TI8 team preview: OpTic Gaming, constructing their formidable lineup

OpTic Gaming: A New Contender at The International 8

The rise of OpTic Gaming in the esports industry has been nothing short of impressive. From their dominance in games like Call of Duty to their recent foray into Dota 2, OpTic has consistently proven themselves as a force to be reckoned with.

OpTic Gaming’s Dota 2 team was formed in 2017, marking a departure from their usual first-person shooter teams. Many wondered how this new lineup would fare against the best teams in the world, especially considering the dominance of European and Chinese teams in the Dota 2 scene.

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However, OpTic has proven that they are a force to be reckoned with. After nearly a year of floating between competitive tiers, OpTic has unlocked their potential and become one of the biggest threats from the North American region. Despite being considered underdogs, OpTic’s chances at The International 8 are looking promising.

The Genius Behind the Team

One of the key factors that sets OpTic Gaming apart is their captain, Peter “ppd” Dager. As a TI5 champion and a renowned strategist in the Dota 2 scene, ppd’s drafting prowess is often compared to that of other legendary captains. His ability to outdraft opponents has proven crucial in many of OpTic’s victories.

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While ppd takes the lead, OpTic Gaming’s roster is filled with talented players who complement his strategic vision. Ludwig “zai” Wahlberg provides excellent support, while Quinn “CC&C” Callahan and Per Olsson “Pajkatt” Lille contribute their skills and experience. Neta “33” Shapira rounds out the roster as an explosive offlaner.

Potential for Surprises

OpTic Gaming may not have the same level of achievement as some of the other teams competing at The International 8, but they should not be underestimated. Their talent and leadership have led them to impressive finishes in recent tournaments, and they have the potential to surprise their rivals in Vancouver.

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OpTic Gaming’s hard work and determination have earned them a solid B- grade. Their performance this season has shown that they are capable of achieving great things, and even the top teams should be prepared for the surprises they may bring to The International 8.

Player to Watch: 33

33 is a standout player in the offlane position, especially on heroes that excel in teamfights. Keep an eye on him as he sets up the stage for OpTic Gaming’s success.

Biggest Challenge: Staying Focused

OpTic Gaming’s biggest challenge is maintaining their focus and avoiding overconfidence. To succeed at The International 8, they need to stay disciplined and perform at their best in every round.

OpTic Gaming, Dota 2, The International 8, esports

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