Seattle Surge announce two new substitutes for Call of Duty League

Albert Petrosyan
Seattle Surge - Twitter

The Seattle Surge Call of Duty League franchise has signed two veteran players to be their substitutes for the 2020 CDL season.

The inaugural 2020 season of the newly-formed Call of Duty League will be kicking off in January of the new year, but there are still some rosters among the 12 competing teams that still need rounding out.

One of those teams was the Seattle Surge, who, despite unveiling their full starting lineup a few weeks ago, still had not announced any substitute players.

That’s now changed, as, on November 27, the team announced that they had brought on Nicholas ‘Proto’ Maldonado and Casey ‘Pandur’ Romano to fill their two substitute slots.

Each team is required to have at least seven players signed with a maximum of 10, so Seattle will not have to sign any more players for their roster to be eligible for the league.


  • Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow
  • Ian ‘Enable’ Wyatt
  • Sam ‘Octane’ Larew
  • Josiah ‘Slacked’ Berry
  • Bryan ‘Apathy’ Zhelyazkov
  • Nicholas ‘Proto’ Maldonado (sub)
  • Casey ‘Pandur’ Romano (sub)

Both Proto and Pandur are veteran journeymen who have each played for over a dozen teams throughout their three-plus years competing in Call of Duty.

Proto last featured for amateur side Sicario Gaming at the Call of Duty World League Championship, placing 9-12 after a surprising run through the group stage. This will mark the second time he’s been on a professional roster, after having played for UYU during the Black Ops 4 season.

As for Pandur, much like Proto, this also will be his second time ever on a pro team, albeit as a sub. He was Midnight Esports’ sub for a few months in the 2019 CWL Pro League after failing to qualify directly as a member of Pittsburgh Knights.

Elevate - TwitterProto (middle right) placed top-12 at back-to-back CWL Championships in 2018 and 2019.

Whether or not they ever get any actual playing-time with the Seattle Surge remains to be seen. Still, the two will likely feature for the organization’s Affiliate or Academy team in the CDL’s Challengers circuit.

Now that they’ve signed with a pro team, they will be receiving 1,000 Challengers points for every 2000 Series Tournament held between now and the start of the regular season, which could set them up nicely to form a high-ranked Challengers team.

For the latest information about the amateur circuit, two-way players, and how the points system works, make sure to check out our post on the recent changes that the CDL made to the Challengers division.

Also, you can keep up with all of the offseason roster moves and player signings with our dedicated Call of Duty League offseason Rostermania hub.

About The Author

Albert is a former esports and gaming writer, focused particularly on Call of Duty and content creators. Spending over three years at Dexerto, Albert eventually now works with streamer NICKMERCS and the MFAM group. You can find Albert @AlbertoRavioli on Twitter.