OpTic Texas announce iLLeY and Dashy departures as Hydra rumors intensify

Ryan Lemay
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Rostermania 2023 has provided plenty of twists and turns so far. In the latest shocking twist, Dashy and iLLey’s contract options were not picked up by OpTic Texas.

Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell joined OpTic gaming in 2018 and has been a focal point of its success. Dashy was a 2022 MVP nominee and a member of the 2022 CDL All-Star first team.

Indervir ‘iLLeY’ Dhaliwal joined OpTic in 2021 and served as the in-game leader. iLLeY’s 2022 season was derailed after suffering a thumb injury throughout the season.

With Dashy and iLLeY on their roster, OpTic Texas placed fourth at CDL Champs 2022 and won one major title.

Dashy and iLLeY move on from OpTic Texas

But iLLeY and Dashy announced they are free agents for the upcoming season and rumors are swirling around OpTic exploring different roster options after a disappointing second half of the CoD Vanguard season.

On August 22, at midnight, players can officially sign new contracts and the pair seems poised to sign elsewhere.

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iLLeY has been hindered by a thumb injury in the latter half of the 2022 CDL season.

Dashy tweeted that he is a restricted free agent for 2023, and OpTic Texas wished him the best in everything, signaling this may be the end of his illustrious run.

OpTic Texas targets HyDra and Attach

Dexerto esports reporter Jacob Hale rumored, “the roster I’m seeing sees HyDra and Attach join Scump and Shotzzy on OpTic Texas. Nothing set in stone yet.”

HyDra is a free agent after spending last season with the New York Subliners.

The “French Phenom” helped lead New York to a miraculous CoD Champs qualification run and was named to the CDL 2022 first team.

Attach, a 2015 CoD World Champion, is considered a top free agent among a loaded class. The reliable AR will likely be at the top of most teams’ wish lists.

CoD news site Breaking Point rumored, “OpTic Texas exploring their options for a two-man change; HyDra, Cammy, and others at the top of their wish list.”

Everything at this point is fluid and exploratory. Official roster moves cannot be made until August 22.

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