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Rise Nation’s Gunless Wins MVP Yet Again After Dominant Performance at CWL Anaheim

Published: 18/Jun/2018 4:40 Updated: 26/Jul/2018 12:05

by Calum Patterson


Leading his team to yet another major open championship, Rise Nation’s Pierce “Gunless” Hillman won another deserved MVP award for his individual play at CWL Anaheim.

Gunless also won MVP at the last open event, CWL Seattle, and if anything he is getting better as are his teammates, just in time for the final two events of the 2018 season.

Rise Nation looked peerless throughout the tournament, with the exception of their very opening match when they were shocked by Team Kaliber, but they quickly shook that off.

And Gunless was definitely at the center of this, as whenever the stream broadcast cut to a listen in with Rise, Gunless was constantly communicating and directing his sqaud – all while putting up huge numbers in the kill column.

Once in the winners bracket, Rise swept both Splyce and UNILAD, and Gunless was most impressive in SnD, managing a 1.46 K/D in the mode over the weekend.

Their SnD ultimately helped them reach the Grand Final, beating Red Reserve in the winners final in a game five, and again once they were in the grand final, they won both the SnD’s across the two series.

Gunless is now likely uncontested as the best overall player in WWII, as a flex player he is able to play either the AR or SMG role, and regularly switches between them depending on the map and mode.

Gunless’ K/D in each mode at CWL Anaheim. Image: MLG

His versatility is invaluable to Rise, whose other players, although brilliant in their respective roles, are quite rigid in them.

For example, Austin “SlasheR” Liddicoat is a set assault rifle player, while Thomas “TJHaLy” Haly is only at his best with an SMG in hand running head first at the enemy.

Having Gunless to fill essentially any role that the team needs, and being able to rely on him to perform it near flawlessly, is what makes him the number one player in CoD: WWII, and a deserved back-to-back MVP.

Watch our interview with the MVP himself, immediately following his big win.

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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


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.


  • 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.