OpTic Naded Steps Down, aPG Likely Replacement
After several days of inaction and silence, it has been announced that Brett “Naded” Leonard will be stepping down from the OpTic Gaming Halo roster.
There were several reasons for Naded’s decisions. The main issue is that he feels that he and the rest of the team do not possess the team chemistry to be successful in the Pro League. He also feels dissatisfied moving from the second placed team at the Halo World Championship to a team that barely qualified for the Pro League. Finally, he noted that the team does not practice as much as he expected and feels is necessary.
Despite these qualms, Naded has stated that he enjoyed his time with the organization and he wishes them luck in the Pro League.
The question that now remains is who will replace Naded? The team obviously needs a fourth player, but due to constraints from a low player pool, their options are certainly limited.
Fortunately, Bradley “aPure Gangster” Laws is still available, sitting on the bench after health risks stopping him from playing in the LCQ. aPG was most recently playing for Team Liquid, but he decided to step down after he could not play with the team and forfeited his spot to Clete “Assault” LoRusso. aPG has relations to the OpTic Gaming organization as a former player, despite never actually playing for the team at an event.
Other notable players include Heinz, Hysteria, Cloud, Randa, Aries and FearItSelf.
Whether they move forward with aPG or someone else, they have to act quickly as time is running out. The HCS Pro League begins on June 2, and OpTic will first face off against Counter Logic Gaming and Evil Geniuses.