As CWL Fort Worth rolls on, by far the biggest upset of the entire Black Ops 4 season has seen OpTic Gaming get bounced from the tournament at the hands of Gen.G in the second round of the Losers Bracket.
The Greenwall came into the Texas tourney as the team to beat in their group comprised of eUnited, Team Envy and Team Reciprocity.
Though their opposition are nothing to scoff at, OpTic had just got back to full-strength with the return of star gunner Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell and were entering as the CWL Vegas Champions.
Earlier in the week, CWL panelists were discussing which teams were most likely to get out of the so called “Group of Death,” to which they unanimously chose OpTic as the frontrunner.
In a historic change of fate, OpTic lost in their first match against bottom-ranked Team Reciprocity in a game that stunned both audiences and analysts. The defeat marks their first loss offline with their star-studded lineup.
The problems continued from there as OpTic then lost yet another match against Team Envy, which put them at a lackluster 0-2 on the day.
OpTic managed to beat eUnited 3-0 in their third and final match in Pool D, but their 1-2 record was not enough to push them into the top two.
Team Reciprocity’s 3-2 win over Team Envy to round off the night ensured that OpTic would start the knockout rounds in the Losers Bracket.
OpTic came out the gate in the Losers Bracket on fire with a fairly quick 3-0 win over Evil Geniuses that featured a couple major comebacks.
Up against Gen.G in the second Losers matchup, however, the cracks began to surface once more.
They pushed things to a decisive Game 5, but it was Gen.G that stood tall in the end and sent the defending CWL Vegas Champs home packing.
.@OpTicGaming ELIMINATED at #CWLPS4 Fort Worth!@GenG knock out the Vegas champs in an epic five-game series; a new champion will rise from #CWLPS4 Fort Worth! https://t.co/NKHQShcI4R pic.twitter.com/ORlhQz43rd
— Call of Duty World League (@CODWorldLeague) March 17, 2019
While the loss was certainly disappointing given the team’s level of talent, they can at least feel confident heading back into the CWL Pro League with their entire roster in tow.