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Nadeshot reveals 100 Thieves plan to enter new esports

Published: 18/Jul/2019 15:48 Updated: 18/Jul/2019 17:02

by Calum Patterson


100 Thieves CEO Matthew ‘Nadeshot‘ Haag unveiled the organization’s new headquarters on July 16, and also revealed their plans to expand beyond their current lineup of esports ventures.

It’s been a busy week for the LA based organization, after announcing their $35 million Series B funding on July 16, resulting in an overall valuation bump up to $125 million.

As part of the announcement, 100 Thieves also revealed their new facilities, which will double as both an office and training area for their esports teams, as well as a retail space for their apparel line.

100 Thieves100 Thieves unveiled their new 15,000 sq feet facility on July 16.

With the added investment, Nadeshot confirmed that they are “still thinking about” purchasing a franchise spot in the upcoming Call of Duty league, although didn’t clarify further.

100 Thieves to join new esports

However, the former CoD pro did state clearly that in the next 12 months “we will be expanding into new esports titles”.

The news followed the acquisition of Jacob Toft-Anderson, previously of OpTic Gaming, who joins as the VP of esports.

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Which esports will 100 Thieves expand into?

During Toft-Anderson’s time at OpTic Gaming, the organization expanded into a variety of new titles, including the Overwatch League and League of Legends’ LCS.

100 Thieves already fields a team in the LCS, and the Overwatch League is now locked in for Season 2, although there is a possibility of expansion for Season 3.

100 ThievesNadeshot with new VP of esports Jacob Toft-Anderson (middle) and COO John Robinson.

A return to CS:GO?

One move that fans of both the organization and the esport itself would love to see, would be a move back into CS:GO. 100 Thieves briefly took on the former Immortals lineup, who brought with them a Legends stage spot at the ELEAGUE Boston Major.

However, following controversy with in-game leader Vito ‘kNgV-‘ Guiseppe and VISA issues, the team never made it to the Major and 100 Thieves released the roster shortly after.

A second attempt at joining CS:GO is certainly on the cards now though, with 100T a more experienced organization overall, and with improved financial backing.

And the possibilities don’t stop there. With a team in League of Legends already, 100 Thieves could be considering a move into rival MOBA Dota2, with the large prize pool at The International 2019 bound to get any organization raising eyebrows.

There’s also opportunities for expanding into Rocket League, which continues to grow in viewership. Or, if Nadeshot wants to stick with his FPS roots, Rainbow Six Siege is another viable option, another esport that continues to show healthy, albeit very gradual, growth.

Call of Duty

Envoy explains why SMGs “are not viable” in Black Ops Cold War

Published: 26/Nov/2020 7:25

by Brad Norton


Black Ops Cold War may have some strong Submachine Guns, but OpTic Chicago’s Dylan ‘Envoy’ Hannon believes Assault Rifles are absolutely dominant when it comes to competitive play.

Treyarch’s latest release has barely been out for a few weeks but a meta is already forming. As Call of Duty League teams get valuable practice time in, and dozens of early tournaments set the tone, a trend seems to have emerged.

2019’s Modern Warfare featured a solid mix of SMGs and ARs throughout the year. However, Black Ops Cold War is all but dominated by ARs, according to both Envoy and OpTic teammate Seth ‘Scump’ Abner.

While scrimming Atlanta FaZe and a few other CDL teams, they “were getting bodied,” due to the AR dominance. “The subs are not viable in this game at all,” Envoy followed up.

Black Ops Cold War gameplay
Could SMGs be struggling to keep up all year in Black Ops Cold War? Envoy certainly thinks so.

As the primary SMG user on the team, Envoy is the one that will be sticking to the class for essentially every single map. Previous years have featured various mixes of roles, though this year appears to be leaning towards a three-to-one split: Three players running with ARs, and just one with an SMG in-hand.

“On certain maps it’s like three (ARs) and one sub on each team,” Scump explained. However, certain teams are even going a step beyond that due to the sheer power of ARs in Black Ops Cold War.

“We ran into New York and they ran four AK74’s on Moscow,” Envoy said. “I was mind blown. I feel like subs are just harder in this game. We switched to the AK-74u and it’s a bit easier but the MP5 was just impossible.”

Obviously, it’s still early days. Things could change drastically before the start of the 2021 season. Balance updates are already coming through from Treyarch, so SMGs could get some love sooner than later. For the time being though, Black Ops Cold War has Envoy “wishing [he] had an AR.”

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This isn’t entirely a result of weapon balancing either. There’s more that goes into shaping the meta than first meets the eye. “It’s part of the map design too,” Envoy explained. “How many [head glitches], how many open lanes, where the hills are at.” With four ARs, some objectives are “just unbreakable.”

There’s no date set in stone for the 2021 season just yet. Though we’ll be sure to keep you updated as the meta evolves in the lead-up to the next year of CDL action.