Call of Duty League: Nadeshot and Co. Recall Exhibition Match Humiliation

Published 02/11/2021, 1:07 PM EST


Call of Duty League starts today and age-old rivalries will make a return in this edition. When we say age-old rivalries, the best one is perhaps between Optic Gaming and LA Thieves. The first edition of the League saw Dallas Empire seize the crown from the truly dominant Atlanta FaZe.

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The second season is about to start and it will take place in the newest CoD title: Black Ops Cold War. Players have played the new maps multiple times in the last few months, since the launch of the game back in November 2020.

12 teams will enter this epic match-up that will take place over these months in 2021. Five major series and a Championship showdown in the end await these 12 teams with revised rosters. The drastic change from 5v5 to 4v4 affected all the major teams in this cross-continent tournament. Three time World Champion Clayster who played for Dallas Empire last season was among the few pros caught in the transfer heat.

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However, this new season also marks the re-entry of LA Thieves in CDL. Nadeshot’s organization failed to grab a spot in the first edition. Nonetheless, this time around, they are back to showcase their dominance in the FPS genre. In a dramatic turn of events, Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez, also reacquired Optic Gaming from Immortals Gaming Club. Then, he went on to rename the Chicago Huntsmen as Optic Gaming, sealing Optic’s spot in the second edition of CDL.

LA Thieves recently posted a YouTube video on their epic match-up with Optic during an exhibition match. This match was requested by the viewers, and its results will not affect the League in any way. Nonetheless, everyone got a view of the new teams during the heated three rounds.

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LA Thieves get thrashed by Optic during Call of Duty League exhibition match-up

The match-up ended going Optic’s way as they dominated LA 3-0. LA Thieves, headed by Slasher, did not seem to find the balance in the maps to stop Optic’s rapid pushes. The first map was Garrison Hardpoint and Optic’s epic duo, Scump and Formal, unleashed choas on it.

Both of them secured 28 and 29 kills respectively, as Optic won the match 250-136. LA knew they were in for great danger, but only time would tell.

The second map was Checkmate Search and Destroy. LA Thieves seemed to only have a chance till the sixth round where it ended 3-3. After that it was Optic all the way. The third match-up fell apart for LA Thieves in a similar fashion.

In the video, Temp repeatedly mentions comms as the underlying problem in the team.

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While fans loved the dominant showdown from the veterans of the scene, Nadeshot shared his concerns in the video, while motivating his team in the meantime.

We fell short. We lost in a significant fashion. […] I know players are going to use that as motivation for the rest of the year. They are going to stay hungry and we are gonna get better.”

Will this season see a total dominant show from Optic? Will LA Thieves make a comeback after this wipeout? We will find out after the League kicks-off later today. Watch behind the scenes from the exhibition match below.

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Avhinandan Chakraborty

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Avhinandan Chakraborty is an eSports author at EssentiallySports since August 2020. He is currently pursuing his Master's degree in English Literature from Calcutta University, and has been professionally writing since 2020. Ever since he was a child, he has been extremely passionate about online gaming and eSports, having played titles like GTA Vice City, FIFA, and IGI, among many others.

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