Scump
Seth Abner 
United States
OpTic Gaming
Flew out of the gate in loss
April 21, 2018
Scump had a huge start to the 3-1 loss to Ghost Gaming on Day 2 of CWL Seattle.
ANALYSIS
Scump had a hot start to this match, playing well in Round 1 Hardpoint, but never really matched that in the three rounds that followed. The first round, which was also the only win OpTic would get in this match, saw him play a very strong objective-based game. He had a whopping 1:37 on the objective, leading the lobby in the category. While this was not the case for the entire match, he had a rather good slaying performance, going 22/20. Scump was a big reason why they had a big lead early on, and why they kept it, because of his play on the objective. He began to falter in Round 2 Search & Destroy, although he played well later in the round and got the final kill in game nine. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw him limp to a 15/21 KD, and he could not come close to breaking through the strong Ghost Gaming defense in the shutout loss. Round 4 Hardpoint saw him play opposite to his other Hardpoint performance, as he sacrificed his strong objective play (getting just eight seconds in the round), but had a strong 30 kill showing. He did, however, die a lot, dying 36 times in the round. He was not bad, but he could not overcome the strong slaying performance from Ghost Gaming.
Nice start to loss
April 21, 2018
Scump started well in the 3-1 loss to Team EnVyUs on Day 1 of the CWL Seattle Open.
ANALYSIS
Scump had a nice start to this one, putting in a solid Round 1 Hardpoint performance despite the loss. He had a 32/29 KD and buoyed that with a strong 1:39 on the objective, leading his team in that category. Scump followed that up with a solid performance in Round 2 Search & Destroy, but Team EnVyUs were incredible, rattling off five straight game wins before finishing it off in Game 8. Scump had a huge clutch to win game six and keep them alive, but it would be for naught. Round 3 Capture the Flag and Round 4 Hardpoint saw him struggle to KD's below the 1.00 mark, as OpTic Gaming staved off a loss in Round 3 before losing in Round 4.
Up and down in win
April 9, 2018
Scump had good rounds and bad in the 3-1 win over Luminosity on Day 3 of the CWL Stage 1 Playoffs in their winner's bracket final match, securing their spot in the Grand Final.
ANALYSIS
Scump had a rather up and down performance in this one. His downs came in the middle portion of the match - Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him struggle to find his footing throughout the round. He was not the only one who struggled for OpTic Gaming, as he and Karma limped to a slow start, but he was never able to put it together like Karma was. He did have a clutch kill, however, getting the final kill in game ten, forcing a game eleven. He continued to struggle in Round 3 Capture the Flag, despite the rather easy round win for OpTic Gaming. He finished the round just 17/23, though he made some nice defensive stands in the second half of the round. It was not a terrific performance, but he absolutely played a role down the stretch. His two Hardpoint performances were much better, however. Round 1 Hardpoint saw him do a lot of good work early in the round and was one of their best players in that portion of the round. He ended up 36/36, with a solid 1:37 on the objective in their only round loss. The final Round 4 Hardpoint saw him have a similar showing. He went 39/38 with 1:46 on the objective in total, and played particularly well in the early stages. He had eleven kills before OpTic even got to 60 points, and was key in giving them their 110-40 lead.
Brawls with FaZe Clan at the CWL Stage 1 Championships
April 9, 2018
Scump couldn't tear down FaZe Clan's frontline in a dramatic double Grand Finals loss at CWL Stage 1 Playoffs, losing both series 3-2.
ANALYSIS
Surprisingly, "King Scump" struggled to out-brawl FaZe Clan across ten maps and game modes. This was largely because FaZe Clan played a very scattered composition, willing to cause absolute chaos with constant flanks to destroy map spawns. Scump, without a solid spawn to push, struggled to bully an elusive opponent. This was best seen in how Scump excelled in both Round 3 Capture the Flags, a game mode that has constant spawns but fell slightly short in all other game modes. In the second Round 3, Scump utterly dominated the map with a 24/14 KD and a flag capture by simply playing aggressively, constantly pressuring FaZe Clan's base until they fell apart.
Ends the series against Team EnVyUs with a bang
April 8, 2018
Scump took some time to warm up but eventually got into his usual shape as OpTic Gaming took down Team EnVyUs 3-1 on Day 1 of the CWL Pro League Stage 1 Playoffs.
ANALYSIS
Scump wasn't quite 100 percent when the series started - he had tweeted about being sick prior to the series- but he steadily improved as the series went on. Round 1 Hardpoint was nothing short of a blowout for OpTic Gaming, who beat Team EnVyUs by almost a 150-point margin, but Scump lagged behind his teammates this round with a KD of 27/26. Round 2 Search & Destroy was a similar story, where OpTic Gaming beat Team EnVyUs in a complete 6-0 shutout but Scump was still behind his team somewhat with a 4/3 KD. The whole team of OpTic Gaming lagged behind Team EnVyUs, however, in Round 3 Capture the Flag, where Team EnVyUs finally showed signs of life and were able to steal a round victory in overtime, while Scump went negative in KD with 19/25 and a flag capture. Scump returned to his proper form soon after in Round 4 Hardpoint, and by this time his thumbs were quick enough to score a solid positive KD of 27/17 and the most hardpoint control time of his team at 1:59.
Falls into Splyce's trap
April 2, 2018
Scump got outsmarted by Splyce in a 3-2 loss in the Loser's Bracket Semifinals at CWL Birmingham, seeding into 4th place for the event.
ANALYSIS
The only problem for Scump was his neglect of map control this series as he could easily slay through Splyce. This is easily seen in Round 4 Hardpoint on Valkyrie where Scump decimated Splyce with an 11/3 KD by the second hill, a daunting score that should've put OpTic Gaming miles beyond Splyce. But since Scump wasn't pushing out Splyce's spawns from hills, his opponents slowly stole away points with teamfights until they won the game. On top of that, Splyce's pick of Valkyrie negated most of Scump's Scorestreaks in that map.
The flag-bearer for OpTic Gaming
April 2, 2018
Scump demonstrates his dominance of the Capture the Flag game mode in OpTic's 3-1 victory over Team EnVyUs in the Losers Quarterfinals of CWL Birmingham.
ANALYSIS
Scump is often seen as a standard-bearer for OpTic Gaming, but in this series against Team EnVyUs, it could be taken literally. Perhaps not in Round 1 Hardpoint, where Team EnVyUs easily smoked an unprepared OpTic Gaming where Scump earned a mere negative KD of 23/30. Scump was important in Round 2 Search & Destroy despite his negative KD of 4/5, but not as important as the rest of his team that round. But Round 3 Capture the Flag put Scump square in the spotlight, as his being in the right place at the right times to return OpTic's flag whenever it was stolen, combined with a flag capture and the best KD of his team at 22/15, easily earned him star flag-bearer status for the round. Scump would end the OpTic Gaming victory against Team EnVyUs on a somewhat sour note with a KD of 29/31 in Round 4 Hardpoint, but at least his hardpoint control time of 1:28 for the round balanced things out.
Two great rounds in loss
April 2, 2018
Scump had two good rounds in the 3-2 upper bracket semifinal loss to Luminosity Gaming on Day 3 of CWL Birmingham.
ANALYSIS
Scump had two excellent rounds in this match, and both were in Hardpoint rounds. Round 1 Hardpoint saw him net 35 kills, which ended up being second on the team behind Crimsix's strong 41 kills. He was a big slayer in this match, and that's where he did most of his work - he only had 58 seconds on the objective in the round, the lowest on his team. Despite that low mark, his slaying was a big reason why they overcame their early deficit and took the round. His Round 4 Hardpoint performance was more balanced. He had less kills (26), but much more Hardpoint time (1:31), balancing out his performance. They won 250-103, and performances like Scump's made it easy. The rest of his performance - both Round 2 Search & Destroy, and Round 5 Search & Destroy, on top of Round 3 Capture the Flag, saw him struggle to keep up with Luminosity.
Fades in win
March 30, 2018
Scump had an incredibly hot start to this match, but faded down the stretch in the 3-1 win over Evil Geniuses on Day 1 of the CWL Birmingham Open.
ANALYSIS
Scump ran out to an incredible start in this one. He kept pace with Apathy, and allowed OpTic Gaming to stay in the round. He was a big reason why they got the lead at the 150 mark, and why they won 250-129. He had a whopping 38 kills in the round. Round 2 Search & Destroy continued his strong play, as they won 6/0. The entire team was clicking in the round, as one would expect in a 6/0 win. The rest of his performance, however, was a struggle. He went a combined 38/56 in the two rounds, struggling to slay on par with his teammates.
Slays aggressively with Crimsix
March 30, 2018
Scump paired with Crimsix to decimate Team EnVyUs in a 3-1 win on Friday of CWL Birmingham.
ANALYSIS
Both Scump and Crimsix took the fight to Team EnVyUs with an aggressive SMG playstyle that pinned down their opponents. Despite the new roles for the team, Scump was tightly coordinated with Crimsix across the series. This was best seen in Round 4 Hardpoint on Valkyrie, a map that entirely favors SMGs. Crimsix and Scump slammed hills and then pushed out to press Team EnVyUs spawns by covering for each other. Similarly, Scump was able to start a reverse sweep in Round 2 Search & Destroy by pressuring Team EnVyUs' positions.
Strong killing in early-game
March 11, 2018
Scump slayed well in the early game but was handed a devastating 3-0 defeat by Red Reserve, getting muscled out of CWL Atlanta losers' semifinals.
ANALYSIS
Scump started well but quickly fell off as Red Reserve took control of the map from him. The was best seen in Round 1 Hardpoint on Valkyrie, a fast and aggressive map where Scump's SMG was vital. Scump was able to get a positive KD by challenging Hardpoints, but that was a fatal flaw for him since Red Reserve were far more concerned with map control. The map's interior Hardpoints negated anything Scump could do with Scorestreaks. And since he didn't challenge spawns, Red Reserve was easily able to flood back into Hardpoints.
Streaks through Lightning Pandaz
March 10, 2018
Scump brutalized Lightning Pandaz in a bloody 3-0 sweep on Day 2 of CWL Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
Scump completely took over this game. Starting early in Round 1 Hardpoint, Scump went off by going double positive with an 8/4 KD by the third Hardpoint. He'd carry this momentum through the entire map as he constantly slammed hills to push out his opponents, ending with a 35/19 KD that blew the map open. Then, in Game 4 of Round 2 Search & Destroy, Scump clutched a 1-vs-3 as Lighting Pandaz accidentally trickled into his shots while he quickly danced around them. His hot hand continued into Round 3 Capture the Flag on London Docks where he made an insane play off of Lightning Pandaz poor coordination. After his enemies stole his team's flag, he was able to line up three snappy kills as Pandaz awkwardly stacked together. This allowed Scump to return his team's flag and secure a flag capture with FormaL.
Communication is key to victory over FaZe
March 10, 2018
As a listen-in demonstrated early on, Scump's improved communication during matches helped his team secure a 3-1 victory over FaZe Clan on Day 1 of CWL Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
Scump had a bit of a rough series, but one thing a listen-in during Round 1 Hardpoint revealed is that Scump has improved his team communication. His callouts are more informative, he calls changes in strategy, and is generally more collected. Round 1 Hardpoint started with Scump falling behind in kills, but thanks to the use of streaks, he quickly caught up to get a positive KD of 27/26, Scump's worst round this series was unquestionably Round 2 Search & Destroy, where he only tallied a 4/6 KD. Scump and the rest of OpTic Gaming rebounded from their Search & Destroy loss with a comeback victory in Round 3 Capture the Flag, where Scump notched a KD of 22/19. Lastly, Scump scored a negative KD in Round 4 Hardpoint with 28/42, but this turned out not to matter as OpTic Gaming scored an extremely narrow victory, closing out the series 3-1.
No show in loss
March 2, 2018
Scump had a poor display in the sweep loss to Rise Nation, a match that took place on Thursday, during Week 6 of the CWL Global Pro League Stage 1.
ANALYSIS
Scump had himself a ton of struggles in this matchup, and it showed in the statlines. His 18/31 KD in Round 1 Hardpoint was not an outlier, but just a harbinger of things to come in this one. After a forgettable Round 2 Search & Destroy were he struggled to kill anyone, he limped to a 13/21 KD in Round 3 Capture the Flag. He was not noticeable at all, and he could hardly make any progress against a Rise Nation team that looked like it would have beaten any team it ran across on Thursday. Rise Nation outclassed them, and Scump was not immune to that in any respect.
Assists in his team's aggression
February 28, 2018
Scump swung the late game in a 3-1 win over Red Reserve on Wednesday of the CWL Global Pro League Stage 1, Division A.
ANALYSIS
Scump is a vital part of his team, and when he does well, so does everyone else. This was nowhere more apparent than on Round 4 Hardpoint on Gibraltar. Scump would go double negative by the second set of rotations as OpTic Gaming sagged behind by forty points. It was only when Scump began to heat-up by the second Castle Road that OpTic Gaming began to blow Red Reserve away. Scump began his reign of terror with a four-kill streak, a small boon that gave him the confidence to play more aggressively. Because of this, Scump was able to engage and bully Red Reserve off of points often, soaking away points until his team had the lead.
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