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OpTic H3CZ Calls For CDL To Completely Scrap Online Format

OpTic H3CZ Calls For CDL To Completely Scrap Online Format
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Written by 

Jack Marsh

Posted 

25th Jul 2022 12:08

The three consecutive seasons of the Call of Duty league franchised system have been hit with multiple format changes, mostly in the form of adaptations to the online era that beckoned with the global pandemic. But with a return to in-person Major Championships proving to be successful and safe, industry figures are now calling for the entire online era to be left behind.

When franchising was introduced to Call of Duty, the format was set completely to LAN, with twelve home series in the respective represented cities. 

However, the pandemic slammed that door shut, and the CDL has been playing catch-up ever since. Following a string of six live events, the latter four of which have gone smoothly without pandemic interference, OpTic Texas CEO Hector "H3CZ" Rodriguez wants an end to online competition altogether.

H3CZ Calls For CDL Online Format To Be Scrapped

Speaking alongside Seth "Scump" Abner in an OpTic podcast, H3CZ slammed the excuse of COVID-19, saying that Season 4 cannot have anything online-related.

H3CZ said, "I mean, in this league, how can you make it f*cking worse? We're playing online Call of Duty, still to this f*cking day. We are over-practising... We can't even use COVID as an excuse anymore."

"We're going into season f*cking four of this thing. If next year, there is a single thought or mention of 'we should do anything online related' my hand is gonna be raised, and I’m gonna say no immediately," he added.

 

Optic And ROKKR Vow To Combat Online CDL Era

Scump believes the online era will persist though, claiming "it works for the league". But franchise team owners H3CZ and Brett Diamond of Minnesota ROKKR want this to end. 
Both Scump and H3CZ believe the solution is to adopt a League of Legends-style approach by having a remote studio (namely the Esports Arena in Arlington, Texas) where all league games or qualifiers are played before flying off to Majors around the country. Scump did admit that he understood the struggles in relocating other city-based franchises though.

ROKKR's Brett Diamond has another alternative combat though. Considering the org, based in the Version 1 complex in Minnesota, will likely not want to relocate, ROKKR are eyeing a solution where some team in each split will come and play out of their complex with an added incentive, possibly replicable of the bounty weeks seen in the CDL this season.

It's more of an "if you won't do it, we'll do it ourselves," approach to ending the online CDL era, but that's quite suitable of the CDL, who often just leave everything down to the players and teams themselves.

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