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H3CZ explains his decision to leave OpTic Gaming and join NRG

Published: 19/Sep/2019 0:50 Updated: 19/Sep/2019 6:59

by Albert Petrosyan


Legendary esports figure Hector ‘H3CZ‘ Rodriguez has shared some insight regarding his reasons for leaving OpTic Gaming and joining NRG Esports, with the start of Call of Duty‘s new franchised league looming on the horizon. 

One of the biggest news stories that has dominated headlines recently in the world of esports is that of former OpTic CEO H3CZ parting ways with the organization after spending years playing an integral role in the Green Walls’ meteoric rise to prominence.

On September 15, shortly after announcing his OpTic departure, he also revealed that he would be joining NRG as the “co-CEO alongside Andy Miller.”

Speaking with ESPN Esports on everything that has transpired over the past few days, weeks, and months, Rodriguez briefly touched on some of the reasons why he decided to leave the organization he had worked so hard to build into a behemoth.

Understandably, he revealed that the decision didn’t come to him from just a solitary moment. 

“There wasn’t a single moment that made me say ‘you know what, it’s time for me to go on and do something else.,'” he explained. “It wasn’t one specific thing, it was a year to two year long process of me speaking with my teammates, speaking with my family, saying ‘you know what, it might be time.’ The more I thought about it, the more I saw the opportunity, and said to myself ‘you know what, it would be cool to spread my wings a little bit and see what else I can do.”

Red BullH3CZ’s legacy with OpTic may never be matched again in esports.

That said, when it came down to the reasons surrounding his departure, H3CZ stated that it pretty much all had to do with Infinite Esports & Entertainment, the organization the previously owned the OpTic brand prior to selling it to Immortals Gaming Club in 2019.

“It was a combination of a whole bunch of things,” he said. “It was all on the Infinite side, it was more with my Infinite experience that made me realize that it just wasn’t the place for me, and I needed to turn the page and go onto a brand new chapter, and I’m excited for it.”

The former Green Wall CEO was also asked about how close he was to staying with the organization, which he revealed to be not that close at all.

“I don’t think I ever really thought about staying,” he revealed. “I knew that if I was not going to be able to get OpTic back, then I was going to probably go off and do something else. It’s just me, inside of my head, saying ‘it’s better for you to go do something else.’ It was definitely not a ‘alright, let’s give it a shot!”

MLGUnder H3CZ, OpTic won its first and only Call of Duty Championship in 2017 with the iconic ‘dynasty’ roster.

As for why he chose to join NRG, H3CZ revealed that the familiarity with the organization’s personnel ended up making it a clear choice.

“We [Andy] have a lot of similar thoughts about the industry, that really made it make sense. I like that they’re so well diversified in esports. And they had a lot of my old family members. So for me, it was super easy to say ‘oh man, that’s Tarik right there!’ And they just picked up the Gears of War team.” 

Now with a seat at NRG’s high table, H3CZ figures to play a significant role with the organization’s operations, particularly when it comes to their involvement in the new Call of Duty franchised league.

NRG were recently confirmed to have purchased the Chicago spot in the league for the 2020 season, becoming one of 12 teams for the inaugural campaign. 

Disclaimer: Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez is a minority shareholder in Dexerto Ltd.

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Warzone dev reveals fix for missing Trick or Treat rewards bug

Published: 22/Oct/2020 13:55

by Jacob Hale


One of Warzone’s lead developers has responded to the frustrating Trick or Treat rewards bug during the Haunting of Verdansk event, with players not getting the Pumpkin Punisher Grau blueprint after completing all the challenges.

The Haunting of Verdansk is the special Halloween event in Warzone, with lots of new content for players to sink their teeth into.

This includes new Operator packs, including skins from horror films Saw and Texas Chainsaw Massacre, as well as the new Zombie Royale game mode and, of course, the Trick or Treat Rewards.

By searching chests in 16 different locations, players can earn all manner of items from calling cards and emblems to the awesome Cleaver melee blueprint. As a result of unlocking all 16, you’re supposed to get the Grau blueprint weapon, Pumpkin Punisher — but for some people, this isn’t happening.

Warzone Pumpkin Punisher blueprint Grau attachments
The Pumpkin Punisher gives a spooky spin on a previous Warzone favorite weapon, the Grau 5.56.

A number of players have reported that even after completing all 16 Trick or Treat challenges and unlocking all the rewards, the Pumpkin Punisher remains locked and isn’t added to their Armory.

One player reported the issue to Joe Cecot, the Co-Design Director of Multiplayer at developer Infinity Ward, and he suggested that the likely issue is the UI thinks players have everything, but they’re actually missing one of the rewards.

To fix this, Cecot offered a workaround, though it might not be particularly fun: he advises players to hit all the locations again and the gun will likely be unlocked, to make sure the game properly registers the completion of every single challenge. He also says that it’s “most likely the location that is still not registered will give candy out of the box.”

Of course, this will be slightly frustrating for players who have not yet unlocked the Pumpkin Punisher, despite having completed all of the relevant tasks.

Cecot did add that in the long run, they’ll “most likely fix people in this state,” though it’s unclear when that could happen, or even if at all.