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Dallas Empire’s Shotzzy admits he may return to Halo after CDL Champs

Published: 22/Jul/2020 5:30

by Brad Norton

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Dallas Empire’s Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro could be leaving the Call of Duty League (CDL) after just one season; Microsoft’s new Halo Infinite title may be too appetizing to pass up, he’s admitted.

Prior to his tenure in competitive Call of Duty, Shotzzy was one of the best Halo players in the world. The 19-year-old won multiple events throughout the Halo 5 cycle, even claiming a World Championship in 2018 under the Splyce banners.

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Bringing the talented player over to CoD was no small feat. Dallas Empire owner Mike ‘Hastr0’ Rufail allegedly spent up to $250,000 just buying out his old contract. Let alone salary costs for the newly established League. The move has certainly paid dividends, however, as the Dallas roster currently sits in second place with just one regular-season event to go.

With this year’s playoffs boasting a bigger prize pool than ever before, there’s still plenty at stake as the inaugural season comes to a close.

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Though the Championship event could mark the end of Shotzzy’s short-lived run in the CoD scene. As the 2020 MVP candidate recently hinted, he’s open to the idea of returning to Halo if the franchise’s sixth mainline installment is “really f***ing fun.”

In the midst of casual Modern Warfare matches during a July 21 stream, Halo came up in conversation. Just two days out from the major Xbox Games Showcase, Shotzzy admitted that he’s excited to see the reveal of Halo Infinite.

“This is me being serious…if Halo Infinite is actually really f***ing fun, and I genuinely like it, I’m debating on switching,” he said. “I’m not saying that I will go back. I’m just saying that if it’s really f***ing good and I see potential in it, then there’s a possibility.”

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The first core entry in the Halo franchise since 2015, Infinite has been shrouded in mystery since its reveal in 2018. No one quite knows how the gameplay will look, nor how Microsoft intends to support the competitive scene. A full unveiling is set for the Xbox Games Showcase with a rumored release window of Q4 2020.

If this reveal sparks interest from the Halo 5 World Champion, Shotzzy could be set to transition once again. “I’ve played Halo literally since I was four years old until last year.” With fifteen years of experience, it would likely be a seamless transition back if the console pro decides to leave the CDL behind.

Shotzzy competing on stage
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Shotzzy made history as part of one of the first esports rosters to compete in two games concurrently (Halo & CoD).

A few games later he reiterated that it’s purely an option he’s considering at this point in time. “I genuinely don’t think I will,” he said, before adding he’s “just going to have to wait and see.”

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As Microsoft gears up for the launch of Halo Infinite, Shotzzy is gearing up for his biggest competition to date. The CDL playoffs will be kicking off on August 19 with $4.6 million up for grabs.

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H3CZ acquires OpTic Gaming from Immortals: Report

Published: 1/Oct/2020 16:30 Updated: 1/Oct/2020 17:40

by Jacob Hale

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Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez has reportedly acquired OpTic Gaming in a deal separate from his ties with NRG Esports, where he currently serves as co-CEO.

The deal reportedly sees H3CZ set to occupy the Los Angeles Call of Duty League spot held by OpTic Gaming, an organization he created and built before its sale in June 2019, in which Immortals Gaming Club acquired OpTic parent company, Infinite, in a deal valued at around $100m.

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According to Esports Observer, the acquisition is still pending League approval, and H3CZ himself “intends to divest to interested esports organizations.” This is likely a compulsory step due to ownership rules of the CDL preventing H3CZ having ownership in more than one team in the league.

As the original report says, “sources close to the deal have come forward stating that after negotiations spanning a little over a month, Rodriguez purchased the OpTic Gaming IP in its entirety.”

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H3CZ HuntsmenH3CZ currently serves as co-CEO of NRG Esports and their CDL team, Chicago Huntsmen.

This would mean that H3CZ owns every asset and resource under the OpTic Gaming umbrella, and that negotiations likely started taking place around the time of the Call of Duty League Championship in late-August.

His ties with Chicago Huntsmen are expected to remain intact, so where the CDL spot occupied by OpTic Gaming Los Angeles goes remains to be seen, though commissioner Johanna Faries has recently insisted that there is “great demand” for expansion slots — so one lucky team might just get their wish.

Naturally, fans want to see the likes of Nadeshot and his 100 Thieves organization find his way back into the Call of Duty League, but after his decision not to buy-in at the start of its inaugural year, it’s impossible to speculate whether he would have had a change of heart since then.

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We have reached out to H3CZ for comment.