In what came as a surprise to many Call of Duty fans, the Seattle Surge has made the decision to releease its entire roster. The roster move came during the Call of Duty League’s Championship Weekend, with the organization now requiring an entirely new lineup.
Having failed to finish in the top eight of the regular season standings, the Seattle Surge missed out on a place at the Championship, which ultimatley led to the players involved being let go. Nicolas “Classic” DiCostanzo, Pierce “Gunless” Hillman, Daniel “Loony” Loza, Preston “Prestinni” Sanderson and Sam “Octane” Larew are all now free agents heading into the Call of Duty: Vanguard season next year. Head Coach Joey “Nubzy” DiGiacomo has also been released.
Why the Surge released its entire CDL roster
The Surge broke the news via Twitter on August 20, posting: “Thank you @OctaneSam, @Prestinni, @Classic, @Gunless, @Loony and @JoeyNubzy for being a part of this team. We are especially grateful for the heart and effort you showed throughout your time with the Surge. Wishing you all the best in your future endeavors.”
We are especially grateful for the heart and effort you showed throughout your time with the Surge. Wishing you all the best in your future endeavors. pic.twitter.com/rlziUDgl7r
— Seattle Surge (@SeattleSurge) August 20, 2021
The Surge ended the regular season in 9th out of the 12 2021 Call of Duty League franchises, thanks to a 11-25 record. Having failed to hit the ground running early on in the season when matches took place online, Seattle did improve their performances during the second half of the campaign. The team put in some good showings at the two Call of Duty League majors, held on LAN.
This included a top-six finish at the Stage Five Major back in July, which was their best placing of the season. The team even knocked out Atlanta FaZe during the tournament, which came against the odds. However, despite the upturn in results, the org has decided to rebuilt ahead of the 2022 season.
What Octane had to say on his departure from Seattle
Speaking on his departure, Octane stated: “Officially a Free-Agent moving into the offseason. I feel like I watched CoD for two seasons but NO MORE BABY.” The former OpTic Gaming and 100 Thieves pro has clearly been frustrated with how his time at the Surge has gone, with the 24-year-old unlikely to find it too difficult to find a new team.
Officially a Free-Agent moving into the off season. I feel like I watched COD for 2 seasons but NO MORE BABY pic.twitter.com/m2XaoHpg8T
— Sam “Octane” Larew (@OctaneSam) August 20, 2021
Call of Duty: Vanguard is due to be released on November 5, with the next CDL season following in the early stages of 2022. We are really excited to see how the players and Surge will perfom in Vanguard.