In the three short months since forming, OpTic India has gone from a brand new team to reigning monarchs of their region.
The ESL India Premiership was the first major competitive appearance for the team, and since beginning the fall league in July, the team has now ended the season completely undefeated at 11-0 through two months of competitive play against fellow top Indian teams. Sights are now set for the Premiership LAN finals in Hyderabad October 13th-14th where they’ll be competing for not only a piece of ₹1,000,000 ($13,730), but security in the next season of the league.
While the Premiership is a major focus in Indian Counter-Strike, the takeover doesn’t end there.
OpTic was also invited to the eXTREMESLAND ZOWIE Asia India qualifiers last month and advanced all the way to the LAN finals, undefeated. At the final qualifier, Entity Gaming seemed to be the only team to stand in the way, taking just one map off of OpTic. Regardless, the squad still took the qualification victory, beating their Indian foes in both the upper bracket finals and grand finals.
“To be honest we are really relieved [to qualify] because there was a lot of pressure on us as we have the OpTic name behind us now,” said OpTic India’s coach Lukas “yb” Gröning and in-game leader. “Second place wasn’t an option.”
The Indian Green Wall will now travel to Shanghai, China on October 18th-21st and face their real first test of international competition. At the eXTREMESLAND ZOWIE Asia main event they’ll be competing against teams from Australia/New Zealand, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Middle East, Mongolia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam for a share of ₹7,283,722 ($100,000).
“The teams we’re going to face in this tournament will be way stronger than the teams we’ve faced so far,” said Gröning. “In our current state we need to put in more time to get the similar results internationally as we get locally. It will still take a lot of time but I’m sure with the time we have and the practice system we have in place we’ll be able to achieve similar results.
The minimum I want to achieve is to get out of the group stage and I think even that will be a hard task. If we have a really good competitive day, I’m convinced we can beat any of the attending teams.”
While the team is still in its infancy, the availability of competition definitely hasn’t been short for OpTic India. The regional dominance we’ve seen so far certainly makes all the Greenwall fans eager to see how the team will hold up against competition from unfamiliar regions, and eventually from across the globe.