Many pro teams like OpTic Chicago have shifted to Texas for the Call of Duty League 2021 season, and Seth ‘Scump’ Abner stated that he loves how this has improved the team’s chances against their rivals.
Due to the ongoing global crisis, professional Call of Duty teams have been restricted to participating in online tournaments. While that has made things a bit difficult for players with network problems, it has also brought many of them closer together.
Several CDL pros have formed a “bubble” in Texas, which helps keep all players on a team in one location. Seth ‘Scump’ Abner believes that this will give OpTic Chicago a huge advantage over their rivals in the year ahead.
OpTic Chicago is benefitting from the new CDL “bubble” in Texas
All of Scump’s teammates are training out of the H3CZQUARTERS facility, so they’re serious about doing well in 2021. The OpTic Chicago player expressed how fond he is of playing at a single location with his friends since it grants opportunities for team bonding.
“I absolutely love it,” he said on January 27. “I think it has tremendously improved our team chemistry. Every single night [the team] is always hanging out after scrims.”
Scump believes that having the entire team together helps coordination since the players trust each other. “You can just tell,” he explained. “It feels like we trust each other a lot more inside of the game. We trust each other to make good decisions and do the right things on the map.”
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Aside from team bonding and trust-building, this method of playing games at the same location has also proven to be beneficial in other ways. The player noted that it provides his team with “the sheer connection advantage.”
“I believe 31 of 48 players are in Texas right now and it might even be more than that. Clearly, Texas has some sort of connection advantage for people to want to pick up their lives and move down here to compete.”
OpTic recently annihilated the LA Thieves 3-0 in the Kickoff Classic, so their training has definitely paid off. “We’ve been playing super good. I can’t even remember the last time we lost a scrim set.”
Scump stated that having the whole team in the same location is definitely something that will benefit them moving forward. Many other teams have also moved to Texas, so we have a lot of great competition to look forward to in the year ahead.
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