After CWL Vegas, it was confirmed that OpTic Gaming, Luminosity, eUnited and Splyce were in the Pro League next year. The rest of the teams who ended the weekend 5th-32nd are to compete in mid January for the final pro league spots. Over the last week, a few Call of Duty teams have announced roster changes. Whilst other Call of Duty teams have announced departures from their Vegas organisations. We take a look at the new teams and differences below.
The first major change was announced by FaZe. After finishing a disappointing 13th-16th placing at CWL Vegas, rumours began to surface. Anthony ‘Methodz’ Zinni eventually confirmed the departure from FaZe when he removed the tag from his social media handles. A tweet by FaZe gave fans confirmation.
FaZe Clan have decided to pick up raw talent for their 5th going into the pro league qualifiers. McArthur ‘Cellium’ Jovel, the 18-year-old has joined Thomas ‘ZooMaa’ Paparatto, Dillon ‘Attach’ Price, James ‘Crowder’ Crowder and Preston ‘Priestahh’ Greiner.
This move is certainly a gamble, Cellium was previously on the eUnited Cadets, an academy team under the pro team. This will be his very first experience of competing at the highest level of Call of Duty. Though a risk, it is an exciting one and could prove to be successful.
With FaZe Clan making the decision to release Methodz, another Call of Duty team, G2 Esports were quick to snap him up. G2 are the current organisation that have made the most roster moves during this competitive gap. Methodz has taken the place of Richard ‘Ricky’ Stacy’. G2 weren’t finished there however with the changes. They have also dropped Brian ‘Faccento’ Faccento and picked up Andres ‘Lacefield’ Lacefield who competed with Pitsburgh Knights at CWL Vegas.
G2 also finished with a disappointing placing at Vegas this month. They will be hoping that these new additions get them into the pro league next month. The G2 roster as of writing is; Methodz, Lacefield, Martin ‘Chino’ Chino, Jacob ‘Decemate’ Cato and Rasim ‘Blazt’ Ogresevic.
The Australian Call of Duty team, Mindfreak have made a change or as of writing this, an addition to their roster. They have signed Daniel ‘Swifty’ Hickey to their current squad. However, though this move has been confirmed, Swifty was previously on Tainted Minds, it has not been announced who he will be replacing from the current squad of players.
Call of Duty team, SpaceLy and co.
Despite a good top 8 placing at CWL Vegas, the Call of Duty team that includes Michael ‘SpaceLy’ Schmale, Michael ‘MajorManiak’ Szymaniak, Chance ‘Maux’ Moncivaez, Jared ‘Nagafen’ Harrell and Colt ‘Havok’ McLendon parted ways with Str8 Rippin.
SpaceLy and co. still do not represent an organisation. There are rumours that a previous Call of Duty team, Denial Esports are coming back into the scene and could pick up the 5-man roster.
On Jan. 16th the Pro League play-in will get underway. 12 spots are up for grabs and the competition will be fierce. Call of Duty teams and fans are excited and ready for the action to begin next month.
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