Xotic
John Bruno 
Canada
Lightning Pandaz
Excellent in sweep
January 13, 2018
Xotic was on the top of his game as Lightning Pandaz swept FaZe Clan on the second day of CWL New Orleans.
ANALYSIS
Xotic was excellent from the jump, putting together a strong performance in Round 1 Hardpoint. He, Goonjar, and Royalty were the leaders of the slaying, with Proto laying back and collecting the Hardpoint time. He continued to slay well when Royalty fell off, and have a ton of clutch kills to either keep hills in Pandaz control or put the game out of reach in the end. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him continue his strong play. He got the final kill in Games 3 and 6 while picking up kills in most of the other games, as well. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw him as the most consistent Lightning Pandaz member. He was a leader early on, and was a big reason why they kept a lead into the second half. FaZe Clan fought back and had a great performance in the second half to force overtime, but Xotic was the only Lightning Pandaz member to play well in that second half. He was key to the win in overtime, too, as he had the flag cap to give them the lead, and a Glide Bomb that all but ended the last FaZe Clan push.
Free Agent
Joins growing list of free agents
August 21, 2017
Xotic will become a free agent, ex-teammate Assault announced on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
The entirety of Cloud9 will hit the free agent pool after a disappointing 13th-16th place finish at the 2017 Call of Duty World Championships. While Xotic might be the least desirable of the Cloud9 free agents, he should more than likely find his way onto a team before the start of the next competitive season.
Lackluster showing in loss
August 12, 2017
Xotic managed just a 68/85 KD when Cloud9 were knocked into the lower bracket by Ghost Gaming on Friday at the 2017 Call of Duty World Championship.
ANALYSIS
Xotic, along with Aches, was a pretty large sore spot for Cloud9 in this series. From start to finish, he simply never managed to put up a consistent amount of kills or control over objectives at all. While he and his team found a win in Round 2 Search & Destroy, that was about all they could do. In the respawn rounds, they simply had too many deficiencies in what ended as a rough 3-1 series loss. They will surely need to tighten things up quite a bit in the losers bracket if they wish to make any sort of run.
Slaying struggles in sweep loss
August 11, 2017
Xotic struggled to slay with Epsilon eSports, as Cloud9 was swept by them on Day 3 of the 2017 Call of Duty World Championship. The loss eliminated Cloud9 from the tournament.
ANALYSIS
Xotic never really was able to slay, despite the somewhat solid objective performance. Round 1 Hardpoint saw Cloud9 get behind the eight ball quickly, trailing 160-30 early on. They fought back and made it a game, but it was too little, too late. Xotic went 17/21, but he still managed over 1:20 on the objective. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw Priestah carry most of the offense, and the rest of Cloud9 lagged behind in the 6-3 loss. Round 3 Uplink was rough, as Cloud9 led 8-5 with two minutes left, and still lost the round. Xotic made a final run after Dqvee took the lead away from them, but it was to no avail.
Too little, too late in loss to Enigma6
August 11, 2017
Xotic had a rough early game but smoother late game with an overall KD of 75/79, indicative of too little effort too late against Enigma6 on Day 2 of the 2017 CWL Championships.
ANALYSIS
Xotic had a tough start with the rest of Cloud9 against Enigma6 on Day 2. Xotic's team lost Round 1 Hardpoint almost by a margin of over 100 points, with Xotic only scoring a KD of 15/21 despite scoring the most Hardpoint control time on his team with 1:12. Xotic would only fare slightly better in Round 2 Search & Destroy, scoring a KD of 5/6 along with three bomb plants, as Cloud9 would fall again to Enigma6 by a three-game deficit. Xotic and the rest of Cloud9 finally showed some signs of life in Round 3 Uplink, where they scored a total of nine points, six of them via Xotic's two dunks and two throws and his KD of 28/25. This life didn't last, however, in Round 4 Hardpoint, where despite Xotic's best efforts to make up for Round 1 with a break-even KD of 27/27, Cloud9 were put into the 100-point club by Enigma6 and ultimately defeated 3-1 in the series.
Nothing out of the ordinary in series win
August 10, 2017
Xotic finished Cloud9's 3-1 win over Rogue with a KD of 70/68 at the 2017 Call of Duty World Championships on Wednesday.
ANALYSIS
Xotic was hardly that in the early stages of C9's set vs Rogue, posting a lackluster Game 1 in Hardpoint on Scorch, followed by a glacially cold performance in S&D on Breakout. In both games, Xotic started rounds off very slowly, losing 1-vs-1's before becoming an anchor for C9's more aggressive members. In Game 3, Xotic finally found his rhythm on Throwback, dominating uplink with three points scored and a 28/21 KD. Finally feeling confident, Xotic returned to his anchor role for the final Hardpoint map of the series, where he racked up more objective time for C9 while going even with a 20/20 KD. Xotic wasn't the star here, but he played his part as Cloud9 took the 3-1 series win.
Fails to help close leads
July 24, 2017
Xotic doesn't show up with a 78/87 KD in a loss to Team EnVyUs on Day 3 of Group Green.
ANALYSIS
Xotic faded into the background alongside Aches in a rough and strange series. Not only was Round 1 Hardpoint lost 249-250, but Round 3 Uplink was a war of attrition while Round 4 Hardpoint was another choke. Xotic was part of the reason for this weird series, as he couldn't consistently slay. He did well in Round 2 Search & Destroy on Retaliation by coordinating with his teammates to punish the sloppy defenses of Team EnVyUs, such as in Game 5, where he got a triple kill, or in Game 9. However, Xotic couldn't slay well enough in other rounds, which was a part of the reason for Cloud9's chokes.
Forces himself to play aggressively
July 23, 2017
Xotic tries to bring the pressure with a 78/74 KD in a loss to OpTic Gaming on Day 2 of Group Green.
ANALYSIS
Xotic was late bloomer this series with most of his impressive plays coming late into the series. While always a support-focused player, Xotic slayed well in certain rounds. Round 1 Hardpoint on Throwback saw this in action when Xotic slayed out with a five killstreak near markets in an effort to hold spawns. His set of kills easily secured the map for Cloud9. But he had trouble emulating those streaks in subsequent rounds. While still one of the better slayers for Cloud9, Xotic had too much on his plate both trying to kill and hold spawns. This was seen in Round 4 Hardpoint where he was often forced to overextend, such as on the second Turbine, just to retain game control.
Middling in loss
July 22, 2017
Xotic was rather average in the sweep at the hands of Team EnVyUs on Day 2 of Group Yellow.
ANALYSIS
Round 1 Hardpoint was a hard round defeat for Cloud9. They were neck and neck with Team EnVyUs, and the two teams traded leads constantly, all the way up until the end of the round. Xotic had a rather poor start, as Assault and Aches kept them in it, but he picked it up late, and had a huge hold of the objective to nearly get them to victory. However, he was downed by SlasheR, and Cloud9 would go on to lose 250-237. He went 23/22, with 1:19 on the objective, most of his positive contributions coming in the latter half of the round. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him get the final kill in Game 3, but after that Team EnVyUs went on a roll and handed Cloud9 a 6-3 loss. Round 3 Uplink saw him not move the needle much at all. He did not score any of the team's four points in the 8-4 round loss, and he had a middling 24/26 KD ratio.
Clutch down stretch in comeback victory
July 22, 2017
Xotic finished with an 88/73 KD during Friday's 3-2 CWL Stage 2 Group Green victory over Epsilon.
ANALYSIS
As Xotic went, so did Cloud9 in the series. He began unceremoniously, starting 21/23 and with just 1:18 of hill time during Round 1 Hardpoint. Despite having a clutch 1-vs-1 kill against Dqvee -- who was using camo -- he and Cloud9 came up short again in Round 2 Search & Destroy, falling behind 2-0 in the series. Xotic turned a corner in Round 3 Uplink, leading the team with 33 kills an scoring a point en route to Cloud9's blowout 13-3 victory on Precinct. That solid play continued through Round 4 Hardpoint (23/15 KD) and into the early portions of Round 5 Search & Destroy. Xotic pulled out the sniper in the scoreless Search & Destroy map, getting Cloud9 off to a good start by collecting two kills as the team took a 1-0 lead in the deciding round of the series. They went on to win 6-3 and the series 3-2, though Xotic finished the round with just a 5/4 KD.
Falters late in loss
July 21, 2017
Xotic had a good first two rounds, but faltered late in the sweep loss to OpTic Gaming on Day 1 of Group Green.
ANALYSIS
Xotic had a solid first round, being one of the better members of Cloud9 in Round 1 Hardpoint. He went 24/21 with over 1:30 on the objective in the round, playing a key role in keeping them close. The round was neck and neck, with both teams playing at an similar level. Cloud9 got edged out 250-235. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw Xotic get Cloud9 off on the right foot, getting the final kill in Game 1. He notched the final kill in Game 7 as well, stopping the bleeding after four straight OpTic Gaming wins. They would lose the next two games, losing 6-3. Round 3 Uplink saw him falter, getting one point and going 20/28, struggling to run with OpTic Gaming in the 6-4 defeat.
Loses Round 1 Hardpoint
June 15, 2017
Xotic slipped in a rough win over Tainted Minds at the CWL Relegation.
ANALYSIS
Despite a strong showing early in the day, Xotic had a rough game early in the series. Round 1 Hardpoint was an abysmal performance where he couldn't score a single kill in four Hardpoint rotations. The incredibly weak showing is what allowed Tainted Minds to steamroll that round. However, Xotic was able to get his head in the game, shaking off an abnormal game. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw Xotic play much stronger as he stuck close to Aches to score early picks. Meanwhile, Round 4 Hardpoint saw the player redeem himself as he helped keep Cloud9 in the lead with early breaks on key Hardpoints.
Set to join Cloud9
May 15, 2017
Xotic has joined Cloud9, the organization announced on Saturday.
ANALYSIS
Xotic will join his fellow former Gosu Crew teammate, Priestah, on the new look Cloud9 roster that sees the release of Ricky and Lacefield. Given that the team failed to finish higher than fourth in their CWL Global Pro League pool, Cloud9 will be forced to play through relegation in order to qualify again for Stage 2.
Still on Gosu Crew for now
April 13, 2017
Xotic will remain on Gosu Crew for the foreseeable future, the organization announced on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
Parasite announced earlier this week that Xotic would be joining his new team as they ready for a chance to qualify for CWL Global Pro League Stage 2, but that appears to be on hold for now as Xotic works out his contract issues with Gosu Crew. Given that Gosu Crew appear to be ready to extract major buyouts from their former team, there's a chance there might not be an organization willing to pay the premium price. The situation appears far from over, meaning more information will likely come closer to the start of Stage 2 qualification.
Poor objective performance during Day 2
March 24, 2017
Xotic managed to deliver solid objective games against FaZe during the first Search & Destroy and the two Hardpoint games, but his overall KD of 49/75 ultimately didn't help to prevent GosuCrew's loss to FaZe at CWL Dallas Day 2.
ANALYSIS
Xotic did solidly on controlling objectives on Hardpoint, getting over a minute and an 18/22 KD on the first map and over two minutes (the most of his team) and a 23/17 KD on the second Hardpoint map, but unfortunately these Hardpoint performances didn't help GosuCrew overall, as during Search & Destroy and Uplink, while getting a positive KD of 6/4 during the first of those games and leading the team on bomb plants, he faltered on the second Search & Destroy map with a 4/5 KD and a poor Uplink performance of 18/26 KD.
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