Optic Gaming made it through the North American Qualifiers and into ESL One New York on back of a narrow victory against Cloud9.
Optic will be joining 7 other Counter Strike: Global Offensive teams from around the world as the $250,000 event kicks off in the Barclays Center today.
- SK Gaming
- Virtus Pro
- Team Liquid
- G2 eSports
- OpTic Gaming
Along the way, Optic had to fend of the likes of NRG eSports and huge favourite Immortals.
But their achievement was all the more impressive because it was just a few hours prior to the game that the team officially confirmed that their captain, Damian ‘Daps’ Steele, had left. Despite the odds, Optic Gaming pushed on and defeated Cloud9 in a tense best-of-three match that ended with a 2-1 score (Train 16:14, Overpass 13:16, Cobblestone 16:6).
Daps, who was dropped in favour of Peter “Stanislaw” Jargus, had been acting as coach for the team for the past few weeks. However, he changed his decision when “it became clear that it would just be best to part ways rather than trying to stay with the team.”
However, the team managed to stay focused as they fought tightly against Cloud9. With the score tied at 1-1, they took the lead by 9-6 at half-time, but their dominating performance after switching to T-side saw the team take seven straight rounds and close out the set and win the match in almost no time.