Hecz is back with vengeance, now with the NRG backed Huntsmen
Since the acquisition of OpTic Gaming by Immortals Gaming Club and the revelation that OpTic founder Hector “Hecz” Rodriguez would be joining NRG to manage the Chicago Call of Duty League franchise, the Chicago Huntsmen has quickly become one of the most popular teams in the new league. Rodriguez has also managed to acquire a strong North American roster for the first season of the franchised league. The roster consists of Seth “Scump” Abner, Matthew “FormaL” Piper, Alec “Arcitys” Sanderson, Pierce “Gunless” Hillman and Dylan “Envoy” Hannon. The substitutes are Jordon “General” General and Marcus “MBoZe” Blanks.
T2P is Back
The partnership of Scump and FormaL dates back to 2015 when they first competed alongside each other during the Advanced Warfare season. 2017 was the highlight of their OpTic Gaming tenure, winning the world championship after failing to do so in 2016 when the team was considered heavy favourites heading into the event.
Having them back on the same team is a frightening prospect for the opposition. Scump is looking to prove himself once again after a turbulent Black Ops 4 season while FormaL, arguably one of the greatest console FPS players in history, is focused on cementing his legacy in Call of Duty with another championship win.
Arcitys & Gunless: An Underrated Powerhouse
During the Black Ops 4 season, Arcitys consolidated his position as one of the top AR players in the game. The former eUnited star and 2019 world champion has re-joined with former teammate Gunless in an attempt to keep the run of success going into 2020 and Modern Warfare.
In contrast to Arcitys, Gunless didn’t have the best of seasons despite being in the conversation for the best Black Ops 4 player for the majority of the year. His team’s struggles in last season’s pro league saw him put on the bench for the coach. A questionable move indeed. Nonetheless, Gunless now finds himself in a prime position to move back towards the top of the Call of Duty esports mountain.
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It is likely that Arcitys will continue his role as the main AR for the Huntsmen while Gunless is capable of filling any role that is required of his team to expect him to be roaming around the map, securing control for his team.
Envoy: A Future Star
Last season was a massive year for breakout stars in Call of Duty esports and it’s no question that Envoy was one of these players. Despite a top 40 finish at CWL Las Vegas at the start of the Black Ops 4 season, Envoy, alongside new teammates, dominated the qualifiers for the pro league, scoring a flawless record and taking down the likes of 100 Thieves on their way to the league.
Soon after displaying what he was capable of, he was signed to Gen.G, a team that could’ve easily taken home a championship during Black Ops 4 but failed at the final hurdle every time. Heading into the Modern Warfare season, it’s going to be interesting to see what Envoy can do on a much more traditional Call of Duty title.
Team Overview: Potential To Contend
Going off online practice, the past few weeks have been very interesting for the Huntsmen. There are glimpses of excellence and what this team is truly capable of but at the same time, there are also times where the team gets trounced by an opponent. If they can play at their best, then the Huntsmen are certainly in the conversation for taking home some trophies this season but if they don’t it could be a very interesting season for the Chicago franchise.