Team Heretics Enters The CDL As Miami Heretics

25 Aug 2023
Tit Krajnik 25 Aug 2023
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  • Team Heretic finalise the deal with Misfits Gaming Group, acquire a spot in the CDL
  • Heretics' first appearance in the professional Call of Duty since 2019
  • Florida Mutineers rebrand to Heretics Miami
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Spanish esports organisation Team Heretics finalised the deal with a Call of Duty League (CDL) team, Florida Mutineers, who will rebrand to Miami Heretics. The move was already rumoured to happen and was finalised on Thursday, August 24, as a part of Team Heretics' seven-year anniversary.

Besides the rebrand, Miami Heretics also formed a new, all-Spanish Call of Duty roster, which will include Javier "Vikul" Milagro as the only carryover from the former Florida Mutineers' roster. The 20-year-old will link up with Eric "EriKBooM" Ferrer, Juan "JurNii" Antonio González Muñoz, Alejandro "Lucky" López, Adrian "MettalZ" Serrano, and coach Jorge "MethodZ" Bancells.

MethodZ, JurNii, Lucky, and MettalZ were formerly a part of the Heretics Call of Duty lineup in 2019 and together placed 13th-16th at the Call of Duty World League Championship 2019. The quartet has since gone their separate ways, all three spending short stints in the CDL but were otherwise mostly involved in the Call of Duty Challengers.

EriKBooM, who was not a part of the former Heretics CoD roster, has spent the last year playing at Team Notorious alongside MettalZ, with the duo helping the team place second at Call of Duty Challengers Finals 2023.

Having signed five players, it's unclear which four will start for Miami Heretics in the 2024 Call of Duty League (CDL). However, the young squad seems like it has the potential to rise up and compete with the best CoD teams in the world, regardless of the roster's lack of experience playing in the CDL.

The deal between Florida Mutineers and Team Heretics was already reported to happen in May 2023, but after the two organisations went silent on the deal, doubt began to creep in whether the merge would happen. Ultimately, Heretics and the Mutineers (of Misfits Gaming Group) came to an agreement.

This marks the second deal between the two organisations. Misfits Gaming already sold its League of Legends EMEA Championship (LEC) spot to Team Heretics in 2022.

The deal sees Heretics return to competitive Cal of Duty for the first time since 2019 when the Spanish esports organisation exited the scene before the circuit transitioned from Call of Duty World League to franchised Call of Duty League (CDL), which required organisations to pay multi-million fees to join.

Florida Mutineers were one of the inaugural teams to join the CDL but have experienced varied success. In the first season, the Mutineers placed third in the regular season but bowed out of the Call of Duty League Championship 2020 in seventh-eighth.

In 2021, the Mutineers struggled to find as much success throughout the regular season but again placed top-eight at the Call of Duty League Championship 2021 before ending the 2022 season in ninth. Last year marked the least successful for the Mutineers, who finished the season in 10th place and didn't qualify for the Call of Duty League Championship 2023.

It's currently unclear when the 2024 CDL season will start, but it's expected to launch in the months following the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III, which comes out in November. The last season started in early December – a month after the release of CoD: MWII; however, in previous years, the CDL didn't kick off until February.