Call of Duty is filled with incredible storylines that usually tend to stem from long histories of intense matchups or bad blood boiling between any given pair of teams. When it comes to OpTic and 100 Thieves, though, Scump thinks there isn't much between the two sides to warrant such tension.
In an episode of OpTic’s Vision series, Scump gave his thoughts on his team’s fresh 3-0 loss to the 100 Thieves during Week 6 of the Pro League. While he was “aggravated” after the defeat, it was more because of the fans than the match results.
A 3-0 sweep frustrating for a different reason
“After the match obviously I was pretty aggravated,” Scump said. “Just because everyone wants to see us lose to pretty much anyone, but if you’re a 100 Thieves fan and you play us, you hate us for no reason. ”
Scump predicted that the shutout loss would lead people to believe the Greenwall couldn’t “hang” with the Thieves. He stated that the series between the two came down to multiple “small sequences” that he believes his team could easily clean up.
Scump revealed he wasn’t sure that the exchanges between the two squads merited a connection that could be described as a "rivalry." Instead saying it was a storyline people reached to “push” between the two star-studded teams.
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There is no rivalry
“Just to speak on the rivalry with 100 Thieves,” Scump said. “There’s no rivalry. I mean, a lot of people nitpick like me and [Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter ] against [Sam ‘Octane’ Larew], you know [Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly] against [Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat]. I think our only rivals in the scene right now are [Team Envy] and [Luminosity Gaming], for obvious reasons.”
Though the CoD World Champion did say he believed there was one person between the two orgs who sees 100T versus OpTic as a rivalry, saying: “I don’t really see it as a rivalry, I don’t think 100 Thieves sees it as a rivalry, either. But, I mean, [Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag] obviously wants to beat OpTic, so he’s gonna push that.”
However Scump categorizes the matchup, both orgs are on a collision course for the next chapter in the series when OpTic Gaming goes up against the 100 Thieves in pool play at CWL London on May 3.