Chicago Huntsmen have rebranded to OpTic Chicago for next year’s Call of Duty League.
After reports of Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez reacquiring the OpTic Gaming brand, that deal has been made official on Wednesday 11th November - with his currently owned team Chicago Huntsmen taking the brand name from OpTic Gaming LA.
H3CZ sold OpTic Gaming three years ago to Infinite Esports and Entertainment, where it was subsequently handed to Immortals Gaming Club. With issues around the new owners preventing a collaboration, H3CZ became co-CEO for NRG and formed the Chicago Huntsmen team.
As reacquiring the OpTic brand means he would have ownership of two Call of Duty teams (which is against CDL rules), OpTic Gaming LA’s spot was recently bought by 100 Thieves - who will compete next year as the LA Thieves.
Following the announcement video, which features H3CZ getting nostalgic about OpTic's Call of Duty history, a new range of merchandise was also revealed for the "second founders".
While Chicago Huntsmen’s rebrand has been expected for a while, today’s announcement leaked ahead of time in a report from the Esports Observer.
OpTic Chicago will likely be one of the teams to watch next year, having finished third in the standings for this year’s Call of Duty League Championship behind Atlanta FaZe and Dallas Empire.
OpTic Gaming were previously a powerhouse in Call of Duty (Picture: CWL)
The team’s roster this year comprises mostly of previous Chicago Huntsmen players, including Matthew “FormaL” Piper, Dylan “Envoy” Hannon and Seth “Scump” Abner.
The only new addition is Brandon “Dashy” Otell from OpTic Gaming LA, who joined following the departure of brothers Alec “Arcitys” Sanderson and Preston “Prestinni” Sanderson.
This offseason has been one of the most turbulent in competitive Call of Duty history, with the switch to a 4v4 format shaking up teams significantly.
OpTic Chicago roster
- Matthew “FormaL” Piper
- Dylan “Envoy” Hannon
- Seth “Scump” Baner
- Brandon “Dashy” Otell