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According to a new report from CDL Intel, which has been confirmed by Upcomer, the Seattle Surge are starting their rebuild. When the offseason officially kicks off on Sunday, it’s likely Seattle will announce the signing of four players: Lamar “Accuracy” Abedi, Mackenzie “Mack” Kelly, Daunte “Sib” Gray and Amer “Pred” Zulbeari. Seattle will also likely announce the signing of head coach Sam “Fenix” Spencer, which Upcomer previously reported.
The rumor heading into the offseason was the Surge were looking to add amateurs to its roster for 2022. Fenix, the reported head coach, has a plethora of experience and success coaching amateurs, which only fueled this rumor further. While the reported roster includes some veterans, the amateur duo of Sib and Pred has the potential to be one of the best tandems in the Call of Duty League.
Seattle Surge sign a mix of veterans and amateurs for 2022
This new Seattle roster looks like a dangerous one on paper. Accuracy is a steady main AR who has seemingly unlimited capabilities in Search and Destroy. He’s not known as the “Ice Man” for no reason. However, he was shaky in respawn game modes for the Minnesota ROKKR last season, leading to his release.
Mack, on the other hand, had a similarly bumpy road with the New York Subliners. His potential was on full display in 2020 during Modern Warfare, though. Perhaps Seattle looked at his 2020 performance and is hoping he can duplicate it in Call of Duty: Vanguard, as the two games are on the same engine.
Finally, the amateur duo of Pred and Sib is as intriguing as it gets. Sib was extended by the Atlanta FaZe for 2022 but it seems they’ll be trading him to Seattle on Sunday. The young phenom has lit up the NA Challengers scene for two years, winning several tournaments and putting up terrific numbers.
Pred is a relatively unknown name in North America but fans should get to know his name. Upcomer can confirm he almost joined the CDL last season, after the Seattle Surge offered him a contract, but talks fell through. Now, he joins the roster a year later. He’s considered the top player from the APAC region, winning nearly 30 tournaments over the past two seasons. He and his Renegades team took home first in the Challengers APAC finals in both 2020 and 2021.
The roles for the new Surge roster will likely go as follows: Accuracy on Main AR, Sib as a Flex and Mack and Pred as the SMG duo.
More moves should start flooding in before Sunday but it should be noted these reports are subject to change. Nothing is official until a team announces the moves.
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.