Roster Mania has simply become part of the Call of Duty eSports life cycle. We’ve all come to know and hate it but it’s a fact of life; loyalty is one of the most scarce traits among CoD pros. No matter our feelings, it’s our job to report on the changes, so starting from the conclusion of UMG California, here are the Roster Mania changes in chronological order:
Monday, May 18
Vitality.Storm acquire Peatie and Watson
Previously on Aware Gaming and finding form as of late, Adam ‘Peatie’ Peate and Josh ‘Watson’ Watson left to join up with experienced players Tom ‘Tommey’ Trewren and Joshua-Lee ‘Joshh’ Shephard, previously with Epsilon, on Vitality.Storm.
You're all probably getting annoyed or bored with the amount of changes that are happening within the (cont) http://t.co/quoa5jJD81
— STORM (@StormEU) May 18, 2015
Wolf departs from DA.Below Zero
Brennen ‘Wolf’ Lockhart was dropped from Bz to become a Free Agent, leaving Adam ‘Assauhlt’ Garcia, Zak ‘GodLike’ Goldstein and Mike ‘Swarley’ Carter looking for a 4th.
Welp, F/A for S3 Relegation & Future events, text me @ me Dm me fax me send me a letter in the mall or hit the pager, RT please
— Brennen (@BrennenWolf) May 21, 2015
Tuesday, May 19
SunnyB joins Barrage eSports
‘SunnyB,’ who played for Klar1ty Gaming at Call of Duty Championship 2015, joined up with Kelvin ‘RusH’ Bosman, Brandon ‘LXT’ McAllister and David ‘Urban’ Marsh under Barrage eSports.
We are delighted to announce our new 4th!! Please welcome @BarrageSunnyB he will play alongside @BarrageUrban @BarrageRushh & @Brandysmack
— Barrage™ (@Barrage) May 20, 2015
Thursday, May 21
Anticity is subbed out for Remy on Automatic Reload
Spencer ‘Anticity’ Askins decided to leave after being subbed out for Remington ‘Remy’ Ihringer in the MLG Pro League. This meant Anticity became a Free Agent.
Trident pick up Chilean, Damage, Fate and Beastn
The entire Integral Nation roster decided to part ways with the organisation and join up with Trident eSports.
— Trident Esports (@TridentEsports) May 21, 2015
Saturday, May 23
Prophecy have a moment of madness
Sam ‘Octane’ Larew replaced Jared ‘Nagafen’ Harrell on Prophecy, then Octane, Ulysses ‘AquA’ Silva and Bryan ‘Apathy’ Zhelyazkov all left to make up FaZe.Black leaving Patrick ‘ACHES’ Price as the sole member on Prophecy. One thing to note is this was never officially announced by FaZe themselves.
Well I might as well just tell you now… Apathy, AquA and Octane have left to make FaZe Black with Doug
Not really sure what to say :/
— Oliver Sellors (@AcidOli) May 24, 2015
Sunday, May 24
FAB eSports acquire POW3R
Giorgio ‘POW3R’ Calandrelli who previously played for NxG has joined Massi ‘GunElite’ Safi and Kevin ‘Kivi’ Fiala under the fabE organisation. They’re still searching for a 4th.
— FAB Games eSports (@FAB_Games) May 23, 2015
Monday, May 25
Prophecy’s madness continues
After a brief spell on FaZe.Black, Octane, Aqua and Apathy return to Prophecy alongside Aches.
The guys just went on a weekend vacation. They've returned home safely 🙂
proph – ACHES, AquA, Apathy, Octane#prophLife
— Oliver Sellors (@AcidOli) May 25, 2015
Killa is replaced by Mochila on OpTic.Nation
OpTic.Nation make a surprise change, dropping Adam ‘Killa’ Sloss and replacing him with Steve ‘Mochila’ Canle for the upcoming relegation tournament. This means the current ON roster is Marcus ‘MBoZe’ Blanks, Marcus ‘MiRx’ Carter, Richard ‘Ricky’ Stacy and Mochila.
We've decided to let @Optickilla4lyfe go from OpTic NaTion, we will be playing the relegation tourney with Mochilla. We wish Adam Good Luck.
— OpTic Gaming™ (@OpTicGaming) May 25, 2015
UnderRatiX pick up Bullet and Cosmo
UnderRatiX, who represented Germany at CoD Champs 2015, have only one member from that squad remaining. Sebastian ‘CooKsTeR’ Schubert, who earlier picked up Max ‘Baum’ Schreiner, has now picked up Chris ‘Bullet’ Massaquoi and Luca ‘Cosmo’ Gauer to represent uX.
— UX Gaming (@UXGamingDE) May 25, 2015
Team Orbit drop Lawless for Burnsoff
Team Orbit decide Ryan ‘Lawless’ Lawless was the weak link and replace him with Matthew ‘Burnsoff’ Potthoff, making their roster Lamar ‘Accuracy’ Abedi, Nick ‘Happy’ Suda, Brice ‘Faccento’ Faccento and Burnsoff.
We would like to welcome @Orbit_BURNS to our NA.COD team. Our S3 Relegation roster will be @Orbit_Accuracy @Orbit_happy @Orbit_Faccento
— Orbit (@OrbitGG) May 25, 2015
Epsilon eSports create a North American squad
Epsilon eSports dip their toes back into the NA scene, acquiring Remington ‘Remy’ Ihringer, Jared ‘Nagafen’ Harrell and lesser known player Matthew ‘Royalty’ Faithfull to play alongside Callum ‘Swanny’ Swan for the MLG Pro League Season 3 Relegation Tournament.
— Epsilon Esports (@Epsilon_eSports) May 27, 2015
eXcellence Gaming re-enter the CoD scene picking up a brand new roster
eX get involved in the CoD scene again by picking up a roster consisting of Michael ‘Jsano’, Jimmy ‘Evasion’ Svetich, Joey ‘Stringo’ Giammatteo and their captain, Brennen ‘Wolf’ Lockhart, who was dropped from DA.Below Zero.
Let's all welcome eX.CoD consisting of Captain @BWolf_eX @Evasion_eX @Jsano_eX and @Stringo_eX #StriveForExcellence
— 🙌🏼 EXCELLENCE©️ (@EXcellenceWeAre) May 26, 2015
Tuesday, May 26
Strictly Business acquire a new squad
sB put together a new roster consisting of Michael ‘Spacely’ Schmale, Teegan ‘TcM’ McCarthy, Jeremy ‘StuDyy’ Astacio and Spencer ‘Anticity’ Askins for S3.
We are pleased to announce our roster for S3! @MSpacely_sB @Jstudyy_sB @Anticityy_sB @TCM_sB
— Strictly Business (@sBusinessGaming) May 26, 2015
XGN Competitive and Automatic Reload partner to enter a squad for S3
In a fairly unique situation, aR joined up with XGN to enter a roster consisting of Ryan ‘Lawless’ Lawless, Joey ‘MerK’ Deluca, Tyler ‘FeLonY’ Johnson and Mike ‘Blfire’ Glushenok for the relegation tournament.
— Automatic Reload (@AutomaticReload) May 26, 2015
Killa replaces Sinful on vVv Gaming
In an unfortunate situation 15 minutes before roster lock, Jonathan ‘SinfuL’ Baez was dropped by the vVv squad and replaced by Adam ‘Killa’ Sloss who was dropped the previous day by OpTic.Nation. This means the vVv squad for the S3 relegation tournament is Phillip ‘PHiZZURP’ Klemenov, Johnathan ‘John’ Perez, Eric ‘TwiZz’ Servello and Killa.
— vVv Gaming (@vVv_Gaming) May 26, 2015
Pacman and Miyagi join SYNRGY Gaming
Jonathan ‘Pacman’ Tucker and Daniel ‘Miyagi’ Ho fill the two empty places on the SYNRGY squad, joining Tyree ‘Legal’ Glover and Andrew ‘Ivy’ Ivers for the S3 relegation tournament.
— Rich (@richinark) May 26, 2015
ColeChan joins DA.Below Zero
Bz fill the hole left by the departure of Brennen ‘Wolf’ Lockhart the previous week by picking up Cole ‘ColeChan’ Chancey to play alongside Adam ‘Assauhlt’ Garcia, Zak ‘GodLike’ Goldstein and Mike ‘Swarley’ Carter.
We are happy to announce that @ColeChan_Bz will be joining us for S3 Relegation and future events. Welcome to the team!
— Below Zero™ (@BelowZero_NA) May 26, 2015
Dream Team pick up Fears, Jump and Stringo
Mike ‘Vicious’ Santos picks up Damod ‘FEARS’ Abney, Brett ‘Jump’ Hall and Joey ‘Stringo’ Giammatteo, who recently played under eX, to play alongside him under dT.
Note: Dimi has been replaced by Stringo.
Wednesday, May 27
Barrage eSports roster disbands
Despite defeating OpTic Gaming at ESWC, the Barrage roster consisting of Kelvin ‘RusH’ Bosman, Brandon ‘LXT’ McAllister and David ‘Urban’ Marsh and SunnyB is unfortunately no more.
Official Statement: http://t.co/i0PdliGXai Disbands
— Barrage™ (@Barrage) May 27, 2015
Thursday, May 28
Dream Team acquire a second team
dT get even more invested with Call of Duty by picking up a 2nd team to compete at the S3 relegation tournament. The roster consists of Robert ‘Dimi’ Redford, Isaac ‘Fox’ Fox, Brett ‘Baker’ Baker and Jimmy ‘Evasion’ Svetich.
Friday, May 29
Epsilon eSports re-acquire a European squad
Epsilon jump straight back into the EU scene by picking up Mark ‘MarkyB’ Bryceland, Rhys ‘Rated’ Price, Joe ‘Joee’ Pinnington and Jordan ‘Reedy’ Reed.
— Epsilon Esports (@Epsilon_eSports) May 29, 2015
That’s it for this Roster Mania period, next up is the MLG Pro League Season 3 Relegation Tournament in Columbus. As always, follow @eSportsNation on Twitter for the latest Call of Duty eSports news.