In light of the OpTic Gaming acquisition and speculation over 100 Thieves’ possible Call of Duty League team, Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag has stymied hopes and updated fans on the “LA Thieves” progress.
Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez has made 2020 a little bit more palatable for Call of Duty fans by reportedly re-acquiring the OpTic Gaming IP and all of its underlying assets and resources. That puts him in and the CDL in an interesting position, as one owner cannot have a stake in two different teams, meaning that ownership of either the Chicago Huntsmen or OpTic Gaming Los Angeles will need to shift before the 2021 season.
As H3CZ is likely to maintain his Chicago squad, who placed third in the inaugural CDL Champs, the Los Angeles team spot formerly occupied by OGLA is presumably open for grabs — an exciting opportunity for interested organizations given the absence of league expansion this offseason.
One such organization is Nadeshot’s 100 Thieves, who have long been the subject of discussion as fans hope for Nadeshot to return to CoD, particularly in LA. Unfortunately, while the 100T founder likes the “LA Thieves” name and would want to rejoin the professional scene where his career started, he wants to dispel hopes that it will be happening anytime soon.
“LA Thieves has a nice ring to it. But, guys, we’re not really in a position to get back into Call of Duty. It’s really, really expensive, so we’ll see. Maybe down the road, in the future, I don’t know, but I don’t want you guys to get your hopes up.”
As he explains, buying a CDL spot is an incredibly hefty investment and he doesn’t believe that 100T is able to take that on just yet. While he does appreciate the LA Thieves branding possibilities and cites the potential for them to join the CDL “in the future,” he is reluctant to promise anything to fans in the short term.
Los Angeles Thieves
— Surge Loony (@Loony) October 1, 2020
Despite Nade curtailing hype, people remain convinced that his organization should be involved. With fans and professionals, like the Seattle Surge’s Daniel ‘Loony’ Loza, chiming in, it appears obvious that the LA Thieves dream won’t die, no matter how much it gets downplayed.
Considering his close relationship with H3CZ, the CoD community likely hopes that 100T can receive somewhat of a discount for the acquisition. In the meantime, perhaps the general hype surrounding the LA Thieves will be enough to persuade investors to help foot the bill.