H3CZ and OpTic Gaming players react after placing 3rd at last CoD Champs ever - Dexerto
Call of Duty

H3CZ and OpTic Gaming players react after placing 3rd at last CoD Champs ever

Published: 18/Aug/2019 22:13 Updated: 19/Aug/2019 12:04

by Albert Petrosyan


Reactions have started pouring in from OpTic Gaming CEO Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez and their pro Call of Duty players after the team was eliminated from the 2019 CWL Championship on August 18.

OpTic Gaming’s journey at CoD Champs came to a screeching halt at the hands of rivals 100 Thieves, who handed them a dominant loss on the fifth and final day of the competition. 

With the loss, they came in third at the $2 million tournament, and while that may be a superb placement for almost every other team, the Green Wall will see it as falling below expectations. 

What makes the result even more emotional is that this is the final CoD Champs in its current form. With the esport transitioning to a franchised model next season, the competitive structure is in store for a massive change. 

Furthermore, following Immortal Gaming Club’s recent takeover of the OpTic brand, there are strong indications that most, if not all, of the players will be moving on after this season. 

Following the loss, the players turned to Twitter to let out their emotions, and Seth ‘Scump’ Abner’s broken heart emoji was really all the needed to be said.

“Lost a 5-3 to go up 2-0 to losing six straight maps,” he tweeted. “Such a sad way to end this year. We put everything we had into this too. Heartbroken. Good games eUnited and 100 Thieves.”

Always passionate, Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter had a strong response to their devastating exit, while revealing that he had been feeling ill all morning.

“Good games eUnited and 100 Thieves,” he wrote. “We got outclass. Failed to show up today. Not sure what I ate this morning but I’ve been fighting back puke all day. Fucking feel terrible.”

Heartbreak came up again in Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell’s reaction, as he apologized to fans for “letting everyone down.”

“Didn’t play like myself today,” he said. “Sorry to let everyone down. F*cking heartbreaking man, we were so close.”

The other half of OpTic’s young superstar duo, Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly, knows that losing such a big tournament the way they did is one that’s going to be hard to forget.

“That 5-3 lead is going to sting for a long time,” he tweeted. “So sad man, felt like this tournament was our’s.” 

Tyler ‘TeePee’ Polchow, the mastermind coach that has been hard at work behind-the-scenes making sure the teams runs at its best, injected a little bit of positivity into the otherwise melancholy mood.

“Third place, good games to 100 Thieves and eUnited,” he said. “This felt like the one. Proud of the boys for the quick turnaround after such a bad Miami. I wanted this last one so bad for the Green Wall.”

As for H3CZ, his post following the loss was a bit more full of nostalgic emotion than that of the players, perhaps because he knows that a lot of things are about to change with OpTic in the near future. 

“Your support drives me, and this memento from the Green Wall has instantly become one of my favorite things in life,” he wrote. “Thank you, thank you, thank you. My name is HECZ, and I’m a member of the Green Wall.”

While the future of OpTic Gaming as a brand and a Call of Duty team may be clouded with uncertainty, there is no doubting the legacy it has left in the esport.

As long competitive CoD exists, the Green Wall will be a permanent fixture in its history, no matter what lays in the weeks, months, and years ahead. 

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

Call of Duty

3 tips to help you survive Black Ops Cold War’s new Zombies Cranked mode

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:40

by Tanner Pierce


With the release of Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch has added Cranked into the game’s Zombies mode – and it’s pretty different from the standard version, requiring some completely separate strategies. 

While Cranked in Call of Duty games is nothing new, having debuted all the way back in 2013’s Ghosts, what is different is a Zombies version of the mode, which was just added to Black Ops Cold War during the game’s midseason update.

The concept is simple: You’re given a timer, and when that timer reaches 0, you explode and die. With each kill, however, your timer resets, giving you more time to keep on grinding. It’s an incredibly fast-paced mode in normal multiplayer, and the Zombies version is even more hectic – but there are some tips you can utilize to help you survive longer.

Pace out your kills

Pacing out your kills in Cranked is important due to the fact that you only need one kill to reset your timer.

In standard Cranked, players are usually scrambling to get kills. In a 5v5 or 6v6, it makes sense, considering there’s only a limited amount of potential targets, and if you can’t find anyone, you’ll die easily due to the timer running out.

With BOCW Zombies Cranked, the opposite is true. There’s always an abundance of enemies and, while it’s not impossible to run out of targets, generally speaking, they’ll keep on spawning (there’s not even a break in-between rounds).

Because of this, there’s no need to be mowing down Zombies as one does in the normal mode. Instead, if you’re feeling overwhelmed (or if you want to get something done like Pack-A-Punching your weapon), try running away from the enemies for a while to get your bearings.

Remember, all it takes is one kill to reset your timer. If you find it running out, just look behind you at the horde you’ve surely amounted, kill one Zombie, and then move along with your business. Wasting your time mowing down each and every zombie can cost you your game.

With all that being said, don’t think you can run away from the Zombies with no problem; if you get too far away, you’ll find yourself struggling for kills, so it’s best if you stay nearby.

Use fast-reloading weapons and attachments

You’ll want to use weapons that can be reloaded quickly in Cranked.

In normal Zombies, using a LMG is sort of required during late-game conflicts, as it allows you to mow down Zombies with greater power. In Cranked, speed is king, so it might be better to use something smaller like an SMG.

Reloading fast is essential in Cranked, as you can easily become overrun. Even though it does have a lot of power, you don’t want to waste your time on the horrendously slow reload time found on LMGs. If you want an even faster reload time, you could even throw a fast-mag onto your SMG, and get it done even quicker.

In addition, SMGs have the added benefit of allowing you to run faster, meaning you’ll be able to evade Zombies even better than you would before.

Always go for the Timer Freeze power up

Remembering these tips can be the difference between surviving or dying early on.

Treyarch has implemented a brand new power-up that’s exclusive to the Cranked game mode: Timer Freeze. With this, players will be able to stop their countdown timer for around 15 seconds or so, giving them a breather.

While this might seem obvious to point out, you’ll want to go for those as much as possible. Getting one at the start of your game is not too important, but it’s especially critical when you get into the late game.

As the mode goes on, your timer will get shorter and shorter, meaning every break you get becomes more and more important. Having that 15 second breather seems like an eternity once you get it, so missing out on one can hurt you a lot – sometimes costing you your life.

While Cranked is incredibly fast-paced, it’s really not that bad if you know what you’re doing. If you remember these tips, you shouldn’t have as much of a problem.