The #12 player of the Cold War season, brought to you by Elgato, is the Dark Knight Brandon “Dashy” Otell. The superstar flex for OpTic Chicago had a bounce-back season and reminded the League of how great of a slayer he is.
After breaking into the scene during the Black Ops 4 season with OpTic Gaming, Dashy has had up and down results. That OpTic Gaming squad would win the opening tournament of Black Ops 4, CWL Las Vegas. After that, they weren’t able to bring home another championship and the team fell apart in free agency. In the first season of franchising, Dashy found himself on OpTic Gaming LA, but not the OpTic that everyone remembered. Hecz & Co had left to start the Chicago Huntsmen, while Dashy & Thomas “TJHaly” Haly stayed on with the Immortals owned franchise. Dashy would struggle in the new game, having issues in and outside of the game he was benched from the team midseason. After finding his way back with Hecz going into Cold War, his revenge season was set to be filled with success.
Dashy was back to his old ways in 2021. He was a slaying AR with laser-like accuracy that outputted great amounts of damage. While his SnD game was sometimes inconsistent, he was brilliant in both respawn modes. Whether he had a Krig, XM4, or AK74u, he was always making an impact on the map. Dashy was a top AR in slaying and damage in both respawn modes but also helped the team open up the map in SnD. He finished with 68 opening duels won and 41 lost for a win percentage of 62.4%. Dashy added on 0.71 kills per round with 154 ADR. All in all, he was one of the best flex players in the League. Here is his 2021 season review!
Chicago was one of the favorites to win championships to start the 2021 season. During the first group stage, they’d start out hot. With a 4-1 record, including barely losing to Atlanta 3-2, Chicago locked in an Upper Bracket start for the first Major. They’d face the Subliners in Round 1, winning easily in 3-0 fashion. After losing 3-2 to Dallas, the team would bounce back against LAT. Sadly, New York got their revenge to knock out OpTic of the Major. In the end, it was a disappointing 4th place finish to start the season.
Dashy was electric in Stage 1, finishing with high marks in every single category. He looked like an MVP candidate right out of the gate. In Control, he led all ARs in objective kills per 10 minutes (12.5) and damage per 10 minutes (4243). He finished with a 1.14 KD in Hardpoint, 1.21 in SnD, and 1.32 in Control. Dashy looked unstoppable across all three game modes. Even after the 4th place results, this made OpTic one of the scariest teams to match up against in Stage 2.
OpTic would look to start out strong in Stage 2. After a great group stage in Stage 1, Chicago struggles to get going in Stage 2. They’d drop series to both Florida & Minnesota but finished 3-2. This still locked in an Upper Bracket start, but the team would have to clean up their mistakes. To start the Major, OpTic would be upset by the Toronto Ultra. After being knocked down, they’d need a long Lower Bracket run to reach the Finals. Dashy & Co would beat Seattle 3-1, but fall to Minnesota 3-2 in heartbreaking fashion. Accuracy’s incredible 1v3 clutch would seal their fate. It would again be a disappointing result for Chicago.
Dashy took a step back in Stage 2 compared to his elite start to the season. He still played very well across all three modes, but it wasn’t enough to carry OpTic to success. Dashy didn’t find the high slaying or damage numbers in any of the three modes, which was a little concerning. But he’d look to ease those worries and improve going into Stage 3.
Due to their poor finish in the previous stage, OpTic was in a very top-heavy group in Stage 3. Joined by New York, Atlanta, and LA Thieves it’d be a tall task to advance. In the end, they’d fall to all three opponents and have a 2-3 record. This led to a Lower Bracket start at Major 3. It’d given OpTic a chance to fix their issues against lower-ranked teams and gain momentum. After three straight victories, including two 3-0s against Dallas & Florida, OpTic looked in form. Sadly, the run would come to an end after a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the Toronto Ultra.
Dashy had the worst stage of his season during Stage 3. With the XM4 ban, the Krig became the choice weapon for AR players. While his KDs were great in all three modes, he saw poor slaying and low damage dealt in each. This was uncharacteristic from Dashy, as some thought maybe it was due to role clashes within the team. OpTic would need Dashy to regain his earlier form if they wished to contend.
OpTic would again have pressure to find success in Stage 4. It’d be a difficult group stage for OpTic, with close losses to both Atlanta and Seattle. But after winning three series, they’d lock in another Upper Bracket start with their 3-2 record. With LAN returning for the Major, many had high expectations. Disastrously, Chicago would fall to Dallas 3-0 in the opening match. Dash & Co fought back to beat Seattle and Minnesota in the Lower Bracket. But in the end, Dallas would beat them again to knock Chicago out in 4th. It was yet another disappointing result for Chicago.
Dashy individually saw his form improve greatly over Stage 4. His best mode was Hardpoint, finishing with a 1.28 KD. With the Krig in hand, he had 24.17 kills and 4622 damage per 10 minutes in the mode. Dashy looked like his old self, always in the action. His Control form remained high as well, finishing with a 1.15 KD and 12.8 objective kills per 10 minutes. In this form, OpTic would be looking dangerous in Stage 5.
Entering Stage 5 as the 6th seed in the overall CDL standings, OpTic would look to improve its position. The Group Stage would yield great results, with Chicago beating Atlanta 3-2. This would lock up the 1st seed in their group going into the Major 5 LAN. Unfortunately, they’d match up against rivals Toronto Ultra in the first round. Toronto would take the series 3-2 and send OpTic to the Lower Bracket. After victories over Seattle & Dallas, OpTic would get a chance at revenge against Toronto. Sadly, the results wouldn’t change. Toronto won 3-1 to knock out OpTic in 3rd.
The final stage of the season ended up being Dashy’s best. Hardpoint continued to be a point of strength. He’d lead all ARs with 4619 damage per 10 minutes and finish with a 1.13 KD in the mode. He had great slaying numbers in all three modes and played the AR role perfectly. With Dashy in peak form, Chicago would look like a darkhorse team going into the CDL Playoffs.
The poor results over the course of the season would be forgiven by all OpTic fans with solid results at the CDL Playoffs. After not finding a single Grand Finals during the regular season, this would have to be the tournament that they’d turn it around. Matters would get worse once both Envoy and Scump tested positive for COVID-19 leading up to the tournament. Their practice was poor due to the team not knowing if their star SMG duo would be ready for the biggest tournament of the season. Fortunately, they’d both be cleared for action the week of the Playoffs and the team would be at full power going in.
OpTic Chicago vs New York Subliners
Up first against Chicago was the New York Subliners. The Subliners welcomed back James “Clayster” Eubanks into their starting lineup before the Playoffs and reportedly looked great in practice. Many thought that this series could be a trap game for Chicago, as they could easily be looking ahead to the waiting Atlanta FaZe. New York started very hot, winning the first two maps to take a 2-0 series lead. OpTic responded, winning maps 3 and 4 to tie the series 2-2. In the winner take all map 5, the Subliners came out on top 6-4 to move on. Again, Chicago would have to battle through the Lower Bracket to make the Finals.
OpTic Chicago vs Florida Mutineers
Dashy & Co would have to rebound from the loss rather quickly, as they had to play again on Day 1. OpTic would need Dashy to continue his form to take down Florida and start building momentum. The two teams split the opening maps, entering map 3 with the series tied 1-1. OpTic would take control of the series and finish off the Mutineers 3-1. Dashy top fragged in the series, ending with a 1.32 overall KD with 70 total kills. He was a force in the Hardpoints, powering OpTic with his 1.37 KD and 4856.7 damage per 10 minutes.
OpTic Chicago vs Toronto Ultra
Moving onto the next round, OpTic would face their rivals Toronto Ultra. OpTic had struggled over the course of the season against the Ultra, falling in multiple Major series. The two teams were very closely matched, but Toronto seemed to always have the advantage in Map 5s. OpTic started poorly in the series, dropping the first two maps in a decisive fashion. With their backs against the wall, OpTic won the map 3 Raid Control to stay alive in the series. Sadly, it wouldn’t last. Even while outslaying Toronto by 13 kills, Chicago would lose to be knocked out. It was another difficult defeat to Toronto that would end their season.
The 2021 season was still an amazing year for the superstar flex player. Even though he was able to showcase his ability in any Grand Finals this year, he easily could’ve been one of the MVP candidates. He had multiple stages that were worthy of Player of the Stage and almost pushed OpTic into multiple Grand Finals. After struggling in Stage 3, Dashy pushed himself to improve and reach his superstar potential. He instantly rebounded to end the year on a high note individually. Dashy was one of the best respawn players in the entire League, helping the team become one of the most feared teams in the two respawn modes. It was a fantastic season for the Dark Knight.
How good was Dashy in 2021?
Hardpoint was Dashy’s best mode of the Cold War season. In every map and situation, Dashy finished with a 1.01 KD or higher and produced great damage numbers. Against the top 3 teams in the CDL, he showed how great he is. A 1.18 KD with 24.02 Kp10M & 4604.11 DMGp10M made him one of the top performers. Brandon was incredibly consistent and proved that he is still a superstar in the CDL.
Over the course of the season, OpTic was one of the best Hardpoint teams. With the talent and slaying power, they could go toe-to-toe with any other team in the mode. The squad had two top-tier maps in Checkmate (11-5) & Moscow (14-7). The 44-34 overall record ranked 3rd in the CDL.
Search & Destory
Known for his great play in SnD in the past, Dashy was expected to be a star in the mode yet again. Sadly, it’d be a down year in the mode with no snipers, but he still played well. He had a 1.05 KD or higher in 5 of the 7 maps. Dashy also went 68-41 in opening duels. It was still a great season for the flex star.
Overall, Chicago had a down season in SnD. They finished with a 29-30 overall, thriving on Checkmate (6-2), Moscow (10-7), and Standoff (5-3). Given the talent on this roster, you could’ve expected better results in the mode during the 2021 season.
Dashy was dominant in the 3rd mode this season. He had a 1.18 KD in Control on LAN and a 1.22 KD at the five Majors. Brandon also held up against the top 3 teams, having a 1.14 KD with 19.98 kills per 10 minutes. He thrived on Raid, ending the season with a 1.20 KD on the map with a 1.11 KD on the attacking side.
OpTic as a team also found a lot of success in Control. With a 17-8 record on Raid and a 13-8 record on Checkmate, they were a top Control team in the CDL. Their teamwork was on point in the mode, finishing with an amazing 30-17 record.
A look ahead to Vanguard
Dashy has been rumored to be joining the Dallas franchise going into Call of Duty Vanguard. With a merger between OpTic and Envy to be soon announced, it’d see both Dashy & Scump join the Dallas side. They’d be partnered with Indervir “iLLeY” Dhaliwal and Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro to form a superteam. This would form a team with one of the highest talent ceilings in the CDL. With the AR duo of Dashy and iLLeY, they will be able to match anyone in the League. Given time to mesh and grow as a unit, they will certainly be competing for championships during the 2022 season.
TES – True Engagement Success: (Kills+Assists)/(Kills+Assists+Deaths)
Slayer Rating –
Average Engagements: (Total Kills+Total Deaths+Total Assists)/Total Game Time(or Rounds for SnD)
Kp10M – Kills per 10 Minutes: (Total Kills/Total Game Time)*10
Dp10M – Deaths per 10 Minutes: (Total Deaths/Total Game Time)*10
DMGp10M – Damage per 10 Minutes: (Total Damage/Total Game Time)*10
HTp10M – Hill Time per 10 Minutes: (Total Hill Time/Total Game Time)*10
Sp10M – Score per 10 Minutes: (Total Score/Total Game Time)*10
ADR – Average Damage per Round: (Total Damage/Total Rounds Played)
OpDuel Won or Lost – First Blood or First Blooded
OpDuel W% – Opening Duel Win Percentage: (Total OpDuels Won)/(Total OpDuels Won+Total OpDuels Lost)
KpR, DpR – Kills per Round & Deaths per Round
K% – The % of rounds the player had at least 1 kill
MK% – The % of rounds the player had at least 2 kills
0K% – The % of rounds the player had 0 kills
Stats versus the top 3 teams in the league are the summed stats vs Atlanta, Dallas, & Toronto. If the player is on one of those teams, the stat is summed from the remaining two teams on the list.