OpTic edge out Heretics, eUnited remain dominant - CWL Pro League July 1 recap - Dexerto
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OpTic edge out Heretics, eUnited remain dominant – CWL Pro League July 1 recap

Published: 2/Jul/2019 8:27 Updated: 2/Jul/2019 10:48

by Connor Bennett

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The final round of Call of Duty Champs.

OpTic Gaming, Team Envy, eUnited, Gen.G, Team Heretics, Team Reciprocity, Midnight Esports, and Elevate kicked off the final set of cross-divisional games on July 1, with a round of matches that saw two dominant 3-0 sweeps, a 3-1 series, and an intense battle that went to a final map.

MLGOpTic Gaming enter the final week of Pro League looking to tweak things before CWL Miami.

Midnight Esports 3-1 Elevate

In the opening match of the day, Midnight Esports held off Elevate with a pretty comfortable 3-1 win. Christopher ‘Parasite‘ Duarte’s team kicked things off with a 250-149 Hardpoint win on Seaside before edging out a 6-5 Search and Destroy contest on Gridlock. 

While they looked on for the sweep, Elevate fired back with a 3-2 victory on Frequency Control before Midnight cleaned up the series with a return to Gridlock – picking up the Hardpoint by 250-175.

eUnited 3-0 Team Reciprocity

With a 3-0 sweep of Team Reciprocity, eUnited continued their Pro League hot streak and extended their winning run of series to nine. Despite securing the sweep, James ‘Clayster‘ Eubanks’ squad were made to work hard for thier win in a tightly-contested match-up.

The North American powerhouse picked up the Hacienda Hardpoint with a score of 250-201, before needing a round eleven ninja defuse from Clayster himself to secure the Search and Destroy. They got back to solid footing with a game of control on Arsenal, completing their sweep with a 3-1 win. 

OpTic Gaming 3-2 Team Heretics

In the only series to go the full distance, OpTic Gaming edged out a feisty Team Heretics. The Greenwall may have figured that it was going to be a difficult match-up from the get-go as they barely edged out Heretics in the opening hardpoint by a 250-235 scoreline. 

Heretics quickly returned serve with a 6-3 Search and Destroy win. before OpTic put themselves in the driving seat with a comofrtable 3-0 game of Control on Frequency. 

Despite that, the Spaniards forced a map five thanks to a dominant second hardpoint display in the return to Frequency – 250-205 as Alejandro ‘Lucky’ López and Juan ‘JurNii’ Antonio González both stepped up with 30 kills each. However, the Greenwall closed proceedings with a 6-2 Search and Destroy victory behind Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell’s strong 7/2 K/D showing. 

Team Envy 0-3 Gen.G

Team Envy may have been hoping that their recent roster change would help bring a halt to their dreadful run of form, but they were easily dispatched of by the dominant Gen.G – bringing their winless run of maps to 16. 

Gen.G jumped out to a 1-0 lead with an intense 250-223 hardpoint win on Hacienda and snowballed that momentum. They picked up the Search and Destroy on Gridlock by a 6-3 scoreline, before completing the sweep with a 3-0 Control win on the same map.

The twelfth and final week of Black Ops 4 Pro League action will continue on Tuesday, July 2 and run through to July 5. Remember, there will be no action on July 4 as everybody takes the day off for Independence Day.

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Sources: 100 Thieves acquire OpTic’s CDL spot, represented as LA Thieves

Published: 26/Oct/2020 17:23 Updated: 26/Oct/2020 18:45

by Albert Petrosyan

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Sources have told Dexerto that 100 Thieves are entering the Call of Duty League by purchasing the spot previously held by OpTic Gaming Los Angeles.

After initially declining to invest in a slot for the Call of Duty League’s inaugural 2020 season, 100 Thieves are re-entering CoD esports after all for the 2021 campaign and beyond.

The spot that had been OpTic Gaming Los Angeles’ has now transferred ownership to the prominent esports organization, and sources have reported that 100T will rebrand the team to LA Thieves.

Immortals Gaming Club, which had purchased OpTic Gaming and one of two Los Angeles CDL franchise spots, recently sold the Green Wall back to Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez, who will remain in control of the brand.

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The OpTic Gaming Los Angeles franchise will end after just one season of competing in the CDL.

At this time, it’s not yet clear whether the league will allow H3CZ to rebrand his Chicago Huntsmen franchise to OpTic. Since he’s already the CEO of Huntsmen, his reacquisition of the OpTic brand meant that control of one of the two teams would eventually have to change hands once again.

According to recent reports from Esports Talk, the CDL was taking the stance that franchises should remain tied to the cities they were initially founded in. Thus, if H3CZ and NRG wanted their team to take on the OpTic Gaming insignia, they would have to sell the Huntsmen spot and move their Call of Duty operations to Los Angeles.

However, in those same reports, it was indicated that despite their initial unwillingness to enter the CDL, 100 Thieves and CEO Matt ‘Nadeshot’ Haag acquiring a spot was not totally out of the question, and now it’s come to fruition.

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While brief, 100 Thieves’ first stint in competitive Call of Duty was a highly successful one.

While brief, 100 Thieves’ first stint in Call of Duty esports was a very successful one; the team captured two major trophies in the then-called CoD World League and finished second in the CWL World Championship.

100T’s team became a fan-favorite, and when Nadeshot announced that they’d be leaving the esport due to the transition to franchising, many were left disappointed, especially considering Haag’s extensive CoD background.

The only question that remains now is concerning their roster – whether or not Nadeshot or his org will want to make any personnel changes remains to be seen, but if not, many will still expect the team to be a contender, considering that three of the four players are top-tier with championship experience.

LA THIEVES’ EXPECTED 2021 CDL ROSTER:

  • Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat
  • Kenny ‘Kuavo’ Williams
  • Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly
  • Zack ‘Drazah’ Jordan
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CoD stars SlasheR and Kenny are returning to 100 Thieves as members of LA Thieves.

For SlasheR and Kenny, this will be their second stint with 100T after previously featuring for the org in its lone season of competition. Similarly, General Manager Eric ‘Muddawg’ Sanders is also returning to the red and black after leaving them for OpTic when the org parted ways from CoD esports.

As always, we will continue to update this story and bring you the latest as more information becomes available.