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OpTic’s Dashy makes role change after team’s terrible start to CDL

Published: 25/Feb/2020 13:49

by Jacob Hale

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OpTic Gaming Los Angeles appear to be making a role change after their shoddy start to the Call of Duty League‘s inaugural season, with Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell picking up an SMG going forward for future events.

The team has been facing significant issues since the start of the season, despite housing some of the most talented names in Call of Duty history.

Having attended two events so far – CDL Launch Weekend and CDL Atlanta – OGLA have failed to get a single series win on the board, having won only three maps of the 15 they’ve played and now sitting rock-bottom in the standings.

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OpTic is failing to live up to the standards set by the OpTic of years gone by.

A change was clearly due within the team, and it appears that Dashy is the man to switch things up, dropping the M4 assault rifle to take on the role of an SMG player.

A short tweet from the Canadian star saw him post a link to his stream, captioning it only “sub dash” – an implication that he would be picking up the MP5 going forward.

Several community members reacted positively to this, with 2019 Caster of the Year Clint ‘Maven’ Evans responding with a GIF saying “It’s about damn time,” while General Manager Eric “Muddawg” Sanders echoed a similar sentiment.

It’s not yet clear who Dashy will be swapping roles with, with no confirmation coming from the camp, but it’s assumed that he will be exchanging roles with Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat, who has traditionally always been an assault rifle player in previous years, but has been running a sub at the opening events of the Modern Warfare season.

OGLA clearly haven’t been on the same page in the opening weeks of the CDL, as the results show, but it’s not too late to turn their season around, and this role swap may be the key to unlocking the team’s full potential.

Whether or not it works out remains to be seen; the first event with their new roles will be at their Home Series on March 7-8, where they will hope to give the home fans something to cheer about.

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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 21:25

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.