We were all under the impression that there would be at least one more season of Scump on the main stage. However, on January 17, Abner made the decision to call it a career after realizing that he had already accomplished everything of significance in his professional Call of Duty career.
Scump began his career with OpTic in 2012 and finished it as the second-most successful player in the history of Call of Duty. He won 31 major tournaments, two gold medals at the X Games, and one global championship.
I will be retiring after CoD Champs
— OpTic Scump (@scump) April 1, 2017
The announcement of Scump’s retirement signals the end of an era that will go down as one of the longest-tenured and most decorated in the history of esports. FormaL, Crimsix, Karma, and Nadeshot were all a part of the OpTic Gaming Dynasty, which recently announced that all of its cast members have retired from competitive gaming after winning 18 offline tournaments and one championship title.
Along the way, Abner established connections, rivalries, and lifelong fans in Call of Duty and throughout the gaming industry as a whole. Members of the Call of Duty community and others seized this final occasion to pay their respects to “the king” and thank him for everything he had done to contribute to the scene.
The Call of Duty Community Pays Homage To Scump OpTic legend
It is only appropriate to start with Matthew “Nadeshot” Haag, who linked up with Scump at the beginning of OpTic’s historic run. This is the perfect place to begin. On Twitter, Nadeshot paid tribute to the late player by writing, “The greatest Call of Duty player of all time. Scump has had more impact on the success and growth of competitive Call of Duty than any other player to date, and is one of the reasons why so many players and staff get to work in this industry that we all love so much. Love you, brother
The greatest Call of Duty player of all time. Scump has had more impact on the success & growth of competitive Call of Duty than any other player to date & is one of the reasons why so many players & staff get to work in this industry that we all love so much. Love you, brother. https://t.co/7jFrgEFkl0
— 100T Nadeshot (@Nadeshot) January 17, 2023
CDL General Manager Daniel Tsay expressed his gratitude to Scump by saying, “A rare combination of talent, class, and charisma – we have been fortunate to have you for all these years. Competitive COD is forever grateful, and congrats on your new chapter, this is only the beginning!
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Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper was an essential member of OpTic throughout their run to dynasty, and he recently paid respect to Scump in a post on his personal website, writing, “Best friend for life, insane career and proud to call you my duo. Happy to have made all those memories with you, kid.”
Best friend for life, insane career and proud to call you my duo. Happy to have made all those memories with you kid #T2P
— OpTic FormaL (@FormaL) January 17, 2023
Sam “Octane” Larew has been a member of Scump for a more extended period than the majority of other active players. Since their entrance into the CWL in 2015, the two have competed in dozens of matches and even spent some time in 2018 working together. Octane stated, “I grew from a fan of his to his teammate over the course of my career, and it’s going to be hard seeing Call of Duty without Scump at the forefront. It was an honor to share the battlefield, brother.”
Karl-Anthony Towns, a standout player in the NBA, extended his congratulations to Scump on his retirement.
Scump shares his knowledge of Call of Duty on the upcoming generation of players. Brandon “Dashy” Otell has previously kicked off the team, but he has since been reinstated, and Scump warned him in his farewell video, “Brandon, I’m going to be on your a**. Please use this opportunity well because I’m falling down so you can go up, and I hope you use this right.”
Chris “Simp” Lehr, who is a member of the Atlanta Faze and is considered to be at the vanguard of the future generation of Call of Duty players, expressed his best wishes by saying,“Insane career and forever the face of CoD. Thanks for being an inspiration to the scene, good luck with what’s next brotha.”
Scump will be recognized as one of the best esports competitors of all time, and the shoes he has left behind are nearly hard for anybody to fill. His legacy will go on forever.
on 17 January, Optic Legend Scrump retired from Call of Duty. The members of His Gaming Community honor him with their contributions. Are you a significant admirer of Scrump? Pay your respects to him in the comment section here.
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Jessa Martin is the author of Nogmagazine, A professional in writing by day, and novelist by night, she received her bachelor of arts in film from Howard University and her master of arts in media studies from the New School. A Brooklyn native, she is a lover of naps, cookie dough, and beaches, currently residing in the borough she loves, most likely multitasking.