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Exclusive H3CZ interview: Reviving OpTic Gaming & the Green Wall

Published: 12/Nov/2020 22:23 Updated: 13/Nov/2020 15:55

by Theo Salaun


After a tumultuous year away from his baby, Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez has reacquired OpTic Gaming. OpTic H3CZ is finally back and, in an exclusive interview with Dexerto’s Richard Lewis, he discussed the long saga to resume ownership. 

In June 2019, Immortals Gaming purchased Infinite Esports, parent company to OpTic Gaming, and assumed control of the infamous Green Wall brand that H3CZ so popularly built. Over a year later, H3CZ pulled off what many deemed impossible and has brought the brand back under his wing.

Following this announcement, it was revealed that the Chicago Huntsmen Call of Duty League team will be rebranded to OpTic Chicago while the defunct OpTic Gaming Los Angeles would be sold to 100 Thieves. Now, OpTic is back with H3CZ and Matthew ‘Nadeshot’

Haag’s 100T are back in CoD with the LA Thieves.

In an exclusive Dexerto interview with Lewis, H3CZ describes what happened, what could have been, and how, now at peace, he’s pumped up about the Green Wall’s inevitable return.

OpTic Chicago Call of Duty League
OpTic Chicago was unveiled on October 11.

Selling OpTic to Immortals: Regrets and lessons

Singling out the elephant in the room, H3CZ described his mentality during OpTic’s controversial sale to Immortals and how he wished he could have acted differently. 

“I wouldn’t be as careless as I was, this time around … If I would have been more boisterous or if I would have been more aggressive or if I would have been a little bit more outspoken on Twitter or whatever, I think that would have maybe forced the hand to right the ship.”

While disappointed that he didn’t preemptively act to fix what turned out to be an unfortunate situation, H3CZ is aware that he didn’t have the wherewithal to do so at the time. Instead, the experience seems to have taught him valuable lessons that he can carry with him now that the ship’s wheel has been returned to the right hands.

A “CDL Super Team” with FaZe, 100T, and Sidemen?

Back before the CDL’s teams were solidified, H3CZ reveals that there was a chance for an absurd super team. With conversations between him, Nadeshot, and FaZe’s leadership, he considered pitching a team composed of the best from 100 Thieves, FaZe Clan, and Sidemen. 

“We did talk about it … building a super team: a super, super team … What if us three owned one team and then just called it a day? We’d rock the shit out of anything and everything that’s out there.”

As we all know now, that super team never came into existence. But, on the plus side, each side bought into the league on their own timing and with their own branding. FaZe and NRG were in it for the inaugural season while 100T finally entered for 2021 and the Sidemen’s Vikram ‘Vikkstar’ Singh Barn has just been announced as a co-owner of the London Royal Ravens. 

Fortunately, none of the above happened, and now, we can all join H3CZ in looking forward to what comes next for the Green Wall.

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Best XM4 loadout for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Published: 17/Nov/2020 6:41

by Brad Norton


The very first Assault Rifle unlocked in Black Ops Cold War also happens to be one of the strongest if you follow our rundown on the best possible XM4 loadout.

While you might think to overlook the base weapons unlocked from the very beginning in any Call of Duty title, the starters in Black Ops Cold War are among the best guns in the game. From the MP5 SMG to the Pelington sniper, the first weapons in most categories can dominate in the right hands and ARs are no different.

The XM4 is unlocked as soon as you start in multiplayer and it’s a rather well-rounded pick. It doesn’t boast the highest damage output or the fastest fire rate. However, it’s arguably the most reliable pick all around.

If you stick with it from the jump and level it through to 55, you’ll have access to a consistent AR whenever the situation calls for it. Here’s an overview of the best attachments to make the most of the XM4.

Best XM4 loadout for Black Ops Cold War

Black Ops Cold War XM4
The XM4 can be a surprisingly powerful tool despite being among the first unlocks in the game.
  • Optic: Microflex LED
  • Muzzle: SOCOM Eliminator
  • Barrel: 13.5 Reinforced Heavy
  • Body: Steady Aim Laser
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Magazine: 40 Rnd
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: Raider Pad

While other Wildcards can be solid to get you more perks or more equipment, Gunfighter is essential to help the XM4 reach its full potential. Dropping in with eight unique attachments will make you a real threat on the map.

You can pick and choose whichever Optic you’d like. Though with most ARs, you never want to limit your overall vision. Selecting a smaller sight can help keep you aware of everything nearby, rather than scoping in and having tunnel vision ruin your streak.

Since the XM4 is an all around solid weapon, there’s no need to deviate from its general strength. Trying to overly boost damage or turn it into an LMG with a ridiculous magazine size will only impact other aspects of the gun.

Therefore, simpler attachments like the 40 Rnd magazine and the Steady Aim Laser can keep the XM4 reliable in all sorts of gunfights.

Whether you’re up close or chipping away from across the map, this loadout will keep everything in the realm of possibility.

XM4 gameplay Black Ops Cold War
Regardless of your distance, the XM4 can beam foes from up close or afar with this loadout.

With 55 levels to get through, it’s one of the easier grinds in the game given just how versatile the XM4 is. Unlike other ARs that can be a nuisance early on without some powerful buffs from various attachments.

Once you’re all set with this particular loadout and looking for the next challenge, be sure to check our other Black Ops Cold War weapon guides to get the most out of every gun in the game.