Prior to the opening tournament of the Call of Duty Black Ops 4 season, Brandon “Dashy” Otell was one of the two new additions to the OpTic Gaming roster. With a lot of pressure on his young shoulders, Dashy managed to transition his immense online form onto the main stage, taking home the CWL Las Vegas MVP trophy thanks to his terrific Tempest plays and impressive slaying prowess.
Dashy entered the spotlight after a brief time under Str8 Rippin during the Infinite Warfare season where he managed to place in the top 16 at the world championships. The fast pace of the game suited his aggressive style which ultimately propelled him to a place on Enigma6, led by Jordan “General” General.
Following a top sixteen finish at CWL New Orleans, Dashy ran into contract issues with the organisation and at the beginning of 2018, Dashy joined compLexity Gaming. He immediately found success, winning the second online 2K tournament of the year on his debut with the new roster. Before CWL Seattle, Complexity had seen something in the young star and opted to overhaul their roster and build a new one around him.
Joining him for the remainder of the World War 2 season would be Doug “Censor” Martin, Richard “Ricky” Stacy and Rasim “Blazt” Ogresevic. Headlined by the addition of former champion Censor, Dashy soon became synonymous for his incredible skill with the sniper rifle and ability to make an instant impact with the submachine gun.
During the CWL Pro League, Dashy and the Complexity roster took some notable victories against North American powerhouses of Luminosity Gaming and Rise Nation but they still missed out on securing a place in the playoffs. Despite this, Dashy had caught the eyes of many as a player that was destined for a top team for the following season.
As the release of Black Ops 4 moved closer, OpTic Gaming announced that he would be joining the team for the upcoming season, alongside some of the most successful names in the history of Call of Duty esports. His ruthless aggression with the Maddox Assault Rifle saw the Green Wall run away with the first three online 2K tournaments and a victory at CWL Las Vegas, where he won his first MVP trophy. He had a staggering 2.17 Kill/Death ratio in Search and Destroy as well as putting on a slaying masterclass in the respawn modes, consistently making maps much easier for his team.
So what makes him so good?
Simply put, the aggressive playstyle of the young star makes all the difference on the OpTic Gaming roster. Thanks to his style of play, Dashy can change the game with what looks to be a simple kill to the spectator. But that initial frag enables the rest of his team to either execute a post-plant strategy on a bombsite, allows them to secure a Control point or make an incredible comeback on Hardpoint – something that OpTic has now become synonymous for after Las Vegas, making numerous Hardpoint comebacks against some world-class opposition.
The Prophet specialist on Black Ops 4 suits his style perfectly. His insane accuracy and reaction times with the Tempest often leads to a complete wipe of the opposition, leading to OpTic taking home the victory thanks to his skill with the Specialist. Dashy is widely regarded as the best Tempest player in Call of Duty and will more than likely keep making incredible plays throughout the Black Ops 4 season.
From being a relative unknown a few seasons ago, Dashy has rapidly risen to the top of the Call of Duty scene and is set for a long and very successful career in some of the best Call of Duty teams in North America.
With more and more young talents emerging, Dashy is an inspiration to any rising star that is looking to become the next hot property in the CWL.