After a downward slide in team performance and little to no indication from the organization regarding future plans, the OpTic Gaming Counter-Strike roster has made the decision to disband and go their separate ways, as announced by the players on their individual Twitter accounts.
When Immortals Gaming Club purchased Infinite Esports back in June of this year, it meant a change in direction for the iconic OpTic Gaming organization.
OpTic’s LCS team will be rebranded to Immortals in 2020. The Houston Outlaws are operated as a distinct entity from the other Overwatch team, LA Valiant. And the iconic OpTic name will remain in CoD as a Los Angeles franchise.
That left the OpTic CS:GO roster, at the time owned by the same company who owned the MiBR team and brand. Immortals announced at the time of the acquisition that they would divest in the OpTic CS:GO team, and since then were working to find the roster a proper home.
But the OpTic roster are now saying that enough is enough, and Kristian ‘k0nfig’ Wienecke announced on Twitter that the roster was disbanding and that the players are seeking new opportunities as individuals.
“We have chosen to disband the OpTic lineup because there is no future in OpTic,” k0nfig wrote. “I'm ready to be sold individually. I strongly feel like this is the best choice.”
I'm honestly sad that the situation ended like this. I really love playing with @MSL and @OfficialnikoCS but there is no future because their contract is far longer than mine and OpTic wouldnt let us buy any players/give them contracts. It has all been a waiting game.
— Kristian Wienecke (@k0nfigCS) October 11, 2019
K0nfig expressed regret that the situation has unfolded the way it has, and heaped praise on both Mathias ‘MSL’ Lauridsen and Nikolaj ‘niko’ Kristensen, but regrettably he says there is “no future” with them “because their contract is far longer than mine and OpTic wouldn’t let us buy any players/give them contracts.”
Just before k0nfig made his announcement, MSL posted on Twitter that he was voluntarily benching himself and looking to move forward from OpTic.
I have decided to bench myself. When I joined Optic, the plan was to build a strong team and buy out strong players, but because of optic getting sold, that changed and we have constantly been in a position where we couldn’t build a proper team. 1/2
— Mathias Lauridsen (@MSLcsgo) October 11, 2019
K0nfig is referring to players René ‘TeSeS’ Madsen and René ‘cajunb’ Borg when he mentions OpTic not handing out contracts. Both players have played under the OpTic banner in recent months, but not under full-time contracts. TeSeS announced on Twitter that he too is seeking new opportunities, and North announced that they have signed cajunb all on the same day.
"I can show the guys how we can approach things"
Today we welcome @cajunbCS. He brings a lot of experience, discipline and ideas to the team. Welcome home, René! :blue_heart:#HearTheRoar pic.twitter.com/kUUViwDC30
— North (@TheNorthIsHere) October 11, 2019
A day prior to the disbanding, October 10, k0nfig went on Twitter and expressed his frustrations with the situation.
"What do you expect honestly? We haven't had a days pracc or anything. We are in a fucked situation all the fucking time...I hope that we can get some closure on this contract situation in the near future because this isn't helping us perform. It’s always in the back of our heads."
All four now-disbanded OpTic players k0nfig, MSL, TeSeS, and niko are now seeking opportunities with new organizations.