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Scump explains what went wrong for OpTic in Black Ops 4 and CoD Champs

Published: 7/Sep/2019 15:32 Updated: 7/Sep/2019 15:52

by Joe Craven

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OpTic Gaming veteran Seth ‘Scump’ Abner has explained what went wrong for the team following their underwhelming Black Ops 4 season, and third-place finish at CWL Champs. 

OpTic’s 2019 season got off to the best possible start as they won CWL Las Vegas back in the first event, around a monster MVP performance from Dashy. They struggled after though, and placed no better than third for the remainder of the season.

Going into Championship Sunday at CWL Champs, OpTic were in an ideal position: in the Winners’ Final against eUnited. However, a choke on Payload Search & Destroy saw them capitulate and lose five straight maps, first falling to eUnited and then 100 Thieves.

CWLThe Winners’ Final saw eUnited push OpTic into the Losers’ Bracket, 3-1.

Appearing on the CouRage and Nadeshot podcast, Scump was presented with a list of his achievements. “Are you kidding?” he laughed. “We should have won Champs this weekend too. People decided to not show up on Sunday.” 

While Scump shone on the final day of Champs, his teammates almost unanimously struggled, meaning a lot of OpTic’s maps were lost comfortably.

Nade went on to ask what happened after the win at CWL Vegas, explaining that his 100 Thieves roster took down OpTic at all but one of their matchups. “I don’t even think we won maps against 100 Thieves,” Scump replied. “Which doesn’t make sense because I felt like we were nasty.” 

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“I feel like it was a lack of motivation,” Scump continued. “And chemistry, after a certain point. Everyone started bickering again after we started losing. People were on each others’ nerves a lot. Arguing in scrims: people saying let’s take scrims more seriously and I’m over here like “come on, let’s have some fun.” 

OpTic’s CoD team has had issues in the past over teammates being at each other’s throats. When the dynasty roster struggled in WWII, the subsequent break up was largely put down to toxicity between players, particularly Scump and FormaL.

MLGScump and FormaL won a world championship back in Infinite Warfare, but things turned sour on WWII as OpTic struggled.

Scump said it got so serious that “we (OpTic) couldn’t have fun anymore”. It certainly sounds like there were some personality clashes over the course of Black Ops 4, with Karma and Crimsix getting frustrated with Scump’s attitude. 

“Ian doesn’t take losing for anything,” said Scump. “He would start yelling and getting mad at us and we’d start laughing at him… He gets so mad. I feel like it was a lack of motivation. We lost the hunger.” 

He explained that there was a definite desire to prove people wrong at CWL Las Vegas, but that fell off over the course of the year.

MLGOpTic won CWL Las Vegas, but couldn’t pick up any other major tournaments.

At CWL Champs he describes his performance positively, while his teammates struggled. However, he’s quick to point out he also had his bad events this year, so he does not hold it against “one or two people”. 

Similarly, he pinpoints the loss of the Payload Search & Destroy versus eUnited, with the map being described as the “momentum swing” by CouRage, an ex-CoD caster. Up 5-3, the Greenwall lost 3 straight rounds to see the series tied 1-1. 

This momentum shift seemingly killed OpTic, as they lost the next two maps convincingly. They were then eliminated by 100 Thieves 3-0. 

It sounds like a mixture of factors prevented the roster from hitting the heights of previous years and, with franchising just around the corner, the future of all the team’s members is currently up in the air. 

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CDL Champs Dallas Empire sign FeLo as substitute

Published: 19/Jan/2021 22:46 Updated: 19/Jan/2021 23:55

by Alan Bernal

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The reigning Call of Duty League Champions, Dallas Empire have signed 23-year-old veteran Tyler ‘FeLo’ Johnson as their first substitute for the upcoming 2021 campaign.

FeLo is set to join the Empire as a substitute player after playing for Triumph. A specialist in Search & Destroy, he’s expected to bolster the team’s prowess in the stringent game type now that the league is moving to a 4v4 format.

“Bringing FeLo to the team was a natural move for us as we prepare to repeat our championship run from the League’s first season,” Empire’s Head Coach Ray ‘Rambo’ Lussier said. “He’s a world-class Search & Destroy player and helped us prepare for the Grand Finals last year, so we’re expecting great things from him.”

Years ago, FeLo made a name for himself online as one of the best S&D players, and the Team Envy-owned org is relying on him to bring a new type of heat to Dallas’ heavy-hitting squad.

“Blessed to be a part of such a great organization, going to help the boys in any way I can this year,” FeLo said of the announcement. “Thank you guys for all the love.”

During the 2020 North American Challengers Final, Triumph managed to claim the top prize of $50,000 while only dropping one map of S&D during their playoff run to first place.

While the Empire had one of the strongest overall offenses in the CDL last year, their Search & Destroy was a glaring point in their game that would look shaky against the best in the league.

By signing FeLo, Empire gives themselves some flexibility to switch out Cuyler ‘Huke’ Garland or Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter for someone that has a wealth of experience navigating S&D.

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The CDL 2020 champs just got stronger by adding S&D specialist FeLo.

Even after departing with James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks due to the new Black Ops Cold War format, the Empire’s starting roster has to be considered among the strongest in the league.

Now Rambo will have to find the best ways to maneuver his five-man squad when going up against tough competitors like Atlanta FaZe, OpTic Chicago, and more.

FeLo has signed with Dallas Empire, but the move is pending league approval.

Dallas Empire’s 2021 CDL Roster:

  • Anthony ‘Shotzzy’ Cuevas-Castro
  • Cuyler ‘Huke’ Garland
  • Indervir ‘iLLeY’ Dhaliwal
  • Ian ‘C6’ Porter
  • Tyler ‘FeLo’ Johnson (Substitute)