Call of Duty veteran Austin ‘SlasheR’ Liddicoat has spoken of his CDL Rostermania headache, as uncertainty over a reported OpTic buyout dominates the LA side’s off season.
The CDL’s first off season has not been without significant controversy. Just days after winning the first CDL Championships, Dallas Empire parted ways with Clayster, while Dashy has undergone a switch from OpTic Gaming LA to Chicago Huntsmen.
While aspects of the ongoing CDL rostermania remain unclear, teams are beginning to fall into shape ahead of the release of Black Ops Cold War.
One team that has not yet taken shape, though, is OpTic Gaming Los Angeles. After a disappointing first season, rumors have swirled over the future of the organization, with reports stating that former OpTic CEO H3CZ has reacquired the company.
This has, understandably, shrouded the organization in uncertainty, with questions arising over H3CZ’s concurrent involvement in the Chicago Huntsmen and its parent company, NRG.
During an October 2 live stream of Hitch’s throwback MW2 tournament – which Slasher’s team would go on to win – he explained how the uncertainty is affecting his ability to build a roster.
“No clue bro,” he responded, when asked what the situation with OpTic was. “I just hope whatever’s happening can hurry up so I can construct a team. Because I’m four weeks late in Rostermania – haven’t been able to build a team. Which is actually f**king wonderful bro(!)”
He finishes: “A lot of my top picks are gone now, because it’s four weeks late but you know?”
The delays have given other teams time to pick up the top talent in world Call of Duty, while SlasheR and OpTic have been sat on their hands because of the organization’s reported buyout.
Given SlasheR’s incredible track record in competitive Call of Duty, we’re not willing to write any roster off yet, but it’s clear that the Black Ops Cold War season hasn’t started in the way he’d have hoped.