The Seattle Call of Duty team officially announced its roster and head coach over on Twitter this week.
The roster consists of players Damon “Karma” Barlow, Ian “Enable” Wyatt, Sam “Octane” Larew, Josiah “Slacked” Berry, and Bryan “Apathy” Zhelyazkov. Meanwhile, the head coach is Joey “Nubzy” DiGiacomo.
Each of these players have a long history when it comes to playing Call of Duty as an esport.
Take Karma, for instance. He is not only a three-time Call of Duty World League Champion, but he also played for teams like Team Envy, Impact, Evil Geniuses, and OpTic Gaming.
He started out playing Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, moved onto Call of Duty: World at War, and was able to first showcase his skills with Call of Duty: Black Ops. In 2011 alone, Karma attended events like MLG Columbus, MLG Anaheim, MLG Orlando, and the MLG National Championship.
Fast-forward to the arrival of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Karma took the competitive esports scene to the next level. With Impact, he won Activision’s Call of Duty Championship in 2013. In the following year and aftering joining up with CompLexity, he and his team went on to win that year’s championship as well.
It was in 2017 when Karma won his third title as Call of Duty World Champion. This time, it was with OpTic Gaming. His teammates were Ian “Crimsix” Porter, Matthew “FormaL” Piper, and Seth “Scump” Abner.
Now as a player for Seattle Call of Duty, he said he couldn’t be more excited to play alongside his new teammates.
Enable is another prominent player in the Call of Duty esports scene. Events that Enable have won include Halo 4, Halo: Reach, as well as Advanced Warfare, Infinite Warfare, and World War II when it comes to the Call of Duty franchise. This year with his former team, 100 Thieves, he played Black Ops 4 in Activision’s Call of Duty World League Championship and took home the silver.
Over on Twitter, he said he can’t wait to represent Seattle Call of Duty with his new squad. He is also looking forward to the game’s launch in a few days.
Octane, who was also a part of 100 Thieves with Enable, revealed that he is just as excited about getting to represent Seattle Call of Duty. He said that he has nothing but confidence in his teammates. Before joining up with the new team, Octane played for teams like Luminosity Gaming, Team Envy, as well as Team Envy and Team JusTus.
In addition to playing in this year’s Call of Duty World League Championship with Enable, another achievement of his includes winning first place with 100 Thieves in CWL Anaheim 2019.
As for Slacked, he is now the captain of Seattle Call of Duty with just as many achievements under his belt. With Luminosity Gaming alone, he and his team placed first in events like CWL Fort Worth 2019, the CWL Birmingham Open back in 2018, and even the CWL Anaheim Open in 2017.
“The last few months have been crazy,” he said on Twitter about his life and joining the Seattle team. “Got married, bought a house & signed to the amazing city of Seattle. I can’t wait to grind & work harder than ever this year. It’s going to be a blast.”
As for Apathy, he is not only the Call of Duty World Champion for 2016, but also 2018. Before joining up with the Seattle team, he played for teams like Evil Geniuses, Team Envy, FaZe Clan, and Team Liquid.
Similar to Enable, he got his start in the world of esports by first playing games in the Halo franchise and, in particular, Halo 3. He played the game competitively before deciding to move onto the Call of Duty franchise.
Head coach Nubzy has had years of experience in terms of the Call of Duty esports scene. He coached the Pittsburgh Knights, as well as Gen. G before his current role with Seattle Call of Duty. Previous to his position as a coach, he also played public matches and attended numerous LAN tournaments.
“Can’t wait to get this season started with this great group of guys, fantastic franchise, and the amazing city of Seattle behind us,” he said on Twitter upon the city’s roster reveal.
The Seattle Call of Duty team will be duking it out against others in the debut of the 2020 Call of Duty League.
Amy Chen is a passionate esports and video game journalist based in Toronto. She studied history at the University of Toronto, and completed a postgraduate degree in journalism at Humber College. Her current favorite games are Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm.