Dashy reveals what went wrong with OpTic Texas during MW2.
OpTic Texas players Brandon “Dashy” Otell and Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro went public with what occurred behind the scenes during the Call of Duty League 2023 season in the latest Game Chat podcast. Despite finishing second in Major 3 and 4, OpTic Texas folded, ending the season with a 9th-12th in Major 5 and 5th-6th at CDL Champs 2023.
It was not the outcome the team anticipated, ultimately leading to the pair of Dashy and Shotzzy picking up rising star Amer “Pred” Zulbeari and OpTic kryptonite Kenneth “Kenny” Williams. However, few knew what led to OpTic Texas dropping Challenger call-up Dan “Ghosty” Rothe and Cuyler “Huke” Garland.
Dashy says the decision to split happened on the blackjack table
Following OpTic’s unexpected exit at CDL Champs 2023 in Vegas, Dashy and company jokingly said the roster change discussion happened on the blackjack table. “Ain’t no way we can run this s**t back,” said Dashy on the Game Chat podcast.
He continued, saying that shortly after returning from Las Vegas, he, Shotzzy, and Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez discussed the next steps. “Hector gave us the green light,” he said.
Although roster changes often happen in Call of Duty, the reasoning falls below the wayside in most cases. During the podcast, Shotzzy asked Dashy why the duo stuck together and dropped their two teammates from OpTic Texas.
“For me, it was more, like everyday practice, and this is going to sound insane coming from me, just going hard as f*** and having accountability,” explained Dashy. “Some days we’d get on, and there’d be an insane excuse why we’re not going hard [in practice] or just chalking a set or against X team because we are smoking them. Just little s**t that added up.”
While the two did not mention Ghosty or Huke by name, it seems likely that the team did not mesh. OpTic Texas went from two consecutive runner-up finishes to a disastrous end to their season.
Shotzzy and Dashy discuss OpTic Texas' back-to-back second-place finishes
The two players explained what followed their impressive results in Major 3 and 4, saying that the team “practiced with an ego.” Regardless, Dashy, Shotzzy, Pred, and Kenny agreed that OpTic Texas was untouchable in scrims.
Kenny expanded on OpTic’s scrim dominance, saying the Los Angeles Thieves went 42 days without defeating OpTic in practice. Even so, OpTic Texas faltered down the stretch despite their high expectations.