Excelerate Gaming have dropped their entire Call of Duty Pro League roster in a highly-criticised move ahead of next weekend’s CWL Fort Worth.
The roster consisted of Michael “Beehzy” Said, Ethan “FA5TBALLA” Wedgeworth, Mike “MRuiz” Ruiz, Austin “Believe” Smith and Christopher “Profeezy” Astudillo. Since then, Fa5tballa was dropped to the bench and replaced by Robert “RobbieB3319” Brugnoli. Since the organisation owns the Pro League spot, and not the players, this means the above players will now be heading back to the amateur circuit to compete for the rest of the season.
— Excelerate Gaming (@ExcelerateGG) March 6, 2019
The team surprisingly qualified for the Call of Duty Pro League in January, beating out teams such as FaZe Clan, G2 Esports and Pittsburgh Knights, who all seemed like a shoe-in for a Pro League spot. According to a video released by Michael “Beehzy” Said, they were looking at selling the team to another organisation but the deal never went ahead due to some questionable business dealings.
In this video, Beehzy revealed a number of things about the issues the team faced as members of Excelerate and the difficulties dealing with the owner, frequently referring to feeling demoralised and not being paid on time (despite their salary not being anywhere near the level of the Pro League standard).
Now, Call of Duty fans are trying to figure out which players will be taking on the Excelerate roster. Rumour has it that the following players will be teaming but we are yet to receive confirmation so should be taken with a pinch of salt:
- Andres “Lacefield” Lacefield
- Alex “Alexx” Carpenter
- Dylan “MadCat” Daly
- Christopher “Parasite” Duarte
- Renato “Saints” Forza
Whilst this so-called “rostermania” seems to be a hectic one, rosters must be decided and submitted to MLG prior to the cutoff date on Friday, March 8.
This season, there have been a number of players finally break through the amateur ranks and take small organisations to the glory of the CWL Pro League. It seems, however, that said organisations may not yet have the experience or expertise to handle such glory, if Beehzy’s allegations are anything to go by.