Some Call of Duty fans were incensed when Pierce ‘Gunless’ Hillman failed to shake hands or even acknowledge OpTic Gaming at CWL Las Vegas, but many of his colleagues think it's been blown out of proprtion.
Following Luminosity’s match-up with Optic Gaming on day two of the tournament, the OpTic squad left their seats and walked across the stage to shake hands with their fallen opponents after a 3-0 victory.
While almost all Luminosity players bumped fists with OpTic, Hillman failed to turn away from his screen, seemingly declining to partake in the customary after-match ritual.
Fans believed this decision from Gunless was disrespectful, with some pointing out that Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper took part in the handshakes, even though he left OpTic Gaming earlier in the year.
However, during the Wednesday, December 19 episode of Anthony ‘NAMELESS’ Wheeler’s CoDCast, CWL On-Air Personality Jonathan ‘Pacman’ Tucker revealed that Gunless didn’t refuse to shake OpTic’s hand intentionally.
“He wasn’t purposefully not shaking hands with OpTic,” stated Pacman. “I asked him, and he said he didn’t know what people were talking about and he was just pissed that they lost. He didn’t even know they were behind him."
“If you guys knew Gunless, and knew his personality - he wasn’t shrugging off OpTic, he was just staring at his screen.”
NAMELESS went on to confirm that OpTic didn’t feel disrespected by Gunless, and they had no issues with the Luminosity star.
The return of Wheeler’s Call of Duty esports focused podcast provided plenty of discussion regarding Gunless.
Pro players Chris ‘Parasite’ Duarte, Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat and Donovan "Temp" Laroda clashed with NAMELESS and Pacman as they discussed whether Hillman or Brandon "Dashy" Otell is the best Black Ops 4 player in the world.