Today marks the start of the third week of CoD rostermania, and while it been relatively slow, that’s all about to change. If you don’t know much about esports you probably don’t understand what rostermania is or means. This period usually roles around after a huge tournament/major or after the life cycle of the game is complete. This period is usually marked by huge players moving teams by having their buyout clauses met or contracts ended by their original organization. This year is completely different because every single CoD player is a free agent or a restricted free agent due to the leagues switch of open bracket play to a professional franchise league. Every player is available to be bought whether that by contract negotiates or a buyout fee from their last organization. The twelve confirmed teams in the league have been able to negotiate with players since September 3, 2019, when the free agency period officially began. However, even though it has been slow, with so many rumor flying around the scene is about to explode
In the last few days, free agency has kicked off in a major way with a couple of big events happening across the scene. The biggest would have to be the original CEO of Optic Gaming, Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez, leaving the organization and signing on as the Co-CEO of NRG gaming. NRG, owners of the Chicago Franchise, are one of the fastest-growing esports organizations in the world and have recently branched into CoD with the Chicago franchise. With the acquisition of Hector from Optic they have acquired one of the best esports CEO’s of all time and his huge fan base, as seen from there garnering of almost 34k followers in one day.
😳 The Hecz effect 😳 pic.twitter.com/zIxbnFGHUF
— Kevi 🍀 (@KeviSkillz) September 16, 2019
While the H3CZ news is probably some of the biggest so far this offseason, today we also got our first confirmed player. Today, Main AR (Assualt Rifle) Wuskin was announced as the first signing of the London Organization. Wuskin posted on his Twitter today
“Happy to finish up rostermania, I’ve signed with @LondonCOD for the Call Of Duty esports in 2020, pending league approval! Now it’s time to sit back and watch the chaos unfold, follow @LondonCOD it’s now my official home!”
He is the first confirmed signing of any of the organizations since the opening of free agency.
Now to get into some rumors still flying around, and boy is there a lot of them. The biggest rumor still has to be that Seth “Scump” Abner and Matthew “Formal” Piper will be teaming up in Chicago, following H3CZ, to build a new dynasty. If you know anything about the original CoD esports scene you will know that Scump and Formal headed up one of the greatest dynasties in esports history. As you can imagine fans of Optic are very excited about the T2P (Time to Pound) boys coming back together after their collapse.
Another big rumor that has been around for a couple of weeks now is that of the potential Atlanta roster. This roster is comprised of 18-year-old phenom Chris “Simp” Lehr, Preston “Priestahh” Greiner, Tyler “Abezy” Pharris, Micheal “MajorManiak” Szymaniak, and McArthur “Cellium” Jovel. This news was first broken by the Twitter page CDL Intel, a very reliable page for CoD rumors and intel.
⚠️ ROSTERMANIA RUMOUR UPDATE:
Huge changes over the past few days that I missed until now. I have no idea what’s locked in and what’s not, so things could always change like the Seattle/LA roster has. This is what I’m being told has happened recently: pic.twitter.com/s72Ll5aZQ1
— CDL Intel (@INTELCallofDuty) September 15, 2019
While this is just a rumor, this team would be insane. Simp is coming off a year where, at 18, he was considered a top-two player and arguably the best player in Black Ops 4. He and Abezy are also the reigning world champions of the CWL, beating 100Thieves in the grand final last month. Those two backed up by a very solid core of Preistahh (Who Abezy and Simp beat in the grand final last month), MajorManiak, and Cellium could be immediate contenders for preseason favorites to win the league.
Rostermania is just heating up and with the first domino of Wuskin signing for London, we can start to expect teams come together in the coming week or two. This is a very exciting time to be a CoD fan and this year is going to be one of the largest for the game in its tenure as a large competitive esport.