Huke Wasn’t Dropped From Envy for Adderal, Says Hastr0
Team Envy’s CEO, Mike “Hastr0” Rufail responded to the notion of Huke being dropped for abusing Adderal. In fact, Hastr0 claims to be proud of Huke for speaking up about his problem. Adderal’s not an illegal drug. When used correctly, it’s a powerful medication that allows people to live more normal lives. But it’s become a very serious issue in the CoD community. Recently, Cuyler “Huke” Garland opened up about his abuse of Adderal to win a CoD championship. Huke said he “thinks” he was dropped from Envy for stopping the use of Adderal but Hastr0 said that’s not the case at all.
The Issue Was Gameplay, Not Adderal
Huke pointed out that he wasn’t sober for the entire year of the 2019-2020 season, and claimed new players are pressured into Adderal. Whether from teammates or outside sources, Adderal does help players focus and succeed. The problem is that it’s not meant to be abused in this way. It sounds like it’s a very serious, rampant problem across the CDL. Huke didn’t name names, but it sounded believable.
After Huke won the 2020 CDL, he quit doing Adderal, and began to sober up. This change in behavior apparently confused some of his teammates, and his performance dropped. He was apparently “too positive” as well. So was Huke actually dropped from Envy for quitting Adderal? Not according to Hastr0. Instead, it was a decision purely related to gameplay issues. His performance had genuinely dropped off when Huke stopped using Adderal, which doesn’t mean he should go back to it.
Hastr0 released a brief video on Twitter, debunking this reason. Hastr0 was even pointed out how proud he was of Huke speaking out:
“Never in our history have influenced a player to make unhealthy decisions. It’s actually the opposite. We’re always pushing our players to make the healthiest decisions possible and allow them to be better competitors. There were only moments where we encourage our players to do that. And so, again, we hope Cuyler’s video influences other players to make healthy decisions. That’s why we did that.”
Dallas Empire’s coach, Raymond “Rambo” Lussier was also in the video with Hastr0, to discuss why they dropped Huke in the first place. Huke worked with Envy staff and Ray for over a month to help correct gameplay issues, and there didn’t seem to be much in the way of progress. They also state on Twitter that Cuyler was let know 2 weeks in advance that they were considering benching him.
In particular, Coach Ray had this to say:
“We got to a point where things were kinda not really progressing, almost regressing from a gameplay standpoint and we felt like changes were needed to happen and we went with the changes because of that reason only.”
While we’re glad that Hastr0 seemed to be genuinely happy for Huke getting clean, there was no mention of the other players allegedly abusing Adderal, or the culture of Adderal in the Call of Duty business. It isn’t a big secret, but owners and players need to speak up and stop the spread of this kind of abuse. This isn’t the kind of gameplay we need to see, players feeling pressured or forced to use drugs just to keep up top-tier gameplay. However, Huke has rebounded, found a new team, and is getting clean. For that, we’re grateful and hope it means good things in the future for the all-star CDL player.