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Seattle Surge Drops Entire 2021 CDL Roster

Jalen Lopez

The Seattle Surge dropped its entire Call of Duty League during the CDL Championship Weekend, the organization announced today. Nicholas “Classic” DiCostanzo, Peirce “Gunless” Hillman, Daniel “Loony” Loza, Sam “Octane” Larew, Preston “Prestinni” Sanderson, and head coach Joey “Nubzy” DiGiacomo are now free agents. 

The Seattle Surge had a tough 2021 season. The team finished the regular season in ninth place with an 11-25 record and failed to qualify for the championship. The organization wasted no time preparing for the 2022 season by dropping its roster before a 2021 champion has been crowned. Some of the dropped players expressed their excitement about roster changes and are excited about their future next season. Octane explained how he felt like he watched Call of Duty instead of playing it the last two seasons and is excited about new opportunities. Prestinni is unsure about his future and if he wants to continue competing. 

Seattle is the first team to make roster changes and will not be the last. The London Royale Ravens, Los Angeles Guerrillas, and Paris Legion all failed to win more than ten matches this season. They will likely pursue new options and players to improve their performance next year. It is unclear if any team will make a complete roster cut like Seattle. But this was the norm before the 2021 season.

Players recently got their first look at Call of Duty: Vanguard, the next title in the series. Vanguard takes players back to a WWII setting and will introduce a nice change of pace next season. Hopefully, some of the former Surge players will find a new home for next season and have another chance for victory. 

The 2021 Call of Duty League Championship Weekend is still in full swing. The 2021 champions will be crowned on Sunday, August 22nd.