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Crimsix reveals how he was “forced out” of OpTic by ex-teammates

Published: 11/Sep/2019 23:20 Updated: 11/Sep/2019 23:45

by Calum Patterson


Two-time Call of Duty world champion Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter has claimed that he was “forced” out of OpTic Gaming, after three people ‘colluded’ against him, forcing an ultimatum for Seth ‘Scump’ Abner and Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez.

Crimsix announced his free agency on September 9, taking many by surprise, and later claimed that the decision was not made by new OpTic ownership group Immortals.

This hinted that his teammates had, in fact, dropped the 32-time LAN championship winner, and he has now revealed the true extent of the situation.

In a revealing post on September 11, Crimsix claims that “3 people colluded against me towards 2 of my best friends that I’ve known for over a 3rd of my life.”

He confirms that he was “essentially forced out by other people other than Scump/Hector.”

Continuing, Crimsix explains that the entire situation apparently unfolded in a single night: “This all happened at midnight, and there was an important franchise meeting the next day. I had a couple of “late night hours” to throw together players, salaries, to tell the players, perks, etc. I don’t know if the timing was a coincidence or planned, but this was pretty much impossible.”

Crimsix’ main frustration seemed to stem from the position which he claims Scump and Hector were left in, saying that they were not “left with a reasonable choice”.

Former teammate Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper earlier responded to Crimsix after he apparently leaked the new roster, which will reportedly feature Scump, Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell, Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly and FormaL.

It’s possible that the three people Crimsix is speaking about “colluding” against him are in fact Dashy, TJHaLy and FormaL – all ex-teammates of his.

FormaL left OpTic to join Luminosity in the WWII season.

FormaL himself suggested that the leaked roster revealed by Crimsix was ‘fake news’, but it’s possible he did so to keep things under wraps.

Fellow OpTic player Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow also posted on social media that he was open to offers for the new franchised league starting in 2020.

In a livestream, Karma expressed frustration that he was being “left in the dark” over the roster situation, and simply wanted answers as to what was being planned.

Crimsix, Karma, Scump and FormaL made up the OpTic ‘dynasty’, regarded as the greatest CoD roster of all time.

OpTic’s Black Ops 4 season began strongly with a win at CWL Las Vegas, but their momentum slipped and they failed to maintain their high standards throughout the rest of the year.

A third-place finish at CWL Champs in August appears to have been the final nail in the coffin for the roster, with the young stars Dashy and TJHaLy seemingly wanting to surround themselves with new faces.

Scump publicly indicated his desire to play with FormaL again, naming him first on his ‘dream team’ list for the Assault Rifle role. Notably, neither Crimsix nor Karma were named on his list.

The franchise season will begin in January 2020, so it may be some time before rosters are officially confirmed and announced, but there’s no doubt that rostermania is in full swing.

You can keep up to date with all the moves and rumors in our dedicated Rostermania hub.

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Iconic Call of Duty Raid map spotted in Black Ops Cold War files

Published: 2/Dec/2020 2:24

by Brad Norton


Eight years after its introduction in the Call of Duty franchise, Black Ops 2’s Raid could finally be returning in a mainline entry as files for the iconic map have been uncovered in Black Ops Cold War.

Treyarch’s fan-favorite Black Ops 2 released in 2012. Since then, we’ve seen eight new titles come and go. In that gap, Raid has only made one other appearance in a global title, that title being Call of Duty Mobile.

While other maps have been rereleased countless times, including seven remakes of Nuketown alone, Raid has been left in the past. However, that’s about to change according to the latest leaks.

After an extended period in the shadows, Raid could finally be thrown back into the spotlight soon. Dataminers have uncovered a line of code relating to the map in Black Ops Cold War, suggesting that we’ll see it return in Season 1.

As a huge influx of Season 1 content slipped through the cracks on December 1, one key line stood out from the pack. ‘S1_map_raid_tu_cairo’ was plucked directly from the latest version of Black Ops Cold War.

Obviously, this doesn’t outright confirm Raid is a guarantee for the next Season. This is the first official reference to the map in quite some time, though, so it’s safe to assume Treyarch has been working to bring it back to life.

Black Ops 2 Raid gameplay
Raid might finally be back in a mainline CoD title for the first time since 2012.

The original map quickly became a favorite for its unique design. There were distinct sections that paved the way for vast combat opportunities. Both close-range and long-range loadouts could feel right at home on Raid. On one side you had a wide-open area with a high ground advantage for one team next to a  

On the other, you had a circular area perfect for flanking opportunities. Meanwhile, in the middle lane, you’d often catch snipers peeking across from either side in a near-symmetrical layout.

One of the more interesting tidbits from this datamine is the final word. Cairo is the capital of Egypt. The original version of Raid was set in Los Angeles. So when we see this new version, it could have a fresh coat of paint to fit the locale. 

Black Ops 2 Raid gameplay
Expect to see snipers hanging out across the basketball courts if Raid drops with Season One in Cold War.

It was an extremely popular competitive map throughout the year of its initial release. Given it worked quite well with essentially all objective-based game modes. From Hardpoint to Search and Destroy, Raid was often a favored pick.

Season One of Black Ops Cold War kicks off on December 10. There’s no confirmation we’ll see Raid in-game from this point on, so do take this leak with a grain of salt until then.