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| 14. September 2021

CoD – LA Thieves announce 2022 Call of Duty League roster

The Los Angeles Thieves has become the latest Call of Duty League team to unveil its roster for the 2022 season. Owned by 100 Thieves, the team has brought back some familiar faces, as well as some fresh talent, as they look to improve upon their 18-21 record from last year.

Announced on Twitter, the LA Thieves roster features two returning players and two newcomers. Both “Kenny” and “Drazah” will continue with the team, who will be joined by “Octane” and “Envoy”. A video displaying the four players’ highlights was posted by the org on Monday, with Kenny and Drazah having long been rated among the best players in the league.

Can Octane & Envoy make an impact at the LA Thieves?

Octane joins for after spending two years at the SEA Surge, while Envoy makes the switch from OpTic Chicago. The two are huge talents in the assault rifle and SMG positions, respectively, meaning that the LA Thieves have a fantastic lineup on paper. Fans of the team are understandably excited ahead of the new season, with Kenny set to act as leader, given his experience.

Kenny joined the LA Thieves upon its launch, a time in which the team was still known as OpTic Gaming LA, back in 2020. Drazah joined at the same time, with the then-rookie having developed into a fine player in his own right. While the Thieves struggled for consistency throughout the season, Drazah time and time again demonstrated why he is held in such high regard.

His career was derailed somewhat when the team was rebranded as the LA Thieves during the 2021 season, with Drazah having not been part of the main roster at the beginning of the campaign. Should the 20-year-old compete alongside the same players for an extended period, the Thieves could well reap the rewards.

Octane is shone over recent years too, despite being part of some of the poorest teams. He found himself near the top of the K/D rankings, outperforming his teammates on a consistent basis. Meanwhile, Octane was also part of the 100 Thieves Call of Duty team before it entered the League, something which adds further emphasis to his arrival. Meanwhile, Envoy will be looking forward to a fresh start following his release by OpTic Chicago, who are believed to be merging with the Dallas Empire.

Will the LA Thieves challenge rivals LA Guerillas?

It will, of course, take the team time to gel, and while there are no guarantees, the LA Thieves now seemingly have a roster in place to compete week in week out. Their rivalry with the LA Guerrillas is set to be one of the talking points of the 2022 season, especially given that the Guerrillas also look strong with their new roster. Having released its entire roster, the Guerrillas announced the arrivals of Slasher, Huke, Gunless and Asim.