OpTic Gaming survive grand finals scare in Seattle to become Halo World Champions
Staff, 2022-10-23 21:16:38,
Before the Orlando Major last month, Lucid and Trippy hadn’t lifted a trophy at a major Halo LAN tournament. Now both players, alongside esports legends FormaL and aPG, can call themselves world champions after what was an explosive grand finals for Halo Infinite‘s first competitive season.
A bracket reset from a resurgent Cloud9 threatened to spell disaster on an otherwise magical weekend for a dominant OpTic roster.
Yet with their backs against the wall, OpTic pulled out a stunning string of performances to take the second best-of-seven series in a 4-0 sweep and claim the title and trophy in front of an electric Greenwall crowd.
Prior to the grand finals, OpTic’s Halo World Championship weekend was looking almost flawless. While C9 had been forced into a lower bracket gauntlet run in round one by Native Red, OpTic Gaming had only lost a single map throughout the entire tournament. With comfortable sweeps against the likes of Sentinels and Native Red, the trophy looked primed to leave the venue in the hands of FormaL and the team.
Despite a promising start to the first best-of-seven with a Capture The Flag game won in overtime for OpTic, C9 looked completely in control for the proceeding four maps to take a 4-1 series win that reset the bracket.
Bound was a man on a mission, sitting in the spotlight game after game for his outstanding individual plays that kept him constantly at the top of the leaderboards.
While in-game leader Eco guided C9’s strategy, Bound…
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