The Los Angeles Thieves have announced their 2022 Call of Duty League (CDL) roster on Friday, September 10. The four-man lineup will consist of Zack “Drazah” Jordan, Kenneth “Kenny” Williams, Sam “Octane” Lewis, and Dylan “Envoy” Hannon.
Time To Rebuild
Los Angeles Thieves have decided to rebuild their roster for the 2022 season, following a disappointing finish to the CDL 2021. As one of the most prominent brands in the competitive Call of Duty, the Thieves were expected to shine last term and had the roster to do just that.
However, the expectations were not met. The Thieves ended the 2021 CDL regular season in seventh place, with a disappointing 18-21 record and 46% win rate.
Although Thieves appeared in the CDL Championship, their run through the playoffs was largely disappointing. Los Angeles Thieves stumbled at the first hurdle, unable to make it past the sixth-seeded Minnesota RØKKR in the opening round.
Like many other CDL teams, Los Angeles Thieves decided to initiate a roster rebuild mode in the offseason and parted ways with four of their players. Johnathan “John” Perez, Austin “SlasheR” Liddicoat, and Carlos “Venom” Hernandez were all cut from the team at the start of September.
Even though the Thieves extended their contract with Cuyler “Huke” Garland at the time, he also got removed from the team last Monday.
The departure of four members has left Los Angeles Thieves with only two active members on their roster in Darzah and Kenny. The American duo were the only players who kept their spot on the team from last year, having both joined the Thieves in November 2020.
However, Los Angeles Thieves didn’t need long to fill in the gaps. Only three days after parting ways with Huke, Thieves announced Octane as their new AR player, adding Envoy on Friday as the final missing piece of their 2022 CDL roster.
Octane has joined the Los Angeles Thieves on Thursday, September 9, as the first off-season signing. The 24-year-old has previously played for Seattle Surge, who he joined in 2019 for the inaugural CDL season.
Widely regarded as one of the best AR players in the scene, Octane has failed to achieve much during his two-year stint with the Surge. The Seattle-based team finished the 2020 CDL season in 11th place and were hardly any more convincing this term, landing in ninth place.
Despite his former team’s lack of success, Octane retained the tag as one of the best players in the world. Even in 2020, when Surge managed a disastrous 5-16 record, Octane was on the Call of Duty League 2020 SCUF Team of the Year.
— Sam “Octane” Larew (@OctaneSam) September 9, 2021
Seeing Octane join the Thieves, however, isn’t that surprising. Octane was previously a member of the Los Angeles-based esports organization, which he led to the finals of the Call of Duty World League Championship 2019.
Envoy Rounds Up The Roster
Los Angeles Thieves rounded up their CDL 2022 roster with Envoy, who has joined the team on Friday, September 10. The 21-year-old was signed from OpTic Chicago, who he joined in November 2020.
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— LAT Envoy (@DylanEnvoy) September 10, 2021
Envoy was previously a member of Chicago Huntsmen, who he led to a fourth-place finish in the CDL 2020 season. Although Envoy has yet to win a World Championship, he is regarded as one of the biggest talents in the scene.
Like Octane, Envoy was on the CDL 2020 SCUF Team of the Year. The same year, Envoy also won the CDL 2020 Clutch Player of The Year and S&D Clutch Player of the Year awards.
With the addition of Envoy, Los Angeles Thieves now field an exceptionally stacked roster, consisting of two young talents in Envoy and Darzah and veteran leadership in Kenny and Octane. Although it remains to be seen how the Thieves will do next term, the team looks poised to compete for high marks.
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