The inaugural season of the Call of Duty League only ended a couple of days ago, but rostermania is already in full swing.
With the 2020 season now in the rear-view mirror, all 12 CDL franchises are immediately starting to plan for 2021. The league is officially returning to four-vs-four gameplay, which means that each organization will have to remove one player from its starting lineup.
The Call of Duty League also isn’t expanding for 2021, according to ESPN Esports. This means that the number of starting players in the CDL will decrease from 60 to 48 next year.
The 2021 CDL “League Year” will officially begin on Sept. 14 at 2am CT. “From this time, free agents may enter into new player contracts with any team in the league,” the CDL said. “Teams may begin submitting 2021 season player contracts for league office review and may also begin submitting player trades for league office review. Players who are currently under contract with an existing team remain subject to the terms of such player contract but are free to negotiate any amendments with their team.”
The CDL created a player tracker that will provide updates on “all player-related transactions, including signings, trades, releases, and retirements.” As of Sept. 9, the player tracker shows the players whose extension options were exercised for the 2021 Call of Duty League season. But even if a player’s contract was extended, that doesn’t mean they’ll necessarily play for that team in 2021—their contract could be bought out by another team.
Over the next few months, all of the CDL franchises will be making at least one change to their lineups. Here are all of the confirmed roster moves heading into the 2021 season of the Call of Duty League.
Seattle reveals new lineup
The Seattle Surge introduced its new lineup of Octane, Gunless, Loony, and Prestinni on Sept. 23.
Seattle parted ways with five players—Slacked, Apathy, Enable, Pandur, and Proto—as well as Search and Destroy analyst TeddyRecKs on Sept. 4. This move left Octane as the only player remaining on the Surge at the time.
Clayster joins New York
The New York Subliners added Clayster to its roster on Sept. 18. He’ll compete alongside ZooMaa and Mack in 2021.
Less than 48 hours after winning his third Call of Duty world championship, Clayster announced that he was a restricted free agent for the 2021 season on Sept. 1. The Dallas Empire also tweeted “with the heaviest of hearts we are forced to let go of an absolute legend.”
Dallas will likely enter the 2021 season with the lineup of Crimsix, Shotzzy, iLLeY, and Huke, but this hasn’t been officially confirmed yet. European CoD veteran Tommey also tweeted that he’s an unrestricted free agent on Sept. 8. New York dropped Temp, Accuracy, Censor, and Happy on Sept. 8.
Atlanta adds Arcitys
Arcitys signed with the Atlanta FaZe on Sept. 15. He’ll team with Simp, aBeZy, and Cellium for the 2021 season.
Minnesota introduces new four-man lineup
Arcitys, Prestinni leave Huntsmen, Dashy joins
The Chicago Huntsmen parted ways with Arcitys and Prestinni on Sept. 8. Search and Destroy analyst x2Pac ThuGLorD was also released by Chicago on Sept. 8. Gunless has tweeted that he’s a free agent, but the organization hasn’t made an official announcement about him yet.
Dashy officially joined the Huntsmen on Sept. 14. He’ll likely play alongside Scump, FormaL, and Envoy in 2021.
Frosty, Maux announces free agency
Frosty and Maux revealed on Sept. 9 that they’re unrestricted free agents for the 2021 season. It’s unclear at this time if Florida will make any other moves.
London drops seven players
European Call of Duty veteran Jurd also revealed on Sept. 1 that he’s an unrestricted free agent for the 2021 CDL season. Jurd was signed by the London Royal Ravens last September but was benched by the team in May.
OpTic moves on from four players
OpTic Gaming Los Angeles released Dashy, Chino, Goonjar, and Hollow on Sept. 8. OGLA confirmed that it re-signed SlasheR, Kenny, and Drazah on Sept. 9. It’s unclear if TJHaLy is still on the team at this time. JKap also retired on Sept. 2.
Paris releases full lineup
The Paris Legion is completely rebuilding its team for the 2021 season. KiSMET initially announced on Sept. 7 that he’s an unrestricted free agent. But on Sept. 8, Paris said au revoir to its entire 2020 roster—KiSMET, Denz, Louqa, Shockz, Zed, Phantomz, and Breszy. Coach Joshh also announced that he won’t be coaching the Legion and will be looking to return to competitive play.
Los Angeles Guerrillas part ways with five players
The Los Angeles Guerrillas officially released AquA, Blazt, Decemate, Saints, Spart, and Lacefield on Sept. 7, making them unrestricted free agents. Vivid is seemingly the only player who’s still with the team. LAG also re-signed head coach Bevils and assistant coach Ricky on Sept. 1.
Toronto drops six players
The Toronto Ultra released six of the 10 players from its 2020 roster on Sept. 4. Loony, Classic, Brack, MettalZ, Lucky, and Mayhem have been dropped and tweeted that they’re unrestricted free agents for the 2021 season. The organization announced that CleanX, and Cammy are staying with the team for next year. It’s unclear at this time if Methodz and Bance will also remain with Toronto.
This article will be updated regularly as roster changes are confirmed for the Call of Duty League.