OpTic Gaming narrowly survived a scare against Luminosity to progress to the winner bracket semi-final at the CWL Dallas Open.
It was the expected outcome, perhaps, but certainly this series didn’t go as might have been anticipated. In fact, for four out of the five maps it seemed OpTic Gaming were largely outclassed.
On both the first Hardpoint and Search and Destroy, Luminosity got off to a commanding lead, and yet in both maps they managed to let it slip through their fingers.
It wasn’t until the Uplink that LG were actually able to close out the lead they’d earned, after which they once again put in a strong early performance on the second Hardpoint and this time were able to hold onto it to tie up the series and force a game five.
At this stage, the series should by all rights have already been over. Luminosity’s earlier shortcomings would come back to haunt them though, as in the deciding map OpTic pulled off their only convincing win of the series to take the match 3-2.
OpTic Gaming have now secured a minimum top-6 finish, but it’s not a result the green wall are likely to be particularly pleased with. Having gotten off to a blazing start at this event, this series was a reminder that they are in fact mortal, and arguably they have LG’s mistakes to thank as much as anything in this win.
Meanwhile, Luminosity have proven they can definitely be a threat to the top teams, but it seems to be becoming a familiar story for this squad. Close, but no cigar, as they come up short with only themselves to blame. That said, they’re certainly a force to be reckoned with as they move into the lower bracket.