Seattle Surge drops almost entire CDL team

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Call of Duty League team Seattle Surge just announced they are removing nearly the entire roster. After a poor performance in the CDL season, only Sam “Octane” Larew and head coach Joey “Nubzy” DiGiacomo.

On social media, the organization announced the departure of six team members. Specifically, Slacked, Apathy, Pandur, Enable, and Proto will leave the team. Since Seattle Surge did not say where Octane and Nubzy will go, they’ll stay on the team.

Due to Seattle’s weak performance in the inaugural season of Call of Duty League, changes were needed. Out of twelve teams, Seattle Surge tied for last place with Los Angeles Guerrillas. Because of CDL points assigned to each team for standings, Surge tied for last instead of placing eleventh. Regardless, of the minor difference, the team did not live up to expectations.

Seattle Surge drop nearly its entire team after weak CDL performance.
Seattle Surge drop nearly its entire team after weak CDL performance.

Image credit to Call of Duty League.

Some in the Call of Duty esports community believe poor results came from moving Ian “Enable” Wyatt around. Enable was a strong player but a mid-series substitute versus New York Subliners changed the dynamic. Damon “Karma” Barlow, a top player formerly on OpTic Gaming, also decided to retire from Call of Duty mid-season.

Seattle Surge certainly faced many issues with its roster. It’s likely that the constantly shifting player dynamic and forced style changes led to the low placement.

Regardless of where Seattle is now, this offseason brings a chance for a new change to all teams. Thanks to the new rulings from Activision changing the competitive format from 5v5 to 4v4, the 12 teams struggle to decide who to keep. Call of Duty League Season 1 World Champion Dallas Empire made esports news recently when revealing that CoD champion James “Clayster” Eubanks will not stay on the main roster. Seattle Surge removing its lineup works to not only remove low performing players but also to accommodate the new format. Call of Duty League free agency begins September 15. After that, fans will see who Seattle Surge sign for the team.

Written by Justin Amin

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