Call of Duty League 2021: Chicago Huntsmen To Rebrand As Chicago OpTic

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The competitive Call of Duty scene is currently in its off-season after the conclusion of the inaugural season of the Call of Duty League (CDL).

The newly-created geo-franchised league marked a new era for competitive Call of Duty, with a total of 12 franchises competing in a new season format culminating in a championship tournament to determine the outright winner.


Arguably the most popular of the franchises is the Chicago Huntsmen.

Owned by North American esports organisation NRG Esports and managed by OpTic Gaming founder Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez, the Huntsmen amassed a substantial following after OpTic Gaming was sold to Immortals.

First reported by The Esports Observer, it appears NRG and H3CZ are bringing the OpTic name back to its rightful home!

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The Return Of The Green Wall

During the 2020 CDL season, OpTic Gaming Los Angeles became the pantomime villain of the league, with many fans declaring that the Huntsmen were the “real OpTic”.

After a disappointing debut season, Rodriguez managed to acquire the OpTic Gaming brand back from Immortals, much to the delight of Green Wall fans.

Rodriguez had control of two CDL franchise slots, one in Los Angeles and one in Chicago. Rather than move the Chicago brand over to LA, H3CZ sold the LA slot to long-time friend and competitive Call of Duty legend Matt “Nadeshot” Haag.


While Nadeshot introduced the world to the LA Thieves, the CoD community wondered whether the OpTic name was gone for good.

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The Chicago OpTic

According to sources close to the CDL, the Chicago Huntsmen will undergo a rebrand and become the Chicago OpTic.


The announcement is said to be coming on November 11th, and will see the OpTic name return to the city where many watched the organisation grow into one of the most recognisable brands in esports and gaming.

Chicago OpTic Roster

  • Dylan “Envoy” Hannon
  • Matt “FormaL” Piper
  • Seth “Scump” Abner
  • Brandon “Dashy” Otell