Troubles for OpTiC Gaming just keep coming with each day. A couple of weeks ago, it was announced that three players from their roster, James ‘hazed’ Cobb, Tarik Celik, and Will ‘RUSH’ Wierzba, have left the team. In the following weeks, OpTic Gaming managed to find new players for their roster but those changes were not without consequences because they have failed to follow the rules for the upcoming Counter-Strike: Global Offensive competitions.
OpTic Gaming was in a really bad position, especially when it comes to their participation in ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier that is set to begin on September 9th. Considering that three players have left the team, OpTic Gaming already had problems with the organizers of the event who have imposed specific rules about making roster changes for the event.
Three Players Rule
ELEAGUE has announced that the rule 4.4.15 of the rulebook they introduced for the competition states that a team entering the competition needs to have at least three players on the roster who were members of the team when that team received the invite for the tournament. Considering that OpTic Gaming was invited for the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier at the time when their lineup was complete, they had to keep at least three players in the team in order to play at this tournament.
The problems for OpTic Gaming started after they received the invite and only then three players left the team which automatically disqualified them from the competition. However, OpTic Gaming tried to find a solution by negotiating with ELEAGUE but in the end, ELEAGUE decided to stick by its rulebook and disqualify OpTic Gaming from the competition.
OpTic Gaming brought three new players Adam Friberg, Emil ‘Magisk’ Reif, and Aleksi ‘allu’ Jalli but that was not enough for ELEAGUE and yesterday ELEAGUE announced that OpTic Gaming will not be competing in the tournament. This has been just another problem that OpTic Gaming faced recently and the last month has been probably the toughest in while.
OpTic Gaming was placed in Group D of the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier together with Astralis and SK Gaming. However, with their removal from the competition their spot has become open. ELEAGUE announced that they will not be inviting a new team to take OpTic place and that the two remaining position in the Group D will be filled through online qualifiers that will be starting in just a couple of days.
This is not the first tournament that OpTic Gaming was disqualified because DreamHack announced the similar ruling yesterday as well. DreamHack had similar rules imposed and considering the big changes in their roster, OpTic Gaming will not be able to compete in the upcoming LAN events. OpTic Gaming will be competing in the North American ESL Pro League but it will take some time for them to secure a spot in the LAN events.
Even though the disqualification for these two big CS:GO tournaments is a huge problem for OpTic, the fact that they have finalized their roster is the only positive news that will bring them out of this dark period for the organization.