OpTic Gaming announce roster change for their Fortnite pro team, and CEO 'H3CZ' explains why - Dexerto
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OpTic Gaming announce roster change for their Fortnite pro team, and CEO ‘H3CZ’ explains why

Published: 27/Sep/2018 23:23 Updated: 14/Oct/2020 17:41

by Albert Petrosyan

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North American based esports organization OpTic Gaming have made a roster change within their pro team for Fortnite Battle Royale, and CEO Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez has provided insight on the decision. 

In the September 27th episode of OpTic’s Vision series, H3CZ announced that the org had parted ways with Fortnite pro player Robert ‘WizKay’ Simone. who was one of the original members of OpTic’s roster when they first ventured into competitive Fortnite.

“We would like to thank WizKay for his time with us on our professional Fortnite team,” OpTic tweeted out. “We wish him the best as he continues his career as a Fortnite professional.”

WizKay has been replaced by up-and-comer Stephen ‘Gunfly’ Brown, who has recently established himself as a top competitor in the scene.

Gunfly will now be teaming Kenneth ‘BaldyKun’ Anderson, Marco ‘MarkyWap’ Soto, and Dade ‘Dramas’ Lesch for the remainder of the $100 million competitive season.

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In the episode of Vision, H3CZ explained that this roster change could be what starts turning OpTic into a force in Fortnite esports.

“If we concentrate on really really making our team stand out and be competitive, we’re going to have to make certain adjustment,” he said. “I think that this one sort of sets the wheels in motion, we’re serious about Fortnite. We’re very, very serious about it.”

H3CZ went on to say that he has learned from his mistakes in the past, especially in regards to OpTic’s Call of Duty team, and knew that he had to get involved if such a promising talent such as Gunfly was available for recruitment.

“This one we did discuss, and Gunfly is just too good of a player to pass up,” he explained. “Since the beginning of time, anytime a player of certain caliber is up for grabs, the least thing that we can do is sit down and have a conversation about it.”

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How to watch Hitch’s $20K Black Ops 2 tourney: stream, teams, bracket

Published: 28/Oct/2020 19:24 Updated: 28/Oct/2020 19:25

by Brad Norton

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Returning for his final event of the Call of Duty League offseason, Team Summertime’s Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards is hosting an enormous Black Ops 2 Invitational featuring former champions and popular content creators.

Throwback tournaments have been all the rage throughout the 2020 offseason and no one has been leading the charge quite like Hitch. Outside of hosting Warzone comps, his unique tournaments have spanned from Modern Warfare 2 to Black Ops 4. This time, his sights are set on 2012’s Black Ops 2.

Despite hackers ruining an early test for this particular event, the kinks have all seemingly been worked out. From former championship-winning teams to some of the biggest content creators, Hitch’s final event is set to be the biggest yet.

From how you can tune in, to every player joining the all-star Call of Duty event, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything there is to know about the Black Ops 2 Invitational.

How to watch the Black Ops 2 Invitational

The final event of the offseason is set to kick off on Wednesday, October 28. Opening matchups went live at 3PM EST (12PM PT) and the broadcast will likely run for most of the day.

As per usual, it’s all expected to be featured on Hitch’s own Twitch stream which we’ve embedded below. A majority of the players and creators will likely be sharing their own perspectives throughout the event as well.

Black Ops 2 Invitational teams & bracket

Some squads feature some of the most successful Call of Duty veterans while others consist of popular streamers. Regardless, every team is stacked with FPS talent so expect some close matchups.

Standing out among the eight rosters is a true throwback. The 2014 world championship team of Crimsix, Karma, TeePee, and ACHES, will be reuniting. Formerly representing Complexity and then Evil Geniuses, these four players haven’t been on the same team since 2014.

The full list of teams competing in the Black Ops 2 Invitational can be found below.

  • Team Dr Disrespect: Dr Disrespect, ZLaner, StoneMountain64, & KingRichard
  • Team CouRageJD: CouRageJD, Parad12e, LEQIQN, & MLGImpulse
  • Team The Mob: Classify, Mako, Froste, Flyroh
  • Team Scump: Scump, Envoy, Merk, & Rambo
  • Team Aydan: Aydan, Ritual, Kismet, & Parasite
  • Team Luli: Lulu, Blazt, Frozone, & Almxnd
  • Team Pamaj: Pamaj, Rated, JHaZe, & Exodass
  • Team TeePee: TeePee, Karma, Crimsix, & ACHES

Bracket

Here is the starting bracket for this competition, which is being updated live on the tournament’s web-page as the results from the various matches start filing in.

TST Black Ops 2 Bracket
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The official bracket for Hitch’s Black Ops 2 Invitational.

Format & rules

The biggest thing to note about this tournament’s format is that it’s being played on mouse and keyboard, unlike true competitive Call of Duty, which has always been played using controllers.

Outside of that, the only other important aspect to note as the map-mode rotations, which we’ve listed below for both the Winners and Losers Bracket rounds.

Winners Rounds:

  • WR1: Raid Hardpoint, Standoff SnD, Slums CTF, Standoff Hardpoint, Raid SnD
  • WR2: Slums Hardpoint, Express SnD, Raid CTF, Yemen Hardpoint, Meltdown SnD
  • WR3: Standoff Hardpoint, Raid SnD, Standoff CTF, Raid Hardpoint, Express SnD

Losers Rounds:

  • LR1: Slums Hardpoint, Express SnD, Raid CTF, Yemen Hardpoint, Meltdown SnD
  • LR2: Standoff Hardpoint, Raid SnD, Standoff CTF, Raid Hardpoint, Express SnD
  • LR3: Yemen Hardpoint, Meltdown SnD, Slums CTF, Slums Hardpoint, Standoff SnD
  • LR4: Standoff Hardpoint, Raid SnD, Raid CTF, Raid Hardpoint, Express

Finals Rounds:

  • GF: Yemen Hardpoint, Standoff SnD, Slums CTF, Raid Hardpoint, Raid SnD
  • GFR: Slums Hardpoint, Express SnD, Raid CTF, Standoff Hardpoint, Meltdown SnD

Movember charity

Movember Charity
Movember Foundation
TST is hosting several tournaments to raise money for the Movember charity.

This Black Ops 2 Invitational, like the rest of Team Summertime’s Off-Season Series, was created to raise money for Movember, which is the “leading charity changing the face of men’s health.”

If you’d like to donate to this cause, you can do so by visiting TST’s Movember charity page here.