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The London Royal Ravens have officially named their starting roster for the 2022 Call of Duty League season on Tuesday. After reports of their rumored roster surfaced earlier in the summer, the team kept quiet about their signings until now. London becomes the latest team to announce their roster, with only the up-for-grabs Chicago spot left. However, without a new owner, that roster likely won’t be revealed for some time.
The Royal Ravens have gone the way that several other rosters went in the offseason. They’ve paired a couple of rookies with a seasoned veteran and a player on the rise. London had one of the worst seasons of anyone in the CDL last season and it appears they’re hoping the young talent they’ve acquired this offseason will help turn the tides in 2022.
The starting roster for the 2022 London Royal Ravens consists of:
- Trei “Zer0” Morris
- Marcus “Afro” Reid
- Joey “Gismo” Owen
- Byron “Nastie” Plumridge
Starting roster set for London
The London guys are looking good.😉
We're delighted to announce our roster for the #CDL2022 season.
— London Royal Ravens (@RoyalRavens) November 16, 2021
The roster is headlined by Zer0, who is back for a second stint with the Royal Ravens. He signed with the team in mid-2020 and then again in 2021, but never actually played for the roster last season. Due to visa issues, he was unable to join the rest of the roster in North Carolina, USA. London experimented with fill-ins until they promoted Afro to the starting roster.
Afro was a highly-touted rookie last season and his performance didn’t disappoint. He carried the Ravens at times and looked like a star in the making at certain points during the season. The question surrounding him going into 2022 is whether he can continue his solid play or if he’ll experience a sophomore slump.
Finally, the roster is completed by two intriguing rookies. Gismo and Nastie tore up the EU Challengers scene last year, winning several events in the process. This is their first stint on a starting roster but Nastie was a part of the Ravens as a substitute in 2020.
The biggest question for the Royal Ravens entering 2022 is how their rookies will play. Other teams have had huge amounts of success bringing in young talent while others have faltered. London is hoping Gismo and Nastie can learn from Afro and Zer0 to create a formidable squad in the CDL.
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.