The IEM Katowice Major might still be a few weeks away, but the Minor has begun for the EU region and already some big names have been eliminated from the CS:GO tournament.
With plenty of talent present at the Minor, there was sure to plenty of close matches and surprising results from start to finish.
With that being said, however, OpTic Gaming came into the Minor with a ton of high expectations after adding Ismail ‘refrezh’ Ali to their ranks just a couple of weeks ago.
Despite this new addition, they couldn’t manage to get much done during the group stage, suffering two fairly lopsided losses.
They opened up with a match against Team Vitality, but only managed eight rounds in the 16-8 loss that sent them directly to the Elimination Match of Group A.
Up against mousesports in that match, things didn’t improve much at all. Playing on Train and Nuke, OpTic lost 16-14 and 16-11, respectively, to end their hopes at making it to the Major.
Now that their time in Katowice is over so soon, it’s quite likely that they will start looking towards the future to figure out what’s next.
While certainly nothing is confirmed just yet, all eyes will certainly be on the former in-game leader of FaZe Clan, Finn ‘karrigan’ Andersen.
He’s currently playing with Team Envy for the Americas Minor on loan, but it was made very clear that his time with them would be temporary.
This, along with the fact that he’d already been benched by FaZe Clan, certainly gives credence to the possibility that he could be on his way to the Green Wall before long.
The entire CS:GO world will no doubt be on the lookout for any news on this front once the dust has settled after the Major.