The Release Of Str8 Sick May Be A Blessing In Disguise
After Corey “Str8 Sick” Sloss announced his release from OpTic Gaming, many fans, including myself, were in complete shock. After an extremely chaotic season that could have been the end of OpTic's time in the Pro League, one of the few good notes to take on this club was Str8 Sick’s ability to constantly perform well both online and on LAN. Considering the impact Str8 Sick had on this team with his great talent, this may either be a curse for OpTic or a blessing in disguise.
There is no doubt in my mind that Str8 Sick was one of the best players on OpTic this season performance-wise. Almost always putting up solid stats and trying his best to keep a positive mindset, even with all the chaos OpTic had gone through, Str8 Sick did his best to solidify his spot on OpTic. Many would argue that the release of Str8 was an extremely silly decision on OpTic's part considering his great performance but this may not be the case.
Although his individual performance was extremely impressive, considering the position he was in, Str8 Sick seemed very disconnected with the rest of the team in many situations and this hurt the team greatly in close game situations. Countless times when their scrims were being streamed, I heard Str8 Sick having minor arguments with one or two teammates after a rough loss. Pointing out the mistakes others made in a stressed out manor, some members took offense to that and although I never saw a full on fight take place, the arguments did get a bit more heated than they should have.
I won't say whether or not what Str8 Sick was arguing about after games was something worth arguing about, since I was not playing with them so therefore I can't say what all the teams mistakes were but I will say that these arguments did hurt the overall level of happiness within this team. Constant loses leading to lengthy, energy draining arguments will lower the happiness of any team and by the time relegation came, I was honestly concerned that OpTic wouldn't have the emotional drive to continue fighting for their Pro League spot.
With Str8 Sick out, the trio of Nick “Maniac” Kershner, Aaron “Ace” Elam and Bradley “aPG” Laws is all that remains of last season's OpTic team and although I initially thought Maniac and aPG were the two highest candidates to be released, I am actually somewhat satisfied with how things turned out.
Although Maniac and aPG both had a rough season in general, I know both of these players are capable of much more than what they showed this season. With both of these players being very talented slayers, I was very shocked at times when both of them slacked slaying-wise in crucial situations that could have gone in OpTic's favor. Although it won't be right to view Str8 Sick as the primary reason Maniac and aPG had such rough seasons, I still believe that his differences and small arguments with aPG did play a role in aPG and Maniac's performance.
With OpTic having an open spot to fill in and now having a good idea of what they don't want in a player after releasing Str8 Sick, it is now time for this team to decide on their fourth. The interesting thing about OpTic's current lineup is that they can benefit from a slayer, support or objective player. While most teams may have a set role they need to be filled in, OpTic's current trio seems to be capable of doing it all, which is a pretty good ability to have. Any of these players seem to be willing to do any role, as long as it gets them closer to a win, which would make things easier for them when they pick a new fourth.
With more rumors flowing about certain players joining certain teams, I expect a pretty large and diverse pool of talented pros to emerge in the market within a few weeks. This will give OpTic more than enough time to run with every player and determine who fits best with them.
After the release of Str8 Sick, I expect this team to be much more positive minded and I also expect to see Maniac and aPG step up their game slaying-wise since one of their main slayers has been released.
What do you think about the release of Str8 Sick and how this may benefit OpTic in the future? Let me know in the comments section below.
Zachery Chevere can be contacted on Twitter @PmL_Zarhaz
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