The Call of Duty League offseason wastes no time. That much was clear when the Seattle Surge dropped its entire team, and made the announcement before Champs even finished. The Paris Legion followed that example, letting go of its lineup Friday afternoon
That’s eight players back on the market, and two full teams that require assembly.
Rostermania is only just beginning, and Atlanta FaZe may be the only team that’s totally safe from any moves.
Dallas Empire star Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro and head coach Ray “Rambo” Lussier said they’d like to run it back with their squad of four, but the Empire have made drastic changes before.
The 2020 world champions had to deal James “Clayster” Eubanks to the New York Subliners to accommodate the 4-vs-4 swap made by the CDL. The Empire dropped longtime Envy star Cuyler “Huke” Garland in the middle of the season and replaced him with Reece “Vivid” Drost with hopes of chasing another championship.
The lesson isn’t to poke the Empire with the stick and wait for them to do something. The lesson is that even the most competitive squads can make surprising moves.
CDL personalities have already hinted at craziness that may unfold.
Hearing some things and lemme tell ya… this off season is about to be nuts!— NYSL ZooMaa (@ZooMaa) August 24, 2021
Star players moving to other squads drums up drama that Call of Duty esports thrives on. Players want to team with their friends, iconic names retire and new faces replace them. If you ask the world champs, they may suggest teams be on the lookout for new strategies.
Atlanta FaZe analyst Austin “Easy Mac” O’Neil, who was critical on the 2021 world championship staff, said teams should look for bigger coaching staffs. FaZe and the Toronto Ultra were the top two squads all season, and also had the largest pool of minds.
With rostermania knocking, dear CDL teams:— FaZe AO (@Its_EasyMac) August 23, 2021
Please invest in your support staff. There are loads of coaches and analysts just waiting to help. The best two teams this season had 7 coaches combined doing anything to help their teams win. Here’s a list to help you get started
For the Empire, that could mean hiring another coach or specialist. Tyler “FeLo” Johnson was important for the Empire even after he was moved back to a reserve role. His search and destroy prowess assisted the Empire in improving in a game mode that was patchy through most of the season.
I want my team to succeed, regardless of what that means. No egos here, just a passionate ground of players wanting to do anything to win. Still had plenty of talks and relay in information with Tyler between maps. He deserves a ton of gas for how we handled ourselves this week👍🏻— Ray (@ramboray) August 22, 2021
Players or coachings moving around or getting picked up could be the bare minimum seen in this offseason. There have been hints from players and organizations about expansion. While the Call of Duty League hasn’t explicitly said anything about expansion, adding teams could help bring up talent that may deserve league recognition.
Expansion 🧐— Ultra Methodz (@Methodz) August 23, 2021
Call of Duty: Vanguard is set to release Nov. 5, and the alpha starts Friday on PlayStation. Teams will want their full squads by the time the latest title breaks into the scene.
That gives rostermania a little over two months for chaos.