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H3CZ: CDL 2021 will be a “transformative” year for Dashy

Published: 17/Sep/2020 3:39

by Brad Norton


Just days after signing Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell to the Chicago Huntsmen, CEO and Call of Duty icon Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez has explained why the upcoming CDL season will be a “year of transformation” for the former OpTic Gaming star.

There’s no denying Dashy had a tumultuous start to his run in the league. Coming off of an exceptional year in Black Ops 4, he wound up as part of the OpTic Gaming LA roster. Despite being rotated off of the starting lineup partway through, Dashy’s first squad ended with a Top 6 finish in 2020.

However, it’s also no secret that Dashy never truly felt at home throughout the year. He tried to join the Huntsmen before the league kicked off and even threatened to bench himself after being locked to OGLA. With former teammates putting him on blast for his behavior during the year, it seemed obvious he’d be jumping ship.

Now officially back where he wanted to be all along, Dashy has rejoined former teammate Seth ‘Scump’ Abner for the 2021 season. Though before Black Ops Cold War arrives, H3CZ has laid out some rules for his latest signee, assuring that the upcoming season will be a ‘transformative’ experience.

Right out of the gate on the September 15 episode of The NRG Duo podcast, Dashy’s announcement was brought up. Without hesitation, H3CZ looked to address concerns in the community after hearing of Dashy’s behavioral issues throughout 2020. “This year is going to be a year of transformation for Dashy,” he said.

“With the rumors [in the 2020 season] of Dashy being late, I made it a point to speak to him and his mum at the same time and explain the situation. This is a franchise league in which tens of millions of dollars are going in as an investment. It’s a more professional league and we expect everyone to be professionals.”

This implies that the Huntsmen won’t be accepting any tardiness in the upcoming season. A step in a more professional direction than Dashy’s first run with H3CZ back in 2018. “On the first go around, when it was Dashy, TJ, Crimsix, and Scump, the kids played a lot,” he said. “They were always late.”

Heading into the Black Ops Cold War season, now is the perfect time for Dashy to break the mold and “prove himself,” according to H3CZ. “Not just to the fans or his teammates, but more importantly, to me. I’m not gonna put up with no bulls***.”

The relevant topic begins at the 7:01 mark below.

“Even today when we were [filming] some content, if someone didn’t show up there would have been some cash missing from their paychecks. It’s time to grow up.” From showing up to practice on time, to general behavior, it’s clear that Dashy will need to give it his all in order to stay on the good side of H3CZ.

With 2021 reverting to 4v4 competition, Dashy is far from the only player finding a new home. Keep up with all the roster shuffles using our Rostermania hub.

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Call of Duty 2021 leaks hint at new Modern Warfare follow up

Published: 30/Oct/2020 6:04

by Brad Norton


Before Black Ops Cold War arrives, we may already have our first hint of next year’s Call of Duty setting as a prominent leaker has teased a new Modern Warfare sequel.

While the Call of Duty franchise has 17 mainline entries covering a wide array of timelines, two names stand out as the most iconic. Both the Black Ops series and the Modern Warfare series have seen the most iterations over the years. 

Treyarch has already released four titles in the Black Ops series with Cold War just weeks away. Meanwhile, Infinity Ward has four entries in the Modern Warfare series, the original trilogy along with 2019’s reboot. Now, it seems as though a fifth could also be on the way with Infinity Ward at the helm.

Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software will reportedly be taking a back seat. Instead of the typical three-year development cycle, Infinity Ward has just two-years to work with. We’re still 12 months off from 2021’s mystery release, but we may already have our first details on next year’s title. 

Modern Warfare 2019
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Could Price’s story continue in 2021’s Call of Duty?

“It’s looking like CoD for 2021 is another Modern Warfare title of some kind,” prominent leaker Tom Henderson revealed. Not a whole lot is known beyond that key detail, though the setting for the next release appears to be locked in. 

“Understandably not a lot of information as of yet, but it’s a modern-day setting,” he confirmed. Given Modern Warfare’s hard reboot with 2019’s release, could a new sequel be the next step? This would essentially bypass the original Modern Warfare 2 from 2009 if Activision opts for another identical title.

To avoid even more confusion, there’s a good chance the name is a little different, similar to how Black Ops added Cold War to the title for 2020’s drop, despite it being a direct follow up to Black Ops 1. So expect to see Modern Warfare: ‘something something’ as the likely 2021 title.

This could see a direct continuation from where 2019’s game left off. John Price is looking to assemble a team of classic characters to put a stop to Russian terrorist Victor Zakhaev. If Warzone’s ongoing storyline doesn’t beat the single-player campaign to the punch, this could be our objective in 2021’s release.

While this aspect is purely speculation, the leaker also considered the original Modern Warfare 2 being bundled in. No different from how Infinity Warfare launched with Modern Warfare remastered in 2016.

We’re still months away from any official information on the 2021 title, so take this with a grain of salt for now. Black Ops Cold War is the focus for Activision. Anything regarding next year’s game will be kept under wraps for quite some time yet.