OpTic Gaming is already one of the top Counter Strike Global Offensive teams and its squad just got stronger after signing an all-star international roster. The decision to include new and probably better players is expected to deliver great results in the long run, but the short-term consequences are negative. They were excluded from two important tournaments, as both the organizers of the ELEAGUE CS:GO Premier 2017 and the DreamHack Malmö Masters decided to deny them access. The straw that broke the camel’s back was the addition of the third player, since the current team no longer matches the initial core
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For the Counter Strike Global Offensive this represents a major setback, since players have high expectations from these competitions. On the other hand, the signings of these three players will help them defeat better opponents, so in the long run it will probably pay off. Even so, the fans are probably frustrated to see that their favorite team is not allowed to compete after winning the previous season. Back in December, they won the championship and were credited with a decent chance to do it again.
The decision to make major changes to the lineup came as a result of mediocre results in the recent months. The fact that they didn’t make the podium in the last three major competitions probably convinced the organizers to push the envelope. Unfortunately for them and their fans, it needs to get worse before it can get better, since OpTic Gaming will miss from two important competitions.