Call of Duty: H3CZ shows behind-the-scenes look at OpTic Gaming's CWL Vegas boot camp vs eUnited - Dexerto
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Call of Duty: H3CZ shows behind-the-scenes look at OpTic Gaming’s CWL Vegas boot camp vs eUnited

Published: 4/Dec/2018 2:27 Updated: 4/Dec/2018 2:32

by Albert Petrosyan


With the $250,000 CWL Vegas tournament fast approaching, the Call of Duty pro teams of OpTic Gaming and eUnited are hard at work in preparation.

The teams, who are two of the favorites to go deep and do well at the upcoming event, are boot-camping out of a warehouse space in Texas that is known as the HECZQUARTERS, named after CEO Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez. 

In a video he posted to his Twitter account, H3CZ gives fans a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the atmosphere at the boot camp, which features the two teams facing off against each other in a LAN setup.

Also present are the two teams’ coaches – OpTic’s Tyler ‘TeeP’ Polchow and eU’s Brian ‘Saint’ Baroska – who have their own monitors and get to spectate their team’s respective in-game performances.

“If they build it they will come, said the magic magic man,” H3CZ said in his video. Although the setup is far from the majestic scenes expected at CWL Vegas, the competitive spirit and atmosphere is very much on par, best exemplified by the frantic call-outs and communication heard from both sides.

Boot camping is important in the days leading up to a major tournament, especially if it’s the first one of a new season, which is what CWL Vegas will be.

Almost every professional competitor will admit that there is a huge difference between playing online vs LAN, thus preparing at a LAN-style setup rather than over the internet is almost necessary for success.

OpTic and eUnited face off in LAN style boot camp to prepare for upcoming CWL Vegas event.

Both teams will head to Vegas feeling confident that they’ll do well, especially OpTic, who are favorites to win the event after placing first in all three major online tournaments they’ve played so far.

The Green Wall is in Pool D with Splyce and G2 Esports, while the boys in red and blue are in Pool A with 100 Thieves and Team Reciprocity.

Speaking of 100 Thieves, H3CZ couldn’t resist but throw some friendly shade at the fact that the org and CEO Matt ‘Nadeshot’ Haag, who is a close friend of HECZ, were absent from the boot camp, despite having received an invitation.

“Crazy, Nadehsot didn’t want to come with his team,” he tweeted. “Sad.”

CWL Vegas will take place December 7-9 and will feature teams from all over the world facing off for a larger share of the $250,000 prize pool and a crucial chunk of Pro Points. 

Disclaimer: Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez is a minority shareholder in Dexerto Ltd.

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Top 20 highest earning Call of Duty: Warzone players

Published: 24/Feb/2021 20:00 Updated: 24/Feb/2021 20:32

by Theo Salaun


Although hackers and stream snipers seem to have broken spirits across Call of Duty: Warzone, the battle royale remains a premier title in the field. As of February, 2021 — here are the 20 highest-earning competitors in terms of total tournament winnings. 

It may not feel as legitimized as esports like Apex Legends and Fortnite, but competitive Warzone continues to overcome cheater drama and the absence of a transparent SBMM system (or ranked league) to stay on top of Twitch’s viewership every week. With numerous high-paying tournaments every month since the game’s March 2020 debut, some players have stood out from the pack and made an impressive salary’s worth of prize winnings. We’ve seen incredible new world records set, a host of celebrities get involved, and a variety of high-stakes, big-bucks tournaments.

Using data from, we take a look at the top 20 Warzone players in terms of tournament winnings. We’ll take a more in-depth look at the top 3, and then provide a full list of the top 20.

3. Rhys ‘Rated’ Price – $100,658


Winning tournament after tournament since partnering with Aydan, Rated has become the third competitor to crack $100,000 in Warzone earnings and simultaneously supplanted SuperEvan as No. 3 on the earnings list. With event wins during the $25K Code Red 2v2 and $25K Dallas Empire Challenge 2v2, Rated and Aydan continue to fly toward the top earnings spot.

A former London Royal Raven, Rated’s accurate mechanics and game sense have seamlessly transitioned to the battle royale. Given his individual talent and the unparalleled comms between he and Aydan, it’s hard to imagine the duo not taking the Nos. 1 and 2 earnings spots within a few months.

2. Aydan ‘Aydan’ Conrad – $135,721

Aydan Warzone

Based on his tweets and streams, it feels like the only thing that Aydan cares about right now is overtaking HusKerrs and becoming the highest earner in Verdansk. And, down by just around $1,000, he’s making serious progress toward that goal.

From Fortnite to Warzone, Aydan has been a longstanding figure in the battle royale sphere. But, for those unfamiliar with Epic Games’ third-person shooter, the charming beatboxer has truly made his mark on Verdansk by proving that his head is worth appreciating for more than its infamous dent. An absolute demon, Aydan has comfortably shifted from duos with MuTeX and Zlaner to winning every single 2v2 tournament with Rated.

Sitting atop our Warzone power rankings for consecutive months, it should not be long before Aydan overtakes Big Husk.

1. Jordan ‘HusKerrs’ Thomas – $136,150

Jordan ‘HusKerrs’ Thomas is a battle royale star who has also held a number of Warzone world records. He previously made a name for himself in both Black Ops 4’s Blackout and Apex Legends, but has since transitioned over to Warzone. And that transition has proved immensely profitable, as the calm, collected gamer has become the first Warzone player to collect over $100,000 in tournament winnings.

As the most decorated player on Verdansk, HusKerrs shoots straight, rotates with vehicles, and practically never loses his head amid pressure. That mentality complements his skill, resulting in numerous Warzone titles.

Now, Aydan is gunning for his spot and HusKerrs seems to have taken some offense to the hopeful usurper’s lack of confidence in the reigning top earner. Eager to maintain his place, HusKerrs has begun grinding wagers with a new duo, Zlaner, and is quickly regaining top-dog form.

Top 20 Warzone players: highest earnings (as of February 24 2021)

The full top 20 highest earning Warzone players are listed below. In total, across all 20, over $1 million has been earned through Warzone tournaments. And those numbers are sure to increase, as prize pools continue to get larger and larger.

Since this is just a list of the highest earners cumulatively, it doesn’t include averages earned per event, otherwise, some players like Jukeyz and Biffle (whose invitations are limited by region and school, respectively) would likely be higher on the list.

 No.  Player Earnings
1 HusKerrs $136,150.01
2 Aydan $135,720.83
3 Rated $100,658.33
4 SuperEvan $98,370.83
5 Tommey $87,154.46
6 Symfuhny $81,683.33
7 Biffle $73,741.67
8 ZLaner $72,666.66
9 WarsZ $69,888.07
10 Vikkstar123 $60,650.00
11 Frozone $59,454.16
12 MuTeX $58,087.49
13 Jukeyz $57,495.66
14 Swagg $53,233.34
15 TeePee $52,516.67
16 Almxnd $51,721.13
17 UnRationaL $46,100.00
18 DougIsRaw $42,566.00
19 BobbyPoff $40,525.00
20 GaGOD $38,066.67

While Warzone’s tourneys and prize pools dropped for a period of time as attention shifted to Black Ops Cold War and the Call of Duty League, the game is regaining momentum as Season 2 launches. Already, numerous huge tourneys have been announced and the landscape for top earners is on the precipice of shifting.

We will continue to update this article’s figures as the competitive Warzone landscape develops.