Octane
Sam Larew 
United States
Luminosity Gaming
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.
Easily sweeps
February 13, 2018
Octane melts Splyce from across the map in a lightning-fast 3-0 stomp on Day 4 of the CWL Pro League, Division B.
ANALYSIS
Octane had all the advantages this series. Not only was he coming hot off of a flawless Week 1, he would get to play his best map, Ardennes Forest, for three straight rounds. Not only does the map favor Octane's AR, he's mastered every point of the map to find the best positions to beam from. This is best seen in Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 2 Search & Destroy. In Round 1 Hardpoint, Octane had an easy time holding the orations from East Road into Cave by holding the fence near the cabin, a power position that gives him sight of bunker spawns while providing cover. Meanwhile, Round 2 Search & Destroy saw Octane rush the hill in Ruins, a high-ground point that lets him lock down the whole area with his snappy aim and clear line-of-sight.
Excellent respawn in sweep win
February 7, 2018
Octane was a menace in the sweep over Evil Geniuses on the first day of the CWL Global Pro League, Stage 1, matches.
ANALYSIS
Octane had a nice moment in Round 2 Search & Destroy, getting the final kill in Game 6, but was a support-based player outside of that, while JKap and John led the charge. He was, however, a dominant force in Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 3 Capture the Flag. The former saw him post a ridiculous 2:14 of objective time as Luminosity crushed Evil Geniuses 250-83. They did not outslay them to a big degree, but they had superior map control and a cohesive team effort. He also slayed well, adding 24 kills to his resume. The latter was a very exciting 1-0 win. and Octane finished with 18 kills. He was solid on the defensive side, key in holding Evil Geniuses to zero points scored.
Stumbles only lightly in loss
January 15, 2018
Octane wins one series against Team Kaliber but fails to clutch the second series in a devastating loss at CWL New Orleans.
ANALYSIS
Luminosity played smart and hot. Only problem was that Team Kaliber can make the impossible seem possible. Octane started hot in the first series alongside JKap, the other main slayer of Luminosity. Between him, JKap and John, Team Kaliber had little chance at map control or even game control. Octane made sure to find picks onto KuavoKenny in Round 3 Capture the Flag, preventing the Team Kaliber player from building streaks to break Luminosity's defense. In the second series, however, Octane would perform even better. He would drop nearly double positive numbers against Team Kaliber in Round 1 Hardpoint on London Docks, a near-confirmed win for Luminosity. But, beyond all measure, Team Kaliber was able to dodge several Scorestreaks, win a handful of fights and rotate just slightly early to beat Octane by only one point that round. Octane, even with the massive numbers and Scorestreaks, just couldn't pin down Team Kaliber.
Steady as a rock
January 15, 2018
Octane brought rock-steady slaying in his 3-2 win over Rise Nation in the losers' final on Day 3 of CWL New Orleans.
ANALYSIS
In what turned into a grueling series right after a devastating loss to Team Kaliber in the upper brackets, Octane never once dropped his shots. Instead, he was easily the most consistent slayer of his team. This proved to be invaluable against the slightly uneven Rise Nation who relied on moment-to-moment clutches to win rounds. In Round 1 Hardpoint on Sainte Marie, Octane made an impressive hold at the second Restaurant that scored his team a slight lead and Scorestreaks. This trend continued into Round 2 Search & Destroy where he played very slow, a wise tactic since Rise Nation, in their impatience, would peek at inopportune moments.
Intelligent slaying
January 14, 2018
Octane slayed fast and smart in a cutthroat 1-3 loss to Team Kaliber in the Winner's Final on Day 3 of CWL New Orleans.
ANALYSIS
Octane did everything a slayer should, slaying hard but get kills and getting kills at their most important and strategic moments. But that wasn't enough to take down Team Kaliber. Octane consistently put out solid numbers in every round, but not enough to stifle his opponents. For example, in Round 4 Hardpoint Octane laid down several four killstreaks, an impressive number that allowed his team to break hills and keep ahead in the round. But one fight where Octane lost a bizarre 3v1 to Theory unraveled all of Octane's efforts with a single shot.
Massive performance in Round 4 Hardpoint against Echo Fox
January 14, 2018
A dominant Round 4 Hardpoint helped Octane and company complete a reverse sweep over Echo Fox in the upper bracket semifinals at CWL New Orleans.
ANALYSIS
Dominant doesn't even begin to describe Octane's incredible performance in Round 4 Search and Destroy. While the slayer posted a 16/5 KD through the first rotation of hardpoints, it was the minute-plus of hill time that helped LG creep out to an early advantage. However, a massive performance during the second half of rotations set the stage for Octane to nearly eclipse 40 kills in the round, as Luminosity pulled away with the victory late. While he was unable to pop off much during any of the other four rounds, Octane's performance in Round 4 Hardpoint alone was a massive catalyst for the team's reverse sweep.
Posts huge KD in Round 2 against Rise Nation
January 13, 2018
Octane may have been a bit inconsistent during this series against Rise Nation, but he still helped the team walk away with a 3-2 win on Day 1 of CWL New Orleans.
ANALYSIS
Luminosity Gaming clearly needed some warmup time as a whole, as the team tripped up during Round 1 Hardpoint, with Octane picking up a 25/27 KD. But Octane was a huge part of the counter-offensive that Luminosity Gaming mounted against Rise Nation, as he led the way in Round 2 Search & Destroy, slaughtering Rise Nation that round with more than a double-positive KD of 15/6. Octane sadly could not keep up the momentum in Round 3 Capture the Flag, where he barely maintained a positive KD with 23/22 and no flag captures. Octane somehow managed to rubber-band his way back into the spotlight during Round 4 Hardpoint, as he once again destroyed the players of Rise Nation with a blowout KD of 33/19. Round 5 Search & Destroy was a lackluster finish for Octane's performance against Rise Nation in comparison, as he only scored a 6/10 KD and a single bomb plant.
Fires through eUnited as MVP
December 17, 2017
Octane melted eUnited with his snappy aim in a close 3-2 win over eUnited at the Northern Showdown Championships.
ANALYSIS
Octane was awarded MVP of the series and it was well deserved. Not only was he the clutch factor for Luminosity Gaming to win the Northern Showdown Championships, but he easily secured them several rounds thanks to his insane sights. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw the map go into overtime. In the second half of overtime, Octane was able to clutch a close call by rebounding the flag off of JKap, a smooth move that clutched Luminosity Gaming the round. Then, in Round 5 Search & Destroy, Octane dropped an absurd 12/3 KD that blasted eUnited apart, even calling Scorestreaks to clutch the final few battles.
Excellent in win
December 17, 2017
Octane was great in the sweep win over Team EnVyUs on Day 2 of the Northern Area Showdown. The win secured Luminosity Gaming a top three placing in the tournament.
ANALYSIS
Octane was a key piece of the Round 1 Hardpoint comeback win. Luminosity started slowly, which allowed Team EnVyUs to run out to a quick lead. However, a strong team effort helped pull off the 250-220 win. Octane and his sniper rifle were key in Round 2 Search & Destroy. He was a constant nuisance, picking off Team EnVyUs members left and right. He was only killed one time in the entire round, as well. He was as consistent as he was deadly. Octane toned down the killing in Round 3 Capture the Flag, but he balanced it out with a nose for the flag. He was rather uninvolved in the round, but his team picked up the slack in the win.
Strong showing to open Northern Arena
December 16, 2017
Octane had a solid showing in Luminosity Gaming's 3-1 win over Next Threat in the quarterfinals of the Northern Arena Showdown.
ANALYSIS
While Octane wasn't on fire like he was in Dallas, he still put up a strong performance to give LG the fairly easy win here. Throughout the series, he was playing the objective more than anything else. He never really put up a ton of kills, but his focus on the objectives was second-to-none. This was especially true in the final Hardpoint round where he locked down all of the early points for an early lead that snowballed as the game progressed. With such a strong objective backbone, LG took Octane's lead to walk away with a 3-1 win in this series to start off their Northern Arena campaign with a bang.
Can't streak out in loss
December 10, 2017
Octane failed to build streaks in a 1-3 loss to eUnited on Day 3 of CWL Dallas.
ANALYSIS
Despite a new lineup, Luminosity Gaming's strategy is still to let Octane streak. However, eUnited's aggression and precision kills prevented Octane from every building the momentum he and his team needed. The difference between a hot and flat Octane are nowhere clearer than in his performances in Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 4 Hardpoint. Round 1 Hardpoint on London Docks saw Octane absolutely decimate eUnited, getting a several five killstreaks. Octane's hot hand gave Luminosity Gaming the map with a litany of Scoresteaks to clutch the final points. Meanwhile, Round 4 Hardpoint saw Octane continually targeted by eUnited, forcing him out of cover and stopping his streaks, removing Luminosity Gaming's Scorestreak utility.
Pins his opponents with tight shots
December 9, 2017
Octane covered the long-range battles in a 3-0 sweep against Ground Zero on Day 2 of CWL Dallas.
ANALYSIS
After the series ended, Octane was quoted saying, "We're not scared of anyone." Bold words that were backed by a bold performance from Octane. He picked up right where his last season left off: as a master of the assault rifle. Except this time, Octane also made some highlight reel plays with the sniper rifle. In Round 2 Search and Destroy on the USS Texas, Octane was able to get four consecutive first bloods while on the sniper, all but guaranteeing the round. He landed some especially impressive shots in Game 3 that helped swing the round. While he didn't get a kill in every game, Octane's simple presence with the high-powered rifle forced Ground Zero to play passively in the tight map.
Electric in opening series
December 8, 2017
Octane put up a 60/39 KD in Luminosity Gaming's big 3-0 win over Epsilon on Day 1 of CWL Dallas.
ANALYSIS
The MVP of the last CWL Open event in Anaheim this past June picked up right where he left off with this performance to open CWL Dallas. His best round by far was Search & Destroy, where he ended up with a 12/4 KD in a 6-2 win. He was on fire with an ace in Game 6 that led right into three more kills over the final two games of the 6-2 win. With him playing so well, LG looks like one of the teams to beat here in Dallas.
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