Can Maniac Lead OpTic to a Championship?
OpTic Gaming’s journey in Halo has certainly been a wild one. Several positive and negative moments have made OpTic one of the most storied teams in the Pro League, but a great story to tell is not what this team is looking for. With a new team filled with four of the most individually talented players in this league and with long time member and Halo veteran Nick “Maniac” Kershner being the captain, can he lead this team to a championship?
After losing a rough series to Team EnVyUs 3-1 yesterday, OpTic sits in seventh place in the Pro League with a record of 2-7. This disappointing record is definitely one OpTic believes they can make much better, but as of now, improvements have yet to be seen. With little positive things to note about this team as of recent, many are looking at Maniac for answers.
Two months ago, former captain and now coach of OpTic, Michael “FlameSword” Chaves, retired from competing and gave his role of captain to Maniac. During this time, FlameSword’s decision received a fair amount of criticism from fans since Maniac showed several emotional lashouts on stream. Many doubted Maniac’s ability to take in all the pressure as a captain while leading his team to victories, making his transition a relatively stressful one.
While dealing with all the pressure, Maniac would pick up Cory “Str8 Sick” Sloss as their new fourth, and he proved to be a very valuable asset to OpTic’s ability to slay, but frustration and losing continued to build up. Soon after, Brett “Naded” Leonard would retire from competitive Halo, which many believe was a smart strategy on OpTic’s part to pick up a new player. They would later pick up Bradley “APG” Laws to help add some more slaying power to the already slay-heavy OpTic team. With a lineup this talented, many were confident that OpTic would do well in the Pro League.
There is no doubt in my mind that Maniac is completely dedicated to helping this team win. He has spent countless hours each day practicing with his team to make them as strong as possible, but unfortunately it has not paid off yet.
Although his commitment is there, his in game performance is not. There have been many situations in Pro League matches where Maniac has let down his team by not being able to slay enough. As one of the most consistent slayers on the team, Maniac is expected to provide efficient slaying power when needed and although he can do this in scrims, he seems to be a completely different player in Pro League. Although there have been situations where he has shown up and performed very well in Pro League matches, these performances do not happen enough times for OpTic to have a significant advantage over a team in a match, causing several hard losses.
We cannot blame OpTic’s losing streak solely on Maniac but as the captain of the team and as a former champion, Maniac needs to maintain a certain level of consistency throughout the season if his team ever wants to come close to winning a championship. Maniac has done a lot of great things for OpTic Gaming and has really played a strong role in providing the community with quality content, but his in-game performance as of late should not go unnoted, and Maniac really needs to step it up if he wants to bring this team to the top.
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