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H3CZ is done answering questions about OpTic

Published: 31/Jan/2020 15:17 Updated: 4/May/2020 9:53

by Scott Robertson



During the Call of Duty Launch Weekend, Chicago Huntsmen CEO H3CZ spoke to Dexerto about the new league format, why Gary Vaynerchuk is important to CDL, and his thoughts on the OpTic vs Huntsmen rivalry.

The debut weekend of the CDL couldn’t have gone much better for the NRG-owned Call of Duty team, who finished the weekend with a perfect 2-0 record.

The star-studded roster got to play in the league’s opening match, and they dealt a blow to their rivals in the Dallas Empire while simultaneously responding to critics who said they weren’t a top-two team.

They followed that up with a dominant 3-0 showing over OpTic LA, but the Huntsmen’s boss insists that there’s no rivalry between the two. In fact, it looks like he’s done talking about his former brand altogether.

H3CZ flatly said “no” when asked if there was a rivalry with OpTic, and pushed to move on to the “next question” when asked to explain. The NRG co-CEO has maintained this position before and during Launch Weekend, and so have his star players in Seth ‘Scump’ Abner and Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper.

While both members of T2P have said it’s “all love” towards OGLA, the same can’t be said for Dallas Empire. After their 3-1 victory, both players fired off the trash talk on stage, and Scump even took it to the desk.

H3CZ acknowledged there’s a need for smack talk from a “showmanship” perspective, but doesn’t see much point to it being inserted artificially. “The drama is going to unveil the way it’s going to unveil.”

The drama between the Huntsmen and the Empire was unveiled before the season began, with the focus on the clash between former OpTic teammates Scump, FormaL, and Empire’s Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter.

The fiery buildup resulted in the opener between the two teams being one of the most-watched matches of the weekend, beaten only by Chicago’s bout with OpTic. Empire’s owner Mike ‘hastr0’ Rufail even indicated that perhaps the rivalry is more showmanship than actual beef.

Rivalries are one thing, but for the league to succeed, H3CZ says that it’s important for every brand to “build their own storyline,” and “letting people know who their players are.”

“When you get to know somebody, you’re more bound to want them to win if you relate to them in some way, somehow. And that’s what we’ve always done from the beginning.”

The beginning of the Hunstmen campaign for the first season of CDL is off to a hot start, as they sit at 2-0 record with Atlanta FaZe, Paris Legion, and Minnesota RØKKR.

Huntsmen and Legion will both look to remain undefeated when they head to CDL London in February.

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NICKMERCS rates the best Warzone players from to Scump to HusKerrs

Published: 24/Oct/2020 1:06

by Theo Salaun


Tasked with drafting a team for a Call of Duty: Warzone tournament, NICKMERCS went through some of the game’s biggest names, ranking them while determining who he would most want to duo with.

To start Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards’ $10,000 “Cracked Creators” Warzone tournament, 16 creators were tasked with drafting their duo from 16 “cracked” streamers.

As one of the creators allowed to select their tandem, NICKMERCS sifted through 16 of the game’s best to determine who he would prefer to play with.

Ultimately, the FaZe streamer ended up putting his decision to a poll among his fans. But, before doing so, he originally went through all 16 and gave thoughts on how each of them ranks. And the options were varied, but all shared one thing in common: talent.

With professional Call of Duty League players like Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper and Seth ‘Scump’ Abner available, as well as Warzone streamers like Aydan and HusKerrs, the candidates were excellent. Still, NICKMERCS sifted through and broke down who he truly believes ranks as the battle royale’s best.

Segment begins at 00:20:45.

NICKMERCS starts by going through the list and just expressing what an absolute struggle it will be to pick from such a talented crop of peers: “Oh, it’s going to be so hard to pick man … No matter what, everybody that I would pick from is cracked.” But, after going through and complimenting practically everybody, he starts the process of elimination.

Since Nick chooses second after DrDisrespect, he immediately eliminates Zlaner as Doc’s likely first pick. Then, he eliminates JoeWo with two simple reasons: “I’ve never played with him and every time I play against him, I beat that little ass.”

Then, BobbyPoff is gone: “BobbyPoff, I love the guy, but take him off the list.” And the “Scarf Lord” is followed quickly by the Chicago Huntsmen’s FormaL and Scump: “Love ‘em, love ‘em. But I feel like there’s better BR players.” After that, things start getting complicated.

Cracked Creators Warzone
The list of “cracked” players in Hitch’s Cracked Creators Warzone tournament.

Similar to Zlaner, Nick decides to sacrifice Merk so that he can play with his longtime duo, Maven. Then, recognizing that all of these remaining players are absolute menaces on Verdansk, he goes with two simple metrics to determine his personal preference. He immediately prioritizes controller players and the highest earners in Warzone tournaments.

That eliminates stars like HusKerrs and Symfuhny for their mouse and keyboard usage, while also eliminating Crowder and DougIsRaw for their low earnings. Finally, he eliminates Jukeyz because of his struggles understanding the UK maestro’s accent and decides to put the decision to a poll.


Ultimately, it’s between Aydan and Tommey, with Cloakzy popping on to let NICKMERCS know that Aydan’s been playing some Fortnite recently. That leaves the FaZe star choosing Tommey, noting that “he’s got great communication, phenomenal player, guaranteed to get some chopper kills off rip.”

Despite going through full rankings for his options and landing upon an excellent duo, the decision-making process proved to be futile. NICKMERCS and Tommey could only end in the Top 12 for the tournament, while the easily dismissed BobbyPoff actually came in first place.