OpTic Texas is the biggest brand in the Call of Duty League by a considerable margin, but after a couple of years of struggling to really live up to the hype, they may be faced with the difficult task of choosing whether to stick or spin, of heading into Modern Warfare 2. season.
To put aside the obvious: the Vanguard season was definitely a very rough anomaly for OpTic. Apart from a first place finish in Major I, the results weren’t really there, and Indervir ‘iLLeY’ Dhaliwal’s injury left the team in limbo for a couple of months during a crucial stretch of the season.
It’s hard to hold that against them, and it begs the question of how far OpTic might have gone had iLLeY been able to continue the season as normal, but 2022 followed a worrying trend for OpTic, which has seen them start seasons strong. before decay. As the months go by, other teams pick up the game faster and eventually reach superior skill with OpTic’s weapons. From there, the ‘Green Wall’ is at fault against its main rivals.
iLLeY was back for Champs, and Scump was in his good Champs form, but it wasn’t enough to achieve anything more than fourth place, a far cry from where players and fans alike expect the team to be.
With the dust now settling on the 2022 season, contracts are coming to an end and players are entering free agency or seeing their deals extended.
According to popular CDL leaker Intel, four OpTic players will enter free agency, though this doesn’t strictly mean they’re out of the team entirely, just that a new contract hasn’t been signed.
Those players are iLLeY, Anthony ‘Shotzzy’ Cuevas-Castro, Jordan ‘General’ General and Byron ‘Prolute’ Vera.
Is ILLeY replaceable?
General and Prolute have already said goodbye to OpTic, but the same has not happened with Shotzzy or iLLeY. This suggests, as many expect, that they plan to stay with the team.
Shotzzy is one of the biggest SMG talents in Call of Duty right now, and someone with that elite level ability is as unbeatable as it gets.
It’s hard to put iLLeY in the same category, despite all that he brings to the table. He’s not the kind of heavy Flex, like a McArthur ‘Cellium’ Jovel or a Daunte ‘Sib’ Gray, that other teams have had success with. Instead, what he brings is a deep understanding of the game as a skilled shot caller and IGL.
The problem is that his role is dominated by extremely talented players. Not just those mentioned above, who seem set to stick with the Atlanta FaZe and Seattle Surge respectively, but across the league, where more are available as free agents.
For example, Dillon ‘Attach’ Price is now a veteran player who is not only capable of calling the shots, but also posted the fourth-highest KD of the Vanguard season. That kill isn’t something you can just sneer at, and with his ability to play primary or flex, he could perfectly complement Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell as an AR duo.
Toronto Ultra’s Cameron ‘Cammy’ McKilligan is another Flex free agent that several teams will be interested in this offseason, as he has been a shining star in Toronto for the past two seasons.
It’s not out of the realm of possibility that OpTic Texas will evaluate its options in the coming weeks, despite assurances from owner Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez that the team “everyone wants to stay.”
What about Scump and Dashy?
Seth ‘Scump’ Abner and Dashy’s situation is much easier to resolve. Scump is unstoppable in every sense of the word and the face of Call of Duty esports. He also reportedly extended his team option until 2023, despite rumors once again that he may be contemplating retiring.
Dashy was an MVP candidate and topped all sorts of leaderboards throughout the Vanguard season, and apparently had his team option extended as well.
Will OpTic Texas make a change? It’s unlikely, especially given H3CZ’s assurances that the roster wants to stay together, but it’s not entirely impossible. They are a high-potential team that could take comfort in having a more dominant flex that can be to them what Cellium is to Atlanta FaZe.
So don’t worry, OpTic fans. Your favorite quartet should still take the stage together when the 2023 season kicks off, but it’s impossible to ignore the idea of a potential update as rostermania rumors run rampant.