The first event of the 2018-2019 Call of Duty World League season saw OpTic Gaming reclaim the top spot in the world.
OpTic, without losing a match, came away with the CWL Las Vegas Open title earlier in the month, securing the $100,000 grand prize in the process. In addition to the championship, OpTic locked up a spot in the 2019 CWL Pro League. They’ll be joined by eUnited, Splyce, and Luminosity, who completed the event’s top four.
After incredibly impressive event performances, it appears those four teams won’t make any roster changes yet. The teams that didn’t qualify for the CWL Pro League, however, have already begun altering their lineups.
The teams that finished between fifth and 32nd at CWL Las Vegas were awarded spots in a qualifier tournament that will decide the last 12 teams competing in the CWL Pro League. The 28 competing teams are allowed to make changes to their respective rosters as long as they keep at least three players from their CWL Las Vegas lineup.
This article will serve as a compilation of all the confirmed and rumored roster changes from major teams in the competitive Call of Duty scene.
Confirmed roster changes
Ricky and Saints join Pittsburgh Knights
Richard “Ricky” Stacy and Renato “Saints” Forza were added to Pittsburgh Knights’ Call of Duty roster on Jan. 7. They will now play alongside Christopher “Parasite” Duarte, Adam “GodRx” Brown, and Casey “Pandur” Romano.
Mindfreak signs Swifty, Beastn, drops BuZZO, Excite
Mindfreak, the best team in Australian Call of Duty history, has finally revealed its roster for 2019. The organization added Daniel “Swifty” Hickey on Dec. 20 and Jai “Beastn” Boone on Jan. 5. Swifty and Beastn will replace Mitchell “BuZZO” Mader and Cody “Excite” Rugolo—but BuZZO is moving on to a coaching role with the organization.
UYU drops Nova, adds GorgoKnight
UYU has signed Adian “GorgoKnight” Provenzano on Jan. 4 to replace Dakota “Nova” Williams ahead of the CWL Pro League Qualifier. GorgoKnight will now compete alongside Mehran “Mayhem” Anjomshoa, Nicholas “Proto” Maldonado, Cesar “Skyz” Bueno, and Tristan “Spoof” Green.
Faccento joins Evil Geniuses
Evil Geniuses added Brice Faccento to its Call of Duty team on Dec. 30, replacing Saints. He’ll compete alongside John “Xotic” Bruno, Tyler “FeLo” Johnson, Jevon “Goonjar” Gooljar-Lim, and Matthew “Royalty” Faithfull heading into 2019.
FaZe Clan adds Cellium
Top prospect Cellium joined FaZe Clan on Dec. 22. He’ll compete alongside Tommy “ZooMaa” Paparatto, Dillon “Attach” Price, James Crowder, and Preston “Priestahh” Greiner for the remainder of Black Ops 4.
Methodz and Lacefield join G2 Esports
Anthony “Methodz” Zinni and Andres Lacefield officially joined G2 Esports’ 2019 roster on Dec. 21. They’ll compete alongside Martin Chino, Jacob “Decemate” Cato, and Rasim “Blazt” Ogresevic, replacing Ricky and Faccento.
Theory no longer with Pittsburgh Knights
Dylan “Theory” McGee appears to have been replaced on Pittsburgh Knights’ roster. The former Team Kaliber captain tweeted on Dec. 19 that he’s looking for a team competing in the Pro League qualifier.