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End of An Era: New OpTic Gaming Call of Duty Roster Officially Announced in Vision

Published: 6/May/2018 15:54 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 16:16

by Calum Patterson


The end of a storied era for the most successful Call of Duty roster in history has come, as OpTic Gaming announce the departure of Matthew “FormaL” Piper and Damon “Karma” Barlow from the team.

The news was expected, but that will not lessen the blow for many OpTic fans who have grown very familiar with this roster – one of the longest lasting in any esport.

After just over three years, 13 LAN tournament wins and a World Championship in 2017, the four man roster which cemented itself a great dynsasty, is finally over.

Since winning the World Championship last year, the team has suffered from the ‘CoD Champs curse’ – where the winning team from the previous year ultimately falls apart.

The roster of Scump, Crimsix, FormaL and Karma won OpTic Gaming’s first World Championship in 2017

The year did not start poorly for the roster, with a 3rd place at the opening event, but it was their 2nd place finish at the CWL Pro League Stage One Playoffs, that ultimately saw the demise of the team.

After a top 16 placing at the following event, CWL Seattle, the writing was on the wall.

It has now been officially announced in vision, that Former Luminosity player Sam “Octane” Larew will replace the outgoing FormaL. Ex-Team Kaliber player Anthony “Methodz” Zinni also joins, in place of Karma.

For now, Karma’s future is uncertain, and although he has likely received offers from other teams, there are also rumors that he will step away from competing, at least until the release of Black Ops 4.

FormaL has joined Luminosity Gaming, in what is a direct trade for Octane.

OpTic and LG will face off in Division B of the CWL Pro League Stage Two, beginning May 29th (Division A matches start on the 15th).

The New OpTic Gaming CoD Roster

  • Seth “Scump” Abner
  • Ian “Crimsix” Porter
  • Sam “Octane” Larew
  • Anthony “Methodz” Zinni
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NICKMERCS rates the best Warzone players from to Scump to HusKerrs

Published: 24/Oct/2020 1:06

by Theo Salaun


Tasked with drafting a team for a Call of Duty: Warzone tournament, NICKMERCS went through some of the game’s biggest names, ranking them while determining who he would most want to duo with.

To start Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards’ $10,000 “Cracked Creators” Warzone tournament, 16 creators were tasked with drafting their duo from 16 “cracked” streamers.

As one of the creators allowed to select their tandem, NICKMERCS sifted through 16 of the game’s best to determine who he would prefer to play with.

Ultimately, the FaZe streamer ended up putting his decision to a poll among his fans. But, before doing so, he originally went through all 16 and gave thoughts on how each of them ranks. And the options were varied, but all shared one thing in common: talent.

With professional Call of Duty League players like Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper and Seth ‘Scump’ Abner available, as well as Warzone streamers like Aydan and HusKerrs, the candidates were excellent. Still, NICKMERCS sifted through and broke down who he truly believes ranks as the battle royale’s best.

Segment begins at 00:20:45.

NICKMERCS starts by going through the list and just expressing what an absolute struggle it will be to pick from such a talented crop of peers: “Oh, it’s going to be so hard to pick man … No matter what, everybody that I would pick from is cracked.” But, after going through and complimenting practically everybody, he starts the process of elimination.

Since Nick chooses second after DrDisrespect, he immediately eliminates Zlaner as Doc’s likely first pick. Then, he eliminates JoeWo with two simple reasons: “I’ve never played with him and every time I play against him, I beat that little ass.”

Then, BobbyPoff is gone: “BobbyPoff, I love the guy, but take him off the list.” And the “Scarf Lord” is followed quickly by the Chicago Huntsmen’s FormaL and Scump: “Love ‘em, love ‘em. But I feel like there’s better BR players.” After that, things start getting complicated.

Cracked Creators Warzone
The list of “cracked” players in Hitch’s Cracked Creators Warzone tournament.

Similar to Zlaner, Nick decides to sacrifice Merk so that he can play with his longtime duo, Maven. Then, recognizing that all of these remaining players are absolute menaces on Verdansk, he goes with two simple metrics to determine his personal preference. He immediately prioritizes controller players and the highest earners in Warzone tournaments.

That eliminates stars like HusKerrs and Symfuhny for their mouse and keyboard usage, while also eliminating Crowder and DougIsRaw for their low earnings. Finally, he eliminates Jukeyz because of his struggles understanding the UK maestro’s accent and decides to put the decision to a poll.


Ultimately, it’s between Aydan and Tommey, with Cloakzy popping on to let NICKMERCS know that Aydan’s been playing some Fortnite recently. That leaves the FaZe star choosing Tommey, noting that “he’s got great communication, phenomenal player, guaranteed to get some chopper kills off rip.”

Despite going through full rankings for his options and landing upon an excellent duo, the decision-making process proved to be futile. NICKMERCS and Tommey could only end in the Top 12 for the tournament, while the easily dismissed BobbyPoff actually came in first place.