Call of Duty rostermania: Pre-Modern Warfare

The new franchises will have plenty of talent to choose from.

Photo by Joe Brady via MLG

Following eUnited’s victory at the $2 million Call of Duty World League Championship last month, the 2019 CWL season concluded. But rostermania is upon us and fans can anticipate a busy free agency period with CoD moving to a city-based franchise model for next year’s title, Modern Warfare

The 2020 CoD League is reportedly set to begin in January 2020 and run until July, according to a report by Richard Lewis

With fewer teams involved, as well as a rumored $25 million buy-in price, multiple 2019 CoD organizations won’t stick around for next year, leaving numerous players looking for a new home.

Each franchise will have five starting players and a maximum of 10 players on the team that could be used as mid-series or pre-series substitutions. 

The league’s open signing window began on Sept. 3, so any player can negotiate and sign a new contract with any team in the league at this time. Players who are under contract with an existing CWL organization with a city-based franchise spot will have to sign a new contract to be eligible for the 2020 CoD League. 

To allow for immediate transfers, players can be traded between organizations throughout the majority of the 2020 season. 

This article will serve as a hub for all confirmed roster changes before the inaugural season of the franchised CoD league. 

Florida Mutineers

Call of Duty world champion Preston “Prestinni” Sanderson spearheads the roster alongside two-time Halo world champ Bradley “Frosty” Bergstrom. Chance “Maux” Moncivaez, Colt “Havok” McLendon, and Cesar “Skyz” Bueno finalize the roster with coach Ricky “Atura” Lugo, the organization revealed on Dec. 2.

Los Angeles Guerrillas

Patrick “ACHES” Price will be the captain of the Los Angeles Guerrillas, the organization announced on Oct. 25. He’ll compete alongside Ulysses “AquA” Silva, Jacob “Decemate” Cato, Renato “Saints” Forza, and Andres Lacefield.

Atlanta FaZe

Chris “Simp” Lehr, Tyler “aBeZy” Pharris, Preston “Priestahh” Greiner, McArthur “Cellium” Jovel, and Michael “MajorManiak” Szymaniak will play for the Atlanta FaZe, the organization announced on Oct. 26. James Crowder joined the Atlanta franchise to be the team’s head coach on Sept. 22.

Toronto Ultra

Toronto’s Call of Duty franchise will be called the Toronto Ultra, the organization announced on Oct. 24. The Ultra’s 10-man lineup will feature Danny “Loony” Loza, Anthony “Methodz” Zinni, Carson “Brack” Newberry, Adrian “MettalZ” Serrano, Alex “Lucky” López, Mehran “Mayhem” Anjomshoa, Tobi “CleanX” Jønsson, Cammy McKilligan, Nick “Classic” DiCostanzo, and Ben Bance.

Chicago Huntsmen

Seth “Scump” Abner, Matthew “FormaL” Piper, Peirce “Gunless” Hillman, Alec “Arcitys” Sanderson, and Dylan “Envoy” Hannon will represent Chicago, the organization announced on Oct. 24.

OpTic Gaming Los Angeles

Thomas “TJHaLy” Haly, Brandon “Dashy” Otell, Kenny Williams, Austin “SlasheR” Liddicoat, and Jordan “JKap” Kaplan will play for OpTic Gaming Los Angeles, the organization announced on Oct. 24. Eric “Muddawg” Sanders, 100 Thieves’ former head of esports operations, became the general manager of the OpTic LA franchise on Sept. 23.

Minnesota RØKKR

The Minnesota franchise revealed its first three players and head coach on Sept. 20. Justin “SiLLY” Fargo-Palmer, Adam “Assault” Garcia, and Adam “GodRx” Brown have joined the team as players, while Brian “Saintt” Baroska will be Minnesota’s coach. Minnesota signed Alex “Alexx” Carpenter on Oct. 10 and Obaid Asim on Oct. 24. Kaden “Exceed” Stockdale and Devin “TTinyy” Robinson joined the team as substitutes on Oct. 24, too.

Seattle Surge

Seattle’s Call of Duty League lineup includes Damon “Karma” Barlow, Josiah “Slacked” Berry, Sam “Octane” Larew, Ian “Enable” Wyatt, and Bryan “Apathy” Zhelyazkov, the organization announced on Oct. 21. Joey “Nubzy” DiGiacomo will be the team’s head coach.

Dallas Empire

Two-time world champion James “Clayster” Eubanks joined Dallas’ lineup on Oct. 14. He’ll compete alongside Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro, Cuyler “Huke” Garland, Indervir “iLLeY” Dhaliwal, and Ian “Crimsix” Porter. The team will be called the Dallas Empire.

Paris Legion

The Paris Call of Duty franchise signed Conrad “Shockz” Rymarek, Luke “Louqa” Rigas, Denholm “Denz” Taylor, Zach “Zed” Denyer, Timothy “Phantomz” Landis, Matthew “KiSMET” Tinsley, and Paul “Breszy” Breszynski on Oct. 3. It’s unclear what Paris’ starting lineup will look like at this time.

London Royal Ravens

The London Call of Duty franchise signed assault rifle player Bradley “Wuskin” Marshall on Sept. 17, pending league approval. Matthew “Skrapz” Marshall and Dylan Henderson were added to the European lineup on Sept. 20, followed by Jordan “Jurd” Crowley on Sept. 28 and Rhys “Rated” Price on Sept. 29. London became the first franchise to reveal its branding on Oct. 15—the London Royal Ravens. The team signed Sean “Seany” O’Connor, it’s first substitute, on Nov. 3.

New York Subliners

New York signed Thomas “ZooMaa” Paparatto on Sept. 25, Donovan “Temp” Laroda and Lamar “Accuracy” Abedi on Sept. 26, and Trei “Zer0” Morris and Dillon “Attach” Price on Sept. 27. The organization also signed coach John “Revan” Boble and analyst JP Krez on Aug. 20. Doug “Censor” Martin came out of retirement and joined the organization as a substitute on Oct. 17. The team will be called the New York Subliners.

This article will be updated regularly as roster changes are confirmed for the CoD League.