Call of Duty League: Keep an Eye Out For These Teams in 2021 Season

Published 12/27/2020, 4:02 AM CST


The Call of Duty League is gearing up for its 2021 season. The league has already gone through a lot of structural rules and roster changes. The league will now have more majors before going into the playoffs for the championship. It will also feature a 4v4 format for matches. Finally, players will also play on PCs with league-approved controllers.

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All these changes have increased the hype around the league much more than it was for the 2020 season. If these changes are not enough for fans to get their juices flowing, there is more. Call of Duty veteran, Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag has joined the battle as a franchise owner with his LA Thieves roster featuring many fan-favorite players. Moreover, HECZ has reunited with OpTic as his team represents Chicago, with Seth “Scump” Abner leading the way.

Champions Dallas Empire has chosen to move ahead with its title-winning roster for the 2021 season. On the other hand, runner-up Atlanta FaZe made noticeable changes to its roster by bringing in Alec “Arcitys” Sanderson from OpTic Chicago.

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The top three teams from the 2020 Call of Duty season are definitely strong contenders for the 2021 title as well. However, there are some underdogs that might end up surprising fans. Out of all these, the three that the audience should keep a close eye on are Florida Mutineers, New York Subliners, and Seattle Surge.

Florida Mutineers, New York Subliners, and Seattle Surge pose as strong contenders ahead of Call of Duty League 2021

The Florida Mutineers lost one of its key players this year as Maurice “Fero” Henriquez passed away just weeks ago. It added Osiah “Slacked” Berry to the roster along with the previous three players to complete the side. However, the real challenge in front of the Mutineers is how to adapt to the new format.

The team members will need to figure out and practice their roles as they go up against the world’s best players. The team showed phenomenal performance in the Search and Destroy mode last season, but it will need to focus on the respawn modes if it’s to compete for the 2021 CDL championship title.

The New York Subliners is a perfect mix of veterans and youth in the 2021 season. It has players with experience in the 4v4 format which will certainly give it the upper hand. Coupled with youngsters who have taken down seasoned professionals across the globe, NYSL will surely pack a punch this season.

French superstar paco “HyDra” Rusiewiez also joins the roster in his debut CDL appearance and will look forward to making his mark. It will be interesting to see how far will the Subliners be successful with this roster experiment.

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Finally, one team to most certainly look out for in the 2021 season of the Call of Duty League is Seattle Surge. After a dismal performance last season, the team decided to work on the roster from scratch. The final Seattle Surge roster is still somewhat uncertain, as the team is testing out combinations and also has players in reserve.

For now, it looks like they will be going ahead with Sam “Octane” Larew, Pierce “Gunless” Hillman, Preston “Prestinni” Sanderson, and Daniel “Loony” Loza. This uncertainty is what makes the roster so exciting.

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Which of these do you think has the strongest chance of winning the Call of Duty League Championship 2021? Let us know your predictions of how the playoffs will go.

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Shwetang Parthsarthy

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Shwetang Parthsarthy is an eSports author at EssentiallySports. His love for arguments and games has led him down two paths: being a law student and writing about the world of gaming since 2017. What started as a teenage hobby in the relatively small mobile gaming world with FPS games like Critical Ops and Call of Duty: Mobile, has grown into a professional pursuit with EssentiallySports.

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