OpTic’s opening series loss to Guild at VCT Masters Copenhagen was rather unexpected, to say the least. But the most incredible aspect of the current reigning Masters champions loss was how incredibly poor the performance of nominated superstar Jaccob “yay” Whiteaker was.
Despite their best efforts, Optic fell short and suffered a loss to Guild Esports due to their disappointing performance.
Since joining the Optic Gaming roster during the team’s days under the Envy organization, just prior to Stage Three of the 2021 VCT season, Yay has been the main aspect of the roster in both the Jett and Chamber mechanical agents. Before the match was set to start against Guild, Yay had only shown a negative kill to death ratio in two matches. Both scenarios being, against XSET and Evil Geniuses during Stage Two this year, in both games OpTic lost.
But even in those losses, Yay’s kill to death ratio was not atrocious as it was -1 against XSET and -2 vs. Evil Geniuses. Nevertheless against Guild, his kill to death ratio plummeted to an unheard of -16. Across both games, Yay was pushed down at the bottom of the score line and at some point was even pushed to a couple of scoreless rounds through the first four rounds of Icebox and the first seven rounds of Split. His overall score of 149 is also his lowest for a matchup since joining the roster a couple of months ago. On top of that, his usual proficiency for first blood success rate was over 60 percent, but he only won 50 percent of his opening duels against Guild.
While Yay’s performance seems poor, the blame can’t be solely placed on his gameplay. Marved was the only player on the team to achieve a positive kill to death ratio, and only he and Crashies got an impact percentage over 70. Victor also had a rough day in the office with a -16 kill to death ratio and an abysmal opening duel win rating of 29 percent, however he was able to at least support his team with a total of 24 assists across both maps.
However it’s important to keep in mind that it is not all dark skies and gloom for Optic Gaming, though. As uncharacteristic and baffling as this loss was for Yay and team, it’s worth noting that the team started their incredible Masters Reykjavík run to the title with a 2-0 loss at the start of the group stage. On top of that, as poorly as the team played against Guild, they still were able to show signs of possible comebacks on both maps, losing by only two rounds each on Icebox and Split.
OpTic had a day off to adapt and refocus before facing LOUD in a grand finals rematch happening much earlier than both teams would likely have expected, as all the VALORANT betting fans knew this game was going to be an incredible show of both mechanics and game knowledge. OpTic Gaming came up with a 2-1 victory over the Brazilian squad and will not have to square up versus Latin American representatives KRU Esports today at 2:00pm ET.