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Hitch leaves OpTic Gaming and explains why “OpTic as you know it” is over

Published: 31/Aug/2019 12:15 Updated: 31/Aug/2019 12:33

by Joe Craven


Ex-OpTic Gaming content creator and videographer Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards has explained why OpTic as we all know it is over, in an emotional video, amid uncertainty surrounding the organization.

The future of fan-favorite organization OpTic Gaming has been up in the air since the news broke that Infinite Esports was selling to Immortals back in June

In the months since, a number of prominent names have left the OpTic brand, including Marcus ‘MBoZe’ Blanks and James ‘Spratt’ Spratt. Now, Hitch has confirmed his departure, and explained why OpTic as we all know it, is over. 

Instagram: hitchariideHitch has been a staple member of the Greenwall for four years.

In a YouTube video uploaded on August 30 entitled ‘Leaving OpTic Gaming’, Hitch does his best to articulate the situation surrounding OpTic and why he – and a number of others – have recently left the Greenwall. 

Hitch explained that he has been joking about the situation to make it more manageable, before simply stating that “OpTic is no more.” 

“The Infinite thing happened, didn’t work out,” he said. “The Immortals thing started, it reminded me a lot of the Infinite thing. A lot of us just didn’t want to play ball, so it’s time to leave.” 

(Timestamp: 3:55)

Many OpTic members stated that Infinite’s takeover back in 2017 led to a number of false promises and negative changes within the brand. Then, in mid-2019, Infinite was purchased by Immortals, despite founder H3CZ also tabling a bid to buy OpTic back. 

“OpTic as we know it, as you guys know it, has – I think that’s it,” he continued. “I think the plan for the name in the future is to become a Call of Duty team in LA.” 

While much surrounding the Call of Duty franchise league is unclear, it sounds like the Los Angeles spot purchased for OpTic Gaming will in some way feature the “OpTic” name, but this is the only part of the Greenwall that will remain. While previously a brand for content creation and other esports, Hitch confirms that’s all but over. 

MLGOpTic’s CoD roster seems to be the only part of OpTic Gaming that’s staying put.

However, he retains some optimism, explaining that OpTic isn’t really dead. “It’s more than just a logo, it’s more than just the green and black. It’s like a mindset, a mentality, and a family.”

He explained that he wants people to emerge from the mist and start new things, using MiDNiTE as an example. 

Among other topics, Hitch explained that he was frustrated by the “shitty stuff” that happened during 2018, but that OpTic has propelled people to do great things,  even if not officially under the OpTic banner. 

While OpTic Gaming may no longer be operating as the organization we have all grown to love, the content creators and people remain the same. As Hitch perfectly summarizes: “We were part of something wonderful. And just because that logo doesn’t exist anymore, in the way that we want it too, doesn’t mean that anything changes.” 

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LIVE: Twitch Rivals $250K Warzone Doritos Bowl Grand Finals: Team Iron takes lead

Published: 21/Jan/2021 22:30 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 0:04

by Brad Norton


The next major Call of Duty: Warzone event, the first custom since Black Ops Cold War’s integration, is here as the postponed Twitch Rivals Doritos Bowl is finally underway on January 21 . From every team in the private lobby to where you can watch, here’s everything you need to know as the event unfolds.

  • Team Iron leads the overall standings after two rounds.
  • Team UnRationaL is closing the gap just three points behind.
  • Top competitors include Aydan, HusKerrs and Tfue

Twitch Rivals Warzone Doritos Bowl Finals: Stream

The Twitch Rivals stream is the best choice for viewers who want to skip between the different teams with live commentary.

Among the top players to watch, fans can tune into Aydan or HusKerr‘s streams — each are ranked among Warzone’s best and the game’s highest earners.

Twitch Rivals Warzone Doritos Bowl Finals: Placements (LIVE)

Current Placement Team Points
1st its_iron, OPMarked, yeet 71
2nd UnRationaL, StayFinessen, Nickool 68
3rd HusKerrs, JoeWo, Symfuhny 42
4th zColorss, Frozone, aHTracTXII 41
5th aamerica, Med1cinee_, Royalize_ 37
6th gepege_, n4noFPS, Monin29_ 27
7th SuperVeryCoolGuyy, Yata, zenithxl 27
8th Aydan, Blazt, Rated 24
9th JerKy26, ScummN, Aus 23
10th BobbyPoffGaming, chun, Pieman 23

Twitch Rivals Warzone Doritos Bowl Finals: Results & recap

The first custom match got off an intense start with many of the biggest names dropping out early. While a handful of fan-favorite teams made it to the top 10, it was Team Iron that took out the emphatic win. They knocked out HusKerr’s in the closing moments to secure the victory with 17 kills to their name. They immediately jumped into first place with 42 points in total.

Iron and his Trio continued their reign atop the standings through the second round as well. However, UnRationaL began to close the gap with only three points separating the two teams.

Twitch Rivals Warzone Doritos Bowl Finals: Schedule

The event had two days of qualifiers, one open and one closed, helping decide the final 49 teams (24 qualifiers, 25 invitees) of trios that made it to the Finals on January 21. 

Date Time (PT) Time (ET) Time (GMT)
January 21 2 p.m. 5 p.m. 10 p.m.

Twitch Rivals Warzone Doritos Bowl Finals: Invited teams

25 teams have been invited to compete in the Twitch Rivals Warzone Doritos Bowl. From the most popular streamers to veteran competitors, all of the biggest names were dropped into the same lobby. Alongside the invited Trios, 24 qualifying teams are also in the lobby.

Twitch Rivals Doritos Bowl Teams
Tfue, Destroy, ClutchBelk
Kalei, xcudi, Pz_Blue
IceManIsaac, exzachtt, Rallied
Swagg, GD_booya, SuperEvan
TeePee, DouisRaw, Merk
Tommey, AlmxndTV, newbz
HusKerrs, JoeWo, Symfuhny
LEGIQN, babydillster, x2Pac_ThuGLorD
p90princess, ReelMason, AngelWalks
LuckyChamu, Repullze, KuyaJay
BobbyPoffGaming, chun, Pieman
aamerica, Med1cinee_, Royalize_
its_iron, OPMarked, yeet
JaredFPS, Bartonologist, RussDaddy
UnRationaL, StayFinessen, Nickool
ProblemWright, Braxtvn, stukawaki
42Devon42, GalvanizeCOD, Enable
Pamaj, Dirty, JHaZeGV
SebasBeron, FadezIV, galex
Aydan, Blazt, Rated
jordy2d, Sallyisadog, LoochyTV
ItsMeRachelG, ukforty, mnavo
1Bibby, JoshuaAlfaro, AznBoi
METZY_B, kyrptic_j0ker, Unifyz
PRAY3RS, NobuSpartan, bbreadman

Twitch Rivals Warzone Doritos Bowl Finals: Format

For this major Warzone event, teams are playing in private lobbies, opposed to the usual kill-race format. There are 49 teams in total as every Trio battles it out in the same match.

Points are accumulated across five lobbies as placement and kills are all-important. Each elimination is worth one point and more points are awarded for a better finish. The full point structure can be seen below.

Placement Points
1st 25
2nd 20
3rd 15
4th 10
5th-7th 7
8th-10th 4
11th-15th 2
16th-20th 1

With $250,000 on the line, fans are very curious to find out which of these esteemed competitors can rise up. Unlike traditional Warzone tournaments, the private lobby ensures that everyone will be facing off against the best of the best and that no SBMM lobby luck can come into play.

As the first custom tournament since Black Ops Cold War’s integration and the first major tourney since the DMR’s second wave of nerfs, this is a major stepping stone for the Warzone community and an excellent chance to see more cautious gameplay in an evolving meta.