If you know anything about esports then you will know about two legendary figures, Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez and Mike ‘Hastr0’ Rufail. They have dedicated more than 10 years of their life to Call Of Duty and the wider competitive gaming scene
The pair have been at the helm of some of the most successful teams in gaming and naturally, a rivalry was born very early on in the COD days. Fans were either a die-hard member of the Green Wall or they live and breathe Envy.
It is no coincidence that these two teams have dominated the Call Of Duty scene of the last 10 years. The players on these teams understood this rivalry and let it motivate them to win and gave them an extra reason to want to beat the best.
OpTic vs Envy went on to be known as the eClásico one of the most exciting and infamous fixtures at any COD tournament and this title has been passed down to Chicago vs Dallas in the Call of Duty League.
The Godfathers didn’t just stick around in one title, they branched out, with Rufail having plenty of success with his Counter-Strike team with Envy winning the DreamHack Cluj-Napoca major in 2015.
Rodriguez also branched out to multiple games including Halo where his team was dominant. They won the Halo World Championships in 2017 cementing themselves as the best team in the world. Though, nothing tops getting one over on your rival in the eClásico.
The OpTic Gaming Los Angeles franchise will end after just one season of competing in the CDL.
At this time, it’s not yet clear whether the league will allow H3CZ to rebrand his Chicago Huntsmen franchise to OpTic. Since he’s already the CEO of Huntsmen, his reacquisition of the OpTic brand meant that control of one of the two teams would eventually have to change hands once again.
According to recent reports from Esports Talk, the CDL was taking the stance that franchises should remain tied to the cities they were initially founded in. Thus, if H3CZ and NRG wanted their team to take on the OpTic Gaming insignia, they would have to sell the Huntsmen spot and move their Call of Duty operations to Los Angeles.
However, in those same reports, it was indicated that despite their initial unwillingness to enter the CDL, 100 Thieves and CEO Matt ‘Nadeshot’ Haag acquiring a spot was not totally out of the question, and now it’s come to fruition.
While brief, 100 Thieves’ first stint in competitive Call of Duty was a highly successful one.
While brief, 100 Thieves’ first stint in Call of Duty esports was a very successful one; the team captured two major trophies in the then-called CoD World League and finished second in the CWL World Championship.
100T’s team became a fan-favorite, and when Nadeshot announced that they’d be leaving the esport due to the transition to franchising, many were left disappointed, especially considering Haag’s extensive CoD background.
The only question that remains now is concerning their roster – whether or not Nadeshot or his org will want to make any personnel changes remains to be seen, but if not, many will still expect the team to be a contender, considering that three of the four players are top-tier with championship experience.
LA THIEVES’ EXPECTED 2021 CDL ROSTER:
Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat
Kenny ‘Kuavo’ Williams
Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly
Zack ‘Drazah’ Jordan
CoD stars SlasheR and Kenny are returning to 100 Thieves as members of LA Thieves.
For SlasheR and Kenny, this will be their second stint with 100T after previously featuring for the org in its lone season of competition. Similarly, General Manager Eric ‘Muddawg’ Sanders is also returning to the red and black after leaving them for OpTic when the org parted ways from CoD esports.
As always, we will continue to update this story and bring you the latest as more information becomes available.