New OpTic CoD Players Methodz and Octane Discuss The Pressure of Filling the Shoes of Past Legends - Dexerto
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New OpTic CoD Players Methodz and Octane Discuss The Pressure of Filling the Shoes of Past Legends

Published: 9/Jun/2018 16:47 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:04

by Calum Patterson


OpTic Gaming’s two newest Call of Duty recruits Sam “Octane” Larew and Anthony “Methodz” Zinni discuss the pressure they feel playing for OpTic and ‘filling the shoes’ of former players.

The roster change signalled the end of arguably the most dominant Call of Duty roster of all time, with three time world champion Damon “Karma” Barlow and 2017 World Champion and MVP Matthew “FormaL” Piper leaving the team.

Octane was the first choice replacement for FormaL, who moved in the opposite direction to join Luminosity, but it is known that Methodz was not the first choice replacement for Karma.

The team has started Division B of the CWL Pro League strongly however, currently sitting in 2nd place behind Rise Nation.

But with the caliber and legacy of previous OpTic rosters, fans will expect nothing less than 1st place, something which Methodz and Octane will undoubtedly be prepared for.

Speaking on the most recent episode of the CoD Cast, the weekly podcast hosted by former professional Anthony “NAMELESS” Wheeler, the two players opened up about their time so far, and the pressure they feel from fans.

Methodz: “It’s obviously big shoes to fill. We just got to play and win. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had more pressure on this team than like any team ever, and I think that would be [the same] for any person filling the shoes of Damon and Matt. I just have to zone it out.

I try to put it in its simplest form, just playing a video game against four human beings, I’m just going to go out there and play video games. It’s been working so far. But we haven’t played an open event, with the fans going nuts, so we’ll see.”


“It’s not that bad, I don’t really think about it. In terms of stepping into [FormaL’s] shoes, I view it as my own start, I don’t want to think of myself as trying to be [FormaL].

I don’t really want to step into his shoes, I want to do my own thing. When I sit down [to play], I just zone in, I don’t think about anything.”

OpTic will play in front of likely the largest crowd so far of the WWII season at the upcoming CWL Anaheim, which is traditionally the biggest open event of the year.

Coming into the tournament, OpTic are not likely to be many people’s favorites, with Rise still looking the strongest team, but the fans will still expect a first place finish nonetheless.

You can watch the full episode of the CoD Cast with OpTic Gaming below, with discussion of the pressure Methodz and Octane feel starting at around the 22:30 minute mark.

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Call of Duty 2021 leaks hint at new Modern Warfare follow up

Published: 30/Oct/2020 6:04

by Brad Norton


Before Black Ops Cold War arrives, we may already have our first hint of next year’s Call of Duty setting as a prominent leaker has teased a new Modern Warfare sequel.

While the Call of Duty franchise has 17 mainline entries covering a wide array of timelines, two names stand out as the most iconic. Both the Black Ops series and the Modern Warfare series have seen the most iterations over the years. 

Treyarch has already released four titles in the Black Ops series with Cold War just weeks away. Meanwhile, Infinity Ward has four entries in the Modern Warfare series, the original trilogy along with 2019’s reboot. Now, it seems as though a fifth could also be on the way with Infinity Ward at the helm.

Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software will reportedly be taking a back seat. Instead of the typical three-year development cycle, Infinity Ward has just two-years to work with. We’re still 12 months off from 2021’s mystery release, but we may already have our first details on next year’s title. 

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Could Price’s story continue in 2021’s Call of Duty?

“It’s looking like CoD for 2021 is another Modern Warfare title of some kind,” prominent leaker Tom Henderson revealed. Not a whole lot is known beyond that key detail, though the setting for the next release appears to be locked in. 

“Understandably not a lot of information as of yet, but it’s a modern-day setting,” he confirmed. Given Modern Warfare’s hard reboot with 2019’s release, could a new sequel be the next step? This would essentially bypass the original Modern Warfare 2 from 2009 if Activision opts for another identical title.

To avoid even more confusion, there’s a good chance the name is a little different, similar to how Black Ops added Cold War to the title for 2020’s drop, despite it being a direct follow up to Black Ops 1. So expect to see Modern Warfare: ‘something something’ as the likely 2021 title.

This could see a direct continuation from where 2019’s game left off. John Price is looking to assemble a team of classic characters to put a stop to Russian terrorist Victor Zakhaev. If Warzone’s ongoing storyline doesn’t beat the single-player campaign to the punch, this could be our objective in 2021’s release.

While this aspect is purely speculation, the leaker also considered the original Modern Warfare 2 being bundled in. No different from how Infinity Warfare launched with Modern Warfare remastered in 2016.

We’re still months away from any official information on the 2021 title, so take this with a grain of salt for now. Black Ops Cold War is the focus for Activision. Anything regarding next year’s game will be kept under wraps for quite some time yet.