed, TTinyy, Alexx, Assault, GodRx, SiLLY

New York Subliners

  • Arrived: Clayster, HyDra, Asim
  • Departed: Attach, Accuracy, ZooMaa

OpTic Chicago (formerly Chicago Huntsmen)

  • Arrived: Dashy
  • Departed: Arcitys, Prestinni, Gunless

Paris Legion

  • Arrived: Skrapz, Aqua, Classic, Fire
  • Departed: Breszy, Denz, Louqa, Phantomz, Shockz, Zed, KiSMET

Seattle Surge

  • Arrived: Gunless, Prestinni, Loony
  • Departed: Apathy, Enable, Slacked, Proto, Pandur, Karma

Toronto Ultra

  • Arrived: Insight
  • Departed: Brack, Classic, Loony, Lucky, Mayhem, MettalZ

New 4v4 format

Evil Geniuses win CoD Champs: Aches, Apathy, Silly, Assault
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The last time Call of Duty was played 4v4 was during the 2018 season, prior to franchising.

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 has already been or will be dropped.

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 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

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.

The CDL’s free agency window officially opened on September 13, which is when teams began to signing players to new contracts and even make announcements on who they’re acquiring for the forthcoming season.

According to the CDL’s official roster construction rules, at 11.59 PM 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 11.59 PM 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 12:00 AM 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.

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CoD Mobile Season 1 New Order early patch notes: Weapons, new map, release date, more

Published: 22/Jan/2021 13:50 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 16:16

by Connor Bennett

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Call of Duty Mobile is gearing up for the start of Season 1: New Order, which will launch in the last week of January. So, here’s what we know so far in terms of patch notes. 

Even though CoD Mobile has plenty of content in it already, the devs have been rolling out regular updates since launch to keep things fresh. 

These updates are, largely, big new season patches that bring a new theme to the game as well as new characters, new maps, and of course, new equipment like weapons and perks. 

With the first update of 2021, the devs are resetting the counter, so it won’t be Season 14 or Season 15 moving forward. Instead, we’re getting Season 1: New Order, and there are a few flashbacks coming. So, here’s what you need to know. 

COD Mobile characters in the battle royale mode
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CoD Mobile takes some of the best parts of previous games and puts them under one umbrella.

CoD Mobile New Order season 14 release date & time

In terms of when the update will be going live, the devs haven’t yet confirmed a date or time, at the time of writing. They’re still dropping clues.

In their January 21 community update, though, they said that the new season will be starting in the last week of the month, with Tuesday, January 26 being used as a date for things potentially kicking off.

Now, that’s not confirmed as we’ve already mentioned, but that day would make sense. It’s also the conclusion of the previous season’s farewell event, so things could easily roll out. We’ll just have to wait and see.

New weapons – FAMAS & SKS

As for new weapons, again, they’re still being cryptic, but it doesn’t take a mastermind to figure out what is being teased.

Two weapons are coming – one resembling, and sounding a lot like the FAMAS from previous CoD titles. There is also another that looks like the SKS that has featured in Modern Warfare and Black Ops releases.

As familiar as they are to longtime CoD fans, these weapons may have their names changed in CoD Mobile. The devs like to have their spin on things, after all.

New map for CoD Mobile 2021 Season 1 – Reclaim

In terms of a new map, again, that’s been teased by the devs. However, if you’re new to CoD Mobile, you might not instantly know what is being teased.

The teaser does bear a resemblance to Picadilly from Modern Warfare, and some fans suggested that it might be something new altogether. However, the answer is a little simpler than that.

The new map for Season 1: New Order will actually be Reclaim, the map from the Season 13 test server. How do we know? Well, there’s a big Christmas tree in the middle of the teaser that lines up what we’ve seen from Reclaim. 

Who is the new character in CoD Mobile Season 1 New Order?

For those fans who like to get a new character at the start of the new season, that tradition should continue here, even with the change to Season 1.

Who will be, though? Well, the devs have teased it being Raul Menendez – who should be a familiar face to Black Ops fans. Though, it hasn’t been confirmed just yet. So, we’ll have to wait and see. 

Screenshot of a Reddit conversation
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The CoD Mobile devs have teased Menendez for the new season.

As for bug fixes, weapon nerfs, and buffs, they haven’t been revealed by the devs just yet and should filter out just prior to the start of the new season.

Once they’re here, and we’ve got more confirmed information about Season 1: New Order, we’ll update this post so you won’t miss anything.