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100 Thieves beat OpTic to reach first ever Grand Final at CWL London

Published: 5/May/2019 14:54 Updated: 5/May/2019 15:04

by Calum Patterson

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100 Thieves took revenge over OpTic Gaming in the winners finals at CWL London, reversing the scoreline from the same matchup in pool play, and securing their first ever Grand Final in the process.

100 Thieves looked to be in formidable form at the previous event, CWL Fort Worth, but a terribly timed sickness for star player Preston ‘Priestahh’ Greener saw them forced to draft in their then-substitute, Maurice ‘Fero’ Henriquez.

They fell shortly afterwards, eliminated in 4th, but had shown that their full-strength roster was capable of beating the best, and now they had a chance to prove it at London.

The Crowd was majority cheering for OpTic – but it didn’t phase 100 Thieves.

Despite losing to OpTic in the pool play stage, 100T’s veteran player Ian ‘Enable’ Wyatt said that the result didn’t matter, and that it hadn’t knocked their confidence. His squad proved him to be correct with a clutch 3-1 victory when the teams met again for a spot in the grand final.

They may have been outclassed in the Search and Destroy, but two hardpoint wins and a remarkable clutch in Control (with 0.3 seconds left on the clock) saw 100 Thieves secure the 3-1 victory.

The crowd was largely in OpTic’s favor, but the nail-biting conclusion to the control match had the Copper Box Arena on their feet, regardless that their favorites had lost the map.

OpTic dropped down to face eUnited in the Losers Bracket Final, and were still in with a chance of another rematch – even though eUnited would not be walkover.

Led by former OpTic player James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks, who is flanked by young talents in Simp and aBeZy, eUnited were hoping to make their second grand final of the season, having lost their first top OpTic at CWL Las Vegas.

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Sources: 100 Thieves acquire OpTic’s CDL spot, represented as LA Thieves

Published: 26/Oct/2020 17:23 Updated: 26/Oct/2020 21:25

by Albert Petrosyan

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Sources have told Dexerto that 100 Thieves are entering the Call of Duty League by purchasing the spot previously held by OpTic Gaming Los Angeles.

After initially declining to invest in a slot for the Call of Duty League’s inaugural 2020 season, 100 Thieves are re-entering CoD esports after all for the 2021 campaign and beyond.

The spot that had been OpTic Gaming Los Angeles’ has now transferred ownership to the prominent esports organization, and sources have reported that 100T will rebrand the team to LA Thieves.

Immortals Gaming Club, which had purchased OpTic Gaming and one of two Los Angeles CDL franchise spots, recently sold the Green Wall back to Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez, who will remain in control of the brand.

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The OpTic Gaming Los Angeles franchise will end after just one season of competing in the CDL.

At this time, it’s not yet clear whether the league will allow H3CZ to rebrand his Chicago Huntsmen franchise to OpTic. Since he’s already the CEO of Huntsmen, his reacquisition of the OpTic brand meant that control of one of the two teams would eventually have to change hands once again.

According to recent reports from Esports Talk, the CDL was taking the stance that franchises should remain tied to the cities they were initially founded in. Thus, if H3CZ and NRG wanted their team to take on the OpTic Gaming insignia, they would have to sell the Huntsmen spot and move their Call of Duty operations to Los Angeles.

However, in those same reports, it was indicated that despite their initial unwillingness to enter the CDL, 100 Thieves and CEO Matt ‘Nadeshot’ Haag acquiring a spot was not totally out of the question, and now it’s come to fruition.

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While brief, 100 Thieves’ first stint in competitive Call of Duty was a highly successful one.

While brief, 100 Thieves’ first stint in Call of Duty esports was a very successful one; the team captured two major trophies in the then-called CoD World League and finished second in the CWL World Championship.

100T’s team became a fan-favorite, and when Nadeshot announced that they’d be leaving the esport due to the transition to franchising, many were left disappointed, especially considering Haag’s extensive CoD background.

The only question that remains now is concerning their roster – whether or not Nadeshot or his org will want to make any personnel changes remains to be seen, but if not, many will still expect the team to be a contender, considering that three of the four players are top-tier with championship experience.

LA THIEVES’ EXPECTED 2021 CDL ROSTER:

  • Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat
  • Kenny ‘Kuavo’ Williams
  • Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly
  • Zack ‘Drazah’ Jordan
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CoD stars SlasheR and Kenny are returning to 100 Thieves as members of LA Thieves.

For SlasheR and Kenny, this will be their second stint with 100T after previously featuring for the org in its lone season of competition. Similarly, General Manager Eric ‘Muddawg’ Sanders is also returning to the red and black after leaving them for OpTic when the org parted ways from CoD esports.

As always, we will continue to update this story and bring you the latest as more information becomes available.