14 July 2016 - 01:43

Can Denial or eLevate Knock Off OpTic or Liquid in the Pro League?

With the Relegation Tournament under a month away, no is a great time for me to talk about whether or not Denial or eLevate have a real shot at stealing OpTic or Liquid's Pro League spot.
Halo Writer

After several months of battling through a pool of hungry amateur teams looking to make a name for themselves, Denial and Team eLevate have finally put themselves in good position to do this. Now with both of them having the opportunity to steal either OpTic or Liquid’s spot in the Pro League, does Denial or eLevate have what it takes to get the job done, or will OpTic Gaming and Team Liquid upset these two amateur teams by sending them back to the Open Circuit?


Both Denial and eLevate are very confident that they have what it takes to defeat either OpTic or Liquid, with both of these teams showing their superiority over the other amateur teams, Denial and eLevate know that their teams are destined to make it into the Pro League. Over the past few months, both teams have constantly faced each other in the Grand Finals of several Open and Legendary Cups. Both teams know each other very well, but unlike in the past where their enemy was each other, now their enemies are OpTic and Liquid. 

While Denial and eLevate have both performed very well this season, OpTic and Liquid have been pretty big disappointments, being the two worst teams in the Pro League. Both teams started off with a lot of confidence, believing that their new rosters would provide them with better placings, but unfortunately it has not panned out that way and although OpTic has somewhat improved this season compared to last season, Liquid has had a major downgrade in performance.

I have to believe that the horrendous performances from both of these teams will hurt their confidence come regulation when they will have to face Denial and eLevate. Knowing that the two opponents you will be facing are the two best amateur teams coming from the North American Open Circuit with all the confidence they need to defeat you is a very daunting situation to deal with.


If I had to choose which team was better prepared for these two amateur teams, it would have to be OpTic. Although they have grown to be a very unpredictable team, OpTic always seems to step up their game when competing on LAN and considering how this team has not had many positive notes to take in the past two seasons, I believe that OpTic is just a bit more determined to stay in the Pro League compared to Liquid.

Looking at Liquid, this team has been an outright disaster that I personally believe has little to no chance of improving with this roster. Time and time again, Liquid has proved that the players they have representing them at the moment simply do not work well together and although a complete roster overhaul may not be necessary with Spartan and StelluR looking to become a solid due, Eco and Danoxide, in my opinion, are not the best fit for Liquid and at this point.

I am pretty sure everyone on that team is aware of this and is ready to move on. It is unclear if Liquid will maintain its involvement in Halo if this team does not qualify but I can almost guarantee you that OpTic’s confidence and overall satisfaction with their improvements compared to their horrendous performance last season gives them a significant advantage coming into regulation.


If I had to choose which team is more prepared to defeat either OpTic or Liquid, I would have to chose Denial, although this decision is much harder to chose compared to my last decision. Denial, in my eyes, has an overall stronger roster compared to eLevate. Time and time again, we see these two teams face each other and in most situations, Denial comes out on top. In many situations when Denial defeats eLevate, their key factor to defeating them is Rammyy’s individual performance. As one of the playmakers for this team, Rammyy has helped this team multiple times by making the necessary plays this team needs to get them the win. He is a player who does not show any weaknesses come crunch time and at many times even steps up his game. His ability to continue performing well even under severe pressure has constantly put his team above eLevate and although he is not the only reason why his team is as good as they are, he is certainly a crucial asset.

Whether Denial faces OpTic or Liquid, this team in my eyes is better prepared to face either of them compared to eLevate and I personally believe that Denial would have a better chance of doing well in the Pro League if they were to make it compared to eLevate.


With so much pressure being on all four of these teams and with so much on the line, this should be a very exciting tournament to watch. All four of these teams have worked very hard this season and although some of these teams have had better results than others, neither of them are going to give up without a fight.

What do you think about the possibility of Denial or eLevate Knocking off OpTic or Liquid in the Pro League? Let me know in the comments section below.

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