Former OpTic Gaming member and professional Call of Duty player Marcus 'MBoZe' Blanks has joined the Chicago Huntsmen Call of Duty League team as one of their substitutes for the 2020 season.
With only a month left until the 2020 Call of Duty League season kicks off, the 12 participating franchises have been finalizing their rosters and staff ahead of what is expected to be an exciting inaugural campaign.
On December 24, the Chicago Huntsmen announced MBoZe as their second substitute, reuniting him with several former members of OpTic Gaming, including Hector 'H3CZ' Rodriguez, Seth 'Scump' Abner, and Matthew 'FormaL' Piper.
He will be joining Jordan 'General' General on the Hunstmen's bench, and with CDL rules requiring teams to have a minimum of seven players on their active roster, Chicago won't have to sign any more substitutes to be eligible for the league.
CHICAGO HUNSTMEN 2020 CDL ROSTER
- Seth 'Scump' Abner
- Matthew 'FormaL' Piper
- Alec 'Arcitys' Sanderson
- Dylan 'Envoy' Hannon
- Peirce 'Gunless' Hillman
- Jordan 'General' General (sub)
- Marcus 'MBoZe' Blanks (sub)
— Chicago Huntsmen (@Huntsmen) December 24, 2019
MBoZe returns to competing after long hiatus
While he's always been involved with the Call of Duty community, MBoZe hasn't actively competed for several years now. Since leaving OpTic Nation in 2015 to become a content creator for the Green Wall, he's only made two appearances at CoD events, both relatively unsuccessful.
He briefly unretired in 2017 to join Ground Zero, but that experiment lasted for about a month and the squad never actually attended any tournaments.
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However, when discussing his move to Huntsmen, MBoZe revealed what ultimately pushed him to come back and try to compete again.
"The main reason that makes me want to play is that I see people that I've had the upper hand over in every situation," he explained. "So when I see other people rising to where I was, I feel like I could have been higher or taken to a new level, and that makes me want to come back and compete again."
He went on to explain that his absence from the main stage wasn't due to him not wanting to compete, because his passion for the esport still burns as strongly as ever.
"I'm coming back to compete just because I have a love for Call of Duty, it's always been my love," he said. "I obviously didn't want to stop playing but I had to for certain reasons. I've always wanted to play, always tried to play every year. It wasn't like I just dropped it. I have an opportunity with good teammates, so of course, I can't pass this opportunity up. CoD's my niche, I know I'm good at Call of Duty, this is what I love to do."
You can catch up on all of the offseason player signings and roster moves via our Call of Duty League offseason RosterMania hub. The 2020 CDL regular season kicks off with the Launch Weekend on January 24-26 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.