GreenWall Downfall: Can OpTic Texas salvage Scump’s final season?
Following a disappointing Day 2 exit at Major I in Raleigh, NC, many questioned whether OpTic Texas would stick it out with their current roster or look to make a change to get back on track. These questions were emphasized a little over a week ago when Brandon “Dashy” Otell removed all mentions of OpTic from his Twitter profile and posted cryptic gifs without context.
From there, Call of Duty League fans were sent into a frenzy when rumors about who would be replacing Dashy on the OpTic roster were being made. Notable players such as Arcitys, Pred, Crimsix (retired), Beans, and Huke have been linked to the beloved CDL franchise but so far, nothing has been made official.
Scrims amongst pro teams resumed on Dec. 28 after a holiday break following the first Major of the Modern Warfare II season. As expected, OpTic was not one of the teams that started their preparations for Major II qualifiers with the roster still in question. Scump did go live on his Twitch channel and to no one’s surprise, was met with numerous people in the chat asking about the status of Dashy and the OpTic Texas roster.
The King would not be sharing any notable updates to eagerly awaiting fans but he did make it clear where he personally stands on the matter. “Do you guys think I want to be dealing with this shit? It’s my last year.” Roster stability is surely something that has been lacking for the Green Wall since the days of the “OpTic Dynasty”, a roster that consisted of Scump, FormaL, Crimsix, and Karma that formed after COD Champs during Advanced Warfare. These four all-time greats lasted through two consecutive years culminating with a Champs victory in 2017 (Infinite Warfare) before splitting during the World War 2 competitive season.
Bend or Break?
It’s hard to imagine that another roster change would be beneficial for OpTic Texas. I personally feel they should try to replicate what the Los Angeles Thieves did during their Champs winning season in Vanguard which saw them take back to back events to finish out the season. LAT had a slow and underwhelming start after making some big roster moves that featured the return of Octane to the 100T organization, and signing Envoy in Free Agency after a 2 year stint with the OpTic Chicago/Huntsman squad. Some mid-season role changes played a major role in their strong finish to the season and it would be more beneficial for OpTic to explore this option too.
Moving on from a player as talented as Dashy makes very little sense on the surface, but there’s no telling what kind of internal issues the OpTic roster may be dealing with.
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