Call of Duty veteran Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter has revealed that there was a massive divide in last year’s OpTic Gaming roster, saying that the the team “hated each other”.
Crimsix, who has now moved to the Dallas Empire for the upcoming franchise-based Call of Duty League, wrote in a feature for the league’s website about the state of affairs at OpTic last season. He didn’t hold back on some of his former teammates, blasting their professionalism and revealing how he was forced out of the team following the conclusion of the season. He claims there was a huge rift in the team. “It was Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow, our coach Tyler ‘TeePee’ Polchow and myself versus Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell, Seth ‘Scump’ Abner and Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly,” Crimsix says.
Crimsix, who had been at OpTic since November 2014, currently holds the record for the most major tournament wins in competitive Call of Duty history. However, he reveals in the article that “they [Dashy, Scump and TJHaLy] thought they were gods, and Damon, Tyler, and I were garbage. They wouldn’t listen. Even if you were right, they would ignore you. Teammates are supposed to build you up, not try to tear you down. We had a lot of disagreements that almost always turned into personal shots at each other.”
Although many fans knew that there had been disagreements and underperformance in the OpTic camp last season, there were very few who thought it had become this bad.
A fired up Crimsix is now relishing the chance to face his former teammates in the Call of Duty League. “I want to get my former team back for everything they put me through,” he says. “Everything I’ve had to deal with, everything that’s gone under-appreciated. I want to put them in the dirt.”
— Empire C6 (@Crimsix) October 23, 2019
One member of the trio being slammed by Crimsix, Dashy, fired back at his former teammate during a Twitch stream.
“Listen, I’m good with all my teammates,” Dashy said. “It’s just some of them aren’t good with me because I didn’t want to play with them,” he added, clearly in reference to Crimsix. “Like, you don’t wanna play with someone? Then you get crucified for it. Just don’t get s*** on.”
Scump, Dashy and TJHaLy have not officially confirmed where they’ll be playing next season or if the trio will stick together.
It is likely that they will either remain with OpTic, who will be rebranded into the LA spot purchased by their owners Immortals, or will head to the Chicago franchise where former OpTic owner Hector ‘H3CZ’ Rodriguez now resides as CEO.
Karma, who was on Crimsix’s side of the OpTic rift, has joined the Seattle-based franchise.
Wherever they all end up, it seems as if Crimsix is out for revenge. Despite only having a handful of the rosters and brands unveiled so far, the Call of Duty League already has one massive storyline ready to go for the season ahead.
The Call of Duty League will begin in 2020 and features 12 city-based franchises across North America and Europe.