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G2 Esports drop further hints ahead of CoD announcement

Published: 25/Oct/2018 9:28 Updated: 25/Oct/2018 9:44

by Matt Porter

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Competitive CoD fans are convinced that G2 Esports are planning to announce a brand new Call of Duty roster, based on mysterious clues created by the popular esports organization.

G2 Esports began to post cryptic tweets on Wednesday, October 24, telling fans to “take a step back to unlock the code.”

They then posted a tweet with what appears to be random letters and numbers alongside a link to their website. 

The web page shows a confidential folder labelled ‘Project Respawn’, along with images of players who have had their faces pixelated and their information redacted by a black bar.

Fans immediately linked this to Call of Duty esports, as the title of the file including the word ‘respawn# could be a clear link to the respawn game modes that the G2 CoD team will be playing throughout the 2018/19 season.

The use of the Astro Gaming logo on documents scattered around the web page also indicates that this announcement will be about a console team, which is what Astro Gaming headsets are primarily used for.

On the right hand side of the Project Respawn web page is a USB pen drive with “For Internal Use Only” written on it. When clicked on, an unlisted YouTube video opens with more cryptic messages, along with more pixelated pictures of players, one of which looks an awful lot like former Team Envy star Martin “Chino” Chino.

It seems likely that all of these puzzling signs and references are leading to the announcement of the long-rumoured G2 Call of Duty team, allegedly made up of Chino, Faccento, Decemate, Blazt and Ricky.

Fans of Call of Duty esports will have to keep their eye on G2’s social media channels for future clues, and a full announcement in the near future.

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Sources: 100 Thieves acquire OpTic’s CDL spot, represented as LA Thieves

Published: 26/Oct/2020 17:23 Updated: 26/Oct/2020 21:25

by Albert Petrosyan

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Sources have told Dexerto that 100 Thieves are entering the Call of Duty League by purchasing the spot previously held by OpTic Gaming Los Angeles.

After initially declining to invest in a slot for the Call of Duty League’s inaugural 2020 season, 100 Thieves are re-entering CoD esports after all for the 2021 campaign and beyond.

The spot that had been OpTic Gaming Los Angeles’ has now transferred ownership to the prominent esports organization, and sources have reported that 100T will rebrand the team to LA Thieves.

Immortals Gaming Club, which had purchased OpTic Gaming and one of two Los Angeles CDL franchise spots, recently sold the Green Wall back to Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez, who will remain in control of the brand.

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The OpTic Gaming Los Angeles franchise will end after just one season of competing in the CDL.

At this time, it’s not yet clear whether the league will allow H3CZ to rebrand his Chicago Huntsmen franchise to OpTic. Since he’s already the CEO of Huntsmen, his reacquisition of the OpTic brand meant that control of one of the two teams would eventually have to change hands once again.

According to recent reports from Esports Talk, the CDL was taking the stance that franchises should remain tied to the cities they were initially founded in. Thus, if H3CZ and NRG wanted their team to take on the OpTic Gaming insignia, they would have to sell the Huntsmen spot and move their Call of Duty operations to Los Angeles.

However, in those same reports, it was indicated that despite their initial unwillingness to enter the CDL, 100 Thieves and CEO Matt ‘Nadeshot’ Haag acquiring a spot was not totally out of the question, and now it’s come to fruition.

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While brief, 100 Thieves’ first stint in competitive Call of Duty was a highly successful one.

While brief, 100 Thieves’ first stint in Call of Duty esports was a very successful one; the team captured two major trophies in the then-called CoD World League and finished second in the CWL World Championship.

100T’s team became a fan-favorite, and when Nadeshot announced that they’d be leaving the esport due to the transition to franchising, many were left disappointed, especially considering Haag’s extensive CoD background.

The only question that remains now is concerning their roster – whether or not Nadeshot or his org will want to make any personnel changes remains to be seen, but if not, many will still expect the team to be a contender, considering that three of the four players are top-tier with championship experience.

LA THIEVES’ EXPECTED 2021 CDL ROSTER:

  • Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat
  • Kenny ‘Kuavo’ Williams
  • Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly
  • Zack ‘Drazah’ Jordan
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CoD stars SlasheR and Kenny are returning to 100 Thieves as members of LA Thieves.

For SlasheR and Kenny, this will be their second stint with 100T after previously featuring for the org in its lone season of competition. Similarly, General Manager Eric ‘Muddawg’ Sanders is also returning to the red and black after leaving them for OpTic when the org parted ways from CoD esports.

As always, we will continue to update this story and bring you the latest as more information becomes available.