The LA Guerrillas Call of Duty League team has made several roster changes ahead of CDL Los Angeles, including the removal of veteran Patrick ‘ACHES’ Price from the starting lineup.
With already three events in the books for the inaugural 2020 Call of Duty League season, the CDL’s good, bad, and ugly are starting to become more apparent.
Guerrillas are among the teams that have had a slow start; they’re currently tied for eighth with only 10 points and one win from their first four matches.
Their recent signing of Vivid and Spart, two amateur players from the Challengers circuit, sparked heavy rumors and speculation that the team was looking to make a change ahead of their Home Series.
That’s now been confirmed, as on March 5, two days before CDL LA, Guerrillas announced that they had removed veterans ACHES, Lacefield, and Saints from the starting lineup.
They will be replaced by the two newcomers and Blazt, who was announced as their substitute prior to the start of the season but is yet to see any game time.
LA GUERRILLAS STARTING LINEUP AT CDL LOS ANGELES
- Ulysses ‘AquA’ Sulva
- Jacob ‘Decemate’ Cato
- Rasim ‘Blazt’ Ogresevich
- Kris ‘Spart’ Cervantez
- Reece ‘Vivid’ Drost
We're sporting a new look this weekend at the LA home series
? @itsSpart? @UAquaa? @Blazt? @Decemate? @VividTheWarrior#HoodsUp pic.twitter.com/sMDlXqGLau
— Los Angeles Guerrillas (@LAGuerrillas) March 5, 2020
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With this upcoming event being the Guerrillas’ only chance to play in front of their home crowd this season, it’s hard to blame the group for wanting to put what they think is their best lineup out there.
They certainly haven’t looked like the worst team in the league, and one could argue they should be 2-2 after their controversial loss to the ROKKR at Launch Weekend.
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That said, they looked a bit overwhelmed in their quick elimination at CDL London, losing 3-0 to Chicago Huntsmen before falling 3-2 to the lowly Seattle Surge. The results prompted many to think out loud about whether or not it was worth keeping on all that veteran presence in the starting lineup.
For Vivid and Spart, this will be their first time featuring for a Call of Duty team at a professional level. The former has played for several well-known amateur teams, including Team WaR, Sage Esports and Hybrid Gaming.
Despite just turning 18, Spart already has some championship experience under his belt, as he was on the Atlanta FaZe Academy roster that placed first at the most recent Challengers Open at CDL Atlanta.
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The most experienced of the three new players is Blazt, who signed on with Guerrillas as their substitute after failing to land a starting role in the CDL. He’s featured for several pro teams since he started competing in 2017, including eRa Eternity, compLexity, Midnight Esports, and UYU.
LA will hope that their new starters will help the team put on a good showing in front of their home fans. They’ve certainly been given the opportunity to do so, having been placed in the easier of two groups with Seattle Surge, Toronto Ultra, and crosstown rivals OpTic Gaming LA.
You can keep with all of the action this weekend by visiting our CDL Los Angeles hub, which includes the official stream, full tournament schedule, and more.