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Chicago Huntsmen announce first substitute for Call of Duty League

Published: 6/Dec/2019 22:33 Updated: 9/Dec/2019 18:18

by Albert Petrosyan

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The Chicago Huntsmen Call of Duty League team have revealed who one of their substitutes will be for the 2020 CDL season.

The inaugural 2020 season of the newly-formed Call of Duty League is set to kick off in January, and the 12 participating franchises are in the process of finalizing their player rosters and coaching staff.

Chicago Huntsmen, who have one of the strongest starting lineups in the league, announced their first substitute on December 6 for the upcoming season.

The NRG-owned franchise signed former Enigma6 Group star Jordon ‘General’ General to fill out one of the minimum-two sub spots.

“Happy to be alongside H3CZ and some of the best competitors in the world,” he tweeted after the announcement. “I’m honored they all believe in me, looking forward to this new chapter in my career.”

CHICAGO HUNSTMEN 2020 CDL ROSTER

  • Seth ‘Scump’ Abner
  • Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper
  • Alec ‘Arcitys’ Sanderson
  • Dylan ‘Envoy’ Hannon
  • Peirce ‘Gunless’ Hillman
  • Jordon ‘General’ Genera (sub)

General adds experience and leadership to the bench

After briefly competing for Onslaught eSports at the start of his career, General and his family founded Enigma6 Group back in early 2015, with him serving as a player, owner, and CEO.

Since then he’s been a fixture of their Call of Duty team, helping them secure 13 top-10 finishes at offline tournaments, including third at UMG California in 2015.

General played an instrumental role in helping E6 finish fourth at the 2019 CWL Championship, posting over a 1.00 K/D across Hardpoint, SnD, and Control through the tournament.

However, with CoD esports transitioning to franchising, E6 decided not to pursue one of the league spots, so they were forced to disband their team, and send all of their players into free agency.

Enigma6 Group - TwitterIn addition to competing for E6 for three-plus years, General was also the team’s owner and CEO.

This is the second major announcement that Huntsmen have made since revealing their roster several weeks ago. Just a day prior, on December 5, they confirmed that legendary SnD player John ‘2Pac’ Hartley had joined the team as an analyst.

This means that the franchise will have to sign at least one more substitute as per league rules, which require each team to have a minimum of seven players and a maximum of 10 on their roster.

However, they do have the option of listing 2Pac as both an analyst and a substitute, although there is no indication at this time that they’re planning on going down that route.


Keep up with all of the roster moves and player signings that have happened so far with our Call of Duty League offseason RosterMania hub.

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7 players to watch during the 2021 CDL Kickoff Classic

Published: 22/Jan/2021 19:02

by Theo Salaun

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The Call of Duty League is finally here and things are getting started with the CDL Kickoff Classic, a preseason event where x-factor players on all 12 teams can begin making their mark. 

With an exodus of 12 starters as the CDL shifts to a 4v4 format in Black Ops Cold War, individual play is paramount. Players have less backup on the battlefield and, with a deep talent pool in the Challengers scene, more competition for their roles.

Representing Chicago, OpTic Gaming are back with Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez, Seth ‘Scump’ Abner and the gang. Delighting fans, Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag’s 100 Thieves return to competitive CoD for Los Angeles. Teams have shuffled since the inaugural season and each team’s expectations will be tested by at least one player’s CDL Kickoff performance. 

Alec ‘Arcitys’ Sanderson (Atlanta FaZe)

The best AR in CoD?

Chicago Hunstmen Arcitys CDL
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Did the most stacked roster in CoD add the league’s best AR?

While Michael ‘MajorManiak’ Szymaniak was highly regarded by his teammates last season, few rank him in a tier anywhere near Arcitys. FaZe’s submachine gun and flex play was never a question, but adding Arcitys on the assault rifle could push them past the Dallas Empire in power rankings.

If Arcitys continues, let alone improves upon, his 2020 form, then Atlanta should be an early favorite. Tested by a strong Florida Mutineers squad, fans should get a quality temperature check on FaZe’s newest member.

Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter (Dallas Empire)

Did Dallas release the right veteran AR?

Crimsix celebrating a Dallas Empire win
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At 28 years old, Crimsix needs to continue disproving his doubters.

The transition from 5v5 to 4v4 was not without heartbreak and few splits were as tough as the Empire’s. Dropping James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks instead of Crimsix was a difficult decision and, at the CDL Kickoff Classic, that decision will receive its first evaluation.

When the two veteran ARs face each other, Crim will be with the same absurd, young trio of “Xeo” gunners and Clayster with… one standout sophomore and two formerly projected bench players. It shouldn’t be too hard of a test for Dallas, but fans should be curious to see how much Crim’s thumbs have aged.

Donovan ‘Temp’ Laroda (Los Angeles Thieves)

Big Brand meets Big Ego

temp la thieves
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Temp talks the talk, but must walk the walk for the CDL’s next big brand.

Tying for 5th at CDL Champs wasn’t enough to keep OpTic in Los Angeles so Nadeshot got to buy into the league. Although the team’s Challengers call-ups, Zack ‘Drazah’ Jordan and Darien ‘Hollow’ Chervchko, played admirably in the postseason — 100T replaced them in the starting lineup with one of the league’s most confident ARs.

The self-proclaimed top “gunnie” in the CDL, Temp has an unrelenting belief in his ability (alternatively, a ‘strong personality,’ per general manager Eric ‘Muddawg’ Sanders) backed by a strong history of top-tier, albeit streaky play. While his year with the New York Subliners was disappointing, Temp now rejoins former teammates Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat and Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly. With 100T’s enormous fanbase and a matchup with OpTic Chicago, the gunner gets a large stage to prove his play can rise to both the occasion and his own expectations.

Preston ‘Priestahh’ Greiner (Minnesota ROKKR)

The honorary Tiny Terror?

Atlanta FaZe's Priestahh.
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From teaming with the Tiny Terrors to a much larger role, Priestahh can make a statement in 2021.

FaZe were the second-best team in 2020 and Priestahh would likely still be on the team if not for the swap to 4v4. Instead, one of the league’s most selfless players gets to turn a new leaf with a fully revamped ROKKR squad.

Starting with Minnesota’s preseason matchup against the Toronto Ultra, Priestahh should shift from flex to his more natural sub role. Expectations for what was a miserable ROKKR team will hinge on his ability to prove he was being overshadowed in Atlanta and can transition from dirty work to slaying.

Makenzie ‘Mack’ Kelley (New York Subliners)

No ZooMaa, No Hydra: Return of the Mack

New York Subliners' Mack.
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A 2020 MVP candidate, Mack needs to take another step for NY to compete.

Easily one of the top rookies in 2020, Mack jumped into New York’s starting lineup and almost immediately surged into the MVP conversation. The Subliners had a quality offseason after fizzling in the playoffs, but new issues mean Mack will have to go above and beyond to start 2021.

With rookie Paco ‘HyDra’ Rusiewiez dealing with visa issues and Tommy ‘ZooMaa’ Paparatto retiring due to injury, Mack is moving to SMG for an unfinished roster. He’s back in his preferred role, but the season depends on his ability to reach 2020’s near-MVP form.

Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell (OpTic Chicago)

Heeding Chicago’s Bat-Signal

Dashy on stage
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Back with his guys, Chicago’s hopes depend on Dashy’s return to form.

Like Atlanta, Chicago shuffled pieces after falling just short of the championship in 2020. With Arcitys eager to rejoin former teammates on FaZe, H3CZ celebrated the return of OpTic with the return of one of the brand’s former players.

But 2020 was an ugly year for Dashy and, aside from some big moments as a suddenly summoned bench player in CDL Champs, questions surround the formerly elite AR. Expectations are high for the biggest brand in CoD, but will rise and fall depending on Dashy’s play.

Peirce ‘Gunless’ Hillman (Seattle Surge)

Started from the bottom, now we Peirce

Chicago Huntsmen's Gunless.
MLG
In just a few years, Gunless has gone from star to substitute to starter with a chip on his shoulder.

Like Dashy, no one questions the raw mechanical talent that Gunless holds. Unfortunately, also like Dashy, the gifted player spent most of a porous 2020 on the bench with rumored character concerns. 

Now, he joins two others as reinforcements for Sam ‘Octane’ Larew on 2020’s worst team: Seattle. If the Surge are going to improve upon a 5-18 record that ended dead last at CDL Champs, Gunless will need a return to form beginning on Day 1 against the Los Angeles Guerrillas.

While the Call of Duty League is chock-full of players with high expectations, low expectations and everything in between, these seven stand out as those with the most notable stocks in the preseason. A variety of other rookies and transferred players can make statements during the Kickoff Classic, but power rankings and fan expectations should hinge entirely on our listed x-factors.