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Dashy joins Chicago Huntsmen in CDL reunion with Scump for 2021 season

Published: 14/Sep/2020 20:03 Updated: 14/Sep/2020 20:13

by Albert Petrosyan

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The Call of Duty League’s Chicago Huntsmen have signed former OpTic Gaming LA star Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell for the 2021 season, reuniting him with ex-teammate Seth ‘Scump’ Abner.

The Call of Duty Rostermania this offseason might be the craziest it’s ever been, and now that the free-agent moratorium has been lifted, one of the biggest and most highly-anticipated moves has become official.

Dashy, who entered free agency following his second season with OpTic Gaming Los Angeles, has signed with the Chicago Huntsmen, who have now solidified their starting lineup with yet another bonafide superstar.

The news was formally announced on September 14, but had been one that many fans and experts were expecting; there were plenty of rumors that Dashy would join Huntsmen since even before he was let go by OGLA.

CHICAGO HUNTSMEN 2021 CDL STARTING ROSTER

  • Seth ‘Scump’ Abner
  • Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper
  • Dylan ‘Envoy’ Hannon
  • Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell

In effect, Dashy replaces the recently-departed Alec ‘Arcitys’ Sanderson and his twin brother Preston ‘Prestinni’ Sanderson, both of who left the Huntsmen following their third-place finish at the CDL Championship Weekend.

It was during that same postseason that he made his final appearance for OGLA – coming in for a game-five Search and Destroy in their series vs crosstown rivals LA Guerrillas in the first round of the losers bracket.

The three-year pro wasn’t even supposed to be playing, but teammate Kenny ‘Kuavo’ Williams kept experiencing connection issues, so Dashy was asked to fill in for that one map. He didn’t disappoint, hitting a couple of difficult snipes to help OpTic win the game and the series.

Prior to that, he had been inactive for nearly two months after OGLA decided to bench him following a string of poor performances, replacing him with Zack ‘Drazah’ Jordan, who they ended up keeping on the roster for 2021.

After a successful first season with the Green Wall in Black Ops 4, which saw Dashy ascend into Call of Duty superstardom and win his first major trophy and tournament MVP, the arrival of franchising and Modern Warfare led to a tumultuous 2020 campaign.

The team, which was stacked with talent and considered to be one of the best, got off to a difficult start and only began experiencing some progress after the now-retired Jordan ‘JKap’ Kaplan was benched for Martin ‘Chino’ Chino.

But the success that the franchise had envisioned never really materialized, prompting a drastic roster shuffle that sent Dashy and Chino to the reserves in favor of Drazah and Darien ‘Hollow’ Chverchko, a Challengers player who is now also no longer with the org.

SCUFCWL Vegas in 2018 was Dashy’s first major trophy as a professional player, and he was also named tournament MVP.

Now Dashy’s on the Huntsmen and all of the baggage that came with the up-and-down 2020 season is behind him. Also, and perhaps more importantly, this move pairs him back up with Scump after the two had teamed together in 2019.

The messy saga involving the Immortals Gaming Club takeover of OpTic, coupled with the arrival of franchising, led to that roster being dismantled and Scump, Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow, and Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter all going their separate ways.

However, despite all the reports of ill feelings and bad blood between several members of that team, Dashy and Scump have apparently remained on good terms, which could be why he’s ultimately decided to join Chicago.


Keep up with all of the offseason player signings and team changes with our Call of Duty League Rostermania hub.

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Black Ops Cold War Zombies: New Firebase Z details, Tombstone Soda, Scorestreaks

Published: 15/Jan/2021 21:29 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 21:30

by Tanner Pierce

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In celebration of 115 day (which is a reference to Element 115 from Zombies lore), Treyarch have revealed some of the first major details about the upcoming Black Ops Cold War Zombies map, Firebase Z.

During the Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch announced that a new Zombies map, titled Firebase Z, would be coming before the end of the season and confirmed that more details would be coming on 115 day.

Now, that day is here and it’s safe to say that Treyarch have delivered, at least for the time being, confirming exactly how the map connects to the mode’s overall narrative and revealing some new items that players will be able to use while grinding their way through it.

Black Ops Cold War Firebase Z story

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Firebase Z will take place in Vietnam and feature new enemies.

According to Treyarch, Firebase Z takes place in a facility called Outpost 25, which is located in the jungles of Vietnam. Set after the events of the first map, Die Maschine, Samantha Maxis has been captured by Omega Group and it’s up to the Requiem team to go and save her, which brings them to Outpost 25.

The developers also confirmed that the map will feature some brand-new enemies and gameplay mechanics, but they failed to go into detail about what exactly they will be. Could we be seeing a new boss zombie similar to the Megaton from Die Maschine? Fans will have to just wait and see.

New Zombies perk and scorestreaks

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Tombstone Soda is returning in Black Ops Cold War and it’ll operate a bit differently than it has in the past.

In addition to the narrative details, Treyarch also confirmed some of the new items coming to the game. The first, which was teased a few weeks back, is the Tombstone Soda perk.

For Black Ops Cold War, the aforementioned perk, which originated in Black Ops II, will feature some novel abilities.

While the player has the perk active, they will turn into a “shadow” if they’re downed. In this form, players can use weapons while they attempt to revive themselves. That being said, if you die while in shadow form, you’re done, presumably until the next round.

If you’re a fan of the original perk, however, that’s not a problem, as the tier-three upgrade for the Black Ops Cold War version allows you to drop a small stash, which includes all of your original items, when you die, which is almost identical to how the BO2 version worked.

Beyond that, the developers also confirmed that two new scorestreaks will be coming to the game: the Artillery and Napalm Strike. Each one can be crafted from the Crafting Table, although it’s unknown whether or not they’ll be available on just Firebase Z or if Die Maschine is also getting some love.

All in all, it seems like Firebase Z is going to bring a ton of cool features when it launches on February 4, 2021, which is sure to liven up the overall Zombies experience in Black Ops Cold War.