Ian Porter 
United States
OpTic Gaming
Nearly breaks his oppenents
March 11, 2018
Crimsix bruised Red Reserve, but got countered and fell out of CWL Atlanta in a 3-0 stomp at the losers' semifinals.
Crimsix continues to be the most consistent source of slaying power for OpTic Gaming, but he was easily outplayed by a hungry Red Reserve. Rated simply outplayed Crimsix by not challenging Crimsix in teamfights, instead Red Reserve focused on conquering the map with spawns. This vital difference put Crimsix on the back foot as it meant Red Reserve could always reinforce a position even while being outslayed. In Round 3 Capture the Flag, for example, Crimsix struggled to chain kills in the second half, even with Scorestreaks as Joee and Joshh hit his flanks.
Holds back in this series
March 10, 2018
Crimsix let his teammates handle the heavy lifting in a 3-0 stomp of Lightning Pandaz on Day 2 of CWL Atlanta.
Crimsix didn't have to do much this series. Both Crimsix and Scump made up the engagement core of OpTic Gaming, but with Scump blitzing through every round all Crimsix had to do was scout for his snappy partner. So while Scump got the kills, it was Crimsix calling out Lightning Pandaz' positions that allowed Scump to pre-fire shots. This was best seen in Round 3 Capture the Flag when Crimsix fell to Proto early on but was able to tag up Proto before falling. This allowed Scump to sweep in mid map to score a game-changing three kills.
Goes for the hero plays
March 10, 2018
Crimsix tried to play hero for OpTic Gaming and actually succeeded in key situations, helping his team score a 3-1 series victory over FaZe Clan on Day 1 of CWL Atlanta.
Crimsix might as well be OpTic Gaming's hero for his risky plays that shouldn't have worked, but did anyway. Crimsix had a good start in Round 1 Hardpoint, where he notched a positive KD of 27/25, but the least hardpoint control time of his team at 24 seconds. Crimsix tried to make the best of a bad situation in Round 2 Search & Destroy with a slightly negative 5/6 KD, but it was not OpTic's round as FaZe Clan took it by a significant margin. Round 3 Capture the Flag was where the hero plays came through for Crimsix, as a very late-game flag capture would finally give OpTic the lead, and his KD of 23/18 certainly didn't hurt matters either. Crimsix was definitely the savior for OpTic Gaming in a high-tension Round 4 Hardpoint, where his extraordinary KD of 43/26 was instrumental in getting the clutch victory by just 10 seconds.
Tries hard to overcome Rise Nation
March 2, 2018
Crimsix did his best to elevate OpTic Gaming to Rise Nation's level, but could not stop the sweep loss on Thursday, during the sixth week of the CWL Global Pro League, Stage 1.
Crimsix went blow for blow with Gunless early on in Round 1 Hardpoint. The match was within reaching distance of OpTic Gaming for roughly half of it, but every push they made it make it close was instantly answered by Rise Nation. OpTic eventually fell to Rise due to their depth stepping up in a big way. Crimsix was okay -- his 23 kills were joint highest, and his 23/23 KD was the only KD not to dip below 1.00 -- but it was not nearly enough for OpTic to overcome Rise. Round 2 Search & Destroy was a similar story. Crimsix (and Karma) did a lot of the work for OpTic, and ground out four game wins for them. However, the high end performance of Gunless and the depth performances from their opponents were too much to handle. Round 3 Capture the Flag was a microcosm of the rest of the match; they were down 3-0 before they could even blink, and the high-end performances from Rise stifled OpTic. The match was virtually over minutes in, and there was nothing Crimsix could do.
Throws Red Reserve around like ragdolls
February 28, 2018
Crimsix bullied Red Reserve around in a bloody 3-1 win on Wednesday of the CWL Global Pro League Stage 1, Division A.
Crimsix destroyed this series. The key playmaker for OpTic Gaming started this series with a vengeance in Round 1 Hardpoint by rushing Red Reserve right off the bat. The absurdly aggressive play allowed OpTic Gaming to snowball the entire map and nearly sweep their opponents. But more than that, Crimsix was excellent with his positioning. He knew when and where to take up positioning. In Round 2 Search & Destroy on Sainte Marie Du Mont, the "Crimbot" constantly stole the upper balcony over Bomb B to easily and safely gun down Red Reserve for four clean games in a row.
Can't break through in loss
February 21, 2018
Crimsix never had a marquee moment, as OpTic Gaming were reverse swept by eRa on Tuesday's CWL Global Pro League, Stage 1, match.
Crimsix had some moments, especially early on, but he mostly struggled to break through a surprisingly good eRa performance. Round 1 Hardpoint was his best round. OpTic Gaming, as a whole, put together a perfect four team performance. He had a solid 25/23 KD and 50 seconds of Hardpoint time, providing a solid base for an excellent team performance. Crimsix had a nice performance in Round 2 Search & Destroy as well, getting the final kill in Games 2, 6, and 7, setting up a win after Game 8. He did not have a strong finish to the match, however, going 18/24 in a Round 3 Capture the Flag that saw OpTic get absolutely dominated. They lost 5-0, and barely even sniffed a score. Those 18 kills led the team, and no one on OpTic had a positive KD ratio. They had no chance from the beginning. Round 4 Hardpoint was much closer, though OpTic had a lot of trouble slaying with eRa. Crimsix and Karma did a great job of focusing on getting as many Hardpoint seconds as possible, which helped counteract the lack of slaying, for a while. Eventually, it caught up with them, however. He really had a poor performance in Round 5 Search & Destroy, barely impacting the round as they were upset by eRa.
Meets his kryptonite in Red Reserve
February 2, 2018
Crimsix hit a wall of kryptonite against Red Reserve in a 3-1 loss on Thursday of Week 2 of the CWL Pro League Stage 1.
Normally a superstar, Crimsix had an unusually rough time playing against Red Reserve in this series. During Round 1 Hardpoint, despite Crimsix scoring the most Hardpoint control time of his team at 1:35 and scoring a respectable positive KD of 31/27, OpTic Gaming still lost by a narrow margin. Crimsix had an even rougher time during Round 2 Search & Destroy, where he only notched a 5/8 KD and saw Red Reserve prevail over OpTic Gaming by just one game. Crimsix finally got some momentum going during Round 3 Capture the Flag by scoring two flag captures and a solid KD of 23/15. But Red Reserve shocked Crimsix and the rest of OpTic Gaming by defeating them yet again in Hardpoint during Round 4, as Crimsix only broke even in KD at 29/29.
Goes big at the start and keeps on going
January 31, 2018
Crimsix opened up this series with a bang and kept the momentum going to help his team secure a 3-1win on Tuesday during Stage 1 of the CWL Pro League.
Things looked bright for Crimsix right out of the gate during Round 1 Hardpoint, where he dropped a massive double-positive 41/19 KD bomb onto Echo Fox. Round 2 Search & Destroy proved to only be a momentary setback for Crimsix, where he faltered with the rest of his team with a KD of 4/7. After that speed bump, Crimsix kept on trucking right over the bodies of Echo Fox in Round 3 Capture the Flag, scoring two flag captures despite his KD suffering at 17/18. Finally, in Round 4 Hardpoint, Crimsix again crushed the competition with a KD of 32/29 and was instrumental in helping close out the series against Echo Fox in 3-1 fashion.
Shows off a new role for his team
January 30, 2018
Crimsix laid back and lets his team handle Vitality in a 3-0 on Day 4 of Stage 1 CWL Pro League.
Ever since CWL Dallas, Crimsix has slowly taken up a different strategy for his team. Instead of being the lead scout and shotcaller, he's begun to sit back and let his team slay while he holds spawns. This was especially evident in Round 1 Hardpoint on London Docks. Crimsix sat just behind every Hardpoint to help secure his team's dominant spawns while denying Vitality of any favorable positioning. Even in the one instant where Vitality flipped spawns in a fight for the third Main Street hill, Crimsix was quick to regain control with his positioning.
Starts the OpTic domination
January 23, 2018
Crimsix turned on the "Crimbot" to melt Team Kaliber in a 3-1 series on Tuesday in Stage 1 of the CWL Pro League.
Crimsix has proven that the nearly-invincible Team Kaliber can be beaten on LAN. Taking advantage of his significant lead in KD, Crimsix was fortunate enough to streak out to decimate Team Kaliber's typically lackluster slaying performance. But even then, Team Kaliber kept it close. Round 1 Hardpoint on Gibraltar showed this specifically in-action as Crimsix was able to steamroll the late-game thanks to a seven killsteak in the second Turret hill. Not only did it gain OpTic Gaming the lead, it also secured it thanks to Crimsix's Scorestreaks scored off of his hold.
Knocked out of top 8 with OpTic at CWL New Orleans
January 18, 2018
Amid indecisiveness and lack of team cohesion, Crimsix and OpTic Gaming failed to crack a top 8 spot at CWL New Orleans.
The transition back to boots-on-the-ground combat, one welcomed by Crimsix and his teammates, hasn't exactly been a smooth one. While they did make 3rd place at CWL Dallas, CWL New Orleans was an entirely different story, as OpTic got knocked out of the tournament in the 9/12th position via a 3-1 defeat at the hands of European upstarts Red Reserve. It's not entirely clear what caused OpTic Gaming's tournament run to fall short, but the team seems to be taking it in stride, with Crimsix even joking that the team would drop Scump. Expect OpTic to come out firing during Stage 1 next week.
Struggles in loss
January 13, 2018
Crimsix looked dazed and confused in OpTic Gaming's loss against Echo Fox in the Winners Bracket of CWL Orleans.
Despite starting off as the only one slaying in the opening Hardpoint round, Crimsix's play fell off a cliff in this series on Saturday. This wasn't all on Crimsix, however, as most of OpTic looked pretty off during most of this series. Echo Fox quite simply looked like the more cohesive unit, with Crimsix not doing much to prevent OpTic's fall into the Losers Bracket.
Paves a path of slaughter
December 11, 2017
Crimsix tries to burn a trail of fire only to be knocked out of CWL Dallas by Splyce in the losers' finals.
Crimsix is never one to take a fight laying down. Despite an awkward map ban phase that saw OpTic Gaming pick the same five maps and modes they played Splyce earlier that day, Crimsix never slowed down his tempo. He came out of the gate roaring in Round 1 Hardpoint, attempting to get early streaks and early advantages over Splyce. While he would obtain Scorestreaks, they found poor use on the map. Round 2 Search and Destroy saw Crimsix as the dominant player for OpTic Gaming, only to be outplayed by a manipulative Splyce using map cover against him. Finally, Crimsix would pivot to objective control in Round 3 Capture the Flag. His fast movement and hot hand on the SMG allowed him to get a flag capture at the end of the first half that kept his team firmly in the game.
Skills not enough to keep him in the game
December 11, 2017
Crimsix tried to slay out only to fall out of the Winner's Bracket and into the losers' bracket in a 0-3 sweep from Team Kaliber on Day 3 of CWL Dallas.
Nothing seemed to click for Crimsix this series. Despite using Team Kaliber's strengths against them, and even when using new strategies, Crimsix didn't receive the follow-up needed to make plays. More than that, Crimsix also struggled to post consistent numbers as Team Kaliber wore him down with stun grenades. While this allowed him to make some brilliant plays, such as clutching a 1-vs-3 in Game 4 of Round 2 Search and Destroy with a sniper, problems emerged late in the series. Crimsix came off as panicked as he attempted different attachments and weapons in Round 3 Capture the Flag. Versatility does often work, but instead, it put Crimsix in an awkward position of being out of tempo with this teammates.
Slow start in clutch win
December 10, 2017
Crimsix started off slowly, but had some great late moments in the 3-2 win over Splyce on Day 3 of CWL Dallas. The win put OpTic Gaming in the winner's bracket final.
Crimsix had a slow start to the match, as OpTic Gaming were utterly decimated in Round 1 Hardpoint. They lost 250-63, and -- as the score suggests -- were never in the match to begin with. It was a flawless performance by Splyce, and Crimsix could not do anything about it. Crimsix clutched a one vs. two to win game four of Round 2 Search & Destroy, helping guide OpTic Gaming to a round win. Round 3 Capture the Flag was similar to the first round, with Splyce dominating the flow of play, OpTic struggling to get anything going, and Crimsix not doing much. However, Crimsix was excellent down the stretch, with a hot start pacing OpTic Gaming in a Round 4 Hardpoint win, and a Fighter Pilot scorestreak tilting the map in their favor in a key ninth game of Round 5 Search & Destroy.
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