The Seattle Surge exceeded fan expectations with their star-studded roster. With names like Damon “Karma” Barlow, Sam “Octane” Larew, and Ian “Enable” Wyatt, the Call of Duty community was positive that the Seattle-based team would be a top-four contender.
However, things began to fall flat for the roster after the season’s first two events. Across two tournaments and five matches, the powerhouse roster only managed one victory, leaving fans and analysts in shock.
The tides turn
Call of Duty fans are used to roster swaps, but none expected such a quick change for the Seattle Surge. After back-to-back championship wins last year on 100 Thieves, Enable became one of professional CoD’s most sought after players. This was alongside his teammate, Octane. It seemed as though both would be team staples when Seattle signed the pair. While Octane continued his strong performance, Enable was among those on the team that was struggling.
After placing in the top six in London, fans knew a change was coming. He was benched for then-substitute, Pandur. Information about Enable’s situation went quiet until he made an appearance on The Codcast. Joining desk analyst Anthony “NAMELESS” Wheeler and LA Optic Gaming coach Jonathan “Pacman” Tucker, the two hosts tried to get information about what he was doing while benched.
Enable explained that he was still just as motivated as ever to compete in Modern Warfare. He added that he spends most of his time playing in small matches with other pros. When pressed further about Seattle, Enable tried to explain his situation without naming anyone specifically. As far as Enable was concerned, it was only temporary and helped light a fire under him to play better.
Enable shares that another player allegedly threatened to bench themselves if he was not removed from the team. NAMELESS and Pacman had their suspicions of who this player was, but Enable kept the information private. There appeared to be no bad blood within the team, with Enable stating: “I still f*** with them, you know?”
The podcast died down after this, with the guys going back to chatting about other teams in the league. Enable continues his grind as a reminder to those in the community that he is still one of the best competitors in the game. As of now, he is still a substitute for the Seattle Surge but is possibly joining another team.
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