OpTic's Crimsix reveals the biggest regret of his Call of Duty career - Dexerto
Call of Duty

OpTic’s Crimsix reveals the biggest regret of his Call of Duty career

Published: 5/Dec/2018 2:53 Updated: 5/Dec/2018 2:56

by Albert Petrosyan


Even a Call of Duty pro player as decorated as OpTic Gaming’s Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter has had some regrettable moments during his illustrious career.

Answering fan questions during a live Q&A show he calls ‘The Botline Bling,’ Crimsix was asked which is the one moment of his career that he regrets the most.

While he started off answering the question by saying that he regretted the entire past WWII season, he suddenly decided to go into more detail about his biggest regret.

“You know what? I’ll fucking say it. Dropping Damon [Karma] 100%. Damon is like one of those players, and I don’t know if I would consider myself in this category, you can’t replace Damon.”

Dropping Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow midway through WWII was one of two major roster moves that OpTic completed that season, and was the first time they had done any roster changes since their “dynasty” team was formed early in 2015.

Red BullOpTic’s dynasty roster came together in 2015, eventually going on to win 13 major tournaments together.

Crimsix went on to talk about why he regretted dropping Karma and what they could have all done to keep together one of the greatest rosters in CoD esports history, which also featured Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper, who ended up moving to Luminosity Gaming.

“I mean it just sucks. Matt was disgusting, don’t get me wrong. But we were all on a point where our ego were out of control,” he confessed. “I wish I would have sat down, we would just all four of us just sat down and be like ‘guys, what the fuck are we doing. Just take a step back and realize that we’re fucking ass. Drop the egos, drop all the shit.’ I wish we would have done that. I wish we would have stayed the same and just done that.”

At its core, the dynasty roster was a devastating combination of unstoppable talent and sheer will which saw OpTic place first in 13 different major tournaments from 2015-2017.

Thinks finally came to a peak in the summer of 2017, when the squad won their first ever CWL Championship together, getting Scump and FormaL their first rings, Crimsix his second, and Karma his third. 

The dynasty roster’s greatest moment was placing first at the 2017 CWL Championship, the first Champs victory for the squad together.

However, things came crashing back down to Earth during the WWII season, which will likely go down as OpTic’s worst competitive CoD season of all time.

The team failed to win any of the nine major tournaments, and even after making the two mid-season moves, they failed to place any higher than 5-6, including a disastrous early exit from the group stage at the 2018 CWL Champs. 

Despite dropping FormaL and Karma for Methodz and Octane in early 2018, OpTic largely failed to do much in the remaining events of the WWII season.

This ultimately led to OpTic doing what Crimsix felt they should have done from the beginning, which was to analyze everything down to its basics and root out the issues that had been plaguing them all season.

This prompted the roster to add two young talented players in Dashy and TJHaLy, as well as bring back Karma, to form a new roster that has so far not lost a single series in four major online tournaments in Black Ops 4.

However, all that takes a backseat this upcoming December 7-9 weekend, as OpTic’s new team will be put to the test at the CWL Vegas event, the first major LAN tournament at the season.

With Karma back, and the addition of Dashy and TJHaLy, OpTic’s new roster looks as unstoppable as the old one.

The entirety of Crimsix’s ‘The Botline Bling’ Q&A video, which stars FaZe Clan pro player ‘ZooMaa,’ can be viewed below:

Call of Duty

Call of Duty 2021 leaks hint at new Modern Warfare follow up

Published: 30/Oct/2020 6:04

by Brad Norton


Before Black Ops Cold War arrives, we may already have our first hint of next year’s Call of Duty setting as a prominent leaker has teased a new Modern Warfare sequel.

While the Call of Duty franchise has 17 mainline entries covering a wide array of timelines, two names stand out as the most iconic. Both the Black Ops series and the Modern Warfare series have seen the most iterations over the years. 

Treyarch has already released four titles in the Black Ops series with Cold War just weeks away. Meanwhile, Infinity Ward has four entries in the Modern Warfare series, the original trilogy along with 2019’s reboot. Now, it seems as though a fifth could also be on the way with Infinity Ward at the helm.

Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software will reportedly be taking a back seat. Instead of the typical three-year development cycle, Infinity Ward has just two-years to work with. We’re still 12 months off from 2021’s mystery release, but we may already have our first details on next year’s title. 

Modern Warfare 2019
Infinity Ward
Could Price’s story continue in 2021’s Call of Duty?

“It’s looking like CoD for 2021 is another Modern Warfare title of some kind,” prominent leaker Tom Henderson revealed. Not a whole lot is known beyond that key detail, though the setting for the next release appears to be locked in. 

“Understandably not a lot of information as of yet, but it’s a modern-day setting,” he confirmed. Given Modern Warfare’s hard reboot with 2019’s release, could a new sequel be the next step? This would essentially bypass the original Modern Warfare 2 from 2009 if Activision opts for another identical title.

To avoid even more confusion, there’s a good chance the name is a little different, similar to how Black Ops added Cold War to the title for 2020’s drop, despite it being a direct follow up to Black Ops 1. So expect to see Modern Warfare: ‘something something’ as the likely 2021 title.

This could see a direct continuation from where 2019’s game left off. John Price is looking to assemble a team of classic characters to put a stop to Russian terrorist Victor Zakhaev. If Warzone’s ongoing storyline doesn’t beat the single-player campaign to the punch, this could be our objective in 2021’s release.

While this aspect is purely speculation, the leaker also considered the original Modern Warfare 2 being bundled in. No different from how Infinity Warfare launched with Modern Warfare remastered in 2016.

We’re still months away from any official information on the 2021 title, so take this with a grain of salt for now. Black Ops Cold War is the focus for Activision. Anything regarding next year’s game will be kept under wraps for quite some time yet.