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Can OpTic run it back in Copenhagen? - An Overview of the Stage 2 run

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OpTic Gaming, the defending Champions of the International Masters tournament, are coming back for the title once again in Copenhagen. Here is a detailed summary of their Stage 2 run:

Group Stage:

Qualifying for VCT 2022 - Stage 1 - Masters Reykjavík, let alone winning the event, was enough to grant OpTic a direct invitation to Stage 2 Challengers Main Event. Once again, they found themselves in Group B facing off against some of the best teams in the region. Week after week, however, they managed to outclass their opponents and reinstate their position as the best team in the region until Evil Geniuses upset them in an extremely intense battle. While this matchup disrupted OpTic’s undefeated streak, Luminosity Gaming, their next opponent couldn’t capitalize on the opportunity and surrendered to the Green Wall.

OpTic Gaming win Stage 1 - Masters Reykjavik. Credit: Riot Game
OpTic Gaming win Stage 1 - Masters Reykjavik. Credit: Riot Game

Playoffs:

A 4-1 record in the Group Stages placed them directly in Upper Bracket Round 2 where they awaited their first challenger to emerge from a matchup between Evil Geniuses and Ghost Gaming. EG were able to get the sweep and face OpTic in a highly anticipated rematch. As both teams left the gate, the difference in skills and morale became eminent as Jaccob "yay" Whitaker and Victor "Victor" Wong led the team to a comfortable sweep. Following this win, they were now in the Upper Bracket finals against [team-427], the #1 seed from Group A who had just won their matchup against the newly reformed 100 Thieves.

After a surprising let down on Haven, OpTic ramped up their defensive efforts to ease them to a 3-1 victory consequently placing them in the Grand Finals. Although they were no strangers to the Grand Finals matchup, it hadn’t gone their way in the last Challengers event as The Guard conquered the NA title. A familiar narrative appeared for OpTic fans as their team was unable to prevent history from repeating, and XSET quelled their thirst for vengeance in the same 3-1 fashion they had recently lost in.

Preferred Maps:

Ascent had been OpTic Gaming’s go to map, and they have beaten top teams on it; however, they’ve recently started gravitating towards Haven and Fracture meaning they will likely float them in the veto as well. Given their incredibly versatile gameplay, their map pool is considerably flexible which makes singling out a map difficult.

Players to Watch:

  • Jaccob "yay" Whitaker

It is hard to think where OpTic would be without their superstar, who has been invaluable since his arrival from AndBox. His transition to Chamber has not been without its bumps, but he has ironed out most inconsistencies in his gameplay. He was the third best player at both VCT 2022 - Stage 1 - Masters Reykjavík and VCT 2022 - North America - Stage 2 - Main Event, with an average of 1.20 rating and 253 ACS.

Supporting his considerably aggressive playstyle are the following players, each of whom are vital to the team’s success:

Pujan "FNS" Mehta Austin "crashies" Roberts Victor "Victor" Wong Jimmy "Marved" Nguyen

Chet "Chet" Singh (Head Coach)

Despite a fascinating run through the Group and Playoff stages of VCT 2022 - North America - Stage 2 - Main Event, they will start VCT 2022 - Stage 2 - Masters Copenhagen against EMEA’s Guild Esports in the group stages. Nonetheless, their reputation for comeback in the preceding Masters event has made them among the favorites to win the upcoming event.

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