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The Seattle Surge have apparently made their second move of the 2022 off-season, the organization dropping the entire 2021 roster was their first. According to a report by CDL Intel and confirmed by Upcomer, the Seattle Surge are hiring Sam “Fenix” Spencer as their head coach for 2022. Fenix is set to replace Joey “Nubzy” DiGiacomo, who coached Seattle for the past two seasons.

Seattle seemingly isn’t wasting any time on building their new roster for next year. This was the second time in as many years that the Surge dropped a majority or all of their roster from the previous season. Following 2020, Seattle dropped everyone but Sam “Octane” Larew and Nubzy.

Now it seems Fenix is the chosen coach to lead a new roster for the Call of Duty League’s least successful organization.

Fenix is a lesser-known coach in Call of Duty. However, he’s coached some notable players in his time, which dates back to 2018. For starters, he was the coach behind the successful Team Singularity at COD Champs in Black Ops 4. That roster consisted of now Toronto Ultra stars Jamie “Insight” Craven and Tobias “CleanX” Juul Jønsson.

After leaving Singularity in 2020, Fenix moved on to coach WestR during their dominant run in CDL Challengers. Players like Paul “PaulEhx” Avila, Alex “Zaptius” Bonilla, and Carlos “Venom” Hernandez all played for Fenix during this time. Of course, WestR didn’t stay together for the most part, as most of its players went on to play in the CDL. This allowed Fenix to coach EastR, consisting of players like John “John” Perez.

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Team Singularity was coached by Fenix in 2019. | Provided by Robb McCormick/MLG

The Seattle Surge seems to be banking on Fenix’s successful track record as a coach. More specifically, his success with amateur rosters, which is a benefit for the Surge. According to sources, Seattle is honing in on amateur players for next season. Bringing in established veterans hasn’t worked out for the organization the past two seasons and management might feel a change in direction is what’s needed for success in 2022.

Regardless of the direction Seattle takes, it seems Fenix will be the one manning the ship in 2022.

This is a developing story and any updates from Seattle Surge will be posted as they are announced. 


Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.


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