Sam Larew 
United States
OpTic Gaming
More good than bad in loss
June 17, 2018
Octane had a rather good showing in the 3-2 loss to UNILAD Esports on Day 3 of CWL Anaheim; the loss eliminated OpTic Gaming from the tournament.
Octane finished Round 1 Hardpoint with a solid 28/26 and 1:20 on the objective, but a lot of that came late in the round. He struggled early on as UNILAD were playing well but really picked it up as the round got going. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw OpTic never really get into it, but Octane played very well. He was a big reason why they got three wins in the 6-3 loss in the first place. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw UNILAD play incredible defense, as OpTic could not break through them in the 4-0 loss. Octane struggled in this one, going 17/18. Round 4 Hardpoint housed quite the comeback for OpTic Gaming, as they came back from 139-64 and 190-100 deficits to win. Octane had a very strong late game after struggling early on, finishing 25/22 in the round. Round 5 Search & Destroy saw Octane fall into a support role, as they lost in Game 11 and were eliminated from CWL Anaheim.
Fails to follow up kills
June 17, 2018
Octane couldn't capitalize on his kills in a 3-1 loss to Luminosity Gaming on Saturday at CWL Anaheim, falling to the Loser's Bracket in the process.
Octane had a hot hand this series, but he couldn't make much use of it in the second half of the series. This was mainly because Octane's wave of kills often came too late, forcing him into 1-vs-3's where his teammates couldn't reinforce his position. In Round 1 Hardpoint, however, Octane was the key reason for OpTic Gaming's success. His ability to snap double and triple kills allowed him to secure rotations and spawns between hills. Unfortunately, Octane's early success couldn't be replicated in Round 4 Hardpoint. Octane landed consistent kills that round, but it was always after OpTic Gaming lost spawn rotations, meaning Octane had little impact on map control.
Covers his team's spawns
June 16, 2018
Octane held his team's defense in a 3-0 win against Team EnVyUs on Friday at CWL Anaheim.
Scump, Crimsix, and Methodz all went off, leaving Octane with little to do this series. However, that didn't prevent him from trying. Despite holding spawns for his team, Octane still was able to slay out for his team when needed to prevent any reversal from Team EnVyUs. This translated into Octane holding back in lanes to secure his team's spawns and rotations. In Round 1 Hardpoint, Octane's defense secured OpTic Gaming's spawns to secure nearly three flawless hills in a row. Similarly, in the first half of Round 3 Capture the Flag Octane's map control helped his teammates to spawn near their base to prevent an early Team EnVyUs flag pull.
Struggles in bad loss
June 8, 2018
Octane struggled mightily in the sweep loss to Rise Nation on Day 3, Week 4 of CWL Global Pro League Stage 2.
Octane had a hard time running with Rise Nation in this one. Round 1 Hardpoint saw him go just 17/24, and Round 3 Capture the Flag was a step back from that, as he finished 13/24. They were not in contention in either round, losing 250-74 and 5-2 respectively. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him get the final kill in Game 2, but do nothing else in the 6-1 loss. It was a struggle for both him and OpTic Gaming.
Solid in loss
June 7, 2018
Octane played rather well despite the 3-1 loss to eUnited on Day 2, Week 4 of CWL Global Pro League Stage 2.
Octane had a nice performance in this round, for the most part. Round 2 Search & Destroy was his weakest round, as Scump and Crimsix did most of the heavy lifting for them in the 6-3 round loss. Round 1 Hardpoint, also a loss, saw Octane be the only member of OpTic Gaming to finish with a KD ratio over 1.00 (26/23). He played well, but his teammates could not slay consistently against eUnited. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw Octane fall into a support role, going 19/18 in the 4-2 round win. It was a very balanced attack from OpTic, and they had the depth to control the kill feed and stifle eUnited at nearly every turn. Round 4 Hardpoint saw him go 30/32 with 1:03 on the objective, but he had a very strong finish to the round. OpTic trailed by a large margin for the majority of the round, and even falling down 223-52, but rattling off an incredible comeback attempt, just to lose 250-153. He and his teammates figured it out late and made a valiant, but futile, comeback attempt.
Wrecks compLexity on Search & Destroy
June 6, 2018
Octane brought the heat against compLexity during Search & Destroy, as OpTic Gaming swept compLexity 3-0 on Tuesday of Week 4 of the CWL Pro League Stage 2.
Although Octane didn't do so hot in the other two rounds, in Search & Destroy he was a one-man wrecking crew for OpTic Gaming. As mentioned, during Round 1 Hardpoint, Octane misfired on a few cylinders, but he was still able to notch a positive KD of 28/27 and was even able to beat Scump and Crimsix in KD that round. Octane then came out swinging in Round 2 Search & Destroy and kept swinging at compLexity until they were bloodied, notching a whopping 11/3 KD and outscoring his teammates by a wide margin. Octane's weakest round was Round 3 Capture the Flag, where he scored a negative KD of 25/31 and no flag captures, but with compLexity being against the ropes at this point anyway, it didn't matter too much.
Quiet support in win
June 6, 2018
Octane hung back in support in the 3-1 win over Mindfreak on Day 1, Week 4, of CWL Global Pro League, Stage 2.
Octane was pretty under the radar in this match, though he was far from bad in the match. Both of his Hardpoint rounds were solid, with him hovering around a 1.00 KD and having a strong game on the objective. Round 1 Hardpoint saw him go 25/24, with 1:35 on the objective, and Round 4 Hardpoint saw him go 16/15 with 2:22 on the objective. He was a very strong support player in both rounds, filling in a key role behind the strong slaying of his teammates. He struggled in Round 2 Search & Destroy, as did the entire team outside of Crimsix, as well as in Round 3 Capture the Flag, when he went just 15/17 with no flag caps in the 5-1 win.
Excellent Hardpoint in sweep win
June 1, 2018
Octane's best round came in the first round of the sweep win over Luminosity Gaming on Day 3, Week 3, of CWL Global Pro League, Stage 2.
Octane had a great performance in this sweep win. OpTic, as a whole, ran out to a quick lead and basically held it for the entire round. Octane was a strong two-way player, adding a whopping 2:30 on the objective to a lobby-leading 27 kills with just 10 deaths. He paced them to their easy win, and really set the tone for the round. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him take more of a backseat role, though he was still a key part of the eight-game win. Round 3 Capture the Flag was similar, as he went 16/15 and one of his team's two flag caps. He was, at his worst, a solid contributor, and at his best, the best player on his team.
Lays down firepower from afar
May 30, 2018
Octane blasted Tainted Minds with hot shots in a 3-0 win on Wednesday of the CWL Pro League Stage 2.
Since coming to OpTic Gaming at the start of Stage 2, Octane hasn't fundamentally changed his tactics. Octane, instead, has even more freedom to play thanks to the likes of Crimsix and Scump holding the frontline for him. This allowed Octane to easily take power positions and slay Tainted Minds with ease. This was best seen in Round 3 Capture the Flag where he devastated his targets from across the map. With every kill, Octane could push further up the map in the first half, until he landed Scorestreaks in the second half to utterly dominate the map.
Finally announced with OpTic Gaming
May 7, 2018
Octane will join OpTic Gaming, the organization relayed on Sunday.
We knew OpTic Gaming was going to make a change, but we weren't certain who was going to join the illustrious club. While the loss of FormaL and Karma will be difficult, it's possible OpTic Gaming may have acquired the best player in competitive Call of Duty over the last two years in Octane. The slayer should be reprising his role as the main AR threat on OpTic Gaming - a similar one to that which he performed admirably on Luminosity Gaming - and it's difficult to imagine a scenario where he struggles. With potentially Crimsix nearing the end of his career, Octane could very well join Scump as the next star player to carry the organization into the stratosphere, so long as the personalities on the team can coexist.
Great first round in loss
April 9, 2018
Octane had a hot start to the 3-1 loss to OpTic Gaming, seeing Luminosity Gaming fall to the loser's bracket final of the CWL Stage 1 Playoffs on Day 3 of the tournament.
Round 1 Hardpoint was an excellent round for both Octane and Luminosity. It was their only round win of the match, and Octane was a huge part of it. He led the team in kills with 39, and he had some clutch ones - he was a key figure in some huge holds of the hill, helping keep their stranglehold on the map and keep their lead intact. He was very good in the round, from beginning to end. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him support John and JKap's strong games, but that was not enough to eke out a win in 11 games. He was good in Round 3 Capture the Flag, netting 23 kills, but the team was stifled by OpTic Gaming's defense. They were hardly able to even sniff a point, as their offense was nonexistent. Round 4 Hardpoint saw him struggle to slay with a very strong OpTic Gaming performance, as they lost the match.
Fails to show up
April 9, 2018
Octane gave a quiet series in a 3-2 loss to FaZe Clan at the Loser's Finals of the CWL Stage 1 Playoffs.
Normally Luminosity Gaming's powerhouse, Octane just couldn't slay out this series due to FaZe Clan's consistent flanking. Octane couldn't play for lanes or objectives without being peppered in the back by the likes of ZooMa or Attach, forcing Octane to whiff shots due to character flinch. This was best seen in the final seconds of Round 1 Hardpoint when Octane lost spawn control in the final moments. However, Octane was able to slay in Round 4 Hardpoint which kept the map relatively close.
Steadily wears down Red Reserve
April 7, 2018
Octane cut down a hot Red Reserve in a 3-2 reverse-sweep win on Day 1 of CWL Stage 1 Playoffs.
Even in the early half where Luminosity Gaming was being blown out by Red Reserve, Octane was the one consistent player. This saved Luminosity in Round 4 Hardpoint where Octane helped built the comeback. After an extremely narrow Round 3 Capture the Flag, Octane obliterated Red Reserve on Round 4 Hardpoint with an absurd 25/14 KD. Then in Round 5 Search & Destroy, Octane's sniping ability helped put important pressure on Zer0 in the latter half of the round.
Lays down consistant dmage to steal CWL Birmingham Championships
April 2, 2018
Octane slayed consistently to bring his team the title of Champion in a double Grand Finals at CWL Birmingham, losing the first series 3-1 and winning the second series 3-1.
Octane held it together despite suffering a massive stomp in the first series, only to bring his team together in the second series. This success was largely thanks to Octane's extraordinary aim. Even when getting stomped in the first Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 3 Capture the Flag, he could always be counted on to get a kill or two. This was especially important in the first Round 2 Search & Destroy helped his team rebound from a devastating defeat in Round 1 Hardpoint. However, his slaying skills truly came to light in the second series. Slacked and John were excellent at baiting for John for him to get kills, such as in the second Round 4 Hardpoint where he was able to score full Scorestreaks in the first thirty seconds.
Lots of good in win
April 2, 2018
Octane had a good performance in the 3-2 upper bracket semifinal win over OpTic Gaming on Day 3 of CWL Birmingham.
There was a lot of good to Octane's performance, specifically in Round 1 Hardpoint, and both Round 2 and Round 5 Search & Destroy. They lost Round 1 Hardpoint, but Octane was a strong performer throughout it. He paced them early on, and they led because of it, He kept up his solid pace - he finished 34/30 in the round - but OpTic Gaming's depth overcame Luminosity's depth. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him lead Luminosity, especially in the latter section of the round. He picked up for Slacked's strong first half of the round. They had a consistent top level slayer between the two. Round 5 Search & Destroy saw him put together a truly strong showing. He had the final kill in games three, four, five, and seven, en route to a 6-1 round win. He came up huge late in the games, and it helped put OpTic Gaming away.
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