Does Heinz Truly Benefit OpTic?
Recently, OpTic Gaming's Halo squad picked up their new fourth player, Richie “Heinz” Heinz in the hopes that his unselfish and supportive play would help bring out the best in Nick “Maniac” Kershner, Bradley “aPG” Laws and Aaron “Ace” Elam who are predominantly known for being some of the best slayers in the League. This change came after a controversial team decision to release former member Corey “Str8 Sick” Sloss from the team after a rough season that could have resulted in OpTic not qualifying for the Pro League.
In their past four scrims as an official team, OpTic has won none of them. Although they only played against Evil Geniuses, Enigma6 and Team EnVyUs, who are predicted to be three of the best teams in the Fall Season, they have an overall win ratio of 10 to 45 which to me shows that OpTic still can't hang with the top dogs. OpTic has an overall K/D of 0.85, which was a number that I was expecting to be much higher since Heinz’s role on the team was to facilitate as a supportive player and make slaying much easier for the other three members. Individually, Heinz has had an average performance. With an overall K/D of 0.80, Heinz has definitely been slacking in the slaying section, but with a total of 508 assist to his 579 kills, his supportive style of play has definitely impacted this team.
Some to this day still believe that dropping Str8 Sick to maintain the trio of Ace, Maniac and aPG was a mistake as Maniac and aPG both seemed to have the most amount of problems with this team throughout last season. The addition of Heinz seems to have added more fuel to this fire since Heinz brings a bit less slaying power compared to Str8 Sick. His supportive style hasn't helped his team win scrims and is making some fear that OpTic will once again be the lackluster disappointment they were last season.
Although I can’t cross out the possibility that OpTic will once again become an embarrassment this season, I do have a sense of hope for this line up. My biggest problem with OpTic last season, and what I strongly feel was the ultimate downfall for them, was the fact that they had too many slayers. Slayers tend to play a bit more selfish in comparison to support and objective players. Since their primary goal is to kill their opponents, slayers tend to take charge in most engagements. Slayers are typically the first ones to engage their opponents and the last ones to leave the engagement due to their ability to get kills more efficiently than their teammates. This makes it very easy for slayers to develop selfish habits that may put their teams at risk, such as baiting their teammates just so they can get an extra kill. Although I am not saying OpTic’s problem last season was that players were selfishly baiting each other just to get better stats, one can make the argument that having so many slayers on one team may have caused some players to think and play more selfishly than they should have. If this was the case, then OpTic’s last line up would have never worked out therefore making roster changes necessary.
Although Heinz's addition to the team hasn’t automatically given OpTic wins, keep in mind that the regular season hasn’t even started yet and OpTic still has plenty of time before the important matches begin. With every member on OpTic having a negative K/D, it would be wrong to blame Heinz for their problems. When you have three other teammates on your team who are known for being some of the most individually talented players in the game and they are going negative as well, the problem goes from being focused on an individual to being focused on the entire team. OpTic doesn’t look great at the moment, but if everyone could start putting up better stats, Heinz’s role on the team may start to become more noticeable and this team may be able to get the ball rolling.
What do you think about Heinz being on OpTic? Let me know in the comments section below.
Zachery Chevere can be contacted on Twitter @PmL_Zarha
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