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OpTic’s CouRage reveals why he left casting Call of Duty to stream full-time

Published: 23/Oct/2018 1:32 Updated: 6/Nov/2018 14:07

by Wyatt Donigan


OpTic Gaming streamer Jack ‘CouRage’ Dunlop opened up on Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez’s ‘The Eavesdrop Podcast’ about some of the major reasons why he decided to stop casting Call of Duty and switch to streaming full-time. 

CouRage was one of Call of Duty’s most prolific voices when he decided to step away from the scene to become a full-time streamer in early 2018.

Looking back on his career as a caster on H3CZ’s new podcast, CouRage talked in-depth about the long thought process that eventually led to him making the jump to stream full time.

As CouRage was recounting his career up to this point, he talked about how he came to the realization that he wanted to stream full-time.

“I need to try to go full-time at some point with this. When the time comes,” CouRage recalled. “That always was in the back of my head festering, from 2016 all the way to way I finally made the jump earlier this year.”

Before making that jump, CouRage continued casting and ended up rising the ranks to be part of the top casting duo along with Clint ‘Maven’ Evans. It was during the early stages of the WWII season when his outlook on casting began to change, though.

“The CoD: WWII season was just stupidly long,” CouRage said about the last season of the CWL. “The second week, I sat with my partner and was like, ‘I’m about to do this for the next six months and I’m already sick of Ardennes Forest CTF and I have to see that 150,000 more times.”

Soon after CouRage came to this realization about the WWII season which ran from December 2017 to August 2018, he received a follow-up call from OpTic about becoming a full-time streamer for the organization.

Since CouRage and OpTic had already been in talks prior to this conversation, the offer from OpTic was good enough for CouRage to step away from the CWL and start streaming full-time.

The move has been a very profitable and successful one for CouRage as he has risen the ranks as a popular streamer, even getting a $70K donation for winning a game of Fortnite on stream.

Even though he’s stepped away from the casting desk at the CWL, he’s found his way back to Call of Duty with his recent second-place finish during Dr Disrespect’s Code Red Tournament.

You can watch the full latest episode of ‘The Eavesdrop Podcast’ featuring CouRage and H3CZ below.

Full disclosure: OpTic CEO Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez is a minority shareholder in Dexerto Ltd

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NICKMERCS rates the best Warzone players from to Scump to HusKerrs

Published: 24/Oct/2020 1:06

by Theo Salaun


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.

Segment begins at 00:20:45.

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.

Cracked Creators Warzone
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.