With fresh faces and new lineups, several teams are going into the 2021 Call of Duty League season. One of the largest roster shuffles in Call of Duty history resulted in the return of the four-vs-four format and some teams dropped several players to prepare for the new season. OpTic Gaming Los Angeles (now the L.A. Thieves), who released Dashy in September, was one of those teams.
But this might have been the best thing for Dashy, since he’s now the fourth player in the Chicago stacked OpTic lineup, formerly known as the Chicago Huntsmen. He’s happy to be part of OpTic Chicago, Dashy said, which feels like a home for him.
“I’ve seen both sides of OpTic, the real and the ‘fake’ side, you might say, I guess,” Dashy said. I’m just delighted to be with Hector and everybody involved with OpTic. It feels like a family here, definitely. I’m just so excited to be able to get the season going.
Before the introduction of the franchised Call of Duty League, Dashy previously played for what many consider the ‘original’ OpTic Gaming during the Black Ops 4 season. At the end of the season, the OpTic roster was split up and each player found a new home on a franchised team.
As he has already teamed with Scump, Dashy’s previous experience with OpTic has made it easier to adapt to his new team for 2021. Before disbanding at the end of the season, they helped their Black Ops 4 team secure third place in the 2019 Call of Duty World League Championship. Dashy also said that he had little difficulty adapting to Envoy and FormaL, the other two players in the starting line-up of OpTic Chicago.
“I’ve teamed up with Seth in Black Ops 4 already, where we’ve had some success together… The other two, especially [Envoy], are clearly really good at the game,” Dashy said. “He really helps to improve as a squad. FormaL is obviously just FormaL; he’s one of the best players of all time. At least for me, it was pretty easy to mesh with everybody on the team.
Dashy spent the last few months of his time with OGLA on the bench, despite being a talented player. When he filled in for Kenny for a map, he temporarily made a comeback during the playoffs and proved that he could still compete with the best players in the world. His desire to maintain his reputation as one of the best players in the world was only further fueled by this and he brings that drive to OpTic Chicago.
I have a lot of motivation to come back and prove to everyone that I can still be one of the best players and win,” Dashy said.
However, the new rosters are not the only changes coming to the CDL next season. Teams will compete in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, which is significantly different from Modern Warfare. So far, some players have been critical of the Cold War, but Dashy believes it’s a game he can see himself grinding six or seven months down, even if people don’t play as much.