It’s no secret that Anthony “Zinni” Methodz was not OpTic Gaming’s first choice replacement for Damon “Karma” Barlow, but he is proving he too can clutch up like the three time world champion, with this impressive 1v3.
Returning to the MLG Arena for the second set of matches in Division A, OpTic Gaming sat in a fairly comfortable position with a 5-2 record.
But, as Evil Geniuses will know, no position is safe and so it was vital OG got off to a good start to secure their place in the top four and a spot at playoffs.
Coming up against Mindfreak, some may have expected their first match back in the league to be a foregone conclusion. But, it was far from it and required some heroics from OpTic players to get the job done.
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Firstly, it was Seth “Scump” Abner who had to step up on map one, hitting over 40 kills to lead his side to a 1-0 advantage in the series.
Map two was closer, and it was Methodz 1v3 that stood as the play of the game, as he was left on his own with Mindfreak planting the bomb.
Very similar to tK’s Lamar “Accuracy” Abedi’s 1v3 in Division A, Methodz took control of the A bomb site with precision shots with enough time left to defuse.
OpTic went on to take the map 6-4, before Mindfreak bounced back on map three capture the flag. Another hardpoint win for OpTic gave them the series win though to remain in 2nd spot.
They will face off against the other Australian side Tainted Minds next, and with TM languishing at the bottom of the division with an 0-9 record, it should be another OG win to challenge for the top spot.
The loss for Mindfreak almost certainly puts them out of contention for a playoff spot, unless they were to pull off a miraculous recovery and other results go their way.