Chicago Huntsmen took care of business against Dallas Empire at the Call of Duty League's Launch Weekend, and Seth 'Scump' Abner had a special message to teammate-turned-rival Ian 'Crimsix' Porter.
After months of trash-talking in the buildup of their highly-anticipated matchup, the Chicago Huntsmen and Dallas Empire finally locked horns at the CDL Launch Weekend, facing off in the first-ever match of the newly-formed league.
A wealth of storylines lead up to this match: players-turned-opponents, remnants of the old OpTic Gaming - Team Envy "eClasico" rivalry, two of the most star-studded rosters in the league - plenty to get everyone involved fired up.
The end result, however, was not as exciting as the anticipation leading up to it, as Huntsmen took all three respawn rounds and won 3-1, looking dominant throughout the match.
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Immediately following the convincing victory, Scump and T2P duo Matthew 'FormaL' Piper stood up, threw their headsets off, and began shouting and throwing hand gestures at the Empire side of the stage.
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The demonstrations didn't stop there.
After the match, Scump joined the CDL's broadcast desk to speak about the victory, and he rounded the postgame interview off with a few words directed at Crimsix, his former OpTic Gaming teammate who can now be considered a rival.
"I have one thing to say," he said. "Yo Crimsix, you have to take that poster down man. Rent-free brother, holy!"
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Payback for Crimsix's "poster" bit
The poster he was referring to features the entire OpTic roster that won the 2017 Call of Duty World League Championship. In a recent video, Crimsix revealed that he decided to hang that poster on his bedroom wall so that every morning he would see it and become instantly motivated to compete.
"Seth and Matt might not see me every day, but I see them," he said in the video. "I literally wake up, walk outside of my bedroom, see them, and become instantly motivated. Any thought of doing anything else other than playing goes out the window when I see that stupid [censored] poster."
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The fact that he mentioned both Scump and FormaL explains why they were both gesturing so demonstrably after winning, as it's now clear that their yelling was likely directed at Crimsix, rather than the whole Empire team.
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Huntsmen take down Empire in CDL's first-ever match
The series started with Hardpoint on Azhir Cave, which Chicago took 250-209 to claim the first-ever map win in the Call of Duty League's young history.
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Dallas, however, struck back quickly and convincingly, winning 6-1 on Arklov Peak Search & Destroy to tie the series at 1-1. Unfortunately for them, though, this was the first and only map they'd win all series.
Thanks to a dominant showing from FormaL in the first half of the Hackney Yard Domination, Huntsmen won 202-157 to go up 2-1 in the series.
In the fourth and final map, the T2P duo of Scump and FormaL popped off towards the end to win the Gun Runner Hardpoint 250-173 and seal the match victory.
Keep up with all of the competitive CoD League action with our CDL Launch Weekend hub, which features the official livestream, full schedule, updated scores, and more.