Reigning Call of Duty World Champions OpTic Gaming have been eliminated from CWL New Orleans with a record low placement.
The OpTic squad have been the dominant force in Call of Duty since the addition of Ian ‘Crimsix’ Porter and Matthew ‘FormaL’ Piper at the start of Advanced Warfare, joined shortly after by then two-time World Champion Damon ‘Karma’ Barlow.
The team ended Infinite Warfare on the highest of highs, closing out the season with back-to-back wins at the Global Pro League Stage Two Playoffs and the Call of Duty Championships, final earning the title for which they’d seemed destined for nearly three years.
The start of Call of Duty: WWII, however, has not been so successful for OpTic Gaming. They kicked off the new game with a third-place finish at CWL Dallas, and have been even less successful at CWL New Orleans.
After a strong group stage, OpTic suffered a loss in round one of the winner bracket at the hands of Echo Fox, sending them to the lower bracket early. Now, they have fallen to their very next opponent, Red Reserve, who closed out a 3-1 victory with an incredible comeback to take Sainte Marie du Mont HP 250-249.
With that loss, OpTic’s run ends with a top-twelve placement. The result is the worst in the history of the current line-up, with OpTic not having finished outside the top-eight in Call of Duty since early 2014.
It would of course be an over-reaction to immediately call for roster changes in the greatest line-up of all time, but nobody can rule forever. OpTic’s reign has been of unprecedented length, and after three years at the top it has to be wondered if perhaps this will be the year that sees them truly supplanted.
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