The newest recruits to OpTic Gaming CoD didn’t come as a surprise after weeks of speculation, but for some fans the names ‘Dashy’ and ‘TJHaLy’ may not be all that familiar, so Crimsix explains exactly what they bring to the table.
The announcement was made on OpTic’s popular video docu-series ‘Vision’, but numerous hints and rumors had already spoiled the surprise somewhat, at least for Dashy and TJHaLy specifically.
Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell has really only been a player at the professional level for a little over a year – his first LAN tournament was the 2017 CWL Anaheim, where he came top 20 with Str8 Rippin.
Dashy spent the WWII season first on Enigma6 and later CompLexity, and was the standout player on both rosters, but failed to break into the top eight at any major events.
As for Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly, his professional career goes as far back as the Advanced Warfare season, but was cut short due to age restrictions. As soon as he turned 18, Daniel “Loony” Loza and Rise Nation immediately picked him up, knowing his talent.
Winning three tournaments in his first year back, no one can deny TJ’s talent, and Dashy too has performed well, even in teams not competing for championships.
But, everyone knowns OpTic is another step up, and Crimsix explains, via a Reddit AMA, why they felt the two young guns were the right choice.
He went on to explain further that being proficient at SnD was a major factor in the recruitment of TJHaLy and Dashy, who before they were professionals were some of the best ‘SnD stars’ in the amateur scene.
Of course their general in game skill is also there, with Crimsix praising TJ as “the best selfless/entry fragging sub in the game.”
With the experience of veterans like Crimsix, Seth ‘Scump’ Abner and Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow combined with the younger duo of Dashy and TJHaLy, Crimsix calls it the “perfect storm” coming into Black Ops 4.
The teams forming so far at the top of North American Call of Duty are very intriguing already, with OpTic, 100 Thieves and Envy all sporting all-star lineups.
Other top organizations like FaZe Clan, Luminosity and eUnited are still to finalize their teams, and with the move to 5v5 shaking everything up, we could well see some more impressive squads announced, but OpTic have every reason to be confident.