Seth “Scump” Abner Retires from Professional CoD 

Scump’s career came to a sudden end Tuesday. How will his retirement affect OpTic?

Seth “Scump” Abner announced his retirement on January 17th after the first weekend of play of qualifiers for the Call of Duty League 2023 Major II. Though having short stints with other teams, Scump will forever be remembered for his time with OpTic as he was a fan favorite of the Green Wall dating back to 2012. In his time as a professional, Scump won 31 major tournaments, including the 2017 Call of Duty World League Championship with OpTic Gaming. 

Though fans knew that this was going to be Scump’s last season, no one was prepared for his midseason retirement. Though you need not fear, as Scump confirmed in his retirement speech, he would still be in the public eye and turning his focus onto content creation. 

2023 OpTic Texas

Scump’s departure follows what has been a pretty abysmal season so far, finishing 7th in the Major I qualifiers and 9-12th place in the Major itself. OpTic Texas is currently tied for second place in the Major II qualifiers, currently 1-0. Brandon “Dashy” Otell will join Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro, Indervir “iLLeY” Dhaliwal, and Cuyler “Huke” Garland in the starting lineup for OpTic effective immediately. 

Dashy isn’t a fresh face without any experience, either. The Call of Duty League 2022 Major 1 MVP has been with the OpTic organization since 2018, a Call of Duty League All-Star in both 2020 and 2021. 

Scump’s last match saw him lead OpTic Texas in both kills and K/D ratio as they edged out hard fought 3-2 victory over the Boston Breach in Week 1 of the Major II qualifiers. OpTic Texas’s match is against the floundering Seattle Surge. OpTic Texas will need to get on the same page quickly as their match after Seattle is the Toronto Ultra, who is one of the favorites for the tournament in February. 

Oddsmakers see OpTic’s roster changes as a net positive for the team, as the odds have lowered for OpTic in both of their matches. The lines are still somewhat volatile, with betters and oddsmakers alike still reacting to the news. The new lines are now: 

(0-2) Seattle Surge (-111) vs (1-0) OpTic Texas (-116) 

(2-0) Toronto Ultra (-250) vs (1-0) OpTic Texas (+185)

Scump’s Legacy

Scump started playing competitive Call of Duty with Team Obey in January 2011. A month later, he would move to LeveraGe which turned into Quantic LeveraGe, a team he would stay with for the better part of a year. He would then spend a 3-month stint with OpTic Gaming before going to apeX eSports NA for a short few months before returning back to OpTic and having the career that most fans remember him for. 

Scump’s teams have won $4,562,355 USD in prize earnings. Way more money than he could’ve ever imagined winning back when he was a teen just starting out trying to make a name for himself with LeveraGe playing in MLG tournaments. 

Whether you remember him for his dominant reign in the early days of the Call of Duty League or for the amazing OpTic Gaming world championship run of 2017, he’ll be remembered as a mechanically skilled lovable trash-talking champion. 

Scump is still going to be active in the Call of Duty community, he said in his retirement speech that he shared with his teammates and loved ones in person and the public via his Twitter. He says that he plans on going to events and expresses his excitement to finally be able to spend more time meeting fans as a content creator without the stress of being a competitor.