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Huntsmen rebrands to OpTic Chicago in the Call of Duty League

Published: 11/Nov/2020 15:57 Updated: 11/Nov/2020 18:51

by Matt Porter


Chicago’s Call of Duty League franchise is rebranding the OpTic name from 2021, following the news that Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez regained the legendary organization that became an iconic name in esports. 

It’s been three years since H3CZ sold OpTic Gaming, but regained control of the brand he built when he purchased it back from Immortals Gaming Club in early October. Since then, fans have clamored for his current team, the Chicago Huntsmen, to rebrand and finally reunite Rodriguez with OpTic Gaming permanently.

With Matt ‘Nadeshot’ Haag and 100 Thieves purchasing the Los Angeles franchise that OpTic occupied last season, it seemed like only a matter of time before Chicago Huntsmen became OpTic Chicago. As first reported by The Esports Observer, just four days after the LA Thieves were revealed, OpTic Gaming confirmed Rodriguez had reacquired the brand.

Starting with the 2021 Call of Duty League season, HECZ’s Chicago OpTic will compete against the 11 other franchises that make up the franchised competition, complete with new branding as they represent the city where the organization became a household name in gaming.

The full statement from OpTic Gaming and the Immortals Gaming Club:

H3CZ sold OpTic Gaming to Infinite Esports & Entertainment in 2017, but issues with the new owners and the decision to sell the organization to Immortals Gaming Club ahead of the first season of the Call of Duty League saw him partner up with NRG Esports to create the Chicago Huntsmen.

Many fans decided to follow H3CZ to the Chicago Huntsmen, with OpTic Gaming Los Angeles receiving criticism throughout the season from fans upset to see the team they loved competing under different owners. Huntsmen would go on to have a successful season, winning two Home Series events, while second place was the best finish OGLA could muster during what turned out to be a difficult season.

Now, players like Seth ‘Scump’ Abner and Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper, who won a world championship with OpTic Gaming in 2017, look set to compete under the banner once again. Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell will spend his third consecutive year with the team, while Dylan ‘Envoy’ Hannon will become a member of the Green Wall for the first time.

OpTic Gaming win CoD Champs 2017 Infinite Warfare
FormaL and Scump won a world championship with OpTic in 2017.

While Chicago will be represented by OpTic next year, that doesn’t mean that the Huntsmen name will disappear completely, with the organization planning to find creative ways to continue the Huntsmen legacy moving forward.

The announcement sees two of Call of Duty’s most recognizable names back in the scene, with LA Thieves and OpTic Chicago send to do battle again for the first time since the Black Ops 4 season.


Warzone star Rated joins Tommey on 100 Thieves’ roster

Published: 25/Nov/2020 21:31

by Theo Salaun


Building on the world’s first Call of Duty: Warzone esports team, 100 Thieves have added former London Royal Raven, Rhys ‘Rated’ Price, as the second member of their battle royale roster.

While Rated wasn’t a focal point of the Royal Ravens in the Call of Duty League, he has emerged as one of the best Warzone players on Verdansk. With his stream popping off and tournament money rolling in, it should be no surprise that he was among 100T’s top candidates for their growing roster.

When Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag announced that 100T would be fielding a battle royale team alongside their Los Angeles Thieves CDL squad, it was historic and fans were anxious to hear who would get signed.

Now, Rated joins fellow native of the United Kingdom and former CDL pro, Thomas ‘Tommey’ Trewren, as the team’s highly respected core.

Based in Los Angeles, some may be surprised that 100 Thieves have gone across the pond for their Warzone cornerstones. But, looking at Tommey and Rated’s successes in Verdansk, the signing becomes exponentially justified.

While Tommey sits at No. 5 on the Warzone earnings list, Rated is nearby at No. 7 with a hefty $70K in winnings. Those numbers become even more impressive when one factors in that Rated’s first major tournament invitation was in late June, while some of the other top earners began competing months earlier.

Characterized best as a steady player, Rated picks his angles and fights deliberately, shoots as straight as anyone, and has rightfully become known as one of Verdansk’s most intimidating forces. It’s a testament to his skill that competitors regularly express some degree of annoyance when finding out that they’re stuck in a lobby with the wicked Welshman.

Having teamed with Tommey many times already, the addition is a sensible one. Most recently, the duo took second place during the HusKerrs Howl tournament. While it’s unclear who else will be joining the roster, Tommey and Rated provide an excellent foundation with clear comms and a general reluctance to tilt.

With another Englishman, Liam ‘Jukeyz’ James, already signed to the Royal Ravens, one has to wonder if Nadeshot will put up the cash for Warzone’s best unsigned star: Aydan ‘Aydan’ Conrad.