Seattle Surge announce Karma replacement following CDL retirement - Dexerto
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Seattle Surge announce Karma replacement following CDL retirement

Published: 4/Jun/2020 20:31 Updated: 4/Jun/2020 20:54

by Albert Petrosyan


The Seattle Surge Call of Duty League franchise has announced that veteran competitor Nicholas ‘Proto’ Maldonado will be taking the place of Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow, who announced his shock retirement on June 3.

The competitive Call of Duty community is still reeling from the stunning news that one of the greatest players of all time, Karma, has officially retired. However, business must go on for the Seattle Surge, who have already assigned a replacement.

Proto, one of the team’s two substitutes, will be slotting into the starting lineup for the rest of the 2020 season, starting from the Minnesota Home Series on June 12-14.

“I would like to welcome Proto to the starting lineup,” tweeted coach Joey ‘Nubzy’ DiGiacomo. “He’s someone that I have worked with at the beginning of my coaching career, and I’m excited to work with him again throughout the rest of this season. Thank you all for the continued support.”


  • Sam ‘Octane‘ Larew
  • Bryan ‘Apathy‘ Zhelyazkov
  • Josiah ‘Slacked‘ Berry
  • Casey ‘Pandur‘ Romano
  • Nicholas ‘Proto‘ Maldonado

Proto - Twitter

Of course, the Surge did have the option of going with Ian ‘Enable’ Wyatt, who was benched midway through the season, temporarily brought back, and demoted again midway through the recent CDL Seattle Home Series.

However, according to Joey, the team is “not in a position” to bring him back to the starting lineup, which is why they’ve opted to go with the only other player they had left on the bench.

“Ian has been incredibly professional and understanding of [what] our team asks of him throughout this season,” the coach said in a statement. “Unfortunately, we are not in a position to have him join the starting lineup in the interim.”


While he hasn’t won a major championship yet in Call of Duty, Proto has been around the competitive scene for several years now, featuring for organizations like Elevate, UYU, and Enigma6 Group.

Arguably biggest success so far came at the 2018 CWL Championship, where he and his Elevate team finished 7-8th after just edging out the vaunted OpTic Gaming for a spot in bracket play.

He was announced, alongside Pandur, as the Surge’s two required substitutes prior to the 2020 CDL season, and he’s been on the bench since then. His first taste of CoD League action will be at the upcoming Minnesota Home Series, which was supposed to take place June 5-7 but was delayed by a week.

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Black Ops Cold War leak reveals Warzone cosmetics for Nuke event

Published: 1/Dec/2020 11:26

by Connor Bennett


New Black Ops Cold War leaks have pointed towards Warzone rewards for the impending nuke event that looks likely to bring a new map to Call of Duty’s battle royale mode. 

When the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare year was coming to a close, many wondered what would happen to Warzone. Would it make the move over to Black Ops Cold War or remain a separate entity?

Well, in that time, there’s been plenty of speculation about a new map and a move to the Cold War engine – especially as the Nuke, which appeared in Verdansk during the reveal event for the new game, still hasn’t been launched. 

However, it looks like the weapon of mass destruction could soon be set to lift off and kickstart Warzone’s integration with Cold War after some new cosmetics surfaced. 

Warzone operator running with gun
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Warzone hasnt made the move to Cold War just yet, but it appears as if its coming soon.

Call of Duty leaker WarzoneNewz posted an image of an emblem where a Nuke can be seen blasting off around the Soviet flag – making it look like a Sickle. 

Additionally, there is a calling card for Alcatraz, or at least a map based on Alcatraz anyway – with Russian propaganda billboards being used on the main building in the centre of the image. 

The long-standing theory, since the Nuke arrived on Verdansk, has been that it will blast off and destroy Verdansk, giving way for some sort of rebirthed version of Alcatraz, given Treyarch used the small, prison map back in Blackout – the first attempt at Call of Duty Battle Royale. However, nothing has been confirmed. 

During the Cold War reveal event, where players were tasked with running around Verdansk and completing certain tasks, unique emblems and calling cards were released. So, it would make sense that they’d want to commemorate another live event with rewards for players who are there.

However, we’ll just have to wait and see what Treyarch decides to do, as there’s been no confirmation, just yet, about whether there will be another map or if it’s just going to be an extension of Verdansk.