After one of the longest off-seasons in recent memory, the start of the second season of the Call of Duty League (CDL) is right around the corner.
The off-season signified a period of change for the geo-located franchise league that began in 2020. With the release of Black Ops Cold War, it was revealed that the team structure for competitive Call of Duty would be returning to a 4v4 structure alongside a transition to PC for the very first time.
One of the teams that managed to contend with the likes of the Dallas Empire and Atlanta FaZe was the Florida Mutineers, who quickly adapted to the online environment, winning three Home Series events in relatively quick succession.
During the off-season, Mutineers player Maurice “Fero” Henriquez unexpectedly passed away, much to the shock of the competitive community.
Heading into 2021 intent on honouring the legacy of Fero and looking to build on what was a solid 2020 campaign, can Florida make that final push into the top tier of CDL teams?
Florida Mutineers 2021 CDL Roster
The untimely passing of Fero just three days before the release of Black Ops Cold War left the Mutineers looking for a player to fill a huge gap.
Josiah “Slacked” Berry would be the player to complete the line-up alongside Colt “Havok” McLendon, Cesar “Skyz” Bueno, and 2020 breakout star Joesph “Owakening” Conley.
Soon after Slacked joined the team, former Halo player Neptune was promoted to the starting line-up in place of Havok who headed for the substitutes bench.
With the addition of Neptune bolstering Florida’s ability to slay out the opposition, the combination of himself and Slacked as the SMG duo certainly has the potential to make an impact while Skyz can assert himself as one of the strongest assault rifle players in the game.
After an incredible debut season, Owakening has the chance to consolidate his position as one of the top North American talents to emerge in recent years. His deadly accuracy combined with supreme position makes him one of the hardest players to compete against, and if he’s having a good game, it’s more than likely that Florida will be the team walking away with the victory.
On paper, this roster has all the ingredients required to give the top teams a run for their money. Will the lack of experience for Neptune come round to bite him on the biggest stage? Or will his addition to the starting roster turn out to be another stroke of genius from the Mutineers general manager? We will have to wait and see!
After an emotional off-season, Florida will be intent on putting on a show for the late Fero. After showing that it can defeat the toughest opponents and even win events last season, Florida is in a prime position to unleash the Kraken onto the top teams in the CDL.
With the amount of young, explosive talent on this team alongside one of the most experienced players in Call of Duty esports, the Mutineers is certainly in with a shot of mixing it up at the top of the league table.