OpTic Gaming's longest serving player, Seth "Scump" Abner has publicly said he lost his team the tournament, after their dismal showing at the CWL Stage Two Playoffs.
Coming in as the top seed from Division B, OpTic were many people's favorite to win playoffs, but a crushing game five round 11 loss to FaZe Clan put them in the losers bracket immediately, fighting for their tournament lives.
Coming up against UNILAD, a team they had beaten comfortably both times in Division B, OpTic looked certain to advance to losers round 2, but UNILAD stunned them with a 3-0 sweep.
Scump personally did not perform well by any means, but admittedly the entire roster didn't seem to be on the same page, while UNILAD's Zed and Wuskin showed up big time, handing OpTic a 7/8th finish.
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It leaves OpTic reeling with only a matter of weeks to improve in time for the $1.5 million CWL Championship, and Scump particularly took the loss hard.
Posting immediately after the match "I suck. GG's Unilad", OpTic Gaming owner Hector "H3CZ" Rodriguez told his player to pick his head up and remember his history as a competitor.
But Scump wasn't hearing it, saying that he felt like he costed his team the $500,000 tournament, and there was no regaining composure.
There is no keeping your head up when you literally lose your teammates a tournament
— Seth Abner (@OpTic_Scumper) July 28, 2018
When a fan suggested he may be playing worse due to less preparation, Scump explained that he had worked incredibly hard individually, but once he stepped on stage it didn't show.
I cannot stress enough how much I prepared individually. Got on stage and felt like a bot. Idk
— Seth Abner (@OpTic_Scumper) July 29, 2018
The last time OpTic got a top 8 finish at Stage Two Playoffs was in Black Ops III, when they were upset in the single elimination bracket by Luminosity. That year, they finished top 8 at Champs also.
Their placing this year means they will also likely have a tougher group at Champs, with Luminosity or Evil Geniuses guaranteed to be in their pool.
Regardless of Scump taking the blame, all four players will know they must improve, and find the form they were showing in their league matches, if they are to finally get a win in CoD: WWII.