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"A cold-hearted operator who is a one-man force multiplier. Former MARSOC member who received a general discharge under honorable conditions. Barely. Thrives in the private sector where he operates under his own terms."
— In-game biography

Senior Officer Marcus Ortega, also known as Lerch, is a Shadow Company operator of the Allegiance faction featured in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, who was released at the start of Season Five as part of the Battle Pass.


Born in Plano, Texas, Marcus Ortega was somewhat of a loner growing up and as a teen possessed natural size and strength. Those attributes led him to the gridiron where he was dominant on the field and prone to causing injuries to others.

Uninterested in college or a 9 to 5 job, Lerch jumped at the opportunity to join the United States Marine Corps and boot camp was everything he hoped for. After joining the 2nd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Lerch thrived on the battlefield and his enjoyment of the fight wasn't lost on his squadmates. Everyone noted it was better to have Lerch fighting beside them than against them.

After an unfortunate mishap with use of excessive force and insurgents, Lerch was honorably discharged, though some of his more questionable choices made this a borderline case. Civilian life didn't particularly appeal to him, and it wasn't long until he was approached by an international private security firm, the Shadow Company, after its CEO came across Lerch's dossier where they saw him as the perfect combination of skill and moral flexibility. Lerch quickly became Senior Officer of the firm.

Lerch thrives in the private sector where he can work under his own terms and loosely considers himself and his crew, members of the Allegiance[1].

After the fall of Armistice, the Shadow Company joined the fighting taking place in Verdansk. When the Allegiance intercepted comms traffic attributed to Victor Zakhaev coming from the city stadium, Lerch and a small crew of Shadow Company operatives arrived in Verdansk as Rozlin "Roze" Helms was rigging the stadium roof. Once the roof was blown off, the team landed inside the stadium to hunt down Zakhaev.



Name Image Rarity How to obtain
Behemoth Legendary MW-Lerch-Behemoth.png Battle Pass Season Five Tier 0
Gargantua Legendary MW-Lerch-Gargantua.png Operator Mission
Colossus Legendary MW-Lerch-Colossus.png Operator Mission
Ignition Legendary Lerch Ignition Skin.webp Bundle TacGas: Fuel Your Brand


Name Rarity How to obtain
Bet That Hurt Rare Unobtainable
Eat It Rare Unobtainable
How That Works Rare Unobtainable
I Know That Hurt Rare Unobtainable
I Live For This Rare Unobtainable
Punk-ass Rare Unobtainable
That Felt Good Rare Unobtainable
Too Much Fun Rare Operator Mission
Owned Epic Battle Pass Season Five Tier 0

Finishing Moves

Name Rarity How to obtain
Brick by Brick Epic Battle Pass Season Five Tier 0
Universal Finishing Moves

Call of Duty: Mobile

Lerch appears in Call of Duty: Mobile and was added on March 24, 2021, during Season 2: Day of Reckoning as part of "Colossus Crate".



  • Lerch's blood type is B-.