The Call of Duty League free agency period in 2022 has been one for the record books. Players are changing teams left and right, with high-profile names leap-frogging to another roster. Some rosters have decided to remain intact for the 2023 season while others are changing things up entirely.
The LA Guerrillas were one such team to only make a small change, which was an interesting decision given how they performed last season. Unfortunately for Peirce “Gunless” Hillman, he was not part of the organization’s plans for next season.
Gunless was the only member of the last season’s LAG team to be dropped outright at the start of free agency. Other players, such as Asim, were kept on the roster even though they weren’t going to be a starter. While not being on the starting roster is obviously an unfortunate circumstance, it actually would have helped Gunless specifically. According to him, his inability to find a CDL spot of any kind could lead to issues with his current US visa.
Gunless is originally from Canada and needs to be employed to stay in the country legally. However, at least right now, Gunless has not been able to find a spot on any organization. This even includes being a substitute player, which many believe Gunless is too talented for.
Just a crumb of a sub spot pls I just want to retain my VISA so I can play challengers and earn my spot back
— Peirce (@Gunless) September 4, 2022
The former LAG player stated on Twitter that he simply wanted a substitute spot so he can play in Challengers while not worrying about his visa. If he plays in Challengers without being on one of the 12 CDL rosters, he likely wouldn’t be employed by any organization.
As of right now, there are certainly an ample amount of substitute spots in the CDL. Atlanta FaZe, OpTic Texas, and LA Thieves are all teams currently without a bonafide substitute, among others. OpTic Texas might make the most sense for Gunless since he played under the Chicago Huntsmen during the 2020 season. The Huntsmen was made up of the current OpTic Texas management, so it could be a good fit.
Although, the ultimate goal for the former LAG player would be to earn his way back into the CDL. As of right now, it doesn’t appear he can do that, at least in the US, without joining a league organization.
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