Octane
Sam Larew 
United States
OpTic Gaming
Best in respawn in win
August 16, 2018
Octane played well in each round, but did most of his work in the respawn rounds of the sweep win over Supremacy on Day 2 of the 2018 Call of Duty World League Championships.
ANALYSIS
Octane was a big reason why they were able to keep pace with an upstart Supremacy team that ran ahead to a lead and held it until around the 150 mark. He ended up being one of three players with 27 kills in the win, alongside Scump and Crimsix. Without that trio, Supremacy had a real chance to steal a round in this one. He fell back into be a solid third mad behind dominant showings from Crimsix and Methodz. They crushed Supremacy, winning 6-1, winning the first five games. Round 3 Capture the Flag was more of the same, as they dominated Supremacy, winning 3-0. All four players on OpTic were great, and they were unstoppable.
Outslayed in loss
July 28, 2018
Octane simply could not slay with UNILAD Esports, as OpTic Gaming were swept out of the tournament on Day 2 of the CWL Global Pro League Stage 2 Playoffs.
ANALYSIS
This was a very disappointing match for everyone on OpTic Gaming. They were woefully outslayed in Round 1 Hardpoint, and it cost them their 160-100 lead, leading to an eventual loss. Octane was their best player, and he went 26/26 with 1:03 on the objective. His 26 kills would have come in third on UNILAD, showing how bad the slaying discrepancy was. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw Octane play a support role behind Methodz, but they just did not have enough depth to overcome an excellent UNILAD performance. Round 3 Capture the Flag was a copy of the first round, as OpTic Gaming was terribly outslayed. Octane had just 18 kills, joint-leading his team - which would have been third on UNILAD. They simply could not break through the UNILAD defense with their lack of slaying.
More good than bad in close loss
July 20, 2018
Octane played well on an individual level, but OpTic Gaming still fell to Luminosity Gaming in their 3-2 loss to Luminosity Gaming on Day 3, Week 8 of CWL Global Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Octane started off well in Round 1 Hardpoint, putting together a dominant showing from start to finish. He went 26/16 with 1:36 on the objective; it was a consistent effort, and his play both on the objective and in the slaying department put Luminosity down easily. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him limp out of the gate, but put together a strong game down the stretch as they forced an 11th game, one that they lost. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw Octane struggle to break through the Luminosity defense. It was a slow, defensive round, and Octane struggled to do much of anything. Round 4 Hardpoint saw him put together his game late, as he, Scump and Crimsix picked it up to give Methodz the support he needed to force a fifth round. Round 5 Search & Destroy saw him play very well, but he could not put OpTic Gaming over the top in the 11-game loss.
Excels in the middle rounds
July 18, 2018
Octane's best rounds were the second and third rounds of the 3-1 win over Rise Nation on Day 1, Week 8 of CWL Global Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Octane's two best rounds were in the middle of this match. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw Octane play well, though it turned out to be the only loss they would suffer in this match. Round 3 Capture the Flag was his best round by far, and also was the biggest blowout of the match. He led the lobby with 31 kills (and paired it with only 14 deaths) in the 4-0 win. He was everywhere, and his slaying was a big reason why Rise Nation's offense was nonexistent. He helped stop push after push. The two Hardpoint rounds (Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 4 Hardpoint) were pretty similar ones for Octane; he was an up-and-down slayer (25/25 in Round 1, and 28/33 in Round 4), doing most of the work on the Hardpoint (1:00 in Round 1, and 1:12 in Round 4). His best stretch in either of the two rounds came at the end of Round 4, as he picked it up down to stretch to hold the OpTic lead, and secure the win.
Comes alive in the midst of reverse sweep
July 13, 2018
Octane's best performances of the match came in the three round wins of the reverse sweep over eUnited on Day 3, Week 7 of CWL Global Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Octane's best rounds were their three round wins. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw him be one of the three players on OpTic Gaming to get over 20 kills and one flag cap, as that trio really dismantled eUnited in their 6-2 win. Octane, Crimsix, and Methodz were just too much for eUnited to handle. Round 4 Hardpoint was his best round, individually, He had 34 kills in the round, easily leading the lobby. His slaying got them out on the right foot, helping them secure a 170-95 lead before finishing off a 250-115 win. Round 5 Search & Destroy was a 6-1 win, as they finished off three dominating round wins in a row. Octane was far from his impressive self that he was in the previous two rounds, but he did enough in support to bury eUnited. The first two rounds saw Octane struggle to find his legs. Round 1 Hardpoint saw him go 29/33, and a lot of that had to do with him fading down the stretch after an excellent start as eUnited came roaring back to win the round. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him be up and down throughout the 10-game round loss.
Strong Hardpoint performer in win
July 12, 2018
Octane's best rounds were the two Hardpoint rounds of the 3-2 win over compLexity Gaming on Day 2, Week 7 of CWL Global Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Octane's Hardpoint performances were his two best, by far. Round 1 Hardpoint and Round 4 Hardpoint, which were both decisive wins for OpTic Gaming in their 3-2 win over compLexity, saw Octane play very well. The first round saw him pair a very respectable 24/21 KD with a strong 1:14 on the objective. Octane came up large in the latter stages of the round, as he had a few huge kills down the stretch to secure the win for OpTic. Round 4 Hardpoint was even better for him. He went 29/21, and had a whopping 2:33 on the objective. He and Crimsix led them early on, while the round was still close, and he helped them run away with the round in the latter half. He had a few keys kills in this one as well, as he stopped a compLexity push, giving OpTic a ton of extra Hardpoint time, and a lead they would never relinquish. These were easily his two best rounds. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him dominate in the early stages, but fade as the round went on, as OpTic Gaming eventually lost in 11. Round 5 Search & Destroy saw OpTic Gaming win in 10 games, and saw Octane provide solid support behind an excellent Scump performance. His only truly bad performance came in Round 3 Capture the Flag. They lost in overtime, and Octane was a non-factor. He went 14/23, struggling throughout the round.
More good than bad in loss
June 17, 2018
Octane had a rather good showing in the 3-2 loss to UNILAD Esports on Day 3 of CWL Anaheim; the loss eliminated OpTic Gaming from the tournament.
ANALYSIS
Octane finished Round 1 Hardpoint with a solid 28/26 and 1:20 on the objective, but a lot of that came late in the round. He struggled early on as UNILAD were playing well but really picked it up as the round got going. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw OpTic never really get into it, but Octane played very well. He was a big reason why they got three wins in the 6-3 loss in the first place. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw UNILAD play incredible defense, as OpTic could not break through them in the 4-0 loss. Octane struggled in this one, going 17/18. Round 4 Hardpoint housed quite the comeback for OpTic Gaming, as they came back from 139-64 and 190-100 deficits to win. Octane had a very strong late game after struggling early on, finishing 25/22 in the round. Round 5 Search & Destroy saw Octane fall into a support role, as they lost in Game 11 and were eliminated from CWL Anaheim.
Fails to follow up kills
June 17, 2018
Octane couldn't capitalize on his kills in a 3-1 loss to Luminosity Gaming on Saturday at CWL Anaheim, falling to the Loser's Bracket in the process.
ANALYSIS
Octane had a hot hand this series, but he couldn't make much use of it in the second half of the series. This was mainly because Octane's wave of kills often came too late, forcing him into 1-vs-3's where his teammates couldn't reinforce his position. In Round 1 Hardpoint, however, Octane was the key reason for OpTic Gaming's success. His ability to snap double and triple kills allowed him to secure rotations and spawns between hills. Unfortunately, Octane's early success couldn't be replicated in Round 4 Hardpoint. Octane landed consistent kills that round, but it was always after OpTic Gaming lost spawn rotations, meaning Octane had little impact on map control.
Covers his team's spawns
June 16, 2018
Octane held his team's defense in a 3-0 win against Team EnVyUs on Friday at CWL Anaheim.
ANALYSIS
Scump, Crimsix, and Methodz all went off, leaving Octane with little to do this series. However, that didn't prevent him from trying. Despite holding spawns for his team, Octane still was able to slay out for his team when needed to prevent any reversal from Team EnVyUs. This translated into Octane holding back in lanes to secure his team's spawns and rotations. In Round 1 Hardpoint, Octane's defense secured OpTic Gaming's spawns to secure nearly three flawless hills in a row. Similarly, in the first half of Round 3 Capture the Flag Octane's map control helped his teammates to spawn near their base to prevent an early Team EnVyUs flag pull.
Struggles in bad loss
June 8, 2018
Octane struggled mightily in the sweep loss to Rise Nation on Day 3, Week 4 of CWL Global Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Octane had a hard time running with Rise Nation in this one. Round 1 Hardpoint saw him go just 17/24, and Round 3 Capture the Flag was a step back from that, as he finished 13/24. They were not in contention in either round, losing 250-74 and 5-2 respectively. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him get the final kill in Game 2, but do nothing else in the 6-1 loss. It was a struggle for both him and OpTic Gaming.
Solid in loss
June 7, 2018
Octane played rather well despite the 3-1 loss to eUnited on Day 2, Week 4 of CWL Global Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Octane had a nice performance in this round, for the most part. Round 2 Search & Destroy was his weakest round, as Scump and Crimsix did most of the heavy lifting for them in the 6-3 round loss. Round 1 Hardpoint, also a loss, saw Octane be the only member of OpTic Gaming to finish with a KD ratio over 1.00 (26/23). He played well, but his teammates could not slay consistently against eUnited. Round 3 Capture the Flag saw Octane fall into a support role, going 19/18 in the 4-2 round win. It was a very balanced attack from OpTic, and they had the depth to control the kill feed and stifle eUnited at nearly every turn. Round 4 Hardpoint saw him go 30/32 with 1:03 on the objective, but he had a very strong finish to the round. OpTic trailed by a large margin for the majority of the round, and even falling down 223-52, but rattling off an incredible comeback attempt, just to lose 250-153. He and his teammates figured it out late and made a valiant, but futile, comeback attempt.
Wrecks compLexity on Search & Destroy
June 6, 2018
Octane brought the heat against compLexity during Search & Destroy, as OpTic Gaming swept compLexity 3-0 on Tuesday of Week 4 of the CWL Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Although Octane didn't do so hot in the other two rounds, in Search & Destroy he was a one-man wrecking crew for OpTic Gaming. As mentioned, during Round 1 Hardpoint, Octane misfired on a few cylinders, but he was still able to notch a positive KD of 28/27 and was even able to beat Scump and Crimsix in KD that round. Octane then came out swinging in Round 2 Search & Destroy and kept swinging at compLexity until they were bloodied, notching a whopping 11/3 KD and outscoring his teammates by a wide margin. Octane's weakest round was Round 3 Capture the Flag, where he scored a negative KD of 25/31 and no flag captures, but with compLexity being against the ropes at this point anyway, it didn't matter too much.
Quiet support in win
June 6, 2018
Octane hung back in support in the 3-1 win over Mindfreak on Day 1, Week 4, of CWL Global Pro League, Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Octane was pretty under the radar in this match, though he was far from bad in the match. Both of his Hardpoint rounds were solid, with him hovering around a 1.00 KD and having a strong game on the objective. Round 1 Hardpoint saw him go 25/24, with 1:35 on the objective, and Round 4 Hardpoint saw him go 16/15 with 2:22 on the objective. He was a very strong support player in both rounds, filling in a key role behind the strong slaying of his teammates. He struggled in Round 2 Search & Destroy, as did the entire team outside of Crimsix, as well as in Round 3 Capture the Flag, when he went just 15/17 with no flag caps in the 5-1 win.
Excellent Hardpoint in sweep win
June 1, 2018
Octane's best round came in the first round of the sweep win over Luminosity Gaming on Day 3, Week 3, of CWL Global Pro League, Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Octane had a great performance in this sweep win. OpTic, as a whole, ran out to a quick lead and basically held it for the entire round. Octane was a strong two-way player, adding a whopping 2:30 on the objective to a lobby-leading 27 kills with just 10 deaths. He paced them to their easy win, and really set the tone for the round. Round 2 Search & Destroy saw him take more of a backseat role, though he was still a key part of the eight-game win. Round 3 Capture the Flag was similar, as he went 16/15 and one of his team's two flag caps. He was, at his worst, a solid contributor, and at his best, the best player on his team.
Lays down firepower from afar
May 30, 2018
Octane blasted Tainted Minds with hot shots in a 3-0 win on Wednesday of the CWL Pro League Stage 2.
ANALYSIS
Since coming to OpTic Gaming at the start of Stage 2, Octane hasn't fundamentally changed his tactics. Octane, instead, has even more freedom to play thanks to the likes of Crimsix and Scump holding the frontline for him. This allowed Octane to easily take power positions and slay Tainted Minds with ease. This was best seen in Round 3 Capture the Flag where he devastated his targets from across the map. With every kill, Octane could push further up the map in the first half, until he landed Scorestreaks in the second half to utterly dominate the map.
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