Rumors of Anthony 'Methodz' Zinni departure from the OpTic Gaming Call of Duty roster have been circling for some time now, and his teammate Ian 'Crimsix' Porter has hinted strongly towards it in a series of Reddit comments.
The announcement from the CWL that CoD esports would be shifting to a 5v5 format rather than 4v4 has suddenly expedited the ongoing Rostermania, with both Red Reserve and Team Envy already making official moves.
And OpTic Gaming could be next, as Crimsix has hinted that Methodz is off the team - despite roster rules stipulating that teams must retain three members of their roster from last year's Stage Two, to ensure pool play at the first event.
After this roster rule was introduced, some believed that OpTic would be forced to keep Methodz, or else lose their guaranteed pool play spot at CWL Vegas (the first event of the Black Ops 4 season).
However, Crimisix' first Reddit comment seemed to suggest that this rule wouldn't change their plans for dropping Methodz, stating that he would "rather go through open [bracket]", than keep Methodz on the roster.
And this wasn't all, as Crimsix later made another comment to confirm that he was indeed referring to dropping Methodz from the roster.
When another user said "All it confirms is that Methodz is off the team", Crimsix replied with a simple ^ , giving affirmation.
Speculation as to the final five man roster is that Crimsix and Seth 'Scump' Abner will be joined by Thomas 'TJHaLy' Haly and Brandon 'Dashy' Otell, plus one other player, but nothing is confirmed.
Many OpTic fans are hopeful to see the return of three time world champion Damon 'Karma' Barlow, but comments previously made by Karma himself seemed to rule it out.