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Why OpTic’s CoD dynasty almost never happened

Published: 21/May/2020 10:44

by Shane King

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In the long and storied history of Call of Duty esports, there is perhaps no team as legendary as the ‘OpTic Dynasty,’ a team packed full of some of the greatest talents the franchise has ever seen who went on an incredible run of victories, backed by the organization’s rabid Green Wall fanbase. It all could have been so different though, as the core of the lineup almost signed for Team Envy before eventually joining OpTic.

The team originally formed in the middle of the Advanced Warfare season, with Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow replacing the retiring Matt ‘Nadeshot’ Haag to take his place alongside Seth ‘Scump’ Abner, Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper, and Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter. These four men went on to dominate the scene, culminating in the organization’s only CoD Championship victory, and cementing their place as one of the greatest teams of all time.

History could have been very different though, as FormaL and Crimsix were set to play for OpTic’s long-time rivals Envy, which could have led to a dramatic change in the Call of Duty landscape and a huge power switch in the scene.

Crimsix was known as one of, if not the best player in the world at the time, and with him being the top free agent going into ‘Rostermania’ he had the pick of the litter. FormaL was his first choice.

During ESWC 2014, rumors were spreading to say Jordan ‘JKap’ Kaplan and Anthony ‘NAMELESS’ Wheeler were replaced for the next season by Crim and Karma, leading to a huge social media dispute mid-tournament. Owner Mike “Hastr0” Rufail announced he would be loyal to his longstanding team members and FormaL would be the one leaving the team.

Eventually, Piper, Porter, and Barlow would find their way to OpTic Gaming as well to join Scump and this is what would spark a fabled run that would be remembered forever.

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Warzone star Rated joins Tommey on 100 Thieves’ roster

Published: 25/Nov/2020 21:31

by Theo Salaun

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Building on the world’s first Call of Duty: Warzone esports team, 100 Thieves have added former London Royal Raven, Rhys ‘Rated’ Price, as the second member of their battle royale roster.

While Rated wasn’t a focal point of the Royal Ravens in the Call of Duty League, he has emerged as one of the best Warzone players on Verdansk. With his stream popping off and tournament money rolling in, it should be no surprise that he was among 100T’s top candidates for their growing roster.

When Matthew ‘Nadeshot’ Haag announced that 100T would be fielding a battle royale team alongside their Los Angeles Thieves CDL squad, it was historic and fans were anxious to hear who would get signed.

Now, Rated joins fellow native of the United Kingdom and former CDL pro, Thomas ‘Tommey’ Trewren, as the team’s highly respected core.

Based in Los Angeles, some may be surprised that 100 Thieves have gone across the pond for their Warzone cornerstones. But, looking at Tommey and Rated’s successes in Verdansk, the signing becomes exponentially justified.

While Tommey sits at No. 5 on the Warzone earnings list, Rated is nearby at No. 7 with a hefty $70K in winnings. Those numbers become even more impressive when one factors in that Rated’s first major tournament invitation was in late June, while some of the other top earners began competing months earlier.

Characterized best as a steady player, Rated picks his angles and fights deliberately, shoots as straight as anyone, and has rightfully become known as one of Verdansk’s most intimidating forces. It’s a testament to his skill that competitors regularly express some degree of annoyance when finding out that they’re stuck in a lobby with the wicked Welshman.

Having teamed with Tommey many times already, the addition is a sensible one. Most recently, the duo took second place during the HusKerrs Howl tournament. While it’s unclear who else will be joining the roster, Tommey and Rated provide an excellent foundation with clear comms and a general reluctance to tilt.

With another Englishman, Liam ‘Jukeyz’ James, already signed to the Royal Ravens, one has to wonder if Nadeshot will put up the cash for Warzone’s best unsigned star: Aydan ‘Aydan’ Conrad.