After winning the Call of Duty League London home series, the shining stars of the Chicago Huntsmen spoke to Dexerto about the home crowd, rivalry with Dallas Empire, and what to expect for the rest of the season.
As the competing teams departed the venue after Championship Sunday at the Call of Duty League London home series, the Huntsmen emerged as a top, championship-contending team.
Between London and Launch Weekend, Chicago has not lost a single series yet, and while there was no official trophy to raise, they emerged victorious in the grand finals in the UK. Members of the event-winning roster took time after their victory to speak to Dexerto, starting with the king himself, Seth 'Scump' Abner.
Scump credited composure as the primary difference maker between their team and the rest of the pack, saying that even after struggles against Paris Legion led to a game five, they were still able to keep their cool.
"We've been here before, we know how to perform, we know how to kill the nerves whenever it comes down to those high-intensity situations."
The former world champion also said he's also looking forward to finally getting to play Atlanta FaZe, who share a close spot with Huntsmen at the top of the latest CDL power rankings.
Scump's T2P duo Matthew 'FormaL' Piper doubled down on his team's claim that they are the superior LAN team compared to Empire.
FormaL described how this knowledge helped him during online scrims, saying that when he would get annoyed about not performing as well, he would remind himself who "the better LAN team is."
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Piper also talked about the "awesome" London crowd, saying that a grand final between Huntsmen and the Royal Ravens would have been crazy: "The here crowd is amazing, it's unlike any other place I've been to, so anytime I can play in front of them it's always fun. It's cool that we actually got the W though."
Peirce 'Gunless' Hillman also took part in the fun of beating Dallas for the third time in under two weeks: "They talk a lot of sh*t online so it's fun showing up on Sunday and beating them down."
As fun and dominant as their grand finals series was, Gunless did acknowledge the team's slow start against Paris Legion, saying that it's vital for the Hunstmen to come out quicker and stronger on Hardpoint maps in the future.
Chicago lost both Hardpoints to Paris in their 3-2 victory, which has undoubtedly raised some warning signs in an otherwise stellar start to the season.
It was a very, happy birthday for the Huntsmen boss Hector 'H3CZ' Rodriguez, who said he would only fly over to London with the boys if they assured him a win. They got their win, and he got his birthday present.
He was a little upset about getting the bum's rush at the end of the event, as it was nearing midnight in London, and the team wasn't even able to get a picture on stage with the fans or go out to dinner somewhere to celebrate.
Despite that, H3CZ says he's still very excited about the future of the CDL, and like his players, is looking forward to playing the next event in Atlanta, and finally getting to challenge FaZe.
Chicago will have a short turnaround before they have to play their third event in a month - CDL Atlanta hosted by FaZe. For more information about the CDL, make sure to visit our Call of Duty League 2020 season hub for the latest standings, full event schedule and more.