Karma announced his retirement from competitive Call of Duty earlier this week, who was widely considered to be one of the best players of all time.
It’s since been announced Nicholas “Proto” Maldonado will be stepping up to the starting roster, expressing how he hopes to turn the team’s fortunes around.
“I’m excited to pal and start for Seattle,” Proto wrote on Twitter. “I know we aren’t in the best spot currently, but I really want to work to improve upon our weaknesses and be the best team we can be.’
I’m excited to play and start for Seattle. I know we aren’t in the best spot currently, but I really want to work to improve upon our weaknesses and be the best team we can be.— Surge Nick (@Proto626) June 4, 2020
Many perhaps expected Ian “Enable” Wyatt to return after he was benched back in February, but instead the team announced the player wouldn’t be on the starting line-up for the rest of the current Call of Duty League season.
“Sucks that I won’t be competing at Champs this year,” Enable wrote on Twitter. “But I have more fire than ever to compete next game.
Sucks that I won't be competing at Champs this year, but I have more fire than ever to compete next game. I still have some left in the tank😈— Surge Enable (@Enable) June 4, 2020
“I still have some left in the tank.”
In February, Enable was benched and replaced by Casey “Pandur” Romano after a string of poor results.
Enable is out for the rest of the season (Picture: CDL)
Seattle Surge are currently placed 11th out of 12 teams in the Call of Duty League, with only four wins to 12 losses across the season.
What’s going wrong for Seattle Surge?
It’s fair to say Seattle Surge haven’t exactly taken flight during this year’s Call of Duty League, with the departure of Karma only adding to their woes.
Player Sam “Octane” Larew has also recently expressed on the Codcast how they also don’t have many options when it comes to practising with other CDL teams - with many of them refusing to face them due to unprofessional behaviour.
“We don’t get scrims anymore because either we’re a*s, or we were never on time so we scrim three pro teams,” Octane said.
According to Octane, this has been ongoing for “two months” - with Codcast host Jonathan “Pacman” Tucker also explaining how he had issues arranging scrims with Seattle while managing OpTic Gaming Los Angeles, stating they were most cancelled on the day.
It’s a concerning sign for a team which has been struggling throughout the season, especially when others like Florida Mutineers, OpTic Gaming Los Angeles and others have shown signs of growth from their early rough starts.
Seattle Surge is set to face top team Atlanta FaZe when the Call of Duty League returns for the delayed Minnesota ROKKR Home Series on 12th June.