NRG co-CEO Hector 'H3CZ' Rodriguez has announced the five-man starting roster for the Chicago Call of Duty franchise, and it features the reunion of former OpTic duo Seth 'Scump' Abner and Matthew 'FormaL' Piper.
In a video posted on October 24, H3CZ also discussed his own exit from OpTic Gaming – the organization he led for over a decade, until deciding to leave following the acquisition by Immortals Gaming Club.
Although Immortals have also secured a spot in the 2020 Call of Duty League, H3CZ decided to leave and start fresh, joining up with NRG, where he is expected to oversee much of the new CoD franchise.
NRG's Chicago Call of Duty roster
Closing out the video, H3CZ confirmed the full starting roster.
- Seth 'Scump' Abner
- Matthew 'FormaL' Piper
- Peirce 'Gunless' Hillman
- Alec 'Arcitys' Sanderson
- Dylan 'Envoy' Hannon
These are only the players who are expected to start for the roster – each team in the Call of Duty League is also required to have a minimum of two substitute players, and a maximum of five.
Scump and FormaL bring 'T2P' back
For (ex)-OpTic fans, it will be exciting to see the return of the formidable Scump and FormaL duo. As both players reached the peak of their careers throughout Advanced Warfare, Black Ops II and Infinite Warfare, they were core to the dynasty which dominated CoD esports.
Both players will be desperate to get back to winning ways in Modern Warfare though. They won a tournament each in the Black Ops 4 season, but fell short at the end of the year with their respective teams.
After winning their first world championship rings together in 2017, followed by a very public falling out, it will be interesting to see if they can find their groove again with this new roster.
Arcitys, Gunless and Envoy on one team
Although the return of T2P will steal the headline, this trio of Arcitys, Gunless and Envoy provides three of the best slayers in Call of Duty uniting on a single roster, and will be a scary sight for any opponent.
Both Arcitys and Gunless have played somewhat similar roles on their teams in the past, versatile players who can dominate as either an aggressive or slower-paced Assault Rifle player.
Envoy, meanwhile, will be hoping to continue his form from the Black Ops 4 season, where he was one of the breakout young stars, earning a move from Midnight to Gen.G, where he excelled and almost pushed them to a championship at the CWL Playoffs. Heartbreak at champs saw him crash out in top 32, but he will be keen to bounce back, and he now has a superstar squad around him.
Chicago is still to reveal it's logo and official team name (although a leak from the Call of Duty website may have already given it away), but this stacked roster will be more than enough to earn them lots of new fans.
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H3CZ's involvement alone was enough to attract many former OpTic fans, and now with Scump – the biggest name in CoD esports – teaming up with FormaL again, this may well be the best-supported team in the league. Whether this translates to results, however, remains to be seen.
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