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Seattle CoD franchise reveal name and logo for Call of Duty League

Published: 30/Oct/2019 23:41 Updated: 31/Oct/2019 0:14

by Isaac McIntyre


The Call of Duty League’s Seattle franchise has officially unveiled their team name and branding, confirming the team will be playing under the Seattle Surge banner for the upcoming 2020 season.

The Surge had already revealed the entirety of its star-studded 2020 roster, including three-time world champion Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow, SMG prodigy Bryan ‘Apathy‘ Zhelyazkov, and former 100 Thieves stars Ian ‘Enable‘ Wyatt and Sam ‘Octane‘ Larew.

The organization, whose debut lineup boasts 54 major tournament victories among them, had yet to reveal what logo, colors, and even team name its top-tier roster would be playing under, though rumors had already suggested Surge would be the final choice.

Seattle SurgeSeattle Surge have chosen an ocean theme, alongside a stylized trident logo for the 2020 season

On October 30, Seattle confirmed that they had chosen the sea-themed brand, locking in ‘Seattle Surge’ as their franchise name and revealing a stormy sea-engulfed trident as their team logo for the 2020 campaign. The team makes use of deep blues for their primary colors to stay close to the oceanic theme, and will be using the tagline “Drown Them Out.”

The organization explained that they were looking to “emphasize the Pacific Northwest’s natural surroundings,” and aimed to highlight “colors, geographical elements, and folklore associated with the Emerald City, and the Pacific Ocean.”

“Our logo pays homage to Poseidon, the mythical God of Sea and Storms. Within the primary logo of a contemporary trident, Poseidon can be found by the inclusion of turquoise eyes. The logo is completed by a nod to our hometown city with the inclusion of the top of the iconic Space Needle,” the website’s description reads.

Seattle’s ocean-based theme is the second watery logo to be revealed for the 2020 CDL season, with the Florida Mutineers already laying claim to a Davey Jones-styled brand, based around the “history of pirates off the Flordia coast.”

As pointed out by the London Royal Ravens’ twitter account, the ocean themes mean the Surge and Mutineers could lean heavily into the “Champions of the Ocean” rivalry when they first meet, though the Surge suggested “Champions of the World has a nicer ring to it.”

The Surge’s announcement means just two CDL franchises have yet to lift the lid on their official branding and logos, with NRG Esports’ Chicago and Misfit Gaming’s Paris still to be confirmed.

The Royal Ravens, Mutineers, Toronto UltraNew York SublinersDallas EmpireAtlanta FaZeLos Angeles OpTicLos Angeles Guerrillas, and Minnesota RøKKR have already made their announcements, with some receiving mixed feedback on their brands.

MLGSurge have signed a stacked roster for the 2020 season, led by three-time world champ Karma.

While the excitement of the 2020 CDL season continues to build with the host of roster and brand reveals, there’s still a little way to go yet before we see the 12 inaugural franchises duke it out in competitive matches, with the first fixtures confirmed for Jan. 24 to 26.

You can keep track of all offseason roster changes and player signings with our dedicated Call of Duty League offseason RosterMania hub.

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CDL Kickoff Classic 2021 – Mutineers make surprise comeback against FaZe

Published: 24/Jan/2021 0:30 Updated: 24/Jan/2021 2:10

by Albert Petrosyan


The Call of Duty League’s 2021 campaign is just around the corner, but before the Black Ops Cold War professional season starts, the preseason has kicked off with the Kickoff Classic – where fans finally get to see the league’s best compete.

  • Skyz and Mutineers come back from 2-1 to beat FaZe 3-2
  • Guerrillas outlast Surge in year’s first Map 5
  • iLLeY’s clutch plays ruin Clayster’s grudge match in 3-0 win vs. Subliners

CDL Kickoff Classic: Stream

CDL Kickoff Classic: Schedule & scores

Sunday, January 24

London Royal Ravens vs Paris Legion 12:00 PM 3:00 PM 8:00 PM 7:00 AM (Jan 25)
Toronto Ultra vs Minnesota ROKKR 1:30 PM 4:30 PM 9:30 PM 8:30 AM (Jan 25)
OpTic Chicago vs LA Thieves 3:00 PM 6:00 PM 11:00 PM 10:00 AM (Jan 25)

Saturday, January 23

Dallas Empire 3-0 New York Subliners 12:00 PM 3:00 PM 8:00 PM 7:00 AM (Jan 24)
LA Guerrillas 3-2 Seattle Surge 1:30 PM 4:30 PM 9:30 PM 8:30 AM (Jan 24)
Atlanta FaZe 2-3 Florida Mutineers 3:00 PM 6:00 PM 11:00 PM 10:00 AM (Jan 24)

Empire continue championship form, FaZe (and Surge) falter

The Dallas Empire were the best Call of Duty team in 2020 and that form has lasted into 2021. The day started with 2020 MVP Anthony ‘Shotzzy’ Cuevas-Castro racking up 35 kills and just 17 deaths with almost two minutes of hill time on Map 1, but then it became the Indervir ‘iLLeY’ Dhaliwal show as the upsurging player hit star form with some huge clutches.

With Empire cleaning up their former teammate James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks’ New York Subliners, the day moved on with two tight Map 5’s. First, Bryan ‘Apathy’ Zhelyazkov and the Los Angeles Guerrillas outdueled a revamped Seattle Surge 3-2 and then, in a twist few saw coming, the Florida Mutineers came back against the Atlanta FaZe.

As Cesar ‘Skyz’ Bueno returned to the form that earned him MVP candidacy in 2020, the Mutineers flew back from a 2-1 deficit and eventually clinched the 3-2 victory against a FaZe team who stood near the top of most standings for this season.

Sunday, January 24

CDL Kickoff Classic: Teams & players

With this being the first official CDL matches in Black Ops Cold War, a lot of eyes are watching how the new rosters perform. All 12 teams had to make at least one change due to the switch to a 4v4 format, with some opting to completely revamp their squads.

Former Huntsman, Arcitys, will make his debut for Atlanta FaZe against the new-look Florida Mutineers, one of the top teams from the 2020 season, while Toronto Ultra and Minnesota ROKKR will add another installment to their “Battle of the North” rivalry.

Team Players
Atlanta FaZe Simp, aBeZy, Cellium, Arcitys
Dallas Empire Crimsix, Shotzzy, Huke, iLLeY
Florida Mutineers Skyz, Havok, Owakening, Slacked
London Royal Ravens Seany, Alexx, Dylan, Zer0
Los Angeles Guerrillas SiLLY, Assault, Vivid, Apathy
Los Angeles Thieves SlasheR, Kenny, TJHaLy, Temp
Minnesota ROKKR Attach, Accuracy, Priestahh, MajorManiak
New York Subliners ZooMaa, Clayster, Mack, HyDra
OpTic Chicago Scump, FormaL, Envoy, Dashy
Paris Legion Skrapz, Classic, AquA, Fire
Seattle Surge Octane, Gunless, Prestinni, Loony
Toronto Ultra Methodz, Bance, CleanX, Cammy