Will OpTic Halo Progress This Season?
This Sunday, OpTic Halo was able to place second in the North American Last Chance Qualifier and earn the last spot in the HCS Pro League. This placement did not come easy for this ambitious team and we were really able to see these players pushed to their limits.
Although this tournament marks a great day for OpTic Halo and their fans, this is not a time for celebration but a time to get back to the drawing board and plan out how they will handle their competition in the Pro League. OpTic is a very talented team with a lot of potential but they are in no way perfect and many of their flaws constantly put them in a position of losing when, in my eyes, they should be at the top. OpTic is a very emotional team that has a hard time handling slow paced nail-biting matches. We see this all the time when they play slow paced games like Slayer on Plaza or Slayer/Strongholds on Eden. Although they have all the slaying power they need to make it through any match, this emotional problem they have greatly hurts their chances of winning close games and this becomes a major problem for them when they play against teams that are either at their level or above their level. OpTic showed this problem greatly when playing against Team Liquid in their Winners Bracket match of the Last Chance Qualifier. OpTic started off with great playmaking moments leading to a rise in momentum, but Liquid eventually caught up with them and OpTic fell through the cracks. What should have just been a tough loss in one game turned out to be a four game disaster for OpTic.
They were able to bounce back in the Loser's Bracket, but the teams they beat are no longer going to be the teams in the Pro League. Instead, they will be facing higher caliber teams like Team Liquid who dismantled them in this event and my concern is that if Liquid is doing this to them, how will OpTic handle teams like CLG and EG? I understand that every team plays differently when they face different opponents and Liquid could just be one of those annoying teams OpTic struggles beating but the fact is that OpTic still has serious problems that could greatly hurt their chances of doing well in this Pro League. In my eyes, OpTic is in the same position they were in last season when they won the Last Chance Qualifier and made it into the North American Regionals. They performed very poorly in Regionals, placing top-sixteen, which was not a high enough placing for them to qualify for the Halo World Championship, making their tournament run all for nothing. In my eyes, the HCS Pro League is just like the North American Regionals for OpTic Halo. This is their next big step to prove to everyone that they are a serious lineup and for them to prove this and progress this season, OpTic will need to make some major improvements in their in-game performance to emotionally keep up with all the competition.
What do you think about OpTic’s success in getting the last spot in the HCS Pro League? Do you think they will progress from here? Let me know in the comments section below.
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