Less than a day after the Atlanta FaZe were crowned the Stage Three Major champions, at least three Call of Duty League teams will likely change their starting roster before Stage Four begins on May 27, with the possibility of more to follow suit.
The London Royal Ravens is parting ways with Zaptius, who was on a temporary contract, as well as sending Zed to the bench, according to sources close to Dot Esports. Alexx will rejoin London’s starting roster after a brief hiatus due to personal reasons. Afro, who was signed as a substitute in January, has finally had his visa approved and will likely join the starting roster once he touches down in the U.S.
The Ravens have won four of their last six matches with Zaptius and Zed on the roster, only losing to Atlanta and the Los Angeles Thieves. Prior to these six matches, the franchise had only won two in the entire season.
London will move forward with PaulEhx, Seany, Alexx, and Afro, assuming he arrives in time.
Meanwhile, London’s European nemesis, the Paris Legion, has continued to struggle despite picking up Temp in April. In turn, the team attempted to acquire academy player Saints from the New York Subliners. But due to a $25,000 buyout, Paris has moved on from Saints and set its sights on Zaptius instead.
Dot Esports could not confirm which player would be benched on Paris if the Zaptius deal goes through.
The Seattle Surge, who also endured a disappointing Stage Three Major and finished tied for last place with Paris, is also making moves. Decemate has benched himself on the roster only two weeks after joining, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. He’s rumored to be going back to competing in Challengers.