The first roster change period since the initial stages of the CWL Pro League has concluded, and it’s been one wild ride. Thanks to some controversial rules implemented by MLG, which give organizations unprecedented power over their rosters, we’ve seen half of the Pro League – 8 out of 16 teams – make significant changes.
Here are the eight teams that made changes:
- Midnight Esports
- Excelerate Gaming
- Gen.G Esports
- Team Reciprocity
- Evil Geniuses
- Enigma6 Group
We’ll be going over the confirmed roster changes for each of these organizations. In this case, confirmed means officially announced by the team in question. Let's get into it!
Midnight Esports has been plagued with controversy lately, thanks to accusations of blackmail and unfair contracts. As a result, Midnight Esports has an almost entirely new roster, with Devin “LlamaGod” Tran being the only original member remaining. The new members of Midnight Esports now include:
- Renato “Saints” Forza
- Rasim “Blazt” Ogresevic
- Andres “Lacefield” Lacefield
- Christopher “Parasite” Duarte
This new Midnight Esports roster will be pitted in Pool C at CWL Fort Worth, against Splyce, Luminosity Gaming, and Excelerate Gaming.
Perhaps the most embattled of the organizations making roster changes, Excelerate has released their entire roster. However, they still seem to be surviving. Two old Excelerate players have returned to the roster: Christopher “ProFeeZy” Astudillo and Mike “MRuiz” Ruiz. Additionally, three new players have joined to complete the roster:
- Eric “JetLi” Phan
- Carson “Brack” Newberry
- Cesar “Skyz” Bueno
Some readers will note that JetLi and Brack were former members of Midnight. Ergo, they will be fighting against their former organization in Pool C at Fort Worth. This will present some fascinating matchups, to say the least.
In a move that shocked fans and non-fans of Gen.G Esports alike, team captain Michael “SpaceLy” Schmale has been made a restricted free agent. Due to this, this effectively means that he has been dropped from Gen.G Esports. Replacing SpaceLy on Gen.G Esports will be former Midnight player Dylan “Envoy” Hannon.
As mentioned before, Skyz has moved on from UYU to join Excelerate, but this is not the only roster shakeup for UYU. Saul “Parzelion” Masse-Siguenza is now on UYU following his departure from Midnight Esports. Because of this move, Michael “Beehzy” Said, will join UYU as a substitute. He replaces Tristan “Spoof” Green.
Denholm “Denz” Taylor was benched by the team. Dylan “Dylan” Henderson, former sub for Team Reciprocity, will replace him.
As reported last week, Brian “Faccento” Faccento, former player for Evil Geniuses, has officially retired. Former FaZe Clan player Dillon “Attach” Price will replace Faccento. This is where it gets interesting – Attach is apparently “on loan” from FaZe Clan, meaning this roster move is not permanent. How long this transfer will officially last remains to be seen, but it will probably be dependent on Attach’s performance with Evil Geniuses.
Kade “Kade” Jones has left the current Enigma6 roster. Taking his place will be G2 Esports alum Martin “Chino” Chino, who made a name for himself previously during the WWII season as part of Team Kaliber.
Despite some apparent drama about James “Clayster” Eubanks’ status with the current EUnited squad, there appear to be no roster changes to the active players. One significant change though is on the bench. Chris “Simp” Lehr, formerly of the EUnited Cadets, will now be the substitute player for EUnited.
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