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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.


NICKMERCS claims Warzone is “not looking good” compared to Fortnite

Published: 27/Nov/2020 1:24

by Theo Salaun


From Fortnite to Call of Duty: Warzone and back, NICKMERCS is as experienced in both battle royales as anyone. After jumping back into Epic Games’ iteration, he claims the third-person shooter has a serious edge over Warzone right now.

In a long overdue Fortnite return stream with SypherPK, another battle royale maestro, FaZe Clan and MFAM’s Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff got back into the groove and decided it was time to compare his favorite BR titles. Of course, with so many followers, the MFAM audience deserves an explanation for the change in content.

While the popular streamer built his following in Epic Games’ unique title, his Twitch following grew to a whopping 4.6 million followers with thanks to months spent popping off on Verdansk. Having hosted, participated, and won Warzone tournaments in that span, he’s flown into the world’s top 15 most-followed Twitch streamers.

But, with Call of Duty’s sights set on the Black Ops Cold War release, Warzone has lost some lustre and NICKMERCS has returned to the consistently-updated Fortnite. Fittingly, he proceeded to explain that those updates give Fortnite an edge over Warzone.

It took Nick some time to get used to Fortnite’s mechanics, as he and SypherPK delved into the differences between the two games’ aim assists and how exponential and linears differ between the two. Ultimately, despite the discomfort upon switching over, the BR aficionado found himself loving it.

To explain his intentions in trying Fortnite again, NICKMERCS minced no words: “Listen, the current state over on the Call of Duty side of things is not looking good. There was supposed to be a big update coming in December, we haven’t heard anything about that. Really not good.”

And then, to contrast why Fortnite feels like the superior BR right now, he couldn’t help but give props to Epic Games’ consistent content delivery: “On the other hand, for Fortnite, there’s big-time updates and map changes right around the corner before Christmas.”

Fortnite Item Shop
Epic Games
Fortnite’s shop gets consistent action, while Warzone’s is very quiet right now.

Fortnite and Apex Legends follow a similar format as titles, where the game is free and updated seasonally. Warzone was Call of Duty’s successful effort to do the same, but things became complicated by BOCW’s release.

Now, Warzone’s seasonal content schedule has been disrupted by Activision’s focus on selling BOCW. The company is trying to get the best of both worlds: a free battle royale’s player base with the money of an annual title like FIFA, Madden, and NBA 2K franchises.

By putting their money into BOCW tournaments and content, CoD seems to have pushed NICKMERCS to return to a game that, distraction-free, is regularly putting out content.