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Optic Gaming Dominate Halo World Championship 2017

Optic Gaming Dominate Halo World Championship 2017
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have emerged victorious from the Halo World Championship 2017, though their almost immaculate performance may be overshadowed by outrage over the disappointing venue for the $1 million tournament. Optic ran through their opposition in the group stage, only dropping one game to Supremacy over the course of their two series wins. The domination didn't end there though, as the team continued their blazing run into the playoffs. European side FAB Games Esports were no match for Optic, and failed to pick up a single match as they were swept four games to none. Optic took just their second map defeat of the competition against Team Liquid in the semi-finals, though they still confidently took their place in the final with a 4-1 win. Long time console rivals EnvyUs met Optic Gaming in the final, with both teams expected to be challenging for the trophy. EnvyUs had struggled early on in the tournament, having to fight their way through the lower bracket to reach the grand final. A final that was supposed to be a close fought match to remember, ended up being just another notch on the post for Optic Gaming, who swept their opposition 4-0 to take home $500,000 and lift the 2017 World Championship trophy. Unfortunately for Optic, many will forget their outstanding performance at the tournament, after it pictures emerged on social media highlighting the disappointing venue for such a prestigious event.

Even owners of teams playing at the event took to social media to criticize the tournament organizers, ESL. The above picture shows the entrance to an 'overflow' zone, where fans must go if the small studio audience is full. Some retorted that these pictures were unfair, and that the main stage audience was much better, though no matter how electric the atmosphere, a small campus studio doesn't exactly scream 'World Championship'. The win here for Optic makes it three tournament victories on the bounce for the side, as the team looks to solidify it's dominance of the Halo scene.