OpTic Gaming are a known and respected name in the CS:GO universe. They’re well-known for their world-class console squads, especially in Call of Duty. The team is based out of Chicago, Illinois, but have plans to relocate to Dallas, Texas. The recent OpTic Gaming roster changes have been a long time coming, and were desperately needed.
Many global fans remember being disappointed at the all-American roster when OpTic first announced their entry into CS:GO in January of last year. Then the team hit a bad stretch with core members of their roster abandoning ship for better prospects.
A volatile roster crushes effective play
OpTic has certainly had its fair share of ups and downs in terms of player volatility. They were recently positioned 7th-8th at the ECS Season 3 Finals, 5th-8th at ESL One Cologne 2017, and 7th-8th at the EPL Season 5 Finals.
This failure of the team to compete effectively was mainly due to the exit of several important players over the previous months.
We had Peter “stanislaw” Jarguz throwing in the towel in July to join Team Liquid. And then fans of the team watched helplessly as Will “RUSH” Wierzba and Tarik “tarik” Celik abandoned ship in search of better prospects with Cloud9… that was early last month.
OpTic still had Óscar “mixwell” Cañellas and Keith “NAF” Markovic on their roster. However, as NAF himself mentioned in a Tweet on 21 August 2017, he excluded himself from the starting roster. This left OpTic with yet another player missing from the active roster.
OpTic Gaming roster changes as of this month
The gaps in the phalanx have been filled effectively.
OpTic Gaming have recently taken on board some world-class talent, signing into their roster Aleksi “allu” Jalli, Adam “friberg” Friberg and Emil “Magisk” Reif.
We saw Ninjas in Pyjamas releasing friberg after a 5 year stretch with their team. FaZe Clan replaced allu with Ladislav (who was formerly with Natus Vincere), and North dropped Magisk from their roster.
OpTic used these three moves by the competition to fill up crucial gaps in their roster.
Kevin “HS” Tarn from PENTA Sports
OpTic now also has Kevin “HS” Tarn from PENTA Sports. This 20-year-old from Estonia took part in the Kraków Major in which his team stood 12th-14th with him flaunting a Kill-Death ratio of 0.88 and a rather impressive head-shot percentage of 47.1%.
HS recently told Luis “MIRAA” Mira from HLTV that he is willing to completely integrate himself with his new team, and is willing to shape his style to the team’s needs, so long as winning remained the core goal of every member of the team. And that’s the best attitude a Pro player could have.
As it is now, the roster certainly shows effective players
But will they work together effectively and weld themselves into a dominating team? That’s something that only the next crucial plays against top-tier teams will show us.
Stay tuned for more breaking news from the CS:GO universe.