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Crimsix explains why losing OpTic brand in franchised CWL wouldn’t matter

Published: 15/Jun/2019 13:39 Updated: 15/Jun/2019 14:59

by Marcus Banks

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OpTic Gaming star Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter has confirmed he will compete in the upcoming franchised Call of Duty World League, with or without the OpTic brand.

OpTic are currently competing at CWL Anaheim amid the controversy surrounding the successful takeover of parent company Infinite, by Immortals Gaming Club – which was made official on June 12.

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had previously suggested that the new owners could scrap the Call of Duty team, but in a statement made after their purchase, Immortals confirmed they recognized the value of OpTic Gaming as a premier CoD brand and would be retained as a result.

MLGOpTic CoD won’t be scrapped by Immortals following their successful takeover of Infinite Entertainment.

Nevertheless, Crimsix admitted that the nostalgic value of a team name’s means very little to him, and confirmed he will compete in the upcoming franchised league regardless of the brand’s involvement.

“Personally, I’ve never had that nostalgia factor – ‘I only like a team because of their name and not because of their players’” he told Dexerto. “Fans out there want to see those players – they don’t really care about the name.”

The 27-year-old played down the significance of the OpTic tag and said he hoped the GreenWall would support continue to support their current roster of players regardless of their location.

“Whether it’s OpTic Gaming or not OpTic Gaming next year, I hope everyone follows us wherever we decide to go,” Crimsix added.

The 2017 World Champion completely dismissed the idea of retiring should OpTic not gain a spot in the franchised league, and reaffirmed his desire to become the most winningest player in Call of Duty history; even under a brand-new name.

“We’ll play under a different name,” he said. “I’m not done until [I’ve won] 40 championships. That’s the goal I set out for myself after last year and I have every intention of completing it.”

Crimsix currently sits on 32 LAN championship wins (although he personally counts it as 33 – including the online Frag Cup in 2012) and will be hoping to add another when CWL Anaheim reaches its conclusion.

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Sources: 100 Thieves acquire OpTic’s CDL spot, represented as LA Thieves

Published: 26/Oct/2020 17:23 Updated: 26/Oct/2020 21:25

by Albert Petrosyan

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Sources have told Dexerto that 100 Thieves are entering the Call of Duty League by purchasing the spot previously held by OpTic Gaming Los Angeles.

After initially declining to invest in a slot for the Call of Duty League’s inaugural 2020 season, 100 Thieves are re-entering CoD esports after all for the 2021 campaign and beyond.

The spot that had been OpTic Gaming Los Angeles’ has now transferred ownership to the prominent esports organization, and sources have reported that 100T will rebrand the team to LA Thieves.

Immortals Gaming Club, which had purchased OpTic Gaming and one of two Los Angeles CDL franchise spots, recently sold the Green Wall back to Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez, who will remain in control of the brand.

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The OpTic Gaming Los Angeles franchise will end after just one season of competing in the CDL.

At this time, it’s not yet clear whether the league will allow H3CZ to rebrand his Chicago Huntsmen franchise to OpTic. Since he’s already the CEO of Huntsmen, his reacquisition of the OpTic brand meant that control of one of the two teams would eventually have to change hands once again.

According to recent reports from Esports Talk, the CDL was taking the stance that franchises should remain tied to the cities they were initially founded in. Thus, if H3CZ and NRG wanted their team to take on the OpTic Gaming insignia, they would have to sell the Huntsmen spot and move their Call of Duty operations to Los Angeles.

However, in those same reports, it was indicated that despite their initial unwillingness to enter the CDL, 100 Thieves and CEO Matt ‘Nadeshot’ Haag acquiring a spot was not totally out of the question, and now it’s come to fruition.

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While brief, 100 Thieves’ first stint in competitive Call of Duty was a highly successful one.

While brief, 100 Thieves’ first stint in Call of Duty esports was a very successful one; the team captured two major trophies in the then-called CoD World League and finished second in the CWL World Championship.

100T’s team became a fan-favorite, and when Nadeshot announced that they’d be leaving the esport due to the transition to franchising, many were left disappointed, especially considering Haag’s extensive CoD background.

The only question that remains now is concerning their roster – whether or not Nadeshot or his org will want to make any personnel changes remains to be seen, but if not, many will still expect the team to be a contender, considering that three of the four players are top-tier with championship experience.

LA THIEVES’ EXPECTED 2021 CDL ROSTER:

  • Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat
  • Kenny ‘Kuavo’ Williams
  • Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly
  • Zack ‘Drazah’ Jordan
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CoD stars SlasheR and Kenny are returning to 100 Thieves as members of LA Thieves.

For SlasheR and Kenny, this will be their second stint with 100T after previously featuring for the org in its lone season of competition. Similarly, General Manager Eric ‘Muddawg’ Sanders is also returning to the red and black after leaving them for OpTic when the org parted ways from CoD esports.

As always, we will continue to update this story and bring you the latest as more information becomes available.