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Dignitas announce surprising departure of esports legend ODEE

Published: 3/Jul/2019 22:42 Updated: 3/Jul/2019 22:50

by Alan Bernal


Team Dignitas founder and champion of the club Michael ‘ODEE’ O’Dell has departed from the organization in a controversial move that’s sending ripples throughout its fan base.

The Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE) owned esports club has been making a ton of moves as it looks to return to the League of Legends Championship Series in 2020, but it looks like they’ll be moving forward without one of the most influential figures in the industry.


Under ODEE’s tenure Team Dignitas has fielded exciting teams in various esports at one time or another, including Counter-Strike, League of Legends, Battlefield, Quake, Call of Duty and so much more.

via Esports News UKODEE has been a pivotal figure for Dignitas throughout its history.

In a July 3 announcement, the rebranded Dignitas are changing how they look even at the executive level with the surprise departure of ODEE in what they indicate was a mutual decision by both parties.


“We have mutually parted ways with GM Michael ‘ODEE’ O’Dell,” Dignitas said. “And will soon appoint a General Manager that will operate in Los Angeles, alongside our new LCS franchise. We wish ODEE the very best in his future endeavors.”

The decision is so far proving to be a tough pill to swallow for a lot of supporters, as the decision is leaving many unanswered questions on the table.

“ODEE is dignitas what the hell,” Twitter user ‘joshiMtzU’ said. “To be fair since you rebranded it was your downfall.”


“This is like if Jack Etienne wasn’t on Cloud9 or Reginald wasn’t on Team SoloMid,” Jessie ‘AldgiaCoach’ Barger said. “This is mind blowing.”

While there’s a lot of anticipation to see a revived Dignitas compete at a high level once again, its future will be outside of the influence from ODEE who has put together incredibly personable and thrilling teams that fans could easily get behind.

What’s next for Dignitas?

As the team parts ways with its longtime leader, it’ll now be up to CEO Michael Prindiville to find a GM who has the daring and personability that ODEE brought to management.


While the org can look forward to making their reappearance in the LCS, questions still remain as to how they’ll look to improve their soon-to-be-named Dignitas team (Clutch Gaming) who are tied for sixth with a record of 4-4 coming off a second-to-last finish in placements during the Spring Split.

LoL EsportsDignitas will have some navigating to do come 2020, and will do so without ODEE.

Even as the team still fields great rosters in Rocket League, CS:GO’s women division, Apex Legends, and more, ODEE’s management and influence will undoubtedly be missed by longtime fans.

Call of Duty

CoD streamers slam Warzone star WarsZ for “pathetic” K/D tanking

Published: 8/Oct/2020 1:16

by Theo Salaun


Call of Duty: Warzone stars continue to call each other out – this time Tommey is joined by HusKerrs and others in critiquing multi-event champion, WarsZ, for manipulating tournament Kill-Death Ratio (K/D) caps by tanking his account.

With more and more money being piled into Warzone tournaments, the stakes are higher than ever and competitors are understandably adamant about integrity. Many of these competitions have turned to K/D caps, as a way to limit good players from forming super squads that’ll end up dominating the opposition.


Following earlier condemnations from top streamers like NICKMERCS and Aydan about others gaming the K/D cap limits, Tommey has exposed WarsZ in particular for allegedly partaking in the unfair practice.

Tommey, a former Call of Duty League player and multi-time Warzone champion, did not hesitate to single out WarsZ for a suspicious drop in his kill-death ration just ahead of this week’s leg of the $210,000 Vikkstar Warzone Showdown. 


Although the caps have been instituted in tournaments to provide for better parity among teams, they can also be manipulated by purposefully delivering uncharacteristically poor performances.

WarsZ has won six Warzone championships across different tournaments, so Tommey’s linked image of the streamer having double-digit zero-kill matches in the past few days is particularly damning.

“People seem to be scared of the repercussions but I’m fed up with the bulls**t,” Tommey tweeted, tagging the rival competitor directly while calling the alleged tanking “pathetic.”


As for WarsZ’s response, it was not well-received. Suggesting that this notable drop in K/D was spurred by having his “girl” play on his account, a variety of notable Warzone competitors slammed the excuse. Among those wast renowned multi-time champion, HusKerrs, who replied simply, “Brother, c’mon now… nobody is buying that.”

Popular streamer DougisRaw also chimed in, mocking the excuse for how obviously the screenshot goes against the idea of letting an inexperienced player drop in for some games: “Damn, your girl plays solo squads. She’s cracked.”


While none of the allegations can be proven, many seem dissatisfied with WarsZ’s excuse and believes it is unfair to competitors like Jukeyz and others who were unable to snag tournament spots because of their high K/D.


It must be noted, as Tommey mentioned in the tweet above, that Vikkstar’s tournament technically doesn’t prohibit such a tactic, so while WarsZ isn’t breaking any rules, it’s fair to say that the rest of the big-name competitors don’t think too highly of it.

It remains to be seen if other tournaments will begin following NICKMERCS in the way he runs his MFAM Gauntlets, monitoring participants’ past in-game performances to make sure that they’re not trying to circumvent the K/D cap.