Sam Larew 
United States
Luminosity Gaming
Slow slaying start is overcome
March 15, 2018
The first two rounds were a bit of a slog for Octane, but he finished strong in the 3-1 win over eUnited on Day 1 of Week 3 of CWL Global Pro League, Stage 1.
Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 2 Search and Destroy were a bit of a struggle for Octane. Luminosity Gaming split the rounds, winning the first and losing the second, and Octane was hardly a factor in either. He was a support player in Hardpoint, netting an impressive 1:43 on the objective. He started the round terribly, but finished nicely. Overall it was an okay-at-best round, and he earned a 22/25 KD. Search & Destroy saw him struggle, and Luminosity only had Slacked and John show any effectiveness. Octane picked it up for two strong rounds in Round 3 Capture the Flag and Round 4 Hardpoint. He transformed into a very consistent slayer in the two rounds, finishing second and third on the team in kills respectively. His strong slaying was a big boost to their game, since Clayster and Arcitys had very strong performances on the opposite end. His slaying helped put them over the edge, and squeak out two close wins to finish the match.
The only muscle for Luminosity
March 11, 2018
Octane barely maintained a decent score in a stunning 3-0 loss to Red Reserve at the losers' finals of CWL Atlanta.
Octane was the only member of Luminosity Gaming who gave his team any muscle. Red Reserve tore through Octane's flanks, preventing him from ever finding a chance to chain kills together. This was best seen in Round 1 Hardpoint where Octane was the only member of his team to finish positive for the whole map. He tried to control spawn rotations, but he very often found himself pinched at multiple sides by Red Reserve. Even though he could slay, Octane couldn't win every 1-vs-2 fight Red Reserve threw at him.
Lots of good in loss
March 11, 2018
Octane played well, but Luminosity Gaming still fell 3-1 to Rise Nation on Day 3 of CWL Atlanta, dropping them into the tournament's losers' bracket.
Round 1 Hardpoint was a nice start for him and for Luminosity Gaming. He and JKap were incredible and were clearly the two best players in the lobby. Their play put Luminosity Gaming above and well beyond Rise Nation in the round. Round 2 Search & Destroy was forgettable for every member of Luminosity Gaming, Octane included. They fell down early and often, and it was just too big a hole to climb out of. Round 3 Capture the Flag was a similar struggle. The tense, defensive round ended 1-0 in favor of Rise Nation, and Luminosity Gaming could just not break through the excellent Rise defense. Round 4 Hardpoint was a wild affair and one that Octane was very late to the party of. He struggled early, and Rise looked like they would coast to victory. However he and John woke up, and their play was dominating. They were big reasons why they got to the 240 point range and nearly forced a Round 5. His 37 kill, 1:35 on the objective showing was an excellent end to a tough loss.
Consistent in reverse sweep win
March 10, 2018
Octane was one of Luminosity Gaming's best players in their reverse sweep win over Team Kaliber on Day 1 of CWL Atlanta.
Octane was excellent for Luminosity Gaming, through both the losses in Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 2 Search & Destroy, and in the three straight wins to cap off the reverse sweep. The first round saw him be their only balanced player. He had 34 kills and over a minute on the objective for Luminosity. That was rare for them in this round -- they slayed well, but had real problems making noise on the objective and it cost them the round. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him as the reason why the round went to nine games at all. He hit double digit kills, and was consistently a thorn in Team Kaliber's side. He had two incredible rounds, clutching back to back 1-vs-2's in Game Five and Six. He just did not have any support. Round 3 Capture the Flag was his worst round, but he still played well, particularly in the second half. He started his strong play at the end of the first, however, making two key defensive kills to keep it a 2-0 deficit. That ended up being important, as they won 3-2. Round 4 Hardpoint saw Octane really struggle for large stretches. He was a poor slayer for most of the match, but he had a huge breakout at the end of the round and ended up with 35 kills. He loomed large in Round 5 Search & Destroy, too, using his sniper to alter the map. His biggest moment came in game eleven, getting two snipes to ruin their plans and make the round easily winnable for Luminosity.
Impressive in win
March 9, 2018
Octane put together an impressive showing in the sweep win over Evil Geniuses, during their Day 1, CWL Atlanta match.
Octane put together a great performance in this one, making impacts in each of the three rounds. He was a strong slayer in every round, especially the two respawn rounds, and was a key reason why they were able to sweep Evil Geniuses. The first two rounds were really competitive. Round 1 Hardpoint saw them go neck and neck until Luminosity pulled away late. Octane was second fiddle behind JKap, his 35 kills giving Luminosity and unstoppable offense when paired with the 40 kills JKap finished with. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw Octane do the same thing, though Slacked was the leader in that one. He finished with a strong Round 3 Capture the Flag, as Luminosity rode the momentum from their previous two close round wins, and Evil Geniuses looked demoralized after their game 11 loss in Round 2 Search & Destroy.
Slowly heats up
February 16, 2018
Octane slowly tore through Team EnVyUs in a 3-0 win on Day 6 of the CWL Global Pro League Stage 1, Division B.
It took a while for Octane to heat up against Team EnVyUs. His opponent's vicious and scrappy nature made it hard for Octane to find his legs in the early game, such as in the first set of rotations in Round 1 Hardpoint. But when he did find his stride, it was Octane dominating as expected. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw Octane score full Scorestreaks by Game 3 thanks to snappy shots, excellent team work, and smart positioning. For example, in Game 3, Octane let JKap scout for him, letting his partner bait out opponents to give Octane a clean target.
Wildly inconsistent in loss
February 15, 2018
Octane had high highs and low lows as Luminosity lost 3-1 to FaZe Clan, finishing off Wednesday's matches in the CWL Global Pro League, Stage 1.
Round 1 Hardpoint was a perfect way to describe all of Octane's performance in the round. He start off awfully, going 8/18 in the early-to-mid stages as FaZe Clan ran out to a ridiculous lead. However, he clawed his way back to a 26/30 KD ratio, and was a key reason why they scored a ton of points at the end of the round. Even though he was very good in Round 2 Search & Destroy, he still had bouts of inconsistency. In some rounds, he sniped anyone and everyone, and in some rounds he missed shots and put his team behind the eight-ball. Overall, he was more good than bad and was an excellent leader. He directed his teammates all over the map, and put them in positions to succeed. His sniper ability and his quarterbacking skills led them to a 5-2 lead, and his Fighter Pilot got the first two kills of Game 11 to all but win the round and stop the comeback. He fell back to his bad play in Round 3 Capture the Flag, going 11/20, powerless to stop a well-oiled FaZe machine that dominated the map at every turn. Round 4 Hardpoint was more of the same, with OCtane's 31/36 KD not enough to hold up with the ridiculous slaying performance by FaZe, one that saw all four of their members top the 30 kill route, as they dominated the map and the Hardpoint.
Easily sweeps
February 13, 2018
Octane melts Splyce from across the map in a lightning-fast 3-0 stomp on Day 4 of the CWL Pro League, Division B.
Octane had all the advantages this series. Not only was he coming hot off of a flawless Week 1, he would get to play his best map, Ardennes Forest, for three straight rounds. Not only does the map favor Octane's AR, he's mastered every point of the map to find the best positions to beam from. This is best seen in Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 2 Search & Destroy. In Round 1 Hardpoint, Octane had an easy time holding the orations from East Road into Cave by holding the fence near the cabin, a power position that gives him sight of bunker spawns while providing cover. Meanwhile, Round 2 Search & Destroy saw Octane rush the hill in Ruins, a high-ground point that lets him lock down the whole area with his snappy aim and clear line-of-sight.
Excellent respawn in sweep win
February 7, 2018
Octane was a menace in the sweep over Evil Geniuses on the first day of the CWL Global Pro League, Stage 1, matches.
Octane had a nice moment in Round 2 Search & Destroy, getting the final kill in Game 6, but was a support-based player outside of that, while JKap and John led the charge. He was, however, a dominant force in Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 3 Capture the Flag. The former saw him post a ridiculous 2:14 of objective time as Luminosity crushed Evil Geniuses 250-83. They did not outslay them to a big degree, but they had superior map control and a cohesive team effort. He also slayed well, adding 24 kills to his resume. The latter was a very exciting 1-0 win. and Octane finished with 18 kills. He was solid on the defensive side, key in holding Evil Geniuses to zero points scored.
Stumbles only lightly in loss
January 15, 2018
Octane wins one series against Team Kaliber but fails to clutch the second series in a devastating loss at CWL New Orleans.
Luminosity played smart and hot. Only problem was that Team Kaliber can make the impossible seem possible. Octane started hot in the first series alongside JKap, the other main slayer of Luminosity. Between him, JKap and John, Team Kaliber had little chance at map control or even game control. Octane made sure to find picks onto KuavoKenny in Round 3 Capture the Flag, preventing the Team Kaliber player from building streaks to break Luminosity's defense. In the second series, however, Octane would perform even better. He would drop nearly double positive numbers against Team Kaliber in Round 1 Hardpoint on London Docks, a near-confirmed win for Luminosity. But, beyond all measure, Team Kaliber was able to dodge several Scorestreaks, win a handful of fights and rotate just slightly early to beat Octane by only one point that round. Octane, even with the massive numbers and Scorestreaks, just couldn't pin down Team Kaliber.
Steady as a rock
January 15, 2018
Octane brought rock-steady slaying in his 3-2 win over Rise Nation in the losers' final on Day 3 of CWL New Orleans.
In what turned into a grueling series right after a devastating loss to Team Kaliber in the upper brackets, Octane never once dropped his shots. Instead, he was easily the most consistent slayer of his team. This proved to be invaluable against the slightly uneven Rise Nation who relied on moment-to-moment clutches to win rounds. In Round 1 Hardpoint on Sainte Marie, Octane made an impressive hold at the second Restaurant that scored his team a slight lead and Scorestreaks. This trend continued into Round 2 Search & Destroy where he played very slow, a wise tactic since Rise Nation, in their impatience, would peek at inopportune moments.
Intelligent slaying
January 14, 2018
Octane slayed fast and smart in a cutthroat 1-3 loss to Team Kaliber in the Winner's Final on Day 3 of CWL New Orleans.
Octane did everything a slayer should, slaying hard but get kills and getting kills at their most important and strategic moments. But that wasn't enough to take down Team Kaliber. Octane consistently put out solid numbers in every round, but not enough to stifle his opponents. For example, in Round 4 Hardpoint Octane laid down several four killstreaks, an impressive number that allowed his team to break hills and keep ahead in the round. But one fight where Octane lost a bizarre 3v1 to Theory unraveled all of Octane's efforts with a single shot.
Massive performance in Round 4 Hardpoint against Echo Fox
January 14, 2018
A dominant Round 4 Hardpoint helped Octane and company complete a reverse sweep over Echo Fox in the upper bracket semifinals at CWL New Orleans.
Dominant doesn't even begin to describe Octane's incredible performance in Round 4 Search and Destroy. While the slayer posted a 16/5 KD through the first rotation of hardpoints, it was the minute-plus of hill time that helped LG creep out to an early advantage. However, a massive performance during the second half of rotations set the stage for Octane to nearly eclipse 40 kills in the round, as Luminosity pulled away with the victory late. While he was unable to pop off much during any of the other four rounds, Octane's performance in Round 4 Hardpoint alone was a massive catalyst for the team's reverse sweep.
Posts huge KD in Round 2 against Rise Nation
January 13, 2018
Octane may have been a bit inconsistent during this series against Rise Nation, but he still helped the team walk away with a 3-2 win on Day 1 of CWL New Orleans.
Luminosity Gaming clearly needed some warmup time as a whole, as the team tripped up during Round 1 Hardpoint, with Octane picking up a 25/27 KD. But Octane was a huge part of the counter-offensive that Luminosity Gaming mounted against Rise Nation, as he led the way in Round 2 Search & Destroy, slaughtering Rise Nation that round with more than a double-positive KD of 15/6. Octane sadly could not keep up the momentum in Round 3 Capture the Flag, where he barely maintained a positive KD with 23/22 and no flag captures. Octane somehow managed to rubber-band his way back into the spotlight during Round 4 Hardpoint, as he once again destroyed the players of Rise Nation with a blowout KD of 33/19. Round 5 Search & Destroy was a lackluster finish for Octane's performance against Rise Nation in comparison, as he only scored a 6/10 KD and a single bomb plant.
Fires through eUnited as MVP
December 17, 2017
Octane melted eUnited with his snappy aim in a close 3-2 win over eUnited at the Northern Showdown Championships.
Octane was awarded MVP of the series and it was well deserved. Not only was he the clutch factor for Luminosity Gaming to win the Northern Showdown Championships, but he easily secured them several rounds thanks to his insane sights. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw the map go into overtime. In the second half of overtime, Octane was able to clutch a close call by rebounding the flag off of JKap, a smooth move that clutched Luminosity Gaming the round. Then, in Round 5 Search & Destroy, Octane dropped an absurd 12/3 KD that blasted eUnited apart, even calling Scorestreaks to clutch the final few battles.
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