Octane
Sam Larew 
United States
OpTic Gaming
Finally announced with OpTic Gaming
May 7, 2018
Octane will join OpTic Gaming, the organization relayed on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
ANALYSIS
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.
Plays AR like an SMG
March 30, 2018
Octane played close range with an AR in a 3-0 win over Red Reserve on Friday of CWL Birmingham.
ANALYSIS
Luminosity Gaming in order to play Red Reserve's tactics. While this put Octane at odds in Round 1 Hardpoint, he found his groove quickly in Round 2 Search & Destroy and Round 3 Capture the Flag. Octane stuck to his normal role in Round 2 Search & Destroy, where he played for picks by peeking corner. But that changed in Round 3 Capture the Flag, where he was leading the majority of Luminosity's pushes. Octane's laser-like aim found him getting a suite of kills, allowing him to push lanes and steal the objective while his teammates flanked. Octane's domination blew Red Reserve apart with three flag captures.
Quickly loses control of the series against FaZe Clan
March 26, 2018
Despite dominating the first round against FaZe Clan, Octane and Luminosity Gaming let the rest of the series slip out of their grasp as FaZe Clan snatched a 3-1 series victory away from them on Thursday of Week 8 of the CWL Pro League Division B.
ANALYSIS
Octane was quick to set the bar for FaZe Clan to clear in Round 1 Hardpoint, where LG grabbed the victory by less than 30 seconds as Octane established a dominant KD of 35/26. However, in Round 2 Search & Destroy, FaZe Clan not only cleared that bar but set one of their own for LG, and LG simply could not keep up. Octane attempted to carry his team in Round 2 with a double-positive KD of 12/6, but he didn't succeed as FaZe Clan, especially ZooMa, always seemed one step ahead. From there, it was all FaZe Clan, as Octane floundered trying to find its footing. Octane did abysmally in Round 3 Capture the Flag with no flag captures under his belt and a paltry KD of 11/18, and ultimately ended his run with a whimper in Round 4 Hardpoint with a KD of 16/25.
Slow slaying start is overcome
March 15, 2018
The first two rounds were a bit of a slog for Octane, but he finished strong in the 3-1 win over eUnited on Day 1 of Week 3 of CWL Global Pro League, Stage 1.
ANALYSIS
Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 2 Search and Destroy were a bit of a struggle for Octane. Luminosity Gaming split the rounds, winning the first and losing the second, and Octane was hardly a factor in either. He was a support player in Hardpoint, netting an impressive 1:43 on the objective. He started the round terribly, but finished nicely. Overall it was an okay-at-best round, and he earned a 22/25 KD. Search & Destroy saw him struggle, and Luminosity only had Slacked and John show any effectiveness. Octane picked it up for two strong rounds in Round 3 Capture the Flag and Round 4 Hardpoint. He transformed into a very consistent slayer in the two rounds, finishing second and third on the team in kills respectively. His strong slaying was a big boost to their game, since Clayster and Arcitys had very strong performances on the opposite end. His slaying helped put them over the edge, and squeak out two close wins to finish the match.
The only muscle for Luminosity
March 11, 2018
Octane barely maintained a decent score in a stunning 3-0 loss to Red Reserve at the losers' finals of CWL Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
Octane was the only member of Luminosity Gaming who gave his team any muscle. Red Reserve tore through Octane's flanks, preventing him from ever finding a chance to chain kills together. This was best seen in Round 1 Hardpoint where Octane was the only member of his team to finish positive for the whole map. He tried to control spawn rotations, but he very often found himself pinched at multiple sides by Red Reserve. Even though he could slay, Octane couldn't win every 1-vs-2 fight Red Reserve threw at him.
Lots of good in loss
March 11, 2018
Octane played well, but Luminosity Gaming still fell 3-1 to Rise Nation on Day 3 of CWL Atlanta, dropping them into the tournament's losers' bracket.
ANALYSIS
Round 1 Hardpoint was a nice start for him and for Luminosity Gaming. He and JKap were incredible and were clearly the two best players in the lobby. Their play put Luminosity Gaming above and well beyond Rise Nation in the round. Round 2 Search & Destroy was forgettable for every member of Luminosity Gaming, Octane included. They fell down early and often, and it was just too big a hole to climb out of. Round 3 Capture the Flag was a similar struggle. The tense, defensive round ended 1-0 in favor of Rise Nation, and Luminosity Gaming could just not break through the excellent Rise defense. Round 4 Hardpoint was a wild affair and one that Octane was very late to the party of. He struggled early, and Rise looked like they would coast to victory. However he and John woke up, and their play was dominating. They were big reasons why they got to the 240 point range and nearly forced a Round 5. His 37 kill, 1:35 on the objective showing was an excellent end to a tough loss.
Consistent in reverse sweep win
March 10, 2018
Octane was one of Luminosity Gaming's best players in their reverse sweep win over Team Kaliber on Day 1 of CWL Atlanta.
ANALYSIS
Octane was excellent for Luminosity Gaming, through both the losses in Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 2 Search & Destroy, and in the three straight wins to cap off the reverse sweep. The first round saw him be their only balanced player. He had 34 kills and over a minute on the objective for Luminosity. That was rare for them in this round -- they slayed well, but had real problems making noise on the objective and it cost them the round. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him as the reason why the round went to nine games at all. He hit double digit kills, and was consistently a thorn in Team Kaliber's side. He had two incredible rounds, clutching back to back 1-vs-2's in Game Five and Six. He just did not have any support. Round 3 Capture the Flag was his worst round, but he still played well, particularly in the second half. He started his strong play at the end of the first, however, making two key defensive kills to keep it a 2-0 deficit. That ended up being important, as they won 3-2. Round 4 Hardpoint saw Octane really struggle for large stretches. He was a poor slayer for most of the match, but he had a huge breakout at the end of the round and ended up with 35 kills. He loomed large in Round 5 Search & Destroy, too, using his sniper to alter the map. His biggest moment came in game eleven, getting two snipes to ruin their plans and make the round easily winnable for Luminosity.
Impressive in win
March 9, 2018
Octane put together an impressive showing in the sweep win over Evil Geniuses, during their Day 1, CWL Atlanta match.
ANALYSIS
Octane put together a great performance in this one, making impacts in each of the three rounds. He was a strong slayer in every round, especially the two respawn rounds, and was a key reason why they were able to sweep Evil Geniuses. The first two rounds were really competitive. Round 1 Hardpoint saw them go neck and neck until Luminosity pulled away late. Octane was second fiddle behind JKap, his 35 kills giving Luminosity and unstoppable offense when paired with the 40 kills JKap finished with. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw Octane do the same thing, though Slacked was the leader in that one. He finished with a strong Round 3 Capture the Flag, as Luminosity rode the momentum from their previous two close round wins, and Evil Geniuses looked demoralized after their game 11 loss in Round 2 Search & Destroy.
Slowly heats up
February 16, 2018
Octane slowly tore through Team EnVyUs in a 3-0 win on Day 6 of the CWL Global Pro League Stage 1, Division B.
ANALYSIS
It took a while for Octane to heat up against Team EnVyUs. His opponent's vicious and scrappy nature made it hard for Octane to find his legs in the early game, such as in the first set of rotations in Round 1 Hardpoint. But when he did find his stride, it was Octane dominating as expected. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw Octane score full Scorestreaks by Game 3 thanks to snappy shots, excellent team work, and smart positioning. For example, in Game 3, Octane let JKap scout for him, letting his partner bait out opponents to give Octane a clean target.
Wildly inconsistent in loss
February 15, 2018
Octane had high highs and low lows as Luminosity lost 3-1 to FaZe Clan, finishing off Wednesday's matches in the CWL Global Pro League, Stage 1.
ANALYSIS
Round 1 Hardpoint was a perfect way to describe all of Octane's performance in the round. He start off awfully, going 8/18 in the early-to-mid stages as FaZe Clan ran out to a ridiculous lead. However, he clawed his way back to a 26/30 KD ratio, and was a key reason why they scored a ton of points at the end of the round. Even though he was very good in Round 2 Search & Destroy, he still had bouts of inconsistency. In some rounds, he sniped anyone and everyone, and in some rounds he missed shots and put his team behind the eight-ball. Overall, he was more good than bad and was an excellent leader. He directed his teammates all over the map, and put them in positions to succeed. His sniper ability and his quarterbacking skills led them to a 5-2 lead, and his Fighter Pilot got the first two kills of Game 11 to all but win the round and stop the comeback. He fell back to his bad play in Round 3 Capture the Flag, going 11/20, powerless to stop a well-oiled FaZe machine that dominated the map at every turn. Round 4 Hardpoint was more of the same, with OCtane's 31/36 KD not enough to hold up with the ridiculous slaying performance by FaZe, one that saw all four of their members top the 30 kill route, as they dominated the map and the Hardpoint.
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