Call of Duty League: Vanguard Rosters Shaping Up

Published: Sep 24, 2021

Although the Call of Duty League 2022 season isn’t set to start until next Spring, there are already rosters in the making. It was just a few weeks ago that the first team to fully lock-in a roster, the Los Angeles Guerrillas, revealed its starting line-up for 2022. Since then, Rostermania has continued in earnest, with veterans switching sides, and rookies being pulled into the fray.

There are daily rumours circulating heavily regarding the transfers of Call of Duty players from pillar to post. However, the chatter transcends individuals from time to time, and there’s still the up-in-the-air potential for OpTic Chicago to sell its CDL slot to the highest bidder.

Recently, we posted an article breaking the news that a merger might happen between OpTic Chicago and Dallas Empire. In that situation, the OpTic Chicago and Dallas Empire rosters would fuse together. Although, just days ago, there was a suggestion circulating that OpTic’s slot may be sold to an Overwatch League team, the Washington Justice.

The Most Monumental Changes

In recent days, Seattle Surge made a shock announcement regarding its 2022 Call of Duty League roster. It was Seattle Surge that was first to abandon its 2021 roster, scrapping the team before the season had even ended. Now, the team’s management body has announced the four-man starting roster for the 2022 League:

It’s a 50-50 split team, with Accuracy and Mack boasting veteran knowledge over the relatively rookie presence of Sib and Pred. However, both of these players have been making waves in the amateur scene for a long time, and their appearance in the CDL is set to be an exciting one.

This massive change meant that Octane, Surge’s OG pointman, needed a home. Along with Envoy, freshly released from OpTic Chicago, Octane transitioned over to the LA Thieves. When the 2022 Call of Duty League season kicks off, they’ll be playing alongside Drazah and Kenny.

We already mentioned how the Los Angeles Guerrillas was the first team to confirm a full roster. It seems as though the LA-based squad is a mish-mash of the cast-offs from other teams. The four-man squad consists of SlasheR, Asim, Huke, and Gunless, all of whom come across from entirely different teams.

Some Things Change, Others Stay The Same

Image Credit: Call of Duty League

Of course, not every organisation is recycling the roster for the Call of Duty League 2022 season. For example, Atlanta FaZe, the 2021 CDL champions, has retained every member of its team. There’s a great level of reasoning behind the inaction, as in the last season, FaZe proved to be one of the greatest sides in Call of Duty history.

Following a massively successful season, the Atlanta FaZe crew was solidified as some of the best Call of Duty players in history.

In other areas, Minnesota Rokkr, which played remarkably well through the 2021 season, is also retaining its roster. Although, as we’ve said, there are many months left before the kick-off of the Call of Duty League 2022 season.

And as we all know, it’s a massively unpredictable landscape. With a whole new game in Call of Duty Vanguard and iconic veterans retiring left and right, the environment could be dramatically different come 2022.

Grant Taylor-Hill

Since: February 12, 2021

Grant is a lifelong, multi-platform gamer with a passion for journalism and more than ten years' experience in the industry. He'll try any game once, and when he's not playing them, he's watching them, being as he is an avid esports fan.

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