If one element of OpTic’s win at CWL Vegas stands out the most, it is certainly their remarkable comebacks on Seaside hardpoint – shocking Splyce and eUnited.
Led by the veteran play calls of now 33 time major champion Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter, the team miraculously clawed back huge deficits, with their opponents only seconds away from victory.
Most impressive was perhaps the first map of grand finals vs eUnited, where OpTic regained the lead from being down 236-120, and although it was a team effort, two players stood out.
Having been on fire all weekend, it looked like newcomer Brandon ‘Dashy’ Otell was getting grand final nerves at first, as he started off with only a single kill and nine deaths after the first set of hardpoints.
As their leading player in kills at the event, this was worrying for OpTic fans, as eUnited’s Alec ‘Arcitys’ Sanderson was getting the better of Dashy for the majority of game one, but the young star turned it round.
Staying alive for over two minutes – with only a teamkill from TJHaLy slowing him down – Dashy’s run took him from 15/23 (kills/deaths) to 30/23.
He didn’t die for 2mins and 20secs
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Combined with Crimsix, who in the same time went from 22/21 to 30/24, the pair turned it round with a 23/3 together, earning them the 250-246 win in the end.
Not to mention, Crimsix also pulled off miracles on the same hardpoint map during the winners finals match vs Splyce, going on a quick five kill spree to secure the comeback win.
The combination of veteran play from Crimsix and the new talent of Dashy was a recipe for success at the first event of the 2019 CWL Season, where they dropped only five maps.
However, with a long season ahead there is no time for any times to rest on their laurels, and OpTic will want to avoid going down by 100 in the first place in the future when possible – although these comebacks are certainly special for the spectators.