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Behind the Scenes Picture at OpTic HQ Provides Insight Into Future of the CoD Team

Published: 4/May/2018 16:18 Updated: 11/Mar/2019 12:48

by DG Goldstein


A new Instagram photo from Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez further strengthens the rumor of the OpTic Gaming Call of Duty roster parting ways.

After being formed during the CoD: Advanced Warfare season, the OpTic Gaming roster of Seth ‘Scump’ Abner, Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter, Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper, and Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow won more tournaments than any other roster over multiple years.

Although they came home with a 7th place finish at CoD Champs during the Black Ops 3 season when they were heavily favored to win, a victory during Infinite Warfare solidified them as one of the best teams to ever grace the competitive scene.

However, a shaky start at the beginning of the CoD: WWII season had many questioning whether or not the historic roster would make a change, with some of their worst placings coming in recent months.

Now that ‘Rostermania’s is in full swing prior to the start of Stage Two at the CWL Pro League, rumors have been flying regarding the possibility of FormaL and Karma parting ways with the roster, which would leave Scump and Crimsix as a team of two.

Following a post on Instagram by H3CZ, the CEO of OpTic Gaming, of Scump and Crimsix possibly recording an interview for the organization’s ‘Vision’ series, some believe the rumors are potentially strengthened.

Scump and Crimsix potentially filming for ‘Vision’ – Via: H3CZ

As of writing, no information has been released by any players or organization in regards to the OpTic Gaming roster, with everything being speculation.  

All CWL Stage 2 teams will need to make their prospective changes prior to ‘roster lock’ on Monday, May 7th.

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Black Ops Cold War already set new Call of Duty player record in the Beta

Published: 23/Oct/2020 6:20

by Brad Norton


The Call of Duty franchise is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon as Treyarch’s recent Black Ops Cold War Beta went above expectations and shattered records.

Ever since the release of the first CoD title in 2003, the franchise has only continued to grow. Year after year more players hop on board to see what the latest title has in store. Whether fans gravitate towards single-player campaigns, cooperative experiences, or classic multiplayer competition, there’s something for everyone.

2020 is shaping up to be no different as Treyarch is firing on all cylinders for the Black Ops Cold War release. Everything from Zombies to Warzone will be on offer and it’s already clear that the community is hungry for it all.

After an impressive Alpha test on the PlayStation 4 that became the biggest in franchise history, that record has once again been broken. This time, by the Black Ops Cold War Beta that followed just weeks later.

Having kicked off exclusively for PS4 users on October 8 before jumping to all platforms on October 15, the Black Ops Cold War Beta was played by a staggering number of people. In fact, it was “the most downloaded [Beta] in Call of Duty history,” the developers revealed on October 23.

No exact figures were revealed for the history Beta. Though it being publicly available across Xbox One, PS4, and PC over the final days was sure to have helped boost the figures.

Not only is this a hugely positive sign before the launch of Black Ops Cold War, but it continues a trend from previous iterations. 2019’s Modern Warfare also broke records with its early access Beta period. 

Last year’s records also didn’t come with any specific numbers, though Activision assured the Modern Warfare Beta attracted more players than ever before.

Also of note, those players logged more hours played than any Beta in franchise history. It’s now clear that Black Ops Cold War has been yet another step up in terms of early engagement.

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The Black Ops Cold War Beta was live across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

It’s obviously too early to tell just how this might indicate sales for the release come November 13. However, to get into the Beta early, a majority of players needed to preorder on their platform of choice. So that’s certainly a good sign just weeks out from launch.

2019’s Modern Warfare topped over $600 million in sales across its first three days on the market. That instantly made it the highest-selling CoD of the generation. Though Black Ops Cold War could be on track to go even further this year.