Octane
Sam Larew 
United States
Luminosity Gaming
Fires through eUnited as MVP
December 17, 2017
Octane melts eUnited with his snappy aim in a close 3-2 win over eUnited at the Northern Showdown Championships.
ANALYSIS
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.
Excellent in win
December 17, 2017
Octane was great in the sweep win over Team EnVyUs on Day 2 of the Northern Area Showdown. The win secured Luminosity Gaming a top three placing in the tournament.
ANALYSIS
Octane was a key piece of the Round 1 Hardpoint comeback win. Luminosity started slowly, which allowed Team EnVyUs to run out to a quick lead. However, a strong team effort helped pull off the 250-220 win. Octane and his sniper rifle were key in Round 2 Search & Destroy. He was a constant nuisance, picking off Team EnVyUs members left and right. He was only killed one time in the entire round, as well. He was as consistent as he was deadly. Octane toned down the killing in Round 3 Capture the Flag, but he balanced it out with a nose for the flag. He was rather uninvolved in the round, but his team picked up the slack in the win.
Strong showing to open Northern Arena
December 16, 2017
Octane had a solid showing in Luminosity Gaming's 3-1 win over Next Threat in the quarterfinals of the Northern Arena Showdown.
ANALYSIS
While Octane wasn't on fire like he was in Dallas, he still put up a strong performance to give LG the fairly easy win here. Throughout the series, he was playing the objective more than anything else. He never really put up a ton of kills, but his focus on the objectives was second-to-none. This was especially true in the final Hardpoint round where he locked down all of the early points for an early lead that snowballed as the game progressed. With such a strong objective backbone, LG took Octane's lead to walk away with a 3-1 win in this series to start off their Northern Arena campaign with a bang.
Can't streak out in loss
December 10, 2017
Octane failed to build streaks in a 1-3 loss to eUnited on Day 3 of CWL Dallas.
ANALYSIS
Despite a new lineup, Luminosity Gaming's strategy is still to let Octane streak. However, eUnited's aggression and precision kills prevented Octane from every building the momentum he and his team needed. The difference between a hot and flat Octane are nowhere clearer than in his performances in Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 4 Hardpoint. Round 1 Hardpoint on London Docks saw Octane absolutely decimate eUnited, getting a several five killstreaks. Octane's hot hand gave Luminosity Gaming the map with a litany of Scoresteaks to clutch the final points. Meanwhile, Round 4 Hardpoint saw Octane continually targeted by eUnited, forcing him out of cover and stopping his streaks, removing Luminosity Gaming's Scorestreak utility.
Pins his opponents with tight shots
December 9, 2017
Octane covered the long-range battles in a 3-0 sweep against Ground Zero on Day 2 of CWL Dallas.
ANALYSIS
After the series ended, Octane was quoted saying, "We're not scared of anyone." Bold words that were backed by a bold performance from Octane. He picked up right where his last season left off: as a master of the assault rifle. Except this time, Octane also made some highlight reel plays with the sniper rifle. In Round 2 Search and Destroy on the USS Texas, Octane was able to get four consecutive first bloods while on the sniper, all but guaranteeing the round. He landed some especially impressive shots in Game 3 that helped swing the round. While he didn't get a kill in every game, Octane's simple presence with the high-powered rifle forced Ground Zero to play passively in the tight map.
Electric in opening series
December 8, 2017
Octane put up a 60/39 KD in Luminosity Gaming's big 3-0 win over Epsilon on Day 1 of CWL Dallas.
ANALYSIS
The MVP of the last CWL Open event in Anaheim this past June picked up right where he left off with this performance to open CWL Dallas. His best round by far was Search & Destroy, where he ended up with a 12/4 KD in a 6-2 win. He was on fire with an ace in Game 6 that led right into three more kills over the final two games of the 6-2 win. With him playing so well, LG looks like one of the teams to beat here in Dallas.
Secures a spot at CWL Dallas in pool play
November 30, 2017
Octane and the rest of Luminosity Gaming have earned a pool play spot for CWL Dallas.
ANALYSIS
It's not surprising given the talent level on Luminosity Gaming, but Octane and company appear to be firing on all cylinders to begin the new season. Marquee additions Jkap and John only seemed to have unlocked a more consistent version of Luminosity Gaming, and for the moment, the team appears to be on a similar level with OpTic Gaming, who has maintained their success coming off a championship win in August.
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.
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