SlasheR, John & TJHaLy Depart LA Thieves

The 2021 Call of Duty League (CDL) season came to an end with Atlanta FaZe managing to defeat the Toronto Ultra in the grand finals of the CDL Championship to win the biggest tournament of the year. With the off-season in full swing and franchises looking ahead to Call of Duty: Vanguard‘s release, several changes to the starting lineups are being made.

With so many changes and rumours floating around the community, it can be tricky to keep track of which players are looking for new pastures and which esports organisations could be making their CDL debut which is why we’ve created a dedicated hub containing all of the latest news and rumours! Find absolutely everything you need to know about rostermania in this article.

Latest NewsJohn, TJHaLy, SlasheR, & Venom Depart LA Thieves – September 2nd

The Los Angeles Thieves has announced the departure of four of its players, including 2016 world champions Johnathon “John” Perez and Austin “SlasheR” Liddicoat.

Accuracy Leaves Minnesota RØKKR – September 1st

Minnesota RØKKR, winners of the Stage 5 Major on Black Ops Cold War, has announced that Lamar “Accuracy” Abedi has left the franchise. Known for a legendary 1v3 clutch scored against OpTic Chicago, the “Ice Man” spent the majority of the season on the substitute bench. A replacement for Accuracy has yet to be revealed.

CDL 2022 Rostermania Confirmed Changes

This article will be updated with the latest information as soon as it breaks.

Despite the off-season being in its early stages, a number of franchises have opted to make changes already. Here’s a full list of confirmed changes made so far.

  • New York Subliners – Diamondcon becomes unrestricted free agent, Revan leaves role of coach.
  • Dallas Empire – Crimsix and Vivid become restricted free agents.
  • Seattle Surge – Released all players and coaching staff.
  • Paris Legion – Released all players.
  • OpTic Chicago – Envoy becomes a free agent, FormaL retires.
  • Los Angeles Guerrillas – Released all players.
  • London Royal Ravens – Releases Seany, PaulEhx, Alexx, and Zed. Shane released from coaching role.
  • Toronto Ultra – Methods becomes a free agent.
  • Los Angeles Thieves – TJHaly, John, Venom, and SlasheR leave team.
  • Minnesota RØKKR – Accuracy becomes a free agent.

CDL Rostermania 2022 RumoursDallas Empire To Merge With OpTic?

According to a report by Dot Esports, the Dallas Empire is in talks with the Green Wall to obtain the OpTic brand, meaning that the Chicago franchise slot could be available to purchase. If the deal is completed, this will be the third time the OpTic brand has moved in three seasons of CDL competition.

The report reveals that Hector “HECZ” Rodriguez no longer wants to work with NRG Esports and with the founder of the Green Wall unable to pay operations cost and the payroll, longtime rivals Team Envy stepped in. Since the report, two players from Chicago and two from Dallas have departed, leaving four remaining which could be the starting lineup for 2022.

Cloud9 To Enter The CDL?

With the Chicago slot expected to be for sale, and with the Paris Legion seemingly ceasing its operations after abandoning its trademark, rumours are pointing towards Cloud9 making a return to Call of Duty esports. The organisation has been interacting with various personalities on Twitter, fuelling rumours of its return for 2022.


Donovan Larsen

Donovan is a columnist and associate editor at the Dark News. He has written on everything from the politics to diversity issues in the workplace.

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