Multiple Call of Duty League teams released players from their lineups Monday and Tuesday.
On Monday, the Minnesota RØKKR released all of their 2020 players: Obaid “Asim” Asim, Kaden “Exceed” Stockdale, Devin “TTinyy” Robinson, Alex “Alexx” Carpenter, Adam “Assault” Garcia, Adam “GODRX” Brown, and Justin “SiLLY” Fargo-Palmer. Although the RØKKR started off strong this year on LAN, they had disappointing finishes when the league had to go online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Minnesota finished eighth in the regular season and were eliminated by OpTic Gaming Los Angeles in the second round of the losers bracket at the Call of Duty League championship.
The London Royal Ravens released nearly the entirety of their 2020 roster, including Bradley “Wuskin” Marshall, Matthew “Skrapz” Marshall, Thomas “Dylan” Henderson, Trei “Zer0” Morris, Rhys “Rated” Price, Dylan “MadCat” Daly, and Byron “Nastiee” Plumridge, on Tuesday. With this roster in 2020, the Royal Ravens finished sixth overall in the regular season and fourth at champs.
The Paris Legion also released their 2020 roster of Denholm “Denz” Taylor, Luka “Louqa” Rigas, Conrad “Shockz” Rymarek, Zach “Zed” Denyer, Matthew “KiSMET” Tinsley, Timothy “Phantomz” Landis, and Paul “Brezy” Breszynski. Paris finished 10th in the regular season and 10-11 in champs.
OpTic Gaming Los Angeles released Brandon “Dashy” Otell, who had been with the OpTic organization since late 2018 and stayed through the sale of the organization prior to franchising. Dashy was on the starting lineup at the beginning of the year but was benched midseason. OpTic Gaming LA also released Darien “Hollow” Chverchko, Jevon “Goonjar” Gooljar-Lim, and Martin “Chino” Chino.
Not to be left out of the roster shuffle, the Chicago Huntsmen released the high-profile twin-brother duo of Alec “Arcitys” Sanderson and Preston “Prestinni” Sanderson. Prestinni joined the team midseason from the Florida Mutineers after Chicago benched Peirce “Gunless” Hillman (who was released by the team, according to his Twitter). The Huntsmen finished fourth overall in the regular season and third in the Call of Duty League championship.
This has been a particularly volatile Call of Duty League offseason due to the announcement that the upcoming Treyarch game of Black Ops: Cold War will have 4v4 gameplay instead of the 5v5 gameplay of Modern Warfare, necessitating at least one roster cut from every team in the league.
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