Former Counter-Strike: Global Offensive star Jason ‘jasonR’ Ruchelski has opened up about his time at OpTic Gaming, revealing how tough things got for him there.
OpTic is a team many CSGO fans will remember for their brief domination at the end of 2016 as they managed to defeat Major Champions Astralis at the ELEAGUE Season 2 finals, before challenging them yet again in the grand-final of ECS Season 2.
However, things went downhill from there as in-game leader Peter ‘stanislaw’ Jarguz left and jasonR was brought in as a replacement. Many thought the team had the potential for a resurgence, but the Canadian has revealed how that could never happen as he got “nothing but hate” after joining.
Jason released a video sharing his thoughts on the team on Feb 11, highlighting quite a few issues.
“I was getting beat down playing with that team… I was only getting hit with negativity and toxicity, even when we won – the team wasn’t helping and I was getting constant hate about being a temp.” He began, before diving further into the subject.
“People were like, oh you joined a pro team, [and] you made a name for yourself. [Well] no, I didn’t. I got nothing but f**king hate the whole f**king time.”
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The Canadian also spoke about the team in general, revealing that they were looking to replace him the whole time he was there, and that “there was an inner turmoil and beef between the whole team” because other members wanted to leave as well.
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Most notably, Will 'RUSH' Wierzba and Oscar 'mixwell' Cañellas Colocho received offers to join Team Liquid as a duo, but mixwell turned them down, leaving RUSH in an uncomfortable position.
Not only that, but jasonR also felt like a scapegoat, claiming that "Yeah, 100% I was a scapegoat, every time. Whenever we would win I would never be part of the win... [but] when we lost I was 100% part of the reason we lost."
Of course, this is only one side of the story, but it does explain the team’s sudden collapse as they went from beating the best in the world to struggling at just about every event.