OpTic Gaming have moved into another season of dominating the ESL Pro League, with impressive team work and superb accuracy in firefights against top-tier teams.
They now stand at the top of the rankings for the ESL Pro League in North America, with an impressive 33 points. Out of 14 matches played, they’ve won 11 and lost just 3.
A good week for OpTic Gaming?
The last week was both good and bad for OpTic Gaming. They started out with a good win against compLexity Gaming, and then went on to win against Renegades as well.
Unfortunately, the week also handed OpTic Gaming one of their 3 losses in this event, with Renegades beating them in the last game that they played during the week.
They’re still at the top of the League Ladder
That’s despite their loss to Renegades.
Of course, OpTic Gaming, Splyce and Ghost Gaming have played more matches than many of the other teams.
Misfits, 2nd on the League Ladder, with 24 points, have played just 10 matches to OpTic Gaming’s 14. NRG Esports (23 points) and Renegades (21 points) have played just 12 matches.
It’s not that OpTic Gaming are not leading, or playing well – they are. But considering the other teams in the top 4 ranks have played less matches, the 4 teams at the top are more or less equal in status in reality.
Nevertheless, OpTic are still nine points ahead of the pack!
Will they be able to keep their lead?
NRG Esports and Misfits both have 8 wins to OpTic’s 11. Both these teams have matches coming up that could allow them to close the gap… IF they win those matches, of course.
One of the teams about to clash with these ‘up-and-comers’ is the redoubtable SK Gaming. Renegades are also ‘challenging the challengers’, as are Immortals. None of these teams are to be sneered at, though all three have been playing less-than-optimal CS:GO recently.
The balance could change
It will certainly happen if OpTic doesn’t take a tough stand against Immortals and Team Liquid.
Of course, Immortals have been having their own troubles – as we all know. Will they be able to take a strong stand against OpTic with their hastily put together roster? Highly unlikely. OpTic are going to steamroll Immortals.
Team Liquid, on the other hand, is a lethal adversary when they play optimally. They do tend to lose as they get closer to the finale of an event, but they’re a team that fight to the finish.
Any of these things could change the balance, as competition for the top spot in this event becomes ever-more-lethal. We’ll be keeping you updated every step of the way!