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Call of Duty • Apr 05, 2019

100 Thieves dominate OpTic Gaming in first ever meeting on LAN

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100 Thieves dominate OpTic Gaming in first ever meeting on LAN
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After a lot of hype and anticipation, the professional Call of Duty teams of OpTic Gaming and 100 Thieves finally did battle at the CWL Pro League, with 100T coming out on top in a big way

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Coming into the Black Ops 4 season, there was no doubting that OpTic Gaming and 100 Thieves were two of the strongest teams in the CWL, with many anticipating that a fierce rivalry would develop between the two powerhouse squads.

However, they ended up not facing each other at either of the two major tournaments so far (CWL Vegas and CWL Fort Worth), and because they were placed in opposite divisions in the CWL Pro League, it took five-plus weeks of league play before the two finally faced off.

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OpTic Gaming vs 100 Thieves - Match Recap

Game 1 - Frequency Hardpoint

The match showed all signs of being a thriller right out of the gates, as the game one Hardpoint on Frequency proved to be a very tight and exciting way to start things off.

100T ended up coming out just on top 250-235, largely due to the stellar play of SlasheR, who put up an whopping 38 EKIA. 

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Game 2 - Hacienda Search and Destroy

The game two Search and Destroy on Hacienda ended up not being as close as the first game, as 100 Thieves used their newfound momentum to blow past OpTic Gaming 6-2.

This time it was Kenny who took the match by the reigns, putting up a very strong 15 EKIA to help his team build a tough 2-0 lead going into the game three Control. 

Game 3 - Arsenal Control

Determined not to get swept, OpTic came out hot in the game three Control on Arsenal, building a strong 2-0 lead and looking well on their way to forcing a game four.

However, 100 Thieves dug deep and won the next two rounds, tying up the score at two-apiece. With momentum well on their side, 100T managed proved too much to handle for OpTic, capturing both zones and winning 3-2.

After the match, the CWL broadcast crew spoke with 100 Thieves' Octane, who was facing his former OpTic squad for the first time since being dropped by them last August.

What this result means for OpTic Gaming and 100 Thieves

This victory capped off a strong week of cross-divisonal play for 100 Thieves at the CWL Pro League, as they won three of their four matches to improve to 8-3 overall, tied for best in Division B with eUnited and Team Heretics.

As for OpTic, the loss stopped them from completing a perfect 4-0 week, as they now sit at 7-4, tied with Midnight Esports for second in Division A behind Gen.G.

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100 Thieves are all smiles as they head into the break tied for first in Division B of the CWL Pro League.

The OpTic Gaming-100 Thieves rivalry

Despite the fact that this April 4 match in the CWL Pro League was the first time that OpTic Gaming and 100 Thieves faced each other on LAN, most competitive CoD fans already believe that there is a rivalry between the two powerhouse teams.

The fact that the two squads are considered to be among the best in the CWL has already made them rivals by default in some fans' eyes, further fueled by the public spat that OpTic's Crimsix and 100T's Enable recently had on Twitter.

Of course, 100T CEO Matt 'Nadeshot' Haag, who spent most of his pro CoD career with OpTic, has not shied away from making it clear how much he wants to beat his former team and what it would mean to him.

Nadeshot was very much in the headlines the day before the April 4 match, addressing some of the comments the Crimsix had made about their pre-LAN practice sessions.