OpTic Gaming's Sam "Octane" Larew has explained his role on the Call of Duty roster, amid rumors that he had given up the main AR position.
During a Hot Mic discussion ahead of the start of CWL Anaheim, eUnited player James "Clayster" Eubanks sparked conversation after strongly hinting that Octane was no longer playing his standard main AR role.
OpTic Gaming performed well at the event, but ultimately fell short in a game five against European squad UNILAD, finishing in 5-6th overall.
Octane was back to using an AR prominently on most maps, and has now indicated that his role had never actually changed, despite what Clayster had hinted.
After returning home from Anaheim, Octane was asked during live stream if he had permanently moved the flex role (using both an AR and SMG) as had been rumored.
"Let me clear something up really quick, so everyone thinks that I'm a flex now because [ACHES] started a damn rumor on Twitter, and then Clayster said it on Hot Mic. And now everyone just thinks I'm a flex player.
What happened, is I literally picked up a [SMG] in a scrim against EG, and got like a two piece and ACHES thinks that I'm a flex player now. So then, he kind of brainwashed everyone, as ACHES does, into thinking that I'm a flex."
So by the sound of it, Octane never actually even tried out being a flex player, but Evil Geniuses player Patrick "ACHES" Price incorrectly thought he had after a single scrim, and told the rest of the professional players.
Octane has played as an aggressive assault rifle player for the entirety of his career, and was brought on to OpTic as a direct replacement for AR player Matthew "FormaL" Piper, so it would have been an odd decision to move his role.
However, OpTic's other recent recruitment, Anthony "Methodz" Zinni also previously played as a main AR during the CoD: WWII season, and won MVP in the role at CWL Atlanta, so OpTic certainly have options should they want to make role changes.