OpTic Gaming New Line-up: Envy– a North American Texas-based esports organization, officially announced the rebranding of their Valorant roster. They will compete under OpTic Gaming’s banner in all future events. This includes the ongoing Valorant Champions Tour North America – Stage 1 Challengers.
The merger between Envy and OpTic first came in November 2021. However, at the time, the Valorant roster remained independent. The changes only affected Envy’s Call of Duty team – the Dallas Empire – who transitioned over to competing under OpTic Gaming. This new Valorant roster takeover paves the way for more transfers between the organizations in the future as well.
The OpTic Gaming Valorant squad now includes:
- Pujan ‘FNS’ Mehta (IGL)
- Jaccob ‘yay’ Whiteaker
- Victor ‘Victor’ Wong
- Jimmy ‘Marved’ Nguyen
- Austin ‘crashies’ Roberts
They are also accompanied by Chet ‘Chet’ Singh, the official Head Coach for the team.
— OpTic Gaming™ (@OpTic) February 10, 2022
OpTic Gaming (previously, Envy), is a part of Group B for the Group Stages in the Stage 1 Challengers of Valorant Champions Tour North America. They will compete against Sentinels, Version 1, NRG Esports, Knights and Rise – who were all also placed in Group B upon qualifying.
The format for the Group Stages is a typical round-robin, and each match is a Bo3. If OpTic gaming finishes in the Top 4 in Group B, they will advance to the Playoffs for the first Main Event this year.
Last season, under Envy’s banner, the same roster made it to the main Valorant Champions event at Berlin at the end of the year. However, owing to complications that arose due to Covid, they weren’t able to compete at LAN.
They had to remain in quarantine because one of their team members tested positive. Hence, they played all their matches remotely. Unsurprisingly, they faced early elimination before the Playoffs at Valorant Champions (Berlin).
Hopefully, this year will be different. Cheered on by the Green Wall, they are looking to make a name for themselves as North America’s finest. Pujan ‘FNS’ Mehta’s tactical genius combined with Jaccob ‘yay’ Whiteaker as their star duelist is truly a force to be reckoned with.
OpTic at the VCT NA Stage 1 Challengers – Where to Watch?
The Group stage matches begin today, starting off with Cloud 9 Blue vs 100 Thieves.
OpTic will play their first game against Rising on 13th February at 4 pm ET. All matches will be streamed on the official Valorant Twitch and YouTube channels. Popular content creators will also be hosting watch parties of the matches – so make sure you don’t miss out on the action!