According to the former CoD pro though, 100 Thieves very nearly didn’t exist, as he revealed that he was offered the opportunity to own a stake in FaZe Clan shortly after his departure from OpTic Gaming.
Nadeshot is the CEO and founder of 100 Thieves.
In the June 20 episode of his Selfmade podcast, Nadeshot revealed that after exiting OpTic back in 2015, he received an offer to join the ownership structure of FaZe Clan, and that guest Justine ‘iJustine’ Ezarik and her sister Jenna convinced him to not to.
“I’ve never talked about this before, I was offered a pretty sizeable equity stake in FaZe Clan,” the 26-year-old stated. “I left OpTic, I was on my own, I’m still good friends with a lot of the guys over there, and I could have been a very significant owner of FaZe Clan.”
“I love what they’re doing, and they have a very unique spin on esports and content. But [iJustine] and Jenna were always like ‘No, don’t do it, red flag. Do it on your own. It’s not yours, that legacy has already been created.’”
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Nadeshot eventually agreed with the Ezariks’ opinion, creating 100 Thieves which has grown into a worldwide name in esports and content.
The organization has disappointed in League of Legends, their first esports title, throughout 2019 with extremely poor results, but their Call of Duty squad’s back-to-back major wins set them up as favorites for the World Championships which take place in August.
The landscape of esports could have been very different though, especially if Nadeshot had chosen to link up with FaZe Clan after his OpTic departure.
Tasked with drafting a team for a Call of Duty: Warzone tournament, NICKMERCS went through some of the game’s biggest names, ranking them while determining who he would most want to duo with.
To start Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards’ $10,000 “Cracked Creators” Warzone tournament, 16 creators were tasked with drafting their duo from 16 “cracked” streamers.
As one of the creators allowed to select their tandem, NICKMERCS sifted through 16 of the game’s best to determine who he would prefer to play with.
Ultimately, the FaZe streamer ended up putting his decision to a poll among his fans. But, before doing so, he originally went through all 16 and gave thoughts on how each of them ranks. And the options were varied, but all shared one thing in common: talent.
With professional Call of Duty League players like Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper and Seth ‘Scump’ Abner available, as well as Warzone streamers like Aydan and HusKerrs, the candidates were excellent. Still, NICKMERCS sifted through and broke down who he truly believes ranks as the battle royale’s best.
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NICKMERCS starts by going through the list and just expressing what an absolute struggle it will be to pick from such a talented crop of peers: “Oh, it’s going to be so hard to pick man … No matter what, everybody that I would pick from is cracked.” But, after going through and complimenting practically everybody, he starts the process of elimination.
Since Nick chooses second after DrDisrespect, he immediately eliminates Zlaner as Doc’s likely first pick. Then, he eliminates JoeWo with two simple reasons: “I’ve never played with him and every time I play against him, I beat that little ass.”
Then, BobbyPoff is gone: “BobbyPoff, I love the guy, but take him off the list.” And the “Scarf Lord” is followed quickly by the Chicago Huntsmen’s FormaL and Scump: “Love ‘em, love ‘em. But I feel like there’s better BR players.” After that, things start getting complicated.
The list of “cracked” players in Hitch’s Cracked Creators Warzone tournament.
Similar to Zlaner, Nick decides to sacrifice Merk so that he can play with his longtime duo, Maven. Then, recognizing that all of these remaining players are absolute menaces on Verdansk, he goes with two simple metrics to determine his personal preference. He immediately prioritizes controller players and the highest earners in Warzone tournaments.
That eliminates stars like HusKerrs and Symfuhny for their mouse and keyboard usage, while also eliminating Crowder and DougIsRaw for their low earnings. Finally, he eliminates Jukeyz because of his struggles understanding the UK maestro’s accent and decides to put the decision to a poll.
Ultimately, it’s between Aydan and Tommey, with Cloakzy popping on to let NICKMERCS know that Aydan’s been playing some Fortnite recently. That leaves the FaZe star choosing Tommey, noting that “he’s got great communication, phenomenal player, guaranteed to get some chopper kills off rip.”
Despite going through full rankings for his options and landing upon an excellent duo, the decision-making process proved to be futile. NICKMERCS and Tommey could only end in the Top 12 for the tournament, while the easily dismissed BobbyPoff actually came in first place.