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OpTic Gaming’s H3CZ confirms date and opponents for CoD bootcamp before CWL Las Vegas

Published: 30/Nov/2018 13:52 Updated: 30/Nov/2018 14:32

by Connor Bennett


OpTic Gaming’s Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez has confirmed when his new look Call of Duty roster will begin their LAN preparations for CWL Las Vegas and who they will be facing off against. 

While streaming team practice, OpTic Gaming Call of Duty captain Seth ‘Scump’ Abner confirmed that his teammates would be headed to H3CZ’s new office – the H3CZQuarters – for a few days of LAN practice.

The new-look squad of Scump, Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter, Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow, Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell and Thomas ‘TJHaly’ Haly have dominated the early online tournaments in Black Ops 4 but have yet to experience the game on LAN.

H3CZ confirmed that two Dallas based teams – Team Envy and eUnited – would be OpTic’s practice partners before Vegas.

OpTic will be playing against Team Envy in a practice eClasico showdown on Saturday and Sunday – December 1st and 2nd. The Greenwall will then switch their focus to the new-look eUnited squad as the teams will practice together on Monday and Tuesday – December 3rd and 4th.

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Scump and co have already faced off against both teams online, regularly practising against eUnited’s new roster. 

They have also done battle with Patrick ‘Aches’ Price’s Envy squad but not on the same almost nightly basis as they have with eUnited.

However, the LAN practice will be vital for every team as the game can feel much different in an offline setting.

DexertoTJHaly will look to revitalise the OpTic roster after a dreadful season in WW2.

The OpTic squad will then head out to Vegas on Wednesday, December 5, as they get into competitive action on Friday, December 7. They have already been drawn in Pool D alongside Splyce, G2, a play-in bracket team and an open bracket squad.

Disclaimer: Hector Rodriguez is a minority shareholder in Dexerto Ltd.

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NICKMERCS rates the best Warzone players from to Scump to HusKerrs

Published: 24/Oct/2020 1:06

by Theo Salaun


Tasked with drafting a team for a Call of Duty: Warzone tournament, NICKMERCS went through some of the game’s biggest names, ranking them while determining who he would most want to duo with.

To start Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards’ $10,000 “Cracked Creators” Warzone tournament, 16 creators were tasked with drafting their duo from 16 “cracked” streamers.

As one of the creators allowed to select their tandem, NICKMERCS sifted through 16 of the game’s best to determine who he would prefer to play with.

Ultimately, the FaZe streamer ended up putting his decision to a poll among his fans. But, before doing so, he originally went through all 16 and gave thoughts on how each of them ranks. And the options were varied, but all shared one thing in common: talent.

With professional Call of Duty League players like Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper and Seth ‘Scump’ Abner available, as well as Warzone streamers like Aydan and HusKerrs, the candidates were excellent. Still, NICKMERCS sifted through and broke down who he truly believes ranks as the battle royale’s best.

Segment begins at 00:20:45.

NICKMERCS starts by going through the list and just expressing what an absolute struggle it will be to pick from such a talented crop of peers: “Oh, it’s going to be so hard to pick man … No matter what, everybody that I would pick from is cracked.” But, after going through and complimenting practically everybody, he starts the process of elimination.

Since Nick chooses second after DrDisrespect, he immediately eliminates Zlaner as Doc’s likely first pick. Then, he eliminates JoeWo with two simple reasons: “I’ve never played with him and every time I play against him, I beat that little ass.”

Then, BobbyPoff is gone: “BobbyPoff, I love the guy, but take him off the list.” And the “Scarf Lord” is followed quickly by the Chicago Huntsmen’s FormaL and Scump: “Love ‘em, love ‘em. But I feel like there’s better BR players.” After that, things start getting complicated.

Cracked Creators Warzone
The list of “cracked” players in Hitch’s Cracked Creators Warzone tournament.

Similar to Zlaner, Nick decides to sacrifice Merk so that he can play with his longtime duo, Maven. Then, recognizing that all of these remaining players are absolute menaces on Verdansk, he goes with two simple metrics to determine his personal preference. He immediately prioritizes controller players and the highest earners in Warzone tournaments.

That eliminates stars like HusKerrs and Symfuhny for their mouse and keyboard usage, while also eliminating Crowder and DougIsRaw for their low earnings. Finally, he eliminates Jukeyz because of his struggles understanding the UK maestro’s accent and decides to put the decision to a poll.


Ultimately, it’s between Aydan and Tommey, with Cloakzy popping on to let NICKMERCS know that Aydan’s been playing some Fortnite recently. That leaves the FaZe star choosing Tommey, noting that “he’s got great communication, phenomenal player, guaranteed to get some chopper kills off rip.”

Despite going through full rankings for his options and landing upon an excellent duo, the decision-making process proved to be futile. NICKMERCS and Tommey could only end in the Top 12 for the tournament, while the easily dismissed BobbyPoff actually came in first place.