After a short break from the active roster stanislaw came back to OpTic in the end of September to lead them to the victory in ELEAGUE Season 2 followed up by a second place at ECS Season 2 Finals. At the ELEAGUE Major they failed to reach the playoffs as the team ended up being sent packing in the Swiss stage, with one victory from four matches.
Liquid did an interview with the Canadian where he explains why he decided to join them. Furthermore he says that the structure of the organization appealed more to him.
This will be very difficult to put into words, but I will try my best, because I owe the OpTic family (they were more than fans to me) an explanation. I was on OpTic for roughly 1 year, like I said. We had to endure so much to get to where we were as a team and nobody will truly ever understand the behind the scenes things that caused a lot of hardship. OpTic had never ventured into CS before, as it was predominantly a COD/entertainment organization, so they had a lot of difficulty adapting to the needs of a CS team which is ten-fold different than a COD team. That is not to say it’s negative or plain wrong, because I one hundred percent respect the way Hector runs his organization, after all, it’s one of the biggest esports organizations in the world.
However, comparing with Liquid, it’s night and day. I have a lot of personal things going on in my life right now and things are very difficult, so when contacted by Liquid I felt truly humbled by their desire for me and the structure of the organization really appealed to me. Liquid has the resources and tools to allow the CS team to focus solely on the game itself, and I believe that is what it will take to become a consistent world contender. Aside from difficulties with the OpTic organization itself, I also had some concerns with the underlying problems we’ve had for the entire duration of the team, such as practice regime and attitudes. I know that all teams have their issues but it’s very difficult to accept that some issues cannot be improved on, no matter how hard you try.
I know that some people will say that I gave up or I had no loyalty, but I hope that isn’t their true opinion. I gave everything I had to that team, even after they cut me without telling me. I came back without any hesitation and worked harder than I ever did to achieve the success that we had.
When Liquid contacted me, it really caught me off guard and I told Will (RUSH) that I was thinking about moving over, and he told me he didn’t want me to leave. It was a hard couple of days, but in the end I feel that I did what is best for my situation. It was a bit of everything, that pushed me to leave and it was the hardest decision I ever had to make.
I’d like to say a huge thank you to the OpTic family, your support during the entire year, even when we weren’t performing was truly appreciated and kept us going. I’d like to thank my teammates Will (RUSH) and NAF (Keith) as well for bringing me back onto the team, especially Tarik who thought I could do a good job as in-game leader. Also, a special thanks to Oscar (Mixwell) for everything he gave up to move over to the US to play with us; he was the main reason for our success, he had such an amazing mentality and was a true friend. I’m sorry it came to an end like this but I will never forget the Greenwall’s support or our amazing memories and success. Thank you.