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Seattle CoD franchise announces star-studded roster for 2020 season

by Albert Petrosyan

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The Seattle-based Call of Duty franchise has announced its roster for the upcoming 2020 CDL season, and it's stacked with incredible talent and players with championship pedigrees.

With Activision announcing that the new franchise-based Call of Duty League will be kicking off in early 2020, more and more announcements have started to pour out from the 12 participating organizations.

On October 21, the Seattle franchise became the fifth to unveil its full starting roster, presenting a lineup that's stacked with talent.

Combined, the five Seattle players have won 54 major tournaments throughout their collective careers, including five World Championships.

Steering them from the sidelines will be head coach Nubzy, who helped guide Gen.G to several stellar tournament performances during the Black Ops 4 CWL season.

SEATTLE CALL OF DUTY ROSTER:

  • Damon 'Karma' Barlow
  • Ian 'Enable' Wyatt
  • Sam 'Octane' Larew
  • Josiah 'Slacked' Berry
  • Bryan 'Apathy' Zhelyazkov
  • Joey 'Nubzy' DiGiacomo (head coach)

The headline name on this roster is obviously Karma, who many consider to be the greatest of all time due to his record three World Championship rings.

He will be representing a new organization for the first time in over four years, after his historic spell with OpTic Gaming recently came to an end.

His teammate Apathy, despite an up-and-down Black Ops 4 CWL season, is still among the premier talents in CoD esports when it comes to SMG players.

A disappointing start to his season with Envy saw the 2016 and 2018 World Champion transfer over to Evil Geniuses, who he helped manage a top-eight placement at the 2019 CoD Champs.

Dexerto
Dexerto
Once an iconic member of the Green Wall, Karma will be representing a new team for the first time in over four years.

Speaking of premier talents, two pros whose stock was as high as ever are Enable and Octane, who played a key role in 100 Thieves winning multiple tournaments in 2019.

With 100T opting not to buy a slot in the CDL, the two veterans quickly became hot commodities on the free agent market, and are now a part of arguably the strongest roster in the league.

As for Slacked, he remains the longest tenured CoD player in the Luminosity organization, whose parent company Enthusiast Gaming owns the Seattle franchise.

While LG’s 2019 season was rocky at best, they did manage to win CWL Fort Worth back in March, bringing the longtime pro’s championship count to seven.

100 Thieves - Twitter
100 Thieves - Twitter
Enable and Octane were instrumental in making 100 Thieves' first and only CoD season a successful one.

From the rosters that have been announced thus far, it would be hard to argue against Seattle’s being the best, considering the talent and championship-level experience that each player brings to the table.

Of course, as big as this roster reveal was, there is still a lot of information that the franchise is due to announce, such as their official branding, as well as the substitute players they will be carrying on the team (per league rules, each team is required to have a minimum of seven players and a maximum of 10).

As for their name, that has already been leaked straight from the official CDL website itself, and the team will apparently be called Seattle Surge. 


Keep up with all of the offseason roster changes and player announcements via our dedicated Call of Duty League RosterMania hub.