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LA Guerrillas drop five players ahead of 2021 Call of Duty League season

Published: 7/Sep/2020 6:23

by Brad Norton

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The Los Angeles Guerrillas are now the latest Call of Duty League (CDL) team to disband following the inaugural season as five players have become unrestricted free agents just one week into the offseason.

With the Championship Weekend having just wrapped up last week, CDL organizations are wasting little time shuffling their rosters in the leadup to the 2021 season. Even the winners, Dallas Empire, were forced to drop three-time world champion Clayster amidst the swap to a 4v4 format.

As one of the lowest-earning squads throughout 2020, Seattle Surge quickly made a move to drop all but one player in Octane. Joining Surge at the bottom of the 2020 rankings, the LA Guerrillas also came away with just $10,000 for their efforts in the first season. Following these results, the organization has similarly parted ways with almost every player signed for the first year.

At the time of writing, Spart, Blazt, Saints, Decemate, and Aqua have all transitioned to unrestricted free agents. These moves mean that Vivid is now the only active player signed to the Guerrillas heading into the 2021 season.

This huge string of announcements came one after another on September 6. From substitutes to starting players, all five announced their free agency in a similar fashion. Saints added a little extra to his post, however; he suggested the 4v4 swap is only beneficial for him after his many years of experience in the scene.

“Last time I won was 3 years ago and I need it now more than anything,” he said. “I know what I’m capable of in a 4v4 setting. Willing to do whatever it takes to have a chance at winning again.”

Through the switch to online play in the middle of the season, Guerrillas was one of many rosters to shake things up. Two-time world champion ACHES was let go in July before quickly finding a new Challengers team to play with. On top of this, Vivid was swapped into the starting lineup as Saints and Spart were rotated in and out.

The Guerrillas finished dead last in the regular-season standings, recording just 31 map wins to 59 map losses overall. Their playoff run came to a swift end after a game five loss to LA rivals OpTic Gaming. This saw them bow out of the post-season with no prize winnings to show for it.

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The LA Guerrillas have just one player remaining on the starting lineup.

The official LA Guerrillas social media accounts are yet to address the departures. Nor have any replacements been locked in just yet. It was recently confirmed, however, that Bevils and Ricky will both be part of the coaching staff in 2021.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated on any further changes in the near future. For now, get caught up on every free agent with our off-season Rostermania hub.

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Scump says “a lot could go wrong” with CDL switching to PC next season

Published: 21/Oct/2020 0:06

by Albert Petrosyan

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With the Call of Duty League switching from console to PC for the 2021 season, at least at the professional level, Chicago Huntsmen’s legendary CoD pro Seth ‘Scump’ Abner has detailed some of the potential issues that could arise.

The Call of Duty League’s switch from console to PC was inevitable, but that doesn’t mean the transition will be without its faults; one major concern, of course, has been hacking. Maybe not in the competitive scene, but the growing presence of PC in CoD this year (with the addition of cross-play and Warzone) has exposed Activision’s inability to handle the issue on a large scale.

Add in the fact that the CDL’s Challengers circuit and in-game ranked mode(s), for example, will support both console & PC, and suddenly the concern is heightened. And while it’s unlikely that anyone in the pro ranks would cheat, if the 2021 season starts out online, there’s a chance that, at the very least, accusations could start flying around.

Scump was asked about this switch during one of his recent streams and, uncoincidentally, hacking was the first thing he brought up: “The one thing that could go wrong – if there’s hackers, any kind of competitive playlist is chalked. That’s definitely something to worry about.”

“That is going to be very annoying if hackers just run rampant in all the ranked playlists,” he went on. “If there are hackers, it’s chalked. There’s supposed to be anti-cheat in the works? Hopefully, they do a good job with it and hopefully, everything is good.”

The veteran also brought up the potential situations where the gaming rigs experience issues during competitions: “‘PC crash during a tournament is bound to happen,’ more than likely, yeah. There’s a lot of things that could go wrong, definitely a LOT of things that could go wrong.”

There was one positive bit of news that Scump revealed during this discussion: the CDL is working on adding a ‘pause feature’ that would allow them to stop and start matches if need be.

The lack of such a feature really became apparent during the 2020 campaign, especially the CDL Playoffs, when teams like OpTic Gaming LA and London Royal Ravens had players booted offline mid-match.

As a result, since the disconnections occurred too late into the respective Hardpoint games, both teams had to play the round a man down, 4v5, which inevitably led them to lose.

Needless to say, had a pause feature existed, the whole situation could have been avoided. Instead, the CDL was forced to stream all matches with a massive delay so that viewers with ill-intentions couldn’t hit anyone offline.

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Without a pause feature, the CDL installed these unpopular rules for if/when Hardpoint matches needed to be restarted.

Ultimately, the Call of Duty League’s switch to PC is a “step in the right direction,” as Scump remarked, but there are definitely potential problems that could stem from the transition. We’ll just have to wait and see.

For more information about the upcoming campaign, make sure to visit our CDL 2021 season hub.