OpTic's H3CZ explains that he's "on Nade's side" in falling out with NICKMERCS - Dexerto

OpTic’s H3CZ explains that he’s “on Nade’s side” in falling out with NICKMERCS

Published: 27/May/2019 19:56 Updated: 29/May/2019 7:46

by Albert Petrosyan


It’s no longer a secret that popular streamer Nick ‘NICKMERCS‘ Kolcheff and 100 Thieves CEO Matt ‘Nadeshot‘ Haag have had a falling out, and OpTic Gaming‘s Hector ‘H3CZ‘ Rodriguez has given his take on their situation.

One of the biggest topics of discussion in the esports community over the past few days has been the public discord between NICKMERCS and Nadeshot.

On May 24, Nick announced that he had parted ways with 100Thieves after three years with the organization, revealing that he wants “nothing to do with” Nadeshot.

The sudden nature of the split stunned fans, and it was a topic brought up in the March 27 episode of H3CZ’s popular ‘The Eavesdrop Podcast,’ in which the CEO said that he was siding with Nadeshot in this instance.

“Knowing Nadeshot for as long as I have, there’s no way that I can offer an opinion other than that fact that I’m on Nade’s side,” he said.

Nadeshot - YouTubeNICKMERCS and Nadeshot spent a lot of time in LA when Nick first moved out, consistently featuring in each other’s YouTube videos.

While he had complimentary things to say about NICKMERCS and the way he conducts himself, H3CZ dropped several pointed hints that he may not have totally agreed with making such a public video about matters that took place behind closed doors.

“I don’t know the ins and outs of what their relationship was like,” he said. “Every single time I asked Nade, Nade’s like ‘it’s between me and him, I got nothing to say.’ Which is honorable as fuck! To me, behind closed doors, shut door, he’s like ‘nah it’s between me and him.'”

Travis Gafford - YouTubeDespite being CEOs of rival orgs, Nadeshot and H3CZ remain good friends.

However, H3CZ made sure not speak too directly on the situation at hand, considering that he remains close friends with Nadeshot and has probably been privy to information that the 100T CEO may not want spoken about in a public forum. 

One thing he did make clear was how regrettable the split was, believing that Nick and Nade could have been a powerful duo in esports.

“It would have been an incredible duo-ship right there,” he said. “I think they would have done fucking amazing work together.”

You can check out the entire episode 30 of The Eavesdrop Podcast below, with the segment about NICKMERCS starting at the 22:22 mark. 

Why did NICKMERCS leave 100 Thieves?

NICKMERCS first joined 100 Thieves back in 2016, when the organization was nowhere close to being as prominent as it is today. 

Three years later, Nick announcing that he was leaving the org, revealing that things hadn’t worked out the way he had envisioned when he first joined, which ultimately disintegrated his relationship with Nadeshot.

Overall, it has been a major period of transition for Nick, who also recently moved back to his home state of Michigan, where he plans on continuing to build on what has been a very successful past year-and-a-half. 

Disclaimer: Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez is a minority shareholder in Dexerto Ltd.

Who is Granny? The rising Twitch star who streams as a grandma

Published: 26/Nov/2020 23:45 Updated: 26/Nov/2020 23:46

by Michael Gwilliam


Twitch is home to some pretty outlandish personalities, but none may be as unique as the rising streamer known only as Granny.

Dressed in a bright white wig, oversized glasses, and attire that you could have sworn you’ve seen the elderly wear, Granny takes the character to the extreme.

If you thought the outfit or persona was the limit of the character, think again. Just like how Dr Disrespect streams from his legendary “arena,” Granny has her own broadcast center of sorts.

From Granny’s house to Twitch

Her streams begin, amusingly enough, with an old house in a green meadow surrounded by rainbows, flowers and chirping birds.

Twitch streamer Granny begins a broadcast.
Granny begins her streams in a pink house surrounded by rainbows.

After introducing herself, talking to viewers from inside the big pink home that looks like it’s ripped from either Lord of the Rings or Teletubbies, the gameplay kicks off.

What makes Granny’s choice of games so hilarious is that she’s made a habit of streaming titles such as Dead by Daylight, which are the complete opposite of the happy-go-lucky nature of the intro.

Fans are absolutely loving it. Since starting the stream, Granny has amassed nearly 30,000 followers and is growing on other platforms such as YouTube.

Climbing the Twitch ranks

Speaking with Dexerto, the entertainer refused to break character, further, cementing the concept that this was a grandma streaming on the Amazon-owned platform.

Granny claims it all began when she was working for a finance firm in New York City for three years and was beginning to feel worn out.

“Right around that time, Red Dead Redemption 2 came out and I found a huge comfort being immersed in that world while I took time to recover and figure out my next steps,” the streamer explained.

“When Red Dead Online was released I started to make friends on the proximity voice chat and they told me I should try my hand at streaming. In February 2019 I moved to New Zealand to go all-in on starting a Twitch channel, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision.”

That said, she does have plans to return to New York at some point in 2021, so fans should be sure to be on the lookout for that.

While the climb up the Twitch ranks has been a journey since it first began in January of 2019, the streamer does have a few favorite moments.


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“A couple of exciting milestones along the way have been Trixie Mattel and TPAIN discovering the stream,” she happily noted. “They love joining in now and again to help repair the ice cream machines in Dead By Daylight.”

Going into 2021, Granny is definitely going to be one of the streamers to watch out for, especially if she continues to get noticed by some larger members of the community.