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LA OpTic Call of Duty franchise announces roster featuring Dashy and TJHaLy

Published: 24/Oct/2019 16:10 Updated: 24/Oct/2019 17:44

by Scott Robertson


One of the two Los Angeles franchises for the upcoming CDL season, OpTic Gaming Los Angeles, have revealed their Call of Duty roster for the 2020 season, and it is packed with massive potential and championship-level talent.

The legacy of the OpTic Gaming brand is alive and well as the professional Call of Duty scene shifts into the franchise-model Call of Duty League that begins in 2020.

OpTic Gaming LA revealed their black-and-green branding on October 24, and also unveiled their starting roster for the upcoming season.


  • Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell
  • Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly
  • Jordan ‘JKap’ Kaplan
  • Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat
  • Kenny ‘Kenny’ Williams

The OpTic LA roster has roots that are deeply entrenched in the history of the OpTic Gaming brand. Both Dashy and TJHaLy most recently played for OpTic in the last Call of Duty Pro League, while veteran JKap played for them in 2011 and 2013.

Both SlasheR and Kenny join OpTic LA from the 100 Thieves organization, which was founded by legendary OpTic player Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag. Nadeshot revealed at the end of August that the 100 Thieves organization would not compete in the franchised Call of Duty league.

Dashy and TJHaLy will look to recreate the success they brought to OpTic when they joined after Black Ops 4 became the scene standard. They took home the trophy at CWL Las Vegas, and finished top three at CWL Anaheim, London, and the World Championships.

CWLThe OpTic Gaming roster after winning CWL Vegas

These results were achieved, however, during a time of turbulence and division within the OpTic roster, as former teammates and now Dallas Empire player Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter has claimed.

The two young OpTic guns are pressing on with championship-level teammates. Both SlasheR and JKap won the 2016 World Championship while on Team Envy, and JKap won the world title the year prior with Denial Esports. Kenny is another terrific young talent, who had a breakout year with Team Kaliber before becoming a top player on the 100T roster.

With a plethora of young talent with all-star potential, and the savvy play of championship-level veterans, OpTic LA are hoping to build a foundation for a team worthy of the legendary OpTic name.

Keep up with all of the offseason roster changes and player announcements via our dedicated Call of Duty League RosterMania hub.

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CDL Kickoff Classic 2021 – Mutineers make surprise comeback against FaZe

Published: 24/Jan/2021 0:30 Updated: 24/Jan/2021 2:10

by Albert Petrosyan


The Call of Duty League’s 2021 campaign is just around the corner, but before the Black Ops Cold War professional season starts, the preseason has kicked off with the Kickoff Classic – where fans finally get to see the league’s best compete.

  • Skyz and Mutineers come back from 2-1 to beat FaZe 3-2
  • Guerrillas outlast Surge in year’s first Map 5
  • iLLeY’s clutch plays ruin Clayster’s grudge match in 3-0 win vs. Subliners

CDL Kickoff Classic: Stream

CDL Kickoff Classic: Schedule & scores

Sunday, January 24

London Royal Ravens vs Paris Legion 12:00 PM 3:00 PM 8:00 PM 7:00 AM (Jan 25)
Toronto Ultra vs Minnesota ROKKR 1:30 PM 4:30 PM 9:30 PM 8:30 AM (Jan 25)
OpTic Chicago vs LA Thieves 3:00 PM 6:00 PM 11:00 PM 10:00 AM (Jan 25)

Saturday, January 23

Dallas Empire 3-0 New York Subliners 12:00 PM 3:00 PM 8:00 PM 7:00 AM (Jan 24)
LA Guerrillas 3-2 Seattle Surge 1:30 PM 4:30 PM 9:30 PM 8:30 AM (Jan 24)
Atlanta FaZe 2-3 Florida Mutineers 3:00 PM 6:00 PM 11:00 PM 10:00 AM (Jan 24)

Empire continue championship form, FaZe (and Surge) falter

The Dallas Empire were the best Call of Duty team in 2020 and that form has lasted into 2021. The day started with 2020 MVP Anthony ‘Shotzzy’ Cuevas-Castro racking up 35 kills and just 17 deaths with almost two minutes of hill time on Map 1, but then it became the Indervir ‘iLLeY’ Dhaliwal show as the upsurging player hit star form with some huge clutches.

With Empire cleaning up their former teammate James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks’ New York Subliners, the day moved on with two tight Map 5’s. First, Bryan ‘Apathy’ Zhelyazkov and the Los Angeles Guerrillas outdueled a revamped Seattle Surge 3-2 and then, in a twist few saw coming, the Florida Mutineers came back against the Atlanta FaZe.

As Cesar ‘Skyz’ Bueno returned to the form that earned him MVP candidacy in 2020, the Mutineers flew back from a 2-1 deficit and eventually clinched the 3-2 victory against a FaZe team who stood near the top of most standings for this season.

Sunday, January 24

CDL Kickoff Classic: Teams & players

With this being the first official CDL matches in Black Ops Cold War, a lot of eyes are watching how the new rosters perform. All 12 teams had to make at least one change due to the switch to a 4v4 format, with some opting to completely revamp their squads.

Former Huntsman, Arcitys, will make his debut for Atlanta FaZe against the new-look Florida Mutineers, one of the top teams from the 2020 season, while Toronto Ultra and Minnesota ROKKR will add another installment to their “Battle of the North” rivalry.

Team Players
Atlanta FaZe Simp, aBeZy, Cellium, Arcitys
Dallas Empire Crimsix, Shotzzy, Huke, iLLeY
Florida Mutineers Skyz, Havok, Owakening, Slacked
London Royal Ravens Seany, Alexx, Dylan, Zer0
Los Angeles Guerrillas SiLLY, Assault, Vivid, Apathy
Los Angeles Thieves SlasheR, Kenny, TJHaLy, Temp
Minnesota ROKKR Attach, Accuracy, Priestahh, MajorManiak
New York Subliners ZooMaa, Clayster, Mack, HyDra
OpTic Chicago Scump, FormaL, Envoy, Dashy
Paris Legion Skrapz, Classic, AquA, Fire
Seattle Surge Octane, Gunless, Prestinni, Loony
Toronto Ultra Methodz, Bance, CleanX, Cammy