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Slasher concerned that OpTic, FaZe and 100T will miss out on CoD franchise league

Published: 11/May/2019 14:26

by Connor Bennett


Esports journalist Rod ‘Slasher’ Breslau has explained why Activision Blizzard “needs” move to a franchised league – including whether or not their favorite team will even be in the league, and if they are, there are lingering questions about their original names remaining in the first place.

While the first five teams have already been announced, with Team Envy even securing a spot, three of the biggest names are still yet to be announced as having a place. For Slasher, that’s something that will have to change because Activision Blizzards “needs” them, regardless of who has already bagged a spot.

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“Gen.G is not the first team that I think of like whos missing,” started Slasher, speaking to Cheddar Esports. “Right away, it’s where’s FaZe, where’s OpTic, where’s 100 Thieves? FaZe and OpTic especially are like Call of Duty history – they’re the two teams. That’s why people tune into Call of Duty esports now.”

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    “They do not have an initial relationship with Activision Blizzard right now, but Activision Blizzard needs them in the league,” added Slasher. “I don’t know what’s going to happen if the Call of Duty league starts and there’s no FaZe, no OpTic or 100 Thieves.”

    Slasher followed up his comments on Twitter, expanding on why he believes Activision Blizzard needs the teams – adding that they all have “leverage in negotiating” whenever that happens.

    While many fans might assume that the OpTic, FaZe, and 100 Thieves are pretty much guaranteed a spot, that doesn’t seem to be the case. Plenty expected OpTic, at the very least, to be within the first batch of teams announced – yet that didn’t happen.

    Things become complicated for FaZe and 100 Thieves as they could try and compete for the same Los Angeles-based franchise spot. The notorious CoDBurner, an insider on all things CoD esports, has already claimed that the Los Angeles franchise spot had become the subject of a huge bidding war – with FaZe not interested.

    However, it still remains to be seen if any of the iconic Call of Duty brands are able to work their way into the upcoming franchised league anytime soon.

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How to watch Totino’s Black Ops Brawl tourney: streams, teams, schedule

Published: 23/Nov/2020 15:00 Updated: 23/Nov/2020 15:45

by Jacob Hale


Totino’s are continuing their esports and gaming work by hosting a massive $20,000 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War tournament featuring pro players and top streamers.

Over the years, we’ve seen the frozen pizza brand host tournaments in multiple games as well as form sponsorships with the likes of 100 Thieves, who recently entered the Call of Duty League with the LA Thieves.

Now, with Black Ops Cold War out and players starting to really get to grips with the game, they’re teaming up with a number of top names in Call of Duty, including the Minnesota RØKKR CDL team, to put on a show for fans. Here’s everything you need to know about the tournament.

Totino’s Black Ops Brawl stream & schedule

The Totino’s Black Ops Brawl is a four-hour event that takes place on Tuesday, November 24.

The show is set to kick off at 3pm ET (12pm PT/8pm GMT) live from Totino’s Twitch channel, which we’ve embedded here for you to easily tune in.

It will be hosted by Call of Duty League casters Joe ‘Merk’ Deluca and Clint ‘Maven’ Evans, with $20,000 on the line for competing teams.

Who’s playing?

So far, several big names have been announced as taking part in the Black Ops Brawl, from pro players to content creators, analysts, casters and more. Here are the team captains for the event, as well as their chosen teammates:

  • Symfuhny with Huskerrs, Aydan and ZLaner
  • Swagg
  • Tommey
  • Censor with Shotzzy, iLLey and ACHES
  • Crowder
  • Hitch
  • Nameless
  • TeePee

That’s not an exhaustive list by any means, so expect to see a lot more recognizable names when you tune into the event, as captains announce who will be joining them for the tournament.

Totino's Black Ops Brawl casters Merk and Maven
Merk and Maven will be casting hosting the Black Ops Brawl.

Format and prize pool

At the time of writing, we don’t know the exact format of the Totino’s Black Ops Brawl tournament, though we do know that there will be eight captains selecting three other players to go to battle with.

As for the prize pool, there is $20,000 on the line, with $15,000 going directly to the winning team and the remaining $5,000 going to the team that finishes in second place.

Be sure to tune in on Tuesday, November 24 at 4pm ET to catch all the action and see Black Ops Cold War at its best!