As with all teams in the CWL Pro League, OpTic Gaming will be looking to recruit a substitute player for the 2019 season, and they have already reached out to a FaZe Clan star.
FaZe’s long time player Tommy ‘ZooMaa’ Paparatto fell short at the Pro League qualifier, as his side were eliminated by French side Overtime eSport.
Having never missed a season of the CWL Pro League, to see players of ZooMaa’s caliber not in the league was unthinkable for many fans.
But, it looks like ZooMaa will potentially sign with the CWL Las Vegas champions OpTic as their substitute – if contractual issues can be resolved.
During a live stream on January 26, ZooMaa revealed that he was “I was supposed to be a sub for OpTic, but there’s like contract things and stuff that needs to be settled, and I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Update: During a live stream on January 27, ZooMaa responded to a question regarding the status of his possible substitute position with OpTic.
The FaZe Clan player says he was “going to be” OpTic’s sub, but is not unsure if the move will go through due to contract complications.
Substitute players would still play in the amateur portion of events with a separate roster, but would be available to call upon if the Pro League team required their services.
It is likely that others from the FaZe Clan roster are selected as substitutes, and ZooMaa even suggested that his (now former) teammate Preston ‘Priestahh’ Greener has been recruited to a new team.
Dillon ‘Attach’ Price, McArthur ‘Cellium’ Jovel and James ‘Crowder’ Crowder are also potentially on the market for new teams and substitute positions.