Fans of OpTic Gaming are in store for some unfortunate news, as the org is apparently not planning on continuing its venture into competitive Dota 2 for the time being.
In an “Ask Me Anything” discussion on Reddit on September 12, Jacob ‘Maelk’ Toft-Anderson, the Vice President of Esports at OpTic’s parent company Infinite, revealed the “disappointing” news to fans the the likelihood for the org to have a Dota 2 team was looking slim.
“In regards to Dota 2 and a roster for the 2018/2019 season, I am afraid I have some disappointing news,” Maelk reported. “We do currently not have any players signed, nor do we expect to for the foreseeable future.”
Maelk continued on to explain that the decision for OpTic not to sign a new roster was based on them wanting to have a team that could be competitive and win, not just for the sake of having a team.
“Since the conclusion of The International we have been working hard towards ensuring a roster that could do us all proud. Ultimately it came down to our vision for what it is we want to achieve,” he explained. “Do we want to be in Dota 2 no matter the team? No. We want a team that can win. And we want a team that can be as actively a part of the Greenwall as the fanbase itself. We want a team that we can identify with.”
After placing 7-8th at The International 2018, which is the biggest annual tournament in Dota 2, OpTic decided to drop the entirety of its roster, which consisted of players ‘Pajkatt,’ ‘CC&C,’ ’33,’ ‘zai,’ and ‘ppd’ at the time.
However, prior to putting their activities in competitive Dota 2 on hold, the org did look to acquire several players which they felt were the right fit. However, it turned out that the acquisition of those players proved to be unrealistic.
“Starting as soon as we were eliminated from The International, and leading up all the way to last night, there has been numerous players and lineups in play in a lot of interesting variations, but ultimately the choices were narrowed down to a distinct few that for different reasons ended up not being feasible. An executive decision was made to wait for the right opportunity, rather than push for a lineup that didn’t live up to the expectations we have.”
Nevertheless, Maelk did ensure to fans that they “want to be in Dota 2 as much as [they] do(probably more),” emphasize that OpTic have not abandoned Dota 2, and “will continue to work towards getting the best possible lineup and fit for OpTic” that they can.
Source – Reddit