Shottzy reveals OpTic super squad was ‘done’ before MW2 collapse

Shottzy reveals OpTic super squad was ‘done’ before MW2 collapse
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Written by 

Jack Marsh


28th Nov 2023 13:00

Oh, what could have been for OpTic Texas...

The Modern Warfare 2 season was supposed to be the era which put OpTic back on top, as they moved away from a painfully stop-start Vanguard stint with a vengeance.

But the Modern Warfare 2 season was yet another year of inconsistency and roster breakdowns, even retiring Seth "Scump" Abner.

It could have been very, very different though, as eventual MVP Paco "HyDra" Rusiewiez was a "done" deal to OpTic in the offseason.

Shotzzy claims OpTic HyDra was a 'done' deal

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Prior to the Modern Warfare 2 season, Call of Duty's most esteemed organisation looked to replace the injury-stricken Indervir "iLLeY" Dhaliwal as it looked like Scump would step into a more reserved flex role instead of the main SMG position.

Top of the list of replacements was HyDra, as the French phenom had become the most-sought-after player in the league amid a fallout at New York Subliners and 18 months of experience and language-learning under his belt as the most exciting youngster in the league. 

And it looked like OpTic had got their man, as OpTic announced the departure of both iLLeY and Brandon "Dashy" Otell.

Fans will remember OpTic quickly making the biggest U-Turn in CDL history though as just two days later, the squad decided to "run it back", resigning the departed duo, despite outlets claiming HyDra's move was as good as done.

And Shotzzy has now shown just how "done" HyDra's deal was, as he took to a recent stream to claim, in that two-day period, HyDra was even inducted into the group chats as the move beckoned.

HyDra was inducted to OpTic group chats before roster change renege


On-stream, Shotzzy admitted, "HyDra to OpTic was done, he was even in the group chat with us".

Of course, HyDra then went on to win the Call of Duty League World Championships - and earn MVP - after securing a fruitful contract at Subliners again and building a new team, while OpTic fell out in the top-six places.

It's hard to know whether HyDra's signing would have still allowed Dashy to return, with Alec "Arcitys" Sanderson also being linked with the main AR post, although the possibility of Dashy, Scump, HyDra, and Shotzzy is enough to frighten anyone.

Instead, iLLeY was soon replaced by Dan "Ghosty" Rothe and Scump's retirement led to Cuyler "Huke" Garland earning a spot back alongside Shotzzy, although their season petered off despite picking up pace with back-to-back Major silver medals.

Now, OpTic at least has landed the marquee signing that they desired in Amer "Pred" Zulbeari - whose first similarly proposed deal coincidentally fell through just weeks after HyDra's only to sign on the dotted line in the offseason - and paired him with yet another explosively talented star in Kenny "Kenny" Willaims for the upcoming season.

Jack is an Esports Journalist at GGRecon. Graduating from the University of Chester, with a BA Honours degree in Journalism, Jack is an avid esports enthusiast and specialises in Rocket League, Call of Duty, VALORANT, and trending gaming news.

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