For the second season in a row, the LA Guerrillas have cleaned house in regards to their roster. The entirety of the starting roster and the Academy team are now unrestricted free agents and can negotiate with other organizations.
However, they can’t sign a new contract until Sept. 5. Sunday is the final day for Call of Duty League teams to let the players know of their intentions for next season. Clearly, LAG are moving in a completely different direction for the 2022 season. Releasing the starting roster specifically was an expected move. The trio of Adam “Assault” Garcia, Brian “Apathy” Zhelyazkov and Justin “Silly” Fargo struggled throughout the season, no matter what fourth player LAG signed to play alongside them.
While that trio won the last world championship in a WWII Call of Duty title, they’ll need to find a new home for Vanguard. LAG now becomes the third team to wipe their 2021 roster, joining Seattle and Paris.
LA Guerrillas start fresh before the 2022 offseason
Additionally, we are parting ways with @ExceedLbX, @Maux, @MJCheen and @neropoiison.
We thank them for committing to growth and development with #LAG Academy. We are extremely proud of what they accomplished as a team and as individuals.
We wish them all the best. pic.twitter.com/P5j9cjEdag
— Los Angeles Guerrillas (@LAGuerrillas) August 29, 2021
Over the course of the 2021 season, the LA Guerrillas were considered a disappointment a majority of the time. Though they did manage to slip into the winner’s bracket of the Stage 1 Major, that was the highlight of their season. The organization only took home $10,000 in prize money this season, which was the lowest aside from Paris’ $0. The last two seasons saw LAG win a combined $30,000.
It’s clear that a major change is needed for the Guerrillas. They’ve been the worst-performing team in the two years of the CDL and it’s not difficult to understand why. The past two off-seasons they’ve brought in veterans who seem to be on a decline in their careers. Conversely, a majority of the other teams have signed young talent and seen great success as a result.
On the flip side of this roster announcement, eight players are now without homes for the Vanguard season. With potential buyouts and other deals on the horizon, the 2022 offseason is getting more difficult to predict.
To see every official and reported move of the offseason, check out Upcomer’s rostermania hub.
About the Author
Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.