Despite a 3-2 victory over rivals FaZe Clan, OpTic Gaming veteran Ian 'Crimsix' Porter was seriously not impressed with his team's performance in the Pro League match, saying he and his teammates played like "brain dead shit stains."
OpTic's Search and Destroy performance carried them to victory in the series, but their hardpoint and control gameplay was questionable, especially as they allowed FaZe to claw back a 100 point deficit on the first map.
They went on to win 6-0 in the second map, Search and Destroy, but a 3-1 defeat in control saw them behind in the series once again. A much more comfortable second hardpoint win took it to a final map, and although it was a closer 6-4, OpTic's SnD prowess saw them through.
FaZe Clan's roster has only been together for around a month, giving them much less time to practice compared to OpTic's squad, which has been competing as a five since the launch of Black Ops 4.
OpTic's 3rd place finish at CWL London compared to FaZe Clan's 7-8th (although their elimination at the hands of LG came in controversial circumstances) indicated there was a much larger gulf in quality, but this wasn't apparent in their Pro League match.
Immediately after the series, Crimsix explained his frustrations on Twitter, criticizing the team's performance and confirming they would be scrimming right away.
Really disappointed with the overall team performance that series. Playing like brain dead shit stains. We’re not going back early today, about to run some scrims. But we still advance to 10-4 with the 3-2 win. At least we get more map reps with that one.— Ian (@OpTic_Crimsix) May 15, 2019
Teammate Thomas 'TJHaLy' Haly responded, jesting that Crimsix was perhaps to blame in the control loss, but Crim hit back, unhappy with a SnD play - potentially of which TJ was guilty.
Whoever ran through A on offense is getting fined— Ian (@OpTic_Crimsix) May 15, 2019
Crimsix wasn't completely devoid of blame, accepting responsibilty for giving FaZe a route back into the hardpoint by going down while holding the spawn point.
100%. First thing after the map I told the team how hard I threw that hill— Ian (@OpTic_Crimsix) May 15, 2019
It goes to show how a single death can ruin an otherwise stellar team strategy, an example of the fine margins between teams playing at the top level.
Regardless of Crimsix's disappointment with the performance, OpTic still won the series and continued their Pro League streak, advancing to 10-4 in the standings.
FaZe Clan assumed Red Reserve's position in the league after purchasing the spot, which had them languishing in the bottom half of the standings. At the time of writing they narrowly hold a playoff spot in 4th, and continue to show signs of improvement with the new international roster.