Seattle Surge signs Pandur and Proto for the 2020 Call of Duty League
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With all but one of the Call of Duty League teams announcing their starting roster, it’s time for organizations to figure out their substitutes. For the inaugural season, teams will be allowed up to five substitutes, although most will only use two or three. However, as the Dallas Empire found out recently, picking substitutes isn’t always easy. The Seattle Surge are considered one of the top teams in the league solely based on talent and experience, and they have announced two of their substitutes for the 2020 CDL, Casey “Pandur” Romano and Nick “Proto” Maldonado.

Pandur and Proto sign with Seattle

Pandur and Proto were revealed to be Seattle’s first substitutes for the 2020 CDL today. Both are known for their Search and Destroy prowess, where they’ll most likely be used for Seattle.

Seattle Surge CDL

Pandur only recently made a big name for himself but has been competing since Black Ops 3. He spent nearly all of 2018 with Ghost Gaming, where he placed 9-12 place at the 2018 CWL Championships. Most recently, Pandur’s team, which also included Proto, won the NA 2000 Series Tournament on MLG.

Speaking of Proto, the 21-year-old broke out during the 2017 season playing under Enigma 6. He eventually found his way onto Lightning Pandas, then Elevate, and finally UYU for a majority of the Black Ops 4 season. Quite the underrated player, Proto has seen his fair share of success over the past few years.

It’s unclear how Seattle plans to use the two substitutes at this moment. Whether they’ll simply be watching from the sidelines or used in various situations is still a mystery.

The current Seattle Surge roster is as follows:

  • Damon “Karma” Barlow
  • Sam “Octane” Larew
  • Ian “Enable” Wyatt
  • Josiah “Slacked” Berry
  • Bryan “Apathy” Zhelyazkov
  • Casey “Pandur” Romano (Substitute)
  • Nick “Proto” Maldonado (Substitute)
  • Joey “Nubzy” DiGiacomo (Head Coach)

It appears teams are struggling to find substitutes for their organizations. Either that or teams are simply waiting it out, allowing players to show off their skills in online play. In any case, Seattle Surge have made up their minds on the subject.

What do you think of the Seattle signings? Let us know, and keep up with Daily Esports for all CDL coverage.

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.