OpTic Gaming’s Counter-Strike: Global Offensive roster has disbanded due to issues that have risen after Immortals Gaming Club acquired parent organization Infinite Esports & Entertainment. Since Immortals already owns Brazilian esports organization MiBR, they had already stated another CSGO roster wouldn’t be supported. To accelerate the process of joining a new organization, former OpTic Gaming in-game leader Mathias “MSL” Lauridsen announced the team had chosen to disband.
We have chosen to disband the OpTic lineup because there is no future in OpTic. I'm ready to be sold individually. I strongly feel like this is the best choice. My focus is to get my individual skill up while I wait. My DM's are open or you can contact OpTic @ [email protected]
— Kristian Wienecke (@k0nfigCS) October 11, 2019
“I have decided to bench myself. When I joined Optic, the plan was to build a strong team and buy out strong players, but because of optic getting sold, that changed and we have constantly been in a position where we couldn’t build a proper team,” said Mathias “MSL” Lauridsen” in a statement. “I’m open for all offers both NA & EU. My DMs are open. I believe that structure, reflection, and hard work are what will bring you to the top and I bring all those. I expect the same from the next team I will play for. I’m in no hurry, this time I want a team that I can believe in.”
MSL is a Danish player who started competing in 2012. He joined the Greenwall roster in late March of 2019 with Nikolaj “niko” Kristensen. Other team members Kristian “k0nfig” Wienecke and coach Casper “ruggah” Due had joined in 2018. However, after Immortals acquired OpTic Gaming’s parent company, OpTic didn’t achieve much in tournaments.
Recent placements include 7 – 8th at the GG Bet Beijing Invitational and 5 – 6th at ESL One: New York 2019. The team most recently placed 9 – 12th at DreamHack Masters Malmö in October. For a roster that was formerly in the top 20 CSGO teams in the world, these results are disappointing. In addition, former OpTic Gaming player René “cajunb” Borg left the roster to Denmark-based organization North recently. The team could only find players to stand in for him in the meantime. The main cause is because the team cannot sign new players or build upon its existing roster other than with stand-in players because of its new parent company.
Competing teams that might be participating in the same tournament cannot be owned by the same organization. The OpTic Gaming CSGO roster had been up for sale since the acquisition, but none of the organizations looking to enter the scene have been interested. Because of this and the fact that their contracts are running out, this is the best solution the remaining players have found. Where will the remaining players end up? Let us know what you think, and keep up with Daily Esports for all of your CSGO coverage.
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