OpTic Halo Backs Out of Pro League Preview Tournament
OpTic Gaming’s Halo team has decided to back out of the Pro League Preview Tournament, an online event hosted by Alex “GoldenBoy” Mendez, forfeiting their first round matches against Counter Logic Gaming.
The online, single elimination tournament would have given them a shot at the $5,000 prize pool and an opportunity to play competitive matches before the pro league starts next weekend.
There is currently no confirmed reason as to why they have backed out, but there is quite the buzz of fan speculation. One of the main theories is that due to disagreements between Brett “Naded” Leonard and the rest of the team; that he is being removed from the main roster.
It is important to remember that this is just purely speculation based on what players have briefly hinted at on stream. It should not be taken as a fact as there are a multitude of other reasons as to why they may not have felt up to playing in this tournament.
Naded himself has denied any team changes from OpTic, stating that they have to wait for the Pro League designated roster change period.
However, the radio silence from the team has been troubling. If the answer to their surrender was an easy one, they likely would have just come forward instead of worrying about the community gossiping.
No matter what the reason was, we are sure to see an interesting episode of Vision, which for those not familiar is essentially OpTic Gaming's reality show. We have already seen considerable drama around the team through this series and it looks like we are about to find some more.
Hopefully OpTic will be able to work out their troubles in time for the Pro League; it would be disappointing to see this continue there.
What do you think about OpTic backing out of the tournament? Do you believe the rumors surrounding Naded and his spot on the roster? Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @GAMURScom.
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