OpTic Drops Str8 Sick and Formal’s Possible Return to Halo
Following several days of speculation, Cory “Str8 Sick” Sloss has been confirmed to no longer be a part of the OpTic Gaming Halo roster. The confirmation comes in the form of both a tweet from Str8 Sick and the recently aired episode of OpTic Vision. This change follows a disappointing HCS Pro League season, with OpTic narrowly dodging elimination from the league. According to team member Nick “Maniac” Kershner, the rest of the OpTic roster made the decision to part ways with him. He cited their embarrassing performance in the pro league, as well as a lack of team chemistry. This leaves the current OpTic roster as Maniac, Ace and aPG.
The rumour flying around the Halo scene is that Richie “Heinz” Heinz will be taking his place. Heinz previously played for Team Allegiance last season, but is currently believed to be teamless due to the ever shifting rosters during the offseason. These rumors are just speculation, however, but OpTic’s options are few and Heinz is certainly one of the top pickups among the available free agents. Maniac explained during Vision that there is one player who they especially desire to join them, likely referring to Heinz.
Maniac has also expressed his desire to either retire from Halo or step down from the roster. He has since moved away from this possibility, instead choosing to continue due to his teammates’ wishing for him to stay on. In response to this revelation, Hecz, the owner of OpTic Gaming, presented the opportunity for Matthew “Formal” Piper to return to competitive Halo, playing in Maniac’s place following this year’s Call of Duty XP event.
Formal began his career in competitive gaming through the Halo scene, but left in favour of Call of Duty during the decline of the scene. Over the course of Halo, he won six events across Reach and Halo 4, as well as one event in Halo 2 Anniversary. During his career, he teamed with both APG and Maniac, two current members of OpTic Halo, as well as spending much of his career teaming with Heinz, the speculated replacement for Str8 Sick. While Hecz may not have been completely serious about this team change, the Halo community has been longing for the return of Formal. Only time will tell if this is a possibility, although it's certainly not likely.
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