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H3CZ explains why he’s kept quiet on OpTic Gaming buyout situation

Published: 28/May/2019 12:13 Updated: 28/May/2019 13:20

by Calum Patterson

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OpTic Gaming CEO Hector ‘H3CZ‘ Rodriguez has finally returned to his regular upload schedule on YouTube, and upon his return explained his almost two-week silence as rumors of his organization being bought out by Immortals swirled.

OpTic parent company Infinite Esports & Entertainment is currently attempting to sell the brand, with rival esports organization Immortals front-runners in the takeover bid.

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H3CZ himself is also believed to be making attempts to secure the brand personally again, or, failing this, to be on board with the Immortals acquisition, returning to the day-to-day operation of OpTic.

OpTic Gaming - YouTubeH3CZ has been working “behind the scenes” as the future of OpTic remains uncertain.

Since news of the potential buyout surfaced, H3CZ has remained tight-lipped, leaving many fans on edge as their favorite team appeared to be on the brink of total collapse.

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A solitary Tweet on May 21 from Rodriguez reaffirmed that he “was trying”, but what exactly these efforts were remained unclear.

In his May 28 vlog however, he has been more blunt, stating frankly: “I’m getting out of the way right now – I don’t know.

“As of this moment, right now, I don’t know. The reason I haven’t uploaded for as long as I haven’t is simple – a lot of questions are out there that I can’t personally answer, or I could, I just can’t.”

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H3CZ goes on to say that had he uploaded video content to YouTube during this time, he would have been giving fans “entertainment without any context or any substance”.

“I decided to let things continue to progress, to work behind the scene, and focus all my efforts into one specific project”, H3CZ said, explaining that he didn’t want to be ‘distracted’ by uploading his traditional daily vlog.

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On the 30th episode of his Eavesdrop Podcast, with long time OpTic member Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards, H3CZ went into more detail than ever before about the past 12 months, a turbulent period for the organization.

Although much of his personal feelings are now laid out, the future of the brand remains uncertain, and there appear to be forces at work out of H3CZ’s control.

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

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“Broken” Warzone skin is too hard to see & players aren’t happy about it

Published: 18/Oct/2020 22:48

by Theo Salaun

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Call of Duty: Warzone’s Season 5 Roze “Rook” operator is maddening players, as the small, dark silhouette is sometimes impossible to detect before getting killed.

Verdansk is a diverse environment and Modern Warfare’s operators are fittingly blessed with a varied assortment of camouflages. With the map spanning green, forested areas, dry, muted plains, and dark, indoor rooms, there is a lot of different scenery to keep track of.

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Within the map’s obscured nooks and crannies, one Season 5 operator skin has become a particular nuisance for players. Upon hitting Tier 100 on the preceding season’s Battle Pass, the Roze “Rook” skin was unlocked, offering fans a jet-black, sleek character to rock across Modern Warfare’s multiplayer and accompanying battle royale.

With the prevalence of close-quarters combat in dimly lit indoor spaces, players have begun pointing out just how impossible it is to see Roze in the game. 

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Roze’s Rook skin is easy to see in the light, but practically invisible in the dark.

In a screenshot shown by ‘bleedblue_knetic’ on Reddit, there appears to be an empty cell in the subterranean jails located below the Prison POI. But their teammate, ‘Deadalus,’ is highlighted as being right behind the cell’s bars. 

Even knowing someone is technically there, it is practically impossible to discern a character model behind the partial obstructions.

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As such, bleedblue_knetic’s post is titled simply: “I’ve never really seen anyone talk about it, but does anyone else think Roze skin is not okay?” In response, the vast majority of commenters agreed that this skin is an issue and is getting widely used by sweaty players because of how difficult it is to see in Warzone’s darker environments.

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One commenter summed it up succinctly: “It’s one of the most broken skins in the game.”

Another Redditor, ‘OJbeforethebadstuff,’ also replied with his own example of the Rook skin’s seeming invisibility. While their video settings appear to lack more brightness than necessary, it still demonstrates just how deadly Roze’s camouflage can be.

 

As seen in the video, the screen is darker than most players’ displays, but, nonetheless, the Roze that kills him is frankly invisible. It isn’t until you watch the kill cam that you realize there was a person actually standing there amongst the tables, waiting to secure an easy elimination.

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Usually, hacking is raised as a possibility when you’re killed by someone you can’t see. But, in this case, it appears that the Rook skin is simply svelte and dark enough to blend into indoor backgrounds perfectly.

Her hitbox isn’t technically smaller than others’ and she does appear in an obvious contrast when in bright environments, but so much of Warzone is played in dimmed locations that this is as meta a skin as the game has seen. Infinity Ward has yet to respond to complaints and it remains to be seen if some of the game’s niche visibility issues can be resolved.

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