Call of Duty: OpTic Gaming stars react to their CWL Las Vegas win - Scump, Crimsix, Dashy and more - Dexerto
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Call of Duty: OpTic Gaming stars react to their CWL Las Vegas win – Scump, Crimsix, Dashy and more

Published: 10/Dec/2018 10:22 Updated: 10/Dec/2018 10:51

by Ross Deason


CWL Las Vegas, the first Call of Duty event of the Black Ops 4 season, saw OpTic Gaming return to the top after a year of disappointments and poor results.

The team that had ruled the roost in competitive CoD for so long never found their footing in WWII and some community members and pundits believed that they would never find their 2017 World Championship winning form again.

However, the return of Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow and the addition of youngsters Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell and Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly upon the release of Black Ops 4 seemed to breathe new life into the team, and their online form was impressive from day one.

The CWL Las Vegas Grand Final victory over eUnited clearly meant a huge amount to the OpTic players, their organization and their loyal fanbase. Once the dust had settled, each member of the squad took to Twitter to share their thoughts.

Seth ‘Scump’ Abner, the team’s captain and longest serving member, had the worst year of his career in WWII. To celebrate the end of his championship drought, he simply posted one of his classic trophy shots:

Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter, the Call of Duty with the most championships to his name, said that he was immensely proud of his team.

He followed that up by Tweeting Halo legend Tom ‘OGRE2’ Ryan to say that he has his sights set on the former Final Boss star’s record of 40 major event wins and that it would be an honor to match it.

Three-time world champion Karma Barlow was dropped from OpTic’s WWII roster in May as they desperately sought for a solution to their slump. Both Scump and Crimsix have talked about regretting that decision, and they were desperate to get him back for Black Ops 4.

Despite not playing Call of Duty since being dropped, Karma quickly found his feet again when he rejoined in October. His post-Vegas Tweet focused on how grateful he is to have a chance to rebuild the OpTic dynasty:

Dashy was many people’s pick for MVP of the tournament. The 19-year-old was in incredible form throughout the weekend and his first major event win was thoroughly deserved.

After lifting the trophy he was clearly lost for words:

TJ had by far the most success of anyone on the roster in WWII, winning three CWL Open events over the course of the season with Rise Nation.

The 19-year-old, who is known for his Search and Destroy prowess, summed up his feelings with the classic saying of OpTic’s owner, Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez, reminding the Green Wall to trust the process:

The team’s coach, Tyler ‘TeePee’ Polchow, is a former world champion in his own right and regularly looked frustrated with OpTic’s underperformance in WWII.

The veteran player made it clear that the squad had worked incredibly hard for the win before pointing out that CWL Las Vegas was also his first title as a coach:

After living up to the hype by winning the first event of the season, OpTic’s goal for the rest of the year is a clear one: win everything.

While they didn’t drop a single series all weekend, they were pushed to the limit by Splyce and had close games against eUnited. All of their competitors will now be focused on finding a way to be first team of the year to knock down the Green Wall.

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Black Ops Cold War Season 1 teaser all but confirms Rebirth Island map

Published: 5/Dec/2020 0:31

by Tanner Pierce


During the announcement that Black Ops Cold War Season 1 and it’s subsequent Warzone integration would be slightly delayed by six days, the developers released a teaser image that all but confirms that the new map will involve Rebirth Island.

Earlier today, the CoD community was taken aback by the fact that the first post-launch content season for Black Ops Cold War had been officially delayed by six days.

While the delay isn’t long by any stretch of the imagination, many fans have been eager for more content, including the integration with Warzone, which so far we didn’t have many official details on.

But during the news, Treyarch dropped a teaser image for the season which at first glance might not show off much but if you look closely pretty much confirms all of the leaks that have come out over the last month or so.

Rebirth Island was originally teased in the Season 1 roadmap for Black Ops Cold War.

At the top of the teaser image, which says that Season 1 is coming on December 16, fans can see that a few phrases in red blurred out in varying degrees. Upping the brightness of the image in Photoshop reveals a few cool, interesting details.

The first is a set of coordinates at the very top of the image. Inputting that latitude and longitude into Google Maps will take you to the real-life Vozrozhdeniya Island in Uzbekistan, otherwise known as Rebirth Island. Beyond that, the phrase “Rebirth Island” can actually be seen in the image as well.

While both of these can be seen normally in the base image, they are way easier to see after it’s been brightened.

Brighting the teaser image in Photoshop reveals coordinates for the real-life Rebirth Island.

This all but confirms the leaks that Rebirth Island will be coming to the game when the integration happens and given the fact that the developers have already confirmed a new map for the season, it’s almost certainly this one.

As with with any other rumor or speculation, take this with a grain of salt, however, fans will likely be getting their first look at Rebirth Island sometime within the next week or two so keep an eye out for that.

Until then, keep it locked to Dexerto for more about Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.