With the 2021 Call of Duty League season now in the books, major shakeups have begun and we’ve got all you need to keep on top of this year’s rostermania.
There’s nothing quite like a Call of Duty offseason as rosters fall apart and players move on to fresh opportunities. With this year’s Champs now in the rearview mirror, rostermania is already in full swing.
Entire teams have been dropped and many veterans are now free agents. With no clarity on the potential for expansion heading into 2022, it appears that 12 teams of four are still set to compete in the next season.
With limited starting spots on the line, it’s bound to be another shocking offseason. Here’s a complete overview of all the latest rostermania news to keep you up to date.
Current CDL rosters
Below is a look at every current CDL lineup at the conclusion of the 2021 season.
|Atlanta FaZe||Simp||aBeZy||Cellium||Arcitys||–||Crowder, RJ, Easy Mac|
|New York Subliners||HyDra||Clayster||–||–||–||JP Krez|
|London Royal Ravens||Afro||–||–||–||–||–|
|Los Angeles Thieves||Drazah||Kenny||Octane||Envoy||–||JKap|
|Los Angeles Guerrillas||SlasheR||Asim||Huke||Gunless||–||Bevils, Ricky|
Offseason CDL roster changes
The Seattle Surge announced their roster that confirmed their morse code clues a week prior. Surge will add two veterans in Accuracy and Mack, while bringing in two rookies that have been sought out for quite some time. Sib, who previously played on Atlanta FaZe Academy will join alongside, the Australian sensation, Pred.
The @SeattleSurge officially revealed their 2022 CDL lineup, featuring 2 highly touted rookies 👀
— DEXERTO Call of Duty Esports News (@DexertoIntel) September 20, 2021
- Accuracy: F/A → Seattle Surge
- Mack: F/A → Seattle Surge
- Sib: F/A → Seattle Surge
- Pred: F/A → Seattle Surge
The New York Subliners announced that they will be releasing Mack ahead of the 2022 season. This falls in line with rumors of him joining the Seattle Surge.
He came, he saw, and he melted. We'd like to send the most heartfelt of thanks to @MackMelts. After making us all proud and coming in clutch when needed most, we're positive he'll continue to shine wherever he lands next. Thank you, Mack. #NYSL pic.twitter.com/FvasJvFTU0
— NYSL (@Subliners) September 17, 2021
- Mack: New York Subliners → F/A
ROKKR announced that their starting lineup would be staying on through the 2022 season, confirming earlier rumors and fan expectations.
LA Thieves announced their starting roster with a tweet that confirmed they had signed Dylan “Envoy” Hannon. Reports had linked Envoy with a move to LA after he was released by OpTic Chicago on August 28.
— LA Thieves (@LAThieves) September 10, 2021
- Envoy: F/A → Los Angeles Thieves
One of the most highly anticipated, rumored transactions finally took place — with Sam ‘Octane’ Larew returning to 100 Thieves for their LA Thieves squad. And, in Thieves fashion, the intro video took some playful digs at Octane’s former team and teammates (ok, maybe just Enable).
🚨 He's back.
— DEXERTO Call of Duty Esports News (@DexertoIntel) September 9, 2021
Additionally, the ROKKR confirmed their entire starting lineup is staying in place for 2022.
- Octane: Seattle Surge → Los Angeles Thieves
The Los Angele Guerillas became the first team to sign players this offseason. LAG announced their roster for the 2022 season as, SlasheR, Asim, Huke, and Gunless.
Earlier in the Subliners announced they would be parting ways with Asim while the LA Thieves said they were releasing Huke. LAG jumped on this opputnitiy to build a stacked roster for the 2022 season.
- SlasheR: F/A → Los Angeles Guerrillas
- Asim: NY Subliners → Los Angeles Guerrillas
- Huke: LA Thieves → Los Angeles Guerrillas
- Gunless: F/A → Los Angeles Guerrillas
The Los Angeles Thieves trimmed its roster down considerably on September 1. Four players were let go all at once as SlasheR, John, TJHaLy, and Venom were all released from their contracts.
John had the shortest stint on the team, having only just joined the organization two months prior. TJHaLy and SlasheR were both part of the Thieves CDL lineup from day one while Venom mostly served as a substitute throughout his time with the org.
- SlasheR: LA Thieves → F/A
- John: LA Thieves → F/A
- TJHaLy: LA Thieves → F/A
- Venom: LA Thieves → F/A
After a full season with the Subliners, Diamondcon was released from the organization on August 29.
Diamondcon spent the 2021 season alternating between NYSL’s Academy team and the main roster, most notably when he filled for Clayster towards the end of Stage 5.
- Diamondcon: New York Subliners → F/A
August 29 is the day CDL teams were required to let players know if they would be releasing or extending their contracts for the 2022 season.
Things got jumping right away, with the Los Angeles Guerrillas releasing their entire CDL and Academy rosters. The team finished in 11th place this past season and last the one before.
LAG were not the only team to make a change, the London Royal Ravens dropped everyone but Afro. This included the starting players, subs, and their coach ShAnE. London finished the 2021 season in 10th and missed out on CDL Champs.
Toronto Ultra are not extending Methodz’s contract for the 2022 season and he is now a free agent.
- Apathy: Los Angeles Guerrillas → F/A
- SiLLy: Los Angeles Guerrillas → F/A
- Assault: Los Angeles Guerrillas → F/A
- MentaL: Los Angeles Guerrillas → F/A
- Cheen: Los Angeles Guerrillas (academy) → F/A
- Nero: Los Angeles Guerrillas (academy) → F/A
- Maux: Los Angeles Guerrillas (academy) → F/A
- Exceed: Los Angeles Guerrillas (academy) → F/A
- Seany: London Royal Ravens → F/A
- Alexx: London Royal Ravens → F/A
- PaulEhx: London Royal Ravens → F/A
- Dylan: London Royal Ravens (sub) → F/A
- Zed: London Royal Ravens (sub) → F/A
- ShAne: London Royal Ravens (coach) → F/A
- Methodz: Toronto Ultra (sub) → F/A
Rostermania got an early jump on August 28, OpTic Chicago’s SMG slayer, Envoy announced he is an unrestricted free agent for the 2022 season. Envoy spent the first two seasons with Chicago, one with the Huntsmen and the other with OpTic.
This wasn’t the last piece of news from the OpTic camp, AR slayer, FormaL announced he is retiring from professional CoD. Over his 11-year career, FormaL won 23 events including a World Championship and an MVP award.
Scump confirmed on stream that the team decided to part ways with Envoy after the disappointing season but there is no bad blood.
TJHaLy of the LA Thieves also announced he is an unrestricted free agent for 2022.
- Envoy: OpTic Chicago → F/A
- FormaL: OpTic Chicago → Retired
- TJHaLy: LA Thieves → F/A
August 27 was a day for rain as offseason roster shuffles continued to pour down. Dallas Empire announced that both Crimsix and Vivid had been released from the organization ahead of the 2022 season.
Crimsix, the highest-earner in CoD history, was a member of Empire’s original lineup and led the team to victory at the inaugural CDL Championship.
Vivid joined Empire late into the 2021 season, salvaging their efforts after Huke’s departure and leading to a Top 3 finish for the year.
- Crimsix: Dallas Empire → F/A
- Vivid: Dallas Empire → F/A
Following in Seattle’s footsteps, the entire Paris Legion roster was let go on August 27.
Skrapz, Zaptius, Temp, and Aqua were all released at once as Legion looks to start fresh for the 2022 season.
- Skrapz: Paris Legion → F/A
- Zaptius: Paris Legion → F/A
- Temp: Paris Legion → F/A
- Aqua: Paris Legion → F/A
First to announce a drastic shakeup was none other than Seattle Surge. After back-to-back bottom four finishes, the Seattle-based organization decided to completely nuke its roster.
Octane, Prestinni, Classic, Gunless, Loony, and Head Coach JoeyNubzy were all let go on August 21.
- Octane: Seattle Surge → F/A
- Prestinni: Seattle Surge → F/A
- Classic: Seattle Surge → F/A
- Gunless: Seattle Surge → F/A
- Loony: Seattle Surge (sub) → F/A
- JoeyNubzy: Seattle Surge (coach) → F/A
Be sure to follow along at @DexertoIntel to keep up with all the latest as rostermania continues.