The 2021 Call of Duty League (CDL) season came to an end with Atlanta FaZe managing to defeat the Toronto Ultra in the grand finals of the CDL Championship to win the biggest tournament of the year. With the off-season in full swing and franchises looking ahead to Call of Duty: Vanguard's release, several changes to the starting lineups are being made.
With so many changes and rumours floating around the community, it can be tricky to keep track of which players are looking for new pastures and which esports organisations could be making their CDL debut which is why we've created a dedicated hub containing all of the latest news and rumours! Find absolutely everything you need to know about rostermania in this article.
Crimsix Completes NYSL Roster - October 22nd
A few days after announcing Clayster and HyDra returning to the Subliners for 2022, the franchise has confirmed Ian "Crimsix" Porter will be heading to New York from Dallas for the Vanguard season.
Clayster Re-Signs With NYSL - October 20th
The New York Subliners has announced three-time world champion James "Clayster" Eubanks has re-signed for the 2022 season.
Florida Mutineers Reveals Roster - October 6th
Ahead of the 2022 season, the Florida Mutineers is the latest franchise to reveal its roster for Vanguard. Joining them is David "Davpadie" Maslowski in place of Travis "Neptune" McCloud.
Apathy Announces Retirement - October 4th
2016 and 2018 world champion Bryan "Apathy" Zhelyazkov has announced he will be retiring from competitive Call of Duty. Known for his incredible slaying abilities with a submachine gun in hand, Apathy recently competed for the Seattle Surge and Los Angeles Guerrillas.
CDL 2022 Rostermania Confirmed Changes
This article will be updated with the latest information as soon as it breaks.
Despite the off-season being in full swing, a number of franchises have confirmed their teams for the Vanguard season. Here's a complete list of changes that have been confirmed:
- Atlanta FaZe - Simp, Cellium, aBeZy, Arcitys
- Dallas Empire - Unknown
- OpTic Chicago - Unknown
- Florida Mutineers - Havok, Skyz, Owakening, Davpadie
- Seattle Surge - Accuracy, Mack, Pred, Sib
- Toronto Ultra - Bance, CleanX, Insight, Cammy
- Los Angeles Thieves - Octane, Envoy, Kenny, Drazah
- Minnesota ROKKR - Attach, Standy, MajorManiak, Priestahh
- New York Subliners - Clayster, Neptune, HyDra, Crimsix
- Paris Legion - Unknown
- Los Angeles Guerrillas - Asim, SlasheR, Gunless, Huke
- London Royal Ravens - Afro, TBC, TBC, TBC
CDL 2022 Rumoured Roster Changes
Here's a complete list of all rumoured roster changes expected to take place.
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CDL Rostermania 2022 Rumours
Dallas Empire To Merge With OpTic?
According to a report by Dot Esports, the Dallas Empire is in talks with the Green Wall to obtain the OpTic brand, meaning that the Chicago franchise slot could be available to purchase. If the deal is completed, this will be the third time the OpTic brand has moved in three seasons of CDL competition.
The report reveals that Hector "HECZ" Rodriguez no longer wants to work with NRG Esports and with the founder of the Green Wall unable to pay operations cost and the payroll, longtime rivals Team Envy stepped in. Since the report, two players from Chicago and two from Dallas have departed, leaving four remaining which could be the starting lineup for 2022.
Cloud9 To Enter The CDL?
With the Chicago slot expected to be for sale, and with the Paris Legion seemingly ceasing its operations after abandoning its trademark, rumours are pointing towards Cloud9 making a return to Call of Duty esports. The organisation has been interacting with various personalities on Twitter, fuelling rumours of its return for 2022.