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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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100 Thieves’ Tommey explains why Warzone private matches don’t work

Published: 1/Dec/2020 4:31

by Brad Norton


Private lobbies were a highly-requested feature since Warzone launched in March, however, they haven’t quite gone over well in the community as 100 Thieves player Thomas “Tommey” Trewren explains why they’re “not great for competing.”

Since the latest Call of Duty battle royale dropped, there’s been one consistent method of competition: Kill-races. In this format, players rush to find as many eliminations as possible in a single lobby. More often than not, duos are put together, dropped in as a squad, and have to race for kills against each other in the same lobby.

While kill-races have been exceedingly popular, with dozens of high-stakes tournaments adopting the format since launch, there was always the possibility of custom games in the back of our minds. What would it look like when the world’s best players all drop into the same instance of Verdansk?

Well, a few weeks after private lobbies were added in beta form, not much has changed. Kill-races are still the go-to for comp Warzone. Tommey, one of the highest-earning competitors in the scene, has explained why this is the case.

Warzone private lobbies
Private lobbies are finally in Warzone, but they haven’t lured anyone away from kill-races just yet.

“Warzone is very easy to play,” he said in a November 30 tweet. Comparing it to Fortnite and how the competitive scene immediately took to custom games and never looked back, Tommey outlined how the games are vastly different. “You cannot build your way through zones and outplay with crazy mechanics.”

In Warzone, you’re stuck on the ground. There’s no lightning-fast mechanics to get you out of a pickle. As a result, “if you’re crossing anywhere in the open against any good player or team, you’re dead,” he explained. 

“It’s fun to mess around with for sure, it’s not great for competing. The best format for competitive Warzone to watch and compete is 2v2. Same lobby, same opportunities, same people to kill. It lowers the RNG. If you ask any actual top player on Warzone, they’ll agree.”

The Call of Duty League hosted a few private matches earlier in the year before the feature was available to the public. Since then, however, kill-races have remained the norm. Despite private lobbies finally coming to the game, no major tournaments outside of the CDL have utilized the feature just yet.

“I’d have loved for customs to actually work and be exciting to play but it just simply doesn’t,” Tommey added. “There’s very little outplay potential.”

Perhaps things might change down the line with some more settings to experiment with. Everything from circle timing to loot around the map, being able to adjust all aspects of private lobbies could lead to a more enticing state of affairs.

But for the time being, it doesn’t seem like we’ll be moving away from kill-race tournaments anytime soon.