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LA Thieves officially join the Call of Duty League

After weeks of speculation the Los Angeles Thieves have joined the CDL for the 2021 season.

The franchise is owned by Nadeshot’s organisation, 100 Thieves, and will compete against the 11 other CDL franchises.

Rumours of 100 Thieves’ return to Call of Duty began circulating after it was reported that the organisation had acquired OpTic’s CDL spot.

The rumours have now been confirmed meaning that we will see fan favourites 100 Thieves back in competitive CoD once again.

However, this time the squad will be officially named Los Angeles Thieves making them the second LA-based franchise alongside LA Guerillas.

The Los Angeles roster will include: Austin “Slasher” Liddicoat, Kenny “Kuavo” Williams, Thomas “TJHaly” Haly and Zack “Drazah” Jordan.

This was the original roster that would have competed under OpTic Gaming LA before they were bought out by Nadeshot and 100 Thieves.

100 Thieves entered competitive CoD in 2016 during the Black Ops 3 season. Their stay was short-lived however as they then left and did not return until the 2018/19 Black Ops 4 season.

The team performed very well in Black Ops 4 and gained a huge following whilst doing so.

They won both CWL Anaheim and CWL London as well as coming second in the CWL Championship 2019.

Fans were extremely disappointed that 100 Thieves were not participating in the Call of Duty League introduced last year.

Despite opting out of purchasing a spot last year, Nadeshot felt that now was the right time to enter the league.

Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez, who was rumoured to have bought OpTic Gaming back, is thought to have sold the franchise to good friend Nadeshot.

Eric “Muddawg” Sanders will retain his position of General Manager under the LA Thieves. He exceled in this role during 100 Thieves impressive season in 2018/19.

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100 Thieves make shock departure from competitive CS:GO

After a rough year of competing, 100 Thieves have decided to pull out of CS:GO due to the “ambiguity, vagueness and uncertainty” in the scene.

The organisation, founded by former CoD pro Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag, entered competitive CS:GO in 2017 but it was only a brief stay.

They then acquired the Renegades roster in 2019 as they burst back onto the scene. Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, the roster saw a downturn in performance and results began to worsen.

100 Thieves’ roster remained outside the top 10 ranking since May 2020 and it never seemed to look up for the Aussies.

Rumours began to crop up regarding the organisation’s departure after star player Justin “jks” Savage was linked with a move to Complexity.

Nadeshot later confirmed the rumours in a social media post where he outlined all the reasons for their CS:GO exit.

In the heartfelt announcement, Nadeshot said: “What’s happening right now in CS:GO is that everything is transitioning over to Europe. We talked to our players about what solutions we could find because they’ve been competing their butts off.

“They’ve done the best job that they could to bring the results that we strive for. Unfortunately, we have fallen short quite a bit.”

Nadeshot emphasised the organisation’s efforts to keep all teams and players based in their Los Angeles headquarters. Due to the majority of CS:GO events moving to Europe, this placed a big obstacle in the way of their vision and goals.

He then added: “Even if we wanted to make roster changes, there were still hurdles in our way. Right now, with the qualifications and the points system for Majors, any roster movement that we would have made could have jeopardised our position or our opportunity to even compete at a Major. And that was a gigantic roadblock.”

The 100 Thieves organisation has made clear that they put their players first. With many CS:GO players moving to Europe, it was only right for the roster to be dropped to allow the players to further their own careers.

Nadeshot did touch on the possibility of a return to CS:GO in the future. However, at this moment in time it is not the right move financially and from a competitive standpoint.

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