RosterMania: Infinite Warfare Edition
At the conclusion of the Call of Duty®: Black Ops III cycle, most top teams kept their rosters intact. However, following the release of Call of Duty®: Infinite Warfare, “RosterMania” seems to be in full effect once again. This article will serve as a compilation of all the confirmed roster changes so far in the Call of Duty community.
*Disclaimer: This article was last updated at 6:00 p.m. EDT on Nov. 21, 2016. None of the roster changes announced by individual players have been confirmed by their organizations (unless otherwise noted).
Luminosity Acquires Ex-Rise Nation Members
Rise Nation was the first team to kick off RosterMania as they announced on Oct. 28 that Josiah “Slacked” Berry, Nicholas “Classic” DiCostanzo and Sam “Octane” Larew were all leaving the organization. This left Daniel “Loony” Loza as the only remaining player on Rise.
Moments later, Luminosity announced that they were splitting ties with Anthony "NAMELESS" Wheeler, Jeremy "StuDyy" Astacio and Michael "SpaceLy" Schmale, leaving Renato "Saints" Forza as the last player under their banner. However, Saints wasn’t alone for long, as Luminosity was quick to add the former-Rise trio to form their new roster heading into Infinite Warfare.
NAMELESS Announces his new Squad
Less than 24 hours after the official release of Infinite Warfare, NAMELESS shockingly announced his new roster, consisting of himself, StuDyy, Jared “Nagafen” Harrell and Colt “Havok” McLendon. While this team-of-four is ready to go, NAMELESS and company are still in search of an organization to represent.
At the time of this announcement, Nagafen left Elevate as a team-of-three, while Havok departed from compLexity Gaming, leaving them to look for one more player.
Aqua Announces New Elevate Roster
Yes @RiseLoonysan will be playing with us.— Uly (@eLevateAquaa) November 4, 2016
Literally four minutes after NAMELESS’s announcement, Ulysses “Aqua” Silva took to Twitter to announce the new Elevate roster. Following the departure of Nagafen, Loony will reportedly be leaving Rise Nation to join Aqua, Tyler "FeLonY" Johnson and Brice "Faccento" Faccento on Elevate.
While we were able to get a statement from the Head of Public Relations at Elevate, we are still awaiting official confirmation from the organization.
Blfire Introduces his new Lineup
Mike “Blfire” Glushenok continued the RosterMania trend by announcing his new teammates for Infinite Warfare. Blfire will be teaming with Daniel “Miyagi” Ho, John “Johnny” Cookson and Alex “Examples” Hartlaub. This roster intends to attend MLG Vegas in the middle of December, and they are looking for an organization to represent.
Rise Nation Keeps Loony, Announces New Roster
Just two days after Aqua announced that he would be teamming with Loony, it has now been confirmed that the former Elevate-trio of Aqua, FeLo and Faccento will be making the transition over to Rise Nation.
Initial reports led to the misconception that Loony would be joining those three players on Elevate, but both organizations have confirmed that Rise has bought out the contracts of Aqua, FeLo and Faccento. These three players found great success together in Black Ops III, but only time will tell what they will be able to accomplish now that they have joined Loony under the Rise Nation banner.
Team Allegiance Drops Xotic
The team and I have come to a mutual agreement to release @Xotic16. He's a beast, so much talent in this kid, wish him the best of luck— Matt (@SaugaRoyalty) November 9, 2016
Team Allegiance and player John "Xotic" Bruno have mutually parted ways, according to the above tweet by Matthew "Royalty" Faithfull. The drop comes after a 13th-16th placing at the Call of Duty: World Championship this year.
Xotic's replacement is not yet known.
HyperGames Releases Roster
Due to internal issues with @hypergamesteam they have decided to release us, we will hopefully have an announcement in the coming days.— Jordan Reed (@Reedy_1905) November 12, 2016
In a tweet earlier today, Jordan "Reedy" Reed announced that HyperGames has released their Call of Duty roster "due to interal issues."
HyperGames confirmed this announcement, which means that the roster consisting of Reedy, Zach "Zed" Denyer, Josh "Watson" Watson and Sean "Seany" O'Connor is now looking for a new organization to call home.
Team Allegiance Adds SinfuL
Just four days after dropping Xotic, Team Allegiance announced their new fourth for Infinite Warfare. Jonathan "SinfuL" Baez joins the ALG roster to compete alongside Steve "Mochila" Canle, Matthew "Royalty" Faithfull and Remington "Remy" Ihringer.
SinfuL most recently spent the majority of the Black Ops III season playing for Echo Fox.
Elevate Acquires New European Roster
Elevate just announced their acquisition of a top European roster, consisting of Zach “Zed” Denyer, Josh “Watson” Watson, Sean “Seany” O’Connor, and Jordan “Reedy” Reed. With quite a few talented North American teams currently looking for an organization, this came as a surprise to several people in the community. Whether this team will remain in Europe or move across the pond to the United States is yet to be determined.
NAMELESS's Team Joins Evil Geniuses
After announcing his roster over two weeks ago, NAMELESS has finally found a home for his new teammates: Evil Geniuses. Although this move was heavily anticipated, EG officially confirmed their return to Call of Duty with their acquisition of NAMELESS, StuDyy, Nagafen and Havok.
We will be updating this article daily as more official changes are announced. Be sure to follow @GAMURScom for quick updates regarding rosters and all other Call of Duty news.
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