Los Angeles Guerrillas announced a new Call of Duty roster for the 2022 season, consisting of some of the biggest CoD esports stars. The roster change follows a disappointing run in the 2021 Call of Duty League (CDL), in which the Guerrillas finished in 11th place.
A Fresh Start
Los Angeles Guerrillas enter the 2022 CDL season with a new lineup, hoping to improve upon their showings in 2021. Having finished the 2021 CDL season in second-to-last place, the Guerrillas took drastic measures and cut their entire roster.
Instead of running it back, Guerrillas parted ways with Bryan “Apathy” Zhelyazkov, Adam “Assault” Garcia, Billy “MentaL” Putnam, Justin “SiLLY” Fargo-Palmer, and Martin “Cheen” Chino, who were let go from the organization on Sunday, August 29.
Shortly after disbanding their previous roster, Los Angeles Guerrillas found a new stack of players to fight under their banner. As announced on Tuesday, September 7, the Los Angeles Guerrillas roster for the 2022 season will consist of Obaid “Asim” Asim, Peirce “Gunless” Hillman, Cuyler “Huke” Garland, and Austin “SlasheR” Liddicoat.
By the looks of it, the Guerrillas have managed to form a significantly stronger roster. Not only do Guerrillas field two former world champions in Huke (2020) and SlasheR (2016), the duo will also reunite under a new banner, having spent the last season representing Los Angeles Thieves.
The Guerrillas also won’t lack talent elsewhere, with the addition of Gunless, who led Chicago Huntsmen to a fourth-place finish in 2020. He is one of the most experienced CoD players in the scene, known for his time at Luminosity and RISE.
Asim, while the least experienced player on the roster, rose to prominence in 2019. At the time, he was a member of FaZe, who he helped claim bronze at CWL Pro League Playoffs.
New Goals For 2022
As any CoD esports team, Los Angeles Guerrillas enter the 2022 CDL Season with the title in mind. Even though it’s unclear how their new roster will perform, the Guerrillas seem to have found the right mix of young talent and veterans to compete for top spots.
SlasheR will serve as a solid foundation for the Guerrillas and the veteran figure to lead the team to glory. Gunless and Huke can both be considered veterans of competitive CoD despite their young age (23, 21), while the team will count on Asim to continue showing the growth we have seen from him throughout 2021 as a member of the New York Subliners.
By forming a new roster, Los Angeles Guerrillas emerged as the first CoD team to confirm their lineup for 2022. Signing players early has proven beneficial for the organization, which got its hands on a well-balanced squad with a high upside.
Currently, we can only speculate how strong Guerrillas will be, which will be the case for a while longer. The Call of Duty League 2022 season is still months away, and we don’t even know how the next CoD series will look like.
The upcoming season will step away from CoD: Black Ops Cold War and will be played on CoD: Vanguard. The 18th iteration of the popular FPS franchise has only recently been unveiled, but it won’t get released until November 2021.
With a lot of questions surrounding the game and the competitive meta, it will introduce, there is no clear answer of which CDL team will be favored to win the league. However, if we look purely at what the current rosters offer in terms of raw talent, the Los Angeles Guerrillas seem set for a successful season.
The CDL 2022 season is expected to begin at the end of January 2022 – similarly to the previous two iterations. However, further details about the competition have yet to be revealed.