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24 Feb 2021

OpTic Chicago CDL 2021 Roster, Franchise History, And Season Expectations

During the 2020 off-season, it was announced that OpTic Gaming founder Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez regained control of the OpTic brand from Immortals Gaming Club.

Since then, the Chicago franchise that previously donned the Huntsmen brand has received a makeover.

Now armed with a new take on the iconic OpTic logo and a brand-new name, OpTic Chicago is primed to challenge for the top spot of the league table.

Find everything you need to know about the new-look Green Wall, including its full roster, the history of the franchise, and how we think the team will perform during the Black Ops Cold War season.

OpTic Chicago Roster

Chicago OpTic Roster CDL 2021

The Black Ops Cold War season marks the return of 4v4 competition, meaning all 12 franchises were forced into dismissing a player ahead of the start of the new season.

With former Huntsmen players Alec “Arcitys” Sanderson and twin-brother Preston “Prestinni” Sanderson leaving the team, the Green Wall acquired former OpTic Los Angeles player Brandon “Dashy” Otell to compete alongside the long-standing duo of Seth “Scump” Abner and Matt “FormaL” Piper with breakout star Dylan “Envoy” Hannon rounding out the North American powerhouse.

The full roster can be found below:

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

On paper, this roster is more than capable of giving defending champions, the Dallas Empire, a run for their money. Based on online practice and their dominant performance at the Kickoff Classic, OpTic Chicago is going to be a formidable force throughout the course of the season.

Franchise History

OpTic Chicago History

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The Chicago franchise was first revealed in September 2020. Owned by North American esports organisation NRG, and with H3CZ appointed as CEO, the franchise was built for success from the outset.

Ahead of the inaugural CDL season, FormaL, Scump, Arcitys, Envoy, and Pierce “Gunless” Hillman were unveiled as the starting line-up.

The team looked impressive at the London Home Series, defeating the Dallas Empire in the final to take home to the first tournament of the CDL era. The Huntsmen took a second and final victory at the Seattle Home Series, before ending the 2020 season with a third-place finish at the season-ending championship.

The off-season was a time of significant change for the Chicago franchise. The switch to 4v4 saw a change to its starting line-up alongside a rebrand thanks to H3CZ regaining control of OpTic Gaming.

2021 will mark a new era for the Chicago franchise. With a new look and new roster representing the iconic OpTic brand, the new season is a chance for OpTic to reaffirm its position at the pinnacle of competitive Call of Duty.

Season Expectations

With the competition between the teams looking closer than ever, each team is more than capable of scoring a win over the other on any given day, but given the sheer amount of explosive talent on Chicago OpTic, it’s going to take something special for a team to go the distance with the Green Wall.

OpTic Chicago is certainly one of the favourites to take home the championship at the end of the year and the squad will be intent on usurping the Dallas Empire from their championship throne.