OpTic entered Fort Worth as one of the pre-tournament favorites after scooping up the first event win of the year at CWL Las Vegas. However, things didn’t exactly go as planned after falling to Team Reciprocity and Envy early pool play marked the beginning of a rough event.
A win over eUnited made sure they didn’t enter the Losers Bracket with 0-3 record. Despite sweeping aside Evil Geniuses in the first-round, OpTic could not overcome Gen.G in the following stage and were eliminated in 9-12 place.
Following the disappointing showing, coach TeePee pulled back the curtain and gave some insight as to why the team struggled in the way they did.
Teep, himself a former CoD World Champion, begun his March 18 stream by discussing the team’s performance at the event - focusing on how the team looked completely different from their win in Vegas and how they kept making the same mistakes in certain match-ups.
“There's no way our Hardpoint should be so inconsistent in the way that it was,” said Teep. “If you look at our team KD’s and stuff overall, it really wasn’t that bad - stat line-wise.” However, he added that team continued to make the same mistakes - even after that had placed an emphasis on making sure they had them right.
Focusing on the difference in the team's performance from Vegas to Fort Worth, Polchow added: “The amount of issues that we had in Hardpoint throughout the weekend, we just looked kinda slow to react in SnD too - which is one of the biggest takeaways for me."
He continued: “I go back and look at Vegas in SnD and I look at this event - we look slow, we look unsure. Just night and day difference watching the SnD difference.”
Finally, the OpTic coach also noted that the team's practice prior to their pre-LAN, where they took on a number of other teams, was “not ideal”, even though the squad put in the necessary hours and reps.
It’s already been revealed that the team will be mixing things up with Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow taking over the key Battery specialist in a swap with rising star Thomas ‘TJHaLy’ Haly.
Members of the Green Wall will have to wait and see if the sqaud can bounce back in time for the next open event - CWL London - where they should, once again, have the crowd behind them as they go in search of a win.