What is Going On With APG?
Ever since he joined OpTic Gaming a little over a month ago, a lot of pressure has been put on the shoulders of Bradley “aPG” Laws. Known for being one of the most dominant slayers in the Pro League, and quite possibly of all-time, aPG was expected to provide OpTic with efficient and consistent slaying power at all times. Unfortunately for him, he has not lived up to the expectations.
Over the past few Pro League matches and recent scrims against Team eLevate, I have noticed that aPG has been off his game. Sometimes it is not too bad, but in many situations when I look at his stats, I just cannot help but shake my head in disappointment.
Over the past few scrims that OpTic has streamed, they have repeatedly argued and complained and I cannot help but assume that aPG feels that he is at least slightly responsible for this chaos. Consistently ending games with stats that even an objective player would be disappointed with is not only an embarrassment to the OpTic brand, but it is also an embarrassment to the reputation aPG has worked so hard to create for himself.
Right now, OpTic Gaming is in one of the most dangerous positions they have been in for a while. With the team on the verge of losing their Pro League spot in relegation, OpTic’s future in Halo is uncertain and this uncertainty could very well be a large reason for aPG’s recent lackluster performance.
With this team showing serious signs of disappointment with one another, team changes may be coming whether or not OpTic survives relegation. Considering aPG’s performance, he most likely would be one of the players OpTic would replace if a team change was coming and he knows this. Whether they survive relegation and maintain their spot in the Pro League or get sent down to the Open Circuit, aPG’s future on OpTic is not looking too bright.
It is nearly impossible for someone who is not the competitor themselves to pinpoint the exact reason for their troublesome performance. There could be a ton of unknown reasons as to why aPG has let us down, but the reality of this situation is that no one is satisfied with both aPG’s performance and OpTic’s performances as a whole.
As a fan of aPG who has seen him progress over the years, it hurts me to watch him perform like this. His age should not be a problem yet, and I know he still has the fire in him to compete, but this OpTic lineup may not be the best team for him. Although he may be good friends with both Nick “Maniac” Kershner and Aaron “Ace” Elam, friendship alone isn’t enough to win championships and it may be time for aPG and OpTic to split up.
What do you think about aPG’s recent performance? Let me know in the comments section below.