It looks like OpTic Gaming's Counterstrike team might be under a little more pressure than normal.
In today's match between OpTic Gaming and Sprout.gg, something weird happened. When Kristian "k0nfig" Wienecke of OpTic Gaming disconnected from the server a few seconds into the round, his team immediately attempted to call a pause and reload. Unfortunately for OpTic, Mathias "MSL" Lauridsen had already thrown what was admittedly a banger grenade from sniper's on Mirage to top-mid, dealing a total of 98 damage to Sprout players.
Damage Had Been Done
It what seemed like 3 server ticks between the damage registering and OpTic calling for a technical reload of the round, things got a little heated. After both teams milled around the map for a moment, Sprout called that damage had already been done and that they would continue playing the round.
If you're unfamiliar, there is a rule in most Counterstrike tournaments that a round cannot be reloaded once any damage has been inflicted on any player. That rule came into effect today. While it's unfortunate for OpTic, MSL had a poor reaction to Sprout's unwillingness to replay the round. Konfig even chimed in too.
After Sprout continued to move to bombsite A and plant, it started.
Immediately after, Starladder admins reloaded the round. Florian "syrsoN" Rische explained in the chat that he had already received damage, questioning why the match was reloaded. MSL then calls him an "idiot."
While MSL is technically correct, the replay of the round benefited Sprout.gg more than OpTic Gaming, that's a rough shot to take. The back and forth continued, with both teams jabbing back. In what is undeniably Tier 2 Counterstrike, it's clear that not everyone is happy with their position.
With the news that OpTic Gaming's Counterstrike: Global Offensive team will be sold off after Immortals acquisition of OpTic Gaming's parent company, Infinite Esports and Entertainment, maybe the OpTic members are feeling the heat.
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