Last year’s Call of Duty: WWII brought the return of lots of former professional players to the scene, and Black Ops 4 may have given OpTic’s Will ‘BigTymeR’ Johnson the “itch” to compete again.
It has been over four years since BigTymeR last competed in professional Call of Duty, retiring during the Call of Duty: Ghosts season.
His legacy is still intact however, known as one of the all time greats, winning nine championships in his some five years competing, including the 2011 COD XP with OpTic Gaming, netting $400,000.
His long time teammate, Ray ‘Rambo’ Lussier, now a game designer with CoD developer Sledgehammer Games, played alongside BigT for much of their early careers, winning multiple tournaments together.
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And it sounds like the pair could be considering a return, with the open event at CWL Vegas on the horizon. During a recent live stream, BigTymeR said he had the “itch”, and really wanted to beat some people.
“We going to Vegas or what? Let’s do this shit, I’m ready.” BigTymeR says. Rambo points out that they have never attended an open event and not made it out to the championship bracket, and BigTymeR is confident they could keep that run going.
As Rambo points out however, it’s not just about them, as they would need three other “really good players” in order to have a chance to compete, with the move to 5v5 making a stacked roster even more important.
CWL Vegas takes place on December 7-9, so if BigTymeR and Rambo are serious about competing, they only have around a month to put a squad together, although with their connections in the scene they probably could.