The Call of Duty WWII season is over, Evil Geniuses were crowned CWL Champs and everyone’s heads have turned, looking straight at Black Ops IIII. Players are hoping and praying that, when released on Oct. 12, Treyarch has produced something special.
Off seasons can be long and tedious processes but for the Call of Duty community this certainly isn’t the case. Rostermania returns with surprises, pro players dropping intel and posting bait for fans’ imaginations to go wild. The one definite area that you can always count on being discussed during Rostermania is rumors. Fans spread them, players will sometimes address them and the infamous CoDBurner graces the community once again with his ‘Insights’.
What the Call of Duty community knows so far
Black Ops IIII is approaching the Call of Duty competitive scene very fast, more information over the next few weeks will begin to be confirmed for fans and players showcasing what they can expect for the new season. However, there are a few, not a lot, but a few changes already, that have been confirmed by pro players and organizations.
After a very successful start and finish to WWII, the players announced themselves, that Kenny “Kenny” Williams, Maurice “Fero” Henriquez, Ian “Enable” Wyatt and Lamar “Accuracy” Abedi would all be going their separate ways. Leaving TK, as of the writing of this article, without a roster heading into the new season. Enable and Accuracy are still currently free agents. Kenny and Fero have joined forces once again, joining the 100 Thieves roster.
To get rid of rumors. I am officially off @TeamKaliber and Would like to thank @KOSDFF and everyone for everything they have done for me. Words that were said before were not true and TK is a great org, Just time for me to look at other options:)
— 🇵🇭Kenny (@100T_Kenny) August 28, 2018
Enjoying a very successful first season in League of Legends, Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag’s 100 Thieves are gaining momentum in the esports scene. Shortly after the WWII season, Nadeshot himself alongside the official 100 Thieves twitter account announced that they would be acquiring a roster for the Black Ops IIII season and they have got to work, fast. Over the last couple of weeks, 100 Thieves have confirmed that Kenny and Fero have joined the squad alongside Sam “Octane” Larew who was a part of an unsuccessful OpTic Gaming roster at the end of the year. Currently they have not confirmed a fourth. Our very own Bryan Morris has written a great piece about this newly formed roster.
The time has finally come…
100 THIEVES ENTERS CALL OF DUTY
It was a disappointing year for the European squad during WWII, their one success in the season came during a hometown event at CWL Birmingham. Where, in front of a fantastic crowd, Splyce came up just short of a championship, losing to Luminosity Gaming. Although they tried to turn things around by making a change with Joshua-Lee “Joshh” Sheppard replacing Thomas “Tommey” Trewren they could not reach the dizzying heights of CWL Birmingham again. It has been confirmed that Dylan “MadCat” Daly, Joshh and Ben “Bance” Bance had been released by Splyce. Currently Jordan “Jurd” Crowley is the only remaining player on the team and it will be interesting to see what Splyce does next. Especially if you take any stake into what Jurd and Owner Marty Strenczewilk are saying on social media.
For Call of Duty pros worldwide, wanted to make it clear we are going to build the best team IN THE WORLD
If you’re a top player, you’re on the radar of Splyce, regardless of region. DM’s are open
Our infrastructure next year will be second to none.
— That guy Marty from Splyce (@Lazerchickenzzz) August 29, 2018
Ghost similarly to Splyce had a disappointing WWII season, a few roster changes throughout didn’t bring about too much success. Despite seeing good results online while competing for the MLG 2K tournaments. This success never really continued into the major LAN events. Last week on Sept. 10, Christopher “Parasite” Duarte confirmed that Ghost had dropped the remainder of the squad. Including Parasite himself, Adam “GodRx” Brown, Andres “Lacefield” Lacefield and Casey “Pandur” Romano, were removed from the team. Parasite also went onto tweet that Ghost Gaming were pulling out of Call of Duty completely. Whether or not Ghost makes a return to CoD in time for the new season, with an entirely new roster, is still left to be seen.
Call of Duty WWII was not a great year for Epsilon, poor showings throughout the year ended with a 25-32 place finish at Champs. On Aug. 31 it was announced that three of its roster were to be released and explore their options as free agents, this included Jordan “Reedy” Reed, Stephen “Vortex” Allen and Billy “Hawqeh” Harris. David “Dqvee” Davies is now the only remaining player from that roster. Epsilon hope to build around Dqvee going forward.
We thank them for their efforts and wish them luck.@Dqvee will remain for the time being under contract with us.
Another org like Ghost, who made quite a few roster changes throughout the WWII season, CompLexity Gaming also had a tough year. Towards the end of it, CoL began to show signs of progress with a roster consisting of Doug “Censor” Martin, Richard “Ricky” Stacy, Rasim “Blazt” Ogresevic and Brandon “Dashy” Otell. Censor claimed that he was going to win Champs, they placed between 13th and 16th place. All four pros are still contracted to CompLexity, however it was announced on Sept. 4 that Blazt had become a restricted free agent. Censor, Ricky and Dashy as of now have not left CompLexity Gaming but strong rumors suggest that Dashy could be next to depart the squad.
— rasim (@Blazt) September 4, 2018
Rostermania rumors and speculation
The roster changes above are so far the only moves that have been confirmed during this Rostermania period. Twitter timelines and reddit posts have been filled mostly with rumors and speculation due to one big question that everyone is currently asking, “Will competitive Call of Duty be 4v4 or 5v5 this year?”. Leaks that have surfaced over the weekend, do suggest the change to 5v5 will occur. Nothing has yet been confirmed.
Many players have shared their opinion on the matter, Patrick “Aches” Price has openly put forward his opinion that going to 5v5 is not the way forward. Whereas in the latest episode of Vision, Ian “Crimsix” Porter had his say on the shift to 5v5, explaining his reasons as to why it could be a good thing for the CoD competitive scene.
On Sept. 19, all will finally be revealed by Treyarch on stream. After this live event, Organizations will really start to put in place and confirm their rosters for the new season which starts at CWL Vegas on Dec. 7-9.
In exactly 7 DAYS from now, the #BlackOps4 Esports Reveal stream will begin.
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