Octane
Sam Larew 
United States
Luminosity Gaming
Bad start to loss
August 13, 2017
Octane had a sluggish start in the sweep loss to OpTic Gaming on Day 5 of the 2017 Call of Duty World League Championship. The loss, in the Losers Bracket Finals, eliminated Luminosity Gaming from the tournament.
ANALYSIS
Round 1 Hardpoint was a 250-107 blowout loss for Luminosity Gaming, and Octane could not do anything to stop it. He went 13/25 with 37 seconds on the objective -- he provided minimal resistance as OpTic Gaming led from the start. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw Octane get the final kill in Game 6, but not do much else in the 6-3 defeat. The round was in OpTic's favor after game four. Round 3 Uplink was a 11-2 blowout, but it was also Octane's best individual round. He had a 27/26 KD (leading his team in kills), but there was no one to follow him to the Uplink in the loss.
Sets the pace for LG
August 13, 2017
Octane led the way with a 94/74 KD in Luminosity Gaming's win over Rise Nation on Sunday at Call of Duty Champs 2017.
ANALYSIS
Octane was on top of his game in the best way during this series in the losers bracket semifinals. No matter the round, he was right there pushing LG ahead with decisive kills and objective focus. His best round was Round 2 Search & Destroy where he tallied a 12/5 KD in the round that saw LG straight up dominate. They slipped up a bit in Round 3 Uplink as Rise took a narrow 6-3 lead, but that was their lone loss. He closed out the series with a blistering 27/19 KD and 2:09 of Hardpoint time in the final win that pushed them into the losers finals.
Strong start in sweep win
August 12, 2017
Octane had a great start to the sweep victory over eUnited on Day 4 of the 2017 Call of Duty World Championship. The win secured Luminosity Gaming's place in the Loser's Bracket Semifinal.
ANALYSIS
Octane flew out of the gates in what was a tumultuous Round 1 Hardpoint. There were a bevy of large lead changes and momentum swings. Luminosity ended up winning the round 250-213, and Octane was a big part of that. He hada whopping 1:50 on the objective, and a solid 27/25 KD ratio. Round 2 Search & Destroy was perfect for Luminosity Gaming. They won 6-0, and their strategy lined up perfectly with eUnited's. Octane opened up the round by winning a one vs. two in Game 1, and had the final kill to cap off the perfect 6-0 in Game 6. Round 3 Uplink ended up in overtime after eUnited tied the game at 10 with less than twenty seconds left. Luminosity won in overtime, and preserved the sweep. Octane scored two points and went 25/23 in the round.
Overcomes slow start in sweep victory over Splyce
August 12, 2017
Octane started slow, but finished strong, in the sweep victory over Splyce on Day 4 of the 2017 Call of Duty World Championship. The win put Luminosity Gaming in the Quarterfinal of the Loser's Bracket.
ANALYSIS
Octane had a slow start -- it did not stop Luminosity Gaming from mounting a 100-34 lead and a 250-211 win, however. He went 15/20 with 58 seconds on the objective, coming in last on the team in both kills and Hardpoint time. It was a forgettable performance, all told. He picked it up a little bit in the 6-4 win in Round 2 Search & Destroy, notching the final kill in Game 6. Round 3 Uplink was a dominant 15-3 win -- Luminosity kept the momentum going from the first two rounds to crush Splyce. Octane went off in the round, going 25/16 with eight points, in what was an excellent round, both team-wise and individually.
Slams Fnatic head on
August 12, 2017
Octane tears through Fnatic in 3-0 stomp against Fnatic on Day 3 of the CWL Championships.
ANALYSIS
Octane closed his Day 3 run on a strong note. Round 1 Hardpoint on Scorch saw Octane take quick control of the map, using the maps high angles on Bridge and Drill to peek and tag up Fnatic's players. Fnatic had no answer as Octane buzzed through Fnatic's defenses. In Round 2 Search & Destroy on Retaliation, Octane scored his suite of Scorestreaks in Game 8 thanks to a seven killstreak. He quickly uses his Trinity Rockets that round to get a near miraculous kill onto Fnatic's wuskin hiding indoors in the hotel. Octane also was easily able to clutch out the map in Game 10 thanks to a Bombardment that forced Fnatic into his superior sights, allowing him to close with a 10 killstreak.
Slays hard, but only in one round
August 11, 2017
Octane only landed slays in the early game in a 3-1 loss to eUnited on Day 3 of the 2017 CWL Championships.
ANALYSIS
Octane shows up early but falters in helping his teammates in the late game. Octane's best round was, unsurprisingly, Round 1 Hardpoint on Retaliation. The long lanes and high walls allowed Octane to get high into the air and snap people from across the map, which was exactly the case in the second Bridge point. It was a nearly flawless round for Octane, but it was unfortunate he couldn't bring that fire into the other rounds. Round 2 Search & Destroy showed this clearly as Octane choked several games, scoring a 2/8 KD, such as in Game 2 where he gets picked from across the map. The loss places Luminosity Gaming into the lower bracket.
High-octane play leads to win
August 10, 2017
Octane led the way with a 84/67 KD in a win over Vitality on Thursday in Pool D to push Luminosity Gaming into the playoffs of the 2017 Call of Duty World Championship.
ANALYSIS
Outside of a tough showing in Round 2 Search & Destroy where all of LG were nowhere to be found, Octane was on his game in this series. Hardpoints were where he made his money, posting KDs of 28/19 and 29/18 in the two rounds to lead his team to victory. He wasn't too shabby in Uplink, either. He finished with four points and a 23/22 KD in that round that LG won 15-1. After losing a surprising game on Day 1, LG looks to be back in form in the best way as they just coasted into the playoffs.
Team leader in loss
August 9, 2017
Octane was the best Luminosity Gaming member in the sweep defeat to Rise Nation on Day 1 of the 2017 Call of Duty World Championship.
ANALYSIS
Octane had a good game, but no one else on Luminosity did. Round 1 Hardpoint was the only close round in the match, with Luminosity losing 250-241. Octane had a good showing, going 24/19 with a whopping 1:53 on the objective, but a late push by Rise Nation soiled their only good round. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw Octane get them off on the right foot, getting the final kill in Game 1. However, his final kill in Game 5 would be the only other game win for Luminosity in the 6-2 defeat. Round 3 Uplink was even worse, with Luminosity losing 22-9, with a lot of those points coming in garbage time. Octane went 29/21, but that obviously did not move the needle in any way.
Some good spots in loss
July 30, 2017
Octane had some bright spots, but Luminosity Gaming were swept by OpTic Gaming during Championship Sunday of the Stage 2 playoffs.
ANALYSIS
The writing for the rest of the match was on the wall after Round 1 Hardpoint. OpTic Gaming looked like a well-oiled machine, and Luminosity had no answer. Octane struggles, netting only 14 kills (to 20 deaths), and 36 seconds of Hardpoint time. He just could not do anything. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw Luminosity Gaming mount an early 3-1 lead, but they lost five in a row to lose 6-3. Octane had the final kill in Game 3 and Game 4, putting them in, what appeared to be, a comfortable position. Round 3 Uplink was an 11-1 loss for Luminosity Gaming, and, as the score suggests, it was not very close.
Played well in loss
July 30, 2017
Octane played well despite the 3-2 loss to Team EnVyUs on Day 2 of the Stage 2 Playoffs.
ANALYSIS
Octane had a very good Round 1 Hardpoint, but it was for naught. He went 30/26, with an excellent 1:54 on the objective, but that did not stop Luminosity Gaming from blowing a 246-223 lead to lose the round. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw Octane get the final kill in Game 1, but they would go on to lose the round 6-3. Round 3 Uplink saw Luminosity get on the board, winning 7-4 after trailing 4-1. Octane slayed well, going 31/18, and had a throw-in. Round 4 Hardpoint was a huge win for Luminosity Gaming, blowing out Team EnVyUs 250-89. Octane had 45 seconds on the objective, but had a strong 24/13 KD in the round win. Round 5 Search & Destroy saw Octane get the final kill in Game 6, but they could not cap off the reverse sweep, losing 6-3.
Easily outsmarts rival Zer0 in Search & Destroy
July 29, 2017
The rivalry between Luminosity Gaming's Octane and Splyce's Zer0 came to a head on Day 1 of the Stage 2 Playoffs with Octane scoring an overall KD of 59/42.
ANALYSIS
During Round 1 Hardpoint, Octane's prominence as a Hardpoint slayer was abundantly clear, easily outscoring his rival Zer0 on Splyce with a KD of 22/12. But Round 2 Search & Destroy turned out to be even more symbolic. The two went at it in a one-on-one gunfight during Game 2 (while the rest of Splyce stood by and watched), and Zer0 ended up winning that particular gunfight. That turned out to ultimately not matter, though, as Luminosity came from behind a two-game deficit to win, Octane getting the last laugh with a whopping 12/5 KD. Round 3 Uplink saw Octane assert his dominance over Splyce once and for all with a dunk and a break-even KD of 25/25.
Seriously underestimates Fnatic, and it costs him
July 5, 2017
Octane was a bit too cavalier in his efforts to take on Fnatic on Day 3 of Group Red, and his overall KD of 76/75 was evidence of an overconfident mindset.
ANALYSIS
During Round 2 Search & Destroy, the casters mentioned how Classic was jokingly "roasting" Octane for being a poor shot prior to the match. Maybe he accidentally cursed Octane, as the latter's clear overconfidence towards Fnatic wasn't any help. He did decently during the Hardpoint rounds, scoring a 26/21 KD for Round 1 and 17/14 for Round 4, but he clearly faltered during the rest of the series, especially during Round 3 Uplink where he clearly could not keep himself alive, only notching a 19/27 KD that round. His KDs for the Search & Destroy rounds were decent, with 7/6 for Round 2 and 7/9 for Round 5, but his tactics clearly weren't, as he let himself get flanked on numerous occasions, such as in Game 8 of Round 2, where he got completely swarmed after his teammates died.
Plays his part as a vicious slaying machine
July 2, 2017
Octane continues to be a force of nature with a 56/39 KD in a win over Mindfreak on Day 3 of Group Red.
ANALYSIS
This series saw Luminosity Gaming finally fire on all cylinders. Octane, predictably, proved to be an inhuman slaying machine for Luminosity Gaming. In the respawn rounds, at least. Round 1 Hardpoint was a blow-out for Octane with him scoring a 21/0 KD. While he only secured Scorestreaks towards the end of the map, he had little need for them with his dominate game. Round 2 Search & Destroy once gain showed Octane's weakness for Search & Destroy. Several rounds were lost due to Octane selfishly chasing kills, such Game 4.
Steady in win
July 2, 2017
Octane provided steady offense in the 3-2 win over Evil Geniuses in the final match of Day 2 of Group Red play.
ANALYSIS
Octane was a very consistent respawn slayer for Luminosity Gaming in this match, and it started from Round 1 Hardpoint. He had a KD ratio of 33/32 in the round, and 1:09 on the objective. He was key in them running out to a 100-33 lead, and slayed well despite a very late run by Evil Geniuses that made it a semi-close game -- though Luminosity would hold out for the win. Evil Geniuses were on a roll in Round 2 Search & Destroy, and he could not do much to counteract it. Round 3 Uplink was another frustrating loss for Luminosity, in what was a supremely defensive match-up, but Octane played rather well. He went 30/25, providing the only consistent slaying in a 4-1 defeat. Round 4 Hardpoint was hardly even a match -- Luminosity won 250-57, and it seemed as though Evil Geniuses were content in letting it get to a final round five. Octane went 19/13, with 1:08 on the objective. He had the final kill in Games 4 and 6 in Round 5 Search & Destroy, which was another dominant display, dropping only one game. This time, their dominance won them the round.
Slowly heats up
July 1, 2017
Octane starts slow with a 74/62 KD in a win over Fnatic on Day 2 of Group Red.
ANALYSIS
Once again Octane and Luminosity Gaming deliver a rather strange series. Octane, one of the game's legendary slayers, started with a floundering 18/22 KD in round 1 Hardpoint on Retaliation, arguably his best game mode and map. These slow performances were likely due to Octane dealing with an illness, and it showed. Octane was slow to move and clearly wasn't shooting at his full level. But as the game dragged on, he was able to shake it off a bit, performing much better in Round 2 Search & Destroy with a 12/6 KD. While Octane never reached the heights he is known for, he did do incredibly well in Round 3 Uplink on Frost by swapping between his assault rifles and his SMG throughout the tense match.