Speculations: DaZeD to OpTic?
In a recent video, we saw DaZeD talk about the IBP CS:GO Team being unbanned from ESL. This ban had a lot of impact in the NA CS:GO scene due to the high caliber team that was banned during the match-fixing instance being IBP and NetCodeGuides, that caused their ban on most online and offline leagues that it wouldn't make sense to be part of a team economically.
In DaZeD's video, he speculates the potential teams he could join or be part of as well as other members of the IBP team. It comes down to the organizations and the players to create a competitive NA team to compete against EU. There is a small issue, called contracts since some of the players are locked. Also, the NA scene is quite hectic as some players are not interested to play together due to internal relationships between the players, as the most scenic example is the DaZeD and Steel rivalry.
The following is what I speculate and does not have enough backing that it can be said with 100% accuracy:
In DaZeD's video, he talked about potentially joining OpTic as they would be a team that would rather not go to majors in order to have a proper team, as he says in Minute 2:30. Now we have to reveal that the current line-up of OpTic is; Rush, hazed, tarik, and NAF, and mixwell. We know that DaZeD was the IGL of team IBP and is pronounced to be one of the best in NA next to sgares, currently playing in Misfits. Lately, we have seen that the salary of all the OpTic players has been upped, besides hazed, as he will most likely take a different role in the OpTic organization, most likely working with other companies looking for sponsors for the OpTic organization. Hazed is the IGL of OpTic, and if he would step down from the team and work for their management, that this would be the optimal opportunity to sign DaZeD into the OpTic line-up. Also, upping the players' salary is a way to decrease the possibility of another team coming in and buying-out some players and showing that the organization is very satisfied with the current lineup.
Besides, it could be plausible to cut mixwell, and also take in swag into the team, making it the best NA team arguably. As said plausible but quite unlikely due to somewhat a lack of AWP'ing skill among the leftover team. Mixwell would most likely join mousesports together with suNny.
Lastly, it has been reported that swag, DaZeD, and AZK are building a team together. This would be quite unlikely as an org would need to cut 3 players to replace this semi-team. Or a new org into the scene would need to find two additional players with sufficient experience to compete. Now, we often see that bringing players from Europe to North America can be helpful, it doesn't always last long; S1mple joining Team Liquid and later Pimp to just name an example.
These are exciting times for teams to join as they are currently all on break and we see top tier teams getting roster changes (Na'Vi and FaZe Clan) and we will see more to come.
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