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The worst team in the Call of Duty League has made yet another roster change in 2021. After not making adjustments for multiple stages, the Seattle Surge have made a series of moves to respond to the fact that they’ve only won four matches throughout the year. They announced their newest member on May 24, Nick “Classic” DiCostanzo, who’s coming over from the Paris Legion.

Classic will immediately slide into Jacob “Decemate” Cato’s role as a SMG slayer. Decemate was released after only two weeks with Seattle. According to him, the pairing wasn’t a “good fit,” and he’s since moved back to Challengers. This left a hole in the Surge’s lineup that Classic fills nicely. However, the community doesn’t seem to be sold that this move will help Seattle start winning in Stage 4.

Classic joins Seattle Surge for Stage 4

In a matter of a day, Classic went from the second-worst team in the CDL, Paris, to the worst team, Seattle. While the Legion have one more win than the Surge, most would argue the latter has more talent. However, this hasn’t led to success in 2021, which Classic and Seattle both hope to fix in Stage 4.

It will be a challenge for both sides to find success with one another. Classic finished Stage 3 with an underwhelming 0.77 KD; one of the worst in the entire league. Comparatively, Seattle didn’t win a single map in Stage 3 or at the Major. From the outside looking in, this seems like a strange pairing.

However, Classic and Surge star Sam “Octane” Larew have a history together. The two had teamed together on Rise Nation in 2016 and Luminosity Gaming in 2017, even managing to win CWL Anaheim. Classic cited this as one of the reasons he thinks Seattle can turn their season around. He also teamed with Surge player Pierce “Gunless” Hillman in 2018 on Luminosity.

CWL Anaheim
Classic and Octane of the Seattle Surge posing with the CWL Anaheim trophy in 2017. | Provided by MLG

Another reason that Classic thinks he can help turn his new team around is his ability to keep up with Preston “Prestinni” Sanderson’s SMG on the map. His new role as a SMG slayer has been Seattle’s weakest point this season; he’ll need to perform well if the Surge have any hope of making a late run for the champs bracket.

Seattle starts its Stage 4 campaign this weekend at the OpTic Chicago Home Series. They will play the LA Thieves on Saturday, May 29.


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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