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OpTic Gaming LA part ways with coach Pacman following CDL Florida run

Published: 12/May/2020 3:51

by Brad Norton


OpTic Gaming Los Angeles (OGLA) has parted ways with head coach Jonathan ‘Pacman’ Tucker following a major roster shuffle and a second-place finish at the CDL Florida Home Series.

With Jordan ‘JKap’ Kaplan rotated out of OGLA’s starting roster and Martin ‘Chino’ Chino stepping up, the team recorded its best placement to date last weekend. The May 8 to May 10 Florida Home Series saw the previously struggling squad emerge with a second-place finish.

Despite the drastic shakeup and subsequent results, the CDL organization has bid farewell to its first and only coach in Pacman.

Former pro player turned broadcast talent, Pacman was announced as OpTic’s head coach on January 8. Just four months later, his tenure has come to an end.

“I am no longer a part of OpTic Gaming,” he revealed in a May 11 tweet. “I will miss being with the team on a daily basis but my time here has come to an end.”

While a plethora of CoD veterans and industry icons replied to his announcement, many of OpTic’s players have yet to comment on the departure.

Kenny ‘Kuavo’ Williams responded to Pacman’s post simply wishing him luck. For the time being, there’s no telling who may fill his shoes as OpTic proceeds forward without a coach.

As for what comes next, Pacman assured fans that he’ll be sticking around the competitive Call of Duty scene.

“I have spent the last decade of my life in call of duty and will be looking for the next opportunity that arises for me in cod esports.”

Perhaps another team could benefit from his coaching experience, or maybe we’ll even see him back on the broadcast desk as an analyst. Only time will tell where he may end up.

2019-07-19 – CWL Miami / Photo: Robert Paul for Activision Blizzard

On the back of an impressive showing at the Florida Home Series, OGLA currently sits in seventh place overall in the CDL standings.

The team is scheduled to compete at the upcoming Seattle event on May 22 where they will first square off with the Minnesota Rokkr.

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Team Tommey wins $20K Totino’s Black Ops Brawl tourney: Final results

Published: 25/Nov/2020 1:25 Updated: 25/Nov/2020 1:36

by Jacob Hale


Totino’s was the latest to host a massive esports event with $20,000 on the line in one of the first proper  Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War tournaments, one that featured top pro players and some of the most popular streamers.

Over the years, we’ve seen the frozen pizza brand host tournaments in multiple games as well as form sponsorships with the likes of 100 Thieves, who recently entered the Call of Duty League with the LA Thieves.

Now, with Black Ops Cold War out and players starting to really get to grips with the game, they teamed up with a number of top names in Call of Duty, including the Minnesota RØKKR CDL team, to put on a show for fans. Here’s everything you need to catch up on the event.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl recap

With a single-elimination bracket, teams only had one life to prove themselves with. As a result, four teams were immediately knocked out from the first round with no chance at redemption. Nameless, Swagg, Hitch, and Symfuhny all crashed out of the competition early on with their teams taken down right away.

While Tommey’s team advanced through to the grand final, they met a dominant force in the last series of the day. TeeP and his stacked squad refused to drop a map throughout the day. They came away with 3-0 wins over Symfuhny and Crowder to land in the finals.

The opening Hardpoint on Moscow came down to the wire with TeeP’s team narrowly edging it out. However, the next SnD on Miami was the polar opposite. Tommey’s team struck back with an insane 6-0 performance to tie things up. From here on out, their team kept the momentum rolling and closed out the grand final victory.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl results

Black Ops Brawl event
The final bracket for Totino’s Black Ops Brawl.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl stream & schedule

The Totino’s Black Ops Brawl was a four-hour event that took place on Tuesday, November 24.

The show kicked off at 3pm ET (12pm PT/8pm GMT) live from Totino’s Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded here for you to easily rewatch.

It was hosted by Call of Duty League casters Joe ‘Merk’ Deluca and Clint ‘Maven’ Evans, with $20,000 on the line for competing teams.

Who played in the Black Ops Brawl event?

From the most accomplished pro players to the most popular streamers, plenty of big names got involved in this $20k competition. If you’ve been following Cold War events since launch, all of the familiar faces turned out for this one as well. Simp, Tommey, Shotzzy, and Symfuhny were just a handful of names that got involved. Below is a full overview of the captains for the Black Ops Brawl tournament.

  • Symfuhny
  • Swagg
  • Tommey
  • Censor
  • Crowder
  • Hitch
  • Nameless
  • TeePee
Totino's Black Ops Brawl casters Merk and Maven
Merk and Maven hosted the Black Ops Brawl.

Format and prize pool

Eight teams were lined up for the start of the event as the single-elimination bracket got underway. One series loss was all anyone could afford. In total, the winning team had to get through three consecutive best of three matchups against the top challengers.

As for the prize pool, there was $20,000 on the line, with $15,000 going directly to the winning team and the remaining $5,000 going to the team that finished in second place.